Patents by Inventor Alan Hocknell

Alan Hocknell has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9878221
    Abstract: A face insert comprising a planar member composed of a rigid material such as plastic or metal and a polymeric backing is disclosed herein. The planar member, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of geometrically-shaped holes, each of which comprises a perimeter edge that has a variable radius to further optimize performance of the face insert. In some embodiments, one or more of the holes extends completely through the planar member, i.e. is a through-hole, and the polymeric backing includes at least one protrusion with an angled upper surface that is sized to extend into a through-hole and further improve performance of the face insert. The face insert described herein can be used with any type of golf club head, including putters, woods, irons, and hybrids, and the holes may take any shape, including oval, hexagonal, and chevron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Alan Hocknell, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Publication number: 20170136320
    Abstract: A face insert comprising a planar member composed of a rigid material such as plastic or metal and a polymeric backing is disclosed herein. The planar member, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of geometrically-shaped holes, each of which comprises a perimeter edge that has a variable radius to further optimize performance of the face insert. In some embodiments, one or more of the holes extends completely through the planar member, i.e. is a through-hole, and the polymeric backing includes at least one protrusion with an angled upper surface that is sized to extend into a through-hole and further improve performance of the face insert. The face insert described herein can be used with any type of golf club head, including putters, woods, irons, and hybrids, and the holes may take any shape, including oval, hexagonal, and chevron.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Alan Hocknell, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 9566484
    Abstract: A face insert comprising a planar member composed of a rigid material such as plastic or metal and a polymeric backing is disclosed herein. The planar member, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of geometrically-shaped holes, each of which comprises a perimeter edge that has a variable radius to further optimize performance of the face insert. In some embodiments, one or more of the holes extends completely through the planar member, i.e. is a through-hole, and the polymeric backing includes at least one protrusion with an angled upper surface that is sized to extend into a through-hole and further improve performance of the face insert. The face insert described herein can be used with any type of golf club head, including putters, woods, irons, and hybrids, and the holes may take any shape, including oval, hexagonal, and chevron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Alan Hocknell, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 9555300
    Abstract: A face insert comprising a planar member composed of a rigid material such as plastic or metal and a polymeric backing is disclosed herein. The planar member, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of geometrically-shaped holes, each of which comprises a perimeter edge that has a variable radius to further optimize performance of the face insert. In some embodiments, one or more of the holes extends completely through the planar member, i.e. is a through-hole, and the polymeric backing includes at least one protrusion with an angled upper surface that is sized to extend into a through-hole and further improve performance of the face insert. The face insert described herein can be used with any type of golf club head, including putters, woods, irons, and hybrids, and the holes may take any shape, including oval, hexagonal, and chevron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Alan Hocknell, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 9498685
    Abstract: A putter-type golf club head having a face insert composed of at least one thermoplastic polyether ester elastomer is disclosed herein. The face insert includes a plurality of oval-shaped holes having a specific size and spacing, and the at least one thermoplastic polyether ester elastomer incorporates polytetramethylene ether soft segments with molecular weights of greater than 1000 g/mol, preferably at least 1400 g/mol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Shane Parnell, Alan Hocknell, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Publication number: 20160158611
    Abstract: A face insert comprising a planar member composed of a rigid material such as plastic or metal and a polymeric backing is disclosed herein. The planar member, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of geometrically-shaped holes, each of which comprises a perimeter edge that has a variable radius to further optimize performance of the face insert. In some embodiments, one or more of the holes extends completely through the planar member, i.e. is a through-hole, and the polymeric backing includes at least one protrusion with an angled upper surface that is sized to extend into a through-hole and further improve performance of the face insert. The face insert described herein can be used with any type of golf club head, including putters, woods, irons, and hybrids, and the holes may take any shape, including oval, hexagonal, and chevron.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Alan Hocknell, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 9265996
    Abstract: A face insert comprising a planar member composed of a rigid material such as plastic or metal and a polymeric backing is disclosed herein. The planar member, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of geometrically-shaped holes, each of which comprises a perimeter edge that has a variable radius to further optimize performance of the face insert. In some embodiments, one or more of the holes extends completely through the planar member, i.e. is a through-hole, and the polymeric backing includes at least one protrusion with an angled upper surface that is sized to extend into a through-hole and further improve performance of the face insert. The face insert described herein can be used with any type of golf club head, including putters, woods, irons, and hybrids, and the holes may take any shape, including oval, hexagonal, and chevron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Alan Hocknell, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Publication number: 20150375069
    Abstract: A putter-type golf club head having a face insert composed of at least one thermoplastic polyether ester elastomer is disclosed herein. The face insert includes a plurality of oval-shaped holes having a specific size and spacing, and the at least one thermoplastic polyether ester elastomer incorporates polytetramethylene ether soft segments with molecular weights of greater than 1000 g/mol, preferably at least 1400 g/mol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Shane Parnell, Alan Hocknell, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 9144725
    Abstract: A putter-type golf club head having a face insert comprising a metal sheet and a urethane backing is disclosed herein. The metal sheet, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of oval-shaped holes extending through the entire thickness of the sheet and having a specific size and spacing, and the urethane backing has a hardness that optimizes performance of the face insert, and thus the putter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: Alan Hocknell, Craig E. Abbott, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 9050519
    Abstract: A system and method for shot tracking is disclosed herein. The system preferably includes a golf club, a receiver device and a server with a website. The golf club preferably includes an active RFID transponder, a power source and a shock switch. When the golf club strikes a golf ball, the shock switch closes thereby powering the RFID transponder which sends a signal to the receiver device for automatically tracking a golfer's round of golf. The data is then uploaded to the website for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Steve Ehlers, Alan Hocknell
  • Publication number: 20150057099
    Abstract: A putter-type golf club head having a face insert comprising a metal sheet and a urethane backing is disclosed herein. The metal sheet, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of oval-shaped holes extending through the entire thickness of the sheet and having a specific size and spacing, and the urethane backing has a hardness that optimizes performance of the face insert, and thus the putter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Alan Hocknell, Craig E. Abbott, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 8915798
    Abstract: A putter-type golf club head having a face insert comprising a metal sheet and a urethane backing is disclosed herein. The metal sheet, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of oval-shaped holes extending through the entire thickness of the sheet and having a specific size and spacing, and the urethane backing has a hardness that optimizes performance of the face insert, and thus the putter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Alan Hocknell, Craig E. Abbott, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Publication number: 20140194220
    Abstract: A putter-type golf club head having a face insert comprising a metal sheet and a urethane backing is disclosed herein. The metal sheet, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of oval-shaped holes extending through the entire thickness of the sheet and having a specific size and spacing, and the urethane backing has a hardness that optimizes performance of the face insert, and thus the putter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: Alan Hocknell, Craig E. Abbott, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 8696492
    Abstract: A putter-type golf club head having a face insert comprising a metal sheet and a urethane backing is disclosed herein. The metal sheet, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of oval-shaped holes extending through the entire thickness of the sheet and having a specific size and spacing, and the urethane backing has a hardness that optimizes performance of the face insert, and thus the putter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Alan Hocknell, Craig E. Abbott, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 8668596
    Abstract: A golf club comprising an adjustable fitting member semi-permanently attached rearwardly on a sole is disclosed herein. The fitting member can be rotated to adjust the measured and perceived face angle of the golf club head at address without changing the relative relationship of the club with respect to the shaft, which would alter the lie and loft of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew T. Cackett, D. Clayton Evans, Alan Hocknell
  • Patent number: 8641554
    Abstract: A golf club having removable components is disclosed herein. The golf club having removable components includes a club head, a shaft, and a connection assembly. The connection assembly includes a sleeve mounted on the tip end of the shaft and a screw-cap. The sleeve has an offset aperture for receiving the tip end of the shaft in order to adjust the face angle of the golf club. The screw-cap is mounted over the sleeve and includes a body having an upper area and a threaded area, the latter of which is capable of engaging the upper threaded portion of the hosel to removably secure the shaft to the club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Alan Hocknell, Matthew T. Cackett, D. Clayton Evans
  • Publication number: 20130310191
    Abstract: A golf club comprising an adjustable fitting member semi-permanently attached rearwardly on a sole is disclosed herein. The fitting member can be rotated to adjust the measured and perceived face angle of the golf club head at address without changing the relative relationship of the club with respect to the shaft, which would alter the lie and loft of the golf club head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew T. Cackett, D. Clayton Evans, Alan Hocknell
  • Patent number: 8517851
    Abstract: A golf club comprising an adjustable fitting member semi-permanently attached rearwardly on a sole is disclosed herein. The fitting member can be rotated to adjust the measured and perceived face angle of the golf club head at address without changing the relative relationship of the club with respect to the shaft, which would alter the lie and loft of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew T. Cackett, D. Clayton Evans, Alan Hocknell
  • Patent number: 8506420
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a golf club head having a plurality of grooves. On the face of the golf club head is a first and second plurality of grooves. The second set of plurality of grooves is smaller in width and depth than those of the first set of plurality of grooves. Each groove of the second set of grooves is positioned at an angle ranging from 15 degrees to 25 degrees relative to each groove of the first set of grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Alan Hocknell, Matthew T. Cackett
  • Patent number: 8496543
    Abstract: A golf club having a golf club head 20 with a keel zone that makes the actual face angle of the golf club appear differently when the golf club is at address. The golf club head 20 has a keel zone that is preferably 0.5 inch wide in the fore- aft direction and 1.0 inch wide in the heel-toe direction, which changes the appearance of the face angle while the golf club is at address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matt Cackett, Alan Hocknell