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Does driving a ball often feel like flipping a coin? Do you wonder whether you will walk away feeling great or frustrated? Not anymore!
199 backers pledged CA$ 16,009 to help bring this project to life.
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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

Father's Day Special Edition Package

Father's Day Special Edition Package (Golf ball not included)
Father's Day Special Edition Package (Golf ball not included)

Acknowledgement

Welcome everyone. We wish to thank you for your interest in our product. The RecTeeFier is our first Idea-to-Market project and the fact that together we possess a broad range of expertise including engineering, financial, manufacturing, marketing and sales, gave us the confidence required to embark on such fascinating journey.

Your visit to our project page means a lot to us. We sincerely hope you will find the information you are looking for and that you will join us in making the RecTeeFier a reality. Please do not hesitate to email us should you have unanswered questions (info@recteefier.com).

Serge Gauvin and Nehme Younes
Serge Gauvin and Nehme Younes

The Product

The RecTeeFier is a revolutionary golf tee designed to assist golfers with THEIR goal of rectifying their slice/hook. OUR goal is to bring more fun and less frustration to golfers like us.

As mentioned in our video, we enjoy the game of golf but investing time and money at the driving range with private lessons was just not for us. We would rather enjoy the course and “have a ball” with our friends. Our market surveys indicated that many more shared the same vision.

The Slice/Hook Phenomenon

Upon starting this project we learned that the Magnus Force generated by the ball side spinning is responsible for our golf ball veering off course. The same principle is used by baseball pitchers to induce a curved trajectory to their ball as explained on this YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oph9BP4lKjs).

The Concept

We wondered whether we could somehow “redirect” the forces applied to our golf ball. This RecTeeFier hypothesis came to us while watching the video of an airplane landing gear making contact with the runway (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSodzuCwRYI).

Technology to the rescue

The first prototypes were 3D printed then tested at a virtual golf range. We needed to determine the optimum tee configuration that would reduce side spinning without affecting carry distance. In the end, we came up with the configuration displayed below (4 views of the same prototype).

Virtual Golf Data
Virtual Golf Data

Material Selection

It goes without saying that a golf tee has to be both light and impact resistant. Specialists recommended polycarbonate for the stem portion of the tee (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlEfJFDWXpM).

Friction-to-Compression ratio of the head material is essential to the RecTeeFier effect, so we chose to test a few elastomers that were proposed  by the same specialists.

The prototypes v2.0 were then manufactured to be tested under real conditions.

One of the prototypes tested in San Diego
One of the prototypes tested in San Diego

Independent Testing

The golf swing is a complex movement involving the whole body, so it is safe to say that even the best golfer cannot reproduce the same swing twice. In order to confirm beyond any doubt the RecTeeFier effect on a golf ball, we needed a Super Golfer.

We contacted Golf Laboratories, an independent golf equipment testing firm located in San Diego, California. They developed a robotic arm that can reproduce the same swing over and over. They also use a Trackman doppler radar to gather data from the moment the swing is initiated until the golf ball hits the ground.

One-Armed Jeff and Mr Trackman
One-Armed Jeff and Mr Trackman

With their help, we prepared a DOE (Design Of Experiment) and scheduled four days of testing.

Upon returning from San Diego, a multiple factor analysis was conducted on the data by an engineer. It confirmed what we had seen, which was a reduction (35%) of the slice/hook when the RecTeeFier was used as compared to a regular tee.

The RecTeeFier Effect

Energy is redirected in the horizontal axis and, as a result, side spin is reduced while backspin is slightly increased.

The RecTeeFier Effect
The RecTeeFier Effect
The tests results
The tests results

Intellectual Property Protection

Following confirmation that the RecTeeFier  could help golfers with their slice/hook, we decided to fully protect our invention. The name “RECTEEFIER” has been registered as a trademark, the industrial design is also registered against forfeiture, and the invention itself is patent pending.

Kickstarter Campaign

Mass production is the next step, and this is where we need your support. We invested time and money in proving the concept. Your help is now required to bring the RecTeeFier to reality. Your commitment also represents the ultimate confirmation that our surveys were conducted diligently.

CA$ 15,000 is all we need to finance a custom made mold to mass produce this revolutionary tee. The manufacturer is waiting for a PO# (Purchase Order) from us before initiating work on the mold, which will take 10 weeks to complete.

First rewards (RecTeeFier) will be shipped May 2018 and we hope that your name will be on the mailing list.

Thank you.

Risks and challenges

We consider this project to be a minimum risk based on the following:

A - RecTeeFier effect has been proven by independent testing.
B - Intellectual Property is protected (Patent Pending).
C - Manufacturer is waiting for our Go-No Go (Custom molding).
D - Raw material supply not an issue.
E - Rewards shipping done by RecTeeFier team.
F - Once production has begun, RecTeeFier will be available online through our website and orders processed by fulfillment center.

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    Pledge CA$ 9 or more About US$ 7

    Fun Seeker Offer

    1 RecTeeFier (individually packaged)
    Retail : US$ 9.95

    Be among the first golfers to experience the RecTeeFier effect. You will notice a correction of your slice/hook on your first drive.

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    Father's Day Special Edition

    Here is a unique gift idea for that special Dad.

    This custom made gift box contains one RecTeeFier (golf ball not included). This gift will put a smile on his face and bring FUN to his game. (see about section)

    In honor of all Great Dads, we offer free shipping.

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    The "What a great idea!" reward

    You are not much of a golfer but you really appreciate what we have done here and wish to help us make the RecTeeFier a reality?

    Your name will appear on our website page "Tee Box of Fame"

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    Pledge CA$ 33 or more About US$ 26

    Vegas Package

    4 RecTeeFiers (Individually packaged)
    Retail : US$ 39.80

    Bring on the FUN to your next game by offering a RecTeeFier to the three musketeers you enjoy playing golf with.

    If you wish to have the RecTeeFiers delivered directly to your friends' home we will gladly do so and even add a card with your name and a personal note from you.

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    Vegas Package 2.0

    4 RecTeeFiers (individually packaged)
    Retail : US$ 39.80

    Reward available for countries other than Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, USA.

    Big Thanks to Marc from Switzerland who made us realized that every golfer around the world deserves the opportunity to own the RecTeeFier.

    Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges my apply for certain countries and are the buyer's responsibility.

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    Pledge CA$ 142 or more About US$ 108

    Office Tournament Package

    20 RecTeeFiers (Individually packaged)
    Retail : US$ 199

    Why don't you plan a golfing activity to let your team know you appreciate their work. Make it a day to remember for everyone by helping them enjoy this day to the fullest. Give each one of them a RecTeeFier and bring on the FUN!

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    Pro-Shop Boost-Me-Up selling good

    50 RecTeeFiers (Individually packaged)
    Retail : US$ 499

    As a Pro, you can recognize those golfers who could use a break with fixing their swing. Making them happy could have a positive impact on your business.

    You wish to attract the Millennials to your golf course? One way to do it is to bring more fun to their game. The RecTeeFier was designed to do just that.

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    Pledge CA$ 899 or more About US$ 683

    Shotgun Golf Tournament Package

    150 RecTeeFiers (Individually packaged)
    Retail : US$ 1499

    For your next shotgun golf tournament why don't you include a RecTeeFier in every participant gifts bag. These events attract players looking for a FUN time.

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    Early Bird Special

    1 RecTeeFier (individually packaged)
    Retail : US$ 9.95

    This special offer is for our Facebook supporters as well as for regular backers. You are the first visitors to this project page and we wish to reward you for your interest.

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