Update 9/17 at 5 p.m.
On Friday, Judge John J. Tuchi denied PXG’s request for a TRO (temporary restraining order) against TaylorMade P-790 irons. A TaylorMade representative released the following statement on behalf of the company:
“While TaylorMade respects the intellectual property rights of others, we will always defend ourselves vigorously when someone falsely accuses us of infringement. Our victory in court today re-affirms our confidence in our products and technologies, and reinforces the excitement and momentum we are experiencing with our P790 irons to date.
“P790 is a TaylorMade owned, game-changing product that delivers superior performance benefits to golfers through its key innovations. When you have an iron like P790 that also has Tour player adoption and golfers of all skill levels testing, experiencing distance gains and placing orders, others have no choice but to attempt to slow down our momentum. We fully anticipate a strong reception at retail this weekend and are already increasing our forecast to accommodate greater than anticipated demand.”
A hearing on PXG’s appeal for a preliminary injunction against TaylorMade is set for November 14.
PXG Founder Bob Parsons said in a Tweet that he’s sued TaylorMade for patent infringement related to its new P-790 irons.
Taylormade Golf’s new P790 irons infringe upon many PXG patents. Sued them in Federal court today!
— Bob Parsons (@DrBobParsons) September 12, 2017
TaylorMade’s P-790 irons are due in stores on September 15 in the U.S. They use a hollow construction that’s filled with a material TaylorMade calls “SpeedFoam.” It supports the thin, forged clubs faces used in the irons the help improve distance and accuracy. The material also helps quiet vibrations to improve the sound and feel of the irons.
Tech Story: Learn more about TaylorMade’s P-790 irons
PXG’s 0311 iron series also uses a hollow-body construction. The forged club heads are filled with a TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) material that serves the same purpose as TaylorMade’s SpeedFoam.
To get a handle on the lawsuit, we spoke to Rob Van Arnam and Mike Sajovec, two patent attorneys from the law firm Williams Mullen. They explained that, in sum, PXG is claiming that its design for a better-performing iron is accomplished by the clubs having an expanded sweet spot, an ultra-thin club face, and an elastic material injected into the hollow-bodied club head. The claims of PXG’s patents are generally alleged to cover any golf club that includes a hollow portion filled with an elastomeric polymer, a first weight portion at a “top-and-toe transition region”, and a second weight portion located below a horizontal midplane of the golf club head with the first weight portion having a mass less than the second portion.
Thus, in layman’s terms, the patents attempt to cover the PXG club head with a polymer/rubber insert with the four weights near the toe and the seven weights on the back face of the club head closer to the sole of the club head. The eight patents asserted by PXG are related and are part of PXG’s portfolio of patents.
We also asked them why they thought this case was filed.
“It is not surprising that PXG filed suit to protect its technology and PXG irons, as they appear to be the lifeblood of Bob Parson’s company,” Van Arnam said. “PXG will likely portray itself as an innovator and that TaylorMade is merely trading off PXG’s technology and success.”
We asked about the defenses TaylorMade will raise.
“TaylorMade will likely counter that golf club heads for years have had hollow cavities with polymers or foams and have come with weights,” Sajovec said. “Thus, nothing that PXG is doing is new; it only looks better. TaylorMade will also focus on the different design of its weights, while PXG will allege that because TaylorMade utilizes two sets of weight, those weights are equivalent to the weights in the PXG patents claims. TaylorMade will counter that although PXG patents may be valid, the claims do not cover the TaylorMade design, particularly the placement of the weights.”
So what will happen first, how will the case proceed, and how long will it last?
“PXG has already asked for a TRO (temporary restraining order) and a preliminary injunction to stop TaylorMade from making and selling its P-790 clubs while the case is pending,” Van Arnam said. “So there will be an intense few months to decide that motion. Because of the extraordinary relief injunctions offer, that may be an uphill battle. At the same time, we would expect TaylorMade will seek to stay the case and to challenge it with an Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceeding in the patent office, seeking a reexamination and invalidation of the patents.”
Sajovec added that IPRs are a common litigation challenge in patent cases and that “a quick look at the prosecution history of several of the PXG patents gives the impression that the patent examiner may not have fully appreciated the prior art cited during prosecution.”
“As a result of those actions and barring any early resolution, the case could last for 2-3 years or more,” Van Arnam said.
Forum Thread of the Day: “Which 2020 driver did you order?”
Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from PR3CI5N who asks WRXers which new-release driver have they ordered for the new year. Our members disclose which driver will be in their bag for 2020 and why they chose the model they did over other options.
Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.
- federerfan23: “Tested everything possible today at Club Champion and couldn’t believe the results. I have never got along with Titleist drivers and have always been 10-15 yards shorter but wound up with a TS3 with Diamana BF 60. My clubhead speed was 3-5 MPH better with the Titleist than anything else.”
- tgoodspe1991: “I haven’t ordered a new driver yet, but I’m strongly leaning towards Mavrik or Speedzone. PING makes great drivers but looks wise I preferred G400 over G410, and I cannot get comfortable with the shape of TM driver heads. I didn’t like Epic Flash at all, but man the Mavrik looks awesome (I love orange too lol). I haven’t seen the Speedzone in person, but I liked F9 a lot, and Speedzone looks like an improvement in every way. We’ll see what ends up making the cut!”
- getitdaily: “Hit SIM, SIM MAX, Mavrik SZ, and speed zone. Speedzone – too much spin like all Cobra drivers SIM MAX – higher spin than SIM. SIM numbers were better. Mavrik SZ – best numbers but toe side strikes were less than stellar, including a few off the grid left. Deal-breaker. SIM 9.0 ordered. Really good numbers. Ordered with rogue silver 70 X. Shaft will get installed in my backup 17 m2 3wood. My 125msi rogue gamer will go in SIM.”
- PR3CI5N: “I called and changed my order from the 8.0 to the 9.0 SIM. I want a little more adjustability, which I was limited on with the 8.0. If I want to play the club slightly open, I don’t want the head to be at 7.0 lol”
FootJoy unveil all-new Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon shoes
FootJoy has unveiled its new Pro SL shoe for 2020 featuring improved traction, stability and comfort as well as an all-new Pro SL Carbon shoe.
The Pro SL shoe features a new Infinity outsole configuration containing 189 points of traction that aim to deliver maximum contact with the ground and the perfect foundation throughout the golf swing for ultimate traction and stability. The infinity shape has an 11.5% wider heel than its predecessor, which seeks to optimize and increase forefoot stability.
The shoe contains a Dual-Density (D2) Midsole which utilizes two densities of FJ proprietary FineTuned Foam (FTF) – designed for a firm FTF around the perimeter for support and control, and a softer FTF under the foot which aims to produce maximum cushioning and comfort.
The new Pro SL from FootJoy is constructed of fully-waterproof ChromoSkin leather by Pittards and arrives in six color codes in laced plus a Boa option for men, and three color codes laced plus a Boa option for women.
Speaking on the new release, Richard Fryer, Director of Product Management, FJ Footwear stated
“As the industry leader, we didn’t tweak or adjust the new Pro|SL, we innovated and advanced and received Tour approval.As a result, we’ve developed a product that delivers more stability, more traction, more comfort and more choice, setting the standard in performance footwear, again”
In addition to the Pro SL, FootJoy has launched the Pro SL Carbon which integrates a full-length carbon fiber insert into the midsole in a bid to provide ultimate stability and motion control.
The Carbon fiber on the Pro SL Carbon flexes and elastically snaps back to its molded position with each step in a design to recover more of the energy generated while walking and allowing the body to work less. Per FootJoy, this feature results in less leg and foot fatigue at the end of the round.
The Pro SL Carbon features enhanced wrap-around comfort and no-slip fit with a soft, molded collar and conforming underfoot cushioning thanks to an OrthoLite Impressions FitBed. The shoe arrives in two color codes and is also constructed of fully-waterproof ChromoSkin leather by Pittards.
Both the Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon are available at retail from February 1, 2020. The men’s Pro SL costs $190 laced and $210 Boa, while the Pro SL Carbon costs $220. The women’s Pro SL is priced at $175 laced and $210 Boa.
PGA Show 2020: Day 1 recap
The GolfWRX crew are on the ground at this week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando primed to deliver bundles of content to our members from the annual gearhead junkie extravaganza all week long.
On Wednesday, it was the show’s Day One from Orange County National Golf Center, and we got an up-close and in-hand look at the latest and greatest in the world of golf equipment. Here’s a recap of what our team got their hands on from Day One.
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Here’s a look at what has grabbed our member’s attention from Day One:
Additionally, you can snack on some photo and video morsels—including the “3-Shot Challenge”—on our Instagram and in our Instagram stories.
GolfWRX had all the bases covered on Wednesday at the PGA Merchandise Show, and the team will be live for the rest of the week’s action, so stay tuned for more great content from the Major of the Golf Business.
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