19th Hole - Disc Golf News and Views Podcast Guesting
By Celavirgie Bautista, August 26, 2021
It’s such a great experience to be the guest on 19th Hole – Disc Golf News and Views Podcast hosted by David Fournier. Our CEO and COO got the chance to talk about their humble beginnings, how they discovered disc golf and all the other things they can offer to the disc golf community.
Benson, our CEO, shared in the interview a funny story. It was when his kids saw a disc golf basket at the park and thought that’s where people put their dogs. David laughed and talked about his own experience. He said he’s seen people who thought they’re trash cans. Well, we can’t blame these people. Most probably these people aren’t disc golfers or maybe they saw some trash cans that looked like a disc golf basket.
Because disc golf has movements and motions that are unique to the sport, disc golfers are prone to experiencing injuries such as elbow pain. And as a medical support manufacturer for decades, apart from developing great discs, Benson also wants to design a new elbow brace for disc golfers.
He strongly believes people shouldn’t wait to get hurt before they wear an elbow brace or other support. He wants people to realize the importance and benefits of wearing support. Not only it lowers the risk of injury, but it also improves one’s overall performance.
The catchy name “Tornado Throw”
David: Let’s talk about Tornado Throw. I was really caught off by the name because as a disc golf player who doesn't want to throw like a tornado? It's just instantly catchy. How you guys came up with the name?
Eric: That’s my idea. There’s a video of a kid. He’s doing like a 360 turn before he released the disc. Then I was like, it looked like a tornado in a cartoon! Also, we put some of our core values that Benson and I share.
“If we know what our goals are, we’re really unstoppable just like the Tornado Throw.
So, people in our way need to escape or hide from us. That’s the idea.”
On Building Our Discs
Creating our discs isn’t easy. It involved a lot of processes. We started by buying a bunch of disc samples and sent them back to Taiwan to have our engineers study them. Through this process, we realized that disc materials and designs are all different and that we have to design our own to be PDGA Approved.
We used different materials and styles and ran various tests. We also looked for disc golfers willing to test our prototypes, gathered their feedback, and used it to create a better disc.
David: A lot of people think that you just stamp these things and they are ready to go. And that's not quite the case there's tons of research and engineering that go into creating just a single disc. Is that what you guys found out as you were underway?
Benson: Our engineers have to do a lot of research, a lot of homework just for one disc. It’s not easy because if you change the shape a little bit, it could be a lot different and can have an effect on the performance.
The Colorful Design and Incredible Detail
David: One thing I noticed about your disc, it really caught my attention, you guys have incredible detail. Your logo in your disk even to the point where… if someone noticed this before, when you look at the flight rating from the disc, there's a claw of the bird sticking over the top of the flight ratings. That's a lot of detail to get into. So, let's talk about how you wanted it to look and the attention to detail you had in your design stage.
Eric: We want to highlight the fact that we’re from Taiwan. We have a disc golf association in Taiwan, but no Taiwanese manufacturer is making this. So, we worked together and created our own.
“We came up with the idea to put Taiwan’s beautiful creatures and introduce them to the world.”
What’s Next for Tornado Throw?
David: Moving forward what's the next thing for you. What’s the next step for you guys?
Benson: Every mold can only produce one kind of disc, right now we plan to do at least 10 drivers, 2 putters, 2 midranges, the total will be 14 discs. For the drivers, we’re gonna use different materials, then the weights are about 170-175 and 155-170.
David: To work through to get the right weight you want for the disc and the result that you're trying to get done. That’s a lot of work.
Benson: To control the weight from 170 to 175 we have to adjust the molds. Even 1 gram, you have to take it out and send it back to the molding company to do the adjustment. Then bring it back to our factory to check if the weight is okay. If not, we have to do it all over again.
David: Just the slightest adjustment takes a lot.
Final Message to the Disc Golf Community
Benson: I’m not making products just to make money. That’s not what I think. We need to make sure that our product is perfect; the material, the design, and the reasonable price.
“We want people to know that this brand cares about its products and customers. That’s our brand value.”
Eric: If we are consistent and persistent towards the goal that we’re heading to, then we are unstoppable.