Patents Examined by Michael Dennis
  • Patent number: 10258844
    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: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 10258858
    Abstract: A golf swing training device is provided with a hoop positioned above and inclined relative to an operating surface; a support frame connected to and adapted to support the hoop; and a carriage. The carriage has a body portion, a club holder being pivotally connected to the body portion, and a roller dolly being connected to the body portion, the roller dolly being secured to the hoop and adapted to rotate around a circumference of the hoop, wherein a longitudinal club shaft axis of the club holder is angularly offset relative to a plane which is perpendicular to an axis of symmetry of the hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bellasilky Investments Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Timothy Kierath, Gary Bortz
  • Patent number: 10245487
    Abstract: In general, aspects of this invention relate to golf clubs or golf club components incorporating adjustment members that permit ready adjustability of golf club parameters and/or interchangeability of golf club components to change a golf club configuration, and methods for providing golf clubs. According to aspects of this invention, an adjustment member may be utilized to allow the adjustability of a golf club parameter to change a golf club configuration, while ensuring there is substantially no change to other club or club head variables, parameters or characteristics. According to another aspect of this invention, an adjustment member may be utilized to allow the adjustability of two golf club parameters independently to change a golf club configuration, while ensuring there is substantially no change to other club or club head variables, parameters or characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Arluna, Robert Boyd, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Eric A. Larson, Robert Lukasiewicz, Jr., George W. Moody, Jr., Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Raymond J. Sander, John T. Stites
  • Patent number: 10245478
    Abstract: A golf club head includes: a crown portion; a sole portion; a face portion; and a hosel portion. The crown portion includes a concave portion that starts from the face portion, passes through a boundary portion of the hosel portion and the crown portion, and extends toward a back side. The concave portion includes a range from the face portion toward the back side where a width of the concave portion is larger than a depth of the concave portion. The range passes on a toe side of the hosel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadahiro Narita, Wataru Ban
  • Patent number: 10245474
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball where the face has multiple thickness regions. The face has a center region, an upper region, a lower region, a toe region, and a heel region. The upper and lower regions have a ramped thickness extending from a center region to an upper and lower edge of the face. The heel and toe regions have a constant face thickness and have a thickness less than the other regions. Additionally, the club head body has a flange where the face is welded to the club head body. The flange has a thickness that is greater than the thickness of the heel and toe regions of the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Kevin Harper, Eric A. Larson, Michael T. Prichard, Hiromitsu Akiyama, Yoshimasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 10238924
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with aerodynamic features and related methods are described herein. Various embodiments of the golf club heads with aerodynamic features and related methods include a golf club head comprising a body. In many embodiments, the body comprises a strikeface, a heel region, a toe region opposite the heel region, a sole, a crown, a trailing edge between the sole and the crown, a back opposite the strikeface, and one or more cavities located at least at one of: the back and in the sole adjacent to the trailing edge; or the back and in the trailing edge. Other examples and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Sina Ghods, Xiaojian Chen, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 10238925
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole and have a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole, wherein the channel comprises a center portion extending across a center of the sole, a heel portion extending from a heel end of the center portion toward the heel, and a toe portion extending from a toe end of the center portion toward the toe, wherein the width and the depth of the center portion of the channel are substantially constant, and wherein the depth of the channel is greater at the heel and toe portions than at the center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Eric A. Larson, Andrew G. v. Oldknow, Michael T. Prichard, Nathaniel J. Radcliffe, Robert M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10232231
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body having a crown opposite a sole, a toe end opposite a heel end, a back end, and a hosel. The golf club head also includes a club face having a loft below a loft threshold in which increasing a coefficient of friction between a golf ball and the club face decreases the spin imparted on the golf ball after impact with the club face. A surface feature positioned on a portion of the club face is configured to increase the coefficient of friction between the golf ball and the club face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Jertson, Ryan Stokke, Evan Greer, Calvin Wang, Erik Henrikson
  • Patent number: 10235842
    Abstract: A method for playing a value-variable game of chance includes providing a random number generator including one or more walls forming a grid, the grid including an entrance zone and a finishing zone, and the grid being configured to support a transit of a puck from the entrance zone to the finishing zone; providing the finishing zone as including two or more finishing positions, each of the finishing positions configured to receive the puck, and each of the finishing positions being assigned a different finishing position value; providing the grid as including one or more deflectors; introducing a puck into the grid at the entrance zone and subjecting the puck to a force to drive the puck to the finishing zone, and allowing the puck to be deflected off any of the deflectors that it impacts during the puck's transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GLASSMAN PRODUCTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Glassman
  • Patent number: 10220272
    Abstract: A golf club head with a multi-level badge is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention is an iron type golf club head with a multi-level badge that on one level contacts a rear surface of the striking face of the golf club head, and a second level of the multi-level badge contacts a rear surface of a cavity created by the chassis of the golf club head. The gap created between the striking face of the golf club head and the rear of the chassis could be filled with a fluid that has a temperature variable viscosity, providing vibration attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Oswaldo Gonzalez, Marni D. Ines, Gery M. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10220269
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with aerodynamic shape and related methods are described herein. Various embodiments of the golf club heads with aerodynamic shape and related methods include a golf club head comprising a body. In many embodiments, the body comprises a heel region, a toe region opposite the heel region, a faceplate, a crown, and a sole opposite the crown. In many embodiments, the faceplate comprises a faceplate height measured perpendicularly to a ground plane when the golf club head is at an address position and a faceplate width measured from the heel region to the toe region and in a direction perpendicular to the faceplate height. In some embodiments, the crown comprises an inflection point located at an inflection distance from the faceplate, the inflection distance measured from a center of the faceplate and perpendicularly to the faceplate height. Other examples and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 10208434
    Abstract: A sports field comprises a base structure and a cover. The cover is at least partly permeable to fluid, especially water. The base structure comprises voids for containing fluid. The base structure forms a substantially continuous deck supporting the cover. The cover comprises or is formed by an artificial sports layer, such as artificial grass. At least a number of the voids are in fluid communication with each other. Wick elements are provided fluidly connecting at least a number of the voids with the cover for supplying fluid from the voids to the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Permavoid Limited
    Inventors: Carolus Hermanus van Raam, Andrew Bryan Shuttleworth, Paul David Culleton
  • Patent number: 10207159
    Abstract: A shaft of a golf club includes a reverse-tapered engagement part. The reverse-tapered engagement part includes a sleeve having a reverse-tapered shape, and a reverse-tapered outer surface. A hosel part of a head includes a reverse-tapered inner surface and a hosel slit. A hosel hole includes the reverse-tapered inner surface having a shape corresponding to that of the reverse-tapered outer surface. Either one of the reverse-tapered outer surface and the reverse-tapered inner surface includes an abutting engagement surface and a non-abutting engagement surface. The other of the reverse-tapered outer surface and the reverse-tapered inner surface includes a first abutting surface and the second abutting surface. In the golf club, a first state and a second state in which club lengths are different from each other can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masahide Onuki, Yuki Motokawa, Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10188916
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a golf club head comprising a body, at least one weight assembly, and at least one brace bar. The body defines an interior cavity and a face portion at the forward region of the body and comprising a strike face with an area of at least 3000 mm^2 and a maximum height from a ground plane of at least about 50 mm. The body further comprises at least one weight track formed in the sole portion. The at least one weight assembly is selectively adjustably positioned within the at least one weight track. The at least one brace bar traverses the interior cavity between and is attached to the at least one weight track and the crown portion. A mass per unit length of the brace bar is between 0.005 g/mm and 0.40 g/mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Harbert, Jake Feuerstein, Mattieu Bovee
  • Patent number: 10188915
    Abstract: Described herein is a golf club head that comprises a body and a face portion. The golf club head further comprises at least one stiffener, at least partially within the interior cavity and directly coupled to the face portion at a location with an x-axis coordinate, of a club head origin coordinate system of the golf club head, greater than 20 mm and less than 50 mm or greater than ?50 mm and less than ?20 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Hoffman, Matthew D. Johnson, Todd Beach
  • Patent number: 10188914
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a crown portion and a face portion. The crown portion includes a first protruding portion arranged on the side of the face portion, and a second protruding portion arranged on the back side to be adjacent to the first protruding portion. The width of the first protruding portion in the face-back direction on a plane passing through the face center of the face portion and extending in the vertical direction is smaller than the width of the second protruding portion in the face-back direction. The protruding height of the second protruding portion is larger than the protruding height of the first protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadahiro Narita, Wataru Ban
  • Patent number: 10188922
    Abstract: The putting game device provides a rigid putting surface with an attached green that leads to a ramp. The ramp and putting surface store within a housing to create a mobile game that is easily stored and transported. The housing includes a support to angle the housing and the game board for play. Each game board provides at least one cup, preferably multiple cups, for the user to putt the ball into. The targets may be simple holes in the game board or the targets may be a raised target that extends vertically above the game board. The game device also enables the installation of different game boards for different target arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas A Bahash
  • Patent number: 10190843
    Abstract: A magazine for projectiles in a simulated weapon includes a housing defining an internal chamber. A gas inlet is situated at an inlet portion of the internal chamber. An outlet situated at an outlet portion of the internal chamber. The internal chamber of the housing is shaped to accommodate a series of spherical projectiles. A restraining element is positioned at the outlet portion of the internal chamber. The restraining element restrains a lead projectile of the series of projectiles against pressure from pressurized gas applied to the gas inlet. The restraining element releases the lead projectile as pressure within the internal chamber rises. The magazine can be integrated in a simulated grenade, simulated shotgun shell, and similar devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Carlton le Loong Chong
  • Patent number: 10183204
    Abstract: An insert for a golf club head, wherein the insert includes a generally planar base surface and a maximum thickness, Tmax, measured perpendicular to the base surface. The insert further includes a first component comprising a non-metallic material, and a second component coupled to the first component and comprising a continuous, formed metal sheet having a thickness between 0.01 mm and 3.0 mm, the second component extending a maximum distance, D, in a direction perpendicular to the base surface, that is no less than 6 mm. The insert is configured such that a ratio D/Tmax is no less than 0.50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD
    Inventors: Keith Dolezel, Nick Trahan, Phillip Seagram, Mika Becktor
  • Patent number: 10179293
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a waterslide comprising an upstream flume segment having a first cross-section, the upstream flume segment defining a first slide path, and a downstream flume segment having a second cross-section different than the first cross-section, the downstream flume segment defining a second slide path. The waterslide further comprises an angled transition linking the upstream flume segment to the downstream flume segment, wherein the angled transition defines a discontinuity between the upstream and downstream flume segments, thereby defining an inflection between the first and second slide paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: WHITEWATER WEST INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventor: Daniel Brassard