A company called Air Force Golf is marketing a golf ball launcher. Ostensibly designed for the handicapped, it retails for $795. You also need a compressor to make it work.
Air Force Golf says that it can launch a ball up to 300 yards. Presumably, you can adjust the pressure for shorter distances.
I can’t say that I think this is a particularly good idea. While I sympathize with individuals—such as the inventor’s father—who would like to enjoy the game but no longer can swing a club, I fear that this will simply end up in the hands of immature yahoos. The same destructive morons who watch “Jackass” and think it’s funny to blow airhorns while people are starting their downswing will no doubt find this device enticing.
I can see it now: “Dood. Watch me shoot those old guys up there. Heh. Heh. Heh.”
One of their marketing photos (shown below) reinforces this fear. It doesn’t exactly show an older gentleman enjoying the game of his youth …