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
After working for decades as a successful oil executive, National Senior Games gold medalist Homer Brown decided to shift gears, opening BumperNets in 1999 to promote his beloved sport of table tennis to the masses. Nestled within the Riverchase Galleria Mall, Brown’s well-stocked, interactive emporium lets visitors hone their ping-pong or pool skills under the tutelage of a trained professional, or master the finer points of team management at the foosball table. Homer and his knowledgeable staff help guests deck game rooms in felt-clad pool tables, glittering pinball machines, and skee-ball alleys for rental or purchase, and can assist with onsite assembly.
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.
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.