Will robots rule the world of golf?

Updated 9:00 AM ET, Fri January 6, 2012
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Sony's prototype robot golfer Qrio shows off its skills during a technology exhibition in Japan. Getty Images
Sony's robot sits on a teebox during a PGA Tour tournament sponsored by the Japanese corporation. Getty Images
South African star Ernie Els receives his winning check from Qrio at the 2004 Sony Open. Getty Images
Robots designed by Golf Laboratories Inc. are the industry standard in golf club and ball testing, and can be programmed to simulate any swing. Courtesy Golf Laboratories Inc.
Golf robots used in testing can be programmed to hit drives of over 350 yards with various degrees of spin. Courtesy of Golf Laboratories Inc.
The use of robotics is rapidly spreading to golf course maintenance, and the award-winning Precise Path mower is now being widely used. Courtesy Precise Path Robotics
An early prototype robot was used to assist two women golfers with their swings in this 1925 picture. Getty Images