GETTING A GRIPIN COURT: The golf grip industry has pushed the technology side of its business hard the past few years in an effort to keep its products to be treated as a low-priced commodity. But thats a two-edged sword when patents are concerned.
So it is that Winn Inc., which has made a name for itself in recent years for polymer grips in wrap and other styles, has sued industry leader Golf Pride, claiming that the new Whisper grip violates Winn patents. Golf Pride says its new grips are made of high-grade rubber and an open-cell synthetic leather. Winns polymer is called Elastom ETM.
Winn wants an injunction and monetary damages.
ITS TRUEFOR KRATZERT AND WILSON: Joining Ben Crenshaw on Wilson Golfs roster of players who will be using the new True golf ball is Bill Kratzert, who turned 50 June 29. Wilson introduced the ball at the PGA Merchandise Show in January, claiming its tight manufacturing tolerances reduced imbalances that might pull a putt off line.
Kratzert, who won three times on the PGA Tour, left the tour in 1996 and worked in television. In his only Senior PGA Tour start so far, he tied for 53rd in the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship last week.
In addition to the True ball, hell use the Wilson Conform golf glove, which features a moisture wicking system, Wilson says.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION, LADDIE: This is the stuff of real estate dreams. Gordon Begg, a fine fellow and friend of golf known throughout Scotland, is offering for sale the house called The Swilken. Its on The Links, that wonderful little street that runs up the right side of the 18th hole of the Old Course at St. Andrews. Consequently, it may offer the best view in golf.
Begg is only the third owner of the 88-year-old house. The asking price: ₤1 million, which at current exchange rates is about $1.5 million.
Ill bet you could talk Gordon down to ₤850,000. And then sell it a year before your kid goes to college.