2 Admissions: 1) I'm only a halfway decent golfer but my mother, father and Aunt were pga/lpga players so I have the right blood, just don't have a ton of time to tune my game; 2) I came across this page looking for the Robin kickstarter after hearing about the Marler brothers/Robin through a friend who knows them. For the sake of transparency, I will say I took a chance ordering a set of clubs through their kickstarter because I needed a new set and my best friend and teammate (Yale Lacrosse '11) went to business school with one of the Marlers at Stanford and couldn't be more supportive of who they are and what they are trying to accomplish. So, I took a chance on them.
With that on the table, I will admit I have no idea how successful the business will be. And I obviously have not received the clubs yet, so I can't speak to how they play. However, I do know how these boys are anything but stupid. The model may not work for everyone and that's okay. But, I know for fact that these boys did not start Robin to put out a dinky set of crap clubs. The clubs are manufactured in the same plant as one of the top three club manufacturers (incidentally the same brand of clubs I currently play with) so I will be very interested to see how they compare but for now I'm assuming at least the quality is there (and will gladly report back once I've tried them out.
All that aside, I would encourage everyone to take a step back and try to reserve judgement about these boys' company/business model until you've had a chance to hear some first hand feedback. Like I said, maybe it won't work for everyone. But as an entrepreneur myself, I know how hard it is to take this type of leap they have. So, if I follow up in August and say the clubs are mediocre, then by all means have a field day. Until then, let's try to appreciate how inspiring it is that these boys have enough passion to leave their cushy jobs at Facebook to put their money, time, blood, sweat, and tears into what is undeniably a risky proposition.