Miami Golf pairs a technologically refined training center and a vast selection of golf gear to help golfers hone their game year-round. Rather than attempting to craft their own wedges by taping doorstops to the end of fishing poles, golfers can visit the retail section, which sells clubs, clothing, and equipment from top brands such as Adidas, Ben Hogan, Momentus Golf, and TaylorMade. Miami Golf's practice studio offers game-grooming lessons and services that enlist swing-tracking technology, video swing analysis, and launch monitors, which use Doppler technology to record variables such as spin, ball speed, and the likelihood of indoor thunderstorms. Students can further enhance their swings with custom club-fitting services, which measure swing profile and body dimensions to pair players with their optimal set of clubs. Club technicians also provide repairs and adjustments for broken shafts or players who need an experimental grip to start putting with their feet.
The siren call of allCanes' massive collection of Miami Hurricanes clothing, memorabilia, and accessories entices not only fans to wander its spaces, but also pro athletes of the past and present. Since converting from a sporting goods store to a Hurricanes-only shop in the mid 80's, football greats have brought family and friends to outfit them in green and orange. NFL players, such as Willis McGahee and Ken Dorsey, walked between racks of gear where greats including Warren Sapp, Ray Lewis, and Jessie Armstead once signed autographs.
While big name players may draw crowds, it's allCanes' stock that wins the day. From the front door to the back wall, every inch of wall, shelf, and rack space teems with Hurricanes apparel from brands such as Nike and My U. Hurricanes baseball caps line racks set in between panoramic shots of the stadium and beanies, while racks hold popular fan t-shirts, such as "The U Invented Swagger." In all, around 1,000 UM-related items call the shop home during football season.
Soccer Locker supplies casual, seasoned, and new soccer players with all the equipment and apparel necessary to practice at home, scrimmage during practice, or play a game. Browse gear from Under Armour, Nike, Adidas, and other top-flight brands that keep players looking professional on the field. In addition to its apparel, Soccer Locker stocks replica jerseys and shorts from several international football clubs, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and the U.S. National team. You’ll also find essential equipment, from duffel bags and nets to shin guards and goalkeeper gloves that protect players during heated games of patty-cake.
Since 1968, Austin’s Diving Center has outfitted underwater explorers with gear from more than 75 manufacturers, including Aqua Lung, Poseidon, and Halcyon. Ranging from tanks to waterproof accessories, their stock furnishes equipment for activities such as scuba diving, freediving, and spearfishing for people who don't already have spears for hands. In the shop’s classes, newbie divers can master scuba basics or explore specialty styles before testing their newfound skills in rental gear. Veteran divers, meanwhile, can stop by the shop for air fills and regulator and tank services.
The Florida Running Company, a store completely staffed by runners, finds people the fittingest shoes using a process similar to the one speed daters use to find future mates—taking measurements, assessing stance, and playing back video of them running on a treadmill. The shop carries top running-shoe brands such as Asics Gel Kayano ($140) and Nike Air Pegasus ($85). Runners can complement their kicks with Nike Tempo track shorts ($28) or swaddle their feet in a pair of Balega socks ($10), as soft and comforting as group hug from every grandmother on the block.
At each of Bike Tech's three locations, a staff of bike enthusiasts roams the floor, offering patrons recommendations for new two-wheeled transports and advice for repairs and upgrades on presently owned models. Each store's inventory spans the spectrum from apparel and accessories to new bicycles by top brands, such as Specialized, Scott and Cannondale. The team also offers services ranging from full custom builds down to basic washes, necessary when short on time or all of the local elephant trunks are out of order.