Patents by Inventor Gregory D. Johnson

Gregory D. Johnson 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).

  • Publication number: 20210197041
    Abstract: A golf club head that is capable improving on the inertia properties of a golf club head all while also improving the Center of Gravity (CG) location is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention achieves a relative low Moment of Inertia (MOI) about the Z-axis (MOI-Z) as well as a relatively low MOI about the Shaft-axis (MOI-SA), all combined with a high MOI about the X and Y-axis (MOI-X and MOI-Y) and maintaining a consistently and relatively low CG location measured along a direction tangent to the hosel axis along the X-Y plane (CG-B). The golf club head includes a frontal portion and a rear portion, each including one or more cantilevered extensions and one or more elongate protrusions that collectively constitute a snap fit mechanism adapted to removably couple the frontal portion to the rear portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Sang Yi, Peter Larsen, Stephen S. Murphy, Scott A. Knutson, Charles E. Golden, Joey Ashcroft, Richard L. Cleghorn, Gregory D. Johnson, Gentry Ferguson, Peter L. Soracco, Noah de la Cruz, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Ryuichi Sugimae
  • Patent number: 11027178
    Abstract: A golf club head that is capable improving on the inertia properties of a golf club head all while also improving the Center of Gravity (CG) location is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention achieves a relative low Moment of Inertia (MOI) about the Z-axis (MOI-Z) as well as a relatively low MOI about the Shaft-axis (MOI-SA), all combined with a high MOI about the X and Y-axis (MOI-X and MOI-Y) and maintaining a consistently and relatively low CG location measured along a direction tangent to the hosel axis along the X-Y plane (CG-B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryuichi Sugimae, Charles E. Golden, Joey Ashcroft, Richard L. Cleghorn, Gregory D. Johnson, Gentry Ferguson, Peter L. Soracco, Noah de la Cruz, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Peter Larsen
  • Publication number: 20200324179
    Abstract: A golf club head that is capable improving on the inertia properties of a golf club head all while also improving the Center of Gravity (CG) location is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention achieves a relative low Moment of Inertia (MOI) about the Z-axis (MOI-Z) as well as a relatively low MOI about the Shaft-axis (MOI-SA), all combined with a high MOI about the X and Y-axis (MOI-X and MOI-Y) and maintaining a consistently and relatively low CG location measured along a direction tangent to the hosel axis along the X-Y plane (CG-B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Charles E. Golden, Joey Ashcroft, Richard L. Cleghorn, Gregory D. Johnson, Gentry Ferguson, Peter L. Soracco, Noah de la Cruz, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Peter Larsen
  • Publication number: 20200188745
    Abstract: A golf club head that is capable improving on the inertia properties of a golf club head all while also improving the Center of Gravity (CG) location is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention achieves a relative low Moment of Inertia (MOI) about the Z-axis (MOI-Z) as well as a relatively low MOI about the Shaft-axis (MOI-SA), all combined with a high MOI about the X and Y-axis (MOI-X and MOI-Y) and maintaining a consistently and relatively low CG location measured along a direction tangent to the hosel axis along the X-Y plane (CG-B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryuichi Sugimae, Charles E. Golden, Joey Ashcroft, Richard L. Cleghorn, Gregory D. Johnson, Gentry Ferguson, Peter L. Soracco, Noah de la Cruz, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Peter Larsen
  • Publication number: 20200188741
    Abstract: A golf club head that is capable improving on the inertia properties of a golf club head all while also improving the Center of Gravity (CG) location is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention achieves a relative low Moment of Inertia (MOI) about the Z-axis (MOI-Z) as well as a relatively low MOI about the Shaft-axis (MOI-SA), all combined with a high MOI about the X and Y-axis (MOI-X and MOI-Y) and maintaining a consistently and relatively low CG location measured along a direction tangent to the hosel axis along the X-Y plane (CG-B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Charles E. Golden, Joey Ashcroft, Richard L. Cleghorn, Gregory D. Johnson, Gentry Ferguson, Peter L. Soracco, Noah de la Cruz, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Peter Larsen
  • Publication number: 20200188746
    Abstract: A golf club head that is capable improving on the inertia properties of a golf club head all while also improving the Center of Gravity (CG) location is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention achieves a relative low Moment of Inertia (MOI) about the Z-axis (MOI-Z) as well as a relatively low MOI about the Shaft-axis (MOI-SA), all combined with a high MOI about the X and Y-axis (MOI-X and MOI-Y) and maintaining a consistently and relatively low CG location measured along a direction tangent to the hosel axis along the X-Y plane (CG-B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryuichi Sugimae, Peter Larsen, Stephen S. Murphy, Scott A. Knutson, Charles E. Golden, Joey L. Ashcroft, Richard L. Cleghorn, Gregory D. Johnson, Gentry Ferguson, Peter L. Soracco, Noah de la Cruz, Hiroshi Kawaguchi
  • Publication number: 20170282032
    Abstract: A golf club with improved weight distribution is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses a golf club with a lightweight shaft allowing the golfer to achieve higher swing speed, while shifting the weight savings of the shaft to a grip portion of the club; counterbalancing some of the undesirable performance characteristics associated with a lightweight shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryan Margoles, Gregory D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9694265
    Abstract: A golf club with improved weight distribution is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses a golf club with a lightweight shaft allowing the golfer to achieve higher swing speed, while shifting the weight savings of the shaft to a grip portion of the club; counterbalancing some of the undesirable performance characteristics associated with a lightweight shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryan Margoles, Gregory D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9573028
    Abstract: A metal wood type golf club with improved performance characteristics is disclosed herein where the metal wood type golf club head will combined the performance characteristics of both a driver type golf club head and a fairway type golf club head. More specifically, the present invention relates to a golf club head with a volume of between about 150 cc to about 360 cc, a CG location between about 10 mm to about 20 mm above the ground, a face depth of between about 30 millimeters (mm) to about 65 millimeters (mm), a loft of about between 10 degrees to about 16 degrees, and a COR of about 0.790 to about 0.830, wherein the entire golf club has a length of between about 41 inches to about 45 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Curtis, Noah de la Cruz, Charles E. Golden, Bradford Hughes Hartwell, Gregory D. Johnson, John W. Morin
  • Publication number: 20160038806
    Abstract: A golf club with improved weight distribution is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses a golf club with a lightweight shaft allowing the golfer to achieve higher swing speed, while shifting the weight savings of the shaft to a grip portion of the club; counterbalancing some of the undesirable performance characteristics associated with a lightweight shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryan Margoles, Gregory D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9211450
    Abstract: A wedge type golf club head is disclosed herein where the wedge type golf club head has enhanced performance characteristics such as improved backspin, ball speed, and launch angle. More specifically, the present invention relates to a wedge type golf club head having an adjustable center of gravity, where the center of gravity may be adjusted based on different backing profiles that comprises at least one hollow chamber. The wedge type golf club head disclosed above may also have a thickened topline, wherein the thickness of the topline progressively changes as a function of the loft angle of the wedge type golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Richard M. Nelson, Gregory D. Johnson, Kevin Tassistro, Douglas C. Jorgensen, Robert W. Vokey, Eddie G. Perez
  • Patent number: 9211456
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods relating to optimizing a weight distribution of a golf club for a golfer's swing, comprising monitoring one or more dynamic behavioral characteristics of said golfer's swing, and altering said weight distribution of said golf club to optimize said golfer's swing by evaluating said one or more dynamic behavioral characteristics of said golfer's swing, selecting a weight member from a set of interchangeable weight members, and installing said weight member into said golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Dustin A. Barksdale, Scott A. Knutson, Gregory D. Johnson, Andrew L. McCarthy, Ryan Margoles, Donald S. Bone
  • Patent number: 9192833
    Abstract: A golf club with improved weight distribution is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses a golf club with a lightweight shaft allowing the golfer to achieve higher swing speed, while shifting the weight savings of the shaft to a grip portion of the club; counterbalancing some of the undesirable performance characteristics associated with a lightweight shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryan Margoles, Gregory D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9144718
    Abstract: A golf club head with an improved Moment of Inertia (MOI) is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention relates to a golf club head with a releasable hosel mechanism that is leaner and more lightweight, it allows a significant amount of weight to be saved from the hosel portion of the golf club head and used to improve Center of Gravity (CG) location of the golf club head; which contributes to the improvement of the MOI of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Gregory D. Johnson, Ryan Margoles, Charles E. Golden
  • Publication number: 20150258397
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods relating to optimizing a weight distribution of a golf club for a golfer's swing, comprising monitoring one or more dynamic behavioral characteristics of said golfer's swing, and altering said weight distribution of said golf club to optimize said golfer's swing by evaluating said one or more dynamic behavioral characteristics of said golfer's swing, selecting a weight member from a set of interchangeable weight members, and installing said weight member into said golf club.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Dustin A. Barksdale, Scott A. Knutson, Gregory D. Johnson, Andrew L. McCarthy, Ryan Margoles
  • Patent number: 9079057
    Abstract: A method relating to an improved swing characteristic capturing system that can be used for a golf club shaft fitting system is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention utilizes specific data gathered from the golfer's golf swing itself to determine the best performing golf club shaft for this particular golf swing. Even more specifically, the present invention relates to the utilization of cameras to record the location data of a plurality of markers located on a golf club shaft throughout a swing. The current inventive fitting methodology is preferred to the archaic fitting method of using data gathered from the result orientated ball flight data together with a tedious process of having to try numerous different shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryan Margoles, Gregory D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150151173
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a striking face having an upper perimeter, a lower perimeter, a heel portion, a toe portion, and a posterior body portion comprising a crown portion and a sole portion. The crown is coupled to the upper perimeter of the striking face and the sole is coupled to the lower perimeter of the striking face. The golf club also includes a hosel for receiving a shaft. The heel is positioned below the hosel and the club head has a c.g. positioned towards the toe from a vertical plane running perpendicularly through the crown, the sole, and the striking face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Applicant: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Ryan Margoles, Gregory D. Johnson, Noah de la Cruz
  • Patent number: 8951146
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a striking face having an upper perimeter, a lower perimeter, a heel portion, a toe portion, and a posterior body portion comprising a crown portion and a sole portion. The crown is coupled to the upper perimeter of the striking face and the sole is coupled to the lower perimeter of the striking face. The golf club also includes a hosel for receiving a shaft. The heel is positioned below the hosel and the club head has a c.g. positioned towards the toe by a distance, ?z, from a vertical plane running perpendicularly through the crown, the sole, and the striking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryan Margoles, Gregory D. Johnson, Noah de la Cruz
  • Publication number: 20150024867
    Abstract: A metal wood type golf club with improved performance characteristics is disclosed herein where the metal wood type golf club head will combined the performance characteristics of both a driver type golf club head and a fairway type golf club head. More specifically, the present invention relates to a golf club head with a volume of between about 150 cc to about 360 cc, a CG location between about 10 mm to about 20 mm above the ground, a face depth of between about 30 millimeters (mm) to about 65 millimeters (mm), a loft of about between 10 degrees to about 16 degrees, and a COR of about 0.790 to about 0.830, wherein the entire golf club has a length of between about 41 inches to about 45 inches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Curtis, Noah de la Cruz, Charles E. Golden, Bradford Hughes Hartwell, Gregory D. Johnson, John W. Morin
  • Publication number: 20150018130
    Abstract: A method relating to an improved fitting system for finding the best performing golf club for a specific golfer. More specifically, the present invention utilizes a highly efficient method of using specific data gathered from the golfer's golf swing to quickly and efficiently fit a golfer into the best performing product for him or her.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregory D. Johnson, Andrew McCarthy, Charles E. Golden, Donald S. Bone, Daniel Stone