Patents Assigned to Acushnet Company
  • Publication number: 20200383421
    Abstract: Golf shoes having improved constructions are provided. The golf shoes include upper, midsole, and outsole sections. The upper may be made of a soft, breathable leather material. The midsole includes an upper region formed from a first material such as a foamed ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA); and a lower region formed from a second material such as a foamed ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), wherein the materials have different hardness levels. A fiber-reinforced composite plate may be disposed in the midsole. The outsole contains different traction members arranged in a precise geometric structure that helps provide improved stability and traction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Bidal, John F. Swigart
  • Publication number: 20200383422
    Abstract: Golf shoes having improved constructions are provided. The golf shoes include upper, midsole, and outsole sections. The upper may be made of a soft, breathable leather material. The midsole includes an upper region formed from a first material such as a foamed ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA); and a lower region formed from a second material such as a foamed ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), wherein the materials have different hardness levels. A fiber-reinforced composite plate such as, for example, a carbon fiber plate is disposed in the midsole. The outsole contains different traction members arranged in a precise geometric structure that helps provide improved stability and traction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Bidal, John F. Swigart
  • Patent number: 10856613
    Abstract: Golf shoes having improved outsole constructions are provided. The outsole contains flex channels that provide flexibility when a person is walking or playing a golf course. The outsole further includes traction members having a serrated, wave-like structure. These traction members make high contact with the ground surface and provide high traction, stability, and support for the golfer. The outsole may further include removable spikes that are fastened to receptacles. These spikes can be arranged in different patterns and they provide additional support and traction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Robert S. Bento, Daren S. Weddle
  • Publication number: 20200376345
    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. Isocyanate-rich and polyol-rich polyurethane coatings can be applied. In one embodiment, multi-functional imine and amine compounds can be used to treat the golf ball. 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. Heat is used to cure the coatings. The coating methods have many benefits and the finished balls have good physical properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Sullivan, Mark L. Binette
  • Publication number: 20200376351
    Abstract: A metalwood golf club head, including a striking face, wherein the striking face comprises a geometric face center, a posterior body portion comprising a crown and a sole, wherein the crown is connected to an upper portion of the striking face and the sole is connected to a lower portion of the striking face, a vertical plane passing through the geometric face center, a neutral axis extending through the geometric face center, the neutral axis perpendicular to an outer surface of the striking face at the geometric face center, wherein a vertical plane through said geometric face center intersects a first crown peak at a distance at least 30 mm from said geometric face center along the z-direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: David S. Cornelius, Grant M. Martens
  • Patent number: 10850170
    Abstract: A metalwood golf club head, including a striking face, wherein the striking face comprises a geometric face center, a posterior body portion comprising a crown and a sole, wherein the crown is connected to an upper portion of the striking face and the sole is connected to a lower portion of the striking face, a vertical plane passing through the geometric face center, a neutral axis extending through the geometric face center, the neutral axis perpendicular to an outer surface of the striking face at the geometric face center, wherein a vertical plane through said geometric face center intersects a first crown peak at a distance at least 30 mm from said geometric face center along the z-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: David S. Cornelius, Grant M. Martens
  • Publication number: 20200368591
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a golf club head body, a striking face, and an inner wall supporting the striking face. A ledge extends from a body into the interior of the golf club head body, and the inner wall is disposed within a gap between the striking face and the ledge. A rear surface of the inner wall is supported by a portion of the golf club head body, and a rear surface of the striking face is in contact with a portion of the inner wall. The inner wall may be inserted into the golf club head through an opening defined in the toe portion of the golf club head or the rear portion of the golf club head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Hebreo, Doug M. Takehara, Joshua G. Breier, Ryuichi Sugimae, Nick Frame
  • Patent number: 10843046
    Abstract: A golf club head including a crown, a sole, a hosel, a face and a flexure. The flexure provides compliance during an impact between the golf club head and a golf ball, and is tuned to vibrate, immediately after impact, at a predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Thomas Orrin Bennett, David S. Cornelius, Grant M. Martens, Mitchell E. Bac
  • Publication number: 20200360767
    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: August 4, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Madson, Nicholas M. Nardacci
  • Publication number: 20200360768
    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 polydimethylsiloxane compound. Functionalized polydimethylsiloxane compounds also can be used to treat thermoplastic polyurethane golf ball covers. 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 with thermoplastic polyurethane covers have good physical properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Sullivan, Michael Michalewich, Mark L. Binette, Brian Comeau
  • Publication number: 20200353315
    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: July 28, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Madson, Nicholas M. Nardacci
  • Patent number: 10821327
    Abstract: A coated golf ball includes a single or dual core and a cover layer formed from a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The TPU cover preferably has a first polyurethane coating layer and a second polyurethane coating layer disposed about the first polyurethane coating layer. In a preferred embodiment, he first polyurethane coating layer includes unreacted isocyanate groups and has an isocyanate index of at least about 120. Preferably, the first polyurethane coating layer has an isocyanate index of at least about 150, more preferably, at least about 200, and most preferably at least about 250.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Sullivan, Mark L. Binette
  • Patent number: 10821338
    Abstract: A golf club head including a club head perimeter comprising a toe portion, a heel portion, a topline, and a sole portion; a striking face; and a cantilevered face support secured to the interior surface of the sole portion; wherein the cantilevered face support tab is in contact with but not secured to the rear surface of the striking face; wherein the striking face includes a centrally located first portion having a first portion thickness, a second portion having a second thickness and located heelward of the first portion, and a third portion having a third thickness and located toeward of the first portion; wherein the first thickness is greater than the second thickness, wherein the first thickness is greater than the third thickness; and wherein the cantilevered face support tab is in contact with the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Hebreo, Nick Frame, Oswaldo Gonzalez, Marni D. Ines, Joshua C. Stokes, Doug M. Takehara, Grant M. Martens
  • Patent number: 10821335
    Abstract: A golf club head has a stranded structure such as a cantilevered strand or a beam strand. The stranded structure causes changes in acoustic properties from that of a standard golf club. A gap or through-hole around the stranded structure may be filled with a vibration dampening material, such as flexible polymer, to further adjust the acoustic properties of the golf club. Vibration frequency regions in a golf club may be modified by incorporating stranded structures in the vibration frequency regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Nick Frame, Richard L. Cleghorn
  • Patent number: 10821344
    Abstract: A golf club head, including a body including a striking face and a perimeter portion extending aft from the striking face, a badge affixed to a rear surface of the striking face, wherein the badge comprises a first layer aft of the striking face, the first layer including a first density, a second layer aft of the first layer, the second layer including a second density, and a third layer aft of the first layer, wherein the third layer comprises a third layer front surface located adjacent the second layer, wherein the first density is less than 2.0 g/cm3, wherein the second density is greater than 2.0 g/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Jason A. Mata
  • Publication number: 20200338395
    Abstract: Golf balls including at least one modified dimple group are disclosed. The modified dimple group comprises one or more modified dimples forming an axially symmetric pattern about a Correction Area Centroid located on an axis of symmetry at a latitude greater than 0°, where 0° represents the hemispherical pole and 90° represents the equator. The modified dimples can be altered, for example, by changing dimple coverage, dimple diameter, dimple depth, dimple edge angle, dimple volume, dimple cross-sectional shape, and/or dimple plan shape. Optionally, the dimples have a catenary cross-sectional shape and the modified dimples are altered by changing the shape factor and/or chord depth. Such modifications preferably produce a golf ball that flies more consistently regardless of orientation when struck than a corresponding golf ball without such modifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Madson, Nicholas M. Nardacci
  • Patent number: D899779
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Duane Marshall
  • Patent number: D900259
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Kevin Wolfe, Kevin Tassistro
  • Patent number: D900470
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Duane Marshall
  • Patent number: D903799
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Don T. Cameron