Hi there, thanks for stopping by. My name is David McSweeney (that’s me hiking in the Scottish Highlands on the right), and I’m one of the founders here at Noob Norm.
Myself and my buddy Grant Draper founded Noob Norm in 2017 as we wanted to share our experience and expertise across a wide range of activities from sports to tech, and help “Noobs” take up new hobbies and activities.
I’m a golf, hiking, and photography nut, while Grant knows everything there is to know about bikes (moto and mtb), winter sports, and most outdoor activities.
What we do
The hardest thing is often just getting started, and that’s what we’re here to help with. We’re truly passionate about helping you on your journey: whether you want to take up golf, get started in motocross, or become a better photographer.
We create detailed beginner guides that cover the foundations you’ll need, and we put together deeply researched product guides to help you choose the right gear. Where possible we’ll test the gear ourselves (I literally have a shed full of golf training aids), but when we don’t have the products to hand we’ll put in hours of research so you don’t have to.
And when we don’t feel we have the expertise to cover a particular sport or activity, we’ll bring other experts on board. For example, our beginner’s guide to hockey was written by double Olympian, and former England Internationalist Nick Catlin.
How we’re funded / Editorial promise
It’s not free to run this site. As well as hosting and web costs, we have to pay for products to review, designers to create custom graphics, and data for our studies (like this one on Tiger Woods).
Also, we write all our guides (and do all the associated research) ourselves, so Grant and myself both spend the equivalent of a full time job in hours each month working on the site.
We don’t run ads on Noob Norm, as like you we find them super annoying, but we do earn a commission (generally around 5%) when you buy a product through one of our links.
Note that we’ll only get that commission if you’re happy with the product. If you choose to return it, we get nothing.
So it’s in our interests to make sure that we truly select the best products available in our guides. And it’s for that reason that we’ll never accept direct payment from a supplier for recommending one of their products.
Every time we recommend a product it’s because we truly believe it is the best. That’s our promise to you.
Where we’ve been featured
As web geeks, we love playing with data and creating cool tools.
We’re particularly proud of our “Tiger My Wage” tool, which will calculate how many shots it would take Tiger Woods to earn your wage. Spoiler: it’s not many!
Noob Norm was founded by David McSweeney and Grant Draper, two sports, tech, and outdoor enthusiasts with a background in running successful websites.
- Winter Sports
- Adventure Sports
How you can support our site
If you like what we’re doing here at Noob Norm, you can help us by:
Using our links: if you click a product link in one of our reviews (generally to Amazon) we will earn a commission between 3 and 7% of the value of the product. This helps to fund our site, buys us the odd coffee, and helps us add more great content!
Share our site: like what you read? Share our guides and reviews on your social media, Reddit, or forums you are a member of.
Say hi: you can give us feedback on the site by leaving a comment on a post, or dropping us an email.
Where Should You Start?
Pick a category and browse through our posts. When you find a new hobby you’re interested in taking up, then read the associated ‘How To Take Up X’ guide.
Learning a new skill, or taking up a new hobby is an AWESOME thing to do. It satisfies our desire as humans to constantly better ourselves.
So what are you waiting for?
Your next obsession starts here.
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