Golfers who are lazy and antisocial, or who just like to keep up with technological advances, will be interested to learn that John Pirre, a Stamford, Conn. engineer, has developed an electronic caddie.
The apparatus is a three-wheeled cart, just large enough to hold a golf bag, which follows Pirre at a given distance, and which he has named "Maynard." Pirre carries a transmitter the size of a cigarette pack on his person, and Maynard homes in on the transmitter's signal. Pirre sets the distance at which he wishes the caddie to follow him—usually five feet—and it will keep that distance exactly, slowing down and speeding up as he does. When he wants it to remain where it is, he turns the transmitter off. Maynard is powered by an automobile battery and will go 7� miles before requiring a recharge.
Pirre has a handicap of nine, which "is not as good as it was before Maynard. I guess I spent too much time [15 months] working on the caddie and not enough on my golf." And if you see a man walking through Stamford with a golf bag following discreetly behind him, you will know it is because he forgot to turn his transmitter off.