Staffed by experienced golfing professionals 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. 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.
On Friday and Saturday, Fox Bowl transforms from a brightly lit bowling alley into an activity-filled nightclub equipped with laser lights, disco lights, fog machines, and a 10-foot screen broadcasting family-friendly music videos. This is cosmic bowling, a party-like event that begins early in the afternoon and extends late into the evening, allowing all ages to enjoy futuristic entertainment without having to watch robots perform cabaret acts. League opportunities are also available for both children and adults, as are private bowling lessons with USBC-certified instructor Gregg Zicha. During lessons, Gregg collaborates with digital video-analysis software and calls upon more than 20 years as a PBA member to help to perfect each student's form. He also reveals techniques that have led him through 47 perfect 300 games and two USBC national championships.
Wheaton Sport Center's expert Pilates trainers fortify cores with personalized workouts that match the distinct fitness goals and abilities of every participant. Consisting of three to five students, the six-week, semiprivate Pilates reformer sessions tone, tighten, and align bodies throughout 55–60 minutes of varied exercises that help to enhance muscular balance, improve posture, and distinguish left wrists from anterior cruciate ligaments. First-time participants can skip the fundamentals course required to register for the session and instead receive a general orientation during their first class. Each week, the challenging, nonstop circuit workout conjures up full-body aerobics by rotating through simple mat exercises, dynamic machine routines, and exercises with Pilates props from gym-set productions of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Since opening in 1948 with eight lanes and a staff of wiry high-school kids resetting each pin by hand, Wood Dale Bowl has grown with its community to become a beloved entertainment destination. Current owner Mike Melone started at the alley when he was only 14 years old, bussing tables and chasing pins led astray by delinquent bowling balls. Mike signed as a partial owner with fellow manager Chuck Hall in 1978, taking over control of an alley that was part sports venue, part community gathering spot. Whether stewarding Fenton High School’s women's bowling team to three state championships or joining volunteers to rebuild the lanes after a devastating 1987 flood, Mike and Chuck have ensconced Wood Dale Bowl into the neighborhood consciousness. Their work also shows within the current facility, which hosts 16 Brunswick lanes, automatic scoring systems, cosmic bowling nights, and league opportunities for adults and children.
Dick Pond Athletics outfits runners, wrestlers, and athletes with a large selection of shoes made by brands such as Saucony, adidas, and Nike. Men's, women's, and youth track-and-field shoes allow runners to protect their feet from rough pavement and tracks littered with upside-down waffle cones. Men's shoes include Asics Gel Strike 2s ($44.95) and New Balance 760s ($74.95), and women's include Brooks Sports Lady Defyance 2s ($49.95) and Nike Lady Air Max Moto+ 5s ($53.95).
In 1958, Charlie Hartley's dream of supplying and maintaining quality bikes began to take shape in the form of an upstart shop operating out of his basement. More than half a century and two moves later, Charlie's son Ken still clings to the belief that bikes should be assembled and serviced with meticulous care. Ken and his technicians tune up ailing cycles and direct patrons toward the accessories and apparel needed for safe, smooth excursions and successful getaways from tricycle gangs. They also stock fully grown cycles from popular brands such as Eddy Merckx, a company that has been manufacturing bikes for three decades.