31 Things From Walmart For Anyone Who Plays A Lot Of Sports
No matter what sports you play, you're sure to find some utilitarian necessities from the beginning of your workout to your recovery.
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set of Callaway golf balls so you're never left scrambling in your bag for extras.
Promising review: "The Callaway Chrome Soft is a high quality golf ball. Great combination of distance off the tee and feel on/around the green. I've switched from Titleist and couldn't be happier." — Retiree
Price: $34.99 (12 per pack)
silicone swim cap to increase your speed in the water and keep your hair out of your line of sight. Not to mention it helps keep chlorine off your hair when you're in the pool.
Promising review: "Excellent fitting cap for those wishing ears covered.....durable." — Halfmileswimmer
Promising review: "Great clubs at a lower price than other stores for the exact same set of clubs. Extremely pleased with them and a great value!" — Robert
Franklin soccer ball to tote along to games, or just bring to the park with friends.
Hot tip: Buy a single one for yourself, or get a twelve-pack if you play in a league or on a team.
Price: $4.88 (available in four colors)
tennis ball basket so you're not left running around the court for extra balls mid-match.
Promising review: "This is a great hopper! We've used the metal ones for years but this seems far superior in design! It does require assembly but I did it myself in 10 minutes each. The handles 'lock' in place so they don't flop around, and when stood upright for serving or feeding balls, they also latch in place, making the hopper really secure in a standing position. The rods on top slide easily to 'close,' keeping the balls from spilling. It seems someone has 'built a better mousetrap' as they say!!! I love it and at $24 from walmart.com it's a great deal! I bought two and will buy more to replace old metal hoppers as needed. (They also hold more balls than a traditional hopper)" — UsandFour
pair of Wilson shin guards for more competitive soccer players. That way, you won't get hurt if you get hit in the shins.
Promising review: "I got these for my granddaughter and they worked great. She didn't complain about them being to tight or loose. I strongly recommend them." — Nana1
compact Trigger Point Foam Roller so you can focus on specific points of tension. Think of it like a way to roll out your shoulders instead of your whole back.
Promising review: "I bought this foam roller awhile ago. I got it because of its small size and 'fingers.' I travel a lot and can pack it into my suitcase. It also fits in my gym bag so can use after a workout at the gym." — HMM70
high density foam roller to roll out any post-playing tension and soreness. It'll work on anything from tight calves to a sore back.
Promising review: "I recently had a really bad hamstring in my leg, and my trainer at the gym that I go to had me roll-out my leg on a Foam Roller. Within days I was feeling so much better from the hamstring. The pain in my leg was so bad that I could hardly walk & I thought that I needed to see a specialist, but after using the foam roller on my leg I realized that this was the best product on the market for stretching & getting out the knots. The price for this item was reasonable & it was delivered right away." — ABG8
Price: $18.42+ (available in three sizes)
portable basketball hoop that requires minimal installation. You can take it outside to shoot some hoops, or just fold it and keep it in your garage until it's nice outside.
Promising review: "My 12-year old son and I put this together in about an hour and a half. It isn't rocket science, but be sure you have the tools needed. We've had this for over a month now, and my son loves it." — Reedmusic
Price: $89 (available in two colors)
Franklin rubber teeball for batting practice. These ones even come in fun colors.
Promising review: "Great for that early morning glare that white balls can get lost in. We seem to have gotten all the 9am games for T-Ball!" — NYCFamily
handheld massage roller to get those kinks out of hard-to-reach areas, like your calf or middle back.
Promising review: "I love the fact that this stick is great for all body parts, including your feet! It's definitely not too hard where there's discomfort. It's perfect! Conveniently fits in my backpack/suitcase for getaway races :)" — Fitasticjess
massage cane that allows you to really dig into different knots. It's funny-looking, but definitely does the trick.
Promising review: "I'm a runner, and I also work on my feet all day. I have purchased many stretching/muscle relief items over the years and this is by far my favorite! You can target a specific area with as little or much pressure as necessary. The fact that it's small and portable is a bonus! Buy this now, you won't be mad you did." — BellzDeep
back stretcher to ease any lower-back tension from running around, whether it be on the field or at the gym.
Promising review: "I researched about ways to stretch my back to decrease lower back pain. Bought this as a cost effective alternative to an inversion table, plus it is portable, does not use space at home, and does not increase the blood pressure in your head and eyes... And it works great! Ten minutes in the morning, and my lower back pain was gone for days. Be mindful of the proper use, move slowly, and when laying on it, just relax and let gravity do the rest. Also, move slowly and carefully when getting up. It simply works. Bought another for a friend already." — akgdsfkahd
return putting system for putting practice at home. It doesn't require assembly, and you barely have to change your stance to get teed up for your next putt.
Promising review: "This product was easy to set up and enjoy. I bought it as a birthday gift for a senior who can no longer play golf. Will buy one for myself after seeing how much we had at the birthday party." — Golf2489
baseball tee to go with your colorful T balls. This allows you to practice hitting without a pitcher, and you can even adjust the height to your liking.
Promising review: "I was looking for something sturdier than the basic plastic T ball sets. This is it! I paid extra for this batting t and a wooden bat. It was worth it. The T is simple to put together, easily adjusted, and heavy duty. This is to be used by 4- and 5-year-old boys for T ball. I highly recommend the MacGregor Batting T." — BigTimeDave
Head tennis racquet for your next match. It's made of graphite, so it's super lightweight for easy handling.
Promising review: "I love the feel of the grip. It feels like rubber, but it won't move or slide against your skin. The racquet feels like an extension of my arm. Enjoyed playing tennis, paddle ball, and handball, but knees don't cooperate anymore. A friend talked me into helping him practice. I stand in one spot, but he spends his time chasing my shots. Felt so right having a racquet in my hand again." — SPgorilla
sports ball hopper tube to pick up all sorts of balls around whatever court you're playing tennis on. It even has a nylon strap for easy carrying.
Promising review: "This is the smartest purchase I could have made for myself. It saves me time and energy I can now spend actually enjoying playing tennis, instead of spending so much time picking up balls. It hangs easily on a chain link fence waiting to be used. Strap is handy which leaves my hands free going on and off the court." — lovintennis
sport compression leg sleeve infused with copper that'll help protect the area around your knees while working out. It's also tapered to fit the natural shape of the whole leg.
Promising review: "Very comfortable and my legs feel great when I'm wearing these and working out." — BigMike46
Price: $14.92 (available in two sizes and two colors)
vibrating back cushion to loosen up your back while you're sitting at your desk. It allows you to recover from your latest session without compromising work time.
Promising review: "I am a R.N. and have residual effects from a pelvic fracture and nerve injury several years ago which impair my gait. Compensating for that affects my balance, posture and body symmetry. The heat and vibration of the cushion helps relax my muscles and that, combined with the benefits of my HangUp, significantly improve my spinal alignment and overall comfort. I can fall asleep in my HangUp 'hammock' when the bed, sofa or floor just don't work. Thank you so much!" — Donna332
Rawlings baseball helmet for your next big game or batting practice. It keeps your head safe, but it also has air-flow technology so it doesn't get too hot under all the foam padding.
Promising review: "I have multiple kids in sports so I do a lot of shopping around before making a purchase on new equipment. I have to say that it was great finding a great value on a name brand item. It fits my 7 year old well with room to grow over the next couple of years." — KimW
Price: $13.94+ (available in five colors)
roll of Mueller athletic tape to bandage any sore areas in need of a gentle recovery. These ones are latex-free, just in case you have any allergies.
Promising review: "I LOVE this tape! I actually use it daily on my feet. I have pronated ankles and fallen arches. This is the ONLY tape that will stick really good to the bottom and sides of my feet even after a day of walking and the sweat from inside the shoes. Other brands come right off." — Melisa
Mizuno baseball glove for throwing and catching balls. It comes with a power-lock strap to keep it in place on your wrist, along with flexible netting to help catch even the toughest throws and hits.
Promising review: "This glove is game ready. It requires very little break-in time. I purchased this glove to play catch with my grandson. My old glove has seen better days as it is 45 years old. I highly recommend this glove to parents and kids alike. Best glove I have seen for the money. Get one, I did." — SocksTheCat
Price: $33.84 (available for both hands, four styles, and five sizes)
copper compression socks for men and women that allow for joint and muscle recovery. Since they increase oxygen intake to muscles, you can even wear them on flights or while pregnant.
Promising review: "These socks are effective! Before my feet would hurt after work with regular socks. But with these, I don't feel any pain after a whole day's work. This is great if you're working on your feet the whole day." — Tin
Price: $14.99 (available in sizes S/M and L/XL)
Spalding ball return for your basketball hoop means you can practice shooting hoops without running after your ball. The device allows it to be fed right back to you.
Promising review: "This is a great value and works well. We live in very cold climate and ball return can break after one year. But for the price it's worth it. I buy a new one every year to year and a half. :)" — MacMomWI
Price: $12.97+ (available in two colors)
standing golf bag in gold and silver for easily transporting your golf clubs and golf balls with ease. It has a ton of different compartments, so you'll always know where everything is.
Promising review: "I'm a beginner golfer and have not owned many golf bags to compare, but for the price I feel like it cannot be beat! Looks very nice and the stand works great. I cannot review the longevity of it since it is still new, but I still say for the price if you are looking for a quality bag on a budget you found it!" — Sam
two-pack of medical tape that tears to whatever length or width you need. This makes it ideal for both minor cuts during workouts and is ideal to have on-hand.
Promising review: "This works great to bandage wounds for people that react allergically to adhesive tape. Also, does not stretch skin and damage it when being removed. Much easier on sensitive skin or hair covered skin." — ngla
Promising review: "Great feel from the composite leather and channels. The only ball I choose to play with for indoor games." — MadManAce
Price: $59.95+ (available in two sizes and six colors)
pair of hot & cold massage balls to help work out any pressure points. You can either heat them in hot water for soothing release, or stick in the freezer for something cooling/relaxing.
Hot tip: Use the smooth ball for broader areas like your back and shoulders, but use the grooved one for thicker-skinned areas like your feet.
Promising review: "I have used this grip for many years. I have tried others and always come back to this one. I like the contour with the raised stitching, which really helps my small hands keep a good grip on the racket handle." — Wallabbie
kickboard to keep you float while fine-tuning your stroke during a swim. This one even has special grips to hold onto.
Promising review: "They are lightweight and easy to carry by kids. I love the colors and they float well in water. They boost the confidence of new little swimmers." — Connie
Price: $9.85 (available in six colors)
Franklin baseball bat-pack for easy carrying of your equipment. It has enough space for two baseball bats, plus space for water, snacks, baseballs, mitts, and more.
Promising review: "I bought this bag for my 7-year-old. Seems a lot easier for him to hold/wear than the duffle bags. A lot of pockets. Very roomy. Main part of the bag can fit his batting helmet, outfield glove, water bottle, and then some. Seems to be of pretty decent quality and could last him the next couple of years. The inside is lined, which was great for when he forgot to close his water bottle and it spilled all over the inside. I was able to wipe it up easily." — KimW
Price: $16.99+ (available in five colors)
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