Much has been made of the health benefits of sauna bathing. With good reason. Physically, nothing is more reinvigorating than a deep, healthy sweat every day. Tension fades. Muscles unwind. Mentally, we emerge relaxed, revived and ready for whatever the day may bring.
A few minutes a day is all it takes to look and feel better. The body’s response to gentle, persistent heat is well-documented and proven day in and out by people all over the world. Which is why more and more doctors are recommending its purifying benefits.
The backyard of your dreams is nearly complete. You have decided on your perfect spa and have it customized to your liking. Don’t forget to put a lid on it! It is crucial a hot tub cover accompanies your dream spa on its first day home.
A hot tub cover is one of the single most important necessities of a hot tub.
1. As heat from spa water rises, the spa cover insulates against heat loss, which, without a cover would incur additional electrical costs for the homeowner.
2. Leaves, dirt and other debris are captured by the cover and prevent them from falling into the water.
3. The top of the spa is protected from damage resulting from extreme weather conditions. The cover ensures that hot tub cover skirt is long enough to prevent the spa’s acrylic edge from being exposed to harmful sunlight.
4. Children, pets and unwanted animals are inhibited from accessing the spa when not in use. In addition, hot tub covers meet the safety requirement of ASTM F-1346-91.
Jacuzzi® has developed strict specifications for their hot tub covers. They have specific requirements for foam density, vapor barrier bag density, vinyl weight, c-channel support, stitching, thread, skirt length, handle material, zipper material along with a variety of other requirements. Inspecting to these standards will assure you are getting one of the best spa covers in the industry built specifically for your spa.
What Consumers Should Know
Hot tub covers need to be cared for just as any outdoor product. Keeping your vinyl cleaned and conditioned will help to extend the life of your cover. As the main ingredient in the encasement is vinyl, please use a high-quality cleaner and conditioner for vinyl that is not petroleum based. Your cover is exposed to air pollutants, acid rain, bird droppings, and strong UV rays. Failure to care for your cover properly can prematurely age your cover.
Table tennis is a great way to spend time with friends and family during the holiday season. It’s normally a therapeutic game—but what happens when it starts getting competitive? This guide shows you a few styles of holding your paddle, or bat, so you can find your rhythm and improve your game.
There are three main categories of grip: shakehand, penholder and unorthodox. Most people use a variation of shakehand, while many eastern players use the penholder variation, and even fewer yet use a series of unorthodox paddle grips. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. So, much like learning to snowboard, write, kick or throw a ball, you’ll have to learn which style suits you best.
Pretend you’re shaking someone’s hand, but instead of a hand, you place the handle of the paddle in your palm. Your pinky, ring and middle fingers wrap around the handle, and your thumb rests comfortably on the top of the handle. Your pointer finger points straight along the bottom part of the rubber on the opposite rubber face as your thumb.
- Some people wish to move the handle further up in their hand so that their fingers blog less of the rubber area.
- Some people prefer tilting their hand inward while holding their paddle, effectively moving their pointer finger more toward the middle of the rubber.
The benefits of this all-around and popular grip are spin, power and reach. Most players use a variation of this grip because it offers a lot of flexibility. Free range of motion in the wrist allows you to perform several types of spin and serves without strain.
There is only one main caveat of this hold. It forces players to make a split second decision in the case where the ball is hit directly center of the body—do you use your forehand or backhand? Good legwork and quick decision making can often save players from having to make this decision.
Hold the handle of your paddle like you would a pen with the rubber head end below your hand. Your pointer finger should be curled around the handle and almost touching your thumb. Your other three fingers should be curled on the other side of the paddle like they support a pen.
- Japanese penhold grips generally have the tips of their bottom three fingers spread and touching the rubber.
- Korean penhold grips spread the three fingertips even further while touching the rubber.
The benefits of the penhold grip varieties are the natural feeling forehand and incredible topspin you can accomplish with this style. Many top eastern players use a penhold grip and stay competitive.
The penhold grip doesn’t allow for the most versatile backhand motion and generally uses one side of the paddle—the forehand side—to rally the ball. This means that you’ll have a lot more legwork if you’re going to properly cover your backhand. If you’re dead set on the penhold grip, you can also rotate your wrist 180 degrees to perform a backhand with the opposite side of the paddle. This will allow you to perform a backhand with topspin, but is more difficult to master.
There are a number of unorthodox grips that take variations of the previously mentioned grips and drastically change the holding style. For this guide, we’ll focus on the Seemiller grip, made famous by Daniel Seemiller. This grip is made by putting your thumb and pointer finger in the shape of an L and then continuing to grip like the shakehand option. You should end up with your pointer finger and thumb on opposite ends of the same rubber face.
This grip doesn’t use a backhand—it only uses one side of the paddle. This makes it difficult to contort and twist your arm to hit a backhand with any real control. Like the penhold grips, you can always focus on legwork, but some people prefer a more all-around grip.
Once you’ve had a chance to try all three and impress your coworkers, give us a shout and tell us which one you liked the best. Maybe we’ll feature an article on it.
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