Are Golf Instructors Being Replaced By Technology?

Now that Vaughn Taylor has won his first tournament in over 10 years and he uses RoboGolfPro there are sure to be some questions.

Here is a video from The Golf Channel at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show where the inventor describes it to them.


The company describes the machine this way:

“RoboGolfPro creates new muscle memory. If you tend to hook and slice then there is a fundamental part of you swing that needs to be corrected; sometimes the finest of adjustments can make all the difference in the world. The golf ball simply reacts to the face, contact and force of your golf club. If you create a perfect situation when contacting the ball then, you will have a great shot. The problem is that without the robot, it takes significantly more practice to achieve the same result simply because you won’t get an instant “Ah-Ha” moment as you do on the RoboGolfPro.”

The machine was introduced at the 2014 PGA Merchandise show in Orlando and created a lot of buzz. At this time it is only available in about four locations and sense it carries a price tag in the six-figures I don’t expect to see it popping up all over the place.

One of the locations is owned by Jeff Shaw, a well-known golf instructor in Seattle, Washington area and he had this to say about it:

“It’s all about muscle memory, something you can’t out on the range or on video analysis,” he said. “The machine hits all nine points of the swing and allows me to make minute adjusts for each student.”

One point that I find extremely interesting is that both comments use the term “muscle memory” and it is a scientific fact that muscle memory doesn’t actually exist. The brain is the only part of the body capable of memory on any level.

In the meantime traditional golf coaches are going to be fine if for no other reason than scarcity and expense, but who know what the future might bring.

Written by BP Staff


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