Integral With Or Attachable To Swingable Implement Head Patents (Class 473/242)
  • Patent number: 10814190
    Abstract: Golf club heads include white diffusing top surfaces to aid in club head alignment. Wood type club heads also include a dark diffusing club face so that a crown/face border is emphasized. Scorelines in wood type clubs can be provided with an intermediate contrast surface, and can be displaced from club face center to accommodate player perception when confronted with a white diffusing crown. Putter heads can include dark diffusing alignment lines, and iron-type club heads can include white diffusing surfaces at a sole portion of a club face, at a top line, or a top portion of a club face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, David Anderson, Bill Price, Kevin Harper, Benoit Vincent, Bret H. Wahl
  • Patent number: 10729946
    Abstract: A golf club set according to the present invention is constituted by a plurality of golf clubs having different loft angles, each of the golf clubs has a shaft and a golf club head, and each of the golf club heads have a crown part, a face part, a sole part, and a hosel part to which the shaft is attached. In the face part, an upper edge line that is a boundary with the crown part curves so as to protrude upward, and, out of the plurality of golf clubs, at least a pair of a first golf club having a lower loft angle and a second golf club having a higher loft angle are configured such that, in a reference state, an uppermost point of the upper edge line of the second golf club is located further on a toe side than in the first golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomotaka Aramaki
  • Patent number: 10537772
    Abstract: A golf putter is disclosed having a head having a forward face, a back face, a top surface, and a bottom surface, the top surface defining a leading edge of the head and a trailing edge of the head. A back flange extends rearward from the back face of the head. In an example, a plurality of angled alignment lines are formed in the top surface of the head. In an example, a first straight alignment line is formed in the top surface of the head, the straight alignment line is centered between the plurality of angled alignment lines. In an example, a second straight alignment line is aligned with the first straight alignment line. In an example, a plurality of grooves are formed in the forward face of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Pyramid Putters, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Stephens
  • Patent number: 10525313
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a club head body removably coupled at different times with various attachment members in a recess of the club head body. In some embodiments, the golf club head comprises different characteristics when coupled with different attachment members. In some embodiments, different attachment members alter characteristics, such as bounce height, while maintaining other characteristics, such as loft angle and/or bounce angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Evan Greer
  • Patent number: 10293219
    Abstract: A golf club head according to the present invention is provided with a face portion, a crown portion and a sole portion, the crown portion including a first area extending in a toe-heel direction along at least part of the face portion and a second area arranged further to a back side than the first area, a sloped surface that extends in the toe-heel direction and slopes downward approaching the back side being formed between the first area and the second area, and a transfer sheet that is formed in a shape corresponding to the sloped surface and is a different color from the first area and the second area being stuck to the sloped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10258846
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body and a stiffening structure is disclosed herein. The body comprises a face section, a sole section, and a crown section, and defines a hollow interior. The stiffening structure extends within the hollow interior from the crown section to the sole section to reduce stresses placed on the face section during impact with a golf ball. The stiffening structure is entirely located within 0.500 inch of a rear surface of the face section measured along a plane normal to the center of the face, and within 1 inch of the center of the face section along a horizontal axis parallel to the face section, and comprises heel and toe connectors connected to one another by a middle connector, such that the stiffening structure has an approximately X- or H-overall shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Christopher A. G. Nunez, James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers, Denver Holt, Evan D. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 10195500
    Abstract: A golf club includes a shaft and a club head. The club head includes a body member having a ball striking face, a heel, a toe, a back, a crown, a sole, and a hosel region located at the intersection of the ball striking face, the heel and the crown. The sole includes a channel extending from the hosel region toward the toe. An insert is received within the channel. The club head further includes means for detachably securing the insert to the channel. A second insert configured for being received within the channel may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Oldknow
  • Patent number: 10137341
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a club head body removably coupled at different times with various attachment members in a recess of the club head body. In some embodiments, the golf club head comprises different characteristics when coupled with different attachment members. In some embodiments, different attachment members alter characteristics, such as bounce height, while maintaining other characteristics, such as loft angle and/or bounce angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Evan Greer
  • Patent number: 9993704
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head has a club head body that includes a back portion, a topline, a sole portion, and a striking face. The golf club head also may include a rib that extends from the back portion of the club head body to a rear surface of the striking face. A symmetric portion of the striking face is defined by contact with the topline, the sole portion, and the rib. A second rib may also be included in the golf club head and the symmetric portion of the striking face is defined by contact with the topline, the sole portion, the first rib, and the second rib. A flex support structure may also be incorporated into the golf club head. The flex support structures may have multiple profiles that contact the rear surface of the striking face at differing deflection depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Hebreo, Marni Ines
  • Patent number: 9975010
    Abstract: This invention provides a golf club with a club-head configured so as to decrease air resistance of the head by avoiding the air flows from retouching on the head surface. The club-head is provided with a ridge structure which contains a first ridge and a second ridge arranged at intervals in a downward direction of the air flows on at least the sole part of the head, wherein each of the ridges has the height of 0.2 mm to 3 mm and the breadth of 1 mm to 5 mm, the ridge structure being configured by plural ridges so as to displace the inclined angle of the ridges in a clockwise direction, resulting in generation of air vortex or whirls between the head surface and the surrounding air flows as shown in FIG. 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CROSS TECHNOLOGY LABO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Saso
  • Patent number: 9962582
    Abstract: A golf club head of a non-putter golf club comprising a crown and a sole located opposite the crown, a heel end and a toe end located opposite the heel end, a striking surface, and a design applied to the crown, which design comprises: a vertical line parallel to the striking surface, and a first set of diagonal lines consisting of one or more entirely straight lines, wherein: a) none of the lines of the first set of diagonal lines is parallel or perpendicular to the vertical line, b) no two lines of the first set of diagonal lines are parallel or perpendicular to each other, c) each line of the first set of diagonal lines forms an acute angle with a plane parallel to the striking surface, which plane passes through the endpoint of said line located nearer to the striking surface, and d) the lines of the first set of diagonal lines converge towards the heel end, and diverge towards the toe end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Charles T. Antku
  • Patent number: 9717959
    Abstract: Golf clubs and golf club head structures having an indicator providing a visual indication of a location of a center of gravity of a wood-type golf club are presented. The indicator may include a central portion or hub that is generally aligned with the center of gravity of the club. The indicator may also include a plurality of legs extending outward from the hub toward a perimeter of the golf club head. In some arrangements, the indicator may be formed to distribute a portion of the weight of the club head in order to adjust or move the center of gravity of the club head, in addition to providing a visual indication of the location of the center of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventor: John T. Stites
  • Patent number: 9586073
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of using the apparatus are included herein which apparatus includes a longitudinally extending bar body having an exterior surface and extending from a gripping end on a first bar section thereof to a second end comprising a hammer portion; wherein the hammer portion comprises a hammer head and the bar body comprises a second bar section extending from the hammer head at least partially along the bar body configured for receiving at least one weight positioned adjacent the hammer head. The apparatus is useful, for example, as a strength training fitness apparatus, a construction or demolition tool capable of supporting variable weight, and/or a strength training device for training workers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Manhammer Company, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Walker
  • Patent number: 9522310
    Abstract: A hollow golf club head has a crown portion extending from a face portion and configured so as to generate good ball hitting sound. The crown portion is provided with a first region having a first thickness, a second region having a second thickness and a third region having a third thickness, wherein the third thickness is less than the second thickness which is less than the first thickness. The first region is disposed in a face portion side of the crown portion and extending in the toe-heel direction. The third region is disposed backward of the first region. The second region surrounds the third region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 9308422
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a heel portion, a toe portion, a hosel, and a striking face. The striking face includes a plurality of scorelines each having an average depth no less than about 0.10 mm, a plurality of first micro-grooves each having an average depth no greater than about 0.010 mm, and a plurality of second micro-grooves overlaid on the first micro-grooves, each of the second micro-grooves having an average depth greater than the average depth of the first micro-grooves. Some embodiments can also have a plurality of textured surface treatment regions superimposed on the overlaid first and second micro-grooves so as to at least partially intersect the micro-grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Patrick Ripp, Roberto Aguayo, Jeffrey D. Brunski, Matthew R. Daraskavich, Sharon J. Park
  • Patent number: 9265998
    Abstract: A golf club includes a tubular shaft, a golf club head affixed to a first end of the shaft, and a grip disposed about a second end of the shaft. The golf club head is a putter head having a loft angle of from about 0 degrees to about 6 degrees and a mass of from about 360 grams to about 400 grams. A movable weight is disposed within a hollow recess of the shaft and within a grip portion of the club. The movable weight is configured to be selectively repositionable within the grip portion by a user, and has a mass of from about 60 grams to about 80 grams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Kammerer, David N. Franklin, John Hatfield
  • Patent number: 9174100
    Abstract: This invention provides a hollow golf club head including a metal plate portion provided with thin and thick portions. A medium thick portion having an intermediate thickness between the thicknesses of the thin and thick portions is formed at the boundary portion between the thin and thick portions. The thin and medium thick portions are formed by the steps of pressing the metal plate portion to form a recess in one surface of the metal plate portion and a projection on its other surface, performing chemical milling of the recess and a portion surrounding it, and removing the projection by grinding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaharu Takechi
  • Patent number: 9095759
    Abstract: A golf club putter having an alignment pattern is disclosed herein. The alignment pattern has first and second long lines that approach each other as they extend from an aft region of the putter to a front region of the putter and, when the putter is properly aligned with a golf ball, create an optical illusion of convergence of said lines at or near a center of the golf ball without actually intersecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hilton, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 9033812
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a golf club. The golf club includes a golf club head body having a face surface arranged for impacting a golf ball, a rear surface opposite the face surface, a sole surface, a crown surface including a first crown surface and a second crown surface, and a toe surface including a first toe surface and a second toe surface. The toe surface transitions to the crown surface at a toe end curved boundary surface comprising a first curved boundary surface where the first toe surface transitions to the first crown surface, a second curved boundary surface where the second toe surface transitions to the second crown surface, and a toe end radius of curvature. At least part of the toe end radius of curvature varies. Other embodiments of related golf clubs and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Solheim, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 8932144
    Abstract: When hitting a ball to a target with a putter, the ball often travels to a point which is deviated to the right from the target. When a golfer looks at the target just after taking his address, he turns his head to a target about a rotation axis which extends through the back of his head. When this rotation axis is not horizontal and an angle defined by the rotation axis and his sighting line to a putter head is not 90°, he has an optical illusion which tricks him into believing that he has to correct his address position. The putter of the present invention is provided with a thin-plate pendulum thereby allowing him to turn his head about the rotation axis while keeping the angle defined by the rotation axis and his sighting line at 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Taiseikogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyosi Simizu
  • Patent number: 8870674
    Abstract: A golf club head having an adjustable hosel and a level is disclosed herein. The adjustable hosel is movable between a plurality of positions to adjust at least one feature of the golf club head, such as loft, lie, and/or face angle, and is held in place by an adjustment knob or adjustment lever. The level preferably is a bubble level that is disposed proximate a scale to indicate to a golfer an optimal loft, lie, and/or face angle of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Craig E. Abbott
  • Publication number: 20140274437
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face. The head further has an indicator associated therewith, the indicator identifying a golf ball based on a vibration mode of the golf ball, such that the club head is configured to be used to strike the golf ball on the ball striking surface. In one embodiment, the face and the identified golf ball(s) may have the same or substantially the same vibration mode at one or more different swing speeds. The indicator may be positioned on the body or elsewhere on the club head, or may be alternately be positioned on a shaft connected to the head or separately from the ball striking device, such as in a written manual associated with the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, Jeffrey A. Hadden, Matthew S. Young, Charles A. Plaxico
  • Patent number: 8827825
    Abstract: Attachable systems and methods allow a golfer to ‘zero in’ on the desired striking zone or “sweet spot” of a club, including putters and non-putters. One or more guides are positionable relative to the desired striking zone, such that if a golf ball interacts with a guide during a swing, the guide provides aural or tactile feedback that the club has hit the ball outside of the desired striking zone. The device may include at least two guides, one positionable on one side of the desired striking zone and the other positionable on the other side of the desired striking zone. The device may comprise guides in the form of a tab or leaf pivotable from an up position when not in use to a down position for use. If the club head has a back side, a portion of the device may contact with the back side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Jacob Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8771095
    Abstract: Golf club heads include white diffusing top surfaces to aid in club head alignment. Wood type club heads also include a dark diffusing club face so that a crown/face border is emphasized. Scorelines in wood type clubs can be provided with an intermediate contrast surface, and can be displaced from club face center to accommodate player perception when confronted with a white diffusing crown. Putter heads can include dark diffusing alignment lines, and iron-type club heads can include white diffusing surfaces at a sole portion of a club face, at a top line, or a top portion of a club face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, David Anderson, Bill Price, Kevin Harper, Benoit Vincent, Bret H. Wahl
  • Publication number: 20140155188
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a club head with a club head alignment aid. Other embodiments for related club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin W. Flaherty, John H. Loudenslager, Nicholas S. Radeleff
  • Patent number: 8740717
    Abstract: A golf club head in which a top surface of the body includes an actual top surface visible profile region and a varied top surface visible profile region is provided. The varied top surface visible profile region may provide a visual impression of a varied profile of the body distinct from an actual profile of the body. The visual impression is oriented in a manner that allows the golfer to address the ball at the heel region of the golf club. The perimeter of the top surface visible profile region may be complementary in shape to the perimeter of the top surface of the body and the varied top surface visible profile region and the actual top surface visible profile region may be distinct in shape, size, color, and/or finish etc. An associated golf club and a method for fitting a golf club are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Stites
  • Publication number: 20140148262
    Abstract: A golf club visual alignment system for effectively assisting a golfer with the alignment of a golf clubface with respect to an intended target. The golf club visual alignment system generally includes a top surface of a clubhead having a first section and a second section, wherein the intersection of the sections is ninety-degrees with respect to a clubface to assist a golfer in visually aligning the clubface. The first section has a different visual appearance from the second section to provide an alignment line for the golfer to visualize the alignment of the clubface with respect to a target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Ransom Ward MacKeen
  • Publication number: 20140128173
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads and methods to manufacture such a golf club heads are generally described herein. In some embodiments, the golf club head may include a ball-striking face and a protective aluminum oxide layer coupled to the ball-striking face of the golf club head. The protective aluminum oxide layer is associated with a hardness that is greater than that of the ball-striking face. In further embodiments, golf club heads may include a top portion and at least one of a plurality of interchangeable alignment indicia coupled thereto, which are configured to guide the golf club head relative to a golf ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Liang Quan, Anthony D. Serrano
  • Patent number: 8715097
    Abstract: A golf club head is provided and includes a club head body, a club head face connected to a front portion of the club head body, wherein the club head face includes a club face surface having a plurality of face cavities arranged across the club face surface and a plurality of protrusion posts, wherein each of the plurality of protrusion posts includes a post body having a post base and a post head, wherein the plurality of protrusion posts is associated with the club face to extend away from the club face surface such that the post base of each of the plurality posts is located in separate cavities of the plurality of face cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Irwin A. Knafel
  • Publication number: 20140113736
    Abstract: A golf club head is presented, the golf club head having a top surface, a front surface, a back surface, a first side surface, a second side surface and a bottom surface. The top surface has a matte green finish, an alignment mark, and an opening for mating with a shaft, wherein the matte green finish reduces distraction of a user during a golf swing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Dill
  • Patent number: 8696483
    Abstract: A golf club putter having an alignment pattern is disclosed herein. The alignment pattern has first and second long lines that approach each other as they extend from an aft region of the putter to a front region of the putter and, when the putter is properly aligned with a golf ball, create an optical illusion of convergence of said lines at or near a center of the golf ball without actually intersecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hilton, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 8690700
    Abstract: A wood-type club head can include a front end having a front face, a toe end, a heel end opposite the toe end, a rear end opposite the front end, a crown surface having a front crown end and a rear crown end, and an alignment aid at the crown surface. The front crown end can be closer to the front end than to the rear end, and the rear crown end can be closer to the rear end than to the front end. The alignment aid can include three alignment aid stripes. The three alignment aid stripes can include a toe alignment aid stripe, a heel alignment aid stripe, and a center alignment aid stripe. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin W. Flaherty, John H. Loudenslager, Nicholas S. Radeleff
  • Patent number: 8668596
    Abstract: A golf club comprising an adjustable fitting member semi-permanently attached rearwardly on a sole is disclosed herein. The fitting member can be rotated to adjust the measured and perceived face angle of the golf club head at address without changing the relative relationship of the club with respect to the shaft, which would alter the lie and loft of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew T. Cackett, D. Clayton Evans, Alan Hocknell
  • Patent number: 8641548
    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 holes to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Rauchholz, Nicholas Yontz
  • Publication number: 20130337931
    Abstract: This invention provides an iron golf club head comprising a face surface with a plurality of scorelines formed in it, and an indicating portion which indicates at least the cross-sectional shape of the scoreline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru BAN, Kozue Wada
  • Publication number: 20130303296
    Abstract: A golf club head is provided having a club body having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, and a heel portion. The club head also having a central portion connected with the front portion. A frame is connected with the central portion configured to provide a lightweight crown portion being located above an offset plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Paul M. Demkowski, Bret H. Wahl, Sean Toulon, Marni D. Ines, Robert Nunez, Bill Price, Jose Miraflor
  • Patent number: 8556742
    Abstract: A golf club head with a body and an asymmetrical visual swing indicator is provided. The asymmetrical visual swing indicator may be formed to represent an apparent backswing path outward of an actual backswing path. In certain configurations the asymmetrical visual swing indicator is positioned such that a portion of the asymmetrical visual swing indicator closest to the hitting surface of the golf club is closer to a heel end plane of the golf club head then a portion of the asymmetrical visual swing indicator closest to a rear surface of the golf club head. The swing indicator is integral with the body of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: T. Stites John
  • Patent number: 8550931
    Abstract: A golf club putter having an alignment pattern is disclosed herein. The alignment pattern has first and second long lines that approach each other as they extend from an aft region of the putter to a front region of the putter and, when the putter is properly aligned with a golf ball, create an optical illusion of convergence of said lines at or near a center of the golf ball without actually intersecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hilton, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 8545340
    Abstract: A golf club having at least one directional based graphic on the golf club it disclosed. More specifically, the golf club in accordance with the present invention will have at least one directional based graphic that will only be visible when the golf club is oriented in a desirable direction while staying invisible in all other undesirable directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventors: Ryan L. Roach, Peter L. Soracco
  • Patent number: 8517852
    Abstract: A golf club putter having an alignment pattern is disclosed herein. The alignment pattern has first and second long lines that approach each other as they extend from an aft region of the putter to a front region of the putter and, when the putter is properly aligned with a golf ball, create an optical illusion of convergence of said lines at or near a center of the golf ball without actually intersecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hilton, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 8517851
    Abstract: A golf club comprising an adjustable fitting member semi-permanently attached rearwardly on a sole is disclosed herein. The fitting member can be rotated to adjust the measured and perceived face angle of the golf club head at address without changing the relative relationship of the club with respect to the shaft, which would alter the lie and loft of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew T. Cackett, D. Clayton Evans, Alan Hocknell
  • Publication number: 20130196784
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a setting indicator for a golf club having an adjustable attribute. The invention provides a component to serve as a setting indicator or setting display device for a golf club or a golf club having a setting indicator. The setting indicator includes a window and an adjustment mechanism configured to provide a golf club with a selected attribute while also displaying an indicia through the window to provide information about the selected attribute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: COBRA GOLF INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Karl A. Clausen, Andrew Curtis
  • Publication number: 20130178301
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a club head with a club head alignment aid. Other embodiments for related club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventor: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8480504
    Abstract: A golf club putter having an alignment pattern is disclosed herein. The alignment pattern has first and second long lines that approach each other as they extend from an aft region of the putter to a front region of the putter and, when the putter is properly aligned with a golf ball, create an optical illusion of convergence of said lines at or near a center of the golf ball without actually intersecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hilton, Augustin W. Rollinston
  • Publication number: 20130165247
    Abstract: A golf putter head with a front portion comprising traditional shape and appearance, with an integral face insert extending through the head to an alignment and weighting portion extending beyond the main body of the putter, adding improved alignment, increased moment of inertia (MOI) and adjustable weighting and adjustable balance and optimizable center of percussion. The putter head comprises a central face insert portion extending through the body and above the traditional weight flange, with mass relieved portions below the top of the alignment piece in order to receive one or more optional weights, and the upper side of the rearwardly extending portion being engraved or marked with various alignment indicia, and the whole through-head insert face portion and rearwardly extending portion being affixed to the base portion of the head at least in part with threaded fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: DOGLEG RIGHT CORPORATION
    Inventor: DOGLEG RIGHT CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130123036
    Abstract: A golf club head in which a top surface of the body includes an actual top surface visible profile region and a varied top surface visible profile region is provided. The varied top surface visible profile region may provide a visual impression of a varied profile of the body distinct from an actual profile of the body. The visual impression is oriented in a manner that allows the golfer to address the ball at the heel region of the golf club. The perimeter of the top surface visible profile region may be complementary in shape to the perimeter of the top surface of the body and the varied top surface visible profile region and the actual top surface visible profile region may be distinct in shape, size, color, and/or finish etc. An associated golf club and a method for fitting a golf club are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: NIKE, INC.
  • Patent number: 8425341
    Abstract: A wood type golf club head according to this invention includes a face portion and a crown portion. A center-of-gravity position mark which indicates a point where the center of gravity of the wood type golf club head is projected to the crown portion is formed on the surface of the crown portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaharu Takechi, Yasunori Imamoto, Tomoe Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20130095942
    Abstract: A golf club head is provided having a club body having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, and a heel portion. The club head also having a central portion connected with the front portion. A frame is connected with the central portion configured to provide a lightweight crown portion being located above an offset plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
  • Patent number: 8419561
    Abstract: A club head can include a front end having a front face, a toe end, a heel end opposite the toe end, a rear end opposite the front face, a crown surface having a front crown end and a rear crown end, and an alignment aid at the crown surface that extends between the front crown end and the rear crown end. The club head can be a wood-type club head. Meanwhile, the front crown end can be closer to the front end than to the rear end, and the rear crown end can be closer to the rear end than to the front end. The alignment aid can have an alignment aid width approximately equal to a golf ball diameter and can include two or more alignment aid stripes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin W. Flaherty, John H. Loudenslager, Nicholas S. Radeleff
  • Patent number: 8414410
    Abstract: A driver club head can include a front end having a front face, a toe end, a heel end opposite the toe end, a rear end opposite the front end, a crown surface having a front crown end and a rear crown end, and an alignment aid at the crown surface. The front crown end can be closer to the front end than to the rear end, and the rear crown end can be closer to the rear end than to the front end. The alignment aid can include two or more alignment aid stripes. The two or more alignment aid stripes can include a first alignment aid stripe and a second alignment aid stripe extending between the front crown end and the rear crown end. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin W. Flaherty, John H. Loudenslager, Nicholas S. Radeleff