Patents Examined by Nini Legesse
  • Patent number: 10300333
    Abstract: A shoe pod includes a positioning component and an altimeter. The positioning component determines geodetic locations of the shoe, whereas the altimeter determines elevations of the shoe. A golf club pod is disposed at the golf club and includes a golf club parameter detector operable to be detachably fastened to the golf club, to detect a golf club head striking surface position and to transmit the detected club parameter signal based on the detected golf club parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Dau, Angela Nelligan, F. Grant Kovach, Mark A. Oleson
  • Patent number: 10300352
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as an iron-type golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface and a body connected to the face. The body has a sole surface extending rearward from a leading edge of the face, and a toe surface extending rearward from a toe edge of the face. The sole surface configured to confront the playing surface. The iron-type club head may have an elongated channel extending from a heel side in the sole member to an end point within the toe surface. The elongated channel is recessed from the sole surface and toe surfaces and is spaced from the leading and toe edges of the face. The iron-type club head may also have a plurality of weighting elements that are adjustable by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Daraskavich, Jamil Jacaman, Matthew Brian Neeley, Michael R. Pinto, Nathaniel J. Radcliffe, Robert Horacek
  • Patent number: 10286278
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an athletic performance monitoring device that could be worn over a limb of an athlete for assessing the motions of the limb. The device comprises of a flexible sleeve that could be worn around the limb; an elongated flexible member that can be mounted over the flexible sleeve and multiple motion sensors embedded at appropriate positions over the elongated flexible member for sensing the motions of the limb. The device is particularly useful in the sport of cricket wherein the device could be mounted over the bowling arm of the bowler for differentiating between the illegal and legal bowling action by assessing the kinematics of the elbow joint during the latter stages of ball delivery. Further the device may be configured for monitoring the arm force, action time, and twist in the bowler's arm just before the ball is released in the course of ball delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Abdullah Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10252106
    Abstract: A golf swing analysis apparatus for analyzing a swing action of a golf club is provided. The golf swing analysis apparatus comprises an acquisition unit configured to acquire a measurement value obtained by measuring the swing action using a measurement device; a grip behavior derivation unit configured to derive a behavior of a grip of the golf club that occurs during the swing action, based on the measurement value; and a shoulder behavior derivation unit configured to derive a behavior of a pseudo shoulder of a golfer that occurs during the swing action, based on the behavior of the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kousuke Okazaki, Masahiko Ueda, Masatoshi Kato, Yuki Nagano
  • Patent number: 10252178
    Abstract: A toy assembly includes: a platform configured to receive an object in a space extending from the platform; a dock configured to receive and hold a portable imaging device associated with a field of view, the dock being positioned relative to the platform such that the space extending from the platform overlaps with the field of view of the imaging device when the imaging device is received and held in the dock; a physical input configured to move in response to an applied manual force; and a movable connection between the physical input and the platform, the movable connection configured to move the platform relative to the imaging device in response to receiving a manual force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Reid, William Gajda, Benjamin Parry Taylor
  • Patent number: 10245479
    Abstract: A golf club head made out of multi-material is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention has at least a portion of the body of the golf club head that is further comprised out of a base layer and a lightweight cover layer. The base layer may have a plurality of cutouts to help reduce unnecessary mass and the lightweight cover layer may be made out of an ultra-lightweight material to further reduce the unnecessary mass. The present invention achieves this without sacrificing the sound performance of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Stephen S. Murphy, Charles E. Golden, Mark C. Myrhum, Richard L. Cleghorn, Uday V. Deshmukh, Nick Frame
  • Patent number: 10232230
    Abstract: A golf club head made out of multi-material is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention has at least a portion of the body of the golf club head that is further comprised out of a base layer and a lightweight cover layer. The base layer may have a plurality of cutouts to help reduce unnecessary mass and the lightweight cover layer may be made out of an ultra-lightweight material to further reduce the unnecessary mass. The resulting golf club head may generally have a deep CG wherein the CG-B location is about 37 mm, and a CG-C location is greater than about 30 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Doug M. Takehara, Gentry Ferguson, Mark C. Myrhum
  • Patent number: 10213676
    Abstract: A golf training device with audio and visual/touch cues for independent golf swing training in an absence of a golf instructor includes a tube having a first end and a second end and an outer surface. A hand grip is disposed at least in part about the outer surface of the tube. A sliding mass is disposed slidingly within the tube, the sliding mass including a chamfer on at least one end of the sliding mass. A ball holding rod is mechanically coupled to the second end of the tube has a ball hold rod first end and a ball hold rod second end. A ball is mechanically coupled to the second end of the ball holding rod. A club head stem extends into a club head, the club head stem is mechanically coupled to the first end of the tube to rigidly affix the club head to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MN Sport Products, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Nowicki
  • Patent number: 10213673
    Abstract: A golf device including an elongated portion. The golf device may include a sub elongated portion recessed in the elongated portion. The golf device may include an arch portion slideably engageable inside the sub elongated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Peyton Webb Robertson
  • Patent number: 10213674
    Abstract: A golf device including an elongated portion. A sub elongated portion may be recessed in the elongated portion. An arch portion may be slideably engageable inside the sub elongated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Peyton Webb Robertson
  • Patent number: 10201739
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a system for monitoring a swing is provided that includes (1) a swing measurement device adapted to couple to a swinging object and to output a signal indicative of a characteristic of the swinging object; (2) a wireless transmitter coupled to the swing measurement device and adapted to wirelessly transmit the signal output by the swing measurement device; and (3) a wireless device adapted to receive the wirelessly transmitted signal and to provide information regarding the swinging object based on the received signal. The wireless device is a cellular telephone or personal digital assistant (PDA). Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Patent number: 10195510
    Abstract: A golf alignment aid comprising: a first bracket including a first portion, a second portion adjacent to the first portion, and a third portion adjacent to the second portion; the second portion including a first channel and a second channel oriented parallel with the first channel, and a third channel configured to receive a first alignment stick, and a second bracket including a first rail slidably received within the first channel, a second rail oriented parallel with the first rail and slidably received within the second channel, and a cradle positioned between the first rail and the second rail; the cradle configured to receive a second alignment stick oriented perpendicular to the first alignment stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew W. Simone
  • Patent number: 10173121
    Abstract: A hand wearable visual training aid device worn by the hand of a golfer and for use with a golf club having a clubface is presented and described herein. The hand wearable visual training aid device includes a glove or hand strap and a clubface guide post mounted to the glove or hand strap. A clubface guide post mounted on the hand wearable visual training aid device is used to visually assist and guide the wrist of the golfer which, in turn, promotes clubface alignment prior to impact, providing a better strike and center hit for achieving greater accuracy and distance on the golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Edward Bates Watson
  • Patent number: 10143906
    Abstract: A golf device including an elongated portion. A first sub elongated portion may be recessed in the elongated portion. A second sub elongated portion may be recessed in the elongated portion. An arch portion may be slideably engageable inside the first sub elongated portion and the second sub elongated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Peyton Webb Robertson
  • Patent number: 10137351
    Abstract: A green simulation apparatus having a configurable upper surface with a changeable contour may comprise a covering forming the upper surface and a covering support assembly configured to support the covering. The support assembly may comprise a plurality of movable positioning elements having the covering resting thereon and positioned in an array extending in a reference plane and movable along axes extending substantially perpendicular to the reference plane. The support assembly may comprise a movement actuator configured to move at least one of the positioning elements independently of other positioning elements in the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Full-Swing Golf, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Coffman
  • Patent number: 10137349
    Abstract: A golf training aid comprising a flexible arm band adapted to releasably fasten, a flexible strip having a first end and a second end and at the first end and the second end a closed loop is formed, wherein at substantially the midpoint of the flexible strip is attached to the flexible arm band, a first band detachably attached to the flexible strip through the closed loop at the first end, a second band is detachably attached to the flexible strip through the closed loop at the second end, and a securing mechanism attached to the second end of the first band and the second end of the second end by the detachable connects, and the securing mechanism is designed to secure to a golfer's clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Marcus Deinlein
  • Patent number: 10137327
    Abstract: A sports training aid is configured to help improve a player's skills in the game of lacrosse. The sports training aid can embody a lacrosse stick with a head and shaft. In one implementation, the lacrosse stick includes one or more sensors that change state. A controller couples with the sensors to administer one or more training modes. Each training mode can cause the controller to associate the change in state of the sensors in response to movement of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Marc Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10130859
    Abstract: This disclosure presents a training device and return for practice or game play so that when a ball is directed toward the target, the ball can either impact the target face or pass through one of a plurality of holes in the target face. The training device may be adjustable for use with different sized balls and the return may be automated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Russell Riley
  • Patent number: 10124230
    Abstract: A method for analyzing sensor data from baseball swings (or swings in similar sports) that transforms data into a reference frame defined by the bat orientation and velocity at impact. The trajectory of the sweet spot of the bat is tracked through the swing, and is analyzed to generate metrics describing the swing. A two-lever model of the swing may be used to model the effects of body rotation and wrist rotation. Data may be analyzed to identify relevant events during the swing such as start of downswing, commit (wrist release), on-plane, peak bat speed, and impact. Illustrative swing metrics derived from the sweet spot trajectory, the swing plane reference frame, and the two-lever model include: forward bat speed, on-plane rotation, hinge angle at commit, hinge angle at impact, body rotation ratio, body tilt angle, and swing plane tilt angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Blast Motion Inc.
    Inventors: James Thornbrue, Patrick Cherveny, Bhaskar Bose, Michael Bentley, Ryan Kaps
  • Patent number: 10124229
    Abstract: A golf swing training aid for teaching a golfer to maintain a steady head when swinging a golf club. The golf swing training aid comprises an elongated straight rod attached to the ground, a curved hose section slidable over the elongated straight rod which can be extended and retracted, a hose arc section which is formed from the curved hose when the curved hose is extended longitudinally, a constant tension stopper imparting a stopping action when the curved hose is extended longitudinally, a ball attached to the end of the curved hose, wherein a golfer attaches the elongated rod to the ground, extends the slidable curved hose over the elongated straight rod forming a hose arc section, adjusting the hose arc section to the proper height for the golfer's head to come in contact with the ball providing a steadying action for the golfer to learn to maintain a steady head when swinging a golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Timothy John McManaman