From T-ballers to the big leagues, All Out Baseball has armed ballplayers with the necessary tools for diamond dominance since swinging open its doors in 1999. Inside two Bay-area locations, top brands including Rawlings, Wilson, and Nike anchor all-star lineups of gear dedicated solely to baseball and fast-pitch softball. Wooden and aluminum bats lie neatly across wall hooks, MLB apparel sways from team-organized racks, and, nestled within individual display cases, the latest gloves pine for approval, like puppies or adoptable umpires in a pet-shop window. As visitors scurry across each shop's grass-green floors, knowledgeable staff members stand by to toss advice and tips into the strike zones of open ears.
A bicycle is like any metallic organism whose parts come loose and whose chains decay under the stress of the outside world. Calmar Bicycles is staffed by friendly and highly knowledgeable cycle pros who are certified when it comes to massaging a peddler to a state of road-ready confidence. A standard tune-up entails a complete inspection and adjustment of a bike’s derailleurs, a brake adjustment for quicker and easier stopping, and a scrutinous look at all critical fasteners. Then a bike’s bearing assemblies go under the knife to crispen crucial connections before wheels are removed for a true truing, cables are lubricated to achieve minimal resistance, and a light cleaning makes the curious creature blue-ribbon ready.
Pruneridge Golf Club equips its patrons with the physical skills and mental edge to succeed at the game of golf, and then nudges them toward the first tee of its 9-hole course. Beginners and scratch golfers alike can benefit from the establishment's game-improvement measures, whether treating themselves to range balls at the two-tier driving range or hitting up a Class A PGA Pro for lessons on driving, putting, and even course management. They can also benefit from some computer-aided assistance with Visual Golf, which employs video technology to let players see their own bad habits, chart a course for improvement, and demonstrate stoicism in the face of difficult lies.
When players are ready to unveil their retooled swings, they can tee up on the nine-hole course, which consists entirely of par 3s and 4s. The club also offers a twist on the game as a home for FootGolf, a combination of soccer and golf that involves kicking a regulation soccer ball into oversized holes on a shortened course.
Blanketed in wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky High Sports delights barefoot fun seekers with 45,000 square feet of springy terrain. Guests can hone front flips, backflips, and belly flops during intense free-bounce sessions. Each trampoline comes equipped with a specially designed spring-loaded frame and 2-inch-thick safety pads that grant patrons a landing cushier than a corner office at a marshmallow factory. Pintsize aerialist posses can safely practice their synchronized salchows on 360 degrees of trampoline walls while court supervisors watch from the sidelines and award hard-earned praise with oversize scorecards. Sky High also offers AIRobics fitness classes and monthly dodge-ball tournaments to help jumpers explore the outermost stratospheres of trampoline possibilities.
Since 1984, Sports Fever has outfitted fans of nearly every professional and collegiate sport with the colors and emblems of their beloved teams. With 16 brick-and-mortar stores throughout Northern and Southern California and an extensive online catalog of apparel and accessories, Sports Fever lets locals celebrate the Giants' recent world-championship victory with sporty T-shirts while supplying alumni with college hoodies that show off their schools’ chart-topping ACT scores.
For all but a privileged few, driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini is just a dream—no more attainable than throwing a perfect game or going to space with your dog. This didn't sit well with the crew at Club Sportiva, which is why they decided to apply the timeshare concept to exotic cars. Now, club members and average joes can take the wheel of fine autos once reserved for celebrities and society’s elite.
Available for luxury rental or timeshare membership, Club Sportiva’s fleet includes some of the fastest and rarest cars on the planet, from the 562 horsepower of the Ferrari 458 Italia to the electric engine of the Tesla Model S. Members are also privy to even more exclusive wheels, such as the Noble M400, which can launch from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds thanks to 600 horsepower under its hood. Club Sportiva also hosts exotic-car tours, during which drivers can sample the speed of their favorite supercars, feel the rush of the road, and hear the whistle of the wind through their teeth.