Attachable To Arm, Hand, Or Wrist Patents (Class 473/212)
  • Patent number: 11590396
    Abstract: A baseball bat swing training method includes the steps of attaching a leg coupler to a lead leg of a batter adjacent to a knee of the batter. The leg coupler is configured to be extendable around the lead leg. A baseball bat is provided having a grip terminating with a knob. A tether is attached to the baseball bat grip adjacent to the knob. The tether is attached to the leg coupler. The tether includes a resiliently stretchable area and an area resistant to stretching. A length of the tether is adjusted such that the tether is taut as the batter is positioned in a set position before the batter moves toward a batting swing load position. Resistance to stretching of the tether increases as the batter moves to the batting swing load position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventor: Jason Derkevics
  • Patent number: 11565162
    Abstract: A golf putting swing training aid that may be attached to any golf club that may force a golfer's hands into the proper grip position for various types of golf putting shots is provided. The device and methods of the present disclosure may further allow a golfer to practice these shots to build muscle memory and to ingrain the proper grip and form positions into memory to allow for repeated and consistent shot performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Omeed Karimi
  • Patent number: 11564432
    Abstract: A personal passenger space support device is disclosed as it may be implemented to comfortably support a user's legs at a predetermined spacing in the user's own personal space while in a seated position. An example of the device includes a first leg support configured for a user's right leg, and a second leg support configured for the user's left leg. An interconnect is configured to maintain the first and second leg supports at a predetermined lateral spacing to support the user's legs apart from one another without overhanging the user's own personal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Michael D. Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 11338186
    Abstract: A golf swing training device for regulating the distance of the elbow of the dominant arm from the side of the body of a user during a golf swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Steven Thomas Welsh
  • Patent number: 11305147
    Abstract: A support garment for use during resistance training. The support garment includes a segment of elastomeric material having two ends and upper and lower perimeters. The segment of material also has a chest support segment located between the two ends. Each end is positioned and attached to the upper perimeter of the segment of material to form a sleeves band. Each sleeve band has an opening on opposite sides of the support garment. Each sleeve band is also configured to accommodate an arm of a user of the garment and are biased inwardly by the chest support segment. The user positions one arm in each sleeve band and positions the chest support segment across a chest of the user during resistance training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Womack
  • Patent number: 11291903
    Abstract: A golf swing training tool including an arm band (which connects the elbows) and the club shaft are connected by a cord maintain a prescribed grip angle. The arm band is configured to adjust a distance between the elbows. An elastic clip locks onto the club shaft and is configured to encircle the club shaft, and enables easy changing of the grip angle by using an opening lever to change the locking point with a single touch. As a result, frequent changes in grip angle can be made much more easily. Three types of cords are employed, a low-elasticity cord, a high-elasticity cord, and a cord combining both are used to achieve twelve different types of training methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Shuichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11219811
    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: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Dugan Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Patent number: 11083950
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including an acquisition section that acquires an operation model indicating an operation pattern related to a target object, a calculation section that calculates an overall operation including an identified partial operation of operations of the target object, with reference to the operation model acquired by the acquisition section, and an output control section that outputs information indicating the overall operation of the target object that has been calculated by the calculation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keita Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 11007106
    Abstract: Disclosed is a postoperative functional exerciser for frozen shoulder. The exerciser includes a hand push rod (1) and a restrictive band (2) for restricting the elbow. The hand push rod (1) comprises a wristband (11) and a push rod (12). One end of the push rod (12) is connected with the wristband (11). When the hand push rod (1) and the restrictive band (2) are in operation, a part of the restrictive band (2) winds around the elbow joint of an affected arm, the other part winds around a waist buckle (3) at a waist portion of the restrictive band (2) on a side opposite to the affected arm, and the wristband (11) is sleeved on the wrist of the affected arm. The upper arm is tied to the body by means of the restrictive band (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SECOND PEOPLE'S HOSPITAL
    Inventors: Weimin Zhu, Daping Wang, Jianyi Xiong, Wei Lu, Jiaming Cui, Kang Chen, Liangquan Peng
  • Patent number: 10974116
    Abstract: A golf clothing for correcting a swing posture in golf sports is disclosed, which includes a clothing body (1) and an auxiliary structure for correcting swing posture provided on the clothing body, wherein: the auxiliary structure for correcting swing posture enables a player (5) to keep a shape formed by both arms and shoulders of the player as a triangular shape during a swing process. Through the auxiliary structure for correcting swing posture, the present invention is able to correct the swing posture of the player (5), especially the beginner, so that the player (5) is able to grasp the correct swing posture as soon as possible, thereby quickly improving the golf level and the sports experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GREENTOO CONSULTANT COMPANY
    Inventor: Xuesong Jin
  • Patent number: 10751598
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems, methods, computer-readable media and article of manufacture related to measuring, analyzing, and sharing golf swing and ball motion characteristics are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Roger J. Cottam, Paul D. Wood, Erik M. Henrikson, Alex J. Hope
  • Patent number: 10744387
    Abstract: A football training device for teaching a user the proper throwing mechanics to obtain optimal football ball release timing, as well as the correct takeaway motion of a quarterback or any other person, wherein the present invention assists, and when necessary corrects, the user in taking a football from an unloaded football position to a loaded football position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Edward Arza
  • Patent number: 10589901
    Abstract: The article of manufacture has a body and an exterior surface on the body that is at least partially configured to receive indicia thereon without binding and/or being absorbed thereby. The article of manufacture may be adapted with a releasable attachment for a marking implement operable to adhere such indicia. The article of manufacture may be configured for an attachment to an exterior surface of a medicine holding container or between the open end of the medicine holding container and a cap provided to selectively cover and uncover the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Kimberlee Ann Horn
  • Patent number: 10565895
    Abstract: A motion analysis apparatus includes a swing width analysis unit that specifies a swing width from a first position to a second position on a swing trajectory on the basis of coordinates of a swing position of an exercise appliance which are acquired by using an output signal from an inertial sensor in a calculation processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masafumi Sato, Toshihiko Kano, Kenya Kodaira, Kazuo Nomura
  • Patent number: 10245459
    Abstract: A physical training system includes a belt for fixing around the waist of a person and that includes a plurality of belt extension straps each adapted for fixing with the belt at any location therearound and preferably adjustable in length. Two shoes are adapted for wearing on the person's feet, each shoe including at least four attachment loops at opposing quadrants of the shoe and optional shoe extension straps. A plurality of elastomeric bands are selectively fixable between any of the belt extensions straps and the attachment loops or shoe extension straps of the shoes. As such, in use, the person while running experiences resistance as each leg extends into a fully extended position, and a reduction or cessation of resistance as each leg retracts into a non-extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher Tolbert Cranke
  • 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: 10149995
    Abstract: An arm exercise apparatus includes gloves and attached resistance bands that tone and firm the triceps area and reduce flabby arms by reducing fat. The disclosed exercise apparatus is comprised of an exercise glove with an arm band and resistance band that attaches to both the arm band and the glove, weighing less than 1 lb. together, along with a neck strap to secure the device. The disclosed apparatus or device can provide varying resistance strengths to work the triceps up to 35 lbs. and, in some embodiments up to 50 lbs., varying according to the resistance band used. The apparatus can be used in any location (e.g., while walking in a neighborhood, in the bathroom, kitchen, break room). The apparatus is compact and portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Allison Ashe
  • Patent number: 10046220
    Abstract: A swing analysis device for analyzing a swing of a ball hitting tool includes: an information input unit configured to receive input of acceleration information and angular velocity information detected by a sensor attached to the ball hitting tool; a posture calculation unit configured to calculate posture information of the ball hitting tool in the swing by applying a predetermined filter to the acceleration information and the angular velocity information; a correction unit configured to correct the posture information of the ball hitting tool in the swing based on the posture information of the ball hitting tool at a first time in the swing; and a swing information calculation unit configured to calculate a swing trajectory of the ball hitting tool based on the acceleration information and the posture information of the ball hitting tool corrected by the correction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: MIZUNO CORPORATION, AKITA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shohei Shibata, Takeshi Naruo, Kiyoshi Hirose
  • Patent number: 10028815
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a prosthesis (1) intended to be implanted at an implantation site, comprising means of information (5) intended to guide the surgeon for performing the implantation of the prosthesis according to a defined arrangement, said prosthesis comprising at least one porous textile (2) having two faces (3,4) separated by a certain thickness, said means of information comprising at least one seam (5) provided in said textile, said seam traversing the thickness of said textile from one face to the other of said textile while preserving said thickness of said textile, said seam defining a zigzag pattern on at least one face of the textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventor: Gaƫtan Romuald
  • Patent number: 9972186
    Abstract: Operation of a vehicle generally requires that the operator have sufficient range of motion in the upper limbs to 1) steer the vehicle and/or 2) to operate the vehicle's ancillary controls. The presently disclosed technology provides for limiting upper limb movement by requiring a user's upper limbs to be oriented in a way as to limit or prevent the user from being able to operate the vehicle. Cuffs may be secured to a variety of locations on a user's upper limbs. In a predetermined upper limb position, the cuffs are oriented in a specific location and orientation on the user's upper limbs and in a specific proximity and orientation with respect to one another. The user is compliant by maintaining the cuffs in the predetermined upper limb position. To ensure compliance, the cuffs are equipped with a compliance monitor that monitors the cuffs contact, proximity, and/or orientation with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Barry Lee Schumacher
    Inventor: Barry Lee Schumacher
  • Patent number: 9956467
    Abstract: Described herein is an athletic training device to aid a user in hip rotation, specifically to help the user increase the strength and speed of the rotation motion of his or her hips for improving performance in sports activities. The present invention is a device to be worn by a user as an athletic training or exercising aid, or a therapeutic aid, helping the user to maintain proper body alignment during a specific body movement involving the hips. In one embodiment, the device comprises a base from which extends an arm, the arm attached to the base by a pivot or hinge point, that allows the arm to move along a linear arc when force is applied to the device, such as the force exerted by a user upon rotation of the hip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Randy Vehslage
  • Patent number: 9861874
    Abstract: A tennis swing training apparatus is provided, which is a spherical spacer with a strap with a fastening device to hold the strap on the arms, to prevent the spherical spacer from switching position or falling out during the process of the swing, which when put in between a limb from a body part or strategically placed on the body it separates or holds the arm and swing into position to maintain proper position by having the player squeeze or feel the feedback of the apparatus. The apparatus can be used to help fix most of swings and shots used in tennis including one handed forehand, two-handed backhand, forehand and backhand volley, forehand slice, one-handed backhand slice, overhead, and the serve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Sky Kim
  • Patent number: 9814960
    Abstract: A golf training aid comprises a bottom piece with a slot. A vertical member attaches from the bottom piece to an upper member. A mechanism has sliders configured to slide up and down the mechanism, wherein the mechanism is attached to the upper member. An arm cuff is attached to each slider, configured to receive human arms. The upper member has a connector that attaches to a top end of a golf club and the golf club slides into the slot of the bottom piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Marco Bertini
  • Patent number: 9795853
    Abstract: A watch can include a wrist strap, memory, an accelerometer, and a pressure sensor that responds to muscle movement at a wrist. Various other devices, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Theodore Weissenburger Caldwell
  • Patent number: 9662559
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described for providing training and visual feedback of a preferred swing. The apparatus includes arm bands that are secured to the arms of a user and an alignment member that is attached to the arm bands. In use, the ends of the alignment member are visible to the user throughout an entire swing of a sport equipment without requiring head movement of the user. By observing the position of the ends of the alignment member relative to the body of the user, the user or trainer is able to determine whether a preferred swing is being executed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Allan M. Strand
  • Patent number: 9498692
    Abstract: An athletic training system used when practicing athletic training activities. The athletic training system includes a belt and means for maintaining the belt in place and prevent the belt from rotating or slipping during application which can occur due to the forces placed on the belt during application. The belt is secured beneath the user's waist and partially surrounds each of the user's thighs. To further maintain the belt in place, a pair of thigh straps depend about the inside of the users thighs to partially surround the thighs. First and second hip members outwardly extend from the side-ends of the belt. Each of the hip members form a triangle configuration with a part of the triangle extending from above the user's hip joint and a part of the triangle extending from below the user's hip joint during application. An elastic resistance band includes one end that is secured to a support, and an opposite end releasably attached to one or both of the hip members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Hunter Bledsoe, Lantz Wheeler
  • Patent number: 9378411
    Abstract: A method for extracting impact time in a golf swing includes acquiring at least one chronological waveform among chronological waveforms of an angular velocity about x-axis, an angular velocity about y-axis, and an angular velocity about z-axis obtained when a golf ball is hit by a golf club attached with a sensor that measures angular velocities about three axes, when the x-axis is orientated along a toe-heel direction of a golf club head, when the y-axis is orientated so as to follow along a direction in which a ball is hit, and when the z-axis is orientated to match an axial direction of a shaft; acquiring timing at which laser light, disposed immediately in front of where the golf club head impacts the ball, is shielded by the golf club head or the shaft; and determining an impact time using the at least one chronological waveform and the timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignees: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD., SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiko Ueda
  • Patent number: 9324224
    Abstract: Operation of a generally requires that the operator have sufficient range of motion in the upper limbs to 1) steer the vehicle and/or 2) to operate the vehicle's ancillary controls. The presently disclosed technology provides for limiting upper limb movement by requiring a user's upper limbs to be oriented in a way as to limit or prevent the user from being able to operate the vehicle. Cuffs may be secured to a variety of locations on a user's upper limbs. In a predetermined upper limb position, the cuffs are oriented in a specific location and orientation on the user's upper limbs and in a specific proximity and orientation with respect to one another. The user is compliant by maintaining the cuffs in the predetermined upper limb position. To ensure compliance, the cuffs are equipped with a compliance monitor that monitors the cuffs contact, proximity, and/or orientation with one another in conjunction with GPS information such as location and/or speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Barry Lee Schumacher
  • Patent number: 9272178
    Abstract: A resistance training device is provided that comprises a waist harness, one or more limb harnesses, and one or more elongated resistance bands disposed therebetween. The bands are secured at each end by retainer assemblies comprising a ring device disposed within a clamshell retainer housing, whereby the ring supports the band at one end and secures to a D-link at an opposite end. The bands are removable from the rings, while the rings may also be removable from the D-links. The D-links are disposed on the limb harnesses and the waist harness, whereby the limb harness is secured to a foot or arm portion while the waist harness secures around the torso of the wearer. In this way the resistance bands are anchored to the user, who can engage in stretching or strength training exercises by stretching the band between the harnesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Roger Pinder
  • Patent number: 8986129
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable device and a method for monitoring the performance a sportsman performing a plurality of motor acts, such as golf swings. The device comprises at least one sensor providing an output signal, the sensor being responsive to body movements of the sportsman. A signal processing unit is used for extracting data on the course of each of the plurality of motor acts from the sensor output signal, and a computing unit is used for determining, based on the data on the course of the plurality of motor acts, at least one characteristic number describing the repeatability of the motor act. By the means of the invention, the handicap number of the golfer can be predicted with good accuracy by monitoring several his or her subsequent swings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Suunto Oy
    Inventors: Michael Miettinen, Eljas Saastamoinen, Jussi Rouhento, Sami Ruotsalainen
  • Patent number: 8876621
    Abstract: A swing analyzing device includes at least an angular velocity sensor, a data acquiring unit, and a motion detecting unit. The angular velocity sensor detects angular velocities generated about a plurality of axes by a swing. The data acquiring unit acquires detection data of the angular velocity sensor. The motion detecting unit detects at least one of motions of the swing. Particularly, the motion detecting unit includes an angular velocity calculating unit which calculates the sum of the magnitudes of the angular velocities generated about the plurality of respective axes using the acquired detection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Shibuya
  • Patent number: 8852015
    Abstract: A golf training aid constructed of flexible material that stretches when deployed and maintains tensions along the wearer's upper and lower arm including a shoulder harness including a first shoulder portion and a second shoulder portion, the first shoulder portion including a strap that is fixedly attached to a back portion of the first shoulder portion and can be detachably fixed after passing around a body of a wearer to a front portion of the second shoulder portion to maintain the shoulder harness on the wearer while the wearer executes a golf swing and an arm extension attached to the second shoulder portion, the arm extension including an upper attachment portion, lower attachment portion and wrist portion, the upper and lower attachment portions can secure the arm extension in place at upper and lower portions of a wearer's arm to maintain the arm extension over the elbow of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Ben Hoang
  • Publication number: 20140295982
    Abstract: A swing analyzing device includes at least an angular velocity sensor, a data acquiring unit, and a motion detecting unit. The angular velocity sensor detects angular velocities generated about a plurality of axes by a swing. The data acquiring unit acquires detection data of the angular velocity sensor. The motion detecting unit detects at least one of motions of the swing. Particularly, the motion detecting unit includes an angular velocity calculating unit which calculates the sum of the magnitudes of the angular velocities generated about the plurality of respective axes using the acquired detection data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Kazuhiro SHIBUYA
  • Patent number: 8845446
    Abstract: A swing aid for controlling the movement of a sports stick during a swing is disclosed. The swing aid includes a trailing member, a leading member, and a joining member connecting the trailing member to the leading member. The leading member and the trailing member each have an axis that intersect one another at an axis intersection point located within the joining section, the axes thereby defining an obtuse angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew R. Talbot
  • Patent number: 8845445
    Abstract: A cocking loosening feedback method includes sensing sequential three-dimensional direction information of a golf club and three-dimensional direction information of the arm a user, analyzing the change of an angle between both three-dimensional information with respect to time, generating a cocking loosening evaluation variable based on the difference between the cocking loosening point and the impact point and the difference between the backswing top point and the impact point in the analyzed three-dimensional information, analyzing the evaluation variable based on a predetermined criterion to evaluate the cocking loosening, and providing its feedback information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Jin Wook Kim, An Jin Park, Hyeong Rae Choi, Sung Kuk Chun, Dong Hoon Kang
  • Patent number: 8808114
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a system for monitoring a swing is provided that includes a wireless device adapted to couple to a swinging object and to provide information indicative of a characteristic of the swinging object. The wireless device is a cellular telephone or personal digital assistant (PDA). Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Patent number: 8808103
    Abstract: The training system comprises a base assembly, an upright extension, a chin support member, and a putter. In use, the training system positions the user's overall-body prior to and throughout the execution of a putt, and teaches proper putting technique, thus improving the user's putting accuracy. The chin support engages the chin of the user, preventing movement of the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Monroe Hart
  • Patent number: 8808102
    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: December 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Patent number: 8790188
    Abstract: A golf swing instructional device for training a golfer comprises an attachment portion having a first portion adapted to be positioned at the shaft of a golf club and a second portion adapted to be connected to two guide supporting elements. The first and second supporting elements have each a contact surface to be in contact with one or the other forearm of the practicing golfer. The two supporting elements are extending from the club contacting portion, wherein the first portion comprises a reception to accommodate the shaft of a golf club and fixation means to fix the first portion around the shaft of the club. The two guide supporting elements each comprise a first straight portion, a second straight portion and a bent connecting portion in-between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Hatton
  • Publication number: 20140066219
    Abstract: A cocking loosening feedback method includes sensing sequential three-dimensional direction information of a golf club and three-dimensional direction information of the arm a user, analyzing the change of an angle between both three-dimensional information with respect to time, generating a cocking loosening evaluation variable based on the difference between the cocking loosening point and the impact point and the difference between the backswing top point and the impact point in the analyzed three-dimensional information, analyzing the evaluation variable based on a predetermined criterion to evaluate the cocking loosening, and providing its feedback information to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Jin Wook Kim, An Jin Park, Hyeong Rae Choi, Sung Kuk Chun, Dong Hoon Kang
  • Patent number: 8663024
    Abstract: A golf swing training device for achieving a proper overall address position and for executing a proper golf swing, including setting the proper deviation of the wrists, setting the angular orientation between the shaft longitudinal axis and spine longitudinal axis as viewed from the side of the golfer, and for maintaining this deviation and angular orientation during the first part of the backswing. Held in fixed relation to the grip of the club is a member connected to a second flexible member that contacts the underside of the leading forearm when the golfer achieves a predetermined deviation of the wrist in the address position and during the first part of the backswing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: David Ward Kardos
  • Patent number: 8657707
    Abstract: An analysis method includes the steps of: measuring a swing of a golf club to which a sensor capable of measuring accelerations in directions of three axes and angular velocities or angles about the three axes is attached; obtaining an index for classifying the swing based on a measuring result of the sensor; and classifying the swing based on the index. The index includes the item (a) or (b): (a) a grip angular velocity at least at one time during a downswing; and (b) a grip velocity at least at one time during the downswing. Preferably, times of an address, a top, and an impact are determined in the analysis method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd., Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Ueda, Kajiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8641547
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable media for changing and controlling settings for adjustable golf clubs are described. Such setting adjustment systems may alter one or more of: lie angle, loft angle, face angle, shaft stiffness, shaft kickpoint location, weighting, weight positioning, face flexibility, maximum face flex location, etc. These systems and methods may use various types of information to determine the appropriate settings, such as: ball launch monitor data, swing path data, weather input data, course condition input data for a location of play, course design input data for a location of play, daily course layout input data for a location and a time of play, golfer past performance data (e.g., recent past performance, past performances at the location of play, past performance during an ongoing round of golf (i.e., on earlier played holes), etc.), current adjustable club setting information, and information indicating specific holes to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Rauchholz, James A. Niegowski
  • Patent number: 8641546
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable media for changing and controlling settings for adjustable golf clubs are described. Such setting adjustment systems may alter one or more of: lie angle, loft angle, face angle, shaft stiffness, shaft kickpoint location, weighting, weight positioning, face flexibility, maximum face flex location, etc. These systems and methods may use various types of information to determine the appropriate settings, such as: ball launch monitor data, swing path data, weather input data, course condition input data for a location of play, course design input data for a location of play, daily course layout input data for a location and a time of play, golfer past performance data (e.g., recent past performance, past performances at the location of play, past performance during an ongoing round of golf (i.e., on earlier played holes), etc.), current adjustable club setting information, and information indicating specific holes to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 8636603
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable media for changing and controlling settings for adjustable golf clubs are described. Such setting adjustment systems may alter one or more of: lie angle, loft angle, face angle, shaft stiffness, shaft kickpoint location, weighting, weight positioning, face flexibility, maximum face flex location, etc. These systems and methods may use various types of information to determine the appropriate settings, such as: ball launch monitor data, swing path data, weather input data, course condition input data for a location of play, course design input data for a location of play, daily course layout input data for a location and a time of play, golfer past performance data (e.g., recent past performance, past performances at the location of play, past performance during an ongoing round of golf (i.e., on earlier played holes), etc.), current adjustable club setting information, and information indicating specific holes to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 8613675
    Abstract: A strap comprised of a flexible soft material has a raised flexible bar across the palm portion, which aligns a sporting apparatus for proper gripping. The strap is worn around the hand, and a visual alignment indicator can direct the user in proper strap placement before affixing the fastener to secure the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Newman
  • Publication number: 20130324274
    Abstract: A system includes an article of golf equipment or other athletic equipment configured to be engaged by a user during an athletic situation and a tempo indicating device connected to the article, which is configured for emitting a rhythm that is detectable by the user. The tempo indicating device may include a contact portion configured for emitting a tactile rhythm to the user that is detectable by the user through sense of touch. The tempo indicating device may additionally or alternately be configured for emitting the rhythm in another form, such as audio and/or visual. The tempo indicating device may be utilized independently of the golf equipment, and may include a control interface that can be located on the device or remote from the device, such as on a portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: John T. Stites
  • Patent number: 8556741
    Abstract: A golf aid including a yoke portion with a pair of the divergent upper portions, a pair of forearm guide portions, one associated with each of the divergent upper portions of the yoke and a resilient means to bias the forearm guide portions into an extended condition whereby a user's forearms apply force to the forearm guide portions against the biasing force in order to maintain optimum spacing between the user's forearms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Clete William Ryan
  • Patent number: 8550930
    Abstract: A sport training device wearable by a human user, includes an oblong resilient, flexible member diagonally connecting one side of a shoulder harness to the opposite side of a separate hip harness. The member is tensioned in the user's upright, untwisted standing position. During a swing or a baseball-type pitching action, as the user's hips properly rotate with respect to the user's shoulders, the tension reduces thus encouraging and indicating to the user the preferred relative hip rotation action. Adjustments are provided adjust the length and tension of the resilient member. A member which deflects uniformly under a compressive load can be used as a measuring device of the relative angle between the hip and shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: John T. Medin, III
  • Patent number: 8545339
    Abstract: The present invention provides a golf grip training aid that includes a golf grip training aid that includes a glove and a golf club handle grip or grip cover, the handle grip or grip cover having a plurality of discrete co-operating contact zones marked thereon spaced apart therealong in locations to define a good grip position and adapted to be co-operatively used with corresponding discrete co-operating contact zones marked on the glove whereby the user may discern when their hand in the glove is in the required good grip position on the handle grip or grip cover by mutual covering of the co-operating contact zones on the glove with the co-operating contact zones on the handle grip or grip cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Gareth Edwards