Shadow Caddy Looks Fun
By Kickntrue on 10/14/10
I only walk about 25% of the time when I play golf, but I'm sure that percentage would be higher if I had a Shadow Caddy. The motorized golf buggy carries your clubs and follows you around the golf course. All you do is carry a small sensor in your pocket for it to "chase" and with a flick of a button you can stop the device. It also has an internal detection device so it doesn't tumble over a cliff or ram into obstacles.
Sadly- it's only in Europe at the present time.
I think their big pitch needs to be (and based on their site I think it is) to golf courses, to buy in bulk as an alternative to golf carts. That's probably a big reason they chose Europe (along with being invented there) because walking is so much more prevalent. I can't see golf courses in the USA being willing to have riding carts AND a fleet of these. Maybe Bandon Dunes or Bethpage Black... where you are forced to walk.
I'm betting I can't get the makers of Shadow Caddy to send me a sample. That's too bad- because I'd probably blog about it daily.
Actually- screw the Shadow Caddy- I want one of the little hovercraft video camera thingies from this video!
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From the picture, it doesn't look very portable. I'm guessing that it would HAVE to be a golf course (bulk) purchase. Maybe to replace their old, clunky rental pull-carts.
I guess if you live on a course you could get one and use it there.
I gotta say. that is outstanding!!! I always wondered how long it would be from the time they invented those "kangaroo" things that are like remote control bags until this came out. I'm a little unnerved about the size of the "target" you have to carry but if it's light then i don't think it is that much of a problem. Unreal. I want one!!!
@mjaber - nah, you just put the "target" in your trunk and it follows you to the course. :) haha. that would be awesome.
I swear I saw this years ago here in the states. I thought it was the most amazing idea. The one I saw did make me think about stability on hillier courses, but still seems relatively cool. Didn't click links yet, but I guess you gotta turn off the sensor around green and can push it on tight corners?
cool, probably more expensive than a electric cart right now though. what was up with the music? like porn music just play.... just walk... just Fu.. opps wrong video.
Duke of Hazards says:
They stole that soundtrack right off of Tiger's special mix tape.
Very cool. I wonder if they can stand the abuse they'd take by some of the yahoos I've seen on the course... they'd probably be trying to ride them like a mule!
Probably why it's not marketed in the States (among other things).
I got a remote control cart off of ebay. The company is called Green Ray vehicles and it is AMAZING!!!!! Its really easy to control and makes walking so much better. I highly recomend it.
I saw a remote control cart in Montreal a few years ago. It ran amuck near the clubhouse and climbed on top of another pull cart. It was humping it like a horny dog. People were yelling "throw a bucket of water on it"!
Well at my local course its $5 to rent a pull cart, and $15 for a riding cart, so I would definitely pay $10 to rent one of these. Add GPS for yardage along with some kind of ball and club cleaner, and you'd have something that really does resemble an actual caddy.
I agree Dukes of Hazard the music was terrible! Could only watch 30 sec of each clip. Those RC copters look like the X4 from here www.draganfly.com/industrial/products.php
This is not a new concept, it's available on the market and has been for quite some time. For example, the OMG GoGo ( www.golfcaddygogo.com/) - but there are others that roughly do the same.
Looks fun, but I bet most courses would resist this because it's gimmicky and probably more trouble to maintain, re-charge, etc. If you're running a course you want fewer worries. Personally I would be afraid it would refuse to follow me to some of my exotic ball locations.
Have also seen these in use... Notice in the video that the players need to be a few feet apart while walking... its because the carts will smash blindly into eachother and tip over. Annoying but hilarious.
As long as it's got a beer holder.
Matter of fact, if it can hold lots of beers, i'll just bring it my next party.
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