DV8's interchangeable head system puts a full set of golf clubs in a backpack
By Dave LeClair
June 11, 2014
Golf is a wonderful game, but it does come with a major drawback – the bulk and weight of the clubs required to play. If you're traversing the course on foot, there's no way to carry a bag filled with golf clubs easily. A new product from DV8 Sports aims to make a round of golf a little less laborious by offering a system that allows a full set of clubs to be carried around in a bag the size of an average backpack.
A traditional set of golf clubs comes with at least 14 full-length clubs, all of which are carried in a rather long bag to accommodate them. DV8's plan is to replace all of these with only one or two shafts that are compatible with a set of quick-change interchangeable heads. The system keeps each club true to its regular length and the shaft comes in pieces, making it easy enough to carry around and assemble when at the course or driving range. The company says its patented stainless steel quick-change coupler allows heads to be changed in under three seconds.
The bag for the clubs has been designed by the team specifically to work with the club system. Foam pockets cradle each of the interchangeable club heads, and the bag is long enough to fit the parts of the shaft needed for a complete golf experience. It even has an iPad sleeve and slots to attach an optional tripod for golfers looking to use apps that help improve their performance.
The backpack is 19 in (48 cm) tall, 13 in (33 cm) wide, and 6 in (15 cm) deep. When filled with a set of clubs, it weighs in at about 15 lb (6.8 kg), which should be light enough to carry comfortably.
The creators promise that their clubs will rival the performance of traditional golf clubs, which is obviously important, as no golfer would want to sacrifice their game just to make their clubs more portable.
The shafts will be available in three different flexes, as well as a variety of lengths to accommodate golfers of varying heights. Models will also be available for both left and right-handed players.
DV8 Sports is seeking US$50,000 of funding for its new type of golf club on Kickstarter. Clubs are available to backers in a range of options, as the team is letting buyers choose their preferred selection of club heads. Pledges start at $170 for a bag, driver and shaft, ranging up to $620 for a 10 club set including the bag, shaft, driver, 3 wood, 5 hybrid, sand wedge, pitching wedge, 9 iron, 8 iron, 6 iron, 4 iron and putter..
The Kickstarter pitch video below provides more information and shows the clubs in use.
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