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Golf champ ditches his cart, uses a hovercraft

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Footage released this week of a vehicle that reminds you of the Jetsons may seem suspiciously like an April Fools' joke, but American golfer Bubba Watson says otherwise.

Tired of his golf cart, the 2012 Masters champion decided that a more efficient design could be in order. Working with manufacturers Neoteric Hovercraft, Watson has come up with a prototype golfing hovercraft called the BW1.

If it's real -- something Watson and co-creator Oakley insist -- the golfer says that the prototype vehicle comes complete with a noise reduction system, enough room for a set of golf clubs and a roof. Instead of having to skirt around water or bumpy ground, the next-generation golf cart can simply skim across it.

Apparently, the BW1 also has a footprint pressure 33 times less forceful than an average human foot -- causing less damage to the green.

"I see a lot of stares, a lot of laughs," Watson says in the video below. "And then they actually see how efficient it is. I think it's really going to get more people involved. They're just going to want to drive the hovercraft and not play golf. But I mean, that's how I got started, driving a golf cart, and then golf got in the way."

— By on April 4, 2013, 12:55 AM PST

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