16 hot tips to make this your coolest summer ever
By MH Staff - Posted on 20th February 2012
16 hot tips to make this your coolest summer ever
1 SUPERCHARGE YOUR GOLF GAME
Use the range to rehab your game. Smacking balls as far as you can at the driving range is fun, but it’s not helping your handicap, says renowned swing coach Butch Harmon, who has trained Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and others.
Pick a few flags and imagine a fairway between them. Count how many times out of 10 or 15 balls you can hit the imaginary fairway. This hones the ability to control the ball more than swinging for the fences does.
If you have a slice or a hook…
Hit five balls with a slow-motion swing and then hit one ball at normal speed. If you repeat this several times, your shots will eventually straighten because
a slower swing allows your muscle memory to break down the mechanics of it.
If you frequently mishit your iron…
Start your swing by hovering your clubhead just above the ball. This forces you to hit down on the ball on the downswing, instead of coming up. (Otherwise you’d whiff it.) It also helps you make more solid contact.
If one hole keeps tripping up your score…
Envision each shot in your head – the fairway and its obstacles, and hit your driver. Then imagine the iron you’d hit on the fairway to make it to the green on the second shot. Repeat this until you can regularly hit the green.
2 CRASH A HOTEL POOL
Pull off the caper that would make the Entourage crew proud, and give your gal an afternoon to remember. Our crafty insider: Toby Shuster, a social-media manager and lifelong pool crasher. Look for a family-friendly spot. “The staff will be worried about kids running around – not you,” Shuster explains. “Plus, they don’t expect crashers at family-friendly luxury hotels.” That said, avoid youth orientated hot spots – they’re on the watch for folks like you. And consider bad reviews a good thing: “If someone says the staff isn’t helpful, that’s your cue to go – employees are less likely to care,” he says.
Time your crash
Go around 3pm, when it’s neither too busy nor a ghost town. But don’t bring your own beach towels – that’s a dead giveaway. They’ll have towels there. And look confident: no hotel employee will want to falsely accuse a guest of crashing. If you are confronted, simply say: “We’re visiting a friend. I don’t remember his room number.” If they don’t buy it, just leave. It’s not like they’re going to arrest you.
3 WEAR TRUNKS SHE’LL WANT TO UNPACK
Forget the net liner. Make absolutely sure there’s a liner if your shorts are a lighter colour, especially white. Light colours become see-through when wet, leaving your jewels in plain view.ick a bad colour. Think about your skin tone. Bright colours like orange or red look better on darker or well-tanned skin. A bit pasty? Stick to navy or pale blue. Black looks good on everyone.buy baggy if you’re trying to hide a gut. Find a suit that hugs your hips without pinching them. (Go ahead, pace the fitting room.) Pick a drawstring over elastic, which accentuates your waist.dy types. Consider your height. If you’re tall, your shorts should hit mid-thigh to knee. If you’re shorter, stick to trunks that go no lower than mid-thigh.
4 GIVE HER THE UNIVERSE
Summer is the perfect time to offer up some celestial razzle-dazzle. Find the darkest skies you can, lie down on a blanket with her and start exploring. (The sky, that is)
Play mind tricks It takes 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adapt to darkness. Use that time to have a satellite-spotting contest: scan the sky for what appears to be fast-moving stars. When the half hour is up, you’ll be able to see thousands more stars than when you first came out. Zoom in Take turns scanning the sky with binoculars. Use at least a 50mm aperture. We like Celestron’s SkyMaster 9x63 (R2 343 www.wantitall.co.za). Don’t worry about finding anything – just enjoy the view. You’ll quickly stumble across star clusters and nebulae. Here’s an easy grab though: “A row of three bright stars, forming Orion’s Belt, is easily visible in the East. Following the belt stars to the right, you will find the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius,” recommends Theo Ferreira, manager of the Iziko Planetarium. If you start wondering what you’re looking at, download Star Chart to your iPhone or the free Sky Map to your android. Hold the phone up to the sky to ID the celestial objects. Find your way home In the Southern Hemisphere, your best compass is the Southern Cross. This can be found by looking for the dark spot in the Milky Way, which has four bright stars in the shape of a cross, with a fifth just off to the side. To the left of this cross are another two stars, known as the Pointers. To find south, extend the long axis four-and-a-half times towards the horizon. For more accuracy, draw a line between the two pointer stars. Take another line at a right angle to the middle of this, and where that intersects with the line from the cross (as described above) will be south. Don’t be fooled by the False Cross, which is diamond-shaped and doesn’t have a fifth star.
5 BEAT THE HEAT
Stick a bottle of lotion in the refrigerator. Opt for one with a summery scent, like citrus or coconut. She’ll like Soil Uplifting Coconut Body Lotion (R125 www.soil.co.za). Once you’re home (and hot), give her a lotion massage. . . . and turning her on Freeze strawberries and cherries. Trace the end of the frozen fruit across her body – over her stomach, down her inner thigh and back again – lingering as you go. When the fruit defrosts, begin nibbling.
6 EAT AN ICE CREAM LIKE A MAN
The trick is not to start at the top. Instead, lick the edge between the cone and the ice cream first. After that, lick each side in an upward motion to even out the left-over ice-cream. If you still struggle, admit defeat and get a spoon.
7 LAND THE BIGGEST BASS
Launch your attack when the sun goes down. Evening is dinner time for bass – their sharp night vision gives them an advantage over the other predatory fish. “Bass are particularly active for the first hour after sunset,” says Kevin van Dam, pro bass fisherman. Entice them with spinner bait, which mimics real fish. Reel it in at a medium pace so the blades give off tempting vibrations in the water. When you feel a bite, set the hook with a hard sweep of your rod and then start reeling. “Keep tension on the line so you can react if the fish moves,” Van Dam says. If it swims away, point the rod towards it so it doesn’t break your line or pull off the hook. When the fish moves towards you, quickly reel in the slack. Repeat until you lose it or land it.
8 CURE YOUR KID’S FEAR OF WATER
Graduating from the kiddie pool to the real deal can be scary. Take it slow. Big pools or beaches can be intimidating because they’re unfamiliar, like the first day of school or meeting new friends, says clinical psychologist Dr Tamar Chansky, author of Freeing Your Child From Anxiety (R144 Kalahari.net). Don’t rush or pressure your child if he (or she) needs to hang back and observe. Ask if it looks like the other kids are having fun, allowing him to notice all the different skill levels of children in the water, Chansky says. If that’s not working, ask what’s making him afraid – maybe it’s the crowd or the loud surf – and help him avoid the scary parts. “Let’s move to where it’s quieter” is more effective than “Come on, those people won’t bother you”. When kids feel they’re understood, they’ll trust you more, Chansky says. Just don’t ruin it once he’s in the water by yelling, “Oh my god – SHARK! Hahahaha!”
9 BOWL THE BEACH CRICKET MATCH WINNER
“The good thing about beach cricket is that there are lots of girls watching and cheering,” says Proteas pace bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Here is the breakdown, courtesy of a man knows how to hit the stumps. The run-up: Running in the sand is not the easiest thing to do or the most fun either, so Tsotsobe reckons five or six steps are optimal. The grip Hold the tennis ball the same way you’d hold a cricket ball. Imagine a seam and position your index and middle fingers slightly to one side of the “seam” closest to your thumb. If you really want some swing though, tape up half the ball with some insulation tape.The vision The pitch is small and you have to keep your mind on wicket-to-wicket. Visualise where you are going to pitch it (flush on the stumps is a good place), and let loose the lightning pace of your beach arm. The pitch Tsotsobe suggests bowling full tosses, because bouncing a ball in the sand is not so easy. But if you fancy yourself as a speedster like Tsotsobe, he says you should mix things up with the odd bouncer in your over.
10 MAKE YOUR CAR LOOK HOT
Prep and wax your car the right way and you’ll turn heads on every drive. Follow these tips from Vishal Nair of Swissvax Car Care and Detailing Centre in Kyalami, Joburg
Start with the wheels, wheel arches and door jams before washing the body of the vehicle with a clean cloth. With a hose pipe, direct a gentle, slightly-angled spray at the paintwork. Wash with a gentle, horizontal motion, starting from the roof and working your way down. Don’t let the shampoo dry on the paintwork to avoid streaks and soap spots. Rinse with a hose, top down again, until the water sheets cleanly off the paintwork and leaves only water beads behind. Using a waffle-weave drying towel, which is better for your paintwork and more effective than a chamois, pat dry instead of sweeping the towel across the cars surfaces.
Wax on, wax off. Serious enthusiasts can use clay and clay lubricant (Refine and Shine Clay Bar Kit R209 Builders Warehouse), rubbing back and forth not in a circular motion, before wiping away the residue and applying a small amount of pre-wax oil (Mothers California Gold Pre-Wax Cleaner R276 www.wantitall.co.za). Liquid waxes should be applied using an applicator pad, while hard or paste waxes can be applied using the palm of your hand. We rate Turtle Wax Ice Paste, with applicator and towel (R269 Midas). Warm up the wax in the container by rubbing gently with your fingertips in a circular motion, then rub a very small amount of wax into your palms. With gentle pressure and in a circular motion with both hands, apply wax to create a uniform wax film. Let it stand for about 15 minutes and use a quality microfibre cloth to buff off the wax to reveal a high-gloss finish. Now dig that shine.
11 CREAM YOUR TRICKY BITS
Want to know how to put sunblock on those unreachable areas? Unless you have freakishly long arms, you can’t cover your entire back with sunblock. Pay attention to avoid looking like a blistered British tourist.
A liberal application will protect you without needing to rub it in. Just make sure you spray all over.
This is a hybrid of the painter’s roller and your grandmother’s back scratcher. You won’t look cool using it.
Beaches are filled with beautiful women. Don’t waste your time on any of the options adjacent.
12 DOMINATE PAINTBALL
Blindly charging the bad guys in paintball won’t net you anything but a starter kit of welts“You’re not a meerkat – there is no need to stick your head up in the same place repeatedly to check what’s happening. The bunker usually has three sides. Use all three randomly to ensure you do not get hit,” says Wayne Smith, manager of Paintball Africa and member of paintball team Vendetta. Look for foliage of medium density on a woody hill or crest with an escape route. Ideally, it should be three to five metres off a major enemy footpath. Your marker (the gun) has a range of about 30m, but the paint balls arc considerably. So if your opponent is 20 to 30m away, angle your gun five to seven metres above him to account for that arc. If he’s closer than 20m, aim directly at his torso.
13 MIX THE ULTIMATE STEAK RUB
Chef and guyfood guru Justin Bonello tells us how it’s done properly.
Peppercorns of every colour
Put equal quantities of coriander seeds, mustard seeds, Maldon salt and peeled garlic, plus three times as much peppercorns in your mortar and pestle and bash until you get a crumbly rub. Coat the meat generously with the mixture, pressing it into the flesh.
When the coals get to the point that they’re almost ready to be spread and braaied on, put the fillet on the grid and drizzle a little sunflower oil over it to get the flames leaping. Turn the meat every two minutes, drizzling oil every time to ensure the meat is completely sealed by the flame.
14 MAKE A KILLER ICE TEA
Once you taste this version, as recommended by Matt Peckham, manager at the LiquidChefs cocktail lounge at The Zone@Rosebank, you’ll never buy the pre-mixed stuff again
12 Earl Grey tea bags
1 orange rind
4 cups boiling water
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup sugar
4 cups cold water
Orange wedges for garnish
1. Steep the tea bags and orange peel in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Strain the tea and pour into a large jug.
3. Add the orange juice and sugar. Stir, then add cold water and refrigerate until chilled.
4. Serve over ice with orange wedges.
15 SERVE UP PERFECT WATERMELON
Nowadays not all watermelons are green, says chef and MH guyfood expert Pete Goffe-Wood. “A white skin is just as good.”
Smell Pick it up and give it a whiff. “It should smell like a watermelon,” Goffe-Wood says. Although this might sound obvious, it’s essential – a watermelon will give off a scent when it’s ripe.
Sound Smell good? “Give the melon a tap with your fingers,” recommends Goffe-Wood. When there is enough liquid inside the watermelon, it will make a resonating sound when tapped. If it makes a hollow, thock sound, it’s ripe. Slice Cut the water-melon lengthways, down the middle. Place the sliced surface down on the cutting board so it doesn’t move about when you cut it and proceed to hack away at it anyway you like from here.
16 BE A ROCK STAR
Brian Adams’ karaoke staple requires you to master four chords. If you’ve just got your first real six-string, it’s best you start with nylon strings – they’re easier on your fingertips than steel strings.
17 LOOK COOL AT A SUMMER WEDDING
Don’t be the sweaty mess in the three-piece suit. A crisp, pulled-together look honours the happy couple and may catch the eye of that lovely single bridesmaid. “For a daytime wedding, wear a suit in a light shade of khaki with a white cotton shirt,” says Azeez Jacobs, Men’s Health fashion editor. For an afternoon or night affair, pair an olive or chocolate-brown jacket with white linen or cotton pants and an open-collared white linen shirt. A pocket square gives you a finished, polished look so you can forgo the tie, which traps sweat anyway.