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    home  /  CodeStringers Clients  /  MindTRAK Golf Case Study

    CASE STUDY

    MindTRAK Golf Mobile App

    Turning a pro golfer’s mental game methodology into an application for any golfer to use.

    Summary

    Richard “Dick” Zokol had played in the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour for more than two decades. During his career, Dick realized what many professional golfers, and athletes in most other sports, realize. Namely, that the mental game is as important, if not more important, than one’s physical skills.

    To address this challenge, Dick invented a methodology to hone his mental skills. The method he designed enabled him to access and remain “in the moment“ for each shot. It helped him mitigate performance anxiety and break the ”Golf Insanity” mindset. 

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    Industry

    Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Food Manufacturing Software

    “We would never have launched without CodeStringers.”

    “As we ventured down the path of building the MindTRAK Golf platform we quickly realized how fortunate we were to engage with Michael and his team at CodeStringers. From forethought to wireframe, creative concepts, to practical user experience and those unforeseen problems that surface from time to time, CodeStringers was there to deal and resolve every critical issue quickly. CodeStringers was more than a developer for us. They added value to MindTRAK Golf.”

    Richard “Dick” Zokol

    CEO & Retired PGA Touring Pro Golfer

    The MindTRAK Golf Methodology

    Dick, along with a team of technology industry veterans, founded MindTRAK Golf. Their goal was to bring Dick’s methodology to professional and amateur golfers worldwide. MindTRAK Golf productized Dick’s method into a platform and a mobile application. This application allows all golfers to significantly improve attentional focus for those pressure situations, an essential tool to optimize performance.

    CodeStringers provided consulting services to define and plan the MindTRAK Golf software product. Furthermore, CodeStringers provided development and quality assurance resources to bring the product from ideation through production release. Our involvement enabled Dick to raise funding, secure key advisors, develop a go-to-market plan, and launch in the App Store.

    Dick’s methodology involves capturing Key Performance Markers (KPMs) for every golf shot a golfer hits. The KPMs are the assessment and execution of each shot and the KPMs are rated as excellent, satisfactory or unsatisfactory. For each shot, the golfer also specifies if the shot resulted in losing or gaining strokes in the round. For instance, let’s say a golfer is hitting their first putt, lines up the putt perfectly, but mishits the ball. In this case, he might indicate an excellent assessment (the lineup of the shot) and an unsatisfactory execution. Together, this resulted in one shot lost because, had he hit the shot well, he would have required two putts. Instead, he three-putted the hole.

    In addition to providing golfers with a valuable statistical model with which to evaluate their golfing performance, the methodology achieves something that is perhaps less obvious…

    By focusing on shot-by-shot KPMs, the golfer is NOT thinking about their overall round score and the Golf Insanity. Learn more about Dick’s methodology and the revelation that led to it.

    The MindTRAK Golf Methodology

    Prior to CodeStringers involvement with MindTRAK Golf, Dick’s leadership team had been formed and were committed to helping Dick productize his methodology. However, the internal team, which included strong marketing and technology expertise, was struggling to translate Dick’s methodology into a software product because they lacked the product strategy and planning background needed to develop a software development plan. 

    With the plan developed, the internal team had deep expertise to identify the technology stack and architecture of the product as well as develop and execute go-to-market plans. They simply had a gap in their team, which is common among early-state startups.

    The MindTRAK Golf Methodology

    CodeStringers’ CEO Michael Manzo was introduced to Dick by a mutual contact. Following a few web meetings to discuss MindTRAK Golf’s needs, Michael met in Canada with Dick and his team for a two-day product planning and team building session. During the session, we discussed and debated how best to allow golfer’s to capture shot-by-shot data, including KPMs, while playing a round. We discussed how the statistical information resulting from that data capture could be presented to golfer’s in a compelling and understandable manner. We discussed who the early adopters of the product would be and how best to reach them in order to establish product-market fit and secure future market influencers and brand ambassadors.

    Following the face-to-face planning session, CodeStringers developed a product plan for MindTRAK Golf. That plan included:

    • Interactive wireframes that allowed Dick, his team, advisors, and potential investors to see what the application would become, once developed, and to help the CodeStringers team iterate and improve the experience;
    • Agile requirements (user stories, epics) to define all features and functions in the application;
    • Estimates to develop and test both an Apple iOS application and the backend server functionality to support the mobile application.

    The team went through numerous rounds of iterations to finalize user journeys in the application, the data model for capturing shot-by-shot information, and golfer reports to illustrate their statistical golfing performance.

    Following finalization of the product plan, including interactive wireframes, Dick was able to raise the Seed funding required to fund development of the application. CodeStringers then initiated an agile development program and six months later, the MindTRAK Golf’s “minimum viable product (MVP)” was released. Since then, CodeStringers has iterated the product twice to make improvements based on user feedback and helped MindTRAK Golf launch.

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