T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Tour Impact Golf looks to improve your swing with sound
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 | 8:50 a.m.
The father-son team of Craig and Scott DeVarney, think they've invented just the device to help improve your swing.
The duo are owners of Tour Impact Golf LLC and today they started a Kickstarter campaign to bring their Tour Impact training aid to manufacturing.
For those unfamiliar with it, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising campaign. Creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money. But, if the goal isn't met by the deadline, the creators receive none of the funds and the money is returned to those who pledged.
Tour Impact Golf's goal is to raise $20,000 by Wednesday, December 11 at 8 a.m. EST. At the time of this post, the Kickstarter had been up for just over 30 minutes and $1,240 had already been raised.
So, what is the Tour Impact Golf training aid (TI)?
It's a hittable golf club with a sensor and speaker designed to teach professional rhythm and tempo through sound. Players will learn to identify exactly where they are too fast or slow in their swings while developing overall consistency.
You can watch a video of the training aid here:
Backers of the Kickstarter campaign can get a club of their own by contributing $120 or more towards its first run. If successfully funded, clubs are expected to be delivered by March of 2014.
"I had been toying with the idea of swinging along to a sound recording of my own swing," Craig DeVarney said. "One night, literally in my sleep, I thought, 'what if I standardized a professional's rhythm and timing and used that as a guide instead of my own?' It seemed so simple and obvious that there needed to be a way to standardize and learn rhythm and tempo, so that's what I set out to do."
The $20,000 the DeVarney's are hoping to raise will pay for parts, tooling and manufacturing.
"We have a working prototype," Craig DeVarney said. "We've already got manufacturers lined up and ready to go. We just need the funds to take it to market. The TI will help players learn the actual rhythm and tempo of a professional golf swing and improve their consistency. They will develop a powerful lag and a heightened awareness of the club head's position throughout their swing. Because the feedback from the TI is in real time, players can identify exactly where they are too fast or slow and what it feels like. The TI makes teaching and learning rhythm easy through standardization of proper swing proportions in a range of tempos."
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