Questions tagged [equipment]

Questions about the equipment used for a particular sport. This tag should always be combined with a tag for the specific sport in question.

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How do I make my table tennis paddle's rubber less sticky?

I've only been playing table tennis/ping-pong for about ~3 months now at work. Some of these guys are brutal when it comes to spin. While I have gotten a lot better at handling top/bottom spin, I am ...
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How does a skeleton athlete sprint at the top of the track without slipping?

In skeleton, the rider starts running with the sled at the top of the track and belly flops on to the sled. Since this is the case, how does a skeleton athlete sprint at the top of the track without ...
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Ski/Snowboard Socks

I am aware that when you are going skiing/snowboarding, it is important to refrain from wearing cotton. Most ski/snowboard socks that I've seen are made from merino wool. I was wondering about other ...
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What are the technical differences between skeleton and luge?

In skeleton, participants run at the start, then dive onto their sled front-first. In luge, participants begin on their sleds, and use their hands to start before lying back-first. It has been ...
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Why don't bobsleigh drivers customise their helmets like racing drivers do?

In motorsport, it is the norm for drivers to customise their crash helmets; mostly to express their personality but sometimes to advertise their sponsors too. Bobsleigh has some similarities with ...
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Does the tension of a tennis racket really affect the game play?

I'm an amateur who has played for a couple of years. In the beginning I bought just a random racket - "for beginners", they say. Then I saw some Big Helmet tournaments and got curious about players ...
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Helmets in alpine skiing vs cycling

I am wondering why the helmets used in different sports disciplines are so different, especially considering professional athletes. Alpine skiing (source) Cycling (source) Of course I understand ...
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What are the ingredients in environmentally friendly ski/snowboard wax?

I've recently been interested in learning about the different types of waxes for skis and snowboards, and after reading about the damage that has been done by fluorocarbon wax (and others), I'm ...
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Is it true that sports which use motorized equipment cannot participate in Olympics?

I have heard that sports that use motorized equipment cannot participate in the Olympics, such as Formula One. Is it true or just rumor? I am talking about those equipments which are used by players ...
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Semipermeable swimming nose clips

Is there a solution against nose aches after a lot of swimming? maybe nose clips, that only let you breathe out and close when you breathe in?
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Sight adjustments on the Gamo Compact air pistol

I shoot 10 meter air pistol with the Gamo Compact. When adjusting the sights, how much does one click left/right and up/down, respectively, correspond to on the target?
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What medicine ball exercises specifically help soccer players?

What specifically is built up using medicine balls for soccer? What exercises can build up core strength for soccer?
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What kite-surfing equipment should I start with?

To start with, find below some of my characteristics/equipement: 15 years of age 1.92 m / 6.3 ft 65 kg / 150 pounds I'm in, what I consider to be, reasonable physical condition Pretty good with ...
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When should I use a longer tee vs a shorter tee?

I know that different sizes are sold but when should I be using a taller vs. shorter tee. Is there an appropriate time or is it just preference?
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Are shoes mandatory while playing cricket?

Are shoes mandatory while playing cricket? No doubt it will be difficult without shoes but I would like to know whether it is mandatory or not. Any idea? Edit: Hundreds of rules are there in Cricket ...
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What is the frequency of overs to introduce a “new” ball? [duplicate]

In ODI and Test they introduce a new ball in between the course of the match,which favours the seamers. What is frequency of overs in test matches for a new ball to be introduced,because it is a ...
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Is baking the skates equivalent of quicker breaking them in?

Will baking give me something that (after some time) breaking in will give me as well? Or will it be completely "new quality" not reachable by simply skating (even for long period)? If the latter, is ...
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What is the lowest model of Nexus line with guard in the tongue?

The padding is some kind of foam, or sponge. You can squeeze it, every piece of it works independently, so lace make a line in it. The guard is some kind of plastic. You cannot squeeze it, entire ...
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New soccer ball for 2014 World Cup

I've heard that this year they will be introducing a new soccer ball for World Cup. What are the differences between this ball and the ball that was used in previous years? Why did they feel the need ...
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Should you or shouldn't you wear two pair of socks?

I skate in hockey skates, but for recreational purposes. I am wondering if one should really wear two pair of socks? When I was buying skates, they guys in the shop adviced me to wear them, but now ...
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Does anyone have any experience with a mouthpiece for golf?

I recently read the following article: A MOUTHPIECE FOR GOLF. Sounds silly, but clenching your teeth can hurt your game. **Is there any evidence to suggest that such a product may be helpful? I ...
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Why is the bottom surface of water skis smooth?

I don't even know if the bottom surface is smooth or not, but in this question I do not ask about a keel or groove on the underside. I ask if it is smooth or is it like a surface of a golf ball. ...
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What is this swiveling hook supplied with snowbard bindings for?

This is my second snowboard bindings, and there was this strange thing supplied with both. What is it for?
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Curve of a Cricket Bat

If you see a cricket bat side-ways, you will notice a curve below the bottom half of the bat. What's the purpose of that curve and I have seen different curves in different bats. How does this curve ...
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Diagnosing a gun leaking gas

Gun: Colt 1911 Cybergun 100th anniversary My Colt 1911 Cybergun is leaking gas either from its magazine or its own valve. I only have one Magazine so cant check if its a mag issue. Description of ...
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How to choose snowboard bag size?

I have a snowboard (Borton TWC Standard 12-13) 157 cm. I want to buy Wheelie Gig Bag (http://www.burton.com/default/wheelie-gig-bag/F14-10994100.html?cgid=mens-board-bags). This bag is available in ...
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Mongoose bat, why don't we play test cricket with it?

I saw some matches when batsmen were using Mongoose bats, but why don't they use them in One Day Internationals and Test matches? What difference does it make in cricket?
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How bad is washing a wetsuit in a washing machine?

Is it so bad if I wash my 5 mm wetsuit in a washing machine? I perfectly know that it's not good. What I'd really like to know is: will it reduce my wetsuit life expectation from 10 years to 5 years (...
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Is it allowed to wear inner gloves while batting in cricket?

We can see the wicket keepers always wearing inner gloves on field. Is it permitted for a batsman to wear inner gloves while batting in cricket? Is there any batsman wear them in international ...
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How to replace laces on boots with a lace cover?

Many models of Nike football/soccer boots have a lace cover. It the laces need replacing, how do you access the eyelets under the cover to insert the new lace?
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Is it permissible to wear caps while playing football?

I couldn't see any football players wearing caps while playing international matches, but I could see some of them wearing large headbands. What's the rules for Football say about this? If the ...
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What reasons might prompt a fielding side to request the ball be exchanged for one of comparable wear?

Occasionally, the fielding side requests (sometimes repeatedly) of the umpires that the ball they are using be changed. This is not the request for a new ball regularly available under Laws 5.3 and 5....
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Different Quality of Shuttlecock for World Championship/Olympics

Why does the BWF/IOC choos an even higher quality shuttlecock, that may only be used during international events like the World Championship and the Olympics?
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What is the smallest available Mosfet with basic functions?

I'm looking to upgrade my ICS m4 but need a mosfet that is as small as possible since the room in my handguard is limited as is, and I don't want to reduce the size of my battery any further. Which ...
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What is the motivation behind tweaking a clubhead's loft?

In a video to build Sergio Garcia's driver, the equipment builder takes a clubhead with a stock loft of 10 degrees and tweaks it to have a final clubhead loft of 8.5 degrees. What is the motivation ...
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Tips/Advice for Stringing a lacrosse stick with a “V” Shooter Pocket and 2 Cross strings

I am a lacrosse player who primarily plays attack. I am starting to string my own heads, and I was looking for any tips. My team's equipment expert could not offer me much assistance, much to my ...
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Badminton Racket Sleeves

Buying a badminton racket is easy. Buying the right one is far more difficult. Each time when you buy a new racket however, the new racket is accompanied by a racket sleeve. I always threw them away, ...
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Tune Easton FMJ arrows for a 30# bow?

I'd like to shoot the FMJ series of Easton because I really like how easy you can pull aluminium arrows out of the target in comparison to carbon ones. But the spine will only get as light as 500. ...
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What to do if the arrows are too far to the left?

When shooting (recurve, rh) my arrows are far left of the sight. I can't adjust it any further left because it's at the end of the thread for the pin and it's the longest pin I could find. What ...
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How to determine the correct grip size for a tennis racquet?

Tennis racquets have different grip sizes and I am not sure which one would be the best for me. Is there an easy way to find this out?
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How can you find your correct size of cricket bat?

What is the best way to determine what cricket bat size to use? This is a general question but my specific case is for my 8 year old son.
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Badminton Racket Specifications

I've been playing with numerous badminton rackets: short long large blade long shaft but are there exact badminton racket specifications regarding length and/or weight?
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Effect Temperature On Speed Shuttle Cock

If you're playing badminton in the summer, or at least in high temperatures (> 25°C/77°F), the speed of the shuttle cock is quite different to that of playing in cold temperatures (16°C/60°F). Why ...
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How do the leading makes of red cricket ball vary in performance?

Cricket balls are manufactured to conform to the specification laid down in Law 5 of the Laws of Cricket. However, there are several different manufacturers of cricket ball, and normally the host ...
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Squash Raquet Grommet Strip

I have been playing squash for several years now and gone through several racquets, a Wilson, a Black Knight, and now a Dunlop. My friend has had a Dunlop racquet for the last few years as well. He ...
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Changing Rubber on a Ping Pong Paddle

I have a ping pong paddle with one side that has sandpaper grip and another paddle with a nicer rubber that unfortunately is broken. I want to put the rubber from the broken paddle on the paddle ...
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Different Badminton Grip and Weight Types

Over the years I've used many badminton rackets, with a wide variety of code numbering placed at the beginning of the shaft: G4/3U G2/2U Can somebody give me detailed information about the ...
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How to select watch able to sustain sprinting and heavy sporty usage 24/7?

I have broken far too many watches: their knobs, their hinges, their internal metallic support, scratched the glass, etc. I have scaled back to very cheap watches because so fed up to breaking ...
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How to maintain sport gears made of leather? Oil them not to get holes? Repairs?

I have a lot of sport gears where some of the material is leather. Over time, the leather become easily broken. There must be some oil or something to protect the leather cover. How can I oil/protect ...
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Why are cricket bats only made from certain types of trees?

I often hear people mention the bat made out of English Willow. Why are certain types of trees prefered?

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