Golf is fun. Losing golf clubs is not.
But it happens all the time.
Pro shops have bins full of lost clubs, and any golfer can tell you the typical story of leaving a wedge next to a green - always an unwelcome interruption. No golfer likes spending precious time on the course searching for a lost club, or even worse, not finding it at all.
We’re here to help.
The solution is Club Catcher. This electronic device easily attaches to any set of golf clubs and immediately alerts you if you've left a club behind.
No more hunting down lost clubs. No more buying replacement clubs. No more hassle!
How You Fit In
We developed Club Catcher so golfers can enjoy the game without the hassle of lost clubs. Now we need funding for our first production run. Your pledge will help us reach that goal. You can be among the first to own Club Catcher. And you’ll play a meaningful role in helping a few passionate entrepreneurs bring this product to market, making golf a little better for everyone.
Can we have your support?
Get a Club Catcher for yourself by clicking one of the boxes to the right.
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What is Club Catcher?
Club Catcher is a base unit that clips onto your golf bag, and club units that screw into your existing club grips. It won't interfere with normal play, but will quickly alert you with an audible alarm when you leave a club behind. Using a combination of motion sensing and radio frequency (RF) communication, Club Catcher keeps track of your clubs so you don’t have to.
Super Easy to Use!
Club Catcher works with any set of golf clubs, and you can begin using it within minutes of taking it out of the box— no tools required.
While you're playing, a quick glance at the base unit tells you if you have all your clubs, or you can simply forget about it. It won't intrude on your game at all... unless you leave that wedge next to the green, and then it'll let you know!
Production base unit design, 3 housing options: black plastic, silver or charcoal anodized aluminum
The Story of Club Catcher
If you're a golfer, you know all about this— it’s happened to you or you've seen it happen to others. Market research shows that 65% of golfers have left clubs behind while playing, and 36% of non-golfers are aware of the problem.
Playing golf together in San Diego, we - Matt Smiley and Jesse Koenig - experienced this frustration ourselves... maybe more than average :) Meanwhile we also constantly saw others driving their carts around asking if anybody had seen their wedge. One day we were playing with a guy who heard we were engineers and asked us why we didn't invent something to solve this. We looked at each other and smiled. Club Catcher was born.
Getting Past Old Ideas That Don't Work
When we tell people about Club Catcher and start to explain that it uses RF communication, many people jump in and say, "Oh, so if a club goes further than a certain distance from the base unit, it alarms?" The answer to that is No. Here's the thing: It is common in normal play for a club to get quite far away from your bag.
For example, you and your partner tee off and since you're not pros, your shots end up on opposite sides of the fairway. He drops you off at your ball (with a club or two), and drives off (with your bag on the cart) to find his ball, which could be 100 yards away from you.
So, that simple method of alarming if the club goes too far from the bag is not practical. It would require expensive high-power radios that would quickly drain the batteries. Also, it would give false alarms when you haven’t actually lost a club and/or very delayed alarms when you have lost a club.
How Club Catcher Works
Our patent-pending design uses RF communication only over short distances. An algorithm on the base unit monitors the motion of the clubs and the bag, as well as the sequence and timing of clubs going into and out of the bag. It outputs visible status indications via blue and red LEDs and a graphical LCD display, or, at the highest alert level, an audible alarm.
We've imagined, simulated, and field-tested many different scenarios in refining our algorithm, making it smart enough not to be tricked. Of course it's crucial that the alarm sound when you've accidentally left a club behind and before you get too far away, but also that the alarm not sound in any other situation. We definitely don't want unnecessary noises disturbing you on the golf course.
We made a lot of progress over the past few years by doing much of the conceptual and mechanical design, algorithm development, and simulation ourselves. Our successful proof-of-concept model plugged into a wall power outlet and was controlled by a PC. Eventually we needed help with the electronics design, RF system architecture, and firmware. We explored a number of technologies, worked with a lot of different engineers, and made several prototype attempts. We finally found the right way to do it and the right guys for the job, and now our vision is becoming a reality.
How This Campaign Works
We won't take any money unless we can deliver Club Catcher. This means we need sufficient funding to do a full production run; we can't just manufacture a few. Our Indiegogo campaign works in one of two ways:
A) If we reach our goal, everybody wins. We deliver a great product and you successfully bring Club Catcher to market!
B) If we don't reach our full funding goal, every pledge is refunded. You get your money back and we go back to the drawing board.
Club Catcher Specifications
Status Indications and Alerts
- All clubs in the bag...Solid blue LED
- One club out...No LED
- One club out, plus bag motion...Solid red LED
- More than one club out...Slow flashing red LED
- Club left behind...Fast flashing red LED
- Club left behind, plus bag motion...Audible alarm
Product Comparison Chart
- Protects as many of your clubs as you'd like, depending on number of club units used.
- Base unit and club units uniquely pair with each other so you can use your Club Catcher in the vicinity of other Club Catchers (e.g. on the same golf cart) with no interference.
- Club units can be un-paired with base unit and paired with different base unit.
- Club units are motion-activated to conserve battery energy, only transmitting when needed.
- Club units are very light-weight and do not interfere with swing.
Production base unit design with pivoting clip
Need a gift for that golfer in your life?
Club Catcher is the perfect answer - a great addition to any golf bag. They'll love the product, and they'll appreciate supporting the project. If you want to give the gift before we're ready to ship (in May), use the gift voucher below.
Here's our first Club Catcher custom t-shirt, available in green or white:
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