Want to spend the next few minutes highly entertained?
Check out what I found on the major crowdfunding websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo to see what hopeful (or delusional) inventors think are going to be the next million-dollar golf businesses.
Your jaw will hit the floor.
But you may also raise an eyebrow.
If you're unfamiliar, crowdfunding is the act of raising money for a project by soliciting small investments or contributions from a large number of people, often the general public.
It's big right now because the sites I mentioned (and others like them) have literally given a platform to anyone with an idea and an Internet connection.
And trust me, there is no shortage of golf ideas, which I took the liberty of combing through for you.
Next week I'll share what I think are the most promising ideas, but here are some that, in my opinion, don't have a chance:
I don't know what's more shocking: that inventor Dino Kapadia believes people want to play golf with a giant green slingshot, or that nearly 250 people gave him money to produce what he calls, "the most startling and amazing innovation in golf." It's ironic the game you play with this thing is called, "Walkof," because that's exactly what I'd recommend to Dino: put down your Drutter and walk off.
Is this electric, single-rider board a cool idea? Yes. Is it fun? Yes. Does it speed up play? Yes. Does it cause less impact on turf than carts? Yes. Do most golfers possess the balance and coordination necessary to operate this thing -- at up to the same speed as a golf cart -- without going flying off of it? Mmmm. And one other thing, if playing golf reminds you that you'd rather be skateboarding or surfing, why not just go do those things?
I have more tees than I know what to do with (you almost have to try not accumulate them, right?) so the SmartClaw's claim that it's, "a tee that will last you the rest of your life," doesn't do much for me. Nor does it look like a claw; to me it looks like a little red banana, which is not a great swing thought for a slice-fighter. Inventor Brian Jones argues that, like a special ball marker or divot tool, "you can have another favorite item in your golf bag," and, customized, there's even, "an emotional value to it." Dude, it's a tee.
The Lock Box
So you want to play golf but you don't want to risk losing your car keys or house keys. Well, you can store them or other valuables in this micro safe, which then attaches to, say, the bottom of your car. I only see two small problems with this invention: one, it's already been invented (ask any realtor) and two, most golf bags are equipped with their own neat little inventions called...pockets.
DriveStraight Golf Driver
I can't tell if this thing is coming or going...and is than an exhaust pipe sticking out? Best I can tell, the idea behind this "driver" is to simply shrink the whole thing down to force you to focus on a small sweetspot, "much the same as you focus a hammer's attention on a nail." In this case, a hammer dangling at the end of a near four-foot long golf shaft. Yes, I can definitely see how this would make the game easier for most people.
What do you think? Are these ridiculous or do they have merit?
Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.