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Does GOLF = YOG?

With the Golfing world in a frenzy this week  during the US Masters tournament, we examine just how yoggish the sport is.

The Game

For many, golf is just an activity where rich people hit a little ball around a park for 5+ hours. One can be forgiven for thinking that golf is not a YOG sport due its slow-paced nature, and whose participants, even Professionals, aren’t always the most athletic specimens.

John Daly

But when you look at it, golf is a very simple concept with extremely complex elements requiring precision and the constant application of the laws of physics.

golf science

This requirement for precision can be extremely frustrating, particularly for the beginner, and a high level of patience and focus is needed. But it is the challenge of mastering this degree of difficulty which  makes it so Yoggish. It is quite normal that all it takes is one perfect shot out of a hundred shots and you’re hooked.

Rules and Traditions

Golf involves many strict rules which rival that of a catholic private school. The main problem with this is the constant cheating that occurs either through lack of knowledge or blatant disregard for the rules and limited enforcement of these rules, especially with so many trees and golfers going off in their own direction! (unless you’re playing in a professional tournament). This cheating, is obviously not the way of the YOG, neither is being bound by so many restrictions!

Tiger Woods of the United States gestures to a fan to be quiet from the fifth green during first round play at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament in Akron

Their are also traditions and etiquette dating back hundreds of years, particularly in certain golf clubs, including dress codes. There are the non-yoggish types of tradition, such as the inequality between gender, social class and race (although these boundaries are being broken down little by little making golf more accessible).

But there are also some pretty cool traditions built around respect for others. Take the US Masters tournament for example…

– No running is allowed on the course to discourage patrons from hustling to get into better viewing positions, and distracting the players.

– Shouting is not allowed either even after a player has taken his shot as this could distract players.

– There is a tradition that if a spectator sets down their chair and leaves it for extended periods of time, it will not be moved or taken by anybody else, no matter how long it has been there.

masters chairs

Fashion

Collared shirts, belted pants or ‘plus fours’ and two-tone shoes…Thanks to dress codes imposed by golf clubs, golf fashion for the most part is, NOT yoggish.

The WalrusBut there are increasing efforts to work within and even push the dress code boundaries to make the kind of gear that allows YOGs to wear comfortably while expressing themselves (demonstrated here by future YOG Ricky Fowler).

Banter

YOGs are always up for a laugh. One thing the game of golf doesn’t lack is good healthy banter, particularly when things get competitive. I can’t count how many times I’ve hit a putt too softly and heard “Oh, does your husband play golf too?”

Golf even has its own language. There are many words and expressions to describe the elements and results of shots. Some  of my favorites include:

Joe Pesci: A nasty little 5 footer (putt distance)

John Wayne Bobbit: A nasty slice and ended up short.

Moped scooter: A shot that gets you there, but you’re not very proud of it.

Rock Hudson: Looked straight but it wasn’t.

 

YOG role models

As mentioned earlier,  golf doesn’t necessarily demand superior athleticism as much as skill, focus and nerves of steel. This means there are many top professional players you wouldn’t consider YOGs from a physical aspect. Yet one thing is certain, and that is players are able to compete at the top level well into their YOG years, in some cases their 50s and 60s.

golden bear The ability of these pros to manipulate the flight of a golf ball as if on a string, combined with the mental toughness to maintain focus for each shot, on each hole for 4 – 5 hours, doing this consistently for 4 days straight is nothing short of pure YOGness.

However, there are definitely important physical traits necessary to be the best including flexibility, strength and power, and the new generation of players coming through are changing the physical appearance and typical shape of the pro golfer.

Golfers also make money, lots of money. It is not uncommon to see extremely generous acts of philanthropy and many foundations established by YOG golfers for great causes which are really making a difference.

tiger check

Els for autism

Top 5 YOGs of the 2014 Masters

There are a bunch of players competing in this year’s Masters tournament with more YOG qualities than you could poke a stick at, yet they just fall short of YOG age. With players like defending Champion Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Trevor Immelman all becoming of YOG age in the next couple of years, the future is looking bright for the YOGness of golf.

Adam Scott

But if we look at the +35s who are competing this weekend, for us, these are the yoggy cream of the crop:

5. MIGUEL ANGEL JIMINEZ

Yes, even gingers can be YOGs. While the often cigar toting Spaniard may not be the ultimate picture of health, 50 year old Senor Jiminez is a character who always looks like he’s having fun, and seems to lift the spirits of those around him.

Masters Wins: 0          *Odds to win 2014 Masters: 200/1

4. BEN CRENSHAW

At 62, ‘Gentle Ben’ is still mixing it with the best. He has a calm demeanor and one of the best putting games on tour. But Ben will probably be most remembered for his marriage to a hot swimsuit model!

Masters Wins: 2 (1984, 1995)        *Odds to win 2014 Masters: N/A – didn’t make cut for round 3

3. DARREN CLARKE

Another YOG who loves a pint and a laugh. That unmistakable Irish smile is a testiment to the 45 year olds outlook on life, despite losing his wife to breast cancer in 2006.

Masters Wins: 0        *Odds to win 2014 Masters: 500/1

2. BUBBA WATSON

At 35, Bubba just scrapes in as a YOG. It’s fitting too that Bubba, once hampered by anger issues, has now overcome them and settled down ready to excel in his YOG years. This doesn’t mean he takes himself too seriously, as demonstrated by this boy band music video he starred made for charity…

Masters Wins: 1 (2012)        *Odds to win 2014 Masters: 3/1

1. FREDDIE COUPLES

You’ll be hard pressed to find anybody who doesn’t like this YOG, particularly among the female population. If this guy was any more laid back he’d be in a coma. His yoggish persona can be demonstrated by his range of golf shoes which push the boundaries of the traditional.

The 54 year old American seems to always be in the hunt at the Masters, probably aided by the fact he is a crowd favorite year after year.  Heading into round 3 he is well placed for a top ten finish. And even if he doesn’t win the Green Jacket this year, he’ll have won the hearts of the Augusta faithfuls, and will have done us YOGs proud as always.

Masters Wins: 1 (1992)        *Odds to win 2014 Masters: 50/1

*Odds after Round 2 of competition

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American Football vs Rugby

In the wake of the Super Bowl XLVIII,  and following the USA Rugby 7s tournament, now is a good time to address that burning question: ‘Which has more YOG appeal – American Football or Rugby?’

Yes, I may be Australian where rugby is popular and American Football virtually non-existent. Yes, I may have played Rugby from childhood and made a career from it. And yes, I may coach a rugby team in Southern California and play socially on the beach with rugby crazy ex pats instead of flag football with the natives. But I know enough about American Football to form a non-biased opinion. I actually love it, and believe it or not, I’ve even been supporting the Denver Broncos for 14 years (thanks to Sony PlayStation’s Madden Football 2000).

So despite the fact that there is a small percentage of YOGs still actually playing either game at the highest level, let’s examine the yogness of the two sports from different angles, starting with the elements of the game itself.

PRE MATCH BUILDUP

Run out of coffee and need a kick start to get through your day? Just YouTube one of Drew Brees’ pre match scream fests to his chanting cronies and that oughta do it. NFL pre match buildups are high on energy and entertainment. But for me, the unity and patriotism involved with entire rugby teams arm in arm as they sing their National anthem along with thousands in the stadium, or performing a traditional ancient warrior dance as an invitation to battle has a much higher YOG value.

American Football  0      Rugby  1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs1-zzp2tyg

TOUCHDOWNS vs TRIES

The fact that a Football offensive playbook is around the size of phonebook suggests that scoring a touchdown is quite an intricate process. Things happen so fast when the ball is snapped that the vision and decision making abilities of Quarterbacks is nothing short of genius, and the agility of running backs and handling of wide receivers can be majestic.

The beauty of a typical rugby try however is that every person on the entire team has the opportunity to handle the ball. And while the ball isn’t allowed to be passed forward, it can be kicked, adding a whole new element of skill to the equation.  Having to ground the ball in the Try zone is also the last piece of the puzzle which can sometimes prove to be a tough challenge in itself.

But Football very narrowly edges out Rugby on this one. Bearing in mind that the field is also 30 metres (33yds) narrower than a Rugby pitch,  the precision and speed usually required to score a touchdown is mind boggling.

American Football  1      Rugby  1

TACKLES

Yes, Football players wear a lot of padding and helmets. This just means they recklessly collide with each other like rams during mating season. Being allowed to hit without using arms also contributes to some spine bending collisions.

On the other hand, rugby tackles, while brutal at times, are subjected to more regulation for safety reasons, such as not being allowed to hit anybody in the air, or lift flip a players legs higher than the level of their head (unlike Football). And because play continues after a tackle, they tend to be of a more tactical nature rather than just trying to stop the play while also attempting to break the ball carrier in half.

So which is more yoggish? I’ll have to go for rugby on this one. Especially with the peacocking antics of a Football player after making a big hit, compared to rugby players who have to get back up immediately and carry on, usually to make another tackle!

American Football   1     Rugby  2

POST TOUCHDOWN/TRY CELEBRATIONS

Whether it’s The Dougie, The Jerk, The Choppa City Juke, or pretty much everything Terrell Owens does…celebrating touchdowns is an NFL tradition, despite constant efforts to outlaw the often unsportsmanlike end zone gestures.

Try celebrations are a more recent addition to Rugby and seem to be on the rise. It’s safe to say that most of these celebrations, particularly of the dancing variety were inspired by their NFL counterparts.

As for which has the higher YOG factor? It was tempting to not award any points, because even though they can be highly entertaining, YOGs remain modest about their achievements. Legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi summed it up when he said “act as though you’ve been there before”.

However, being a YOG is also about enjoying yourself, and who doesn’t enjoy a good celebration? American footballers show us how.

American Football       Rugby   2

PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES

There’s no doubt about it…American Footballers are freakish athletic specimens, many of whom possess speed and strength that wouldn’t look out of place at the Olympic Games.

NFL scouting combine

A Football team is a collection of humans with highly specialized attributes for their respective positions, with each play averaging 6 seconds, while stoppages between plays average 47 seconds. Rugby on the other hand, requires each player to possess all round physical qualities, while also needing a much higher cardiovascular fitness as plays can last up to 3 ½ minutes, with less frequent and shorter stoppages than Football.

For this reason Rugby wins the vote in this category because being a YOG is all about achieving balance.

American Football  2     Rugby  3

THE FIELD GOAL

I added this category because field goals are a commonly used method of scoring points in both games.

In Football, the kicker of the field goal has limited time, having to contend with pressure from opposition linesman, not to mention the ball being placed and held incorrectly by the holder. The ball also has a smaller surface area and is tougher to strike it accurately and for long distances.

In rugby, the ball is dropped to the ground and struck by the kicker on the bounce leaving more room for error. While there is still pressure from advancing defenders, the kicker can choose any time to kick.

Overall, the rugby field goal is more yoggish because there is freedom to kick from anywhere, is more dynamic and high risk, and the kicker gets the job done on his own, without relying on others to help him.

American Football  2     Rugby  4

THE CHEERLEADERS

It could be argued that cheerleading objectifies women, hence not aligning with the deeper moral fibers of YOGs. But we’re not dealing with strip clubs here, we’re talking pom poms and frilly skirts. After all, YOGs are men, we appreciate female beauty and like to be entertained!

In comparison, this one is no contest. While Rugby has come a long way in providing some quality cheerleading in terms of both looks and choreography, it just simply can’t compete with a nation that brought us Miss Universe pageants and the Bring it On movie series.

American Football  3     Rugby  4

SPECTATING

Life is short and time is precious. YOGs don’t really want to see a game which starts with 60 mins on the clock, yet takes nearly 3 ½ hours to complete. The only bearable way to cope with this is heading to a sports bar to join fans of several different teams watch several different TV screens and socialize for the 2 ½ hours that the ball isn’t in play. Or better yet, arrive 5 hours early to a live game, preferably College Football and hone your beer pong skills while devouring some fine American BBQ cuisine.

While Rugby lacks the Sunday sports bar and tailgating vibe, it makes up for it with the gathering of different nationalities during International matches and tournaments. The carnival atmosphere of an all day International Rugby Sevens tournament, with 50 % of the crowd in fancy dress is quite unique. Popping  interstate to an NFL game in New York is pretty cool. Traveling to Hong Kong for a 3 day International Rugby Tournament is just downright yoggish!

Hong Kong 7s

American football  3     Rugby  5

COMMERCIALS

When 30 seconds of commercial air time during Super Bowl costs $4 million, you know it’s gotta be good. With A-list celebrities and Hollywood style productions, Football commercials, even during the regular season, have a comedic edge which generally leave rugby commercials for dead.  And while Rugby can provide the odd gem, usually during a big event like the World Cup, these are few and far between.

FINAL SCORE      American Football  4     Rugby  5

So there you have it, Rugby officially has more YOG appeal than American Football. And with Rugby now an Olympic Sport, hopefully it will gain the popularity and exposure here in the USA that it deserves.

 

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The 2 Minute Rule

The 2 Minute Rule

YOGs take care of their shit. They get shit done. If procrastination is one of your worst habits and small tasks tend to pile up to become bigger chores, try applying the ‘2 minute rule’ to your daily routine. Basically, if something can be done within 2 minutes, do it now. Trust me, you won’t be affected by that time spent. But you will be affected later when the task piles up to become more than a 2 minute job…much more!

This is a great way to beat the habit of putting the dishes straight in the dishwasher instead of leaving them in the sink for later, or putting those clothes away rather than letting them pile up on the floor for example. You get the idea…

South African YOG wins Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest

In the chilly Northern Californian waters near Half Moon Bay, 40 year old Durban born YOG Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker claimed the title of Mavericks Invitational Champion of 2013/2014.

Mavericks coastline

With a waiting period of 5 months, contest organizers are very selective about the ideal weather and surf conditions to stage the one day event (there was no contest in 2011 or 2012 for this reason). So when they decided today was the ‘big’ day, thousands of spectators turned out and were not disappointed as they witnessed an epic display of Man vs Nature.

Mavericks

24 of the World’s best big wave surfers battled it out in the 30 – 40 waves, with the field being whittled down to a 6-man final. But it was virtually a two YOG race between Baker and 41 year old Hawaiian stalwart Shane Dorian for the crown.

Grant 'Twiggy' Baker

Baker’s first two high scoring waves of 9 and 10 respectively proved too much to beat, securing his second Mavericks Invitational victory since 2006.

For more details and full contest coverage click HERE.

 

 

 

Why You Need To Give and Receive a Hug Immediately!

So apparently it’s National Hug Day here in the US, and boy is it needed here with tension levels rising as people return to work after the holidays, or as for many parts of America, because it’s just so damn cold!

But hugs should be a prominent feature of our daily routine. Research shows that hugging, just like laughter, is extremely effective for healing sickness, loneliness, depression, anxiety, disease and stress.

A deep front on heart to heart hug can benefit you in the following ways:*

1. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels which decreases feelings of anger, loneliness and isolation.

2. A nice long hug can boost serotonin levels which elevates moods creating happiness.

3. Hugs can build trust and a feeling of safety which can lead to honest and open communication.

4. Gentle pressure of the sternum during a hug activates the Solar Plexus Chakra, stimulating the thymus gland which regulates and balances white cell production, hence boosting our immune system.

5. Hugs can relax muscles and relieve pain by increasing blood circulation to soft tissues.

6. Hugs balance out the nervous system. There is a galvanic skin response when giving and receiving a hug which shows a change in skin conductance, affecting moisture and electricity in the skin.  This basically shows a more balanced state in the nervous system.

7. Hugging boosts self-esteem. There is a somatic connection to our hug-filled childhood years, when we felt most loved by our parents and family. This triggers our ability to self love.

8. Similar to meditation and laughter, hugs teach us to let go and be present in the moment. This connects us to our heart, feelings and breathing.

9. Hugs teach us to give and receive. There is an equal value between  being receptive to warmth and giving or sharing that warmth.

10. Hugging creates synergy between people, meaning the whole equals more than the sum of it’s parts leading to more win win situations. Group hug everyone!!!

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* adapted from 10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day by Marcus Julian Felicetti

Martin Luther King Jnr (Jan 15, 1929 – April 4 1968)

When Dr Martin Luther King Jnr was assassinated, he was barely into his YOGhood years (aged 39). But by then, he had already achieved so much, most notably his role in the advancement of African American civil rights through non-violent activism which lead to him becoming the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

On this day, the anniversary of his birth, we salute MLK for the legacy he has left and for being a shining example of the humanitarian side of the word YOG.

In his honor, go to question 8 of our YQ test and ask yourself, “What would MLK do?”

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

This is definitely one of our favorite YOGumentaries, demonstrating health transformations of epic proportions, using the simple concept of juicing fruit and veg.

The film follows Aussie banker Joe Cross as he travels across America on a 60 day juice fast, in an effort to regain his own health, while educating others on the benefits of juicing.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead CoverThe weight loss results and other health benefits featured in this documentary are quite astonishing. We of the YOG blog are huge advocates of juicing and you’ll see plenty more on the topic, including reviews of the best Juicers out there in future posts.