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HC Golf

HC Golf is a mobile platform that connects golfers to instructors for immediate feedback. hey-coach.me/golf.p...

What's the big idea?

HC Golf is a mobile platform that connects golfers to instructors in real-time. Simply import a video of your swing, describe the advice you are looking for, and connect with a coach for immediate feedback. 

HC Golf takes the inefficiencies and high costs out of private coaching by providing a powerful communication and analysis focused infrastructure.  Anyone with a smartphone can have instant access to elite coaching.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

1) Traditional lessons. 
2) Self-serving information from YouTube and forums

How are you different from that player?

1) Traditional lessons are expensive, time consuming, and have geographically limitations. HC Golf gives you feedback on your swing when you need it most.
2) Online videos/forums are generic.  HC Golf instructors provide personalized feedback on your swing.

How does this idea scale into a big business?

The open community scales as golfers use the application on the course, and as instructors bring their existing clients. From a technology standpoint, we are building a platform backed by cloud servers that can be scaled as demand increases.

Why are you the one to run with this idea?

We want this. We will do this.

In 2013 we built the core technology that powers HC Golf. We have an aggressive expansion plan that will take us to very interesting frontiers in 2014 and beyond. We are surrounded by fantastic advisers and partners that will help us out-execute any competition.

What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?

We plan to test a simple hypothesis over the next 30 days: Are people willing to pay for immediate, virtual swing feedback from instructors local and abroad.

We will also perform in app A/B testing on specific functionality to ensure the best user experience.

There have been 16 replies to this idea

  1. Bryce Kaiser

    Owner

    Hi all! This is a very exciting time. I look forward to any feedback you may have. Please respond publicly or message me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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  2. Ryan Abel

    How immediate is the feedback?

  3. Miles Foster

    What if I have a coach that I already like?

  4. Bryce Kaiser

    Owner

    Ryan,

    To ensure prompt response times, golf instructors only show up if they are online and ready to respond. Expected response time should be in the 10-15 minute range. The idea is to get you feedback as fast as possible. You can even use the app for swing corrections on the course.  Imagine having an issue on the front nine and fixing it before you even get to the back nine.

  5. Bryce Kaiser

    Owner

    Miles,
    If you have a coach you like—from real life or previous experiences on the app—you can reach out directly to instructor and send your video.  This is beneficial for instructors, as well, that want to bring an existing client base to the application.

  6. Brad Curtis

    How close is this to production?

  7. Bryce Kaiser

    Owner

    Brad,

    The app is already under development and nearing production ready status. We are looking for beta participants to have an early preview and provide feedback on the functionality before a full public launch. You can join the beta here: www.hey-coach.me/golf.php?ref=sg

    We expect a January release date.

  8. Kevin Casey

    Interesting idea. Who are the coaches?

  9. Bryce Kaiser

    Owner

    Kevin,
    Our goal is to provide an open community of coaches and athletes.  Any coach can register, and once our team verifies their credentials they will be able to provide feedback to athletes. We are currently evaluating incentive programs for early adopters. Please let me know if there any coaches you recommend or direct them to the beta signup: www.hey-coach.me/golf.php?ref=sg

    We are exploring peer-to-peer (golfer-to-golfer) feedback as well. Do you feel there would be some value in that functionality?

  10. Bryce Kaiser

    Owner

    Kevin,
    Our goal is to provide an open community of coaches and athletes.  Any coach can register, and once our team verifies their credentials they will be able to provide feedback to athletes. We are currently evaluating incentive programs for early adopters. Please let me know if there any coaches you recommend or direct them to the beta signup: www.hey-coach.me/golf.php?ref=sg

    We are exploring peer-to-peer (golfer-to-golfer) feedback as well. Do you feel there would be some value in that functionality?

  11. Kevin Casey

    Ok, I know of a couple of people that would fit the mold of a coach you could be looking for, I’ll see if they’re interested.

    Also, I think a golfer-golfer type thing would actually be pretty interesting. Would just be another added perk and would help create buzz. Definetly would help to attract a larger group of people.

  12. Dan Baranski

    What if I want in person training?

  13. Bryce Kaiser

    Owner

    Dan,
    HC Golf is designed to be complementary to in person sessions in many ways. First, you can “try-before-you-buy” to find coaches that you like. You can send a video, see the quality of feedback, and decide if that is a coach you want to continue with. Secondly, the app helps you find instructors in your area and see helpful reviews. Thirdly, we are working on implementing Session Tracking so instructors can keep and share detailed notes, videos, and other media for any in person session.

  14. Lauren Hoomaian

    Great idea, good luck!!!

  15. Ted Neumann

    Can I book a follow up lesson with a coach?

  16. Bryce Kaiser

    Owner

    Absolutely. Once you have an interaction with a coach you can reconnect at any time.

  17. Nathan Owen

    Bryce:
    Real interesting idea and great looking App.  The UI looks very polished and the flow looks well thought out.

    Couple of questions: 

    (A)  Is the platform extensible?  If you wanted to use it to connect, lets say, soccer coaches to soccer players, could the platform support that? 
    (B) Can you talk a bit about monetize this App?  Would it be through sales of the App itself OR from the brokering of instructors to students OR in some other manner?

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This idea was funded by Start Garden staff endorsement on January 02, 2014. Since then...

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