Patents Examined by Alvin Hunter
  • Patent number: 10843053
    Abstract: A golf club comprising a head having a series of tracks within a cartridge that's removable from the inside of the club head, which forms a three-dimensional pattern; a plurality of weights for positioning along the channels of the cartridge, and a mechanism for securing the weights at arbitrary positions along the channels within the cartridge, so as to customize at least one of center of gravity and moment of inertia from the crown or sole of the club head. The channels can all interconnect with one another to allow a weight to be moved from one to another. The golf club can further have an articulating cover for at least a portion of the surface, the cover being for covering and concealing the cartridge situated within the club head and the weights therein, positioned along the channels thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Vandette B. Carter
  • Patent number: 10843050
    Abstract: A multi-material iron-type golf club head having a shell that defines a closed internal volume, where the head is composed of at least two different materials, incorporates a variable face thickness, and achieves a high characteristic time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Albertsen, Michael Scott Burnett
  • Patent number: 10843052
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a striking face having a face center and a virtual striking face plane generally parallel to the striking face. The golf club head further includes a sole portion, a top portion, and a rear portion. A hosel portion includes a recessed region with at least a portion of the recessed region located in an outer portion of the hosel portion. A first virtual vertical plane is perpendicular to the virtual striking face plane and passes through the face center. A center of gravity is spaced from the first virtual vertical plane in a heel-to-toe direction by a distance no greater than 6.0 mm. According to another aspect, the hosel portion includes a second material having a second density that is lower than a first density of a first material included in the striking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Phill Seagram, Mika Becktor, Keith Dolezel, Patrick Ripp, Brian Herr
  • Patent number: 10835789
    Abstract: A golf club head, preferably a putter head, comprising at least one structural support member is disclosed herein. The structural support member has a smooth, organic-looking aesthetic, with a continuously changing curvature along its spline and at least one surface, and preferably connects one portion of the golf club head to another portion. Where the support member connects to other portions of the golf club head, the surfaces of the member have a curvature that changes smoothly and continuously, lacking any sharp corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, William C. Watson
  • Patent number: 10835790
    Abstract: Golf club heads include at least one weight port situated to retain weights and positioned above an approximate club face geometric center with the club in a standard address position. One, two, or more weight ports can be located above the club face center in a club crown or other portion of a club body. Club head vertical center of gravity can be selected to compensate dynamic loft associated with locating the club head center of gravity well behind the club face. Three-dimensional adjustment of club head center of gravity is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kraig Alan Willett, Todd P. Beach, Christopher John Harbert, Gery Mel Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10821330
    Abstract: A golf ball with a core comprising polybutadiene and graphene with an embedded IC is disclosed herein. The golf ball preferably has a single core comprising polybutadiene and graphene. Alternatively, the golf ball has a dual core with an inner core comprising polybutadiene and graphene. Alternatively, the golf ball has a dual core with an outer core comprising polybutadiene and graphene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Vincent Simonds, David Bartels, Vijay Chavan
  • Patent number: 10821337
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a heel, a toe, a sole, and a rail. The toe is opposite the heel. The sole is between the toe and the heel. The sole has a forward portion and an aft portion. A forward-aft direction is defined from the forward portion to the aft portion. A heel-toe direction is defined from the heel to the toe. The rail extends outwardly from the sole along the forward-aft direction. The rail and the sole define an open-ended first channel extending along the rail in the forward-aft direction. The rail defines a second channel extending in the heel-toe direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: COBRA GOLF INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Bryce Hobbs, D. Clayton Evans, Cameron J. Day, Tim A. Beno, Ryan L. Roach
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10814189
    Abstract: A golf club head having an adjustable hosel assembly and a plug assembly that can reversibly secure the hosel assembly in a chosen configuration within the club head is disclosed herein. In particular, the hosel assembly includes a shaft sleeve that is trapped within a hosel opening with a screw that extends through an interior flange. The plug assembly includes a wedge-shaped flange that is inserted into an opening in the body and fits between the interior flange and the head of the screw to temporarily immobilize the shaft sleeve. The plug assembly preferably completely fills the opening in the body so as to preserve a smooth outer mold line of the club head and allow graphics or decorations to extend across the exterior surface without disruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 10814181
    Abstract: Multi-layered golf balls having at least one layer made of a polyamide composition containing a plasticized polyamide are provided. In one preferred version, the polyamide composition consists essentially of a polyamide and plasticizer selected from the group consisting of polytrimethylene ether glycol and polytrimethylene ether glycol benzoate and monomers, oligomers, copolymers and blends thereof. Blends of plasticized polyamides and ethylene acid copolymer ionomers also can be prepared. The golf ball includes a core having at least one layer and a cover having at least one layer. The polyamide composition may be used to form any core, cover, or other layer in the golf ball. The polyamide compositions have a good combination of properties including Coefficient of Restitution (COR) and compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: David A. Bulpett, Robert Blink, Michael J Sullivan, Mark L. Binette, Brian Comeau
  • Patent number: 10814176
    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 low frequency periodic functions along a closed simple path. In addition, the present invention provides methods for designing dimples having a plan shape defined by a low frequency periodic function along a closed simple path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Madson, Nicholas M. Nardacci
  • Patent number: 10799768
    Abstract: Golf balls having a multi-layered core made of a foamed composition are provided. The core preferably has a foam inner core (center) and surrounding thermoset or thermoplastic outer core layer. Preferably, a polyurethane foam composition is used to form the foam center. The foam inner core preferably includes a fully-foamed center region and a partially or completely-collapsed foam outer region. The hardness of the fully-foamed region is different than the hardness of the collapsed foam region. Non-foamed thermoset or thermoplastic materials such as polybutadiene rubbers or ethylene acid copolymer ionomer may be used to form the outer core layer. The ball further includes a cover that may be multi-layered. The foam cores have good resiliency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Mark L. Binette, Michael J. Sullivan, Douglas S. Goguen, Brian Comeau, Michael Michalewich, Shawn Ricci, John D. Farrell
  • Patent number: 10799766
    Abstract: A golf ball 2 includes a core 4 and a cover 6 positioned outside the core 4. The cover 6 is molded in a mold having support pins by injection molding. A ratio (K/S) of a surface hardness K of the core 4 to an amount of compressive deformation S of the core 4 satisfies the following mathematical formula. 13.0?K/S?24.0 The cover 6 has a hardness H of not greater than 62. A product (?*V) of a latitude ? of each support pin and a volume V of the cover 6 is not less than 300.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Takubo, Takahiro Sajima
  • Patent number: 10792541
    Abstract: A ball striking device may include a ball striking plate having a front surface configured to strike a ball and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The ball striking device may include a covering element located behind the rear surface. The covering element may be affixed to the rear surface of the ball striking plate with an adhesive member. The adhesive member may include a double-sided tape. Further, a thickened portion of the ball striking plate may be located behind a desired-contact region of the ball striking plate and the covering element may be affixed thereto. The covering element may be a highly-contoured element. The ball striking device may be a golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Cardani, Jeremy N. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10780323
    Abstract: Golf clubs and/or golf club heads include a club head body defining an interior chamber, structure for engaging a shaft with the body, and/or a shaft engaged with the body. The club head body may have an overall length of at least 4.5 inches and an overall breadth of at least 4.2 inches. In other examples, the club head body may have an overall length of at least 4.6 inches and a ratio of the overall breadth dimension to the overall length dimension of 1 or less. If desired, the ratio of the head breadth to head length dimensions may be in a range from at least 0.94 to 1 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Gary G. Tavares
  • Patent number: 10780330
    Abstract: A golf club head has a body defining a ball striking face. The body further has a first leg extending away from the ball striking face and a second leg extending away from the ball striking face wherein a void is defined between the first leg and the second leg. The body further defines a cover that extends over the void. The golf club head may further have support structures and adjustable weight members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Yoshimasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 10780324
    Abstract: Golf clubs and/or golf club heads include a club head body defining an interior chamber, structure for engaging a shaft with the body, and/or a shaft engaged with the body. The club head body may have an overall length of at least 4.5 inches and an overall breadth of at least 4.2 inches. In other examples, the club head body may have an overall length of at least 4.6 inches and a ratio of the overall breadth dimension to the overall length dimension of 1 or less. If desired, the ratio of the head breadth to head length dimensions may be in a range from at least 0.94 to 1 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Gary G. Tavares
  • Patent number: 10773139
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a club body having a crown opposite a sole, a toe end opposite a heel end, a back end, and a hosel. A first magnet is coupled to the club body. A second magnet selectively engages the first magnet, such that in a first configuration the first and second magnets attract, and in a second configuration the first and second magnets do not attract, wherein the second magnet is configured to rotate relative to the first magnet between the first configuration and the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Erik M. Henrikson, Samuel Pendred
  • Patent number: 10773134
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a golf club head having an adjustable tension cable disposed proximate the face. The body has a face, a sole, and a return section, and defines a hollow interior. The cable extends between the return section and the sole within the hollow interior near the face to reduce stresses placed on the face during impact with a golf ball. The cable preferably forms a woven structure, with multiple connections between the return section and sole, and the tension in the cable is adjustable via a screw connected to one end of the cable that engages a threaded bore disposed near the hosel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Austin L. Frederickson
  • Patent number: 10765921
    Abstract: An iron golf club head comprises; a head main body including a club face provided with score lines; a weight member having a specific gravity larger than that of the head main body; and a fixing member having a specific gravity larger than that of the head main body and less than that of the weight member, and fixed to the head main body by welding so as to cover the weight member. In a forward tilting state of the club head in which the score lines are horizontal and the club face is vertical, the distance D in the perpendicular direction to the club face from the backmost position of the club head to the center of gravity of the weight member is not more than 47.3% of the maximum thickness W of the club head which is the shortest distance from the backmost position of the club head to the club face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Norimura, Kazuhiro Hayashi