Range War: Rory vs. Robot

What happens when a trash-talking, golf-ball hitting robot calls out Rory McIlroy to the range for a friendly-and-funny challenge? The contest: Who can hit more golf balls into front-loading washing machines positioned at various distances and heights on the range? Gripping, goofy action!

Robots are like those smirking, smug, smart-ass kids who sit in front in math classes. Oppressive in their perfection, they do what the rest of us can’t or won’t do — and they know that one day they’re going to take over the world.

In the case of golf robots, they have what we all want: a reliable, repeatable swing that produces 300-yard drives, no problem. It started with Iron Byron (fascinating history), who was invented in 1963 by True Temper to test new shafts. It was used by the USGA to make sure clubs and balls meet performance standards. BTW, did you know that the USGA had to replace the center line of the test fairway every two years? Iron Byron would hit that line up to 2,000 times a day, which damaged the turf.



Robots as Golf Instructors

Robots can now be your caddie, and they can be your instructor at golf academies. You can have one of your very own to help you learn at home; a RoboGolfPro goes for around $150,000. And in the works is a robotic golfer who will not only be your personal coach but will also be able to battle pros on the course, just for yucks.

Speaking of yucks, you gotta watch “Rory vs. The Robot”.


In this video, a Golf Laboratory Computer Controlled Hitting Machine named “Jeff” challenges McIlroy with some funny lines and some fabulous shots as they see who can hit more golf balls into front-loading washing machines positioned at various distances and heights on the range. At one point, Jeff takes a shot at Rory by saying, “Tiger Woods would have been home with his feet up by now.”


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