Vibratory Wave (e.g, Shock Wave, Etc.) Modifying Feature Patents (Class 473/332)
  • Patent number: 10357696
    Abstract: Provided are a golf club head and a golf club with a plate member that is resistant to peeling and has a glossy appearance. A golf club head includes a face portion including a ball striking surface, and a plate member connected to a back surface located on the back side of the face portion. The plate member includes a resin and a metal material. The metal material is arranged on at least any one of a toe side and a heel side of the face portion and is arranged so as not to planarly overlap a striking point of the face portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MIZUNO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Doi, Arata Kamo
  • Patent number: 10350714
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns embodiments of a badge or insert for a golf club head that can eliminate undesired gaps between the insert and the peripheral sidewall of the cavity that receives the insert. In one embodiment, a golf club head comprises a main body comprising a cavity, which defines a central surface and an inner peripheral surface at least partially surrounding the central surface. An insert comprises a central portion and a deflectable portion coupled to and extending along a peripheral edge section of the central portion. The deflectable portion has a shape corresponding to and contacting a corresponding section of the inner peripheral surface of the cavity. The deflectable portion forms a press-fit engagement with the corresponding section of the inner peripheral surface of the cavity that retains the deflectable portion in a deflected state relative to the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Taylor, Scott Edward Folck
  • Patent number: 10335651
    Abstract: In general, aspects of this invention relate to blade-type iron golf clubs or golf club heads. The blade-type golf club head may comprise a body forged of a metal material. The body may include a hosel, a top surface, a sole, a heel, a toe, a ball striking surface, and a rear surface opposite the ball striking surface. The rear surface may have recess in which a dual-density insert is affixed. The dual-density insert may have a first portion or first insert with a density greater than a second portion or second insert with a lesser density located closer to the toe than the first portion or first insert located closer to the heel. The mass distribution of the dual-density insert moves the center of gravity of the club head closer or substantially coincident to the face center location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Jeremy N. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10315080
    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 body portion with a toe portion, a heel portion, a rear portion, a front portion with a strike face, a sole portion, and a top portion with a plurality of weight ports. The body portion may define a periphery of the golf club head. The golf club head may also include a plurality of weight portions with each weight portion disposed in one weight port of the plurality of weight ports. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10258845
    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 body portion with a toe portion, a heel portion, a rear portion, a front portion with a strike face, a sole portion, and a top portion with a plurality of weight ports. The body portion may define a periphery of the golf club head. The golf club head may also include a plurality of weight portions with each weight portion disposed in one weight port of the plurality of weight ports. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10188917
    Abstract: The present invention is direct to a set of golf clubs comprising long irons, mid-irons and short irons. The invention contemplates the use of titanium or steel for the main body portion and significant tungsten weight members coupled to at least the toe via a mechanical fastener inserted through the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryan J. A. Ritchie, Marni Ines, Jonathan Hebreo, Michael E. Franz
  • Patent number: 10173109
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head comprising a body with a striking face and a hollow cavity portion, a medallion, and a damping insert that is spaced from, and does not contact any portion of, the striking face is disclosed herein. The damping insert is trapped between the medallion and a support structure that extends from the body of the club head approximately parallel with the striking face, and is at least partially suspended over or in the cavity portion. The structure may be an elongated stiffening member that connects upper and lower portions of the body to one another, or a rectangular lip section. The damping insert is affixed to only one of the medallion and the structure with an adhesive material, and damps vibration in the striking face after the striking face makes contact with a golf ball, while the striking face is rebounding from impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 10150020
    Abstract: A golf club head including a body having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, and a bottom portion. The body further includes a cavity in the front portion. The cavity having a protrusion and a step configured to receive a strikeplate, such that a gap exists between the strikeplate and the inner surface of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10137336
    Abstract: Provided is a golf club head having a sole portion. In the sole portion, first and second grooves are formed extending in a toe-heel direction and recessed toward the inside of the sole portion. The first groove is disposed on a face side relative to the second groove. The first groove includes a first main inner wall and a first sub inner wall shorter than the first main inner wall. The second groove includes a second main inner wall and a second sub inner wall shorter than the second main inner wall. The first and second main inner walls are inclined so as to point upward toward the face side. The second main inner wall, when the sole portion has been placed on a ground plane, is inclined more steeply than the first main inner wall relative to the ground plane in a side cross-sectional view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naruhiro Mizutani, Daisuke Kohno
  • Patent number: 10112084
    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: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, John A. Solheim, Martin R. Jertson
  • Patent number: 10105579
    Abstract: A multiple-material golf club and a method for forming said golf club is disclosed herein. The multiple-material golf club preferably is a driver that has a metal face cup and a thin-walled, compression molded, composite aft body with precise IML and OML geometry. The molding composite used to form the compression molded aft body preferably comprises a plurality of randomly oriented, pre-spread carbon fiber bundles and a thermoset or thermoplastic matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, Bradley C. Rice, Steven M. Ehlers
  • Patent number: 10071291
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body, a first polymeric insert, and a second polymeric insert. The body includes a face, a sole, and a rear wall that collectively define an undercut volume. The first polymeric insert is provided within the undercut volume to define a sealed cavity within the undercut volume; and, the second polymeric insert is secured to the body and defines an open cavity extending from the rear wall toward the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Matt Daraskavich, Brian J. Kammerer, Michael Pinto
  • Patent number: 10029159
    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 body portion with a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a back portion, and a front portion. The golf club head may include an interior cavity. The interior cavity may be filled with an elastic polymer material. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 9950397
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns embodiments of a badge or insert for a golf club head that can eliminate undesired gaps between the insert and the peripheral sidewall of the cavity that receives the insert. In one embodiment, a golf club head comprises a main body comprising a cavity, which defines a central surface and an inner peripheral surface at least partially surrounding the central surface. An insert comprises a central portion and a deflectable portion coupled to and extending along a peripheral edge section of the central portion. The deflectable portion has a shape corresponding to and contacting a corresponding section of the inner peripheral surface of the cavity. The deflectable portion forms a press-fit engagement with the corresponding section of the inner peripheral surface of the cavity that retains the deflectable portion in a deflected state relative to the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Taylor, Scott Edward Folck
  • Patent number: 9895581
    Abstract: A head 2 includes a head body h1, a face part Fp1, and a connecting part Cn1. The face part Fp1 includes a face surface f1 and a face back surface f2. The connecting part Cn1 connects the face back surface f2 of the face part Fp1 and the head body h1 to each other. The connecting part Cn1 may be provided at a position separated from a peripheral edge of the face back surface f2. The peripheral edge of the face back surface f2 may be separated from the head body h1. The face part Fp1 may include a face middle region R1 and a face peripheral region R2. The connecting part Cn1 may be provided only in the face middle region R1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Masahide Onuki
  • Patent number: 9889351
    Abstract: A ball striking device includes a ball striking plate having a front surface configured to strike a ball and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The ball striking plate has a desired-contact region and a perimeter. One or more spoke-like reinforcement ribs may be located on the rear surface and may radiate away from the desired-contact region toward the perimeter. At least one of the spoke-like reinforcement ribs may be located in an upper-toe quadrant or in an upper-heel quadrant of the rear surface. One or more encircling reinforcement ribs may be located on the rear surface. The one or more encircling reinforcement ribs may be at least partially encircling the desired-contact region. A thickened portion of the ball striking plate may be positioned behind the desired-contact region of the ball striking plate. The ball striking device may be a golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Slaughter, William C. Knight, David N. Franklin, Jeremy Snyder
  • Patent number: 9861866
    Abstract: A multiple-material golf club and a method for forming said golf club is disclosed herein. The multiple-material golf club preferably is a driver that has a metal face cup and a thin-walled, compression molded, composite aft body with precise IML, and OML geometry. The molding composite used to form the compression molded aft body preferably comprises a plurality of randomly oriented, pre-spread carbon fiber bundles and a thermoset or thermoplastic matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, Bradley C. Rice, Steven M. Ehlers
  • Patent number: 9849357
    Abstract: Iron-type golf club heads are disclosed having a heel portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, a top-line portion, a front portion, a rear portion, and a striking face. The iron-type golf club heads include a flexible boundary structure (“FBS”) that is provided at one or more locations on the club head. The flexible boundary structure may comprise, in several embodiments, a slot, a channel, a gap, a thinned or weakened region, or other structure that enhances the capability of an adjacent or related portion of the golf club head to flex or deflect and to thereby provide a desired improvement in the performance of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret H. Wahl, Scott Taylor, Peter L. Larsen, Joshua J. Dipert
  • Patent number: 9808682
    Abstract: A multiple-material golf club and a method for forming said golf club is disclosed herein. The multiple-material golf club preferably is a driver that has a metal face cup and a thin-walled, compression molded, composite aft body with precise IML and OML geometry. The molding composite used to form the compression molded aft body preferably comprises a plurality of randomly oriented, pre-spread carbon fiber bundles and a thermoset or thermoplastic matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, Bradley C. Rice, Steven M. Ehlers
  • Patent number: 9802091
    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: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Taylor, Peter L. Larsen, Bret H. Wahl, Joshua J. Dipert
  • Patent number: 9796131
    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 body portion with a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a back portion, and a front portion. The golf club head may include an interior cavity. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 9776054
    Abstract: A hollow golf club head having face end and tail ends, a strike face at the face end, a crown, a sole, and a structural response modifying constraining member having first and second ends, the second being forward of the first and spaced from the strike face, the constraining member extending vertically and in contact with the sole and the crown at its first and second ends, and extending horizontally distance that is substantially less than the sole length, when the club head is in address position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Dunlop Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert J. Horacek, John J. Rae, Nathaniel J. Radcliffe, Clark Radcliffe
  • Patent number: 9776056
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a ribbed region on at least one of a heel portion, a toe portion, sole, or crown. The ribbed region comprises a ribbed wall with an interior surface facing an interior of the golf club head, and a ribbed wall exterior facing an exterior of the golf club head. The ribbed region further comprises at least one rib protruding from the ribbed region. The first rib comprises a first rib length measured along a rib centerline of the first rib, a first rib interior section located at the ribbed wall interior surface, and a first rib exterior section located at the ribbed wall exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, Martin R. Jertson
  • Patent number: 9764208
    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 body portion with a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a rear portion, and a front portion having a face portion with a face portion thickness extending between a front surface and a back surface. The body portion may be associated with a body portion volume. The golf club head may also include an interior cavity. The interior cavity may include an elastic polymer material. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 9744412
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and an elongated channel extending across a portion of the sole in a heel to toe direction. The channel is recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole. The channel may have a width defined in a front to rear direction and a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole, wherein the channel comprises a center portion extending across a center of the sole, a heel portion extending from a heel end of the center portion toward the heel, and a toe portion extending from a toe end of the center portion toward the toe. The channel may have a wall thickness that is greater in the center portion of the channel than in at least one of the heel and toe portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Eric A. Larson
  • Patent number: 9662549
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head includes a body having a wall extending about an opening, a faceplate, at least first and second apertures extending through the wall, and at least first and second plugs. The wall has and outer peripheral surface and a first hardness. The faceplate is coupled to the body across the opening. The wall and the faceplate defining a rearward-facing cavity. The first and second apertures extend through the wall from the peripheral outer surface to the cavity. The at least first and second plugs are positioned within the at least first and second apertures, respectively, and the first and second plugs have second and third hardnesses, respectively. Each of the second and third hardnesses is less than the first hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Michael D. Vrska, Jr., Jon C. Pergande, Mark A. Spencer
  • Patent number: 9643066
    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: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Sharon J. Park, Douglas E. Roberts, Andrew P. Chick
  • Patent number: 9623291
    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: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Greensmith, Todd P. Beach, Nathan T. Sargent, Kraig Alan Willett, Joshua J. Dipert
  • Patent number: 9623297
    Abstract: A golf club may include a front surface, a rear surface having a recess, and an insert at least partially disposed in the recess. The insert may comprise a durometer hardness of less than about 95 Shore A and a cavity having a reinforcement member disposed therein. Preferably, the durometer hardness of the reinforcement member is also less than about 95 Shore A. The insert may further comprise an anterior perimetric boundary having a first length and a posterior perimetric boundary having a second length. The ratio of the first length to the second length may be less than 1 and greater than 0.5. In one example, the insert may have a triangular front profile and a triangular side profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SRI SPORTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Andrew P. Chick, Christopher R. Cooper, Sharon J. Park, Kevin R. Tassistro
  • Patent number: 9566483
    Abstract: A golf club head having a translucent insert disclosed. The club head includes a body defining a striking face, a top line, a sole, a back, a heel, and a toe. The back contains a cavity that extends in a direction substantially perpendicular to the face. A recess is provided within the cavity, with the recess extending away from the cavity and toward the sole. The recess causes more of the club head mass to be oriented towards the perimeter of the club head, and optionally also toward the back of the club head. This enlarges the club sweet spot and increases the moment of inertia, and facilitates imparting a desired flight path to a struck golf ball, producing a more forgiving club. The recess may have a varying depth and/or a varying draft angle. A rear wall of the recess may be provided with a cutout to further reposition mass toward the club head perimeter. A translucent insert, such as a vibration dampening member, may be provided within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventors: Ryan L. Roach, Christopher B. Best
  • Patent number: 9545548
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a golf club head with an arcuate port structure and tuning element. Other embodiments for related golf club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Petersen, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 9526956
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a variable thickness profile comprising a thick central portion; a transition portion; and a thin perimeter portion; wherein said transition portion surrounds said thick central portion; wherein said thin perimeter portion surrounds said transition portion; wherein said thick central portion comprises a center, said center of said thick central portion located equidistant from a heel most portion of said thick central portion and a toe most portion of said thick central portion; wherein said center of said thick central portion is offset from said geometric center of said striking face. The present invention also discloses a flexure feature located near a frontal sole portion of the golf club head, wherein the flexure has a specific thickness profile adapted to respond to the needs of the present golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Stephen S. Murphy, Darryl C. Galvan, Richard L. Cleghorn, Grant M. Martens, David S. Cornelius
  • Patent number: 9526955
    Abstract: A multiple-material golf club and a method for forming said golf club is disclosed herein. The multiple-material golf club preferably is a driver that has a metal face cup and a thin-walled, compression molded, composite aft body with precise IML and OML geometry. The molding composite used to form the compression molded aft body preferably comprises a plurality of randomly oriented, pre-spread carbon fiber bundles and a thermoset or thermoplastic matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, Bradley C. Rice, Steven M. Ehlers
  • Patent number: 9504883
    Abstract: A multiple-material golf club and a method for forming said golf club is disclosed herein. The multiple-material golf club preferably is a driver that has a metal face cup and a thin-walled, compression molded, composite aft body with precise IML and OML geometry. The molding composite used to form the compression molded aft body preferably comprises a plurality of randomly oriented, pre-spread carbon fiber bundles and a thermoset or thermoplastic matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, Bradley C. Rice, Steven M. Ehlers
  • Patent number: 9427631
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a crown, and a sole, and further includes a forward section that includes a strike face and a body section that is coupled with the forward section. The body section has an upper portion that defines a portion of the crown and a lower portion that that defines a portion of the sole. The upper portion is formed from a molded polymeric material and includes an internal wall extending into contact with the lower portion. The lower portion defines an opening extending through the sole, and the internal wall and the crown at least partially define a cavity that is in communication with the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Larson, Randy Garrido
  • Patent number: 9421437
    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 with a face portion, a toe portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a back portion, and an interior cavity extending between the top and sole portions and between the face and back portions. The interior cavity may be partially or entirely filled with an elastic polymer material. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 9393468
    Abstract: An iron type golf club head including a striking wall having front and rear surfaces, a rearwardly extending perimeter-weighted element which includes heel, toe, top, and sole portions, the sole portion including a forward end, rearward end, and an upper surface, the intersection of the upper surface of the sole portion and the rear surface of the striking wall defining an interior sole line, the intersection of the upper surface of the sole portion and the rearward end of the sole portion defining a trailing-edge sole line, the perimeter-weighted element having one or more rearwardly-opening recesses therein; and a polymeric element affixed to the sole portion, wherein, in a imaginary vertical plane substantially perpendicular to the striking wall, when the golf club head is in an address position, the interior sole line is below the trailing-edge sole line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jesse D. Sukman
  • Patent number: 9345938
    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 body portion with a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a back portion, a front portion having a face portion with a front surface and a back surface, an interior cavity extending between the top and sole portions and between the face and back portions, and an elastic polymer material in the interior cavity, and a bonding portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R Parsons, Michael R Nicolette, Bradley D Schweigert
  • Patent number: 9339701
    Abstract: A golf club includes a golf club head having a sole, a crown, and a face. The golf club head defines a bore and a viewing window in communication with the bore. An elongate member is insertable within the bore and rotatable within the bore between a first angular position and a second angular position. The elongate member further includes a first indicia, and a second indicia, both disposed on a portion of a circumference of the elongate member. When the elongate member is in the first angular position, the first indicia is visible through the viewing window and the second indicia is blocked from view. When the elongate member is in the second angular position, the second indicia is visible through the viewing window and the first indicia is blocked from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Joshua Boggs
  • Patent number: 9327173
    Abstract: A head 4 includes a head main body h1, a socket 10, an attachment member 11, and a weight body 12. The head main body h1 includes a socket housing portion 14. The socket 10 is attached to the socket housing portion 14. The socket housing portion 14 includes a first opening K1 through which the socket 10 can be housed. The attachment member 11 is mechanically joined to the head main body h1. The attachment member 11 is disposed so as to block at least a part of the first opening K1. The attachment member 11 controls the falling off of the socket 10 from the first opening K1. The socket 10 includes a held portion 10b. The held portion 10b is pressed by the attachment member 11. The socket 10 is formed of a polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9295886
    Abstract: Golf club heads with ribs are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, Martin R. Jertson, Eric V. Cole
  • Patent number: 9199143
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads and methods to manufacture golf club heads are generally described herein. A golf club head includes a plurality of weight portions, a body portion having a face portion, a toe portion, a top portion, a sole portion, an interior cavity, and a back portion with a plurality of cylindrical weight ports configured to receive the plurality of weight portions. The interior cavity is filled with an elastic polymer material. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 9192824
    Abstract: A golf club head is provided having a club body and a contact plate secured to the club body. The contact plate defines at least a portion of a striking surface having a plurality of striking surface grooves. A plurality of soft portions is provided that are coupled to a rear surface of the contact plate. The plurality of soft portions also corresponds to the plurality of striking surface grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Frame, Chris Schartiger, Michael Walker
  • Patent number: 9138622
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an iron-type golf club head formed from multiple materials that increase torsional stiffness of the club and aid in sound performance. In particular, the iron-type golf club head includes a body having top, sole, heel, toe, and face portions, a rear cavity, and a rear flange extending upwards from the sole portion, and a composite cap comprising a plurality of ribs covering the rear cavity and forming an internal cavity. The ribs can extend from an interior surface to an exterior surface of the composite cap, and in one embodiment, at least one of the ribs extends along an interior surface of the composite cap and hooks over the rear flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, Steven M. Ehlers, Sean Griffin, James A. Seluga, Patrick Dawson, Denver Holt, Joshua D. Westrum
  • Patent number: 9056231
    Abstract: A golf club head according to one or more aspects of the present invention may include a strike face, a rear wall behind the strike face, and a perimeter-weighting element at least partially surrounding the rear wall. The club head may further include a preload spacer associated with the rear wall and a resilient component associated with the perimeter-weighting element. The preload spacer engages the resilient component to provide positive reinforcement of the coupling between the resilient component and the perimeter-weighting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SRI SPORTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael J. Wallans
  • Patent number: 9039543
    Abstract: A head 1 is provided with a head body h1 and an adherend s1. The adherend s1 has a cast resin 53 formed by casting, a metal part 51, and a vibration absorber 55. The cast resin 53 has a formed surface formed by the metal part 51. The cast resin 53 further may have a formed surface formed by the vibration absorber 55. A base material of the cast resin 53 is an epoxy resin, for example. The cast resin 53 may have a cutting surface PL1. The cutting surface PL1 may be a joint surface of the adherend to the head body h1. Preferably, a loss tangent tan ? of the vibration absorber 55 is 0.07 or greater and 0.25 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SRI SPORTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Publication number: 20150126302
    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: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi SUGIMOTO
  • Patent number: 9022880
    Abstract: A golf club head which may include an iron-type golf club head body, a face plate, and a filler positioned behind the ball striking face. According to aspects of the disclosure, the face plate may include score lines which define holes in the face plate. Further, according to aspects of the disclosure, the filler may be comprised of a material that readily absorbs the deflection of the face plate during impact with a golf ball during a golf swing and dampens the impact between the golf club head and the golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Chris Savage
  • Patent number: 9015918
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf clubs with grooves and methods of manufacture thereof are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: John A. Solheim
  • Patent number: 9011267
    Abstract: A golf club incorporating a stress reducing feature in contact with a shaft connection system socket. The location and size of the stress reducing feature and the shaft connection system socket, and their relationship to one another, selectively increase deflection of the face and maintain stability of the shaft connection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Burnett, Alexander Theodore Berger, Justin Honea