While we often write about how technology is making its way into the disc golf world. We can’t forget about the pencil/paper roots that were used long before we all had a mini computer in our pockets. Parqpad aims to reach back to those roots, but improve upon them. Using the technology developed by Rite in the Rain, Parqpad is a journal of water proof paper for all of your scoring needs.
Parqpad strips out the bells and whistles and sticks to one thing: keeping score. Parqpad feels like a premium product with the almost plastic like feel to the paper used. This isn’t your typical notebook you see on your local store shelf. Parqpad’s Chris Hill sent us a Parqpad to try out and we’ve spent a few rounds with it instead of a mobile app.
It certainly performs as advertised and is a welcome change over what tends to be very small paper scorecard options at tournaments. In terms of size it falls right in between being too small and too big. The paper is nice took pencil and ink just fine. We weren’t able to use it in any steady rain, but just by feeling the paper, we can tell this would hold up a lot better than typical paper.
While it won’t play any music, lacks a camera, and doesn’t have a way to message your friends, it does have great battery life (unlimited), an easy to read display, and keeps score like a boss.
After using the Parqpad we wanted to get into the head of Chris Hill and see how the Parqpad came to be.
All Things Disc Golf: In nearly every industry there is a trend toward going digital and trying to leverage mobile apps as best as possible. Parqpad takes that idea and turns it on its head. What made you want to design a waterproof scorecard to be used with pencil/pen?
Chris Hill: I guess I’m just a low tech guy. I created these journals not to earn a million but to have something I liked and could use myself to improve my game. Plus, I didn’t know how to design an app so I did what I could. See the other 13 responses below as to why I think parqpad is a good alternative for some (especially #8). I do understand that many will prefer a smartphones with app but I am not one. If it’s only my friends and I that like these journals, worst case scenario is that I’ve got Christmas presents covered for awhile.
Maybe a selfish reason, but I live in Portland, OR and it rains a fair amount. I can’t see myself getting in those early spring, late fall rounds and logging my results on my phone.
All Things Disc Golf: When using the Parqpad it seems like ink worked better than pencil. Do you have any tips on which pens to use? Can your every day ball point pen work?
Chris Hill: We suggest you use a nicely sharpened pencil or waterproof pen like the ones you can find at REI or www.riteintherain.com. Ball point pens will also work fine but if the scorecard is at risk for getting wet, we recommend a waterproof ink pen. If we continue to see promising sales in the waterproof journals/scorecards, we will sell pens, golf pencils, covers and other items that could shave strokes.
All Things Disc Golf: In your mind, why is the Parqpad a better option over many of the popular mobile apps available?
- parqpad doesn’t ring, ding, vibrate or sing.
- parqpad doesn’t receive a text or call during a round of golf. Therefore you aren’t expected to answer your parqpad.
- parqpad doesn’t mind getting wet.
- parqpad doesn’t mind getting dirty.
- You can tear out a scoresheet and hang it on your fridge.
- You can throw or stomp on your parqpad with little monetary loss.
- You can put a stickers on your parqpad.
As for why parqpad vs other potential competitors:
- Made in the USA
- Highest of quality materials
- 100% satisfaction guarantee
All Things Disc Golf: Three things that stand out when you compare the Parqpad to the digital option. The price, the automated stats, and the social aspect. Many disc golf scorecard apps are available for either no cost or at the most a few bucks. The Parqpad costs $13.50 and does come with a limited amount of rounds in it. While it is easy to rip a page out and hang it on your fridge, many disc golfers like to show off their rounds on Facebook or Twitter. Do you think the Parqpad can compete with the higher price point, automated features and the overall connivence of using an app time after time again?
Chris Hill: I could have bought 1,000 journals for the price of 100 if I had them manufactured overseas. The main thing for me is quality. Although it may seem like an expensive product for some, all customers that I’ve followed up with (on Facebook) have been happy with their purchase and many have repurchased. Tonight I paid $10.99 for a six pack of Porter. $13.50 for an item that can improve your game is not too much. 100% satisfaction guaranteed or money back.
If you are using each line only for yourself, there are 145 rounds in a journal. If you play twice per week, thats 1.29 years of scorekeeping. Although this may stretch the life of a parqpad, it is best used as a scorekeeper with a group of 4 or 5 friends.
All Things Disc Golf: The Parqpad almost feels and operates like a product you’d see at your local country club. In our mind, its that type of high quality. It has that ball golf like essence to it. Have you tried breaking into the ball golf market too with the Parqpad?
Chris Hill: Since most clubhouses have scorecards tailored to the course for free, I don’t anticipate getting into that market. Plus, I’d have to get too far out of shape to pick up ball golf.
All Things Disc Golf: Is there anything you want to make sure we include?
Chris Hill: Private disc golf courses, tournament directors, and local disc golf supply stores should consider these scorecard journals for their throw shop or weekly league play. For customized journals or wholesale purchases contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To purchase a Parqpad, head to Parqpad.com. They are currenty available for $13.50 a piece.
Thanks to Hill for giving us a chance to try out the Parqpad. While many are leaning toward mobile apps, if you still desire a pen/paper approach to keeping score, the Parqpad can easily accomplish that and can do it with a little bit of style at the same time.