This project's funding goal was not reached on September 18, 2014.
About this project
Ever since I was a young lad, I've always wanted to know how things were made, and why... And why things are done the way they are... What are their reasons? None more so than a curling football... Why do footballers curve a ball? Is it because they can? Is it because it looks good? Is it purely just to bend it around a wall of defenders? Or is there more to it... Is there science behind it?.... My natural curiosity led me to delve deeper... I found a study that was carried out by a university in Ireland "the aero dynamics of a curl" It was a study to find out if a curving ball can induce errors in human perception...
They used 11 professional footballers and 9 expert goal keepers. The players were drawn from the professional squads at A C Milan (Italy) Olympique de marseille (france) bayer leverkusen and schalke (germany) and the players ranged from 19-34 years old.
what they discovered was that once a ball was curled - the results from this study provided strong evidence that the perceptual effects described found their origin in inherent limitations of the human visual system in anticipating the final arrival point of a ball... and the depth of experience of the players did not seem to be able to compensate for those shortcomings in visual perception, whether they were outfield players or goal keepers.
As you can see, once the ball was curled - the percentage of correct answers dropped considerably!
So now I knew why it was better to curl a ball, it gives you a better chance of scoring. whether it be free kicks,corners, in play or wherever! and that's why footballers do it... And they spend hours of their lives trying to perfect it.
And that got me thinking...
when a ball is in flight, spinning at around 600rpm (which is what a pro footballer achieves) magnus force will change its trajectory causing it to swerve either left, right, up or down, depending on the spin of the ball. So in order to get the ball to curl in the first place, it has to spin!
My idea is very simple...
why can't we just take the spinning ball from out of the air, put it on the ground and then just mould ourselves around that spinning ball?? after all, that's exactly what we want it to be doing once we've kicked it!
By simply moulding yourself around a spinning ball, you're essentially honing the technique as your body adapts... You see, with a normal static ball you are having to practice and practice for hours, weeks, months on end to gain the technique you require to bend a ball as good as a top professional! However, with the pro Magnus, you can set it to spin at 600rpm (what a top professional can achieve) and when you start kicking the ball you can feel the spinning ball pushing your foot away, instantly telling you that you need to reposition your body and foot so you can comfortably get your foot and body around the ball and flow with the spin! Keep practicing and you will discover that you can curl a ball in no time!
You will start to keep up with the speed of the spin and then your next step is control... Once you can pretty much control where you want the ball to go you can drop the speed down to 500rpm. Now, as the ball is spinning slower you need to start putting some effort in to bring the spin back up to 600rpm... Once that has been achieved you drop the speed down to 400rpm, then 300rpm and so on until you are down to the lowest level... Once you can curl the ball at 600rpm when it's only spinning at 100rpm on the pro Magnus - you can then place the ball anywhere on the pitch and put superb bend on the ball every time!! It's that simple! And in a fraction of the time it would take to learn on your own with a static ball.
It spins both ways so you can do the inside or outside of your left or right foot with no problems at all, and the results are superb. You can really be as good as the professionals, if not better! Just need to practice your dribbling and you're nearly there!
So where are we at right now??
Everything is well organised our end, we have the product designers in place, a manufacturing company ready to go, all shipping services ready to ship to everywhere in the world so we just need to give the go ahead.
Also have sports outlets placing orders from UK and the US.
We need the pledges to fund the tooling and whatever is left will go towards marketing, website and anything else it takes to get this project lifted.
We're also meeting with big names to gain endorsements, looking good so far and will update once we have definite names!!!
Risks and challenges
The money I get will pay the £80,000 bill for the tooling to be able to manufacture my product in bulk. The rest will go towards a good website, advertising and also making a proper tutorial. After that, we have professional clubs testing it out and endorsing it. From there, if I need to, my bank will fund the initial first orders for sale.
We even have huge retail stores waiting to buy.
As our product is the first of its kind with patented technology, we have no competitors in the market.
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