REVIEW: 100ft Robot Golf brings fun, unique view at the sport

100ft Robot Golf was a game that was announced sometime last year. It gained some popularity due to it being one of the first games to ever hit the PlayStation VR headsets.

It also received its fair share of promotion from PlayStation themselves. But now, after watching the game develop over time, it has finally released and it is quite a unique experience with a different view at golf.

Obviously, you know the game is going to be wacky, because the game literally is what the title implies. It’s giant robots battling it out for world golf dominance.

For starters, I played a couple of holes (you can see my video above) with the amazing robot that was piloted by five dogs (nope, not joking, and I’m glad I’m not). It was fun, but took a little time to get a feel for how to play the game, but it wasn’t too tedious of a task to pick up how things work.

But, certainly, having a little tutorial would be good in the future for newcomers. Being able to destroy buildings in your path, and pulling out a “dog sword” to cause even more damage was quite an absolute joy however.

The golf experience is also cool, and smooth. Swings look good, and ball movement looks solid as well. So despite all of the craziness surrounding the game, there’s a sprinkle of traditional feel to it which is a nice combination.

Golf + crazy = fun.

There are four courses you can play on, making it a total of 36 holes. You can play in a city, in a mountainous village, and even in space and an underwater city (BioShock Golf anyone?).

Ball flight even is effected to reflect the location you’re in. Example, if you play in space, the ball seems to fly a little slower. A nice way to utilize these environments.

The game also features a numerous amount of characters to choose from, and as mentioned, I love the dogs (and so does almost everyone else). One of the more interesting aspects of the game, is the fact that each character has their own swing style.

What I mean is, one pilot may use a meter that goes straight up for power. Another pilot may use the classic curved meter (one tap power, one tap for accuracy). I found this to be a pretty neat feature, and may give players a reason to select a certain character.

However, this is also a good reason to have a maybe a free-roam tutorial, so virtual robot golfers can get comfortable with different in-game characters. Could be a good way just to wreak some havoc for no apparent reason as well.

The game’s broadcasting was pretty funny, but also a little repetitive at times. The broadcasts are done by the McElroy Brothers, who are popular comedy podcasters. I honestly never heard of these gentlemen until I played this game, and they definitely did a good job of keeping you giggling as you played.

The game also features a campaign mode which has a classic anime feel to it. So, if you were born in the mid-80’s or early 90’s, (like yours truly), then you will definitely appreciate this. Having growing up watching shows like Dragon Ball Z, I couldn’t help but kind of laugh at the nostalgic nature of the anime campaign.

I also laughed because it was filled with a ton of funny moments and cut scenes. Some parts in the ending in particular were pretty funny as well as an intro into one of the tournaments done by one of the broadcasters which was sort of a mic drop moment. During that same tournament, the antics of one of the characters, a young, skateboard loving girl was also a little bit of a knee slapper.

Although the campaign had a lot of silly, fun cut scenes, and brought all of the characters to life, it was also a fairly repetitive experience. Each character has their own rival, and you’re playing as each pilot to win each tournament. You do get medals for winning, which you can use in stores to purchase new customized items for each character’s robot.

The cool thing about the campaign was that, not only was it full of funny moments, it allowed you to play as almost every character in the game. The only problem was that, trying to learn a new character’s swing on the fly was tough at times, and can cost you to lose a hole if you’re aren’t quick witted enough.

Nonehtless, the campaign was a fun, simple story about the world of Robot Golfing. The characters made the experience, a silly, awkward, and fun story that fit the game perfectly.

Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to experience online play, as it was tough to get a game in. However, I can only imagine that this could most definitely be a hot mode to play.

The gameplay is fun, so imagine four robot golfers dueling it out on the course? Everyone beating their brains in and destroying buildings with golf clubs just to save par? It’s online golfing gold.

The game could certainly have some more courses and deeper commentary. Sure, you could say the campaign could’ve been more robust but it was fairly well done considering the incredibly tiny squad that put it together.

But, overall, 100ft Robot Golf was a solid effort by a very tiny development team (try two people as well as some others who helped with artwork, voice overs, etc). The devs even played roles in the campaign during cut scenes. But, in the battle to make golf more hip and fit into a new generation of sports fans and gamers, you can’t help but applaud No Goblin’s efforts and I can only imagine what the PS VR experience is like.

One final note: “Good dog”.

Final Score: 8/10

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These back-to-back putts were simply insane at Safeway Open

The Safeway Open is a wrap, and the PGA Tour’s first title belonged to Brendan Steele. However, maybe the biggest highlight from the tournament was from rookie Cody Gribble, who had a remarkable turn of events on the par-3 15th hole.

On that hole, he hit a putt off the fringe of the green and the ball just continued to roll….and roll…and roll (!!). Miraculously though, the young tour pro recovered and nailed the massive putt which was almost on the other side of the green.

So, let this be a lesson that, even when you hit a crappy shot, you can always make a sweet recovery. And oh, how sweet it is.

I should know. I remember over shooting the green on my beloved Acorn Course on the second hole of the par-3 track. I hit a blind pitch shot that rolled right into the cup for a birdie.

Oh, it was glorious. Just believe in your clubs, my friends.

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Check out the European Tour’s innovative new tournament

Although this was a week ago, I just found the European Tour’s Hero Challenge to be such a fresh idea. To aim of the tournament is to get as close to the pin as possible on a 156-yard par-3.

It takes places under the lights, with flames shooting up after every swing. It’s about as awesome and unique of a way you can ever play golf.

Plus, it’ll be appealing to the younger audiences. Besides, aren’t we tired of the ol’ “golf is boring” narrative? This event makes golf stand out more, while still featuring the pureness of the game. Let’s hope all of the tours can come up with cool ideas like this more often.

You can read a full piece I did on the Hero Challenge at Pro Golf Now

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You’ll laugh at this video starring Harold Varner III

Harold Varner III quietly had a nice rookie season in 2015-16 on the PGA Tour. He’s personally become a favorite of mine due to his style of play, the way he torched the 16th at TPC Scottsdale, and his swagger.

Well, in this video by the fun folks over at The Kicker, they produced a funny clip of a overly excited man as Varner III’s caddy. He also serves as his hype man. Take a look.

After looking at this clip, you can’t help but root for HVIII even more. After showing glimpses of great play in his rookie year, don’t be surprised if he cranks it up a notch in the 2016-17 season.

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Look at Max Homa’s funny tweet about Tiger Woods’ withdrawal

Max Homa has quietly become one of the funnest twitter follows in golf. He proved this once again, with his tweet regarding Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the Safeway Open.

It was such a big deal for Homa because, since Woods dropped, it gave the young PGA Tour pro an open spot. Certainly, Homa can pay for dinner and then-some if he can pull out a win at the Safeway Open and earn a nice shiny check.

Homa ranks in the top 30 in the world in driving distance. We shall see how he performs at the PGA Tour’s first event of the season.

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WATCH: Brooks Koepka’s hits wondrous shank in Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup at Hazeltine has been a fun one. But, Brooks Koepka proved to us that even pros can hit some awful shots like we do (unless you’re all puffy chested).

Koepka, who’s one of game’s best drivers, hit an amazing shank, and made its way into the gallery. The young rising star made up for it with some stellar play during the Sunday singles matches.

But, I think we can feel relieved that pro golfers aren’t superhuman after all.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! You can also read my work at Pro Golf Now! Ryder Cup weekend is simply amazing!

WATCH: You won’t believe what this heckler did to earn $100

A American fan decided to poke fun at Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson during a putting contest for missing several medium length putts. The fan shouted that even he could make the putt.

Well, Henrik Stenson, one of golf’s funniest personalities, grabbed the fan and put him to the test. Justin Rose then placed a $100 bill next to the ball, and the man, David Johnson, was given a putter.

Lining up his putt, looking at the crowd to show him some love, Johnson hit the putt. The ball came off the putter face like a torpedo, and it slammed into the cup.

Johnson and the crowd went wild. He got the $100, as well as hugs from from the European players.

Certainly, anybody from his home state of North Dakota who saw this clip was very pleased indeed. Maybe you and I need to head over there and see how we can putt like that.

You got to love the Ryder Cup.

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Source: For The Win of USA Today 

Phil Mickelson criticizes former captains, then apologizes



Phil Mickelson had already made some pot stirring comments during the last Ryder Cup at Glenneagles which turned out to be a mess for the U.S. team anyway. Now, Mickelson criticized former captain, Hal Sutton, talking about how he set the pairing of Mickelson and Tiger Woods to “fail” and also criticized 2014 captain Tom Watson…again.


Here’s the comment about Watson:

“I think that when you look back on what the difference is, when players are put in a position to succeed, oftentimes, more often than not, they tend to succeed and when they are put in positions to fail, most of the time they tend to fail,” Mickelson said according to Golf Digest

“This is a year where we feel as though Captain Love has been putting us in a position to succeed. He’s taken input from all parties. He’s making decisions that have allowed us to prepare our best and play our best, and I believe that we will play our best.”

Now here’s the comments on Hal Sutton about the pairing between Mickelson and Woods:

“We were told two days before that we were playing together,” . Mickelson said “And that gave us no time to work together and prepare.”

Mickelson mostly criticized what the alternate shot pairing because they had to share a ball that he wasn’t comfortable with. It caused him to take a lot of practice time out in order to learn the new ball. Ultimately, the team of Woods and Mickelson failed.

“And in the history of my career, I have never ball-tested two days prior to a major. I’ve never done it. It doesn’t allow me to play my best.” Mickelson said. “That’s an example of starting with the captain, that put us in a position to fail, and we failed monumentally, absolutely,”.

But he apologized for his remarks on Wednesday night:


“I was totally in the wrong,” Mickelson said according to Golf Digest. “I never should have brought that up. I used an extreme example the way decisions can affect play, and I never should have done that because it affected Hal.”


Sutton responded to the controversial comment:


“I mean, my God, somebody’s got to be the fall guy,” Sutton said.

Despite Mickelson’s apology to Sutton, there wasn’t one given to Watson, who he also criticized for the second time. However, as mentioned, that whole situation in 2014 was a disaster anyway.

The Sutton comments were fairly surprising. However, hopefully for the U.S., this is the last bit of controversy we’ll see.

We don’t want a repeat of 2014. I suppose, if team USA comes out victorious, then it probably won’t even matter.

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ICYMI: P.J. Willett’s controversial Ryder Cup article

P.J. Willett was heavily active on Twitter during his brother, Danny’s run at the Masters title. He practically gained instant fame afterwards.

Now, Willett is at it again, by writing a piece for the National Club Golfer. This piece, pretty much pokes fun at team USA and its fans.

I will definitely say, that almost everything he says in this piece is true. Here’s a portion, and probably the juiciest part of the piece:

“They need to stun the angry, unwashed, Make America Great Again swarm, desperately gripping their concealed-carry compensators and belting out a mini-erection inducing ‘mashed potato,’ hoping to impress their cousin.”

Willett continues:

“They need to smash the obnoxious dads, with their shiny teeth, Lego man hair, medicated ex-wives, and resentful children. Squeezed into their cargo shorts and boating shoes, they’ll bellow ‘get in the hole’ whilst high-fiving all the other members of the Dentists’ Big Game Hunt Society.”

You can read the full article by clicking on his tweet, which has been liked over 600 times:


His brother Danny will be playing in his first Ryder Cup and it will be fun to watch. The Ryder Cup is always a joy, and P.J.’s piece is another reason why the rivalry is so much fun.

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WATCH: Tiger Woods gets the boot from Ryder Cup photo

Tiger Woods decided to be a sneaky cat and try to make his way into the Ryder Cup team photo. He was hilariously kicked from the photo as everyone laughed.

Certainly, Woods probably wishes he can tee it up in the historic team event of nations, but ultimately, being an assistant captain is not too shabby either. At the end of the day, Woods is part of the team, just not hitting putts with his teammates.

Sorry Tiger, maybe next time.

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