Patents Assigned to Acushnet Company
  • Publication number: 20210052946
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for arranging dimples on a golf ball surface in which the dimples are arranged in a pattern derived from at least one irregular domain generated from a regular or non-regular polyhedron. The method includes choosing control points of a polyhedron, generating an irregular domain based on those control points, packing the irregular domain with dimples, and tessellating the irregular domain to cover the surface of the golf ball. The control points include the center of a polyhedral face, a vertex of the polyhedron, a midpoint or other point on an edge of the polyhedron and others. The method ensures that the symmetry of the underlying polyhedron is preserved while minimizing or eliminating great circles due to parting lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Madson, Nicholas M. Nardacci
  • Publication number: 20210052948
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for arranging dimples on a golf ball surface in which the dimples are arranged in a pattern derived from at least one irregular domain generated from a regular or non-regular polyhedron. The method includes choosing control points of a polyhedron, generating an irregular domain based on those control points, packing the irregular domain with dimples, and tessellating the irregular domain to cover the surface of the golf ball. The control points include the center of a polyhedral face, a vertex of the polyhedron, a midpoint or other point on an edge of the polyhedron and others. The method ensures that the symmetry of the underlying polyhedron is preserved while minimizing or eliminating great circles due to parting lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Madson, Nicholas M. Nardacci
  • Publication number: 20210052947
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for arranging dimples on a golf ball surface in which the dimples are arranged in a pattern derived from at least one irregular domain generated from a regular or non-regular polyhedron. The method includes choosing control points of a polyhedron, generating an irregular domain based on those control points, packing the irregular domain with dimples, and tessellating the irregular domain to cover the surface of the golf ball. The control points include the center of a polyhedral face, a vertex of the polyhedron, a midpoint or other point on an edge of the polyhedron and others. The method ensures that the symmetry of the underlying polyhedron is preserved while minimizing or eliminating great circles due to parting lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Madson, Nicholas M. Nardacci
  • Patent number: 10926143
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body having an outer surface with a recessed channel formed therein. A weight assembly that includes a weight at least partially disposed within the recessed channel, a cover extending over the recessed channel, and a fastener coupling the cover to the body. The fastener is adapted to retain the weight in the recessed channel only indirectly by the cover. The weight assembly is selectively positionable between at least three configurations: a first configuration where the weight is secured within the recessed channel; a second configuration where the weight is slidable within the recessed channel; and a third configuration where the weight is completely removable from the golf club head. The cover is coupled to the body in all three configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Thomas Orrin Bennett, Richard Sanchez, Sang Yi, Stephanie Luttrell, Ryuichi Sugimae
  • Publication number: 20210046363
    Abstract: A golf club head including a striking face, a periphery portion, and a support arm spaced from the rear surface of the striking face, a first damping element residing between the support arm and the rear surface of the striking face, wherein the first damping element comprises a front surface in contact with the rear surface of the striking face and a rear surface in contact with the support arm, wherein the periphery portion comprises a sole, and a second damping element located between the first damping element and the sole, a front portion of the second damping element in contact with the rear surface of the striking face, a rear surface of the second damping element in contact with the support arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Charles E. Golden, Marni D. Ines, Christopher Savage, Grant M. Martens, Gentry Ferguson, John Morin, Jason A. Mata, Oswaldo Gonzalez, Jonathan Hebreo, Nick Frame
  • Patent number: 10918912
    Abstract: Golf balls having covers made of thermoplastic polyurethane compositions are provided. Multi-piece golf balls can be made. In one embodiment, the outer cover layer is formed from a composition comprising a thermoplastic polyurethane and epoxy compound. Mixtures of multi-functional amines and imines, and multi-functional isocyanates, and epoxy curing agents; and solvent, can be applied to the outer cover. The resulting coating may contain polyurethanes, polyureas, and hybrids, copolymers, and blends thereof. The cover composition and surface coatings can further include catalysts, ultraviolet (UV)-light stabilizers, and other additives. The coating methods have many benefits and the finished balls have good physical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Sullivan, Michael Michalewich, Mark L. Binette, Brian Comeau
  • Patent number: 10918917
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body having a recessed channel formed in the outer surface. A weight assembly that includes a weight disposed within the recessed channel and a cover extending over the recessed channel. A shelf is defined in the cover and slidably receives the weight. The weight assembly also includes a fastener coupling the cover to the body. The fastener is adapted to retain the weight in the recessed channel only indirectly by the cover. The cover is positionable in an unlocked configuration whereby the cover is raised at least partially out of the recessed channel and the weight is slidable within the shelf and the recessed channel, and a locked configuration whereby the cover is disposed within the recessed channel and the weight is secured within the recessed channel and the shelf. The weight moves with the cover between the unlocked configuration and the locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Tyrone Northcutt, Thomas Orrin Bennett, Takeshi Casey Funaki
  • Publication number: 20210038946
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to golf balls having improved aerodynamic performance due, at least in part, to the selection of the plan shapes of the dimples thereon. In particular, the present invention is directed to a golf ball that includes at least a portion of its dimples having a plan shape defined by a periodic cosine function mapped along a circular closed path. In addition, the present invention provides methods for designing dimples having a plan shape defined by a periodic cosine function mapped along a circular closed path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Nardacci, Michael R. Madson
  • Patent number: 10912968
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for arranging dimples on a golf ball surface in which the dimples are arranged in a pattern derived from at least one irregular domain generated from a regular or non-regular polyhedron. The method includes choosing control points of a polyhedron, generating an irregular domain based on those control points, packing the irregular domain with dimples, and tessellating the irregular domain to cover the surface of the golf ball. The control points include the center of a polyhedral face, a vertex of the polyhedron, a midpoint or other point on an edge of the polyhedron and others. The method ensures that the symmetry of the underlying polyhedron is preserved while minimizing or eliminating great circles due to parting lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Madson, Nicholas M. Nardacci
  • Patent number: 10905917
    Abstract: Golf balls having covers made of thermoplastic polyurethane compositions are provided. Multi-piece golf balls can be made. Polyurethane primer coatings and polyurethane top-coatings are applied to the thermoplastic polyurethane cover. Different coating methods can be used. Isocyanate-rich and polyol-rich polyurethane coatings can be applied. In one embodiment, the golf ball can be treated with a multi-functional isocyanate prior to applying the coatings. The polyurethane cover composition and surface coatings can further include catalysts, ultraviolet (UV)-light stabilizers, and other additives. Heat is used to cure the coatings. The coating methods have many benefits and the finished balls have good physical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Sullivan, Mark L. Binette
  • Publication number: 20210023424
    Abstract: A golf club head with improved striking face performance is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses a golf club head having a striking face portion with a back surface provided with multiple constant thickness zones and multiple transition zones on a back surface of the striking face portion. Preferably, at least three constant thickness zones are provided in the thickened central region of the striking face portion encompassed by an intermediate transition zone and an outer perimeter region encompassing the intermediate transition zone comprising at least four outer perimeter constant thickness zones. Preferably, the thickened central region and the intermediate transition region mimic the shape of the face perimeter of the striking face portion of the golf club head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, Nick Frame, Noah de la Cruz
  • Publication number: 20210023420
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a mold for forming the cover of a golf ball having a non-planar parting line on its spherical surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: David P. Hunt, Michael R. Madson
  • Publication number: 20210016137
    Abstract: A golf club head having a multi-layered striking face is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention has an external frontal face layer, an internal rear face layer, and an intermediary sandwiched face layer juxtaposed between the external frontal face layer and the internal rear face layer. The intermediary sandwiched face layer may generally be made out of a polymeric material. The internal rear face layer may generally have a substantially non-uniform thickness formed via a substantially planar rear surface and a substantially non-planar frontal surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, Nick Frame
  • Patent number: 10894188
    Abstract: The present invention provides golf balls having a pattern of stellated polygon shaped dimples and grooves with pre-selected and coordinated color appearances on the outer surface of the ball to produce a unique and desirable overall golf ball color appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Madson, William E. Morgan
  • Patent number: D910128
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Joseph F. Kitching, Jr., Oswaldo Gonzalez
  • Patent number: D910130
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Kevin Wolfe
  • Patent number: D910131
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Don T. Cameron
  • Patent number: D910132
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Don T. Cameron
  • Patent number: D910133
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Don T. Cameron
  • Patent number: D910134
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Don T. Cameron