UFO invades Bay Hill practice range

HoverFly aerial camera
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Ping Golf tweeted this photo of the HoverFly occupying the airspace over the range at Bay Hill.
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 12:38 a.m.

You couldn't blame the golfers on the range Tuesday at Bay Hill for not keeping their eyes on the ball. That's because a huge, somewhat scary-looking remote-controlled flying camera was zipping around over their heads.

The aerial camera is made by a company called HoverFly, and the Golf Channel is giving one a pretty good workout at the PGA Tour event closest to the Channel's headquarters in Orlando. This model is called the Erista, and it's designed for professional aerial cinematography and live streaming from the air. 

I didn't get a chance to flip over to the Golf Channel to see if they were talking about, or showing, the camera. Hey, sometimes when you work in golf, you don't have time to actually watch golf. But the photos posted on Twitter look pretty cool, and Chad Coleman of Callaway Golf even posted a short video clip of the thing scooting around.

The drone looks fairly menacing, but it's only outfitted with video gear and not nuclear-tipped cruise missiles or anything. Such things are fairly costly, so I presume its on-the-ground controller will work to keep the thing mostly over the heads of the players on the range.

After all, if they station it downrange at all, you just know know some players will take dead aim.

And you know what they say: These guys are good.

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