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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

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  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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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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WRX Spotlight: Stitch headcovers

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Product: Stitch headcovers

Pitch: From Stitch: “Your game should match your style. At Stitch, we aim to merchandise our line of products so you can easily put together items that not only match your bag and what is it in it, but also match your style and personality. We want to make it easy for you to have a unique and color-coordinated golf bag. We have designed unique products that have defined color schemes so that choosing which items to put in your bag becomes easier. We aim to provide you with various looks, mixing and matching our head covers to give you confidence that the purchase you make for your bag will take you to the course in style. Let us help you dress your game.”

Our Take On Stitch Headcovers

Stitch is a relatively new company – founded in 2012. The company initially only created premium headcovers but has grown into so much more, with all sorts of golfing accessories now on offer on their site StitchGolf.com. Their bags, in particular, are now some of the most popular amongst golfers, with the quality and uniqueness provided leading multiple Tour players to sport them in tournament play.

That sign of quality in the bags bodes well for what the company was founded on – their headcovers. Stitch provides both leather and knit headcovers in a variety of designs that do as good a job as any in covering the needs of all golfers.

Stitch describes the companies Monte Carlo headcover as being their “classic, timeless design”, and for those looking for that vintage style to add to their set up then they can’t go wrong with this headcover. A mainstay in the likes of multiple tour winner Paul Casey’s bag, the Monte Carlo headcover, as with all of the companies leather covers, is hand-crafted from 100% leather and is both water and stain resistant. The cover comes in four color codes: Black, White, Navy and Red, and at $68 is the most affordable of all their leather headcovers.

Other options in the leather department range from their intricately designed Camo cover which comes in a multiple color design, as well as Stitch’s tribute to “The King”, through their Arnold Palmer headcover.

The AP cover comes in a minimalist black with white stripes for a classic feel, but it also comes in a white color code decorated with red, white and yellow stripes which, for myself at least, looks even more alluring. Part of an exclusive collection, the only issue with the AP cover is that only those located in the U.S. are currently eligible to get their hands on one. But for those in the states, the company is now offering a set of three AP leather covers for $128 instead of $298 should you use the code APLEATHERS on their site.

From their Tour Racer, USA, Shamrock and Bonesman editions, Stitch provides a great choice when it comes to their leather covers, and as previously mentioned, all are hand-crafted from 100% leather, water and stain resistant and will assure an excellent fit on your clubs.

Stitch also provides knit headcovers which contain not only excellent designs but also the same quality which has gone into their leather covers. All of the companies knit covers are made from Techno Wool, which is 100% acrylic and designed in order for your clubs to stay entirely dry. Another feature of the knit covers from Stitch is their smart fit design which ensures all of the covers retain their shape over a long period, as well as providing for a cover that will reliably stay on your club.

The knit covers from Stitch cost $68 ($72 for the limited AP cover), and there are currently seven different designs available to choose from over at StitchGolf.com. The leather covers are, unsurprisingly, a little pricier, but still very affordable, ranging from $68-$98. The covers deliver in both style and performance, and for a relatively new company, it speaks volumes that the likes of Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and many more tour pros are now sporting the company’s creations.

 

 

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Bettinardi signs Jason Kokrak (he’ll play custom Tour Department DASS BB8 Triplane putter)

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Bettinardi Golf has announced Jason Kokrak as the latest player to join the companies Tour staff, and the Canadian will play the companies custom Tour Department DASS (Double-Aged Stainless Steel) BB8 Triplane putter.

Kokrak began using the Tour Department DASS BB8 Triplane putter which features Bettinardi’s  F.I.T. Face Milling at the Honda Classic back in February. Since then, the 34-year-old has risen over 40 places in the Official World Golf Ranking up to 65th, and he has also leapt 30 spots in this season’s strokes gained: putting category in the same period.

Speaking on the new partnership, Kokrak praised the “quality, touch, and feel of the putter” from Bettinardi.

“Since switching to a Bettinardi putter earlier this year, I have been so impressed with the quality, touch, and feel of the putter. Bettinardi has the ability to craft anything I want from a solid block of metal, all milled in the USA. This was a big confidence boost to my putting and I look forward to a great partnership.”

Speaking on the addition of Kokrak to the companies tour staff, Robert Bettinardi, President and Founder of Bettinardi Golf stated

“Since switching to a Bettinardi putter earlier this year, I have been so impressed with the quality, touch, and feel of the putter. Bettinardi has the ability to craft anything I want from a solid block of metal, all milled in the USA. This was a big confidence boost to my putting and I look forward to a great partnership.”

Kokrak will next tee it up at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Course next month after finishing T23 at last week’s PGA Championship.

 

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