Staffed by experienced professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of Golfing Robotics, GolfTec’s syndicate of golf training centers grooms games with a five-pronged approach enhanced by technological refinements. Score-shaving wisdom resonates within the walls of the indoor facilities, where certified personal coaches point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips to permanently improve their game from tee to green. By utilizing video swing analysis and motion-measurement software, instructors can assess pupils’ abilities with objective data and a fact-based tact superior to traditional hearsay-oriented coaching strategies. To further enhance performance, GolfTec offers club-fitting services to match each swing profile with its ideal set of sticks.
When a volunteer at Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL) stumbled onto a computer folder called "petfinder," he was overcome with emotion. Though he knew what the folder contained—pictures of the rescued malamutes WAMAL had adopted out since 2003—he was unprepared for the effect that the hundreds of images would have on him. He found he remembered many of the dog's faces, names, and stories—whether they'd destroyed his shrubs or challenged him on brisk runs.
Though WAMAL rescues about 100 malamutes a year, its team of volunteers rarely has time to focus on the big picture. They're too busy finding kennels and foster families to take in homeless or neglected alaskan malamutes, a large breed that requires a lot of work, exercise, and specialized care. WAMAL volunteers make sure these dogs receive proper medical care and attention before they are matched with suitable adoptive families. They also conduct outreach events to educate the public about the breed.
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The Little Gym fosters the healthy growth of children by allowing them to progress at their own pace in a nonthreatening, nurturing environment. As wee ones from 4 months to 12 years-old tackle challenges, overcome fears, and learn to confidently express their opinions about Platonic theory, The Little Gym's original music graces their ears and supports their lessons. The month includes four classes that let tots develop through weekly, age-specific curriculum, with programs including pre-school/kindergarten gymnastics, dance, sports-skills development, and karate.
Capturing True Emotion is driven by a dynamic band of instructors who rove across the continent with cameras and teaching skills in hand. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over all of their camera settings. During the hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students convene at a tantalizing location to practice skills such as controlling depth of field by adjusting the aperture, composing a family portrait so there's not always a burning zeppelin in the background, using alternative angles to avoid red eye, and other techniques.
Tiger Lounge swells with the sounds of live music and the pings of pinball-machine points, both of which create a welcoming brand of martini-lounge ambience. Resident makers deal out drinks from the bar and organic fare from a menu blanketed with gourmet pizzas, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Start out with an app such as the Tuscan garlic bread ($4), which paves the palate-pleasing path toward The B-52 Bomber sandwich—Cajun-seasoned turkey, provolone, roma tomatoes, red onions, lettuce, and spicy bistro sauce on whole-wheat bread ($8). For sharable satiation, snag The Goody Goody pizza topped with pesto, fresh basil, mozzarella, goat cheese, parmesan, and feta ($7–$10) or lighten the consumption level with a bowl of the soup du jour ($5) or a La Tigra salad, which blends organic greens, pineapple, avocado, and Pico de Gallo beside tortilla chips and Cajun ranch dressing ($7–$9).
As avid golfers themselves, Pro Golf Discount’s staff members boast a wealth of experience and professional equipment advice. They are eager to direct shoppers through stores full of golfing merchandise from brands such as TaylorMade, Nike, and Callaway, pointing out the differences between the quality products. They lead lefties to their expansive selection of left-handed equipment, and discuss the advantages of their specialty women's gear with ladies. The master club fitters evaluate clients’ swings with advanced Launch Monitors and the Foresight Sports GC2 golf-simulation system, enabling them to recommend equipment that is suited to the customer's specific needs.
Most of the locations host golf lessons within their onsite golf theater hitting cages, where top golfers dish out expert tips and techniques. The Tacoma, Bellevue, Lynnwood and Bellingham locations feature repair centers, where technicians can spruce up clubs in preparation for upcoming tournaments or a golf vacation.