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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 @giancarlomag

25 Comments

25 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.

      • 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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WRX Spotlight: AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones

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AfterShokz Trekz Air Wireless Open Ear Headphones

Honestly, this is not a review we intended on doing. Wireless headphones were not on our radar for 2019, and certainly not on our list of “golf essential” equipment. But an ad for Aftershokz headphones caught our eye. Sleek. Lightweight and “Open Ear”? We needed to check them out in person. With that, here we are.

Product: AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless open air headphones

Basically, this is a wireless headset with bluetooth connectivity with and open ear design. You can still hear your music AND the world around you at the same time. It’s a bit of genius. If you like sports but are one of those “one earbud in, one out so you can hear your surroundings” people, AfterShokz is marketing to you.

Pitch: From AfterShokz: “The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside our lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. We cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too. Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.”

Our take on the AfterShokz Trekz

While the AfterShokz Trekz Air are not golf specific, they are a nearly perfect accessory for your range practice time. They are comfortable, sweat and water resistant and have very good sound. The open air nature is a huge plus, so you can still hear the world around you while listening to music, a recorded lesson, or a golf tempo trainer. Aftershokz claims up to a 6-hours of continuous use on a single charge. We found that to be fairly accurate.

While the $149 price point is not small change, these are not golf specific and can be worn daily. We found them to be plenty comfortable jogging, biking and just running errands. Some reviewers on the internet claim they weren’t as comfortable on the ears over a long period of time, but we didn’t experience it. We were able to wear them comfortably for extended periods with and without glasses or with or without a hat or helmet.

Very impressed.

One criticism is we felt the mic functionality was a little spotty. The users on the other end had some difficulty hearing us on the phone. It works in a pinch, but for longer conversations, we thought it was just easier to disconnect the device and put the phone to our ear.

While AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones won’t make your golf game better, their one of our favorite golf accessories of 2019 so far.

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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura KM-009 putter

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Product: Miura KM-009 putter

Pitch: From Miura: “A rolled top line and a tapered heel help to deliver a putter head which is both pleasing to the eye and easy to square to your putting line. As is the case with our other putters, the milled face is extremely forgiving and produces a strike which transmits to the feel, distance control and in achieving the truest of rolls from reduced skid. This classic putter design goes through the same forging process as our irons.”

Our take on the Miura KM-009 putter

When you hear the name Miura, you think of forged irons, forged wedges, and tales of Tiger’s old clubs. Rarely do we think of putters when we hear that legendary name. Like the classic, legendary name’s wares, the KM-009 putter has a classic shape and great lines.

The Miura KM-009 is a chunky looking version of the classic Anser blade putter in a brushed white chrome. From address, it has a thick top line and looks a little shorter heel to toe, with slightly rounded bumpers. Almost like a Newport and Newport 2 had a child!

The flange seems to be a standard length with a single thin sight line. From behind the flange and bumpers are thick and hefty, giving you the look of being really solid. I am typically not a blade putter guy, but I like the thicker look of the KM-009, as other blades can get to small and thin for my eye. The face milling looks great going from shallow at the top of the putter to deeper near the bottom.

On the green the white chrome color contrasts well and I personally like the shape. I know shape is personal and how it looks to your eye could be drastically different. With the thicker top line I think the heavier bumpers help frame the ball well and focus your eyes more towards the sightline. Again, putter feel and sound really depends on the player and to me the KM-009 is a great feeling and sounding flatstick. The thicker face provides a really solid feel, responsive but without any unnecessary vibration.

Even putts off the heel and toe have a solid feel with just a slight bit more vibration to them. The distance on those mishits was actually better than I thought. For a putter that doesn’t have touted technology in the face the rollout was really good. Now those same mishit shots did travel farther offline, missing the cup by more than a couple inches each way.

The sound of the putter to me was perfect, with just the light click on impact.

The only negative to the putter is that the milling on my head wasn’t flawless. Inside the logo on the sole and near the model number you could see some milling that shouldn’t be there, something that shouldn’t be an issue on a $400 putter. From images on the web I haven’t seen other heads with similar issues, so it is probably just this one.

Overall, the KM-009 is for the player who wants great feel and sound, without caring about tech. Miura club users will find themselves in familiar territory with the KM-009: phenomenal feel and sound in a traditional package.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from keithrichards, who is looking to add a 5-wood to his bag. Good elevation off the deck is a crucial requirement in his search, and ignoring the latest lines, our members discuss what 5-wood they believe is the best option.

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.

  • uwhockey14: “Sonartec, 19* is an awesome club with the right shaft in it. Excellent off the deck! Only 5-Wood I’ve been able to be somewhat consistent with as I played 2-Iron for years and years and struggle with hybrids!”
  • mwink822: “I like my Titleist 917 F2 from all areas (tee, fairway and rough).  The Ping G400 was also a good performer, but I hated the way it looked behind the ball.  The Callaway Steelhead XR is also a good option, but I elected not to go that avenue myself as the 5-wood has a slightly closed (to my eyes anyway) appearance at address.”
  • mowakebum: “G400 5 wood, easy to hit, put it in the bag last year and it’s in no danger of being replaced. Point and shoot full send.”
  • Mitchell: “In a 5-wood, still very difficult to beat a V steel with the appropriate shaft for your stated needs in a non-adjustable.In adjustable, the various Cobra clubs with baffler rail system would be a great place to start, f6 baffler is phenomenal out of rough.”

Entire Thread: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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