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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

26 Comments

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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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WRX Spotlight: Etonic Stabi-Loud shoes

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Product: Etonic Stabi-Loud shoes

Pitch: From Etonic: “Throughout the years Etonic continued to achieve recognition for its footwear throughout the entire sports industry. From partnering with tennis legend Fred Perry to releasing the signature shoes of NBA All-Star Hakeem Olajuwon, Etonic has shown a passion and dedication to supplying athletes everywhere with the highest quality athletic shoes. Etonic continues to follow its commitment to athletes around the world by producing industry-leading activewear that allows you to achieve your best while feeling your best.”

Our take on the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe

If you were to think of one Tour player which you would expect to wear the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe, then who would you pick? I’m confident you all got it right. John Daly is partnered with both Etonic and Loudmouth who collaborated on this shoe, and you’d be hard pressed to find a golf shoe which represented his flamboyant style more than the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe does.

Looking to create the loudest shoe in golf, Etonic did just that, with bold colors in a zebra style pattern. According to John Holst, VP of Sales for Etonic Golf,

 “The Stabi-Loud shoe is truly one of a kind. If you’re looking for an ultra-comfortable, high performance shoe that will stand out on the course, then look no further!”

What’s more, the color sequences they’ve paired together work excellently. The classic zebra look, the black and orange and particularly the companies deep red and black pattern which looks electric.

The shoes come in four different color schemes and are fully waterproof. The shoe also features a microfiber material which makes the shoe extremely comfortable as well as durable.

The shoe hits the retail market in May, and for those who admire the styles of John Daly, Ian Poulter etc. then you’re likely to love Etonic’s Stabi-Loud Shoe. It covers all the bases in terms of comfort, and if you’re looking to stand out on the course, this shoe will undoubtedly help you achieve that.

 

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WRX Spotted: TaylorMade “Original One” Mini Driver

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It’s been said before — what’s old is new again, and in the case of what just popped up on the USGA Conforming List, it appears the new “Original One” from TaylorMade could be 40 years in the making.

Although we have no official word from TaylorMade on any of the specifics of “Original One” yet, there sure are a lot of conclusions we could draw from the standard single black and white image that accompanies a new inclusion on the conforming list.

  • First off its clearly a Mini Driver (hopefully this proves I’m literate now). We’re not sure of the CCs of this club, but based off the previously released AeroBurner Mini, we would expect it to fall between the 255-300cc mark. Which on a side note is kinda funny because 300cc used to be considered an oversized club…
  • It’s adjustable: Unlike previous iterations of the “Mini,” this club will be fully adjustable. This means that it will have adjustability +/- two degrees from the standard lofts, currently listed as 11.5 and 13.5 degrees and on the USGA list; fantastic news for anyone concerned about fitting or shaft testing.
  • Original One (Pittsburgh Persimmon): Like I said off the top, this club is 40 years in the making because 2019 is TaylorMade Golf’s 40th Anniversary. The name is a throwback to its Original metal driver — the Pittsburgh Persimmon. (A TM spokesperson did confirm “This is a cool product to celebrate our 40th anniversary…more info to follow)
  • Technology aplenty: Just from the sole alone, we can clearly see that the “Original One” has hosel adjustability, a speed pocket, and a titanium crown. This is pure speculation but it will be interesting to see if it will also include TwistFace and the company’s new speed injected face.
  • Screws on the sole: To maximize mass properties, these screws could be holding a very heavy sole plate to the bottom of the club to move mass to the furthest reaches of the club’s shell. Again this is speculation, but taking a close look at the lines of the black and white photo (I’ve been staring at it for 10 minutes now), I have an inkling this might be the case.

This is not the first time TaylorMade has brought a mini driver to market. There was the SLDR Mini in 2014, and after that, there was the AeroBurner. Both clubs were great for both professional and recreational players alike to give another confidence inspiring option for off the tee — and for the truly brave souls with some speed to hit off the deck.

We will probably be seeing this on tour very soon as players fine-tune their setups for major season. In other words, we shouldn’t have to wait long to see our technological speculation confirmed (or refuted).

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Paul Casey’s Winning WITB: 2019 Valspar Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M4 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX (tipped 1 inch)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX Limited (tipped 1.75 inches)

Irons: Mizuno MP-25 (3), Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro (4), Mizuno MP-5 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 TX

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 350-SSS
Grip: Scotty Cameron Matador

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip Cord Midsize

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Mizuno’s Senior Club Engineer, Chris Voshall told us Casey’s somewhat surprising setup in his long irons is simply the product of Casey hitting the windows he wants to with the particular clubs in question.

“It’s all based on the height of the ball flight,” Voshall said. The MP-25 3-iron was more penetrating and better for him off the tee, so he kept it in there.”

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