Rickie Fowler takes a trip on the Red Bull Psychedelic Golf Challenge
Golf is a game of many skills. From tempered arm strength, to balance to the proper swing, there are many aspects of golf to solidly classify it at a high level of competitive sports. These days, technology has helped many golfers up their game. From advanced balls that seem to fly forever, to titanium clubs that are lighter than a belt buckle, the game has changed. As only they can, Red Bull has upped the stakes when it comes to golfing technology.
To prepare for the 95th PGA Championship taking place in Rochester, NY August 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club, golfer Rickie Fowler and his long-time caddy Joe Skovron headed to the Uline Sports Arena in Washington D.C., where Red Bull had set up a very different indoors driving range. The range was set with targets, state-of-the-art sound and a stadium worthy laser and light show. The truly psychedelic course was designed to challenge Fowler to hone his focus and ball placement skills in order to tackle the weirdness of the practice course. Check out the video below of the not normally golf like visuals:
Ricky Fowler on the Red Bull Psychedelic Golf Challenge
Some of the highlights of the course in the way of targets were an over-sized trash-talking moon (which had been taunting Fowler the entire time), a multicolored tropical tree and a fire-breathing sea monster that sat 56 yards away and was defeated with a three wood and a well placed ball into the open mouth of the monster.
"We’re always looking for new, and sometimes quirky ways to get an edge and Red Bull came up with this fun and inventive animated training challenge," Fowler said. "Hitting any type of golf shots where you have to focus on trajectory and distance and trying to hit a certain target can only help you get better."
We'll have to wait and see this weekend if the whacked out course pays off for Fowler, as he heads to Rochester for the PGA Championship. Fowler is confident playing the course only helped his already improving game.
"I’ve hit golf balls through downtown streets, over buildings, and even into random holes in the middle of nowhere, but this is the first one I’ve done indoors and it’s certainly the first time I’ve been brought into a twilight world," said Fowler. "Not exactly the normal practice I do before a round but I like where my game is at. I’m ready to go tee it up."