Update from USGA on KickX Tour-Z golf ball status
A couple of week’s ago, I responded to the thread “Where are all the 2 Woods?” I said that Medicus affiliate KickX made the 2-wood style Driveway Blaster, and also handled the KickX Tour-Z golf balls. Another blogger was concerned that the ball was nonconforming and involved in a marketing scandal.
The ball indeed was involved in a multi-party online marketing scam, which was shut down following an FTC lawsuit in 2017.
I e-mailed the USGA about the ball’s playability status. I got this reply from Pamela Sanderson, who works as assistant manager for ball conformance testing:
"The KickX golf ball expired from the Conforming Ball List at the end of May 2017. To remain on the list the manufacturer is required to resubmit the ball once a year. For reasons unknown to us the manufacturer did not resubmit the golf ball to continue the listing. The KickX golf ball is still considered to be a Conforming Ball. It may be used in competitions where the Conforming Ball List is not a condition of competition."
Sanderson added that involvement in a marketing scam would not cause a ball to be removed from the conforming list. The U.S. government governs marketing issues.
@storm319 found information on the Tour-Z ball origins and supply chain:
The KickX urethane ball was an off the shelf 3-piece urethane ball produced by Foremost Golf Mfg in Taiwan. Around a dozen marketing companies sold this identical ball with their logo and it ended up being the subject of a lawsuit filed by Acushnet. It still lives on today as the Vice Pro.
(The Acushnet lawsuit was separate from the FTC lawsuit.)
Driver: Calla XR16 Pro 10.5° (set open) / Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 R-flex 63 gr.
FWs: Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W / GraphiteDesign G60 R-flex 60 gr.
or Calla Alpha 815, set 16° + 20° / Fuji Motore Speeder 665 R-flex 62 gr.
Hybrid: Cobra FlyZ 3H 19° + 4H 22° / Matrix VLCT Altus Lite flex 73 gr.
Irons: Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i - PW** / KBS Tour 90 R-flex 101 gr.
4i refitted with SteelFiber 780 HLS Hybrid shaft R Flex 75 gr.
Wedge: Calla MD3 48°/8.SS + 54°/12.WS + MD.PM 60°/10 | KBS Tour R-flex 110 gr. |
Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced) / 34" w. Ping Pistol PP60 grip (stock)
Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag
Ball: Calla SuperSoft
* Either 7W or 3H left out, depending on course.
** Wedges: 46°and 48°are competing for bag space.