The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
The 18 holes of Eagle Point Golf Club wind around tall forest groves and water hazards that come into play on six holes. Playing to a par of 71, the course requires golfers to steel their nerves as they size up their golf balls on the bermuda-grass fairways and execute a few key shots. These include the approach into a sand-surrounded green on the 7th hole and the tee shot entirely over water on the par 3 15th?as well as the final putt on the 18th hole, without which the round would never end.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 17 course * Total length of 6,493 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 119 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
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.
Since 1972, Homewood Sporting Goods has outfitted fans and athletes alike with quality athletic merchandise and accessories for players and fans. Stocked with trappings for all seasons, the apparel emporium lines its racks with duds for a variety of sports including baseball, football, soccer, swimming, Frogger, wrestling, and many more. Gender-specific gear protects body branches from the elements in the form of women's running shirts ($30) and capri pants ($45) or men's running shorts ($39.99). Alternatively, colorful team apparel proclaims diehard allegiance, freeing fans from having to graft foam fingers onto disappointingly neutral human fingers. Auburn University adult jerseys ($69.95) adorn wearers in the school's navy-blue tones, and University of Alabama long sleeve T-shirts ($22) proudly cover the arms of game-goers and scarecrows employed to protect napping mascots.
Customers test-drive cars before they buy them, so why can't they do the same for table-tennis tables? That's the thinking behind Bumper Nets, a store whose "play and buy" atmosphere lets customers test out wares, such as pool cues, rackets, or steel-tipped darts, before taking them home. Guests can also rent table-tennis, pool, and air-hockey tables, or even sign up to receive lessons from pros on staff.
Alternatively, visitors can work out their joystick fingers at an arcade filled with the likes of Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and H2 Overdrive. They can also explore the U.S.'s third largest collection of pinball machines, which are all for sale. For those more interested in playing than buying, Bumper Nets also hosts birthday parties, church socials, and other special events.
Birmingham Bicycle Company stocks name brand bicycles including Scott, Pinarello, and Jamis, along with a variety of gear including clothing, helmets, racks, and sunglasses. The crew all cycle in their free time, so they can help customers locate the type of equipment they need for racing or leisure. When not selling pedals and helping with bike fitting, the shop sponsors weekly rides for cyclists of all skill levels; check their Facebook page for the schedule.