I made a self correcting golf club
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I wanted to see if I could make myself a better golfer by combining robotic engineering and golf. The result is a robotic club that senses your swing and corrects your shot for distance. It should be possible to correct for slice and hook with some hardware and software upgrades. It also has a cool mode where it can be any iron so no need to carry eleven clubs.

All hail our our robot overlords. I'm looking forward to gen 2 and doing more science on how good a robot really can make you.

These videos usually take 100+ hours of work and a lot of money in tools and materials. I've made a patreon if you're interested in supporting the creation of these projects: www.patreon.com/stuffmadehere

I use a 13" iPad for all my technical drawing: amzn.to/2RKOnyL

Parts used in this build:
Practice green: amzn.to/374UnZL
Basement driving net: amzn.to/2MjWqQ1
This driver gave its life for the cause: amzn.to/2z0CDSC
Servo: amzn.to/3eLQD1U
Screen: amzn.to/3crVfZt
Knob: amzn.to/2BrgPAp
Battery pack: amzn.to/2U1jjfl

Books that I've read to learn many of the skills used in this project:
Real time collision detection: amzn.to/35iUr7i
Introduction to algorithims: amzn.to/2yUUSIN
Planning algorithims: amzn.to/2Smavj9
Statistics: amzn.to/2zIlywI
Computational geometry: amzn.to/3cZ7YmR

Other tools and things that I think are great:
Wera allen keys 1000x better than el cheapos: amzn.to/2KlCb36
Wera allen keys (english): amzn.to/2RQUxNG
The best marker ever. Marks everything. Always in my pocket: amzn.to/3ewHGtL
Import spot welder. Cheap bulletproof: amzn.to/2ypHmMU
Rivnuts + tool: amzn.to/3eJstWy
Digital angle gauge: amzn.to/2Vn6ZXL
Bench sheet metal brake: amzn.to/2XNfI7h
Vise brake (highly recommend): amzn.to/3akCkhZ
20 ton press brake: amzn.to/2xw4fhL
Cordless angle grinder - this thing will change your life: amzn.to/3cxrDdy
Dropped off ladder 20x and still going strong: amzn.to/2wO855g
Hypertherm powermax 45xp with machine torch: amzn.to/2zfoyAv
Hypertherm fine cut consumables (great for sheet metal) amzn.to/34SjMom

  • Martin

    I hope you have a patents specialist for this idea. At some point the technology will meet with expectations. Golf a $12 billion dollar industry. Remember Tesla? He had no head for finance or profit. Died dirt poor.

  • Loweko1170

    There's a Nero Wolfe novel where someone is murdered with one of these.

  • Todd P
    Todd P

    dude you're hillarious

  • KarmaCadet

    just caught that spinal tap reference @13:38, good times...

  • Goldfish

    Build a bed that makes sure that you don’t sleep

  • Ericmyrs

    At this point you're turning into Gyro Gearloose.

  • David Hart
    David Hart

    "and take the fun out of that as well....." very funny...on a lot of levels .

  • Killerblue 1080
    Killerblue 1080

    Can we all just appreciate the fact that mans has wikihow open at 5:11

  • The lazy kid
    The lazy kid

    thats so sad he his sleeping with commerce

  • wtomlin28

    2 buttons takes 12 hours to do. WOW!

  • cyrfung

    Your thumbnails are so click-beauty that I never clicked on your videos until very recently. Then I found out it’s very solid work and I’m now binging them.

  • keegaroo65

    What app did you use on the iPad for the drawning

  • Tribal Memes
    Tribal Memes

    Imagine if this man had unlimited funding

  • CrazierChimp

    My favorite! The [undefined] iron!

  • Riaan VR
    Riaan VR

    Just imagine if most of the global population spent their time and effort on creative problem solving instead of social media and falling off milk crates.....

  • flashraze

    This guy made a self correcting golf club.

  • WJS

    Regarding the angle the club is at when it hits the ball, could you assume that once you get to a certain part of the swing you're always just about to hit the ball and adjust accordingly? Would the system be fast enough to do that, or does it really need to have a margin of time to adjust?

  • WJS

    Spend an entire day writing a USB driver? I'd think it would be quicker and easier to just solder the pins you broke back on.

  • urgentlyDuck

    Design a grand Piano that tunes itself

  • pyron

    i love how it says "wife mode" on the display

  • yolo X
    yolo X

    Why not do this with a tennis racket?

  • Dimitar Petkanski
    Dimitar Petkanski

    That was actually one of the best videos, because the stuff made here is relatively simple (compared to thee other projects), but still effective. :) LOVE IT!

  • Shocking Developments
    Shocking Developments

    These videos are amazing. Just one idea: As married engineer, I really appreciate the baseline level of crap my better half puts up with. It would be cool to see the help and support your wife offers, rather than cheap (albeit orchestrated) pranks.

  • Jamie Harbottle
    Jamie Harbottle

    05:39 that milling machine realllly wants some coolant!

  • Richard Davis
    Richard Davis

    CHEST CANNON!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike Walters
    Mike Walters

    Build a brain correction tool so I can learn how to make more money. Nice swing btw you would be good at golf anyways I feel like

  • madscs

    You should totally collaborate with twosetviolin for the violin project!!

  • Ryan Jagielski
    Ryan Jagielski

    is this knights play? in NC?

  • Cutehulhu

    you should go with the back to the future self tying shoes.

  • LyricsMS

    Would love to see you do an Aimbot for real guns(In the video you could use airsoft because of YT xD) Would be amazing to see you do an aimbot for guns since i saw your video about the bow aimbot but damn it could be cool to see you make a gun that detects something like colors or something :D

  • XperimentalOdin

    Violin? Have you seen a Hurdy Gurdy?

  • Karan Singh
    Karan Singh

    Most brilliant engineer

  • Beatty Wolverton
    Beatty Wolverton

    What iPad app is that?

  • Banova8

    He literally invented wii sport gold in real life

  • Jeff Kasavan
    Jeff Kasavan

    Hi Shane - I believe that right handed golfers wear a glove on the left hand.

  • Martin Colvill
    Martin Colvill

    My brain hurts.

  • Gas Masher
    Gas Masher

    It would be neat to have the head weight change based on the selected club. Maybe weights in the shaft. Move them closer to the head for a heavier club and up to the pivot point for a lighter club. Liquid in the shaft with an inflatable bladder in the center. A vent tube connecting the top and bottom around the bladder and the liquid near the head could be pumped and held in place.

  • Cannwyll

    How are you so smart

  • Calder Wishne
    Calder Wishne

    Best mod for a club? Converting it back into the cash it took to purchase it. Golf sucks. SUCKS. Cool project though.

  • Y.E. YES
    Y.E. YES

    absolutely love your videos

  • CK L
    CK L

    Build a leg attachment that allows you start and stop inline skating without removing your shoes

  • ReeferReas

    Best channel on youtube

  • Michael Griffin
    Michael Griffin

    super cool

  • ZiggieTV

    Was that Knights Play golf course in N.C.!?

  • Tyler Campbell
    Tyler Campbell

    Anyone else notice at 5:07 that the top computer screen has a wikihow for “how to play golf” 😂

  • Nine

    I love how his wife looks at him like he is a moron when he is in fact anything but. Hahahaa!!

  • Cheese

    Make a robot that helps you eat food

  • Hector Cruz Medrano
    Hector Cruz Medrano

    What is the name of the drawing app?

  • jtluns9

    how do I buy one? whatever the price, I'll save a bunch off not having to buy so many balls that are shanked into the bushes or water

  • Foo Bar
    Foo Bar

    was there a gen 2 of this?

  • Geraine Doss
    Geraine Doss

    Love how his wife is better at everything physical than he is haha. Great video, keep up the good work!

  • patratcan

    I want to see part 2


    What is the beat playing around the 6 minute mark?

  • Scott

    Wife did not look happy after his comment... They make a cute couple, I didn't think possible with nerds.

  • Hayden Summers
    Hayden Summers

    You should definitely make this a product

  • Andrew Dillon
    Andrew Dillon

    Hey remember me when you make a squintillion dollars,,,fly one of your jets to near my house,,get one of several helicopters ,maybe a tank too,,cruise up and yep,,i remember you,,,then,,back to your orbital haven,,(you are Waldo now...oooh a promotion)

  • Andrew Dillon
    Andrew Dillon

    HAHAAHAhhahaahahah fuckin ha,,ive heard about how software can ,,,well ,,fuck you up,,,12 hours,,,and a 1 ,,needed to be a 4 ,,,,,, WHY DO YOU GUYS DO THIS,,,crazy,,,entertaining,,but crazy dedication,,,(bro,,you did look rooted too,,12 hours for a four,,,)

  • Ozyripper

    Well done thats awesome 👍👍👍

  • Gulf Divers
    Gulf Divers

    I saw the Wera Stainless Allen key you were using at about 5:55. They are absolutely amazing tools. Wish they made more products in that “stainless” alloy. I’m a diver by trade so those are the only Allen keys that last.

  • Andy Nathan
    Andy Nathan

    You did a bow that corrects your shot, but why not make the arrow do the same?

  • Big Jumbo
    Big Jumbo

    I understood all of this..... I'm very good at the English language.😛

  • Big Jumbo
    Big Jumbo

    Damn,,,, Bill gates is looking good..

  • Big Jumbo
    Big Jumbo

    This guy's brilliant... If you like this watch Colin furze from the UK he's brilliant aswell... And funny.

  • Big Jumbo
    Big Jumbo

    Get this guy on the sharks tank or dragons den....

  • Chimera Photography
    Chimera Photography

    Wife who’s been through this before: “So, it’s a prank?” .. Inventor Husband: “It is a golf club that could *also* be a prank.”

  • Big Jumbo
    Big Jumbo

    U no what this is such a simple idea... I wonder why companies haven't done this before.... Oh I know,because why sell one club that does it all when you can sell 20 different clubs and maximise profits that's why...

  • Forgotten One
    Forgotten One

    when does this guy work lol

  • Matt Muirhead
    Matt Muirhead

    "Well, it’s one higher , isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten...Where can you go from there? Where?” “Why don’t you make ten a little higher angle? Make that the top number and make that a little higher?” “This goes to eleven.”

  • Rainer Buechse
    Rainer Buechse


  • noah jones
    noah jones

    Is there no kind of small electronic level-gauging device that you could attach to the shaft as opposed to trying to gage it purely based off of speed? Asking for a friend.

  • Tyler Furrison
    Tyler Furrison

    You're in your 30's? Damn, you don't look a day out of college lol

  • Jayson Black
    Jayson Black


  • Tom Young
    Tom Young

    What’s the name of the app you drew the diagrams with?

  • Bill Zusner
    Bill Zusner

    94 on a par 54. Oof.

  • jimbobur

    4:10 The conclusions in this section about the shockwave not travelling very far up the club within the 500 microsecond contact time are incorrect. The speed of sound is not a fixed constant! It varies greatly depending on the material through which the sound is propagating. In most steels (and most other metals they make golf clubs from) it's of the order of 3000m/s, so the shockwave will easily travel the entire length of the club in 500 microseconds (in fact a quick calculation shows it'll travel more than 1.5m in steel in this time). From your rough indication with your hands along the club (looked like about 15 or 16ish cm) it looks like you were using the speed of sound in air (~330m/s) for your estimation and were thus out by about a factor of 10.

  • Jordan L
    Jordan L

    Living the AvE way. "Make cool shit, put it on the internet"

  • Soy Juan
    Soy Juan


  • FlightlessBaller

    Can you make a pair of basketball shoes that makes you jump super high?

  • U tube Addict
    U tube Addict

    Damn this is Bob Lazar's kid!

  • Jon A
    Jon A

    Seriously can I invest in you? Some of the stuff you make should be patented and worth millions...I'd like to steal 10% of that but make you rich.

  • Nicholas Toland
    Nicholas Toland

    When they are piling the humans onto the spaceships to escape the end of days. They will take you. You are like a nesscary human..

  • Webstar22

    Wife mode 😂

  • JuXuS1

    Trump would by it

  • ghost in the darkness
    ghost in the darkness

    “ and take the fun out of that as well” Perfect 🤩

  • AroBoy

    Where did the violin go?

  • Wuhibe Tamire
    Wuhibe Tamire

    Found this channel just today on my feed... And I love it. The UZmilk algorithm failed me for an entire year 😠

  • Shawn Brooks
    Shawn Brooks

    Can I buy one from you?

  • Colin McNaughton
    Colin McNaughton

    your golf swing is absolutely horrible and ugly. that's why you suck at golf. doesn't matter how much tech you have. you suck at golf.

  • Evan Bikovsky
    Evan Bikovsky

    "So, the reason why nothing was working was that I had a 1 instead of a 4." Such is the way of coding.

  • hopefully just a guy
    hopefully just a guy

    i love how whenever you build something and put a computer in it you always add a wife mode just so you can wreck your wife at the game it's made to play

  • ze tek
    ze tek

    I like your Wife mode!

  • Keine Bühne für Grüne!
    Keine Bühne für Grüne!

    It's amazing how often you are *cheating on your wife* ... with "wife mode" and she is still with you 😂

  • I G
    I G

    Does anybody know what software he is using for the drawings on the iPad?

  • David Williams
    David Williams

    How much will you sell a club like this for??? Someone please get on touch with him for me I got no idea how lol

  • Erick Allison
    Erick Allison

    So, i thought the irons were in reference to weight not angle. I don't golf.

  • Josh Young
    Josh Young

    The obvious next step is to give the head the freedom to rotate along the axis of the golf club (i.e. left/right) and make a putter aimbot. Unless you already did that and I missed it. Also I think the hack of assuming the club will whack the ball at the same angle that it's at when the swing starts could work as a legitimate technique if you brute forced it, running a bunch of trials and getting pairs of data points (angle at swing start, angle at swing end) to see if there actually is a difference and if it follows a clean function. Maybe even get a third or more data points (probably just the data from the bottom of each practice swing, just the angle they end at, because I predict the actual club trajectory of each practice swing will have the most variance of the whole thing and be the hardest to synthesize one answer from, while the stopping angle will have the cleanest correlation)) and see if a good relationship can be drawn from those.

  • Big Air Films
    Big Air Films

    What app is he using on the ipad when he draws

  • Josh Young
    Josh Young

    12:19 "and then, I look forward to the end" we've all been at that point in a project. Haha. Jk. That's not the context he said it in.

  • Josh Young
    Josh Young

    I don't have any ideas for augmentation, but I would like to volunteer myself as the human violinist to test the robot against. Hint: I'd be the easy level. Violin is BY VEEEERY FAR not my strongest instrument.

  • Marshmeburn

    Make the violin that is very hard to not play.