Patents Examined by Alvin Hunter
  • Patent number: 10384103
    Abstract: Disclosed is a putter assembly. When fully assembled, the putter allows an individual using said putter (the “player”) to strike a golf ball with either one of the three available striking surfaces. Said choice of striking surfaces allows the player to utilize the front load putting method, and in alternative, the left or the right handed side putting method. The putter assembly comprises of three primary components: 1) U-shaped striking plate, incorporating the left, right and the front striking plate, wherein each of said striking plates further comprises of an impact area; 2) the frame, comprising of the back connecting member, with a disc for stacking weight plates, and the front connecting member, with a hosel for attaching thereto a shaft; 3) and the shaft, allowing the player to manipulate the movement of the putter. The assembly also incorporates putter alignment features, designed to help the player improve his/her shot accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Kichang Yoon
  • Patent number: 10376747
    Abstract: Multi-layered golf balls having a core, intermediate layer, and cover are provided. The ball includes a non-foamed inner core (center) made of a thermoplastic or thermoset composition such as polybutadiene rubber. An intermediate layer comprising a foamed composition, such as polyurethane foam, is disposed about the inner core. The foamed intermediate layer may have a specific gravity gradient within the layer, wherein the outer surface specific gravity is greater than the midpoint specific gravity. Ball constructions having two intermediate layers, wherein at least one layer is a foamed layer can be made. A cover having at least one layer is disposed about the intermediate layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Shawn Ricci, Michael Michalewich, Brian Comeau, Michael J. Sullivan, Mark L. Binette, Douglas S. Goguen
  • Patent number: 10376753
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf clubs, golf club heads, and methods of manufacture are described herein. In one embodiment, a golf club head includes a strike face having one or more grooves with edges, where one or more of the edges is unsmooth. Other embodiments are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Solheim, David L. Petersen
  • Patent number: 10369419
    Abstract: The invention provides a golf ball having a core and a cover of one layer or a plurality of layers, wherein the core is formed of a material molded under heat from a rubber composition containing (A) a base rubber, (B) an organic peroxide, and (C) water and/or a metal monocarboxylate, and has a hysteresis loss of 50% or less when compressed at a load cell speed of 500 mm/min and under a constant load of 5,000 N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kae Ilzuka, Tsuyoshi Nakajima, Yuichiro Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10369430
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are some embodiments of a golf club head with a tapered sole weight. One embodiment comprises a golf club head comprising a sole weight; and a body comprising a sole comprising an exterior sole surface, wherein a sole weight port is formed in the sole. The sole weight port can have a port top comprising an interior port top surface and an exterior port top surface, wherein the interior port top surface has a taper of plus or minus approximately 1-89 degrees with respect to the exterior port top surface. The sole weight port can comprise a weight-receiving cavity that engages the sole weight. Other embodiments for related club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10369428
    Abstract: A golf club head with a hollow therein includes a head main body and a crown member. The head main body includes a face portion having a hitting face, a crown portion provided with an opening and a peripheral region forming around the opening, wherein the opening is covered with the crown member. The peripheral region of the opening includes a mounting portion for mounting the crown member with an interior surface and an exterior surface thereof. The mounting portion, at least, includes a face-side mounting portion, a toe-side mounting portion and a heel-side mounting portion. The crown member includes a face-side peripheral portion fixed to the interior surface of the face-side mounting portion, a toe-side peripheral portion fixed to the exterior surface of the toe-side mounting portion and a heel-side peripheral portion fixed to the exterior surface of the heel-side mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Motokawa, Daisuke Kohno
  • Patent number: 10363465
    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: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Yosimasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 10363464
    Abstract: A putter having a body with a striking surface, an upper surface that is visible to a player when in the address position and a sole plate that is coupled to a bottom surface of the body. The upper surface includes at least one aperture and the sole plate includes a sightline projection that extends into the aperture to form a sightline on the putter that is visible to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Don T. Cameron
  • Patent number: 10357696
    Abstract: Provided are a golf club head and a golf club with a plate member that is resistant to peeling and has a glossy appearance. A golf club head includes a face portion including a ball striking surface, and a plate member connected to a back surface located on the back side of the face portion. The plate member includes a resin and a metal material. The metal material is arranged on at least any one of a toe side and a heel side of the face portion and is arranged so as not to planarly overlap a striking point of the face portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MIZUNO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Doi, Arata Kamo
  • Patent number: 10343038
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads and methods to manufacture golf club heads are generally described herein. In one example, a golf club head may include a body portion with a toe portion, a heel portion, a rear portion, a front portion with a strike face, a sole portion, and a top portion with a plurality of ports. The body portion may define a periphery of the golf club head. The golf club head may also include a plurality of weight portions with each weight portion disposed in one port of the plurality of ports. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC
    Inventor: Caleb S. Kroloff
  • Patent number: 10343021
    Abstract: A golf ball comprising a core composed of a fully neutralized polymer material is disclosed herein. The golf ball also preferably has multiple mantle layers and a cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Steve Ogg, David Bartels
  • Patent number: 10343025
    Abstract: A golf ball comprising a core comprising an inner core center and an outer core layer disposed over the inner core center. The inner core center has a deflection of greater than 0.210 inch under a load of 100 kilograms, and the entire the core has a deflection ranging from 0.130 inch to 0.105 inch under a load of 100 kilograms. A mantle layer is disposed over the core and a cover is disposed over the mantle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Steven S. Ogg, David M. Bartels
  • Patent number: 10335644
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a reinforced face of a club head. Other embodiments for related reinforced faces of club heads and related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10335649
    Abstract: A golf club having unique mass properties and all the benefits afforded therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Honea, Tim Reed, John Kendall
  • Patent number: 10335657
    Abstract: A golf club 2 includes a head 4, a shaft 6, and a grip 8. The club 2 has a forward club flex of greater than or equal to 140 mm. The forward club flex is measured for a golf club in the completed state. The grip 8 has a weight Wg of less than or equal to 30 g. With the golf club 2, a force acting on the player's body during a swing can be reduced. The golf club 2 can stabilize swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naruhiro Mizutani, Seiji Hayase, Kenji Takasu, Takashi Nakano, Daisuke Kohno
  • Patent number: 10335650
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a slidable weight for adjusting the location of the club head center of gravity is disclosed herein. The club head has a channel disposed in its sole and a slidable weight assembly comprising a weight body and a rotatable cam portion. The channel includes a single, L-shaped rail extending upwards from a channel floor, and the slidable weight assembly is reversibly fixed to the rail when the rotatable cam portion is rotated such that a curved protrusion is disposed underneath a ledge of the L-shaped rail. The channel preferably has an S-shaped or closed loop configuration such that the club head's center of gravity can be adjusted along X (front to back) and Y (heel to toe) horizontal axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 10328312
    Abstract: Multi-piece golf balls containing a dual-layered core are provided. The ball further includes single or multi-layered covers. The core structure includes a small, heavy inner core (center) having a relatively high specific gravity, and a surrounding outer core layer. The core layers may have different hardness gradients. The center of the core comprises a metal material such as copper, steel, brass, tungsten, titanium, aluminum, and combinations and alloys thereof preferably dispersed in a thermoplastic polymeric matrix. The outer core layer is preferably formed from a thermoset composition such as polybutadiene. These multi-layered core constructions with metal-containing centers have selective specific gravity relationships between the different layers. This helps provide the ball with good flight distance and spin control. The resulting balls have good resiliency and other playing performance properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Sullivan, Mark L. Binette, Derek A. Ladd
  • Patent number: 10322321
    Abstract: Golf club heads (e.g., drivers, fairway woods, wood-type hybrid clubs, or the like) according to at least some example aspects of this invention include a striking face and a rear portion opposite the striking face, the rear portion defining an opening to an interior cavity. A rear body member configured to be inserted into the opening is engaged with the rear portion of the club head. The rear body member may include multiple rear body parts that may be removable and/or interchangeable to permit flexibility in controlling the weight distribution of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew G. v. Oldknow, Robert M. Boyd, John T. Stites
  • Patent number: 10322323
    Abstract: A head 2 includes: a face member fc1 having a hitting surface 4; and a body member bd1 having a hosel 6, a sole surface 8, and a toe-side surface 9. The face member fc1 further has a top-side flange FL1 including a top surface 5. The body member bd1 has a hosel-forming part 24 including the hosel 6, a sole-forming part 28 including the sole surface 8, and a toe-forming part 26 including the toe-side surface 9. The hosel-forming part 24 has a heel joint portion Jh joined to a heel-side end of the top-side flange FL1. The toe-forming part 26 has a toe joint portion Jt joined to a toe-side end of the top-side flange FL1. A body missing portion ms1 in which the body member bd1 is not present is provided between the toe joint portion Jt and the heel joint portion Jh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Kii
  • Patent number: 10322318
    Abstract: Multi-piece golf balls containing a multi-layered core structure having layers with different hardness gradients and specific gravities are provided. The core structure includes a small, heavy inner core (center) having a relatively high specific gravity with metal material preferably dispersed in a first thermoset composition. The intermediate core layer is preferably formed from a thermoplastic composition such as an ethylene acid copolymer ionomer resin; and the outer core layer is preferably formed from a second thermoset composition. The resulting ball has high resiliency and good spin control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Sullivan, Mark L. Binette