Professional golfer Bubba Watson has partnered with Oakley to design a hovercraft to replace the traditional golf cart, an innovation likely to attract thousands of obnoxious teenagers to golf courses.
In the video, Watson discusses the problems with traditional golf carts - they're not allowed onto the fairway in rain, they need to go around water hazards, they can't make it into the woods, etc. - as reason enough to design a functional hovercraft for the golf course. The prototype rides smoothly and quite impressively glides over ponds and sandtraps. And it is apparently designed to reduce the footprint pressure to about 33 times less than that of the human foot, meaning golfers can drive over the green or the wet fairway without worrying about damage.
Bubba's Hover, as the project has been named, drew some initial criticism. Watson says he saw "a lot of stares, a lot of laughs," which lasted only until other golfers "actually see how efficient it is." Eventually, Watson says the hovercraft will also benefit the sport by attracting new people who just want to drive a hovercraft, which is how Watson himself was drawn to the golf course as a kid.
"I think it's really going to get more people involved," he says in the video. "They're going to want to just drive the hovercraft and not play golf. But that's how I got started - driving the golf cart - and then golf got in the way."
Via The Score