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This robot golf instructor can make you swing like Tiger Woods

A robotic golf instructor.

You could say that the young Tiger Woods has been replaced by a robot. The RoboGolfPro ($150,000), a 9-foot-tall, 800-pound instructional machine, is programmed to guide amateurs until they are precisely mimicking the swings of several PGA champions, and when you dial in Woods, you wind up looking "unmistakably" like pre-1997 Tiger. Mostly sold to golf schools, but also to a handful of touring pros, the robot holds a club at the shaft while you hold the grip, and it forces you into perfect execution as you draw the club away and swing through impact. Give it five minutes; "you will be wowed."