Practice makes perfect, as evidenced by batting practice allowing even average baseball players to win a prize by hitting baseballs into the mouths of carnival-game clowns. Get your stuffed animal with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one hour of batting practice at Sluggers batting range on Juan Tabo Boulevard (a $30 value). Diligent grand-slam seekers hone accuracy and swing speed in one of six outdoor stalls, each kept well-lit for nocturnal bat-swingers so they can decline night-vision apparatuses. Repurposed hobbit trebuchets launch baseballs or softballs at any speed desired, with one hour of pitches offering 600 opportunities to thank the deity of the player's choice after successfully smacking home runs.
For more than 30 years, Sluggers has given countless children and adults an arena in which to practice the universal pastime of hitting a ball with a stick. After fastening a complimentary helmet and selecting a bat, players step into outdoor cages where they can hone their skills on pitches of various speeds. Players can purchase gear onsite or borrow a bat from the center's stash of rental equipment, negating the need to whittle down a bat from one of their bedposts.