Wii Sports – Tennis

When Nintendo Wii first came out a series of simple games was released at first. One of those simple games that was released was will sports. There is a lot of different sports to choose from. From baseball to bowling, there is something there for everyone. I have tried them all and the one that stood out to me the most was Wii tennis.

Wii tennis is by far my favorite game in the Wii sports series. I can safely say it is also one of my favorite Wii games of all time as well. The concept of the game is very simple. Basically you just hit the tennis ball when it comes near you. The whole point of it is to make your opponent miss the ball or make them hit it out of bounds. It is the same concept as real tennis.

Although this game is very simple on the surface there is a good amount of strategy that goes into it. Firstly your serves need to be timed well in order to get the “power serve”. A power serve is more likely to throw off your opponent. Also when your hitting in general you need to do it smoothly in order to keep the ball in bounds. One clumsy swing and your opponent gets an easy point. Once you learn that then there is special swinging maneuvers to make the ball have spin on it. It can be a long learning process to become really good.

Wii tennis is great to play for anyone. The game is very easy to pick and start playing. I highly recommend you try this game if you have a Wii

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Spikes for Track and Field Athletes

Track and field spikes are specialized shoes. They are not only designed for track and field but designed specifically for each individual track or field event. I have been asked where to buy track and field shoes since entering the track equipment business. First, it is important to recognize that there are different types of track shoes depending on what track and field event you participate in. At the younger ages and lower abilities it isn’t as important to have specialized track and field shoes. However, as the athletes’ ability increases it is important to purchase the appropriate footwear. Multi-event track and field athletes have several pairs of track shoes, generally speaking one for each event. There are spike shoes for hurdling, mid-distance, multi-purpose, pole vault/long jump/ triple jump, high jump, distance, sprint, and javelin. At the upper levels appropriate footwear is critical.

Each different track shoe is designed for a specific purpose.

Sprint shoes are made for distances between 100m to 400m sprints. They generally have spikes only on the front half of the shoe, from the arch forward. They are very lightweight.

Hurdle spikes are used for those athletes that have chosen to sprint while jumping hurdles. They are flexible and designed to help cushion the athlete as they “land” after having jumped the hurdle.

Mid-distance shoes are used in the 800m to one mile race. They usually have a small cushion in the heel and are built sleeker than those built for distance.

Distance spikes are used in 3000m to 10,000m races. These athletic shoes usually have fewer spikes in the bottom of the shoe and more cushioning to handle the impact over a longer distance.

Pole vault/long jump/triple jump shoes they are designed to allow the athlete to jump well while still able to run fast in the run up.

High jump spikes have spikes on both the toe and the heel. They are the only track and field shoe that has spikes on the heel other than javelin shoe.

Javelin shoes are a heavier shoe with spikes that cover the whole bottom of the track shoe. The spikes can be as long as 1″ in length.

Multi-purpose spikes are low end mid-distance spikes. They are meant for athletes to generally wear during practice.

Spikes are metal “points” screwed into the bottom of the athletes spike shoes. They range in length from 1/8″ to 1″ in length. There are 5 different types of spikes.

Tartan spikes – Are used for rubber tracks and look like a dull needle.

Compression Spikes – (X-mas Tree) – they look like a Christmas tree and are used on rubber and tartan surfaces. They are used to help the athlete to avoid their shoes sticking into the track.

Studs – (Blanks) – These are used on indoor tracks and have no spike on them.

Needle – (Slim) – Needle spikes are used on all weather tracks and 3/16 ” is generally the recommended length. This allows for good traction while allowing for the athlete to still “release” from the track surface while running.

Pyramid – These are used on dirt or grass surfaces and can range up to 1″ in javelin spike shoes.

There are many places that sell track and field spikes. One pla

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