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January 25, 2012

Scenes from Demo Day: Puma Cobra Golf

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Our first stop featured a D.J., a bar and gambling. No, it's wasn't a festival -- it was the scene at Cobra Puma Golf's spot, where Golf Magazine's Jessica Marksbury welcomes you to the event.

January 24, 2012

Rickie Fowler talks about his switch to Cobra

Posted at 7:43 PM by David Dusek

SAN DIEGO — Rickie Fowler was at Torrey Pines Golf Course on Tuesday to help EA Sports promote the March release of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour '13 video game. Fowler joins Tiger on the game's box this year.

After he was done answering questions about the game, I had a chance to chat with Rickie about his recent equipment changes. Just a day before, Cobra Golf announced that Fowler had officially become a member of the company's tour staff, released several photos of the 23-year-old with his new Cobra gear and showcased a 30-second commercial featuring Fowler hitting a new Cobra AMP driver and crushing oranges.

Fowler has been wearing Puma footwear and apparel for a while, so in March 2010, when Acushnet sold Cobra Golf to Puma, some people, including myself, wondered if Fowler might leave Titleist and strike a deal with Cobra and become a "head to toe" player for a single company.

Fowler sent me, and a few others, the following tweet, in response:

But Fowler's contract with Titleist ended at the end of 2011. While he will still be playing Titleist's Pro V1 X golf ball, a Scotty Cameron putter and Vokey wedges (at least in the foreseeable future), plus an Adams hybrid, the rest of Fowler's gear is all Cobra now. Click here to see a gallery of Fowler's equipment.


"I really started working on things during the last few weeks of December," he told me. "I think they did a very good job preparing themselves and getting everything ready for testing. They did a very good job with the irons getting them similar and comparable to the ones I was playing before [Titleist 712 MB] so there really wasn't a big transition there. They felt the same, flew the same ... so it was basically like putting a new set of what I already had in the bag."

Fowler says that he hits his new irons about the same distance he hit his Titleists, maybe just a touch farther. "Some of the guys back home at Medalist [Fowler's home course in Hobe Sound, Fla.] were complaining about some of the spots where I was hitting it, but I wouldn't say it was anything mind blowing." 

Fowler says replacing his Titleist 910D3 driver was a little more challenging, but he's comfortable with his new AMP driver.

"Obviously they tried to put together something that was as close to the specs as before," he said. "The shaft, weight, the swing weight ... everything like that. It just took a few drivers to get the right setup with the loft and everything, and I've actually been hitting it really well, so hopefully this week I'll be able to pump a few out there."

Below is a complete list of the clubs currently in Fowler's bag at Torrey Pines and you can click here to see a gallery of Fowler's gear:

DRIVER: Cobra AMP (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cobra AMP (13°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana 'Ahina 80X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro Black (20°) with a Matrix OZIK HM2 Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Cobra AMP Pro Prototype Blades (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGE: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 50°, 55°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Blackout prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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January 23, 2012

Rickie Fowler officially switches to Cobra Golf

Posted at 10:07 AM by David Dusek

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Rumors had been floating around the Internet for months that Rickie Fowler and Titleist were parting ways and that the young American was going to start playing Cobra Golf equipment. Fowler, 23, already wears apparel and footwear made by Cobra's parent company, Puma, and the clubmaker's newest line of woods and irons, the AMP series, is trimmed in Rickie-preferred orange.

Monday morning it became official. Inside Fowler's new Cobra bag will be a new AMP driver and 3-wood, along with a prototype set of Cobra AMP Pro irons.

Ricke and Cobra Bag

Get ready to see this Cobra-Puma Golf commercial, a lot:

Fowler had previously been using a Titleist 910D3 driver and 910F 3-wood, a pair of Adams Idea Pro Black 9031 hybrids and Titleist 712 MB irons.

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September 12, 2011

Cobra's Long Tom driver built for explosive distance

Posted at 9:30 PM by David Dusek

During World War II, the United States Army used massive 155 mm Gun M1 cannons that could hit enemy targets with a 94-pound shell from 14 miles away. Nicknamed “Long Tom,” they were serious heavy hitters. This fall, Cobra Golf will release two new drivers inspired by those cannons—the Long Tom and the limited-edition Long Tom RAW—for golfers who want serious firepower on the tee.


Measuring four feet in length (the USGA length limit is 48” for all clubs except putters), the face of each Long Tom driver is made from a new titanium alloy that is stronger than previous materials used by Cobra. This alloy makes the face thinner, and in the process, creates 20 grams of discretionary weight that has been redistributed low and deep in the 460-cc head. This discretionary weight lowers the center of gravity and helps to create a higher launch and, according to Cobra, more distance.

Like last season’s S3 driver family, Long Tom drivers also feature an elliptically shaped sweet spot that helps to maintain ball speed on shots hit in the low-heel and high-toe areas, where Cobra says players mis-hit most often.

Weighing in at a scant 269 grams, the Long Tom will come standard with a Grafalloy Blackbird shaft. Grafalloy says that a unique black paint on the Blackbird improves aerodynamics. Even the club’s grip, a Winn Ultra Light/Shorty, is geared toward adding yardage—it's so small that you can't choke down on the club!

While the standard, all-black Long Tom driver will be released in late November for $349, there will be 500 limited-edition Long Tom RAW drivers sold by authorized Cobra dealers starting in mid-October for $499 each.


Straight from the factory floor, the Long Tom RAW is unfinished, with no paint or cosmetic treatments. Aside from the titanium alloy, the only marks on the clubhead are testing measurements and the club’s serial number.

You may fire when ready.

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May 13, 2011

Ian Poulter's prototype Cobra putter

Posted at 3:08 PM by David Dusek

Cobra Golf is not in the putter business, but by the look of things that could change sometime in the future.

Before the start of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, Ian Poulter switched from a heel-toe weighted Rife Antigua putter to a Scotty Cameron Newport putter. But shortly after that he switched again, to a custom putter made for him by Cobra, the company that makes his woods and irons.

According to a Cobra tour rep, the company made Poulter four different heads and this the one, which he has been using in tournament play, was his favorite. But the testing continues; at TPC Sawgrass, Cobra was working on a putter with a slightly deeper face than the one you see in the photos below.





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April 15, 2011

Cobra releasing limted edition white S3 driver

Posted at 4:12 PM by David Dusek

Ian Poulter won the Hong Kong Open last fall using a very unique driver, a white Cobra ZL Limited Edition. The company made 500 of them, and Poulter, after being presented with one, decided that instead of putting it on his wall, he'd put it into play.

Today, Cobra Golf announced the release of a white S3 driver. Like the ZL last year, there will be a limited number available. Read what Golf Magazine ClubTesters think of the S3 driver or go to Cobra's Web site for more information on the club.

White Cobra S3 Driver_600

The driver will come standard with a white Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip, and white Aldila RIP Beta shaft, for  $475 when it becomes available in early May. Right-handers will be able to chose between 9.5° and 10.5° lofts, while the 9.5º model will be the only choice for lefties. The 9.5° model will only be available in stiff flex; the 10.5° model will come with either a stiff or regular-flex shaft. 

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February 24, 2011

Many pros create blended sets—maybe you should, too

Posted at 4:39 PM by David Dusek

MARANA, Ariz. — I've been snooping around the golf bags of the game's best players for about three years. As a group, the pros are demanding, exacting and almost always open to anything that can help them play better. With the money that's on the line, why wouldn’t they want any edge they can get?

Before I started to really pay attention to their irons, I assumed that all pros played a uniform set, but that's not the case. Players like Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim and Stewart Cink mix and match different types of irons to create their sets.

For example, Mickelson uses a Callaway X-Forged 4-iron, but his 5-iron through pitching wedge are prototype Callaway RAZR Muscle Back blades.

Paul-Casey-Nike-Accenture_600 There are two main reasons why lots of pros choose to go with more forgiving cavity back long-irons. First, they're simply easier to hit.

"Sometimes you stand there and you get an awkward lie and you just go, 'I know I'm a great player, but I just can't pull off this shot because the ball is sitting in a divot or a ball mark or whatever," Paul Casey said before the start of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The Englishman, who is ranked No. 6 in the world, uses Nike VR Pro Combo long irons and VR Pro Blade mid- and short irons. Until recently, he carried an old Nike Pro Combo OS 2-iron. You can see his irons in the photo on the right.

"If that situation costs you one shot at a tournament, that's one shot too many," he said. "That could be the difference."

Just as they do for weekend players, cavity back long irons offer the pros larger sweet spots and more forgiveness than blades. Awkward shots like Casey described are simply easier to handle with the help of a little technology.

More reasons the pros consider dropping a cavity back iron or two into their bag: those firm, fast greens they face on tour.

Ian-Poulter-Cobra-Accenture_600x600 "I used blades for a long time," Ian Poulter told me in the practice area at the Ritz Carlton Course at Dove Mountain. "But then I just wanted to hit my long irons a little higher, so going from a blade to something with a cavity just made a lot of sense."

Poulter, who is currently ranked No. 12 in the world, uses Cobra Pro CB irons (4-7) and Pro MB irons (8-PW). You can see his irons in the photo at right.

Hitting higher long irons helps stop the ball faster on the firm greens of par 5s and long par 3s. Generally speaking, hybrids and fairway woods don't stop the ball as quickly as irons do.

There has never been a better time to mix and match clubs for amateur players who want to create their own composite set of irons. Lots of manufacturers sell clubs individually, and in many cases, different clubs look very similar to one another in the address position.

Poulter told me the transition within his set has not been a problem, and at address his irons all look the same.

That said, the transition from an oversize iron to a cavity back, or from a cavity back to a blade, can create problems if you try to create a composite set by yourself. Without the help of a good club fitter and a launch monitor, significant distance gaps between your irons can inadvertently be created. To avoid this problem, a good club fitter might adjust your lofts or suggest slightly different shafts to blend two or more types of clubs into an effective set.

"I think it would help amateurs way more than it helps us pros," Casey said.

Assuming you don't practice as often as a tour pro, Casey's advice could well be worth heeding.

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January 25, 2011

Switching from Cobra to TaylorMade's been no trouble for Camilo Villegas

Posted at 12:04 AM by David Dusek

Camilo-Villegas-TaylorMade-Irons_600x450 La Jolla, Calif. — Camilo Villegas is so detail-oriented that after he finished his collegiate career at the University of Florida, the Gators starting using his old yardage books and course maps. From his clothing to his fitness routine, he's impeccably orderly.

So when I had a chance to chat with the Colombian superstar on the back range at Torrey Pines Monday morning, I wanted to know how he went about switching from a bag full of Cobra clubs to his new TaylorMade gear. After all, for a guy who likes control, changing his golf ball, driver, irons and wedges all at once could have meant painstakingly hitting balls for days under the watchful eye of a launch monitor to get everything just right.

Not really.

"The first thing that we did was try the new ball [TaylorMade Penta TP] with my previous equipment ... and I love it, plain and simple," he said.

"Once we figured that out we knew the change wasn't going to be that hard. Then I tried the new TaylorMade equipment with my old ball [Titleist's Pro V1] and the equipment was performing great."

Villegas is playing a custom set of TaylorMade's new Burner 2.0 irons (above), but he is using the same Project X 7.0 shafts that he had in his old forged Cobra Pro CB irons, and the Burner 2.0s have the same lofts and lie angles the Cobra irons had.

Villegas did tell me that the Penta TP feels like his old ball, but its faster.

"I knew they were going to make stuff that performs great, but it was really more of a matter of getting the look right," Villegas said. "Every club in the industry has a slightly different look. Once I gave them my input and they did what I wanted, they created the perfect clubs."

Villegas's Burner 2.0 irons have a chrome finish instead of the dark finish that comes standard on the clubs you'll find in your local pro shop. The other modifications that Villegas requested were pretty slight.

"I've always played a little more bounce than the options they showed me, so we created clubs with a little more bounce," he said. "Also, the clubs that they showed me at first had a little more offset than I would like, so they fixed the offset."

Villegas says that his stock distances are the same. A guy as methodical as Camilo would have it no other way.

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January 18, 2011

This Week in Gear: Nike's Method Core putters and Cobra's S3 drivers

Posted at 1:19 PM by David Dusek

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Cobra studies missed shots to create the S3 driver

Posted at 10:53 AM by David Dusek

Cobra S3 Driver_600x450 Everyone mis-hits shots, including the pros. So before Cobra Golf designers sat down and started to create the follow-up to the S2 driver, they took a close look at those missed shots.

More than 25,000 thousand of them.

Their research revealed that most mis-hits aren't directly to the left or right of the sweet spot. More often, misses are hit either low in the heel area or high in the toe.

Armed with that information, Cobra set out to not only make a larger sweet spot for the new S3 drivers (above), but also one that would improve the club's performance in the areas where players miss.

Looking at the face of the new S3 and S3 Max drivers, golfers will notice that the head is more ovular, bulging near the toe area.

"We changed the face thickness distribution across the face to optimize ball speed in this elliptical pattern," says Tom Preece, Cobra's vice president of research and development. "this helps to create a 30 percent larger sweet spot in the S3 than its predecessor [the S2], which really makes it more forgiving on off-center hits."

One thing that didn't change when Cobra transformed the S2 into the S3 was Adjustable Flight Technology. This system allows golfers to unscrew the S3's head from the shaft and re-attach it in one of three different settings—Neutral, Closed and Open—so golfers can get the face angle they want.

Cobra S3 Max Driver_600x600 For golfers who tend to hit a slice, Cobra's S3 Max driver (right) is built with some offset to help close the face at impact. It also features an aerodynamic alignment aid in the back of the crown to help golfers get the driver set properly behind the ball at address.

Like the S3, the S3 Max has a 460cc head made from titanium, but it does not allow golfers to adjust the face angle of the club.

Both clubs will come standard with a Fujikura Blur shaft—45 1/2" for the S3 and 46" for the S3 Max—and should retail for about $299.

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January 03, 2011

McDowell signs with Srixon, Villegas and Furyk to TaylorMade

Posted at 12:33 PM by David Dusek

Srixon Maybe Graeme McDowell never got the memo that you're never supposed to change a winning game plan.

The Belfast Telegraph reported on Jan. 1 that the 2010 U.S. Open winner signed a multi-year deal with Srixon worth about $3 million per year.

McDowell's name did not appear when I checked the list of Callaway's staff professionals on the company's Web site Monday morning.

McDowell OdysseyThere had been rumors of a deal brewing between McDowell and Srixon for a few weeks. However, in mid-December when I spoke with a Callaway representative, I was told that there was still a chance that McDowell, whose contract expired on Dec. 31, might stay with the company.

Sure, business is business, but this will be an especially bitter loss for Callaway. The company awarded McDowell with a sterling silver belt buckle, trimmed in gold, to commemorate his win at Pebble Beach. He was also flown to Carlsbad, Calif., in September, where he spoke to Callaway employees at their annual sales meeting and talked about how much he liked his equipment—and the products he'd tried that were on the way for the 2011 season.

While McDowell's accountant will certainly be happy with his new deal, it does come with a certain level of risk. The Northern Irishman had a dream season in 2010, and if his level of play falls off in 2011, a lot of people will say that he simply chased the money instead of sticking with the equipment that helped him achieve so much in 2010.

It's unclear exactly which Srixon clubs McDowell will use, but I will publish a complete list of his equipment later this week—McDowell is in the field at the season-opening event at Kapalua.

Srixon may have found some money to sign McDowell after Jim Furyk, whose contract also ended on Dec. 31, decided to sign an endorsement deal with TaylorMade.

Another player who has switched to TaylorMade is Camilo Villegas. In August, Acushnet and Cobra Golf sued TaylorMade and Villegas after TaylorMade announced that the Colombian star, who won last season's Honda Classic, had signed an endorsement deal with the company while Villegas was under contract to play a Titleist ball and use Cobra clubs.

This week at Kapalua, look for Villegas to use a bag full of TaylorMade gear, a Penta TP ball, and display the company's logo on his hat and bag.

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November 21, 2010

Winner's Bag: Ian Poulter at Hong Kong Open

Posted at 8:02 PM by David Dusek

Ian Poulter Hong Kong

DRIVER: King Cobra Limited Edition ZL (9.5°) with a Fujikura 6.0 Motore Speeder X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F3 (13.5°) with an Aldila RIP 70X shaft; Titleist 906F2 (18°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: King Cobra Pro CB (4-7), Pro MB (8-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Rife Antigua
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

November 04, 2010

Cobra to release all-white Limited Edition ZL driver

Posted at 10:06 PM by David Dusek

Ian-Poulter-White-Cobra-Driver_600x450 Ian Poulter has never been one to shy away from a fashion statement, so it should come as no surprise that he loves his new all-white, Limited Edition Cobra ZL driver.

In a statement released Thursday night by Cobra Golf, Poulter said:

"I like the visual of the new all-white ZL. It's really very cool. It's really very unique and different than any driver I've seen — plus it's performance is great too. It has the identical performance to the driver I've won with twice."

Poulter has decided to put his Limited Edition ZL in play this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai (above).

From a technical standpoint, Poulter should be enamored with his white driver because the Limited Edition ZL has a carbon composite crown and sole, along with a titanium body and clubface, just like the original ZL. And both the original and Limited Edition models feature Cobra's adjustable hosel that allows golfers to position the face in either a neutral, open or closed position using a torque wrench.


But what sets the Limited Edition driver apart is the white head, the white Golf Pride Tour Wrap grip and the white Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.0 shaft. According to the release, the shaft alone has a value of $399, which helps to explain the $625 price of the Limited Edition ZL.

The 500 Limited Edition ZL drivers will be available in lofts of 9.5° and 10.5° with a stiff shaft starting December 15, but Cobra is welcoming pre-orders for the club beginning November 15 at participating retailers. To see a list of those dealers, visit

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(Photo of Poulter, AP Photos)
October 04, 2010

Ryder Cup Bags: McDowell, Westwood, Fisher, Kaymer, Poulter, Donald

Posted at 11:33 AM by David Dusek

Graeme McDowell Ryder Cup Callaway Graeme McDowell:
DRIVER:Callaway FT Tour (8.5°) with an Aldila Voodoo SVS 6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway FT-i Tour Squareway (15°) with an Aldila RIP Beta 60 shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Pro (18°) with an Aldila NVS 85 shaft, (21°) with an Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft
IRONS: Callaway X Forged (4-9) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged Vintage (48°, 52°, 58°) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #7
BALL: Callaway Tour ix

Lee Westwood Ryder Cup Ping Lee Westwood:
Ping G10 (9.0°) with a Aldila PGA Tour Only Prototype XNV6 shaft
Ping i15 (14°) with a UST Mamaya V2 76X shaft, Rapture V2 (19°) with Aldila NV75 X shaft
Ping i10 (3-PW) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
Ping Tour-W (54°, 58°) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
Ping Redwood Anser
Titleist Pro V1x


Ross Fisher Ryder Cup Titleist

Ross Fisher:
DRIVER: Titleist 909D3 (8.5°) with a True Temper Project X X7A3 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with a True Temper Project X X8A4 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (17°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 710MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport GSS
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Martin Kaymer Ryder Cup TaylorMadeMartin Kaymer:
DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 70 Alpha shafts
TaylorMade R9 (13°), Burner (17.5°) and with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Tour shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade RAC TP (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC (54°), TP with xFT (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser 2
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

Ian Poulter Ryder Cup Cobra Ian Poulter:
DRIVER: King Cobra ZL (9.5°) with a Fujikura 6.0 Motore Speeder X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F3 (13.5°) with an Aldila RIP 70X shaft; Titleist 906F2 (18°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: King Cobra Pro CB (4-7), Pro MB (8-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Rife Antigua
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

 Luke Donald Ryder Cup MizunoLuke Donald:
DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (9.5°) with a ACCRA XC65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with an ACCRA XC75 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (17°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-10 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photos: McDowell, Westwood, Fisher, Kaymer, Donald/Robert Beck; Poulter/Fred Vuich)
August 09, 2010

Cobra Golf suing TaylorMade-Adidas Golf and Camilo Villegas

Posted at 3:22 PM by David Dusek

HAVEN, Wis. — The legal wrangling over the recent announcement that Camilo Villegas plans to become a TaylorMade staff player and use Adidas footwear and accessories got more complicated on Monday. Cobra Golf is suing Villegas and TaylorMade to stop any additional announcements about the new relationship.

Acushnet, the parent company of Titleist and FootJoy, announced a similar suit again Villegas and TaylorMade on Thursday. (In March, Acushnet sold Cobra to Puma.) Both suits allege that TaylorMade interfered with the Colombian star's contracts with the companies. Villegas is currently under contract to use Cobra clubs, Titleist Pro V1 golf balls, and FootJoy shoes and gloves.

A copy of the media release issued by Cobra is below:

Carlsbad, California (August 9, 2010) — Cobra Golf Inc. announces that on August 5, 2010, the company filed a suit in the Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against TaylorMade-adidas Golf (TMaG) and PGA Tour Player Camilo Villegas. The preliminary injunction filed by Cobra Golf seeks to enjoin TMaG and Villegas from any additional announcements concerning future partnerships between the two parties.

Villegas, who is ranked 25th in the world, is contracted to play with Cobra golf clubs and for exclusive use of name and likeness in golf club products.

The suit alleges that TMaG interfered with Villegas’ agreement with Cobra Golf by issuing a press release on August 3, 2010 stating that Villegas will join the TMaG Golf Tour Staff, approximately five months prior to the expiration of Villegas' agreement with Cobra Golf. The company will also seek damages in addition to its claim for a preliminary injunction.

"Camilo is under contract to Cobra Golf until the end of 2010 and we object to a competitor announcing its intentions to work with Camilo during his contract term with Cobra Golf," said Bob Philion, President of Cobra-PUMA Golf. "This lawsuit aims to prevent TMaG and Camilo from making any additional statements about the relationship between the parties."

PUMA AG, the parent company of Cobra Golf, is not involved in the legal case.

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