Bloomberg Law
Jan. 17, 2020, 4:23 PM

Jack Nicklaus’ Company Sues Golf Trainer Maker Over Ads

Blake Brittain
Blake Brittain

Jack Nicklaus didn’t allow golf swing trainer maker PowerPro Sports LLC to continue using his likeness in advertising after his son’s friend left the company, a complaint filed Thursday in Florida federal court says.

Nicklaus Companies LLC said it only allowed Jim Sowerwine—a long-time friend of Nicklaus’s son Gary—to use pictures of Nicklaus trying out the Powerchute golf training system and his testimonials about the system.

“Mr. Sowerwine understood and agreed that Jack Nicklaus provided his time and comments regarding the Device to Mr. Sowerwine as a personal favor, that the use of the name and likeness of Mr. Nicklaus ...