Head Patents (Class 473/324)
  • Patent number: 10625125
    Abstract: A golf club having unique mass properties and all the benefits afforded therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Honea, Tim Reed, John Kendall
  • Patent number: 10569142
    Abstract: A golf club head having a hosel, a hollow interior, and a support structure disposed within the hollow interior proximate a flange region is disclosed herein. In particular, the present invention is directed to a fairway wood head comprising a body with a front wall, an upper opening, a return portion between the front wall and the upper opening, a hosel, an interface between the hosel and the heel side of the body, and a hosel support ring or support rod, and a composite crown affixed to the body to close the upper opening and define a hollow interior. The support structure reduces the stresses placed on, for example, the crown during hosel bending processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Justin Del Rosario, Romulus M. Tomimbang, Kevin Harper
  • Patent number: 10556161
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads having adjustable weighting systems with a plurality of discrete attachment locations capable of receiving one or more weights are described herein. The golf club heads described herein provide user adjustability of club head center of gravity to adjust ball flight while maintaining a high moment of inertia and low and back center of gravity position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Ryan M. Stokke, Xiaojian Chen, Cory S. Bacon, Jeremy Pope, Daniel K. Lee, David A. Higdon, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10532255
    Abstract: In one embodiment the golf club head includes three main components, a frame component, a rear cap component, and a striking plate. In another embodiment the club head may also comprise a front component, which is manufactured as a single unitary piece, and a rear cap component. The front component may also be overmolded by a thermoplastic polymeric outer portion which may or may not cover the striking face and which provides additional reinforcement at the load bearing sections of the club head and allows a more facile connection to the rear cap component. In another embodiment, a club head having a main body, crown insert, sole insert and metal face plate frame is formed by forming the sole insert and crown insert from a polymeric material using a thermoforming or thermosetting process and then injection molding the main body over the sole insert, crown insert and metal face plate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Reber Wester, Nathan T. Sargent, Joseph Reeve Nielson, Christopher John Harbert, Hong G. Jeon
  • Patent number: 10478683
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body having a face plate having a strike surface and an opposing interior surface, a rear end, and a sole connecting the faceplate with the rear end. The face plate, the rear end, and the sole partially define a cavity. An insert is positioned within the cavity, the insert presenting an insert surface facing the interior surface of the face plate and spaced therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, John A. Solheim, Martin R. Jertson
  • Patent number: 10427013
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface, an inner surface opposite the ball striking surface, and a thickness defined between the ball striking surface and the inner surface, and a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face. The face has a modulus gradient across the thickness of the face, such that the modulus of the face varies at different distances from the ball striking surface. The face may also include at least one of an insert, a composite material, a multi-layered structure, and/or a portion treated by a surface treatment to contribute to the modulus gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, Mark J. Perry, Jay R. Sayre
  • Patent number: 10357901
    Abstract: A golf club with a multi-material face is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention has a striking face portion that is backed by a composite layer. The multi-material face disclosed in accordance with the present invention may generally be manufactured via a bladder molding process that applies hydrostatic forces to the composite layer to create a more consistent bond between the composite material and the metallic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Uday V. Deshmukh, John Morin
  • Patent number: 10335649
    Abstract: A golf club having unique mass properties and all the benefits afforded therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Honea, Tim Reed, John Kendall
  • Patent number: 10258838
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a plurality of internal and/or external ribs are described herein. The golf club head comprises a ribbed region comprising at least a part of at least one of the heel portion, the toe portion, the sole, or the crown; wherein the ribbed region comprises a ribbed wall including: a ribbed wall interior surface, a ribbed wall exterior surface and one or more ribs protruding from the ribbed wall, wherein the one or more external ribs comprise a first rib including: a first rib exterior section and a first rib interior section, wherein the first rib interior section extends substantially parallel to the faceplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, Martin R. Jertson, David A. Higdon
  • Patent number: 10232233
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a metal body, a metal strike plate connected to the metal body, and a composite shell that is adhesively bonded to a crown portion of the body via corresponding abutment surfaces. A method for forming a golf club head comprises placing an uncured composite material between a core and a mold that comprises a first piece and a second piece. The second piece is moved towards the first piece such that the uncured composite material is compressed between the core and at least a portion of the mold. The uncured composite material is heated. A first portion of the golf club head is removed from the mold. A second portion of the golf club head is provided. The first portion is attached to the second portion. In certain arrangement, the second portion is formed from a metallic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Erik Zedelmayer
  • Patent number: 10143900
    Abstract: A golf club head with an improved sole profile is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses a wedge type golf club head wherein the sole is formed from continuously variable radius of curvature from the leading edge to the trailing edge, without any identifiable inflection points. The resulting golf club head improves performance, as this new sole profile allows specific portions of the sole to have a profile that meets the needs at that location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: James P. Harrington, Oswaldo Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10092797
    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. In some embodiments, the crown includes a lattice-like structure having thin regions surrounded by a web of relatively thicker regions. In some embodiments, the club head includes one or more stiffening tubes attached between the sole and the crown to improve the acoustic performance of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Greensmith, Todd P. Beach, Nathan T. Sargent, Kraig Alan Willett, Joshua J. Dipert
  • Patent number: 10065089
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head includes a striking face; a base surface opposite the striking face; and a perimeter weighting element surrounding the base surface and including a top-line portion, a sole portion, a heel portion, and a toe portion. A first auxiliary cavity is delimited by the perimeter weighting element and a first perimeter wall, the first perimeter wall coupled to the sole portion and to the heel portion of the perimeter weighting element. A second auxiliary cavity is delimited by the perimeter weighting element and a second perimeter wall, the second perimeter wall coupled to the sole portion and to the toe portion of the perimeter weighting element. A central cavity is at least partially delimited by the base surface, the perimeter weighting element, the first perimeter wall, and the second perimeter wall, and an insert is within the central cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Sharon J. Park, Douglas E. Roberts, Andrew P. Chick
  • Patent number: 10065083
    Abstract: A golf club head is described having a body defining an interior cavity and comprising a heel portion, a toe portion, and a sole portion positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head, and a crown positioned at a top portion. The body has a forward portion and a rearward portion. A face is positioned at the forward portion of the body. The face has a center face location and includes a center face characteristic time. An off-center location on the face is located at about ?40 mm in a heel direction away from the center face location. The off-center location has an off-center characteristic time of at least 80% of the center face characteristic time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Nathan T. Sargent, Peter L. Larsen, Kraig Alan Willett, Bing-Ling Chao, John Francis Lorentzen
  • Patent number: 10058749
    Abstract: A golf club head comprises a body and at least one self-extracting pressed weight assembly. The body comprises a face plate positioned at a forward portion of the golf club head, a sole positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head, a crown positioned at a top portion of the golf club head and a skirt positioned around a periphery of the golf club head between the sole and the crown. The body defines an interior cavity. The weight assembly comprises at least three components and is configured for a press fit engagement with the golf club head. The assembly has a drive portion and a threaded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Benoit Vincent, Ian C. Wright, Kraig Alan Willett, Gery Mel Zimmerman, Joseph Henry Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10058747
    Abstract: A golf club having unique mass properties and all the benefits afforded therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC
    Inventors: Justin Honea, Tim Reed, John Kendall
  • Patent number: 9999812
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head with a face having an outer surface configured for striking a ball, a body connected to the face, and a channel located in the body. The channel is configured to influence the characteristics of the impact of a ball on the face, such as by flexing or compressing in response to the force of the impact, exerting a response or reaction force on the face, changing the motion or behavior of the face, and other manners. The head may also include a pair of channels that have a gap between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Robert M. Boyd, John T. Stites, Rick S. Wahlin
  • Patent number: 9908014
    Abstract: In one embodiment the golf club head includes three main components, a frame component, a rear cap component, and a striking plate. In another embodiment the club head may also comprise a front component, which is manufactured as a single unitary piece, and a rear cap component. The front component may also be overmolded by a thermoplastic polymeric outer portion which may or may not cover the striking face and which provides additional reinforcement at the load bearing sections of the club head and allows a more facile connection to the rear cap component. In another embodiment, a club head having a main body, crown insert, sole insert and metal face plate frame is formed by forming the sole insert and crown insert from a polymeric material using a thermoforming or thermosetting process and then injection molding the main body over the sole insert, crown insert and metal face plate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Reber Wester, Nathan T. Sargent, Joseph Reeve Nielson, Christopher John Harbert, Hong G. Jeon
  • Patent number: 9803280
    Abstract: Method of depositing an atomic layer on a substrate. The method comprises supplying a precursor gas from a precursor-gas supply of a deposition head that may be part of a rotatable drum. The precursor gas is provided from the precursor-gas supply towards the substrate. The method further comprises moving the precursor-gas supply by rotating the deposition head along the substrate which in its turn is moved along the rotating drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Adrianus Johannes Petrus Maria Vermeer, Freddy Roozeboom, Joop Van Deelen
  • Patent number: 9802250
    Abstract: A powder metal compact is disclosed. The powder metal compact includes a cellular nanomatrix comprising a nanomatrix material. The powder metal compact also includes a plurality of dispersed particles comprising a particle core material that comprises an Mg—Zr, Mg—Zn—Zr, Mg—Al—Zn—Mn, Mg—Zn—Cu—Mn or Mg—W alloy, or a combination thereof, dispersed in the cellular nanomatrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES
    Inventor: Zhiyue Xu
  • Patent number: 9795842
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads and methods to manufacture golf club heads are generally described herein. In one example, a golf club head may include a hollow body portion having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a bottom portion, a top portion, a plurality of ports on the bottom portion and a plurality of inner wall portions in the hollow body portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PARSON XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9757626
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Liang Quan, Anthony D. Serrano
  • Patent number: 9731173
    Abstract: A golf club head and a removable weight that is received in a receptacle of the golf club head. The weight includes a cap and a slug. The cap is removably coupled to the receptacle and includes a recess that receives a portion of the slug so that the cap and slug are able to rotate relative to each other. The slug includes an anti-rotation feature that prevents relative rotation between the slug and the receptacle and a lead-in portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Stephanie Bezilla, Thomas Orrin Bennett, Stephen S. Murphy, Gery M. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9687700
    Abstract: A golf club having a forwardly located center of gravity and all the benefits afforded therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Honea, Tim Reed, John Kendall
  • Patent number: 9630072
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head that 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. A face member formed primarily of a metallic material forms the face, and a body member is connected to the face member and extends rearward from the face member to form at least a portion of the body. The body member is formed at least partially of a polymer material, and has a doped portion containing a doping material dispersed within the polymer material. The doping material may have a different density than the polymer material, such that the doped portion has a different density than the portions of the body member not containing the doping material. A co-molding method may be used to form the ball striking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Finn, David N. Franklin, Raymond J. Sander, Jeremy N. Snyder, Robert M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 9586103
    Abstract: A golf club having a long blade length, large transfer distance, and low forwardly located center of gravity, and all the benefits afforded therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Honea, Tim Reed, John Kendall
  • Patent number: 9566482
    Abstract: A high forgiveness wood-type golf club head comprises a body and a face. The body comprises a sole that forms a bottom portion of the golf club head, a crown that forms a top portion of the golf club head and a skirt that forms a periphery of the golf club head between the sole and the crown. The face place is positioned at a front portion of the golf club head opposite a rear portion of the golf club head. The body defines an outer periphery having a generally triangular shape in plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Peter L. Larsen, Bing-Ling Chao
  • Patent number: 9546425
    Abstract: In a member having a hydrogen-containing, amorphous carbon coating having a relatively smooth surface, similarly amorphous, fine carbon particles are dispersed in the hydrogen-containing, amorphous carbon coating to have improved cracking resistance while keeping smoothness on the surface and hardness in the entire coating. Specifically, fine particles discharged from a carbon cathode of an arc evaporation source by arc discharge are introduced into the coating, so that similarly amorphous, fine carbon particles are dispersed in the hydrogen-containing, amorphous carbon coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA RIKEN
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9534476
    Abstract: Disclosed is a coating for inhibiting the formation of scales on one or more surfaces of a component used in the production of subsurface fluids. The coating comprises a diamond-like carbon structure doped with a dopant, such as silicon, titanium, fluorine, oxygen, or chromium. The dopant comprises between about 10% and about 40% of the coating by atom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Deepak Kumar, Zhiyue Xu
  • Patent number: 9492722
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a club body including a heel portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, a top-line portion, and a face portion. In some embodiments, the face portion has an ideal striking location and at least one channel defined in the face. In some embodiments, the golf club head has a striking face and at least one channel defined in the striking face. In some embodiments, the golf club head has an ideal striking location and at least one non-ideal striking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Taylor, Peter L. Larsen, Bret H. Wahl, Joshua J. Dipert
  • Patent number: 9468820
    Abstract: A hollow golf club head comprises a face portion with a face for hitting a ball on its front and a crown portion forming a top surface of the head, wherein the head comprises a face member including the face portion and made of a metallic material and a crown member attached to the face member to form the crown portion at least partially, the crown member includes a first member made of a metal material and a second member made of a fiber reinforced resin for supporting the first member so that the first member does not directly contact with the face member, the head has a primary natural frequency of from 3800 to 6500 Hz and an antinode when the head vibrates in the primary natural mode appears in the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9427636
    Abstract: Methods of bifurcating the material properties of golf club heads, and wedges in particular, are disclosed herein. The methods of the present invention preserve the bendability and feel of certain parts of the club heads, such as hosel regions, while selectively hardening and increasing the durability of other features, such as scorelines and texturing on the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Irina Ivanova, Bradley C. Rice
  • Patent number: 9387371
    Abstract: A golf club head is described, in one embodiment, including a body with an exterior surface defining a first body volume of at least about 400 cm3. The body has a bottom portion, a top portion, a front portion, and a back portion. A face positioned at the front portion of the body and is configured to receive an impact. A top portion silhouette profile located along a perimeter of the top portion is further described. The top portion silhouette profile defines the outer bounds of the top portion in an X-direction and Y-direction. At least one indentation is located on the bottom portion below the crown silhouette profile. The removal of the at least one indentation from the bottom portion creates a second body volume that is at least 12 cm3 larger than the first body volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Nathan T. Sargent, Kraig Alan Willett
  • Patent number: 9364728
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a slidable weight for adjusting the location of the golf club head center of gravity, as well as the golf club head bias, is disclosed herein. In particular, the golf club head, which may be a wood or iron-type head, comprises a pair of rails extending along at least one surface, such as a rear surface of an iron type head or a channel disposed in a wood-type head, and a slidable weight comprising a pair of grooves sized to receive the rails. In some embodiments, an applique or one or more clips are applied over or to the rails to prevent the weight from disengaging from the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew Myers, Denver Holt, James A. Seluga, Wee Joung Kim, Steven C. Sutton
  • Patent number: 9327172
    Abstract: The golf club head has a body comprising a crown portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, heel portion, hosel portion, rear portion, and a front portion including a striking face. At least one or more portions of the body of the golf club head is made out of at least one or more mid-density materials. The at least one mid-density material or composite of mid-density materials have a density within a range from about 4.5 g/cm3 to 7.9 g/cm3. The mid-density material or composite of mid-density materials provide sufficient stiffness at a reduced weight to optimize the center of gravity and moment of inertia of the golf club head. Also, by using mid-density materials, discretionary weight of the golf club head is increased which can be used to position higher density weights at selective portions of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Uday V. Deshmukh, Ronald K. Hettinger
  • Patent number: 9101812
    Abstract: A method and system to analyze sports motions using the motion sensors of a mobile device, such as a smart phone, is provided. This method uses the mobile device motion sensor output to define the impact point with a virtual object, such as a golf ball, baseball or tennis ball. The motion sensor signature of the sports motion is analyzed for characteristics, specific to each type of sports motion. A method is disclosed using multiple sensors outputs in a mobile device to compute the impact point with a virtual object, such as a golf ball, baseball, tennis ball. Further, a method is disclosed where moving virtual sports objects interact with virtual sports motions and the responsive outputs are displayed on the mobile device and/or any Web-enabled display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Aquimo, LLC
    Inventors: Mark John Jeffery, Robert Sunshin Komorous-King, Manoj Rana
  • Patent number: 9050512
    Abstract: A method and system to analyze sports motions using the motion sensors of a mobile device, such as a smart phone, is provided. This method uses the mobile device motion sensor output to define the impact point with a virtual object, such as a golf ball, baseball or tennis ball. The motion sensor signature of the sports motion is analyzed for characteristics, specific to each type of sports motion. A method is disclosed using multiple sensors outputs in a mobile device to compute the impact point with a virtual object, such as a golf ball, baseball, tennis ball. Further, a method is disclosed where moving virtual sports objects interact with virtual sports motions and the responsive outputs are displayed on the mobile device and/or any Web-enabled display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Aquimo, LLC
    Inventors: Mark John Jeffery, Robert Sunshin Komorous-King, Manoj Rana
  • 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: 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: 9033814
    Abstract: Golf club heads which may include an iron-type golf club head body and an adjustable member configured to be engaged with iron-type golf club head body. The adjustable member may include a first surface and a second surface. The first surface of the adjustable member may form at least a portion of the sole of the iron-type golf club head and at least a portion of the rear of iron-type golf club head when the adjustable member is engaged with the iron-type golf club head body in a first orientation. Additionally, the second surface of the adjustable member may form at least a portion of the sole of the iron-type golf club head and at least a portion of the rear of iron-type golf club head when the adjustable member is engaged with the iron-type golf club head body in a second orientation, which is different from the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Robert Boyd, Raymond J. Sander, Hiromitsu Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9033817
    Abstract: Golf clubs and golf club heads, such as iron heads, may include an iron body and a ball striking plate engaged with the iron body. The ball striking plate may include a face layer and a backing layer. The face layer of the ball striking plate may be formed of a metal material, while the backing layer may be formed of a polymeric material. The backing layer isolates the face layer from the iron body. In some arrangements, the backing layer of the insert may be visible at the top, the bottom, the side and/or the front surfaces of the iron head. Methods for making such iron devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Snyder
  • Publication number: 20150126301
    Abstract: Iron-type golf club heads according to at least some example aspects of this disclosure include a ball striking surface, a rear surface, and a sole surface. The sole surface may have a maximum width and a minimum width. The minimum width may be located adjacent to a heel edge. The maximum width may be located between a ball striking centerline and a toe edge. The width of the sole surface may monotonically increase from the minimum width to the maximum width. Further, a sole trailing edge may have an S-shaped profile that extends between the maximum width and the minimum width. A lower rear surface region may have a substantially flat portion located to the toe-side of the centerline and an indented, complexly-curved portion located to the heel-side of the centerline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Michael G. Taylor
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9017186
    Abstract: Embodiments of club heads with multiple density weighting and methods of manufacturing the same are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, John A Solheim
  • Patent number: 9005046
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head with a face having the ball striking surface located at a front of the head and a plurality of parallel face grooves extending laterally across at least a portion of the ball striking surface, a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face, and an indicator on the ball striking surface of the face. The indicator is located in an area between the face grooves and proximate a lateral center of the ball striking surface, and includes at least one indent in the ball striking surface. The indent has a depth that is substantially less than a depth of any of the face grooves. Methods associated with such ball striking devices are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Thomas, Chris Savage, Don Rahrig
  • Patent number: 9005048
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with port structures and tuning elements are presented. In some embodiments, a golf club head comprises a strikeplate comprising a strikeface and a backface opposite the strikeface, and a sole coupled to the strikeplate. The sole comprises an outer sole surface, an inner sole surface opposite the outer sole surface, a sole front section, and a sole rear section. The golf club head comprises a port structure defined by the backface and by the sole. The port structure can be configured to receive a tuning element within a port perimeter of the port structure, and comprises a port base at the backface and delimited by the port perimeter, a port rib wall protruded from the backface and bounding an upper section of the port base along the port perimeter, and a port trench extending into the sole. Other examples and related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Ryan M. Stokke, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Publication number: 20150094161
    Abstract: Golf club heads with trench features are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Karsten Manufactuirng Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, Martin R. Jertson, Brandon L. Fossum
  • Publication number: 20150087437
    Abstract: An iron type golf club head body has a back portion with a recess defined by a perimeter wall therein, and the recess having a back surface for attachment of an adjustable medallion. In a set of golf irons, the recess areas are progressively larger as the irons get shorter in length. In lieu of providing a different size medallion for each club head in a set of irons, the adjustable medallion is designed to use one medallion to accommodate an entire set of irons. The medallion consists of top and bottom pieces that can slide to an either small size or an expanded size. An area between the pieces creates a gap that will vary in width depending upon the size of the club head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Yu Jin Song
  • Patent number: 8979667
    Abstract: A golf putter head which includes a putting face having a positive loft angle diverging from vertical to a putter head base. The putting face is formed from a plurality of substantially parallel blades, each of the blades contiguous with each other wherein the blades are arrayed at a downward angle. Each of the blades narrows in width towards the putting face and terminates in a narrow tip. Each of the blades is flexible at its tip in order impart an upward spring force upon impact with a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The University of Tulsa
    Inventor: Steven M. Tipton
  • Patent number: 8968114
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head that 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. A face member formed primarily of a metallic material forms the face, and a body member is connected to the face member and extends rearward from the face member to form at least a portion of the body. The body member is formed at least partially of a polymer material, and has a doped portion containing a doping material dispersed within the polymer material. The doping material may have a different density than the polymer material, such that the doped portion has a different density than the portions of the body member not containing the doping material. A co-molding method may be used to form the ball striking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, Michael E. Finn, David N. Franklin, Raymond J. Sander, Jeremy Snyder