PGA pros Alex Macko and Alex "Breezy" Koskos propagate sound pin-hunting form from their post at Jawor's Golf Center, which fosters year-round practice with indoor and outdoor training areas. The duo can demystify the subtle mechanics of the golf swing at the center's 44-tee driving range, which features 14 covered, heated stalls that enable practice sessions during inclement weather. With clubs and apparel from brands such as Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist, the full-service pro shop offers equipment upgrades as well as repair services for club shafts snapped by players who mistakenly teed up a bocce ball. Two outdoor, 18-hole mini-golf courses buttress the facility, inviting players to work on their putting form as life-size cartoon characters break the tension after a missed gimme or a dispute about whether or not an abandoned shoe is an acceptable ball marker.
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
Offering hands-on jiu-jitsu, boxing, and personal training classes, FUSE Martial Arts aims to hone fighting technique, whip bodies into tip-top shape, and center minds into a positive, self-affirming state. The leaders of the dojo draw from diverse and well-rounded experiences to hone their students into fierce fighting machines. Owner and head instructor “Big” Don Richard spent ten years training under a Muay Thai kickboxing world-title holder. Having fought in over 20 professional fights and obtaining black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and judo, Richard is also a two-time Gracie world champion. Though teachers instruct pupils how to escape from threats or neutralize assailants with grappling and kickboxing, the training space prides itself on its upbeat, family-friendly approach. Kids learn self-confidence through achievement in youth martial-arts courses, and workout or regimen is tailored to each member's individual goals and needs.
Though he has owned firearms for more than 20 years, Eugene B. Czajka believes that the most reliable source of protection is a good education. At Gene's CPL Training, he maintains small class sizes for his eight-hour conceal-and-carry training sessions to ensure that every student receives personal attention and masters the course's concepts. His pupils review a 223-page course book and marksmanship-training guide during classroom portions before heading to the range to practice shooting skills. Even after his students receive their certificate of completion, Eugene consults with them over the phone and email if they have questions about purchasing a firearm.
C.J. Barrymore's encompasses 25 acres brimming with energetic laser tag, a vast arcade, and various other attractions for the young, young-at-heart, and young-at-spleen. With four laser-tag tickets, tyke clans ages 7 and up can simulate battle tactics through fog and pylons in 15-minute team-based matches that, much like court hearings, come enhanced by a roaring sound system and spectacular light shows (a $24 value). Meanwhile, joystick junkies can feed their 132 tokens to myriad arcade games in the neon-lit game room, including old-school favorites such as Ms. Pac-Man and the hands-on sportitude of basketball and air hockey (a $25 value). After all tokens have been spent, gamers can redeem their earnings at the prize counter, choosing from hundreds of rewards to take home, and become the envy of all the neighborhood playground pals and reclusive Peter Pans.
Helmed by 18-year veteran coach and former collegiate gymnast Shannon Hunt, Hunts' Gymnastics Academy trains students of all ages in gymnastics and cheerleading. A staff of passionate, experienced instructors lead sessions of competitive and recreational gymnastics, tumbling, and competitive cheer, with classes specifically designed for pupils ranging in age from preschool to high school. The expansive, colorful facility fosters not only intensive study of gymnastics, but fun, engaging play with floors full of trampolines, foam pits and obstacle courses. Classes are also offered for children with special needs, which promotes social interaction while developing physical fitness skills and self-esteem.