Another benefit of the high-flying golf cart? “You’re riding by yourself, you don’t have to ride with that annoying golfer that tells you all about his score,” Watson said, in a video released Monday. “You just watched it, you don’t need to hear about it.”
The jetpack was unveiled as part of a celebration by Oakley, one of Watson’s sponsors, of golf’s return to the Olympics, in which the two-time Masters winner is competing for the United States. The contraption is capable of reaching 3,000 feet, which seems unnecessary for golf, not to mention kind of terrifying, and flying at just under 50 mph.
Later this year, Martin is planning on selling jetpacks designed for first responders, and it’s not hard to see how the ability to lift off and land vertically could help firemen and others get to some hard-to-reach spots. However, the company thinks its product can come in handy “whether your mission is to save human lives, solve a commercial problem or merely to avoid traffic getting to your favourite restaurant.” Customers will need to get some flight training — and have around $200,000 to spare.
Watson reportedly (and understandably) did not actually fly in the jetpack himself for the video. That was definitely him in the 2013 hovercraft video, though, as seen below.