Move over, Tiger!
In 1997, Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods aced the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. Now almost 20 years later, a robot named after him sank the exact same shot. You heard that correctly: a robot hit a hole-in-one. What’s even more impressive is that, unlike most golfers who probably couldn’t accomplish that feat in an entire lifetime, LDRIC (which stands for Launch Directional Robot Intelligent Circuitry) needed just five tee-off attempts to master the 163-yard 16th hole.
LDRIC is the brainchild of San Diego-based Gene Parente, owner of Golf Labs, whose robots are widely used throughout the industry. The bots are capable of being programmed to perform perfect swings, as well as replicate hooks, slices and other flaws inherent to the average player.