Since 1986, Brian Lutz has taught a panoply of tennis players how to improve their game and savor the sport's social aspect. Over time, he honed his teaching techniques and eventually devised his own tennis curriculum. In 2003, that curriculum inspired him to launch TennisTip, a program where experienced instructors help adults and teens improve their tennis game through self-discovery and fundamental skills.
TennisTip instructors work to provide hands-off guidance and gentle inspiration, letting students discover their best game through strategic practice. Combined with tennis-specific cardio exercises and an emphasis on social bonding, the regimen seeks to form independent, effective, and affable players out of every student. Since first starting up in the Big Apple, TennisTip has expanded to a second location, where pros instill students with courtside skills amid the warm Miami sun and attentive pelican ball boys.
An experienced competitive racer and USA Track and Field and USA Triathlon–certified coach, Marcelo Holcberg helps athletes prepare for road races, triathlons, and more. Drawing on 30 years of experience, Coach Marcelo devises custom training plans and works to help athletes at all levels of experience achieve their goals.
Not content to make only customers happy, the staff of luxury yacht service The Advantaged have been lauded by a flurry of publications and honored for their contributions to the community by The Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners. Aside from chartering lushly appointed yachts, the pals of Poseidon also launch watersports expeditions via wakeboard or kayak, loft voyagers on air-and-sea excursions, and throw yacht parties for travelers who want a taste of luxury or barge parties for multimillionaires thirsting for the stowaway experience.
The Undercover Unit's rookie squads don't have much time to exchange pleasantries before they're thrown into their first mission. Whether averting the zombie apocalypse or putting together clues to catch a devious serial killer, the enlistees need to keep their minds as alert as their trigger fingers if they wish to succeed. Equipped with camouflage safety gear and prop weapons, the players slink down dark hallways and engage with actors, who may take the form of mysterious bartenders or good cops just two days from retirement. Air grenades, tripwire mines, and other safe but startling items can help the team clear out a horde of the undead—or send them diving for cover.
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.
Good times shouldn't be limited to the land. That's the view espoused by Tikki Beach, a charter company specializing in parties on the open sea. Hundreds of guests board multi-story ships to dance to live DJ sets, sip cocktails in luxurious lounges, or incite jealous stares from dolphins on open-air decks. All of the vessels, from the sleek catamaran to the aptly named mega-yacht South Beach Lady, can be booked for special events or group outings. And, of course, there's the ship that started it all: the company's original Tikki Beach Barge, a floating beach party complete with thatch-roofed bars and swaying palm trees.