Grip Patents (Class 473/300)
  • Patent number: 10046213
    Abstract: A golf club grip for attachment to a shaft of a golf club, the grip comprising an elongated body including a proximate end, a distal end, a first flat surface, the first flat surface having a proximate edge, a distal edge, a first long edge, and a second long edge, a second flat surface, the second flat surface having a proximate edge, a distal edge, a first long edge, and a second long edge, a first curved surface having an outwardly convex curvature, the first curved surface having a curved edge between the first long edge of the first flat surface and the first long edge of the second flat surface, and a second curved surface having an outwardly convex curvature, the second curved surface having a curved edge between the second long edge of the first flat surface and the second long edge of the second flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Louis Goldfader
  • Patent number: 9848589
    Abstract: One object is to provide a knob of a fishing reel that can be fabricated easily at low cost and with high strength. In accordance with one aspect, a knob of a fishing reel includes a core rotatably supported via a spindle, and a tubular grip member formed of an elastic material and fitted round the core, wherein the core is provided with a deformation-applying portion for contacting the inner surface of the grip member and causing the outer shape of the grip member to deform and bulge in a direction orthogonal to the axis of the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBERIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Sho Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9700772
    Abstract: A golf club grip for attachment to a shaft of a golf club, the grip comprising an elongated body including a proximate end, a distal end, a first flat surface, the first flat surface having a proximate edge, a distal edge, a first long edge, and a second long edge, a second flat surface, the second flat surface having a proximate edge, a distal edge, a first long edge, and a second long edge, a first curved surface having an outwardly convex curvature, the first curved surface having a curved edge between the first long edge of the first flat surface and the first long edge of the second flat surface, and a second curved surface having an outwardly convex curvature, the second curved surface having a curved edge between the second long edge of the first flat surface and the second long edge of the second flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Louis Goldfader
  • Patent number: 9689654
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a selection assisting method including a first selection step of selecting a recommended grip from a plurality of types of grips based on information on a hand size of a testing golfer; a measurement step of measuring by using a measurement device a swing characteristic of the testing golfer in a shot by using a golf club to which the recommended grip selected in the first selection step is attached; and a second selection step of selecting a recommended grip from the plurality of types of grips based on a measurement result in the measurement step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotada Iwade, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Shintaro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9661833
    Abstract: Disclosed are grips and methods of making grips for use with the handle of an article, and in particular for use with fishing poles and golf clubs. Grips preferably include a multi-layered gripping member and an inner sleeve or mounting body. The gripping member can include an outer layer with a fabric layer coated and preferably saturated by polyurethane. The outer layer can be bonded to an inner layer to form the gripping member which is then attached to the sleeve. The sleeve can be ground from a starting block of material or may be injection molded. Also disclosed are handles including a connector configured to couple to a portion of a fishing pole. Such handles may include a multiple layers and can be selectively removed from the article. Methods are also provided for selectively coupling exchangeable handles to articles including fishing poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Patent number: 9593902
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed towards a sleeve. The sleeve may be configured to cover a detachable magazine, such as a detachable magazine for an assault rifle. In embodiments, the sleeve may be comprised of waterproof and/or weatherproof materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AR Customs
    Inventor: William B. Barnes
  • Patent number: 9586114
    Abstract: An interchangeable golf grip is secured by a snap compression unit that enters into a golf club shaft. The compression unit includes multiple expansion capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Chalifoux
  • Patent number: 9459068
    Abstract: Vibration dampeners (DTM's) designed to surround a device in which unwanted vibrations (including shocks) are set up during use or a component of the device. The DTM significantly shortens the duration of those vibrations, reducing sound levels, making the device more comfortable to use in wielded instrument applications of the invention, and/or significantly reducing the possibility that the vibrations might damage the device. A representative, but significant, use of the subject DTM's is to dampen the vibrations generated when an arrow (or bolt) is shot from a crossbow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Sims Vibration Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven C. Sims
  • Patent number: 9452329
    Abstract: A grip for sporting equipment is provided having at least one grip end, a grip end portion extending from each of the at least one grip ends, and a center portion adapted to receive the gripping end of the equipment. Each grip end portion defines a receiver for receiving one or more layers substantially overlaying the center portion. Typically, the grip end portions are fabricated of durable material for protecting the grip ends from damage. The receivers reduce adhesive leakage from between the center portion and the layers and from between the layers. The receivers also protect opposed ends of the layers from damage. The layers may be fabricated of lightweight materials. The thickness of layers formed of lightweight materials may be increased without greatly increasing the grip's weight, thereby increasing the grip's size without greatly increasing its weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Clive S. Lu
  • Patent number: 9452333
    Abstract: An interchangeable golf grip secured by a snap compression unit that enters into a golf club shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Chalifoux
  • Patent number: 9375833
    Abstract: Disclosed are grips and methods of making grips for use with the handle of an article, and in particular for use with golf clubs, fishing poles, bicycle handles, hand tools, etc. Embodiments preferably include a first portion made of a first material and a second portion made of a second material. The first portion is preferably less dense and/or lighter than the second portion to allow for the manufacture of a light grip with different characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Patent number: 9216342
    Abstract: A grip-it golf system for releasably supporting a golf glove and for maintaining the golf glove in a readily accessible location includes the golf glove, a supporting member, a connector, and a female snap on the interior surface of the connector. The method includes releasably coupling the female snap of the connector to the male snap of the golf bag and releasable coupling the female loop fastener of the glove to the male hook fastener of the connector so that the weight of the connector will hold the glove against the golf bag elevationally beneath the coupled male and female snaps for securement purposes and for drying when the golf bag, connector, and golf glove are moving, as on a golf cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Larry J. Evans
  • Patent number: 9211456
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods relating to optimizing a weight distribution of a golf club for a golfer's swing, comprising monitoring one or more dynamic behavioral characteristics of said golfer's swing, and altering said weight distribution of said golf club to optimize said golfer's swing by evaluating said one or more dynamic behavioral characteristics of said golfer's swing, selecting a weight member from a set of interchangeable weight members, and installing said weight member into said golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Dustin A. Barksdale, Scott A. Knutson, Gregory D. Johnson, Andrew L. McCarthy, Ryan Margoles, Donald S. Bone
  • Patent number: 9144716
    Abstract: A grip for the handle of an article having at least a sheet with a cut-out and an insert. The insert is positioned within or against the cut-out of the sheet to define a panel. The panel is then attached to an underlisting sleeve. The grip allows the use of multiple color panels and inserts and the placement of various materials in various grip areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Patent number: 9114295
    Abstract: The disclosure herein includes a grip for a golf club with a flexible tube and a layered sheet. The tube includes a tubular body and raised portions extending from the tubular body. The outer surface of the raised portions cooperates with the layered sheet to form a gripping surface. The grip reduces impact shock and provides a feeling of tackiness while providing increased variation in the physical characteristics of the gripping surface. The disclosure further provides a golf club grip that includes a resilient strip spirally wrapped about an underlisting sleeve having a cap and a nipple. The underside of the cap is formed a downwardly facing circumferential slot that receives the upper edge of the strip. The nipple is formed with an upwardly facing groove that receives the lower portion of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Patent number: 9072952
    Abstract: A golf putter grip comprises a main tubular body having a non-circular cross-section being symmetrical and remaining similar throughout its axial length, and a flat front area being also along and throughout its axial length. The non-circular cross-section and the flat front area respectively have a width sufficient to have two hands cupped together at the same height and two thumbs placed side by side on the flat front area to hold the putter grip comfortably with minimal wrist breaking-down. The main tubular body preferably has flat-topped arch cross-section and is reversely tapered, and its reverse taper is sufficient in certain degrees to accommodate different finger lengths of two hands for reducing the gripping pressure, so as to make the gripping comfortable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Hong-Sung Chu, Chiung-Ling Wang Chu, Leo Jaw
  • Patent number: 9039542
    Abstract: Provided is a golf club having a head disposed at a front end of a shaft and a grip disposed at a back end of the shaft. A club weight is not larger than 290 g. A product of a ratio (head weight/club weight) of a head weight to the club weight, and a ratio (LG/LS) of a distance LG from the front end of the shaft to a center of gravity of the shaft to a full length LS of the shaft, is not smaller than 0.365.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Nakamura, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Takashi Nakano
  • Patent number: 9022878
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for matching golf clubs to a specific user. The method includes providing both a height and a weight of the specific user; determining physical parameters of the specific user from both the height and the weight; providing data for each golf club; obtaining optimal club mass for a Driver; obtaining optimal values of both a moment of inertia about a grip center and a mass for each golf club; and modifying each golf club to enable each golf club to attain the optimal values. The system involves utilizing the aforementioned information gathered for the method. It is advantageous that each of the golf clubs matched to the specific user are effectively employed with an application of identical swings from the specific user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Gisle Solhaug
  • Publication number: 20150119161
    Abstract: The Fox Sharpshooter putter grip is a putter grip that has two unique features. First it contains a chart to help the golfer to determine the how hard to strike the golf ball when putting. Second it features a cap containing a bubble level to help the golfer to hold the putter shaft vertically, which will give the golfer a consistent vertical line with which to compare to the slope of the green. This will help the golfer to determine which direction the ball will roll (the break.) When the chart and the bubble level are used together, they help the golfer to “read” a putt with great accuracy. The Fox Sharpshooter putter grip conforms to USGA rules when the cap with the bubble level is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Criddle Fox, JR.
  • Patent number: 9017183
    Abstract: An improved putter and method of use utilizing a putter shaft having a rectangular grip extending approximately half the shaft length. A polygonal-like ring provides a flat face with an extended toe and a short heel. The face of the putter head has a polymeric insert for weight redistribution and for better putting feel. The sides of the putter include triangular shaped indents also for weight redistribution. The rear of the putter head is arched to prevent ground contact during putting and further to increase head stability during the stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: John M. Ambrose
  • Publication number: 20150105175
    Abstract: A handle grip assembly for swing-type ball game equipment includes a grip shaft, which defines a mating connection portion, a tail portion provided with two locating devices, and a passage hole axially extending through the mating connection portion and the tail portion for receiving a shaft of a sporting equipment handle, a grip sheath surrounding the outer perimeter of the grip shaft, and a butt cap, which defines a base wall abutted against one end of the grip shaft, an enclosing wall outwardly extended from the border of the base wall and wrapped about the outer surface of the grip sheath and two positioning portions located at the base wall and respectively forced into engagement with the locating devices of the tail portion of the grip shaft. Thus, the handle grip assembly effectively simplifies the manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: High Cedar Enterprise Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Mao-Hsiu WANG
  • Publication number: 20150099594
    Abstract: A golf grip with tread design and slanted indicia design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Robert William Graham
  • Patent number: 8998744
    Abstract: One embodiment of a golf club of the type having a shaft (30) with a head (32) on one end and a base (24) on the other end. A proximal handle (20) and a distal handle (22) each extend from the base. The orientation of the proximal handle and distal handle are each set at an angle relative to the axis of the base. Each handle is directed outward from the shaft in a respective meridian which is substantially opposite the head. The proximal handle is grasped with the preferred hand for substantial control and power of the swing. The distal handle is grasped with the non-preferred hand to augment the control and power of any desired portion of the swing. Other embodiments are described as shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Raymond L. Castaldo
  • Publication number: 20150045136
    Abstract: A weighted grip for a golf club is disclosed. The weight is preferably a metal, such as iron and its alloys, especially steel, copper and its alloys, such as brass and bronze, tungsten and its alloys, especially tungsten, aluminum and its alloys, ceramics, including cermets, and can take the form of a cylindric shape concentric with the grip, and embedded in the moldable composition forming the grip. In other embodiments the weight can be at, or near, the extreme end of the grip. Other shapes, forms and locations of the weight are disclosed, as well as combinations of the weight with a grip formed of a moldable composition having a heavy filler therein. The combination of the grip and a golf club are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen BOCCIERI
  • Publication number: 20150018115
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body defining an interior cavity. The body includes a sole positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head, a crown positioned at a top portion, and a skirt positioned around a periphery between the sole and crown. The body has a forward portion and a rearward portion. The club head includes a face positioned at the forward portion of the body. The face defines a striking surface having an ideal impact location at a golf club head origin. Some embodiments of the club head have a high moment of inertia and variable thickness face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Joseph Henry Hoffman, Drew T. DeShiell
  • Patent number: 8932145
    Abstract: To provide an inexpensive golf club grip with an improved feel of grip and ball direction control. A grip 10 has a double structure in a certain region 12. The grip 10 includes a grip main body 14 made of a soft resin and an end cap 15 made of a hard resin. The grip main body 14 is formed by insert molding with the end cap 15 being the insert. The end cap 15 includes a cylindrical portion 13. The cylindrical portion 13 has a specific length in the axial direction. The cylindrical portion 13 is inserted into a rear end portion of the grip main body 14. Thus, the torsional rigidity is improved in the region 12. The grip main body 14 is molded using a pin gate mold so that a gate mark 19 can double as a mark indicative of the center thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Iomic Inc.
    Inventor: Toshihiko Hachiro
  • Patent number: 8915795
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a golf club in which a shaft arranged beneath a grip portion of the golf club is processed to be used as means for grip swing performed by rotating the golf grip locally between both hands of a golfer. The aim of the present invention is to enable forces of both hands and both arms of the golfer and the weight of the golf club to be dynamically balanced at one or more center of gravity portions (S) designed at a specific position on the shaft beneath the grip during a typical gripping and swinging action of the golfer, that is, said center of gravity portions (S) may serve as a hinge or weight of minimum swing performed between both hands of the golfer, thereby enabling fine swing control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Keun Shik Chang
  • Publication number: 20140342845
    Abstract: A grip including a weight for a golf club is provided. The grip includes an opening with a first threaded portion. The weight includes a second threaded portion configured to engage the first threaded portion of the grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: SSG International, LLC
    Inventor: Dean M. Dingman
  • Patent number: 8870673
    Abstract: The invention relates to golf clubs, more particularly to mechanisms for fastening accessories to clubs. The invention provides a golf club configured to house an electronic device such as an RFID tag within a recess within the grip, thereby protecting the device from the stress, shock, and exposure that arises when a golf club is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventors: Tim A. Beno, Andrew Curtis, Michael T. McDonnell, Scott H. Moreira, Michael S. Yagley
  • Publication number: 20140315656
    Abstract: A golf club. The golf club includes a club head. The club head includes a clubface configured to make contact with a golf ball. The golf club also includes a shaft attached to the club head. The shaft includes a center axis. The golf club further includes an elliptical grip, wherein the elliptical grip includes a center axis. The center axis of the elliptical grip is non-parallel to the center axis of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Bill Presse, IV, Scott Sulprizio
  • Patent number: 8858356
    Abstract: A golf putter grip comprises a main tubular body having a non-circular cross-section being symmetrical and remaining similar throughout its axial length, a flat front area being preferably of rectangular shape and also along and throughout its axial length. The non-circular cross-section and the flat front area respectively have a width sufficient to have two hands cupped together at the same height and two thumbs placed side by side on the flat front area to hold the putter grip comfortably with minimal wrist breaking-down. The main tubular body preferably has flat-topped arch cross-section and is reversely tapered, and its reverse taper is sufficient in certain degrees to accommodate different finger lengths of two hands for reducing the gripping pressure, so as to make the gripping comfortable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Hong-Sung Chu, Chiung-Ling Wang Chu, Leo Jaw
  • Patent number: 8845449
    Abstract: The disclosure herein includes a grip for a golf club with a flexible tube and a layered sheet. The tube includes a tubular body and raised portions extending from the tubular body. The outer surface of the raised portions cooperates with the layered sheet to form a gripping surface. The grip reduces impact shock and provides a feeling of tackiness while providing increased variation in the physical characteristics of the gripping surface. The disclosure further provides a golf club grip that includes a resilient strip spirally wrapped about an underlisting sleeve having a cap and a nipple. The underside of the cap is formed a downwardly facing circumferential slot that receives the upper edge of the strip. The nipple is formed with an upwardly facing groove that receives the lower portion of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Patent number: 8845448
    Abstract: A grip and method of making such a grip configured for the handle of a golf club having a panel that is wrapped about an underlisting sleeve. The underlisting sleeve includes first and second centering indicators and the panel includes generally corresponding centering indicators. When wrapped about the sleeve, the sleeve centering indicators and the panel centering indicators are generally aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Patent number: 8814719
    Abstract: A lightweight grip assembly is disclosed herein. The lightweight grip assembly comprises a rigid support structure comprising a hollow portion and a grip portion comprising a substantially uniform thickness, wherein the grip portion is disposed on an external surface of the rigid support structure. The lightweight grip assembly may be used in connection with golf club shafts and heads having one or more adjustable features to increase the amount of overall discretionary weight available to a golfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Broadus Perry Wall, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140228144
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to methods for making golf club parts that are multi-colored, each having a unique appearance. The invention provides methods for making golf club parts that have multiple colors so that each part will match a club that features one of the multiple colors. A pattern of multiply-colored molding pellets can be arranged in a club part compression mold. By varying the arrangement, the sizes of the pellets, or the color combinations, batches are made in which all of the parts have the same colors and each part is unique.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: COBRA GOLF INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Scott H. Moreira, Douglas E. Roberts, Cameron J. Day
  • Patent number: 8801535
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a golf putter and methods of using the same. More specifically, embodiments relate to an improved golf putter, designed to allow a golfer to utilize the putter in a novel manner, yielding enhanced results. In one embodiment, a golf putter comprises a club head having a face thereon, the face designed to impact a golf ball; a shaft, connected on a first end to the club head; a golf grip, positioned on a second end of the shaft, the golf grip having a first gripping section positioned beneath a second gripping section; wherein the first gripping section of the golf grip comprises an first ergonomic cross-section, for being gripped by a control hand of a golfer; and wherein the second gripping section of the golf grip comprises a second ergonomic cross-section, for being gripped by a stabilizing hand of the golfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: James Furey
  • Publication number: 20140213385
    Abstract: A golf putter grip comprises a main tubular body having a non-circular cross-section being symmetrical and remaining similar throughout its axial length, and a flat front area being also along and throughout its axial length. The non-circular cross-section and the flat front area respectively have a width sufficient to have two hands cupped together at the same height and two thumbs placed side by side on the flat front area to hold the putter grip comfortably with minimal wrist breaking-down. The main tubular body preferably has flat-topped arch cross-section and is reversely tapered, and its reverse taper is sufficient in certain degrees to accommodate different finger lengths of two hands for reducing the gripping pressure, so as to make the gripping comfortable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Hong-Sung Chu, Chiung-Ling Wang Chu, Leo Jaw
  • Publication number: 20140206471
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club grips and methods to manufacture such golf club grips are generally described herein. In some embodiments, the golf club grip may include a hollow grip body associated with a longitudinal axis and a density that smoothly varies along the longitudinal axis to achieve a predetermined swing weight when a golf club shaft is received within the hollow grip body. In other embodiments, golf club grips comprise a hollow grip body including no more than two sections along the longitudinal axis. A first section is associated with a first density, a second section is associated with a second density, and the first density is less than the second density to achieve a predetermined swing weight when the golf club shaft is received within the hollow grip body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Ryan M. Stokke, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Publication number: 20140162804
    Abstract: A putter is disclosed that is integrally formed on the shaft of the putter. A plurality of different shaped projections may be formed on the shaft of the putter. The shaft is preferably formed of a hardened metal alloy to reduce the flexibility of the shaft. A layer of elastomer may be provided on the shaft between the projections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Wragg
  • Patent number: 8740720
    Abstract: A device designed for extending a golf club shaft. The device is a three-piece mechanism with a bottom piece bonded into the top end of a tubular golf club shaft, and a plurality of top piece sizes that are connected to the bottom piece and provide a plurality of club lengths. A special golf grip having an accordion like plurality of rings can expand or contract in accordance with the amount of club length adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Peter L. Soracco, Bradford Hughes Hartwell, Kenneth C. Scott
  • Patent number: 8734267
    Abstract: Disclosed are grips and methods of making grips for use with the handle of an article, and in particular for use with golf clubs, fishing poles, bicycle handles, hand tools, etc. Embodiments preferably include a first portion made of a first material and a second portion made of a second material. The first portion is preferably less dense and/or lighter than the second portion to allow for the manufacture of a light grip with different characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Patent number: 8721469
    Abstract: Golf club, golf club head and/or golf club grip structures include portions formed of a recycled regrind material. For instance, a golf club head, such as a putter head, may include a ball striking surface at least partially formed of regrind. In some examples, the golf club grip, such as a putter grip, may be at least partially formed of the recycled regrind material. For example, the grip may have an interior grip portion formed of regrind to provide a firm, sturdy grip structure, and it may include an exterior portion wrapped around the interior grip portion and formed of a softer material. In other examples, portions of the exterior surface of the grip may be formed of regrind while other portions may be formed of a different material that may, in some examples, be softer than the regrind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy N. Snyder
  • Publication number: 20140066222
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an improved hand grip 20,30, 30, 40, 50 for a shock imparting implement, like a golf club grip, that provides a selected portion A of the cap 22, 32, 42, 52 on the grip with a greater hardness than the portion B of the body 24, 34, 44, 54 of the grip. The selected portion A of the cap 22, 32, 42, 52 improves the torsional stiffness to resist twisting during the swing of the implement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Pyng-Jyh Huang, King-Neng Kuo, Michael Luo, Mei-Ling Su, Ellin Wei
  • Publication number: 20140045602
    Abstract: A golf club grip includes an elongated body having an irregular pentagon-shaped five-sided cross-section with a contoured periphery and a consistent cross section along a longitudinal length of the body. The body can have at least one aperture formed therein. The at least one aperture can include first and second apertures defined by hollow cylindrical openings extending through one longitudinal end of the body. Each of the first and second apertures can have a longitudinal axis, which can extend parallel to one another. The longitudinal axes can define a plane extending in a direction generally perpendicular to a putter head face to be assembled to the body for right handed and left handed golfers, wherein a putter shaft to be located in either of the first and second apertures during assembly provides either an offset position or an onset position of a putter face with respect to the grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: TECHNIQUE GOLF LLC
    Inventor: Darin DINGMAN
  • Patent number: 8647462
    Abstract: A flexible implement grip is formed with an underlist of one rubber compound wrapped with a skin of a second rubber compound with multi-colored rubber based paint or ink air dried thereon and the assembled grip vulcanized in a mold. In one version, the skin pattern is cut from a sheet of cured rubber and curable adhesive employed with the wrapping. In another version, the multi-colored ink or paint is air dried on an uncured sheet prior to cutting the skin pattern; and, no adhesive is employed with the wrapping and bonding to the underlist occurs during final vulcanizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Wen-Chen Su, David Keith Gill, Billy Dee Wood
  • Patent number: 8641552
    Abstract: A grip for sporting equipment includes a base defining a receiver for receiving a gripping end. The base includes a pair of opposed grip base ends and an intervening center portion. At least one sheet of material is provided for encircling at least the base center portion. The at least one sheet of material includes at least two opposed beveled edges which when abutting define a seam disposed within a groove. The opposed abutting beveled edges are secured one to the other by stitching disposed within the groove. An adhesive strip overlays the groove and stitching. A substantially transparent top protective layer may overlay at least a portion of the at least one sheet of material, the adhesive strip, and the base. In turn, items of sporting equipment and methods for providing grips for sporting equipment are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Clive S. Lu
  • Patent number: 8617664
    Abstract: A grip member and a method of making such a grip member including at least a polymerized region with two or more polymers. The first and second polymers cooperate to each form a portion of the top surface of the region. The region may be combined with a substrate to form a sheet. The sheet may be formed into a grip interface having any of a number of shapes including a panel shape. In the case of a panel shaped grip interface, the panel can then be attached to an underlisting sleeve to form the grip. Some versions of such a grip reduce impact shock and provide a feeling of tackiness in the manner of a spirally wrapped polyurethane-felt grip while allowing the use of multiple colors being polymerized together. The grip may be easily installed onto a golf club shaft and may further accommodate the use of polymers including various different characteristics including level of tackiness or durometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Publication number: 20130344978
    Abstract: The disclosure herein includes a grip for a golf club with a flexible tube and a layered sheet. The tube includes a tubular body and raised portions extending from the tubular body. The outer surface of the raised portions cooperates with the layered sheet to form a gripping surface. The grip reduces impact shock and provides a feeling of tackiness while providing increased variation in the physical characteristics of the gripping surface. The disclosure further provides a golf club grip that includes a resilient strip spirally wrapped about an underlisting sleeve having a cap and a nipple. The underside of the cap is formed a downwardly facing circumferential slot that receives the upper edge of the strip. The nipple is formed with an upwardly facing groove that receives the lower portion of the strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Publication number: 20130337933
    Abstract: A lightweight grip assembly is disclosed herein. The lightweight grip assembly comprises a rigid support structure comprising a hollow portion and a grip portion comprising a substantially uniform thickness, wherein the grip portion is disposed on an external surface of the rigid support structure. The lightweight grip assembly may be used in connection with golf club shafts and heads having one or more adjustable features to increase the amount of overall discretionary weight available to a golfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventor: BROADUS PERRY WALL, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130337934
    Abstract: A pre-molded or moldable shaft grip includes a pre-configured or moldable section disposed within a substantially circular outer grip layer. A pre-configured or moldable section substantially conforms to a player's grip, facilitating consistent finger placement. The pre-configured section may comprise the shaft, a separate section, or multiple sections of varying durometer. The moldable section may include a layer of moldable material, or a cavity disposed between the outer grip layer and the shaft containing a moldable substance. Overall grip durometer can be adjusted by varying the pressure within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: William S. Tremulis, Michael John Deg, Kyle Thomas Deg