Gottfried Hofstädter owner of 3D Company
NEWS: How come that you started
producing Minigolf balls?
GH: I played competitive
Minigolf for decades. When I became head coach of the Austrian National Team, I
tried to optimise the team in every field, from nutrition, mental power to the
equipment. It happened very often these days, back in the early 90´s,
that the ball material was the limit. I started to experiment myself, by
sanding the balls, putting different lacquer on it.
I had no commercial
interest at that time. I wanted to improve our results on the course, being
more successful with the team than the rest. Especially when it came to perfect
circularity of balls, I was not satisfied with lot of balls on the
In 1993 I started my own production of Minigolf balls in the
garage of my home. Players from all around created a big demand and the
commercial interest came to my mind.
In 1998 I moved the company to
Gumpoldskirchen in a dedicated company building and ten years later I am proud
to be the market leader worldwide when it comes to market share in production
and sales of Minigolf balls.
NEWS: Why should I
buy a 3D Minigolf ball?
GH: My roots come from have
being an elite player and coach. I know the requirements and standards needed
for a top Minigolf ball very well. It all centres around raw materials, lacquer
and perfect circularity. We were the first company on the market producing
balls without a nipple on the surface after being lacquered. The first mover
will always stay first (laughing).
were also the first company producing "BOF" (Ball of Fame) Minigolf balls. They
are a worldwide success.
More and more players wanted
Minigolf balls customised to their individual needs. The idea of "BOF" was
born. If you win a national or international title, acknowledged by your
national federation, or WMF, you are qualified to order the production of a
"BOF" by 3D.
NEWS: Does it mean, I have to
order, pay and sell this ball on my own, but also the profit stays in my
GH: That's exactly the idea behind. You can
order Minigolf balls at 3D from a minimum of 300 pieces each. If you are not a
Champion, no problem, we will produce a ball for you. But it will not be a
Besides these balls, that are doing 50% of our
production, we produce our famous series with the three numbers printed on.
They stand for: How high the ball is jumping, shore and weight. It's a very
simple, very effective, and unique system to judge a ball.
NEWS: There are so many different new Minigolf balls coming out
each year. Aren't there too many?
Balls are mostly
made out of living material like rubber. They change their specifications a lot
during time, sunlight and heat. Think about your car tires. You must change
them after some years, even if the profile is still good.
your favourite ball at lane x on course x doesn't work anymore, because it has
become much harder. We are very active in Research & Development. Materials
and machinery is constantly changing.
are known as a generous sponsor of the WMF, national federations and clubs. Why
It is important to me that there is an
industry in Minigolfsport. Our products cannot live without the sport and the
sport cannot live without our products. The WMF needs money for doing their
work. That's why I agree to ball license fees.
NEWS: Thank you for this Interview!