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#1 CaNadiAn MiCk

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 01:42 PM

Nike Inc. (NKE:US) says it can make a golf shirt that could replicate what a coach does.

The world’s largest maker of sporting goods obtained about a dozen patents on Aug. 27, including one invention with the potential to irk golf pros.

“A coach or trainer can greatly improve an athlete’s form or body positioning, which can result in improved athletic performances,” Nike said in a patent filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. “For most people, however, a coach or trainer is not always available” and there isn’t an easy way to check positioning on your own, Nike said.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 07:29 PM

hmmm interesting

I seem to remember a fella (Aussie?) developed a broad-brim hat that had a line of copper built into the brim that was designed to give the golfer feedback for the correct head position during the swing (don't know how it worked, but that was the claim).

It was taken to the R&A for approval for use during play but was knocked-back on the basis that it was an artificial aid.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 07:59 PM

Supposedly this is fine with R&a and explains why in the full story. The future is here again!

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 08:22 PM

oh, I must have missed that...I thought I read the story properly - everything from the share price to USB downloads from running shoes.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 08:26 PM

I saw this para...

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Under U.S. Golf Association rules, compression and posture garments are allowed during competition while clothes designed to store and release energy aren’t, said Joe Goode, a spokesman for the Far Hills, New Jersey-based group that governs golf rules in the U.S. and Mexico. He declined to comment on whether a product based on the Nike patent would be permitted.

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Not exactly a ruling of legality.

 

Another opportunity for Nike to overcharge for products?  I'll wait until they turn up at the outlet stores.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:54 AM

I saw this para...

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Under U.S. Golf Association rules, compression and posture garments are allowed during competition while clothes designed to store and release energy aren’t, said Joe Goode, a spokesman for the Far Hills, New Jersey-based group that governs golf rules in the U.S. and Mexico. He declined to comment on whether a product based on the Nike patent would be permitted.

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Not exactly a ruling of legality.

 

Another opportunity for Nike to overcharge for products?  I'll wait until they turn up at the outlet stores.

True  I would think they would design to be legal and follow the posture and compression.   I might actually get my figure back! ;)


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