Last week I shared some of the most absurd golf ideas on crowdfunding websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
(Thanks to everyone who commented, including Bob M., Ted O., J. Scully, Bill C., Gary S., and Don P.)
This week, I'd like to share what I think are some of the more promising concepts seeking funding from "the crowd," (i.e. the public).
Who knows? Some of these may become the next big thing in golf.
Golf Ball Wrangler
This one could become a real hit with golf courses. Instead of paying divers to harvest the golf balls from their lakes and ponds, courses could use this underwater range picker to dredge them up. Looks like there's a mini, consumer version in the picture, although I'm pretty sure nobody would ever play with you again if you used it.
"Wait a minute," you're saying, "wasn't this on your list of things you didn't like?" Yes, it was. As I mentioned in the comments, I'm totally conflicted over the Golf Board. On one hand, I love this idea -- not only does it look like a ton of fun, I can see how it would speed up play and have less turf impact than golf carts. On the other hand, I think it faces real hurdles -- mainly from golf courses that love cart revenue and fear liability. Let's hope I'm wrong on the latter.
There are tons of game and stat-tracking apps, but even the best ones usually require you to pause or stop to input data (which club you're using, your location in the fairway, etc.). With transmitters inserted into the butt end of your clubs that "talk" to the wearable receiver, Game Golf's platform promises to eliminate this.
O'Beam Putting Aid
Nobody said good ideas need to be complicated, and the O'Beam is delightfully simple for practicing one of the tenets of good putting: keeping your head still. When you clip it to the brim of your cap and take your putting stance, the O'Beam shoots a beam of light down onto your ball so you can immediately see -- and correct -- excessive head movement.
Golf Cooler Bag
I usually buy my drinks at the golf course, but if you like bringing your own, this neat cooler bag will allow you to do it even more discreetly. Yes, other bags have been made for this, but not only does this one look far more like a real shoe bag, its printed sneaker images sitting behind mesh takes the camouflage to the next level.
What do you think of these ideas? Heard of any better ones? Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.