The six sights on the ball help you line up your feet, establish a good club position, focus on keeping your head down, and provide you a target.
How did you come up with the idea? HB: I came up with the idea working at the golf course. I would see golfers draw lines and other designs on their ball to help them. I thought to myself, there has to be something more permanent that can help golfers! After doing more research, I couldn’t find anything. That was when the idea for the Sight Ball design came to me. It took almost a year to create the first prototype.
Best Part of Bringing Product to Market HB: The first would have to be the great support from my friends and family, as well as the help from the Washburn Small Business Development Center. The second is being able to take an idea and make it a reality. There are many great ideas out there that don’t get created, and I think that it is very cool that I got an opportunity to bring a dream of mine to life.
Greatest Success HB: Not only was I able to bring my idea to life, but I am also actually able to sell my product and improve people’s golf game.
Best Experience HB: The attention that Sight Ball has received. Seeing myself on television and magazines makes me feel great! To me it is proof of the hard work that I have put into my business.
Biggest Challenge HB: Getting the word out on my product and showing the world that the Sight Ball Method works.
Lowest Point HB: The very beginning. I was worried about how to grow the business. I was really just a kid with an idea at the time, and once I brought my idea to life, I wasn’t quite sure what to do after that. An invention is only as successful as the inventor makes it, and I really had no business or marketing experience.
Secrets Learned HB: You don’t have to look too far these days for a new idea. It seems like we live in a world where everything has been invented. However, I have learned that there is always room for improvement.
Advice for Entrepreneurs and Inventors HB: Look at what has already been created in the world and see how it can be improved. If you watch Shark Tank, or see other inventions, you will notice that the products or businesses are not really something new; they are rather an improvement of an already established product. I feel like Sight Ball is a good example of this. I was able to improve something that billions of people already love! Not only did I create something new, but I created it on something that people already know, which I believe has been a huge key to Sight Ball's success.
Inspiration HB: The biggest inspiration for starting my business, and for most of the things I have pursued in life, has been my parents, Barbara and Steve. My mom has always motivated me in everything I do. My dad was one of those people who grew up with a lot less than I did as a kid and was able to become a very successful business man. My dad worked hard all of his life and was able to give me the opportunity to go to college. I have appreciated the opportunities my parents have given me to succeed in life and have tried to use what they have given me to build something bigger. TK