Patents Examined by Sebastiano Passaniti
  • Patent number: 10413788
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with turbulators and methods to manufacture golf club heads with turbulators are generally described herein. In many embodiments, the turbulators are located on the crown and include a plurality of ridges disposed on the crown. Each ridge includes a base, a top surface, a ridge apex, a front surface, and a rear surface. The turbulators are positioned on the forward most portion of the crown. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Erik M. Henrikson, Paul D. Wood, John Hart, Marty R. Jertson, Ryan M. Stokke, Xiaojian Chen
  • Patent number: 10406410
    Abstract: Iron-type golf club heads are disclosed having a heel portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, a top-line portion, a front portion, a rear portion, and a striking face. The iron-type golf club heads include a flexible boundary structure (“FBS”) that is provided at one or more locations on the club head. The flexible boundary structure may comprise, in several embodiments, a slot, a channel, a gap, a thinned or weakened region, or other structure that enhances the capability of an adjacent or related portion of the golf club head to flex or deflect and to thereby provide a desired improvement in the performance of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret H. Wahl, Scott Taylor, Peter L. Larsen, Joshua J. Dipert
  • Patent number: 10406421
    Abstract: A club mountable golfing aid is operable to indicate to a golfer a location at which a training golf ball contacts a striking surface of the club mountable golfing aid when the club mountable golfing aid is mounted on a golf club. The club mountable golfing aid includes an attachment mechanism that is configured to mount the club mountable golfing aid to a head of a golf club. The club mountable golfing aid includes the striking surface. The striking surface covers at least a portion of the face of the golf club when the club mountable golfing aid is mounted on the head of the golf club. The striking surface is operable to attach to and retain a training golf ball at about a point of contact between the striking surface and the training golf ball when a golfer strikes the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Fighting Golf LLC
    Inventor: Tiffany Faucette
  • Patent number: 10406411
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf clubs with grooves and methods of manufacture thereof are described herein. In one embodiment of a golf club described herein, the golf club has a head with a body. The body has a strike face with channels and at least one insert located within at least one of the channels. At least one of the channels comprises a single groove, and the insert forms at least a portion of the single groove. At least one of the channels comprises an opening on the strike face that is narrower than a bottom of the at least one of the channels. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: John A. Solheim
  • Patent number: 10406407
    Abstract: A golf club head having elevated internal weighting that improves ball speed, reduces backspin, and increases launch angle is disclosed herein. In particular, the golf club head comprises a hollow body with a face, sole, and elevated weight bar, which is disposed inside the body and is fixed to heel and toe sides of the body, preferably with mechanical fasteners such as screws or bolts. The weight bar bridges a central portion of the sole, and a central section of the weight bar, which preferably comprises at least 50% of the overall mass of the weight bar, extends towards the face without actually making contact with the face. The sole also includes at least one slot extending perpendicular to the face and underneath the central section of the weight bar, the slot having a front-to-back length that is greater than a maximum front-to-back length of the weight bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, Bradley C. Rice, William C. Watson, Irina Ivanova, Joel B. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10391371
    Abstract: A golf club head including a hosel, a ball striking face, a sole extending aftward from a lower edge of the ball striking face, a crown extending aftward from an upper edge of the ball striking face, a skirt extending between the sole and the crown, a weight mount including a recess disposed on at least one of the sole, the crown, and the skirt, a weight member located in the recess, wherein the weight mount is configured to house the weight member in a plurality of positions within the weight mount, a retainer spanning the recess, wherein the weight mount comprises a bevel configured to receive a portion of the retainer, wherein the retainer comprises an angled abutment surface at a first end of the retainer configured to engage the bevel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Stephanie Luttrell, Thomas Orrin Bennett
  • Patent number: 10391369
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention are directed to golf club having a crown a sole and a face and a primary alignment feature including a paint or masking line which delineates the transition between at least a first portion of the crown having an area of contrasting shade or color with the shade or color of the face. In some embodiments the golf club has a primary alignment feature comprising a paint or masking line which delineates the transition between at least a first portion of the crown having an area of contrasting shade or color and the area of shade or color of the face and the club head also includes a secondary alignment feature including a paint or masking line which delineates the transition between the first portion of the crown having an area of contrasting shade or color with the shade or color of the face; and a second portion of the crown having an area of contrasting shade or color with the shade or color of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Greaney, Andrew Kickertz, Todd P. Beach, Craig Richard Slyfield
  • Patent number: 10376757
    Abstract: A golf club head, including a weight system including an adjustable weight including an aperture, the aperture dimensioned to receive a fastener, a bore formed in the sole, a fastener configured to pass through the aperture of the adjustable weight and engage the bore, wherein rotation of the adjustable weight alters the location of the center of gravity of the body, wherein the adjustable weight comprises a first engaging arm and a second engaging arm, wherein the sole of the golf club head comprises a first engagement member and a second engagement member, the first and second engagement members adapted to engage any one of the engaging arms when the adjustable weight is in the locked position, the first and second engagement members preventing the adjustable weight from rotating relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Charles E. Golden, Mark C. Myrhum
  • Patent number: 10376758
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body having a crown defining a perimeter of the club head, a sole opposite the crown, a toe end opposite a heel end, a back end, and a hosel, the body further including a club face, an exterior side, an interior side, a head center of gravity, and a weight member positioned on one of the exterior side or the interior side of the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 10369431
    Abstract: A head includes a head body and a face plate fixed to the head body. The face plate includes a plate front surface, a plate back surface, and a plate side surface. The plate back surface includes a center of figure. The head body includes a receiving surface which supports the plate back surface from rear. An outer peripheral edge part of the plate back surface includes a projection part which abuts on the receiving surface. If a toe-side region, a top-side region, and a sole-side region of the projection part are defined as a first section, and a heel-side region of the projection part is defined as a second section, then a width of the projection part is varied in the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Nakamura, Daisuke Kohno
  • Patent number: 10369434
    Abstract: Putters include a putter body having a ball striking face member made of a material having a first hardness characteristic. A cavity is defined in the putter body behind the ball striking face member, and plural openings are defined in the ball striking face member extending rearward with respect to the ball striking face member and into the cavity. A polymeric material at least partially fills the openings and the cavity, wherein the polymeric material has a second hardness characteristic that is softer than the first hardness characteristic. The ball striking face member and the polymeric material exposed in at least some of the openings provide a ball striking surface of the putter. The ball striking surface may include grooves or scorelines to affect the launch angle, spin, and/or roll of the ball during a putt. Methods for making such putter devices also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Stites, David N. Franklin
  • Patent number: 10369436
    Abstract: A ball striking device has a head that includes a metal face configured for striking a ball, a rearwardly extending metal band, a top piece, and a bottom piece. The metal band has a first end extending from one side of the face, a second end extending from the opposite side of the face, and a rear portion extending between the first and second ends and defining at least a portion of the rear periphery of the head. The top piece and the bottom piece are non-metallic or substantially non-metallic. The top piece is connected to the top side of the metal band and forms at least a portion of a top side of the head, and the bottom piece is connected to the bottom side of the metal band and forms at least a portion of a bottom side of the head. The top piece and the bottom piece are separated by the metal band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: David S. Lee
  • Patent number: 10363469
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of adjustable golf clubs comprising features which allow for the adjustment of a lie angle, a loft angle, or both a lie angle and a loft angle of the golf club. In some embodiments, a golf club head includes a body and a hosel, the hosel including an adjustment screw which can be tightened or loosened to adjust the lie and/or loft angles of a golf club head. In some embodiments, certain angles of a golf club head's geometry can be continuously adjustable through a predetermined range of angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Bret H. Wahl, Scott Taylor, Peter L. Larsen
  • Patent number: 10363466
    Abstract: Golf club heads with cavities and inserts, and methods to manufacture golf club heads with cavities. Various embodiments include a golf club head comprising a body. The body comprises a strikeface at a front of the golf club head, a backface opposite the strikeface, a heel region, a toe region opposite the heel region, a sole, a rear portion at a rear of the golf club head, and a cavity located between the backface and the rear portion. In many embodiments, the body further comprises an insert within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Petersen, Les J. Bryant, James D. Glover, Richard D. MacMillan, Xiaojian Chen, Martin R. Jertson, Yujen Huang, Jacob T. Clarke, Tyler A. Shaw, William D. Shearer, Travis D. Milleman
  • Patent number: 10357698
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head with a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball and being defined by a plurality of peripheral edges, a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the peripheral edges of the face, and a sole member connected to the sole of the body. The sole member may be removably connected to the sole, which can permit removal and replacement with another sole member having a different property. The sole member may additionally or alternately be movably connected to the sole, which can permit adjustment of the sole member, such as to change the lie angle of the head. The sole member may be at least partially received in a receiver in the sole and may form at least a portion of the lowermost surface of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew G. V. Oldknow, William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 10350468
    Abstract: A golf club head has a striking face. A ledge extends from the perimeter contact rim of the golf club head. The striking face is secured to the club head body proximate the rim. There is a gap between the striking face and the ledge. The inner wall's perimeter edge is disposed in the gap and is in contact with the ledge. The rear surface of the striking face is in contact with a portion of the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan Hebreo, Nick Frame
  • Patent number: 10343037
    Abstract: A golf club head has a striking face. A ledge extends from the perimeter contact rim of the golf club head. The striking face is secured to the club head body proximate the rim. There is a gap between the striking face and the ledge. The inner wall's perimeter edge is disposed in the gap and is in contact with the ledge. The rear surface of the striking face is in contact with a portion of the inner wall. The sole of the golf club can be removable and provide a sole groove to allow the inner wall to be inserted behind the striking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Hebreo, Oswaldo Gonzalez, Joshua G. Breier
  • Patent number: 10343031
    Abstract: The invention provides a golf club head with an openwork (e.g., lattice-like or trellis-like) internal structural element that provides strength and stiffening at key points of the club head and/or attenuates sound while adding little to the overall mass due to the defined or irregular patterns of holes, piercings, gaps, or apertures through surfaces of the material. A golf club head may be given an openwork internal rib that reinforces regions of high strain, thereby minimizing material fatigue and preventing early breakage of the club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventors: Cameron J. Day, D. Clayton Evans, Steven M. Mitzel
  • Patent number: 10343036
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body and a face plate insert. The body includes an annular face support having a recessed shelf configured to receive the face plate insert, and partially defining a central cavity. The face plate insert includes a hitting surface and a rear surface that is opposite the hitting surface. The face plate insert is disposed within the annular face such that the rear surface of the face plate insert abuts the recessed shelf. The face plate insert includes a polymeric material that is disposed across the cavity and that has a tensile strength of at least about 220 MPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond J. Sander
  • Patent number: 10343032
    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: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Grant M. Martens, David S. Cornelius, Sang Yi, Ryuichi Sugimae, Joshua G. Breier, Thomas Orrin Bennett, Nick Frame, Stephen S. Murphy, Mitchell E. Bac, Stephanie Luttrell