The Callaway vs Acushnet (parent company of Titleist) patent case has been going on now for about five years. It has been like a boxing match with each heavyweight fighter seemingly getting knocked out, only to gain consciousness at the last second and deliver a near-knockout blow of their own.
Callaway scored a big victory in 2007, forcing Acushnet to stop selling the current revision of the ProV1, though that took nearly two years to happen. Acushnet was forced to change the golf balls at that time. I remember those few months when my buddies were stocking up on ProV1’s, just in case the new versions weren’t as good. Acushnet later won an appeal on that ruling, and the court game was back on.
This past time around, Acushnet won as the judge upheld a jury verdict from March 2010, determining that the four patents in dispute were invalid. Callaway was denied a request for a new trial. Callaway has the option to appeal, but apparently will start a new suit for alleged infringement of other patents.
Acushnet’s Press Release Below – Click read more if you can’t see it
This past Saturday I did my 2nd Bridgestone Golf ball fitting. My first was last fall up at a course in the mountains. It was VERY cold and windy during that first fitting, but the net result with my Ping driver at the time was that the best ball for me was the B330-RXS.
Bridgestone Golf ball fitting - Swing doesn't look too bad. Click for larger image.
Fast forward half a year or more and I have a new driver in the bag, Nike Machspeed Black. I also have a new swing, following the new back diagnosis and the still healing separated shoulder. That new swing turns out to be a granny version, 95mph.
Sorry man, but you have a granny swing...
I’ve managed to build a good friendship with my local Bridgestone rep, Matt. Good guy. He was there, along with the fitters who travel around this region.
We tried several balls this time, spent a little more time. I managed to get my swing up to 98 once, but I was averaging 95.
I tried a couple of “tour” balls, which were way too hard. My distance was considerably shorter and my side spin higher. Less accurate and shorter is not what I’m looking for.
The two balls which were the best statistically for me were the Srixon Z-Star and the Bridgestone B330-RX. Both of those balls I’ve played quite a bit over the last year and I do really like them both. Obviously since it was a Bridgestone fitting, they were higher on the RX for me, which is to be expected. That being said, it was cool that they were high on the Z-Star for my game as well.
And now, the humbling
After my session, the local course staff had brought in a very interesting player. This player, who will remain unnamed, is one of the top amateurs in the state. Nearly won the state champ last year. This guy is a total nut. Very heavy on the party end of things but somehow is a “natural” on the golf course.
Nike 20XI-S Golf Ball in play today - Click for more images
I’ve already had one test round under my belt last week with the Nike 20XI-S golf ball, the spinnier version of the new 20XI series. That round was extremely tough though as the course had just opened following being covered with snow. The course was playing massively long, no roll at all. Mud ball central. Holes which I normally would have 7-9 iron approaches were hybrids, and some I couldn’t even get home.
So today will be my 2nd test round with the 20XI-S and should give me a great idea how this ball performs. Stay tuned.
20XI-X Golf Ball Review
I already reviewed the 20XI-S’s sister ball about two weeks ago. To my knowledge, I’m the first to post a review the Nike 20XI-X golf ball so check it out.
Lobster Golf Ball
We were at the beach. Everybody had matching towels. Somebody went, under a dock. There they saw a rock. But it wasn’t a rock, it was rock lobster…. golf ball.
I’ve seen those cruise ships which have driving mats on them and wondered about the environmental impact of hitting balls into the world’s largest water hazard, the ocean. I didn’t know it, but they make biodegradable golf balls for that.
The researchers at the University of Maine have created a golf ball from lobster shells for this purpose. Somehow I doubt the cover on this ball is as soft as ProV1 or a Srixon ZStar.
Weekly fantasy golf prizes until US OPEN: A box of Bridgestone Golf e5 Golf Balls!
Being a patron of my two golf sites Hooked On Golf Blog and The Golf Space is good for your game. In this particular case, it is because you can be the happy recipient of 10 weeks of prizes from Bridgestone Golf‘s sponsorship of HOG Space Fantasy Golf.
Last week’s fantasy winner for the Masters and the next TEN weeks’ fantasy winners through the US OPEN will receive a box of Bridgestone’s e5 golf balls! Many thanks to Bridgestone for their support.
My fantasy golf league goes the entire PGA Tour season. There are many prizes from EIGHT golf companies! If you haven’t signed up, you can still do so for free and you’ll have chances to win many prizes. It is NOT too late so do it now! Refer to the HOG SPACE FANTASY PAGE for details.