This project's funding goal was not reached on August 21, 2013.
About this project
The idea started when I was complaining about how boring golf tees were and how compared to the rest of the golf products in the market, the tee has been mostly left behind from a functional and stylistic point of view. Additionally, tees are notorious for breaking which creates an unsound sustainability situation with the litter/waste it leaves on the tee boxes. Also, you typically run out of golf tees in the middle of the round which is quite annoying as you're then left to borrowing a tee from one of your fellow players or you are looking around tee boxes for tees. Lastly, I also looked at what could be done to a tee that creates less resistance to the golf club when coming in contact with the ball. So with the understanding that I wanted a more stylish tee that would never break and remove some of the resistance a standard tee creates, this is the first version I came up with.
Once I did come up with the final design, I hired a plastics firm to design prototypes and the version in the video is the initial version we are going with. There most likely will be other versions but this is going to be the first one.
This Kickstarter project will fund a variety of required startup costs and provide a vital role in the successful launch of the "SmartClaw" Unbreakable Golf Tee. First line of expenses that will be paid are the tooling charges for the tee molds and a portion of the first runs that will be shipped to all individuals that support this effort! Molds are very expensive and will cost around $7,000 per mold. The first runs costs will easily hit the $3,000 mark which as you can see will be paid for if I meet the fundraising goal of $10,000. Any remaining funds will pay for for a portion of the attorney fees for filing several patents and trademarks to maintain protection for the long term success of the product.
Below is the timing for purchasing tooling then production and finally delivery to you!
Tooling Purchase and delivery - 8 Weeks
Production - 2 Weeks
Delivery - 1 Week
Thus following the successful end of this project, 11 weeks later you will have your own personal SmartClaw!!
Risks and challenges
This project actually is not that difficult once tooling has been paid for as well as part of the first run of product. Thus, if my goals of funding are met, I'm very confident you can be sure that you will receive your product within the time frame provided. The only potential challenge that could occur is that the company providing the tooling delay (tee molds) delivery past it's usual 60 days turnaround time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The SmartClaw is specifically designed to enhance your experience with drivers only as it will only go in the ground so far and is unable to be tee'd flush with the ground.
Typically within a 1-3 yard footprint. Most of it's distance depends upon the angle and directness in which the club is hitting the ball/tee. So in the simplest terms, given that all swing speeds are the same, what will make the difference in tee travel is the more upwards club is traveling during impact and the more direct the impact is the farther it will travel.
Due to my inexperience using kickstarter, I neglected to enable international orders when I first setup the parameters. Unfortunately, due to kickstarter rules, I cannot make changes to the current offerings once they have been accepted. Thus, I've just added new options with various quantities that are for international orders! You'll notice the higher prices caused by the much higher shipping costs, but at least now you can get the product you wanted and all in time for Christmas! Thank you for your consideration.
In less than a week, this funding effort will be over and the new mean18golf.com website will be live (for now, it is being directed here until the end of this funding). On this site, you will have the ability to place your orders for you own personal SmartClaw! So again, don't fret, even if we don't make our goal, you can still get the toughest, coolest and most stylish tee available...! There will also be many other options available and other products that we are very excited about that you will see in the near future. Stay tuned and hit'em long and straight!
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