A Seattle drone race is chasing more than glory on the track.
He’s chasing rapid-fire golf shots.
Last week, Ross Beck launched his custom-made XHOVER racing drone to capture a tee shot from drive to landing on a par-3 green, flying at speeds up to 85 mph.
The experiment created such online excitement that Beck’s Instagram account ballooned to more than 8,000 followers as of Monday.
“I averaged about 60 [mph] on the approach for the shot and then right when he would hit it, throttled up to 85 so I could follow the ball. It’s really, really fun.”
Beck hopes to pique the interest of golf media outlets to enhance tournament coverage with the shots.
Drones are becoming a welcome addition to the game of golf.
After a golfer places an order using an app, the multi-rotor drone lowers the snack via rope at any hole after about 10 minutes.
“The young golfers think it’s great. We’ve had people already call and ask — when’s the drone flying?” Bill Palmiscno executive director of the Grand Forks Park District, said.
Drone company Multicopter Warehouse launched a DJI Matrice 600 Hexacopter to drop 150 golf balls at the start of the charity Rotary Golf Tournament in Littleton, Colo. The numbered balls were used in a drawing for prizes.