Eighty-four hitting stations spread out over two decks. Ten target greens, each one mapped out so players know the precise distance to each flag. Eight hitting bays equipped with TrackTee technology that charts the spin rate and distance of each shot. These are the practice resources that help golfers hone their swing?and learn more about their game?at Valley Golf Center. Named one of 2013's top 50 standalone facilities in America by the Golf Range Association of America, the practice facility also encompasses a 5,000-square-foot putting green and a practice bunker for players to hone their touch around the green. From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, fans, misters, lights, and shade protect players against the elements of heat or the darkness of night. The center also hosts PGA lessons and a fitting center.
With brands such as New Balance, Patagonia, and Brooks parading across its shelves, Tortoise and Hare Sports equips customers with the gear they need to pursue healthy, active lifestyles. The shop’s team uncorks a wealth of knowledge to help each individual find the right fit, including a five-point footwear analysis that tailors shoe selections to a person’s gait, form, and measurements. The store’s weekly calendar is also filled with free services, such running clinics that demonstrate how to minimize injuries, maximize performance, and keep overworked toes from forming a union and going on strike. Training programs for marathon runners, free yoga sessions, and group runs are also available.
GolfTEC has three convenient locations in the Phoenix area and one in Tucson, all staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor the golfer’s swing and break it down on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s PGA specialists point out golfers' flaws and strengths, and coach them on how to permanently improve their game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when golfers execute a perfect stroke or crack an especially witty golfing joke. Customers will also benefit from a $10 gift certificate to Golfsmith, the golf equipment superstore housing GolfTEC’s Chandler, Scottsdale, and Tucson locations. Each of Golfsmith's four Arizona locations is stocked with cutting-edge equipment and custom-fitted clubs.
A 6,641-yard layout sculpted into pond-speckled parkland terrain draws in golfers at Villa de Paz Golf Club's 18-hole course. Throughout the round, golfers will have to prove that their swing is impervious to water hazards, which come into play on 10 holes. Players and husky groundhogs encounter the most difficult hole at the fourth tee box, where a tree-lined fairway dog-legs sharply to the right on its way to a green guarded by a pond in front. Before their round, clubbers can warm up their swings at Villa de Paz's driving range, which has two tiers to accommodate heavy swing-honing traffic and separate territorial head covers.
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Inside Arcadia Sports, athletes and fitness enthusiasts find what they need to replenish their stock of equipment and apparel. Baseball and softball gloves, bats, bags, and cleats equip players for practice or games, and the store's outdoor batting cages help keep them in prime shape for homerun hitting or window breaking. Slider shorts protect rumps from abrasion during base-sliding, and youth jersey shirts protect skin from moisture with Bio-Dri technology. Exercise enthusiasts can peruse kettlebells, free weights, and cardio machines for tools to help build muscle at home.
A flurry of paintballs whiz through the air, splattering their targets with brightly colored pigment. Players at the outdoor Buckeye Xtreme Sports can find cover in the midst of the desert landscape behind bunkers, haystacks, or in fox holes. The location boasts two large fields and on-site CO2 and compressed-air filling stations, and nocturnal players can enjoy nighttime matches during the summer from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.