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After Nike exited the golf hard goods industry in August 2016, Ping stepped up and arranged in April 2017 to buy several Nike patents for clubs and ball. As one of the first modern golf club OEMs, Ping has a reputation for resisting the use of outside technology. I imagine Ping wants people to forget Nike, and bought the patents in part to preempt any adventurous startups. But, the WITB threads show that Tiger was playing custom TGR Prototype irons in November. A former Nike employee reported they were made at The Oven in Fort Worth before Nike shut it down. Next, Tiger started the new year circa Jan. 25 by signing an Endorsement Deal with TaylorMade. So, does this TM deal pretty well mean than Nike golf clubs are destined for the gone and forgotten category of golf clubs? Any chance for them to return as a boxed-set-only brand?