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TaylorMade is turning the tables, accuses PXG of patent infringement

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Back in September, PXG filed a lawsuit against TaylorMade claiming the new P-790 irons violated patents that PXG owned. At that time, PXG also filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that would halt the sales of P-790 irons ahead of their September 15th launch date. That restraining order was denied, and TaylorMade claimed it was “falsely accused” of infringement.

Flash forward to two weeks ago — as first reported by Golf Digest — TaylorMade is flipping the script on PXG. TaylorMade has filed documents in the U.S. District Court in Arizona accusing PXG of violating TaylorMade’s patents. The documents — you can read all 189 pages here by subscribing — call for PXG to stop selling all of its 0311 irons, its 0811 drivers and 0341 metalwoods.

Additionally, TaylorMade is also calling for PXG’s lawsuit against the P-790 irons to be dismissed, because “PXG’s complaint fails to map the features of the P790 irons onto the limitations of even one claim…”

Stand by, as we will update this post with any further news regarding this legal battle.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the dispute in our forums.

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  1. HDTVMAN

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Just looking at the clubs, this lawsuit by PXG is a joke! TaylorMade had been injecting irons with different materials for years, and virtually every manufacturer is using tungsten for weighting purposes. What will the outcome be…KA-BOOM BABY…as PXG IMPLODES! LOL.

  2. Dave N

    Nov 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Why don’t they forget the lawsuits and use those funds to reduce the price of their over-priced equipment?

    • Uhit

      Nov 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      …maybe because they employ lawyers, who want to earn even more money, instead of playing more golf?

    • Michael

      Nov 29, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      It’s a free market and they aren’t overpriced if people are willing to buy at the current price.

      Perhaps you need a better paying job!

      • DK

        Dec 7, 2017 at 10:27 am

        Lydia Ko and all tour players should ditch the PXG and go back to Callaway, Ping,Taylormade, etc. Let the egomaniacs support and pay for PXG. Be the first one to pawn the clubs when he loses his job. That’s why the regulAR guy anD gal are happier with life! PS: my advice, try not to play with idiots that care about high paying jobs….

        • Dino

          Dec 21, 2017 at 6:59 pm

          DK … if you think PXG are “overpriced” try Homma! It seems that the “luxury” golf market is not so much into the “quality” of the clubs so much as they are more interested in marketing to the more affluent buyer that wants these clubs for the prestige, etc. that they convey.

  3. mM

    Nov 29, 2017 at 1:37 am

    This is why I love Taylormade

  4. CB

    Nov 29, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Yesssssssssssssssssssssss

  5. Mr. Divot

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    1%ers suing 1%ers. LOL.

  6. Brett Weir

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I’m surprised Ping hasn’t sued PXG yet as their club designers used to work for them.

  7. Andrew

    Nov 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Very old trick: Accuse others of that which you yourself are guilty.

    • SV

      Nov 29, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Actually, Taylormade had foam filled irons long before PXG even existed. PXG would seem to be infringing on Taylormade’s intellectual property.

      • Anthony Sanders

        Nov 29, 2017 at 11:22 am

        I remember Gary McCord hucking those TM foam-filled irons. Didn’t sell too well, I recall.

      • Christopher

        Nov 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

        They did indeed with the ICW5 and ICW11 sets of irons, but those patents expired before PXG’s irons were produced. Both PXG and TaylorMade would have to prove that their current patents were been infringed upon.

    • Michael

      Nov 29, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      Wrong Andy.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Is it easier to hit players irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day was created by lazyjc4, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel are some of the easiest to hit players irons on the market. Our members have mentioned a multitude of players irons, with plenty of detailed reasoning behind their choices.

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.

  • thewral: “New Level 902. Single piece forging, feel great, smallish head, low offset, distance lofts.”
  • naj959: “I went through a couple of sets of irons this year which included 765s, flyz+, and finally settled on the…..Bridgestone J15 DPF. There are some great reviews of these irons. The 765s are forgiving, but the j15s are even more so. They have a very thin top line, are workable, and are lonnnng.”
  • Casper_golf: “Take a good look at the Wilson V6, or if you are looking for something older, guys really like the V4’s that can be found as a steal.  Way underrated irons. Soft feel forgiving and long for the weaker lofts they have. No offset.”
  • Sonja Henie: “Very interested in the comment about the 745s being similar to the 545s in forgiveness.  I’ve been very tempted by the 565s but might do better with the 765s.”

Entire Thread: “Easier to hit players irons?”

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Vokey launches new HandGround program

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Bob Vokey is now offering the tour grinding experience to all golfers through the introduction of the new HandGround program on the company website.

The HandGround program has been created with the aim of offering golfers who seek tour-level customizations such as additional heel relief, squared up leading edge, or tour grind.

The option is currently available on all Vokey SM7 Raw models, and golfers are now able to choose from a variety of performance and profile adjustments.

The performance adjustments are aimed to allow golfers the opportunity to change the wedge’s playing characteristics based on their unique swing-type and course conditions through the process of grinding material off the sole of the wedge.

The performance adjustment options which golfers now have the chance to choose from include

  • Pre Worn Leading Edge
  • Smooth Grind Lines
  • Heel Relief
  • Trailing Edge Relief

While the profile adjustments on offer are designed to allow the golfer to create a confidence-inspiring head shape that fits the player’s eye by grinding material off the profile. The profile adjustments on offer from Vokey include

  • Semi-Square Leading Edge
  • Thin Top Line
  • Tour Grind (smooths all profile lines & slightly reduces profile size)

Two club grinders that Bob Vokey has personally trained are carrying out the task, and the master craftsman will oversee the entire process, as well as grinding HandGround orders himself from time to time.

Speaking concerning the new project, Bob Vokey stated

“This takes me back to my roots – one player at a time, one wedge at a time, crafting the sole to the player’s exact specifications.”

With the F, K and L Grind wedges, golfers now also have the chance to make specific grind selections to their club. For example, choosing a J Grind for the K Grind wedge to offer heel & trailing edge relief, or an A Grind for the L Grind wedge to soften the grind angles.

The HandGround wedges are now available on all SM7 Raw models through Vokey.com. The price of the wedges starts at $195, with an additional $75 charge for all Handground services.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Charley Hoffman’s custom Scotty Cameron putter”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Charley Hoffman’s custom Scotty Cameron Putter. The putter, which Hoffman used recently at the QBE shootout, has quite a nostalgic feel to it, although it appears the majority of our members are not too enamored with the new flatstick.

Check out the full thread and all of the photos here.

Here is what some of our members have been saying about Hoffman’s putter, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say at the link below.

  • Meanmachinemoe: “Hoping this is a preview of his 2019 line-up so I won’t be tempted. UGLY!”
  • evansmar004: “The top is not good looking….but I love walking the Scotty dog”
  • cxx: “You guys are funny.  The only beauty in a putter is how many putts find the bottom of the cup.”

Entire Thread: “Charley Hoffman’s custom Scotty Cameron putter”

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