Wrist Patents (Class 473/213)
  • Patent number: 10071300
    Abstract: A golf training aid is provided. The golf training aid includes a brace. The brace has a looped strap configured to wrap around and attach to an arm of a user. An elongated rod includes a top end and a bottom end. A first connector rod includes a first end and a second end. The first end is coupled to and extends laterally from the top end of the elongated rod and the second end is coupled to the brace. A second connector rod includes a first end and a second end. The first end is coupled to and extending laterally from the bottom end of the elongated rod. A clamp is coupled to the second end of the second connector rod and is configured to secure to a shaft of a golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Erik Mark Herberth
  • Patent number: 9496909
    Abstract: A band engages a handheld electronic device for facilitating the holding and operation thereof, the device being of the type having a front touch screen side and a rear side. The band has a transparent portion for overlying the front touch screen, allowing viewing and activation of the front touch screen there-through. The band also has a grasping portion for overlying the rear side, forming a pocket for receiving one or more holding fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Charles Paul West
  • Patent number: 9095758
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a golf swing training device which is uniquely configured to maintain a desirable bent wrist condition through the entirety of the downswing (including golf ball impact) and follow-though or finish of the golf swing. The training device allows the wearer to start the golf swing with the right wrist in its natural, generally flattened condition at address. Once the backswing of the golf stroke is initiated, the training device allows the wearer to bend the right wrist back naturally, and at different amounts so as to represent the different amounts of right wrist bend a golfer may employ for shorter and longer strokes. Once the right wrist has achieved its full amount of bend at the time of the downswing, the training device effectively maintains such bend throughout the entirety of the downswing and follow-through or finish of, the golf swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Kyron, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Scott Shew, Cary R. Schoen
  • Patent number: 9017182
    Abstract: A golf training apparatus and method for maintaining proper position of a golfer's hands on the grip of a golf club during a swing. The apparatus is a strap assembly that wraps around the wrist of the upper hand and is secured to the shaft of the golf club just below the grip. A backswing loop secures the wrist to the top of the club grip. As the golfer swings the club, the apparatus maintains the hands in proper alignment resulting in proper swing mechanics that produce a straighter flight of the ball with reduced slice, draw or fade of the ball that may be imparted to the ball due to undesirable spin occurring throughout either the golfer's entire swing or a portion or thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce Leon Freiler, Jr., James Augustus Zeigler
  • 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: 8801531
    Abstract: This invention relates to a training aid (strategic Golf Grip and Swing Repeater Training Aid) to assist the golfer in performing the proper golf swing technique for the effective golf swing. This training aid will be placed on the leading wrist of the golfer to develop the proper swing technique and to create muscle memory and to allow for repeated practice for game improvement and consistency. It includes a cover with straps to wrap around the hand of the user, and incorporates a back hand plate to hold the hand and wrist in alignment and place during a golf swing. It may also incorporate a wrist plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Pete Buchanan, Charles Rowdy Jones
  • Publication number: 20140221114
    Abstract: A golf swing and putting stroke training device is provided that comprises a forearm connection strap, a pivoting member, and a connection means adapted to secure to a golfing glove closure strap. The device firmly secures to the forearm of the forward arm of a golfer, wherefrom a first member is supported therefrom extending toward the user's wrist. A second member is pivotably attached to the distal end of the first member and connects to the user's golfing glove along the top of the user's upper hand. The pivot joint therebetween allows for rotation of the second member in single plane and thus limits the user's wrist to single degree of freedom. Wrist movement is limited during a full swing to radial and ulnar deviation only, while the device is adapted to remain attached while putting to prevent wrist flexion or extension (e.g. wrist “breaking”) during a putting stroke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Gilmer Darrell Woody
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20130337927
    Abstract: This invention relates to a training aid (strategic Golf Grip and Swing Repeater Training Aid) to assist the golfer in performing the proper golf swing technique for the effective golf swing. This training aid will be placed on the leading wrist of the golfer to develop the proper swing technique and to create muscle memory and to allow for repeated practice for game improvement and consistency. It includes a cover with straps to wrap around the hand of the user, and incorporates a back hand plate to hold the hand and wrist in alignment and place during a golf swing. It may also incorporate a wrist plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Pete Buchanan, Charles Rowdy Jones
  • Patent number: 8603018
    Abstract: An orthosis including a proximal portion consisting of an armband and a strap around the forearm as well as a distal portion consisting of a palm support and a strap around the hand. The support is pivotable relative to the armband about a transverse pivot axis which substantially coincides with the flexion/extension axis of the user's wrist joint when the orthosis is being worn by a user. The orthosis further comprises pivotal locking means for use in a desired angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Gibaud
    Inventor: Gerard Anglada
  • 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: 8512161
    Abstract: A golf glove training device comprised of a plurality of corresponding block portions that engage/disengage during a golfer's swing for aiding a golfer to develop muscle memory for keeping his or her wrist hinged during a golf swing. The golf glove training device of the present invention also provides audible cues to the golfer with respect to whether proper form has been achieved and maintained during the golf swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Dalbke
  • Patent number: 8491397
    Abstract: A watch includes a wrist band and a housing mounted to the wrist band where the housing includes a wrist side and an opposing side, a pliable domed shape pressure plate that extends outwardly from the wrist side of the housing to contact a palm side of a wrist and that responds to movements of muscles and tendons in the wrist that correspond to varying grip pressures applied by a hand extending from the wrist, a battery, memory, circuitry powered by the battery to convert responses of the pliable domed shape pressure plate to digital data, and circuitry powered by the battery to record the digital data to the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Theodore Caldwell, Ning Chen
  • Patent number: 8342978
    Abstract: A start timing instructing device includes a sensor attachable to the body of a player to detect changes in angle and/or acceleration associated with a backswing movement of the player. A variable resistor sets a start timing associated with a predetermined angle and/or acceleration data and has a volume by which the set start timing is adjustable. A microprocessor calculates an angle and/or acceleration data of the backswing movement based on the detected angle and/or acceleration and generates a start timing instruction if the calculated angle and/or acceleration data meet the angle and/or acceleration data which have been set and adjusted through the variable resistor and the volume. The microprocessor controls a stimulator attached to the body of the player to generate a vibration, sound or electric stimulation upon receiving the start timing instruction so as to inform the player of the body start timing for the downswing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Kunihiro Tamura
  • Publication number: 20120289352
    Abstract: The golf swing wrist support apparatus serves as a training device that provides a semi-rigid reinforcement for the golfers leading wrist during the golf swing. (Note: the “leading wrist” referenced herein is referring to the wrist on the user that is closest to the target when at the address position of the golf shot). This support apparatus is worn on the top of the golfers hand and secured in-place by a fastening mechanism. The design of the apparatus is such that it may be worn on either the left or right hand depending on what is customary to the user. The purpose of said apparatus is to confine the leading wrist to limited range of motion that ultimately will reduce errant golf shots by keeping the leading wrist flat and perpendicular to the target line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Sean Bradford Yakeley
  • Publication number: 20120277014
    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: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Theodore Weissenburger Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20120264534
    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: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Michael MIETTINEN, Eljas Saastamoinen, Jussi Rouhento, Sami Ruotsalainen
  • Patent number: 8226494
    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: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Suunto Oy
    Inventors: Michael Miettinen, Eljas Saastamoinen, Jussi Rouhento, Sami Ruotsalainen
  • Patent number: 8221255
    Abstract: A golf swing training device to aid a golfer in keeping their wrists in a proper position throughout a golf swing includes a golf club grip clip, an adjustable spacer rod, and a wrist strap. The wrist strap includes an adjustable and securable fabric strap which engages the golfer's wrist. The wrist strap is affixed to the length adjustable spacer rod which is in turn attached to the grip clip. The grip clip engages the grip end of the golf club such that the golfer's wrists are confined to a predetermined distance and angle during a golf swing for purposes of training. The device may be used singularly or as a pair, if desired, to allow for simultaneous training of both wrists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Richard C. Wang
  • Patent number: 8216169
    Abstract: A wrist support sleeve is adapted to extend over a wearer's hand and wrist from a location below the ends of the fingers tip to a position just past the wrist region. The sleeve has an opening for receiving the wearer's thumb. A first portion of the sleeve extends around the lower part and opposite sides of a wearer's hand and wrist and has spaced side edges located in an upper region of the sleeve. An insert panel of a different material to the first sleeve portion is secured between spaced side edges of the first portion, so as to extend across the tipper portion of a wearer's hand and wrist when the device is worn. The insert panel material is a strong elastic material which has a higher stiffness than the rest of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Brownmed, Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelia Koby, Ian MacMorran
  • Patent number: 8206233
    Abstract: An apparatus for teaching and practicing the proper positioning of the hands and/or wrists relative to the arms in the performance of an athletic maneuver is disclosed. The apparatus includes a brace to be positioned on the forearm and extend across the wrist and at least partially along the hand. A securing mechanism can be included for selectively attaching the brace to the forearm. A rod extends from the brace and is configured to be gripped by the user while wearing the device. The rod can also receive athletic related devices. The device can be adapted to teach a user the proper positioning of the hands and wrists relative to the arms throughout an athletic maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Baker
  • Publication number: 20120108351
    Abstract: To provide a downswing assisting device in a golf swing In order to increase one's hitting force, since power is generated by the stretching and the contraction of muscles, by making a difference in the returning from being twisted of the upper and lower limbs, the timing of the returning from being twisted of the trunk is important and hence, the present technique adjusts the timing of the downswing for each player separately and conducts the downswing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Kunihiro Tamura
  • Patent number: 8142299
    Abstract: A wrist guide for athletic training comprises a first wrist structure extending along a user's wrist, the first wrist structure having a first end and a second end, the first wrist structure having an inner surface and an outer surface, a curved element having a first end connected to the first wrist structure and a second end connected to a second wrist structure, the second wrist structure extending from the curved element above the first wrist structure, a visual aid receiver on an upper surface of the second wrist structure, the receiver having a first portion for receiving a visual aid and a second portion in communication with the first portion for movement of the visual aid, the visual aid positioned in the receiver and being positionable in at least one of a first orientation wherein the visual aid is substantially perpendicular to an outer surface of the second wrist structure and a second orientation wherein the visual aid is substantially parallel to the outer surface of the second wrist brace stru
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Sarmad Shah
  • Publication number: 20120071256
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a golf swing training device which is uniquely configured to maintain a desirable bent wrist condition through the entirety of the downswing (including golf ball impact) and follow-though or finish of the golf swing. The training device allows the wearer to start the golf swing with the right wrist in its natural, generally flattened condition at address. Once the backswing of the golf stroke is initiated, the training device allows the wearer to bend the right wrist back naturally, and at different amounts so as to represent the different amounts of right wrist bend a golfer may employ for shorter and longer strokes. Once the right wrist has achieved its full amount of bend at the time of the downswing, the training device effectively maintains such bend throughout the entirety of the downswing and follow-through or finish of, the golf swing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Scott Shew, Cary R. Schoen
  • Publication number: 20120004046
    Abstract: An apparatus for teaching and practicing the proper positioning of the hands and/or wrists relative to the arms in the performance of an athletic maneuver is disclosed. The apparatus includes a brace to be positioned on the forearm and extend across the wrist and at least partially along the hand. A securing mechanism can be included for selectively attaching the brace to the forearm. A rod extends from the brace and is configured to be gripped by the user while wearing the device. The rod can also receive athletic related devices. The device can be adapted to teach a user the proper positioning of the hands and wrists relative to the arms throughout an athletic maneuver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Baker
  • Patent number: 8043171
    Abstract: A golf swing aid is provided which keeps the wrists in close proximity during a golf swing. The aid wraps around one or both of a golfer's wrists, and may be wrapped around the club. The aid is divided into distinct regions which inform the golfer of whether the swing will result in a square shot, a hook shot, or a slice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventors: Dennis Huffman, Colby Huffman
  • Patent number: 8040758
    Abstract: A wrist-worn apparatus for monitoring a user's performance while playing golf includes a user input, a processor, a heart rate monitor, a timer, a user input, a display, a processor and a memory for storing a plurality of inputted golf parameters that pertain to a round of golf. The apparatus obtains and displays the user's heart rate, providing feedback on the user's heart rate during a round of golf. In addition, the apparatus can store various inputted golf parameters and compute calculated statistics one or more rounds of golf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Physi-Cal Enterprises LP
    Inventor: Elisabeth Dickinson
  • Patent number: 8033916
    Abstract: Grip pressure is monitored by a collection of battery powered components embodied in an assembly analogous to an ordinary wrist watch, that is a watch housing or casement and a stretchable band. The system, which we shall refer to as a swing monitor, is worn on the wrist and deployed in such a way that the back of the housing or casement is cinched securely to the back or underside of the wrist. A pressure plate on the back of the watch makes contact with the pulse region of the wrist. The flexing and relaxing of the muscles and tendons of the wearer is read by an electronic pressure sensing device, a piezo sensor. A tighter grip will register greater pressure and a looser grip, less pressure. The device records grip pressure associated with the swing of a golf club, tennis racquest or baseball bat, among other articles of sports equipment meant to be swung. The grip pressure determined to be optimal, that is giving the desired result, can be SAVED in the memory of the swing monitor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventors: Theodore Caldwell, Ning Chen
  • Publication number: 20110224009
    Abstract: An architecture is presented that provides a golf training aid for maintaining the proper wrist angle during golf swings. The golf training aid has a simple structure, a low manufacturing cost, and is convenient to use. The golf training aid comprises a flexible plate secured to a user. The golf training aid can also comprise Velcro-like fasteners secured to a top and a bottom portion of the flexible plate to help secure the golf training aid to a user. When inserted between the Velcro fasteners of a golf glove and wore on a golfer's lead hand, the golf training aid resists the improper bending of a golfer's wrist and provides audible feedback when an excessive amount of bending occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Yen-Ping Shan
  • Publication number: 20110183769
    Abstract: A swing training device which positively prevents a player's wrists from uncocking until a desired point the swing is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Sery
  • Patent number: 7892103
    Abstract: A method for golf swing training. In one embodiment, the method comprises a weighted club with directional mountings attached to a resistance means. The resistance means applies force from behind forcing the squaring up of the club face. The disclosed technology comprises a pulley system that allows for the variable resistance associated with the various exercises. By not using a traditional golf head and using directional mountings, the device is no longer dependent on the club face orientation but rather, the golf plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Jerome A Vahary
  • Patent number: 7731597
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sport training device for improving technique by providing resistance within the context of a sporting movement. The invention comprises an arcuate frame worn on the thigh of a user, which is secure to the user's thigh with an adjustable belt or cuff coupled to the frame. A lever coupled to the frame extends away from the frame in front of the user's body and an elastic cord is anchored to the lever. An attachment means is coupled to the other end of the elastic cord to allow the user's arms to extend the cord, thereby providing resistance to the user's movement. The attachment means attaches the cord to a wrist strap or glove worn by the user or to the handle of a sport implement such as a golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen D. Burgess
  • Patent number: 7699714
    Abstract: A multi-functional golf swing training apparatus includes first and second arm braces that are adapted to be removably attached to user forearms respectively. A first mechanism is provided for pivotally mating the first arm brace to the second arm brace such that the first and second arm braces simultaneously pivot about a first axis. Such a first mechanism can be selectively toggled between unlocked and locked positions such that a desired angle is adjustably and fixedly defined between the first and second arm braces during the golf swing motion respectively. Further, a second mechanism may be provided for resiliently articulating the first and second arm braces about a second axis registered orthogonal to the first axis such that the first and second swivel mounts independently reciprocate along mutually exclusive arcuate paths adjoining the first and second arm braces respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: Nicholas Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20100056288
    Abstract: An apparatus for teaching and practicing the proper positioning of the hands and/or wrists relative to the arms in the performance of an athletic maneuver is disclosed. The apparatus includes a brace to be positioned on the forearm and extend across the wrist and at least partially along the hand. A securing mechanism can be included for selectively attaching the brace to the forearm. A rod extends from the brace and is configured to be gripped by the user while wearing the device. The rod can also receive athletic related devices. The device can be adapted to teach a user the proper positioning of the hands and wrists relative to the arms throughout an athletic maneuver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Baker
  • Patent number: 7628708
    Abstract: A golf swing instruction aide adopted for attachment to the shaft of a golf club to measure or control the amount of wrist cock of the golfer during the golf swing. The aide includes first and second arcuate members one of which is adopted to be affixed to the shaft of a golf club and the other of which is movable to the first arcuate member and includes indicia to show the amount of relative movement and further includes apparatus to restrict relative movement to a desired amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Metz
  • Publication number: 20090239674
    Abstract: A golf swing aid is provided which keeps the wrists in close proximity during a golf swing. The aid wraps around one or both of a golfer's wrists, and may be wrapped around the club. The aid is divided into distinct regions which inform the golfer of whether the swing will result in a square shot, a hook shot, or a slice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Dennis Huffman, Colby Huffman
  • Publication number: 20090176592
    Abstract: A swing training device which positively prevents a player's wrists from uncocking until a desired point the swing is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Joseph Sery
  • Publication number: 20090156322
    Abstract: A training aid for use with golf clubs has a coupler easily interchangeable from one club to another with an attached hand strap for wrapping about the golfer's hand to restrain the club against slipping from the user's grip while swinging the club, thereby to encourage a looser and more natural grip on the club.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Robert A. Luly, Karen E. Luly
  • Patent number: 7539084
    Abstract: A mechanical golf counter includes a case in which is mounted a golf counter mechanism including: a plurality of first components for counting score associated with a plurality of holes and for providing indication of the score at each hole; a plurality of second components for storing the indication for each hole and cooperating with the first components; third component for altering the score indication of a selected hole, cooperating with the first component; fourth component for reading the score of the selected hole, and cooperating with the first components; and fifth component for displaying the score of the selected hole, the fifth component cooperating with the fourth component, wherein the first components are mounted mobile inside the case so any one of the components can occupy a determined score incrementing/reading position, in which the component is selected to cooperate with the third and fourth components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: Vincent Berseth
  • Publication number: 20090098945
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices more specifically for use in sports training in the fields of baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and other sports requiring control of, and the accuracy of a swing of the wrists, the positioning and follow through of the foots, and the positioning of the body when developing its precision and its reactions to moving objects. Important to the concept is the location of the pivot point or “center of action” associated with the muscular control developed when using this device. By attaching the resistance bands at the waist, proper control and muscle development relating to improved performance is accomplished.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Nathaniel L. George
  • Publication number: 20090088265
    Abstract: A golf swing instruction aide adopted for attachment to the shaft of a golf club to measure or control the amount of wrist cock of the golfer during the golf swing. The aide includes first and second arcuate members one of which is adopted to be affixed to the shaft of a golf club and the other of which is movable to the first arcuate member and includes indicia to show the amount of relative movement and further includes apparatus to restrict relative movement to a desired amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Metz
  • Patent number: 7455595
    Abstract: A golf training aid is adapted to be worn by a golfer. When worn, the golf training aid includes a forearm support secured to the leading forearm of the golfer. Rotatively mounted to the forearm support is an arm that extends past the hands of the golfer. Secured by the remote end of the arm is a shaft retainer that receives and holds the golf club shaft while the golf club is gripped and held by the golfer. The arm extending from the forearm support to the shaft retainer permits rotation of the arm about a first axis, but generally prevents or limits movement of the arm except about the first axis. The restrictions to movement imposed by the arm generally prevent the golfer from flipping his hands during the impact portion of the swing. That is, during the impact portion of the swing at least, the back of the leading hand remains generally fixed with respect to the adjacent forearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: True Ympact, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Douglas Gibbons, Jason Neubauer, Vance Parker Overton
  • Patent number: 7457201
    Abstract: A golf counter is constructed in a completely mechanical manner and includes a first counting mechanism with a display (202) for counting a number of strokes per hole, a second counting mechanism with a display (203) of a total number of strokes, and a third counting mechanism with a display (204) of played holes, wherein a press button (212) for indexing the third counting mechanism to the next position automatically sets the first counting mechanism into a zero position. Thereby, the display of the second counting mechanism is a sum hand (203) which may be rotated about a central pivot of the golf counter. The sum hand (203) permits an analog representation of the state of the game, in contrast to the common two-or three digit displays with digit disks. The counting mechanism is preferably designed as an autonomous module, and is arranged in a watch between the dial and the clockwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Jaermann & Stubi AG
    Inventors: Urs Jaermann, Pascal Stubi, Christian Chatelain
  • Publication number: 20080274819
    Abstract: Grip pressure is monitored by a collection of battery powered components embodied in an assembly analogous to an ordinary wrist watch, that is a watch housing or casement and a stretchable band. The system, which we shall refer to as a swing monitor, is worn on the wrist and deployed in such a way that the back of the housing or casement is cinched securely to the back or underside of the wrist. A pressure plate on the back of the watch makes contact with the pulse region of the wrist. The flexing and relaxing of the muscles and tendons of the wearer is read by an electronic pressure sensing device, a piezo sensor. A tighter grip will register greater pressure and a looser grip, less pressure. The device records grip pressure associated with the swing of a golf club, tennis racquest or baseball bat, among other articles of sports equipment meant to be swung. The grip pressure determined to be optimal, that is giving the desired result, can be SAVED in the memory of the swing monitor system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventors: Theodore W. Caldwell, Ning Chen
  • Patent number: 7211004
    Abstract: A golf glove and system useful in assisting a person having insufficient control of hand using a golf club to effectively strike a golf ball. The golf glove enables the person having insufficient control of hand to grasp and swing the golf club to effectively strike the golf ball without the assistance of another person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Joseph DeMarco
  • Patent number: 7070416
    Abstract: An arm positioning training tool includes an elongated rod that has a first end and a second end. The rod has a length generally between 36 inches and 44 inches. Each of a pair of rings has an inner edge perimeter edge and an outer perimeter edge. Each of the rings is attached to one of the first and second ends. The rod is attached to the outer perimeter edges of the rings so that the rings extend away from the rod. Each forearm of a pair of forearms of a person is removably positioned in one of the rings so that a proper distance between the forearms is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Allan Y. Lau
  • Patent number: 7057976
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a portable electronic timepiece including analogue display means. Preferably, the analogue display means include hour (9), minute (10) and second (11) hands and two concentric date display rings (15, 16) visible through a large aperture (14), said different display members being driven independently of each other. The electronic circuits (20) of the timepiece are arranged for keeping a golf score in a particular operating mode, called the golf mode. The use of current time display means for displaying information relating to golf play means that the timepiece is easy to read in golf mode. The electronic circuits are also arranged to allow the wearer of the timepiece to display, particularly, the scores of any hole already played at any time during the game, owing to intuitive manipulations of a single control member (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Vincent Berseth, Jean-Jacques Born
  • Patent number: 6991552
    Abstract: An overswing alerting mechanism/swing monitoring device that a user can wear, for example on the wrist, hand or arm, that can determine swing formation, and that can display and/or store the determined swing information. As an option, the device includes a visual and/or audible indicator for alerting the user to an improper swinging motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventor: Thomas J. Burke