LDRIC the robot aces the 16th at Scottsdale, beats tour pros and is now available for you to purchase.
Byron Nelson had such a repeatable swing that he was dubbed "Iron Byron" for his almost robotic ability to repeat. Years later, George Manning created a robot that replicated the golf legend's iconic swing, and is still used as a teaching aid today.
Enter LDRIC, which is an acronym for (Launch Directional Robot Intelligent Circuitry) but is not coincidentally the same as first name as the former world number one, and arguably the greatest player of all time - a certain, Mr Eldrick 'Tiger' Woods.
Last Spring, LDRIC competed in a skills competition against two professional golfers, Shingo Katayama of the Japan PGA Tour and Megumi Shimokawa from the JLPGA Tour. LDRIC won the event, capturing both the long drive competition and the closest to the pin contest.
LDRIC can communicate directly with players and an audience, can mimic any player’s swing, regardless of ability, and can pump out a swing speed of 130mph.
Gene Parente, founder of Golf Laboratories, says, "Not only does LDRIC play golf, it can duplicate any swing under highly repeatable conditions. We can simulate launch conditions, swing trajectory, landing angles."
Watch LDRIC ace the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale!
(Source credit - http://www.golfdigest.com/story/the-robot-that-aced-tpc-scottsdales-16th-hole-is-now-available-to-the-public)