Start up apps raising seed money through web based crowd funding portals like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are nothing new. Using the cloud to float a radically different and possibly game changing performance tracking system for the game of golf is something….how can I say this…..like manna delivered from heaven.
Game Golf just hit the web with this fund raising effort to help bring to market a hands-free on the course data collection system to track all your vital statistics during a round of golf. You can read a review of this fascinating new application by Michael Carney on PandoDaily.com.
All you need to collect all the vital stats during your walk (indieogogo.com)
This is not a pie-in-the-sky effort it is brought to us by Yves Behar, the creative guy behind the Jambox speaker, co-founded by former Nortel engineer and elite sports performance consultant John McGuire and has the backing of two top ten international golf pros Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood.
What makes this so enticing is the fact that the on-course data collection involves a very limited amount of interruption to the playing flow of the game. A simple tap of the end of the club prior to each shot to a belt mounted “Game Your Game” (GYB) records the incidence of the shot. Carney says, “the device uses a combination of GPS sensors, motion sensors, and NFC (near field communication) to record the pertinent data of each shot. Data can be synced to the cloud in real time through your smartphone.”
The output is a robust depiction of performance statistics like score, fairways hit, greens in regulation, up and downs, and putting. They are even integrating course mapping so that your shots can be depicted and relived as they occurred during your round.
Carney refers to this output as “Shotlink for consumers”.
Maybe the most ingenious aspect to this app is that it allows players to share their golf experiences in real-time through the social networking portals. This opens up the possibility of competing and sharing your golf game with friends anywhere they have internet access. Before you know it there could be Thursday afternoon Starbuck’s golf leagues brewing on every corner.
At a price of $249 and a yearly subscription price of $50 this product is no slam dunk. But GPS Rangefinders have plied this price range and the annual subscription fee paradigm with considerable success.
If you ask me you could be seeing legions of addicted golfers, in the not too distant future, tapping their belt buckles in an effort to analyze their performances and improve their games.
If you read Carney’s review below you cannot help put be intrigued by the possibilities.
The link to the Game Golf crowd funding portal has a great video explaining the application if you would like to invest in the future of Game Golf.
(Click to read Michael Carney’s review of Game Golf)
(Click to see the Game Golf crowd funding pitch on indiegogo.com)