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PXG and TaylorMade reach settlement over P-790 Irons legal dispute dating back to 2017

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The lengthy legal battle between PXG and TaylorMade has finally come to an end, with the two companies reaching a settlement of the pending patent litigation and related patent disputes between the parties.

The legal dispute dates back to 2017 when PXG Founder Bob Parsons sued TaylorMade for patent infringement related to its new P-790 irons. The clash went back and forth, with TaylorMade accusing PXG of violating their patents, and then PXG amending its original complaint of patent infringement and creating a new version with as many as 11 patent-infringement claims.

PXG’s effort to prevent the P-790s sale at retail was unsuccessful, and the legal altercation has now been put to bed with PXG and TaylorMade both reaching a settlement which allows each company to have specified rights to make club products under patent cross-licenses.

Speaking on the settlement, David Abeles, TaylorMade Golf’s CEO, said

 “I’m pleased that we were able to reach an acceptable and amicable resolution to put this case behind us so we can continue focusing on bringing industry leading equipment innovations to the golfer.”

While Bob Parsons, PXG’s CEO, stated

“As a golf equipment innovator, PXG will continue to pursue research and development and obtain patents for our novel club designs in the iron technology space. We will not hesitate to assert those patents in the future.”

Details of the settlement are confidential.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Ranger76

    Feb 11, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Love my custom fit P790’s. Quite a few of us have the irons at my club and everyone loves them too.

  2. Scott

    Feb 1, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    So PXG settled and Paige ended up going with Mizuno. What was the ROI here? Sounds like a win win.

  3. 1775

    Feb 1, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Who cares? I mean, really? People commenting here act as if they had some stake in this.

    • DOMINICK TOMAINO

      Feb 2, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      So then why are you commenting on here ..brainiac..? Or should I say ‘hypocrite’..!

  4. Tom

    Feb 1, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Gianni must weigh like 100 pounds?

  5. Tom

    Feb 1, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Gianni is one bad man….

  6. Gunter Eisenberg

    Feb 1, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    So how much PXG paid to TM to settle?

    For those who make fun of my comment just remember, TM’s R9 irons were filled with foam and introduced way before PXG got in the business.

    • X

      Feb 1, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      Child,
      Go back further in time for other foam filled clubs.
      Go on, use Google and look it up

      • Gunter Eisenberg

        Feb 2, 2019 at 10:59 am

        Thank you my trans-fluid friend.

  7. S.M.O.

    Feb 1, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    PXG CEO is trying too hard, much like the people who play his clubs.

  8. John Krug

    Feb 1, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Much ado about nothing.

  9. Regis

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Here’s the reality. You bring a case in Federal Court and you don’t have the goods and/or won’t discuss settlement the judge will work you like a pack mule and he/she will let you know it at the first conference. Look at how many cases settle where there’s no comment or briefing. These judges and their staff have nightmare dockets and work their butts off. They don’t have time for golf club manufacturers arguing over who has the proprietary rights for foam in iron heads

  10. Buster

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Win for PXG….TM money down the drain!

    • JP

      Feb 1, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Care to elaborate?

      Nothing happened with this lawsuit. Haha

  11. Mark King

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Bob Parsons = Raging Bullieaholic

    • Jose Pinatas

      Feb 1, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Bob Parson’s favorite song: Sussudio.

  12. earlanthony

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Two words: One Length.

    Every one else is spitting piss.

    • Chip

      Feb 1, 2019 at 11:43 am

      What does this mean?

      • earlathony

        Feb 1, 2019 at 4:15 pm

        The revolution of golf: One Length. Nothing else matters.

        • Tom

          Feb 1, 2019 at 7:43 pm

          Hey genius, Tommy Armour introduced this one length concept in the mid 1980s…..was a dud, will be again.

          • earlanthony

            Feb 2, 2019 at 4:48 pm

            One length, custom fit. Perfection. Tommy Armour, no fit, not perfection. Therefore, dud. Man named Tom has no brain. Therefore, makes stupid remarks and trolls silly discussions. Get a life. Learn to play. Go one length. Case closed.

          • Leftienige

            Feb 3, 2019 at 7:20 am

            Hello folks . Back in the late ’60’s I had a set of Tiger Shark irons , from 6-iron to P/W all one length . Nothing’s new under the Sun !

      • Tim Thomas

        Feb 2, 2019 at 5:18 pm

        Means everyone else is spittin piss.

    • Mower

      Feb 1, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      “One Length”?
      Is that what all this is about? No details, so this whole thing is a… meh.

      • earlanthony

        Feb 1, 2019 at 4:17 pm

        One length, one swing, one dimension. Perfection.

  13. JP

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:01 am

    TM – 1 : PXG – 0

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Top 5 golf grips of all time

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Tour Velvet Cord Golf Grip

Grips might seem simple, but there is a lot that goes into making good ones. From formulating compounds, and adding color, to creating tooling to make sure they hit all of the required specs. Grips are often the most overlooked part of a golf club, and they shouldn’t be. The grip is the singular connection you as a player have with your clubs, and it should offer equal amounts of control and comfort, depending on how often you play and the weather conditions.

Yes, golfers generally pay a lot of attention to their putter grip,s but when it comes to the rest of a set, many golfers will just say “give me whatever is stock,” which is not a great idea.

These are the top-five grips of all time.

Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Tour velvet Cord Grips

How could we begin to talk about great grips without starting with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord? It’s the gold standard of durable all-weather performance. A soft rubber infused with a tight-weave cotton twill fiber (cord) adds additional traction that you just can’t get from an all-rubber grip on its own. It’s the most-used cord grip on tour and a favorite of golfers needing weather defying traction. (Honourable mention the classic non-corded Tour Velvet)

Winn Grips Excel

Winn Excel soft golf grip

The Winn Excel might not be the most durable or best all-weather grip ever made, but I challenge anyone to find a grip that offers greater comfort for fair-weather golfers, or players needing maximum shock absorption. The Winn Excel is Winn’s number-one selling grip of all time by a large margin, and speaking from experience, I have installed my fair share of full cases of these back in my big box retail golf days. From Winn “The Excel grip has been hailed by arthritic and hand fatigue sufferers as the reason they can still play golf.” With that in mind any product that is able to help golfers enjoy the game more belongs on the list!

Lamkin Crossline Cord

Another cord grip might seem like an odd addition to the list, but hear me out. Grip aficionados will tell you right away why they prefer the Lamkin Crossline Cord over others on the market. The taper is slightly different, the cord is a bit rougher, and for those in need of anything bigger than a standard grip—the Lamkin Crossline Cord is the ONLY full cord grip on the market that comes in an oversized option (weighing in at a whopping 76g). That alone makes it unique and earns its spot in the top five.

Iomic Sticky

Iomic Stick Golf Grips

Bold, colorful, and tacky are all words best used to describe the Iomic Sticky grip. It was one of, if not the first, mainstream grips in North America to offer a HUGE selection of color options and there’s a scientific reason why. Iomic grips are made from an elastomer resin, which is neutral in color: this means that any change to the color won’t change the weight of the grip, and that means you can mix and match up your set without having to worry about changing feel. It also gives grip designers endless freedom to come up with wild combinations too. According to Iomic, the elastomer resin offers a number of distinct advantages over rubber which includes lower torque, greater durability, and all-weather traction.

Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound

Golf Pride New Decade golf grips

Easily making its way into the top five is the Multi-Compound or as many call them the NDMCs. This grip was a game-changer for Golf Pride and the industry as a whole. It made grips “show up” on TV and got regular golfers to rethink their grip buying habits from just plain rubber to multi-material colorful options. From a performance perspective, the NDMC offers the best of both worlds, cord on the top (gloved hand) and a softer material under the bottom hand for additional traction and comfort.  Still considered a premium option, you can find New Decade grips on a lot of OEM stock products.

What do you think GolfWRXers? Are their any grips you think belong in the top five that aren’t included? Any that are included you don’t think should be?

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from SMAC43 who created a topic dedicated to Tour player’s love of Vokey wedges. SMAC43 asks fellow members just why so many Tour pros choose to play Vokey wedges, and WRXers weigh in with their reasoning.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say on the topic at the link below.

  • Downtown_Brown_4: “I think it has a lot to do with Aaron Dill. He’s able to take feedback from the players and custom grind anything they could ever want.”
  • straightshot7: “Vokey is probably what most of them played with as a junior and in college. Some guys don’t like to tinker with their short game equipment. Vokey is tried and true.”
  • Matty01984: “Vokey’s definitely seem to be the most popular wedge out there, and they have been for some time. The grind options and the guys that Titleist have working for them are definitely a big part of that. Interesting to see them cropping up in bags of guys that are on staff with other companies.”
  • Pepperturbo: “Remember, next to putters, wedges are the most used clubs on the PGA Tour. For that reason, Tour players replace wedges multiple times per year. A few players with contracts have been known to replace them every two-three months. However, if a tour player uses forged wedges, they are replaced more often because the sole and grooves wear quite fast with excessive use; cast not so much. I played forged for years before switching to Vokey SM6 when they were introduced; still have them in the bag too, even though I practice near daily with the LW. Last but just as important. Even though wedge grooves wear a good player can still spin the ball. Spin is about how you impact the ball and speed.”

Entire Thread: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Henrik Stenson WITB 2019

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2019 Houston Open.

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62 (unconfirmed)

henrik stenson witb 2019-driver

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80 TX

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Irons: Callaway Legacy Black (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Wedges: Callaway MD3 (46-08S), Callaway Jaws MD5 (52-10S, 58-08C)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Putter: Odyssey O Works #7
Grip: Garsen Max

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Wrap Cord

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