"Its long swing arm allows the user to throw a disc farther with less effort, enabling group activities previously inaccessible."
Montana Inventor Crowd-funds Adaptive Disc Golf Launcher - Folf Club is the first device to enable widespread enjoyment of disc golf for the disabled community.
After many frustrating attempts to convince his friend to throw a disc with him, David Yakos of Bozeman, Montana went on a search for an easier way to throw a disc. A quick online search returned no promising results, and he learned that a lot of people would benefit from a disc launcher. Instead of giving up, Mr. Yakos decided to make his own throwing assistance device. He, along with his team of engineers at Salient Technologies, Inc. designed such a device and is currently seeking pre-sales on the crowd-funding site Product Funder.com. The new product, called the Folf Club is intended to make disc throwing more accessible to a wider range of people.
The Folf Club is ideal for people with less coordination or decreased upper body mobility and who want to get outside and throw a disc with friends.
Its long swing arm allows the user to throw a disc farther with less effort, enabling group activities previously inaccessible. The launcher works with roughly 80% of standard discs, including thinner discs typically used for disc golf as well as thicker discs such as Frisbees or dog discs. Smaller diameter discs fit into the launcher easier, take a more gentle swing to throw and are easier to control. Larger diameter discs fit into the launcher tighter and take a harder swing to release, but throw farther.
"I have many friends and family members who won't even touch a disc because they feel humiliated any time they throw one. The fun involved in recreational disc golf , playing fetch with the dog, or just throwing discs for fun shouldn't just be restricted for the highly talented, but should be accessible for all," says Yakos.
An activity where the Folf Club really shines is disc golf.
The throwing distance required to play disc golf leaves many people reluctant to get outside and enjoy the sport. The Folf Club is not approved by the Professional Disc Golf Association (and likely never will be), but that is ok because it is not intended for professional level enthusiasts or to change the sport of disc golf. The Folf Club is for those who simply want to get outside and have a little more fun.
"I've never been able to throw a disc before, and now I see why people get excited when they see a disc flying away from them!" said one ecstatic tester.
The Folf Club is raising support through a crowd-funding campaign to kick-off production by May 30th. For the first 200 people that sign up, they are offering the Folf Club for $15 with free shipping. Launch the summer fun with furry friends, family, and the Folf Club. Salient Technologies, Inc. is a product design company founded in 1998 and has developed many products for the disabled community including crutches, wheel chairs, and physical therapy devices.
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