Seeing machines build cars always makes me think we're in the future

I forget how cool the technology around us is sometimes. And then I get reminded when I see these giant machine robot arms make a car. It reminds of those futuristic scenes of sci-fi movies that make me wonder how come we're not advancing fast enough. Truth is, we really are. » 11/07/14 9:08pm 11/07/14 9:08pm

What's Inside a Golf Ball

If you've been paying attention, you know that insides of golf balls are unexpectedly beautiful—like psychedelic bullseyes or surreal alien planets. But what is all that colorful stuff made of ? As this video from Wired shows, golf ball is a serious piece of technology crammed into a mere 1.62 ounces. » 9/30/14 3:15pm 9/30/14 3:15pm

Swinging the world's longest golf club looks absolutely ridiculous

I don't where people come up with the ideas to do these things sober but if you were ever wondering what the the Guinness World Record for world's longest golf club was, the answer is 14-feet 5-inches. Karsten Maas from Denmark used the club to drive the ball about 180 yards. » 9/11/14 2:26am 9/11/14 2:26am

Practice Putting At 3,000 Feet With This Mountaintop Mini-Golf Course

If you make it to the top of La Rhune, a 3,000-foot-tall mountain in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, you can look up and out to the natural panorama: peaks and valleys stretching unobstructed into the distance. Or you could look down to the playful Panorama: an eight-hole goofy golf course at your feet. » 7/14/14 5:16pm 7/14/14 5:16pm

Golf trick shot activates Rube Goldberg machine to cook hot dogs

You would think that you could only do so much with golf trick shots but David Kalb, trick shot extraordinaire, takes it to another level. He rigs his trick shots so they have to be absolutely perfect because they eventually turn into Rube Goldberg machines that can make hot dogs and create flaming watermelon heads. » 7/12/14 12:00am 7/12/14 12:00am

This Weird Morphing Skin Could Make Future Vehicles Super Aerodynamic

This strangely alive-looking blob isn't a prop from a sci-fi movie. It's a smorph, a morphing material that could make the cars, trains and airplanes of tomorrow extremely aerodynamic, using the same trick that helps golf balls fly faster and straighter. » 6/28/14 4:00pm 6/28/14 4:00pm

Watch a Pro Golfer Knock a Drone From the Sky With One Golf Ball

Shooting down a flying drone is challenging even for machine gun-wielding sharpshooters. But professional golfer Keegan Bradley just made it look easy, swatting a DJI Phantom out of the sky with just a well-aimed golf ball. Thankfully, the quadcopter was carrying a GoPro, so we could see the whole thing unfold. Poor… » 4/26/14 3:00pm 4/26/14 3:00pm

The Jedi Putter's Constant Feedback Makes You a Master of the Green

Mastering the perfect golf swing is a lot harder than it looks, and putting is even harder than blasting a golf ball down the fairway. So while it will probably never be approved for use in PGA tournaments, the Jedi Putter—designed by students at Rice University—provides real-time feedback helping an amateur golfer… » 4/22/14 11:30am 4/22/14 11:30am

Sparking Titanium Golf Clubs Might Be Causing California Wildfires

Researchers at UC Irvine have determined that golfers who can't keep their shots out of the rough might actually be responsible for wildfires in California in recent years. Specifically, certain clubs made from a titanium alloy have been found to produce sparks up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit—more than hot enough to… » 3/24/14 4:00pm 3/24/14 4:00pm

Why are the colors in this (not photoshopped!) image so weird? Why did the CIA recruit Howard Hughes for deep-sea mining? Why are bikers up in arms about an obscure Wyoming land dispute? What is the new car smell? Answers to this and more in this week's landscapes reads! » 3/17/14 6:00pm 3/17/14 6:00pm

This two person golf trick shot is unbelievable

Excuse the portrait mode video but this golf trick shot is so impressive that we can ignore the blatant disregard of proper cell phone video recording etiquette. Here's what goes down: the guy behind hits a golf ball to the guy in front who swings and hits the same ball without the ball ever touching the ground. It's… » 3/10/14 11:21pm 3/10/14 11:21pm

A Golf Cart Skateboard Sounds Like the Best Way To Play 18 Holes

Unless you're a doctor, retired, or the kid of someone who already plays, golf seems like an impossibly boring undertaking. Its only redeeming factor is tooling around a course on a golf cart, or even better, this electric-powered skateboard that's strong enough to carry you and your clubs. » 12/30/13 9:20am 12/30/13 9:20am

Garmin Approach S4 Lets You Keep Tabs on Email While You're Out Golfing

It hasn't taken Garmin long to announce a successor to its Approach S2 and S3 golf watches announced earlier this year. But the latest edition to the lineup adds a feature that makes the S4 a must-have upgrade: Bluetooth, allowing the watch to relay notifications about incoming calls, emails, and texts while you're… » 10/15/13 11:57am 10/15/13 11:57am

Hunter S. Thompson Would Have Loved This "Psychedelic" Driving Range

Golf is an annoyingly frustrating sport to play, but it can also be one of the most relaxing—if you're any good. So I can't imagine the type of mental fortitude needed to even hit a ball in this elaborately trippy shooting range built for professional golfer Rickie Fowler. » 8/06/13 12:08pm 8/06/13 12:08pm

Every Hole's a Piece of Art In This Sculpture Garden Mini Golf Course

In their own way, a lot of miniature golf courses—with their twisting layouts, devious obstacles, and over-the-top designs—can be considered art. Even if their sole purpose is to encourage tourists to pay to knock a ball around. But this spring the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden decided to… » 5/29/13 2:13pm 5/29/13 2:13pm

Puff on a Par 4 with this Sneaky Tee Weed Pipe

Just because your ball's not on the green doesn't mean you can't be. But rather than spark an obvious J on the front nine, be a little more discreet by smoking out of the Pitch-N-Puff. » 5/14/13 4:20pm 5/14/13 4:20pm

If Batman Played Golf, This Is Probably What He'd Drive

As badass as the various Batmobiles have been over the years, no self-respecting country club would ever let one of them onto their courses. So if the Dark Knight were to ever slip away in the middle of the night to relax with a round of golf, the Mansory Currus is definitely what he'd be driving. » 3/01/13 10:32am 3/01/13 10:32am

Want To Snooze? This Annoying Alarm Clock Makes You Sink a Putt First

It's been a while since we've stumbled across an alarm clock that uses some annoying gimmick to ensure you get out of bed in the morning. But this $17 mini golf game trapped inside a plastic dome might actually be a less rage-inducing way to start your day. » 2/21/13 11:40am 2/21/13 11:40am

Garmin Approach S2 Straps 30,000 Golf Courses To Your Wrist

If there's one sport that's managed to spawn an entire industry of bizarre gadgets promising to improve a player's game, it's golf. But Garmin's new Approach S2 watch manages to shine in a sea of mediocrity, providing a genuinely useful tool to golfers with a library of over 30,000 course layouts from around the… » 1/23/13 9:14am 1/23/13 9:14am

Putter Pool Brilliantly Merges Two of the World's Laziest Sports

If you need any more proof that we're giving Nobel Prizes to the wrong people, behold the brilliant creation that is Putter Pool. It takes billiards and golf—arguably two of the laziest 'sports' known to man—and merges them into an indoor game that barely requires you to get up off the couch. Genius! » 1/16/13 11:05am 1/16/13 11:05am