"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, the AMF Bowling Co. was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in the bowling world, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature advanced scoring systems, upgraded interiors, laneside video walls at select locations, and a delicious menu of traditional American dishes and snacks.
A golf professional of the City of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, Chris Ditello helps golfers of all experience levels hone their putting, iron play, and driving. Lessons begin with individualized assessments to determine the student's skill level, discuss goals, and interpret the meaning of any recent golf-related dreams. With this information, Ditello crafts a customized lesson plan of drills and exercises and observes students for feedback and notes on improvement. A video recording of students in action allows players to review each aspect of their game without teeing off in a house of mirrors.
Golf differs from most sports in that it can be taken up at a young age and played for a lifetime. According to certified Master Golf Instructor Hank Oakes, becoming proficient at the sport takes time and patience?impossible to achieve over one lesson or round. In fact, Hank believes the threshold stands at six weeks, enough time for the instructor and student to sufficiently cover every facet of the golf swing from addressing the ball to backswing. Whether first time players or veterans with deeply ingrained habits, students concentrate on one part of the swing before moving on to the next motor skill?a methodical approach that produces more consistent ball flight, more sunk putts, and more divots taken home for dinner.
Nobody envies the punching bags that hang along the wall at CrossFit 43123. The poor sacks take a constant beating from students who pound and kick them into submission. The only relief comes after these students have worked up a sweat and moved on to plyometric boxes, raised bars, and jump ropes.
The atmosphere at CrossFit 43123 is typically charged, thanks to intense workouts that change constantly and offer little room for idleness. That said, the gym's instructors pride themselves on supporting students during workouts by shouting words of motivation and pointing out slippery banana peels.
Wall Street Nightclub’s goal is simple: as stated on its site, the venue aims to provide entertainment every bit as diverse as its community. Throughout the week, the LGBT venue might pair country music with hip-hop, drag performers with strippers, or DJs with dance videos. Friday nights kick off each month with the "Midwest's largest lesbian dance party," and Sundays see the club transformed into a cabaret. Although its calendar is packed with weekly, monthly, and bicentennial get-togethers, plenty of performances and parties are special one-time-only events, such as standup sets or DJ competitions.
Whether you're camping, kayaking, or canoeing along the Scioto River, the folks at Scioto Canoe Livery outfit adventurers for their treks through the wilderness. Open daily May through November, the livery rents out kayaks and canoes to paddlers, along with all the necessary equipment, such as paddles, life jackets, and gorilla masks to scare away snobby wildlife.