June 2019 - Initial Drawing 

First step was getting the idea down on paper. Used Visio to diagram out what a product might look like. Performed a lot of research on stance width guidance from modern day instruction (both shoulder and hip joint width) and on the impact of angle of attack on club face at impact to set open and closed degrees. This is a slightly later version with the two piece trail foot bar setup.

 first stance caddy prototype


July 2019 - First 3D Printed Prototype 

Bought 3D printer to print out connection parts to insert plastic tubes to form the first physical representation of Stance Caddy. 

second stance caddy prototype


In this first pass, you had to move the back foot bar up and down based on the club to create the angles. There was also a printed marker that slid over the tube on top of back foot bar to adjust to your shoulder width (the white part just above my trail foot) to show how far apart to set feet. Front foot quarter turn bar was super long and determined later not even necessary.

second stance caddy prototype


September 2019 - Modified Prototype 

Next version was not adjustable, so just set for my shoulder width. Cut from plexiglass I got from Ace hardware. Was still able to collapse but pretty long, working out how wide the widest stance might be to continue to shorten the total length when collpased.

third stance caddy prototype


This is the first version with the angled trail foot bar that you did not have to adjust to show where your trail foot should be for different clubs.

 thrid stance caddy prototype


January 2020 - First Adjustable Prototype 

Next step was to create an adjustable prototype. Went to TAP Plastics to get strips of plastic cut for me. 

forth stance caddy prototype


I made the trail foot bar two pieces rather than one. This allowed me to create a sliding point to measure shoulder width and could drill holes into it, was using wingnuts - pain to adjust. You can see that the new top back bar is moved down from the top of the ball bar. This reduced the length of the trail foot angled bar as you are not having to cover as much space and made room too for the angles which were impacting the space needed for the shorter wedge foot placement to work. 

fourth stance caddy prototype


May 2020 - First Design Firm Created Design 

After reviewing many alternate design concepts we kept the same idea with the first prototype from an actual design firm Priority Designs. 

fifth stance caddy prototype
We got rid of the lead foot angled piece and replace it with an angled cut on the lead bar, the logo itself was also designed at the same angle to provide visual guidance along with the foot mark being angled. This also removed a connection joint and extra material. We also made some adjustments like making the distance from your front heel to the ball a club head length (3" - also equal to 2 ball widths) rather than the one ball width we started with. This is from countless modern day instructors recommending this as a guideline. We added the slider to the top trail bar and shoulder measuring point on the bottom of the middle ball bar so you can use the product itself to set the shoulder width when folded correctly, no need for a ruler and helps with international users since the number is really relative to your actual measured width with the product vs. a ruler.
fifth stance caddy prototype


December 2021 - Final Prototype 

Final version we reduced the length of the top measuring bar to support what is at a minimum the 95th percentile of stance widths if not more. This reduced material and created a size that would meet the requirements for the most cost effective shipping for Amazon and USPS. This is the version we brought to the 2022 PGA Show and took home the Most Innovative Concept Award!

final stance caddy prototype


final stance caddy prototype