June 2019 - Concept and Initial Drawing
I was reading 5 Lessons, again, and kept staring at the image (below) at the back of the book showing where Hogan put his feet and the ball. I had even had a lesson about 8 years ago where the instructor pulled out a photocopy of the image when I asked where I put my feet and where I put the ball! He just pointed at it and said, "there, and there."
I figured, there had to be a tool out there that shows you how to do this, it is after all, a 60 year old concept. Turns out, there are very few portable, adjustable stance and alignment tools out there (let alone with the focus on Hogan's stance) with the most prominent being a stick!
I then spent time evaluating the image from the book, dissecting the image to determine width, angles and how to replicate it in a physical model. 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.
Next step was getting the idea down on paper. I used PowerPoint to diagram out what I was seeing in the image. I am a lefty so about 90% of you might not make sense of the first drawing.
Once I had the concept, I moved over to Visio to diagram out what a product might look like at scale and switched it to the right hand perspective so I could share it with others. This is a slightly later version with the two piece trail foot bar setup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!