Patents Examined by William M. Pierce
  • Patent number: 10709940
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a face including a ball striking surface, a sole defining the bottom of the golf club head, and an external rib in a recess that is formed in the external surface of the golf club head. The external rib includes a first rib, a second rib, and a third rib. The first rib is elongated in the toe-heel direction of the golf club head. The second rib is elongated in the face-back direction of the golf club head. The third rib extends continuously from the first rib to the second rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomonori Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10695627
    Abstract: In general, aspects of this invention relate to blade-type iron golf clubs or golf club heads. The blade-type golf club head may comprise a body forged of a metal material. The body may include a hosel, a top surface, a sole, a heel, a toe, a ball striking surface, and a rear surface opposite the ball striking surface. The rear surface may have recess in which a dual-density insert is affixed. The dual-density insert may have a first portion or first insert with a density greater than a second portion or second insert with a lesser density located closer to the toe than the first portion or first insert located closer to the heel. The mass distribution of the dual-density insert moves the center of gravity of the club head closer or substantially coincident to the face center location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Jeremy N. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10688353
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head having a club face provide with a plurality of grooves extending in the toe-heel direction, satisfies the following conditions (1) the loft angle of the club head is not more than 41 degrees, (2) the thickness of the club head is not more than 23 mm, (3) the height of the club face measured along the club face at the position of the most toe-side end of the grooves is not less than 53 mm, (4) in a standard state of the club head set on a horizontal plane at the lie angle and loft angle specified for the club head, the ratio M/Sh (g sq·cm/mm) of a moment M of inertia (g sq·cm) around a first axis passing through a sweet spot in parallel with the club face and perpendicularly to the grooves, and a sweet spot height Sh (mm) which is the vertical height from the horizontal plane to the sweet spot is not less than 152.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Norimura
  • Patent number: 10688351
    Abstract: A golf club head having good forgiveness and playability includes a body having an interior cavity, favorable aerodynamic profile and favorable CG location. The club head may include a crown having a peripheral edge located low relative to a ground plane, stepped down crown and overlying shroud, generally flat sole, inverted aft skirt section, aft cavity, cantilevered lightweight shroud, and/or two interior chambers, one of which may have an external opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John Harbert, Joseph Reeve Nielson, Robert Nunez, Nathan T. Sargent, Christian Reber Wester
  • Patent number: 10688350
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with energy storage characteristics are presented herein. In some embodiments, a golf club head comprises a body comprising a strikeface, a heel region, a toe region opposite the heel region, a sole, a crown, and an internal radius transition from the strikeface to at least one of the sole or the crown. In many embodiments, the internal radius transition region is not visible from an exterior of the golf club head and comprises a first tier, a second tier and a tier transition region between the first tier and the second tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Eric J. Morales, Cory S. Bacon, Calvin Wang, Xiaojian Chen, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 10682568
    Abstract: The disclosure herein is directed to a gaming system that comprises a game board, a field position indicator, a line of scrimmage stick, projectiles, and a method of play involving these components. The game board can be configured to hinge at a location that is conducive for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Dion Hanson
  • Patent number: 10668337
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a golf club head with an arcuate port structure and tuning element. Other embodiments for related golf club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Petersen, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 10668335
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a face, a crown, a sole, and defines a bore that is configured to receive and to selectively retain an elongate weight. The bore is aligned on a longitudinal axis that intersects the face. An elongate weight is insertable into the bore. The elongate weight is rotatable between a first angular position and a second angular position. The golf club head can further include a compliant stop positioned to contact a protrusion of the elongate weight, such that a torque threshold must be overcome to rotate the elongate weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua Boggs
  • Patent number: 10639539
    Abstract: A golf practice board to indicate a club head's path along a ground surface to improve a golfer's swing may include a frame with a bottom surface; a mat secured within the frame; and a plurality of multi-colored discs pivotably attached to a top surface of the mat, wherein an obverse surface of the multi-colored discs has a different color than a reverse surface of the multi-colored discs. The board may also include a cushioning material positioned between the frame and the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Jon Longo
  • Patent number: 10617916
    Abstract: The present invention is a golf club head containing a multicomponent weight system comprising a weight member, a cap, and a fastener. The weight member comprises of an upper surface, side surface, one or more splines, one or more slits, an aperture, and one or more bores. The cap comprises an aperture and at least one post. The fastener comprises a head portion and body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Travis D. Milleman, Cory S. Bacon, Les Bryant, David A. Higdon
  • Patent number: 10617920
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body and a stiffening structure is disclosed herein. The body comprises a face section, a sole section, and a crown section, and defines a hollow interior. The stiffening structure extends within the hollow interior from the crown section to the sole section to reduce stresses placed on the face section during impact with a golf ball. The stiffening structure is entirely located within 0.500 inch of a rear surface of the face section measured along a plane normal to the center of the face, and within 1 inch of the center of the face section along a horizontal axis parallel to the face section, and comprises heel and toe connectors connected to one another by a middle connector, such that the stiffening structure has an approximately X- or H-overall shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Christopher A. G. Nunez, James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers, Denver Holt, Evan D. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 10617928
    Abstract: A Bowling Visual Swing Training Apparatus is disclosed. The embodiment specifically relates to training devices which assist a bowler in the development of correct and proper swing fundamentals. The embodiment utilizes laser line technology to provide an optical indication of the directional and rotational aspects of the bowling arm and hand throughout the swing as they relate to a preferred swing reference line, as a means of training and improving one's swing fundamentals and technique. The embodiment is compact in size, made of durable plastic, or other lightweight material, and is designed to be worn on a single finger, primarily, but not specifically, the index finger. The embodiment combines the laser module and its battery power pack into one compact unit, affixed to a comfortable finger plate that conforms to the user's finger, and is attached to the finger by means of elastic Velcro straps or other suitable securing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Marvin John Rozner, Richard Clay Steelsmith
  • Patent number: 10589154
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body and a plurality of adjustable stiffening members is disclosed herein. The body comprises a face section, a sole section, and a crown section or a return section, and also defines a hollow interior. Each of the plurality of stiffening members is at least partially disposed within the hollow interior, and extends from the crown section or return section to the sole section to reduce stresses placed on the face during impact with a golf ball. The stiffening members, each of which comprises a rod and a tube, may be adjusted to be in compression or tension, thereby preloading the body and affecting the stresses experienced by the golf club head upon impact with a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Christopher A. G. Nunez, Matthew Myers, Denver Holt
  • Patent number: 10569158
    Abstract: A bowling pin setter mechanism comprising a vertically-arranged lift assembly and a combined spot and re-spotting assembly. The latter includes a top member including a chute, the top member configured to move in a top plane; a bottom member including a bottom opening having an area of a first size and a support plate disposed adjacent the bottom opening, the bottom member disposed in a bottom plane; a middle member including a middle opening and a channel extending from the middle opening at a neck area, the middle member disposed between the top member and the bottom member, the middle member configured to move in a middle plane parallel to the top plane and the bottom plane; and an actuator configured for lowering and raising an aggregate group of said top, middle and bottom members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Philip Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10561908
    Abstract: A golf club head including a face portion having an improved restitution factor is provided. The golf club head has a hollow structure and includes a face portion, a crown portion, a sole portion, and a side portion. The crown portion includes a first region that spreads out forward of a boundary line that extends from a heel side to a toe side, and a second region that spreads out rearward of the boundary line and is thinner than the first region. The crown portion further includes a protruding portion formed at position that is in a vicinity of the boundary line, is on the second region, and is rearward of the boundary line via a gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10561910
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body, a first polymeric insert, and a second polymeric insert. The body includes a face, a sole, and a rear wall that collectively define an undercut volume. The first polymeric insert is provided within the undercut volume to define a sealed cavity within the undercut volume; and, the second polymeric insert is secured to the body and defines an open cavity extending from the rear wall toward the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Matt Daraskavich, Brian J. Kammerer, Michael Pinto
  • Patent number: 10532261
    Abstract: A bowling ball launcher has a frame and a rail oriented from a front of the frame to a back of the frame. A push pad is configured to slide along the rail. An elastic mechanism is coupled to the push pad and extends toward the front of the frame. A winch is coupled to the push pad toward the back of the frame. The winch includes a motor, a winch wheel, and a cable extending from the winch wheel to the push pad. The winch also includes a clutch between the motor and winch wheel. A shock absorber is disposed near the front of the frame. A plurality of position sensors is attached to the frame along the rail. A power meter is configured to move the push pad to one of the position sensors by operation of the winch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Spinway Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Wheeler, Zachary Pelli
  • Patent number: 10493332
    Abstract: A golf club head has a stranded structure such as a cantilevered strand or a beam strand. The stranded structure causes changes in acoustic properties from that of a standard golf club. A gap or through-hole around the stranded structure may be filled with a vibration dampening material, such as flexible polymer, to further adjust the acoustic properties of the golf club. Vibration frequency regions in a golf club may be modified by incorporating stranded structures in the vibration frequency regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Nick Frame, Richard L. Cleghorn
  • Patent number: 10478687
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface, an inner surface opposite the ball striking surface, and a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face. The head has a deformation limiting member located behind the face and having an end spaced a distance from the inner surface of the face. The face and the deformation limiting member are adapted such that an impact of the ball on the ball striking surface causes deformation of the face toward the deformation limiting member. When the deformation of the face is sufficient to cause the inner surface of the face to engage the deformation limiting member, the deformation limiting member exerts a force on the face to resist further deformation of the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Eric A. Larson
  • Patent number: 10449426
    Abstract: Ball striking devices, such as golf clubs, have a head that includes a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball, and a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face, with the body having a crown, a sole, a heel side, and a toe side, such that the face and the body combine to define an enclosed internal cavity. A damping member is connected to the body and includes a post extending inwardly into the cavity from an inner surface of the body, a first arm extending from the post toward the heel side of the body, and a second arm extending from the post toward the toe side of the body. The damping member is configured to produce a mass damping effect upon an impact on the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David N. Franklin, Michael Wallans