Tin Cup: The Ultimate Indoor Golf Practice Chipping Game
TIN CUP is the new super-fun indoor golf game for that improves chipping skills for beginners and pros alike.
Tin Cup: The Ultimate Indoor Golf Practice Chipping Game
TIN CUP is the new super-fun indoor golf game for that improves chipping skills for beginners and pros alike.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, February 23 2019 5:56 PM UTC +00:00.
TIN CUP by RUGG Golf is the new, entertaining indoor golf game that is as challenging as it is fun. Best of all, for any level of golfer, new players to pros, playing TIN CUP will make you much better at chip and pitch shots when you get on the golf course.
Play TIN CUP year-round in your home…and soon you'll CHIP LIKE A PRO!
If you like playing golf, you will love playing TIN Cup. It’s not just fun, it really improves your chipping game. Good chipping is all about muscle memory, and TIN CUP keeps your short game sharp all year round.
If you have ever thought about learning the game, or want to introduce your kids and friends to the joys (and challenges) of golf, TIN CUP is a great way to start.
In "Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible," celebrated golf guru Dave Pelz proves statistically that, after a chip or pitch shot, if you are hitting your first putt from outside 6 feet, you have a less than 50/50 chance of sinking it, even if you are a good putter! At 10 feet it drops off to 20% and 20 feet to 10%. But if your first putt is at 6 feet, your probability of holing is at 50% and at 4 feet it is 85%! Here's his Putting Conversion Curve chart that is based on thousands of measurements of good putters:
Because most amateur players like you and me miss a lot of greens in regulation, we are chipping and pitching around the greens a lot, anywhere from 8 to 14 times a round for many of us. Unless you are getting these shots inside the magic 6 foot circle with regularity, you are dropping strokes all throughout your round. Dave Pelz calls these chip and pitch shots "the finesse game" and he's proven this part of the game is the most important key to lowering your handicap. If you start hitting these shots within 6 feet, you are going to dramatically lower your scores.
With more shots lost in the finesse game than any other aspect of golf, it is ironic that this is the one area most golfers practice the least. A typical weekend golfer hits a bucket of balls to warm up, takes some putts, maybe hits a few chips, and then heads off to the first tee. A lot of us don't have time for much more than that. The short game gets the short shift.
Now you can practice every day at home...with TIN CUP, "The Ultimate Indoor Golf Practice Chipping Game."
Playing with your own clubs, TIN CUP gives you instant, very realistic feedback on each shot. Swing well and score well. Make a poor swing and you will know right away...it's great practice. And let's face it, anything that puts a club in your hand at home throughout the week is going to improve your golf game. My dad always said "Golf is like shaving. If you don't do it every day, you're a bum." You will have a club in you hands a lot when you have TIN CUP at home.... because it's easy to set up, challenging...and FUN!
Play TIN CUP a few times a week with some online practice tips, and you will soon learn to "Chip like a Pro." With this fun practice game, you can easily sharpen your short game and put more chips and pitches inside the magic 6 foot circle when you are on the course, and, most importantly, reduce your handicap by up to 3, 4, or 5 shots...or more! Click here to see how playing TIN CUP has improved my chipping,
"...a great teaching aid disguised a super-fun game."
TIN CUP is not just a good training aid. it's a super-fun game to play with family and friends! It is a great game night game.
Many Different Games to Play!
Put the FUN in your FUNd-raisers!
TIN CUP is great for parties and fund raising events for “Cup-in-One" and “Closest to the Cup” contests. Golf club, hotel and event planners can set up a driving range layout or 3, 6, 9 or even 18 hole layouts for events and rainy day games.
Get the Whole Gang Swinging with TIN CUP!
You can play TIN CUP all year-round in your home, school, sports camp, golf club or any other place to share this fun game with friends and family.
Watch middle schooler Eliza K. score 4 Tin Cups on her very first turn! This has to be the world record! This kid can chip!!!
Let's take a dive into the details of the game.
Super-light precision plastic RUGG Golf balls are perfectly matched with the Tin Cup Target Rug and RUGG Golf Tee Mat to provide realistic shot making. Using your regular wedges, RUGG Golf balls float through the air and stop with backspin and sidespin, or roll down slopes just like real golf balls.
TIN CUP can set up can be extra-easy for beginners if sloping towards the tee or devilishly difficult even for pros, like when you have a short flop shot and Target Rug slanting down and away.
In advanced setups, when facing a tricky side slope, you have to play the break…. or put sidespin on it to make the pro shot.
With the super-lightweight balls, TIN CUP is safe to play year round inside your home. Here's a video clip of my nephew playing "catch" with his toddler niece.
TIN CUP has over 1,000 hole setups! It can be set up super easy for beginners and kids or very challenging even for pros. The Target Rug can be laid flat, or sloped at different heights with different Tin Cup target positions that demand more difficult shots and smaller point reward areas, all with front and rear RUGG Golf sand traps to capture short and long shots. You will never be bored playing TIN CUP!
There are nine different target positions on the target rug, 14 different slope positions, and 8 different hole lengths.
TIN CUP Pro Game Set includes the RUGG Golf Slope Base and Adjustable Lift block that creates 14 different slope positions to challenge the best players, or can set the slope for extra-easy play to encourage beginners and kids.
Tin Cup also has up to 8 different hole lengths that require everything from long pitches to high, short flop shots.
You can also set the the target rug up on a table or other raised surface for added variety. (Click here to watch the video of the first-ever TIN CUP tabletop game.)
TIN CUP gives you instant feedback on each shot. Swing well and score well. Make a poor swing and you will know right away...it's great practice.
One of my favorite parts is the nifty TIN CUP Ball Retriever! This ball storage sleeve makes it fun and easy to pick up the balls and set them up on the RUGG Golf Tee Mat for the next turn.
TIN CUP is not just a great training aid. It is also a super-fun game with a simple scoring system that directly reflects the quality of your shots, rewarding each good shot and penalizing each bad one in a real game of skill, just like golf. It also scores like golf, with pars, birdies, bogies, eagles, and double bogies plus scoring bonuses for hitting the TIN CUP or landing in the cup for a rare DOUBLE TIN CUP, which is like getting a hole-in-one.
The wide variety of TIN CUP games can be super-easy and fun or very challenging and competitive, including stroke and match play 18 hole rounds. There are Short and Long game scoring formats for quick or extended game play, with Points-to-Par conversions for typical golf scoring.
Players can choose the hole setups setup that they want to play, or they can follow the TIN CUP scorecards or roll the TIN CUP tri-colored dice for randomized challenges.
As soon as we have enough sales, we can develop the TIN CUP app for online hole setups and scoring. Compare you scores with the rest of the TIN CUP community and play in Internet tournaments.
You can also just keep it simple with a “Closest to the Cup” game, perfect for events and parties.
Want to take a deep dive into TIN CUP? Watch this 14 minute Game Setup and Demonstration video!
Get the TIN CUP DIY Game Set for simpler game play at the lowest price. This allows for 9 different target positions on a flat target. It's fun but, honestly, it is almost too challenging for beginners (it's a lot easier when the Target Rug is sloping towards the tee) and not challenging enough for more experienced players.
Here's the good news. If you want to create the same kind of setups as TIN CUP Pro on a budget, you can add in a 43" round 1/2" plywood DIY Slope Base with a DIY 1 3/8" x 2" x 8" wood Slope Lift Block and you can create the same 1,000 hole setup combinations as the TIN CUP Pro Game. Add in some throw blankets to substitute for the RUGG Golf sand traps and swing away. MSRP $229 less special Kickstarter discounts!
Note that the TIN CUP DYI Game Set does not come with a game storage box. It arrives in two medium sized boxed pieces plus a poly-wrapped target rug. The TIN DIY game set also does not qualify for TIN CUP Internet tournaments.
If you are able to swing the TIN CUP Pro game set, add in the Slope Base, Adjustable Lift Block, Front and Rear RUGG Golf Sand Traps, the Front Trap Lift, and the TIN CUP Pro game storage box. This Pro game set is required for any official TIN CUP Internet tournaments. MSRP $349 less special Kickstarter discounts!
With multiple TIN CUP Pro game sets you can set up 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 or even 18 hole layouts for small and large group events, especially fun for rainy or wintry days. Below is the layout I used for the 4-hole layout at the Las Vegas PGA Show for a 36 shot "93" game tournament in a 10' x 30' booth. Two players could play at a time on holes of 3, 5, 6 and 7 yards with different slopes and target positions. You can also set up sequential golf holes or a driving range layout.
The scorecard for this layout looks like this, where 9 shots equals 9 holes:
If you want suggestions on how to set up and run these event layouts, please contact me.
For more information, see FAQs below, and contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!
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How long does it take to set up TIN CUP?
TIN CUP sets up in about two minutes.
How much room do I need in my home to play TIN CUP?
While the minimum space you need is about seven paces (22 feet,) which allows for 3, 4 an 5 yard shots, 10 paces (30 feet) is better to add 6 and 7 yard holes for more variety. If you have the space, the longest Tin Cup hole setup is 10 yards requiring a 40’ open span for longer pitch shots that are especially challenging.
What clubs do I use when playing TIN CUP?
You use your regular golf clubs. Some people play TIN CUP with just a 60 degree sand wedge. This will teach you how to vary the loft and hitting angle to get a variety of different shot results, but some setups, especially the longer ones, can very difficult to score well with just this club. The next club to add would be a 56 degree wedge which a a great utility club for a lot of Tin Cup setups, then a 64 degree flop wedge for the short and flop shot setups. A 48 to 52 degree pitching wedge makes it easier to reach some back targets and even a 9 iron is good for longer 9 and 10 yard shots to take some spin off the ball. You'll figure out what works best for you after a few turns.
You can also set up the RUGG Golf Target Rug with a carpet runner to practice chip-and-run shots with a 7 or 8 iron.
Competitive players usually use four or more different wedges.I use 4 wedges when I play Tin Cup (the same set of wedges I read are in Phil Mickelson's bag:)
- a 48 degree pitching wedge to reach the back of the green when the Tin Cup is set in a back target position;
- a 56 degree wedge, my go-to club in the middle distance shots and Low slopes;
- a 60 degree wedge when I have shorter distances or difficult High slopes and target positions that require more loft and spin, and;
- a 64 degree flop wedge for the short 3 and 4 yard holes, especially when the slope is going away from the tee. (Like I mentioned above, 52, 56, 60 and 64 degree wedges are what are in Phil Mickelson’s bag. It’s a good to learn how to hit these clubs.)
Players generally use 56 and 60 degree loft wedges most. Kids and juniors who are getting good at chipping love learning how these extra wedges make difficult chips easier, and will start to use them on the golf course.
When will the TIN CUP online app be available?
As soon as we have the necessary support, RUGG Golf will release the TIN CUP app to let you get hole setups and scorecards, post your scores for RUGG Golf handicaps, compare your best scores (for 18 hole layouts or even for each hole setup) with all the other Tin Cuppers, and join online tournaments.
History of TIN CUP
So who are the folks at RUGG Golf, and why Kickstarter? There are no folks at RUGG Golf. There is just one folk. Me. I’m Bill Van Arsdale, the inventor of Tin Cup and owner of RUGG Golf.
I have had the basic idea behind this game since I was a kid chipping ping-pong balls around inside my house (after golf balls were banned inside when I clanged one off the picture window.) I lived in a big, sprawling house with lots of connected rooms so it was fun hitting from one end of the house with a wide variety of long, short, flop, hook and cut shots. After I moved out on my own, the problem was always how to recreate this variety of shots in a much smaller space. Simply chipping back and forth between two carpets with cocktail coasters as holes was, well, boring.
Almost two years ago, nearing retirement, I decide to try to create a game that would let me hit the variety of shots like I did as a kid that could be played in a small area. After a whole bunch of designs and tests, TIN CUP was born.
I have designed the game and sourced and priced all of the parts. I now need you, the Kickstarter community, to help me raise the money I need to manufacture all of the pieces for the first run of TIN CUP games to distribute to Kickstarter supporters.
So there you have it. The secret to a great short game is simple….get some good instruction so you know the basics, then practice, practice, practice. Now you can great fun with family and friends as you practice chipping and pitch shots at home whenever you want…with TIN CUP, “The Ultimate Indoor Golf Practice Chipping Game.”
I hope you join us online on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for updates, news, lessons, online tournaments, and all things TIN CUP (as soon as I figure out all this stuff ;) ! I look forward to hearing from you.
Bill Van Arsdale, RUGG Golf
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges and risks in taking an idea and turning it into a popular new product, and I have done everything to minimize the risk for our Kickstarter supporters. The good news is that TIN CUP is not complicated game to produce. Its genius is in the design and mating of all of the various parts to create a really fun golf chipping practice game.
Here are some of the potentials risk and challenges.
1) Timing of delivery to Kickstarter buyers: There are over a dozen manufacturers who are contributing parts to TIN CUP, and games cannot be assembled, packaged and shipped to the distribution center if one part is missing or defective. I have lined up backup suppliers for each part should there be any problems, but any delay in manufacturing of any game piece will cause delays in delivery to you.
2) Quality control: With so many parts coming in from over a dozen suppliers, it is critical that every game piece is properly produced and included in each game package. I will personally meet with suppliers in their factories during this first run of TIN CUP for Kickstarter supporters, and will oversee the complete game packaging before shipping for distribution to the Kickstarter community. While all the pieces come together to create a well thought-out and designed game, none of them are complicated to produce and I do not anticipate any significant problems.
3) The TIN CUP App. While I would love to produce the TIN CUP Hole Setup and Scoring App in time for the first Kickstarter deliveries, the production and maintenance of the app is going to take extra funds that will depend upon the success of this campaign and future sales. While not necessary for playing the games, this app will be required for internet tournaments.
The app makes it easy to keep score for the different TIN CUP games, and also generates handicaps, keeps track of hole setup and course records, and assigns a degree of difficulty (DOD) for each hole setup based upon the scores that all TIN CUP players enter into the app as they play each of the possible 1000 hole setups. I can't wait for this to come out.
One last note: In the Amazon world of "free shipping," I am concerned about backers being turned off by being asked to add in shipping costs. TIN CUP DIY and Pro games are large and expensive to ship, as much as $48 depending on the zone. Adding shipping costs into the price of the reward significantly distorts the actual discount being offered as the MSRP with shipping would be close to $400. So, please forgive this necessity, but with all of the pitfalls to pricing these games to actually end up with a profit so we can make more games, I want to err on the side of success.
I truly appreciate your understanding and support and look forward to having a blast playing TIN CUP with you wonderful backer, both online and in person.
All the best,
Bill Van Arsdale