TMPR Sports (pronounced Temper) was founded in January of 2018 by Doug and Diana Clark. Soon afterward they were joined by their son, Taylor Clark, a graphic designer and composer who has worked with major brands like Ford and Microsoft. Doug had a varied career before forming TMPR Sports — writing and producing jingles for radio and TV advertising and filming and producing TV commercials and documentaries.
Diana was an avid pickleball player a year before Doug ever picked up a paddle. "Diana enjoyed playing pickleball so much she was constantly on the courts. I decided I better learn how to play if I didn't want to be home alone so I asked Diana to teach me how to play. Like everyone else I was hooked after a short time." says Doug Clark.
Excited about growing the sport in their hometown of Niles, Michigan the Clark's formed a not-for-profit pickleball club called Southwest Michigan Pickleball which is now called, Michiana Pickleball Association after it was turned over to the board of directors. With a background in marketing and advertising, Doug worked hard to build exposure for the club and to attract new players. As the club grew, a local paddle manufacturer took notice and contracted with Doug's production company for marketing help. After a short period of time Doug was offered a position at the paddle company as their Director of Marketing and Sales and Player Liaison, which he accepted. A year and a half later there were changes in the management structure at the company which eliminated Doug's position.
That led to starting a new paddle brand. "I had a lot of ideas for new paddles and believed there was room in the market for a different kind of paddle company. While other companies focused on a variety of various polymer cores we began to analyze how the shape of a paddle can dramatically affect its performance. After numerous prototype paddles were made and tested by several tennis pros we settled on our first shape which we named the Tantrum series." says Clark.
TMPR Sports is a Michigan-based paddle company focused on developing new pickleball paddle designs with innovative shapes and improved paddle performance.
Doug, Diana and Taylor Clark