Argon Laser Putter Delivers Birdies With Predator-Like Efficiency

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If the Predator were a golfer, he'd hunt his prey—the pin, in this case—with this tri-laser equipped putter.

As you can see from the images, this putter takes the idea of a laser putter (been done before), and marries it with not one, but TWO additional lasers. Two of the lasers flank the ball at address, and the top one sits above the ball so it isn't blocked like weaker, less Predator-like laser putters.

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Hooked on Golf lays out why, exactly, this is a good thing:

1. Like I said, the three laser configuration gives much more information to the player. Seeing the width of the line via the two lower lasers while the ball is positioned in front of the putter is great.

2. The lasers on the Argon are very bright and much easier to see than other laser putters. This is due to the fact that they’re powered by a 9-volt battery, rather than a tiny watch battery. Having a 9-volt is also better because they’re easily found anywhere when the battery dies. Having to remove and install a tiny watch battery is almost as inconvenient as trying to find a store that sells them.

3. The grip of the Argon putter has the buttons to turn the laser on. You can turn it on as long as you want. Other systems’ lasers are turned on by tapping the club on the ground and the laser is only active for a fixed amount of time.

Note: The Argon Laser Putter does not double as a shoulder-mounted cannon. [Hooked on Golf - Thanks, Tony!]

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If I was playing a serious game of golf with someone, and he whipped this putter out, I'd seriously beat him over the head with it. I gotta assume this is intended as a training tool only, because otherwise why the hell play golf if you're going to let technology do all the work for you.

Next, they'll have a version that scans the terrain, measures the wind speed, and checks the resistance of the grass to tell you which way to putt to reach the hole.

Ultimately they'll have expert robot golfers who can just play FOR us while we sit in the stands and eat popcorn.