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The Washington Post
By Kiley Bense
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Golfers hoping to improve their game may soon be able to get coaching help in real time from a new app called Watson Golf Pro. The app was born out of a partnership between IBM’s computer Watson, the machine that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy! in 2011, and task start-up Spare5, which matches users who have free time with companies or customers who need a specific job completed.

The app utilizes Watson’s visual processing abilities to analyze a player’s golf swing and stance, information used to provide tips and advice from real-life golf professionals. Spare5 hopes to someday expand this kind of pairing of mobile technology with human expertise to other industries, including healthcare and retail.

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GeekWire compared the technology to Hank Haney’s Twitter-based golf guidance, where players send him videos of their swings and he offers help in 140 characters or less. Besides being a more efficient (and tech-savvy) means of achieving the same gains, Watson Golf Pro has the added bonus of being private—so your entire social media network doesn’t get to read your personal coaching questions. 

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