This should cause a few headaches:
Callaway Golf, arguing that Achusnet has infringed on its patents, apparently has won a court order permanently ending the sale of the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.
Achushnet, the owner of Titleist says that it will appeal, but already has converted production of the Pro V1 so that it no longer violates the patents. Under agreement by Callaway, pros will be able to use the ball through the end of this year.
Titleist apparently will release a new Pro V1 next year that doesn’t use any of the patents in question.
So either way, this has the potential to end the run of a ball that has dominated the Tour for nearly ten years. There’s no telling whether the new Pro V1, sans the questionable patents will garner the same kind of enthusiasm as the old one.
The Pro V1 made its debut in October 2000. Billy Andrade won the ball’s first tournament that week.