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Zack RuefBy Zack Ruef
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Zack RuefBy Zack Ruef
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About

Introducing The Benson

Always be improving your putting game and be your best on the real course.

The Benson is an instant classic - an indoor putting green, putting aid, and parlor game. Toss it on the ground in your office for a mid-day stress reliever or keep it in your basement for fun with family and guests!

We’ve been working on The Benson for almost a year, and we’re ready to get it out in front of golf fans and gamers everywhere with this Kickstarter campaign.

We call The Benson a ‘Parlor Putter’ because The Benson, like darts or billiards, is a gentlemen’s game that can (and should) be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age, gender, or skill level.

What sets The Benson apart from other indoor putting greens?

  • It can be picked up and tossed anywhere one desires. Putts can be made on The Benson from any direction or distance.
  • It’s not just a putting aid, it’s a game with its own set of rules different from golf.
  • The Benson will be released with a mobile app where players can compete not only against their own putting score but also against friends and challengers around the world. This app will soon support an augmented reality (AR) environment, where users can play The Benson game virtually wherever they desire.

We need your help to bring The Benson to the world!

We’ve been working on The Benson for over a year now. We wanted a putting aid and golf game that was small and portable enough to throw it down anywhere and start a game. But it needed to be large enough to have a “dance floor" (a level playing surface to catch those near-misses), and have a deep enough hole to catch the ball in a satisfying and effective way. We think we’ve arrived at that perfect balance.

The Benson features the finest turf supported by a lightweight and flexible platform that is durable enough to place on nearly any surface. Walk on it! Toss it! Stare at it!

Being that The Benson is omni-directional, shots can be taken from any angle, and on almost any surface (we find The Benson is best used indoors).

The Benson is big enough for multiple balls on the "dance floor," and multiple balls in the hole. Small enough to fit conveniently under a desk, bed, or couch.

We’ve done a lot to get The Benson to this point. Built and tested multiple prototypes. Designed and honed optimum angles and dimensions. We've begun the patent process. We've developed a brand and a sound go-to-market strategy.

We need your help to fund bringing The Benson to the market, including initial manufacturing and promotion costs. We want to share The Benson with everyone. With you. With the World.

Kickstarter offers the best platform to connect with putters everywhere, golf enthusiasts and parlor gamers alike. By backing The Benson, you’ll be supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of young inventors, and you’ll be among the first to enjoy a Benson.

Benson Gaming Interactive

Upon receiving full funding from this Kickstarter campaign, our goal is that The Benson will be released with a score-keeping app available on Apple and Android devices, which will be able to keep score for The Benson game or a full game of traditional 9- or 18-hole golf.

Eventually, our goal for the app is to support a full AR (augmented reality) platform, where players can challenge their friends and other players across the world to interactive AR games with a virtual Benson.

A Word from Benson Nightshorts Himself

"The Green is a sacred and serene land. A place we all can visit when the rough gets going.

But what if you could bring the Green with you anywhere you go?

That’s why I created The Benson. A simple and most enjoyable parlor putter for the home and office, suitable for any age, gender, occupation, or social status. On the Green, there is no structure but the competition of the game.

Every golfer is a competitor. While most of that is borne out of the competition each golfer has with their own scores, there is an unbridled joy in besting a fellow golfer.

May you be your best, and may your best be better than your rival’s.

I hope you enjoy The Benson."

The Rules:

Many will use The Benson to improve putting skills, but we think it’s more fun to make it a social challenge. Luckily, The Benson is a multiplayer game with a set of rules.

Three (3) Benson Nightshorts-approved golf balls come with The Benson, as well as a professional golf towel (which is not necessary for gameplay, but one may break a sweat in the throes of competitive passion).

To see which player goes first, there is a simultaneous ‘Shoot-Off,’ where all participating players take a putt at once. You and your fellow players can choose how ties are handled (Rock-Paper-Scissors, Thumb War, another Shoot-Off, etc.). The winner gets to go first and may choose where to place The Benson and from where the putt must be taken.

Each player may take three (3) shots per hole. The player with the highest score in a hole takes ‘Honors’ and may choose the location of the next placement of The Benson and putting location.

A Hole-In-One is just that, a ‘Hole-In-One.’ Two golf balls in the hole is a ‘Sandbagger.’ The real challenge, and the game’s highest honor, is a ‘Benson’ – three balls in one hole from one player. It is possible, but very difficult. Legend has it that Benson Nightshorts scored the first “Benson” on the day the Second Cod War ended.

You and your fellow players may play any number of holes you wish, but a traditional game is done in six (6) holes. And, in classic Benson Nightshorts style, creating your own “house rules” promises to bring guffaws aplenty. One example includes scoring one point for each “dance floor” shot and three points for each hole-in-one.

The Benson was created by creatives. Zack and Dane, the creatives in question, had always used golfing and putting games to break up their design and marketing work with brainstorming sessions over rounds of makeshift courses and putting holes. Many summer evenings were spent playing on a 9-hole “chip-putt” course built in Zack’s tiny backyard in Dayton, OH, using plastic Cousin Vinny’s cups buried in the grass for putting holes. The order of the putting holes and direction the shots taken varied by game, players, improvised rules, and, sometimes, by how many beverages and Cousin Vinny’s pizza had been consumed.

When Zack and Dane opened their first office in Washington Township, OH, they missed being able to walk to the backyard to chip a round or two, especially when ideas and brainstorming sessions would clearly benefit from stepping away from the desk. And they pondered, “how can we recapture that backyard putting fun and bring it into our office?”

Thus, The Benson was born. The first prototype was somewhat octagonal and a little too big, and the hole was a bit too small, but it was fun. A lot of fun. And it was obvious what made the product work: being able to hone your putting skills indoors, being able to shoot from any angle, and coming up with your own rules. All these features found their way into the evolution of each hand-crafted and carefully designed prototype and elevate The Benson beyond a simple putting aid and into a “parlor putter,” a truly unique golf product that is ready to be shared with the world.

The Benson team, including Zack and Dane as well as James and Brent, has developed six prototypes in-house and continues to refine concepts and branding for the final product.

Risks and challenges

We love our product. But will everyone will love it as much as we do? That’s probably the biggest risk involved in launching this Kickstarter – throwing our product out there and seeing if it “sticks” with golfers, gamers, families, students, and coaches. We feel there are several verticals in which The Benson would be a huge success, but this Kickstarter campaign will provide a solid gauge on where The Benson will make the biggest market impact.

Because The Benson is a simple putting green first and foremost, will it work as a true putting aid/trainer for golfers looking to hone their game and improve their handicap? We feel golfers will be impressed by The Benson’s versatility and ease-of-use and will be satisfied by the “plop” of the ball in the hole and the experience of a miniature putting green that can be easily slid under a couch or desk.

Major risks:

This is our first product. There are many nuances of manufacturing, shipping, and packaging, but these are exciting challenges for us. We have many personal contacts that have been through similar small manufacturing and Kickstarter experiences and successes, and our background in developing marketing and design campaigns for large manufacturers will help us grasp the scope of this manufacturing undertaking. We are in the process of vetting several manufacturers and packaging and fulfillment partners to see who is the most trusted and what makes the most economic sense. We are confident this product and gaming experience will be produced and delivered, even if we must do it all ourselves. We are committed to - and passionate about - The Benson.

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    Golf Clap - Cheers from the Crowd

    Show Benson some love and get rewarded with 2 Benson-approved logo koozies, ideal for keeping beverages of all sorts frosty.

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    Nightshorts Club Membership

    A most exclusive opportunity. Nightshorts Club members receive a luxurious, highly-absorbent golf towel and three (3) Benson logo golf balls.

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    Club House Membership

    Complement your Benson logo golf balls and golf towel with a fashionable and high-quality Benson logo golf hat or visor.

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    Greens Fees: Reserve The Benson

    Pay your greens fees and reserve your own Benson parlor putter with this early bird special, the best way to make sure you’re one of the first to play on The Benson. Each Benson comes with a set of three (3) Benson logo golf balls, one Benson logo golf towel, and vintage gameplay instructions. This is the one you’re looking for.

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    The Benson Deluxe Masters Set

    Truly master your putting game and The Benson game while looking as dapper as Benson Nightshorts himself with this special discounted Benson deluxe pack, which includes The Benson, an extra set of golf balls, two koozies, and a stylish Benson logo golf hat.

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    The Front 3

    A special Benson three (3) pack – perfect for practicing the front 3 holes before setting out on the real course. Or keep one Benson for yourself and gift the other two to friends/family.

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    The Back 9

    The ultimate package: 9 Bensons to create your very own 9-hole indoor putting oasis. (Or give them away to friends, family, and your golfing buddies…). A very special offer only available to the very best.

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