Selectively Adjustable Weighting Element Patents (Class 473/334)
  • Patent number: 10434385
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a face, a sole, and a weight member. The sole includes a guide groove having a plurality of positioning grooves. The weight member includes a plurality of protrusions, and is positioned in the guide groove with the plurality of protrusions engaging with the plurality of positioning grooves. The plurality of positioning grooves each include a pair of sidewalls formed in an arc shape and a bottom connecting the sidewalls to each other. The plurality of protrusions each include a pair of side surfaces formed in an arc shape and a ridge connecting the side surfaces to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: MIZUNO TECHNICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Mine, Tetsuya Oono, Tatsuya Wakako, Kei Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10398952
    Abstract: A golf club head is presented comprising a sole including a weight member that is slidable in an elongate weight mount including a rail. The weight member is rotatable about the rail between an unlocked orientation and a locked orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Sang Yi, Richard L. Cleghorn
  • Patent number: 10391368
    Abstract: A golf club head having an exterior surface opposite the hollow golf club interior, the body having a center of gravity, wherein the body comprises an elongate weight receptacle, a weight retainer located in the weight receptacle, wherein the weight receptacle comprises a plurality of weight mounts, wherein the weight retainer is configured to slide along the weight receptacle between each of the plurality of weight mounts when the weight retainer is unlocked, and wherein the weight retainer is configured to reside in any of the plurality of weight mounts when the weight retainer is locked, and wherein the weight receptacle comprises a weight receptacle installation feature configured to receive the weight retainer, wherein the weight receptacle installation feature is located between two of the plurality of weight mounts, wherein the two of the plurality of weight mounts are located adjacent one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, Nick Frame, Darryl C. Galvan
  • Patent number: 10384102
    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 having a top portion, a bottom portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a front portion, a rear portion, an interior, and inner support portions on an inner surface of the bottom portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10376756
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a club head body and a weight member that is secured to the body. The weight member is constructed to utilize lateral forces to couple to the head body to minimize the structure required to retain the weight member, and the weight member is preferably constructed so that it has a low profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Noah de la Cruz, Andrew McCarthy, Scott A. Knutson
  • Patent number: 10307649
    Abstract: A multi-material iron type golf club head is disclosed. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention may have a metallic portion and a lightweight portion, wherein the entirety of the striking face is made out of a metallic material while a majority of the chassis is made out of a lightweight material that serves to reduce the overall weight of the golf club head. The lightweight material, in addition to reducing the overall weight of the golf club head, may be comprised of an interior face support to at least partially support the metallic striking face portion to improve the performance and feel of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Grant M. Martens, Uday V. Deshmukh, Charles E. Golden, Jonathan Hebreo
  • Patent number: 10293220
    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 having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a bottom portion, and a skirt portion between the top portion and the bottom portion. The golf club head may include a port region having a first plurality of weight ports and a second plurality of weight ports. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10166444
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a modular golf club. In particular, golf club includes a face component that is removably coupled so that the physical attributes of the golf club head may be altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Steven J. Forshner
  • Patent number: 10155140
    Abstract: A golf club head comprises a sole, a recessed sole port in the sole; and a rotatably adjustable sole piece adapted to be at least partially received within the sole port and comprising a central body having a plurality of contact surfaces adapted to contact the sole port and being offset from each other along a central axis extending through the central body of the sole piece. The sole piece can be positioned at least partially within the sole port at five or more rotational and axial positions with respect to the central axis, wherein at each rotational position, at least one of said contact surfaces of the central body contacts the sole port to set the axial position of the sole piece. The sole port and/or the sole piece can be generally pentagonal in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan T. Sargent, Joseph Reeve Nielson, Matthew David Johnson, Matthew Greensmith, Todd P. Beach, Michael Franz
  • Patent number: 10137338
    Abstract: A golf club head comprises a head main body, a weight member and a fixing member. The head main body is provided with a concave portion concaved from an outer surface of a finished shape of the golf club head. A specific gravity of the weight member is larger than a specific gravity of the head main body and larger than a specific gravity of the fixing member. The weight member is at least partially disposed in the concave portion. The fixing member is fixed to the concave portion so as to cover at least a part of the weight member from outside of the golf club head. The fixing member is provided with a through hole having an opening located in the above-said outer surface, and a part of the weight member is disposed in the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Nakamura, Daisuke Kohno
  • Patent number: 10112085
    Abstract: A golf club head comprises a body, a track formed in or attached to the body and having a length and a weight and weight retainer. The weight is continuously repositionable such that it can be positioned at any selected point along the track between its ends. The weight has a major dimension, and the weight retainer comprises a fastening member having a diameter not greater than about one half of the major dimension of the weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Joseph Henry Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10065091
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a channel or a pair of parallel rails and a slidable weight assembly that can be removably fixed at any point within the channel or to the rails is disclosed herein. The slidable weight assembly preferably comprises a weight portion and base that can be turned 45 to 90 degrees to reversibly fix the slidable weight assembly within the channel or to the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: J. Neil Hall, Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 10052532
    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 support portions in the hollow body portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10029161
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a club head body and a weight member that is secured to the body. The weight member is constructed to utilize lateral forces to couple to the head body to minimize the structure required to retain the weight member, and the weight member is preferably constructed so that it has a low profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Scott A. Knutson, Noah de la Cruz, Andrew McCarthy, Grant M. Martens, Michael E. Franz
  • Patent number: 9987533
    Abstract: Golf clubs and golf club heads having a weight member that is configurable in multiple positions to alter the performance characteristics of the golf club head are presented. In some examples, the weight member may be arranged in a sole of the golf club head and may include ends having different weighting characteristics. For instance, one end may be heavier or denser than another end of the weight member. The difference in weight characteristics may be due to different materials used to form the different ends, different construction of the ends, and the like. The position of the weight member may be adjusted to alter the performance characteristics of the golf club head. For instance, the weight member may be removed and rotated to position a heavier end where a lighter end was previously positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew G. V. Oldknow, James S. Thomas, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Robert Boyd
  • Patent number: 9975012
    Abstract: A golf club head having a body having a first receptacle having ant aperture and a weight retention member affixed to the receptacle, the weight retention member having an opening, the weight retention member configured to receive a weighted insert, wherein at least a portion of the receptacle is located on the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Richard Sanchez, Thomas Orrin Bennett, David S. Cornelius
  • Patent number: 9975022
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a first portion that is rigidly adhered to a second portion to at least partially define an interior club head volume. The first portion is formed from a metallic material and includes a face, and the second portion is formed from a polymeric material and defines a bore that is configured to receive and to selectively retain an elongate weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua Boggs
  • Patent number: 9968833
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to golf clubs with adjustable mass properties. In certain aspects, the invention provides methods and mechanisms for adjusting a club head center of gravity and/or moment of inertia by way of an adjustable weight assembly positionable along the sole of the club head body. When in a first position, the weight assembly provides a lower center of gravity so as to increase launch angle and reduce spin rate, resulting in greater overall distance of ball flight. When in a second position, the weight assembly provides a greater mass moment of inertia, which effectively enlarges the sweet spot and produces a more forgiving club for off-center hits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventors: Joshua G. Breier, Andrew Curtis, Oswaldo Gonzalez, Scott H. Moreira, Douglas E. Roberts, Ryan L. Roach
  • Patent number: 9931551
    Abstract: The golf club head includes a crown portion, a face portion, a sole portion, at least one recessed portion formed in one of the crown portion and the sole portion, at least one weight member configured to be attached to the recessed portion. The weight member has an upper surface, a lower surface and a side surface. The recessed portion is provided with a bottom surface correspond to the lower surface of the weight member, a first side wall surface that is continuous with the bottom surface and corresponds to the side surface of the weight member, and a second side wall surface that is continuous with the first side wall surface and constitutes an opening periphery of the recessed portion, and the second side wall surface is formed along the first side wall surface at a larger outer diameter than the first side wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9914029
    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 support portions in the hollow body portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9878218
    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: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 9878222
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club weight attachment mechanisms are described herein. In some embodiments, a golf club head comprises a head body with an interior cavity, a shell portion, and a bracket with a weight member coupled to the bracket. In one embodiment, the bracket and the weight member can be configured to be fully contained within the interior cavity. Other examples and related methods are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Morales, Martin R. Jertson
  • Patent number: 9861867
    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 support portions in the hollow body portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9833669
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising at least one weight port and a cam weight sized to reversibly lock into the weight port is disclosed herein. The weight port includes a floor, a wall, a first seating tab extending from the wall, and a second seating tab extending from the wall, but no openings communicating with an interior of the golf club head. The cam weight, which preferably is composed of a single material, includes a cylindrical body, a first helical wing, a second helical wing, and a tool engagement feature. The helical wings give the cam weight a keyed shape, which matches the shape of the weight port when the seating tabs are taken into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew Myers, James A. Seluga, Wee Joung Kim
  • Patent number: 9821200
    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 support portions in the hollow body portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9808681
    Abstract: A hollow golf club head comprises a face part, a sole part, a side part, a crown part, and a hosel part. At least one of the face part and the crown part has portions of two different rigidities that are first and second rigid portions, the first rigid portion has a first rigidity, the second rigid portion is made of the same material as the first rigid portion, and the second rigid portion has the same thickness as the first rigid portion but has a lower rigidity than the first rigidity of the first rigid portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaharu Takechi
  • Patent number: 9795843
    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 support portions in the hollow body portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9782643
    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 support portions in the hollow body portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9776060
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a channel or a pair of parallel rails and a slidable weight assembly that can be removably fixed at any point within the channel or to the rails is disclosed herein. The slidable weight assembly preferably comprises a weight portion and base that can be turned 45 to 90 degrees to reversibly fix the slidable weight assembly within the channel or to the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: J. Neil Hall, Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 9731174
    Abstract: A hollow golf club head comprises a head main body made of a metallic material and having a bottom portion including a first portion and a second portion being connected with the first portion having difference in level, and at least one weight member having a specific gravity larger than that of the head main body and attached to the second portion of the head main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9707458
    Abstract: A golf club head is presented comprising a sole including a weight member secured to a weight mount. The weight member is preferably constructed so that it has a low profile and so that it interacts with an angled abutment portion of the weight mount to locate the weight member in the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Stephanie Luttrell, Gery M. Zimmerman, Darryl C. Galvan
  • Patent number: 9707456
    Abstract: A golf club head having a body having a first receptacle having a first aperture, a second receptacle having a second aperture, and a first weight retention member affixed to the first receptacle, the first weight retention member having an opening, at least a portion of the first weight retention member extending through the first aperture into the hollow golf club interior; a second weight retention member affixed to the second receptacle, at least a portion of the second weight retention member extending through the second aperture into the hollow golf club interior; and a third weight retention member extending between the first weight retention member and the second weight retention member, the third weight retention member extending through the opening of the first weight retention member, at least a portion of the third weight retention member located in the hollow golf club head interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Richard Sanchez, Thomas Orrin Bennett, David S. Cornelius
  • Patent number: 9682296
    Abstract: A golf club head with means for adjusting a center of gravity along more than one axis is disclosed herein. The golf club head comprises at least one rectangular weight bar disposed within a recessed region on the sole and adjustable within the recessed region. One end of the weight bar is reversibly fixed to the sole with a connection element, while the other end includes an engagement feature that engages a retention feature at the edge of the recessed region. The retention feature provides multiple locations at the edge of the recessed region to which the engagement feature can be fixed, and when the weight bar is in a configuration desired by a golfer, the weight bar can be reversibly secured to the sole and immobilized within the recessed region by tightening the connection element. The weight bar may also include a slidable weight assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew Myers, James A. Seluga
  • Patent number: 9636553
    Abstract: A golf club head with means for adjusting a center of gravity along more than one axis is disclosed herein. The golf club head comprises at least one rectangular weight bar disposed within a recessed region on the sole and adjustable within the recessed region. One end of the weight bar is reversibly fixed to the sole with a connection element, while the other end includes an engagement feature that engages a retention feature at the edge of the recessed region. The retention feature provides multiple locations at the edge of the recessed region to which the engagement feature can be fixed, and when the weight bar is in a configuration desired by a golfer, the weight bar can be reversibly secured to the sole and immobilized within the recessed region by tightening the connection element. The weight bar may also include a slidable weight assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 9630071
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head with a face having a ball-striking surface configured for striking a ball, a body connected to the face, and at least one weight element connected to the body. The head has a total weight that is higher than a target weight of the head, and the at least one weight element is configured to be at least partially removed by a material removal technique to lower the total weight of the head to approximately equal the target weight. The at least one weight element may be integrally connected to the body, such as being integrally formed with at least a portion of the body. The material removal technique may constitute milling, machining, or other material removal techniques or combination of such techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: James S. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9630074
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head includes a ball striking face and a rear weight member that are engaged through one or more resilient members with a connection structure that creates a mass-damping effect at impact with a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond J. Sander
  • Patent number: 9616302
    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 support portions in the hollow body portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9586102
    Abstract: A golf club includes a shaft and a club head for a metal wood type club. The club head includes a ball striking face, a heel, a toe, a rear, a crown and a sole. The sole includes a forward sole surface and a rearward sole surface. The substantially horizontally-oriented forward sole surface extends rearwardly from the ball striking face to a rearward edge. The substantially horizontally-oriented rearward sole surface extends forwardly from the rear of the club head. The rearward sole surface extends over and is offset in a height direction from the rearward edge. A cavity may be located above the forward sole surface, the cavity having a rearward facing opening located below the rearward sole surface. A projection may extend rearwardly from the rearward edge beneath the rearward sole surface, the projection having sides that extend in a generally breadthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Robert M. Boyd, Raymond J. Sander
  • Patent number: 9550097
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising at least one weight port and a cam weight sized to reversibly lock into the weight port is disclosed herein. The weight port includes a floor, a wall, a first seating tab extending from the wall, and a second seating tab extending from the wall, but no openings communicating with an interior of the golf club head. The cam weight, which preferably is composed of a single material, includes a cylindrical body, a first helical wing, a second helical wing, and a tool engagement feature. The helical wings give the cam weight a keyed shape, which matches the shape of the weight port when the seating tabs are taken into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew Myers, James A. Seluga, Wee Joung Kim
  • Patent number: 9440126
    Abstract: Golf clubs and golf club heads having a weight member that is configurable in multiple positions to alter the performance characteristics of the golf club head are presented. In some examples, the weight member may be arranged in a sole of the golf club head and may include ends having different weighting characteristics. For instance, one end may be heavier or denser than another end of the weight member. The difference in weight characteristics may be due to different materials used to form the different ends, different construction of the ends, and the like. The position of the weight member may be adjusted to alter the performance characteristics of the golf club head. For instance, the weight member may be removed and rotated to position a heavier end where a lighter end was previously positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Andrew G. V. Oldknow, James S. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9387377
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a channel and an expandable weight that can be removably fixed at any point within the channel is disclosed herein. The weight comprises at least an upper portion, a middle portion, a lower portion, and a bolt, and the upper portion and lower portion preferably are formed of metal materials while the middle portion preferably is formed of a polymeric material. The weight preferably is trapped within the channel so that it cannot fall out of the channel during use. The channel may also have an end that opens into a port, which can be filled with a plug or weight screw to prevent the weight from falling out of the channel, and also can be removed so that the weight can be removed and replaced with another expandable weight having a different overall mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Ten Ken Liang, Matthew Myers, Sean P. Griffin
  • Patent number: 9388842
    Abstract: A screw comprising a drive part, a threaded part, and a retaining ring is disclosed herein. Each of the drive part and the threaded part comprises a plurality of interface surfaces that transmit torque from the drive part to the threaded part and prevent the parts from disengaging from one another during use. Each plurality of interface surfaces forms one or more geometric shapes that create additional friction between the drive and threaded parts, and may further include mating pins and holes to prevent the parts from detaching from one another. The retaining ring, which removably connects the screw to a wrench during assembly of the screw with a receptacle, is disposed within a cavity formed when the drive part is assembled with the threaded part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Patrick Dawson, Robert Cruz, Thomas J. DiMarco, Daniel C. Fox, James E. Stevens, Alan C. Bettencourt
  • Patent number: 9387376
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a channel or a pair of parallel rails and a slidable weight assembly that can be removably fixed at any point within the channel or to the rails is disclosed herein. The slidable weight assembly preferably comprises a weight portion and base that can be turned 45 to 90 degrees to reversibly fix the slidable weight assembly within the channel or to the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: J. Neil Hall, Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 9375617
    Abstract: A golf club head may include a body member having a ball striking face, a crown, a toe, a heel, a sole, a back, and a hosel region located at the intersection of the ball striking face, the heel, the crown and the sole. The crown may have a relatively round rear-side edge profile, as viewed from above. The sole may have a relatively square rear-side edge profile, as viewed from below. The rear-side edge of the sole may extend rearwardly beyond the rear-side edge of the crown along at least a portion of the back, as viewed from above. Further, the heel may have an airfoil-like surface in the forward portion of the heel. A golf club including the golf club head is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, John Thomas Stites, Gary G. Tavares
  • Patent number: 9364729
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a channel and an expandable weight that can be removably fixed at any point within the channel is disclosed herein. The weight comprises at least an upper portion, a lower portion, and a bolt, and preferably is formed of a metal material co-molded with a polymeric material such as rubber. The channel has an opening with a width that is less than the width of both an inner part of the channel and the weight, such that the weight cannot fall out of the channel during use. The channel may also have an end that opens into a port, which can be filled with a plug or weight screw to prevent the weight from falling out of the channel, and also can be removed so that the weight can be removed and replaced with another expandable weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew Myers, Wee Joung Kim
  • Patent number: 9352198
    Abstract: The invention provides a golf club head that uses a light-weight material for part of the body and a strong material for a face-to-sole transition to provide a durable face with a high coefficient of restitution. The club head may have a first body part and a second body part. Material of the first body part extends down from a face member, bends around a face-sole transition, and continues into a sole return member to provide at least a portion of a ball-striking face and a sole surface. The first body part also provides a hosel. The second body part provides a significant proportion of the volume of the club head (e.g., at least about a third or even a majority). The low-density of the second body part allows for inclusion of one or more high-density third body parts to optimize mass distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: COBRA GOLF INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ryan L. Roach, Andrew Curtis
  • Patent number: 9220956
    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 form a club head for a fairway wood that has a high moment of inertia, a low center-of-gravity and a thin crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Joseph Henry Hoffman, Scott Taylor, Sang S. Yi
  • Patent number: 9216333
    Abstract: A golf club head is presented comprising a sole including a weight member secured to a weight mount. The weight member is preferably constructed so that it has a low profile and so that it interacts with an angled abutment portion of the weight mount to locate the weight member in the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Stephanie Bezilla, Gery M. Zimmerman, Darryl C. Galvan
  • Patent number: 9199140
    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 and a plurality of weight portions. The plurality of weight portions may include a first set of weight portions and a second set of weight portions. Each weight portion of the first set of weight portions may be associated with a first mass, and each weight portion of the second set of weight portions may be associated with a second mass that is less than the first mass. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9072951
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a face, crown, sole, pivoting weight receptacle with a bore, and a weight cartridge sized to removably fit within the bore is disclosed herein. In particular, least one of the crown and the sole comprises a first weight port sized to releasably receive the pivoting weight receptacle, which extends into an interior cavity of the golf club head when the pivoting weight receptacle is fully engaged with the first weight port such that at least part of the pivoting weight receptacle is suspended within the interior cavity and does not make contact with any portion of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Larry Tang, James A. Seluga, Patrick Dawson, Tim Goudarzi, Denver Holt