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The newly expanded hitting area at Granville Golfland lets golfers of all ages and skill levels work on all aspects of their game, from perfecting swings to learning which end of a putter to hold. Dimpled, ball-shaped spaceships teeter on tees in the natural-grass area or achieve liftoff on the recently updated artificial-grass-mat hitting area.

1221 River Rd
Granville,
OH
US

The kinetic whoosh of swinging clubs welcomes golfers into Golf Etc.?s 3,000 square feet or golf equipment and practice facilities. The shop's staff harnesses the latest golf-simulator and launch-monitor technology to break down players? swings, giving instant feedback of the strengths, weaknesses, and physical tendencies present in each pendulous progression. As pupils practice drives and discuss potential swing corrections, club-fitting software simultaneously deduces the ideal equipment to complement players swing and body type, which can help them upgrade to more ergonomically appropriate sets of irons or crowbars. For less-structured swing sessions, clients can enter a private hitting bay for sessions of off-course practice. The store also peddles an array of golf accouterments from top brands for those who recently lost a golf glove or the natural ability to grow spikes out of their feet.

947 Hebron Rd
Heath,
OH
US

Owned and operated by experienced runners, Columbus Running Company strives to support the benefits of walking and running by providing a wide variety of gear, personalized service, and community support. The store is stocked with goods that range from the necessary basics to accessories bursting with more technology than a remote-controlled hummingbird. Slip on a pair of sleek Saucony Guide 4 ($99.99) or Brooks Adrenaline GTS ($100) foot helmets and test them out on the in-store treadmill before setting out to find the meaning of life on a literal cross-country run. The Black Diamond Cosmo headlamp illuminates nighttime runs, making joggers visible to drivers and spontaneously appearing portals to the underworld visible to joggers ($29.99). For shins and calves that are feeling down in the dumps, Zensah compression sleeves provide needed support with gradient compression and strategic ribbing that increases blood flow, making muscles feel as limber as a spider monkey sipping on a wine cooler ($39.99).

1250 Hill Rd N
Pickerington,
OH
US

Tucked into the rolling hillsides of Johnstown, The Links at Echo Springs is equal parts pretty and challenging. Fairways lined with mature hardwood forests skirt streams and ponds. Off the course, there’s a fully stocked pro shop, a driving range with a PGA staff available for lessons, and a bar and grill waiting to serve up celebratory hamburgers. Click here to see a scorecard and read the course guidelines.

5940 Loudon Street Rd
Johnstown,
OH
US

Bicycle One's staff maintains bicycles, preserving their roadworthiness with expert tune-ups, and stocks the shop's shelves with a cornucopia of cycling gear. Cycling sages adjust brakes and gears before truing wheels to prevent bicycles from veering off-trail into sasquatch dens. The service concludes as adept hands lubricate the velocipede's cables and drivetrain and tighten all other bike-bound components.

82 Mill St
Gahanna,
OH
US

At Handy Bikes, sunlight pours through floor-to-ceiling windows, ricocheting between the glistening spokes, frames, and handlebars that hang suspended in neatly aligned rows. For the past 30 years, the privately owned bicycle shop has helped bikers keep on bikin’, filling its racks and display cases with everything from new parts to hard-to-find accessories. Brands such as Raleigh, Haro, and Torker stand out from the store's extensive inventory, which cycles through a variety of interests with kids' bikes, tandems, unicycles, and more. While riders graze the healthy harvest of wheeled products, Handy Bikes' friendly, knowledge-packed staff chomps at the bit to answer questions and demonstrate the proper technique for feeding oats to baby mountain bikes.

2489 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US