Embedded In Head Patents (Class 473/335)
  • Patent number: 10960274
    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 bottom portion, a top portion. The top portion may include a heel-side top portion, a toe-side top portion, and a raised central top portion between the heel-side top portion and toe-side top portion. The top portion may include a toe-side integral rib and a heel-side integral rib. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10821344
    Abstract: A golf club head, including a body including a striking face and a perimeter portion extending aft from the striking face, a badge affixed to a rear surface of the striking face, wherein the badge comprises a first layer aft of the striking face, the first layer including a first density, a second layer aft of the first layer, the second layer including a second density, and a third layer aft of the first layer, wherein the third layer comprises a third layer front surface located adjacent the second layer, wherein the first density is less than 2.0 g/cm3, wherein the second density is greater than 2.0 g/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Jason A. Mata
  • Patent number: 10799778
    Abstract: The present invention is a unique advanced hybrid iron type golf club having a curved face. The golf club incorporates the discovery of unique relationships among key club head engineering variables such as volume, blade length, heel blade length section, Zcg, front-to-back dimension, and club moment arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC
    Inventors: Michael Guerrette, Tim Reed, Clive Roberts
  • Patent number: 10792541
    Abstract: A ball striking device may include a ball striking plate having a front surface configured to strike a ball and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The ball striking device may include a covering element located behind the rear surface. The covering element may be affixed to the rear surface of the ball striking plate with an adhesive member. The adhesive member may include a double-sided tape. Further, a thickened portion of the ball striking plate may be located behind a desired-contact region of the ball striking plate and the covering element may be affixed thereto. The covering element may be a highly-contoured element. The ball striking device may be a golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Cardani, Jeremy N. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10751585
    Abstract: Some disclosed golf club heads include body having at least one raised sole portion and a cantilevered ledge extending down around a perimeter of the club head below the level of the raised sole portion. Some disclosed golf club heads include one or more sole openings in the body and a sole insert that is mounted inside the body over the sole openings. The sole can include weight tracks as well, and a rear weight track can extend between a toe side sole opening and a heel side sole opening. A crown insert can also be included that is mounted over an upper opening in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Johnson, David Bennett, Nathan T. Sargent, Christopher John Harbert, Todd P. Beach
  • Patent number: 10709943
    Abstract: An iron golf club head includes: a face portion including a ball striking surface and a first reverse surface; and a sole back portion including a second reverse surface connected with the first reverse surface and located below the first reverse surface. The iron golf club head has a first hollow separated from outside by the face portion and the sole back portion. The ratio W/V1 of the weight W (unit: g) of the iron golf club head relative to the volume V1 (unit: mm3) of the iron golf club head is 6.5×10?3 or less. The sole maximum projected width Sw of the iron golf club head is 25 mm or more. The sweet spot height Sh of the iron golf club head is 20 mm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventors: Kensuke Maenaka, Kazuhiro Doi
  • Patent number: 10653926
    Abstract: Disclosed golf club heads include a body defining an interior cavity, a face, a sole, a crown, and a hosel. Certain embodiments include a weight channel positioned in the sole and defining a path along the sole. Some embodiments include a weight member positioned in the weight channel that is configured to be adjusted to any of a range of selectable positions to adjust mass properties of the golf club head. A fastener may be configured to secure the weight member in any of the selectable positions, while the fastener itself, regardless of where the weight member is positioned along the path, may be secured to the body at a fixed location that is independent of the position of the weight member along the path. Additional discretionary mass elements may be added to the weight member, such as at its ends, to further adjust mass properties of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Story, Nathan T. Sargent, Justin D. Kleinert
  • Patent number: 10543405
    Abstract: Golf club heads are described having a club head portion, a shaft portion connected to the club head portion, and a grip portion connected to the shaft portion. The club head portion has a heel portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, a crown portion, a hosel portion, and a striking face. The striking face can have a center face roll contour, a toe side roll contour, a heel side roll contour, a center face bulge contour, a crown side bulge contour, and a sole side bulge contour. The toe side roll contour can be more lofted than the center face roll contour. The heel side roll contour can be less lofted than the center face roll contour. The crown side bulge contour can be more open than the center face bulge contour, and the sole side bulge contour can be more closed than the center face bulge contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Greaney, Kraig Alan Willett, Joe Hoffman, Todd P. Beach, Robert Story, Jake Feuerstein, Michelle Penney, Bradley Poston, Christopher Rollins, Joseph Yu, Bing-Ling Chao
  • Patent number: 10471319
    Abstract: A golf club head, including a body including a striking face and a perimeter portion extending aft from the striking face, a badge affixed to a rear surface of the striking face, wherein the badge comprises a first layer aft of the striking face, the first layer including a first density, a second layer aft of the first layer, the second layer including a second density, and a third layer aft of the first layer, wherein the third layer comprises a third layer front surface located adjacent the second layer, the third layer font surface including a third layer cavity, wherein the second layer resides within the third layer cavity, wherein the first density is less than 2.0 g/cm3, wherein the second density is greater than 2.0 g/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Jason A. Mata
  • Patent number: 10463926
    Abstract: A golf club head is described having a club head portion, a shaft portion connected to the club head portion, and a grip portion connected to the shaft portion. The club head portion has a heel portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, a crown portion, a hosel portion, and a striking face. The striking face has a center face roll contour, a toe side roll contour, a heel side roll contour, a center face bulge contour, a crown side bulge contour, and a sole side bulge contour. The toe side roll contour is more lofted than the center face roll contour. The heel side roll contour is less lofted than the center face roll contour. The crown side bulge contour is more open than the center face bulge contour, and the sole side bulge contour is more closed than the center face bulge contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Greaney, Kraig Alan Willett, Joe Hoffman, Todd P. Beach
  • Patent number: 10456641
    Abstract: A weight member for removable attachment to a weight port of a golf club head is provided. The weight member comprises a head that has a tool mating port for operatively receiving a portion of a fastening tool. The weight member further comprises a shaft that is associated with the head such that the shaft terminates at an end surface. The shaft has a threaded external surface and a non-threaded internal bore that extends from the end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SRI SPROTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Dan S. Nivanh, Nathaniel J. Radcliffe, Jimmy H. Kuan
  • Patent number: 10449426
    Abstract: Ball striking devices, such as golf clubs, have a head that includes a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball, and a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face, with the body having a crown, a sole, a heel side, and a toe side, such that the face and the body combine to define an enclosed internal cavity. A damping member is connected to the body and includes a post extending inwardly into the cavity from an inner surface of the body, a first arm extending from the post toward the heel side of the body, and a second arm extending from the post toward the toe side of the body. The damping member is configured to produce a mass damping effect upon an impact on the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David N. Franklin, Michael Wallans
  • Patent number: 10420989
    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 first interior cavity portion, a second interior cavity portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a bottom portion, a rear portion, a front portion, and a structural support portion formed in the bottom portion. The second interior cavity portion may include a filler material. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10369441
    Abstract: Embodiments of a golf club head are described herein including a plurality of ports with doors. The golf club head comprises a ball striking face and a body, wherein the body comprises a plurality of ports each adapted to receive a threaded fastener and defines an outer surface of the golf club head. The plurality of ports comprises a bore recessed inward relative to the outer surface of the body, wherein the bore is fluidly isolated from the internal volume, wherein the bore is adapted to receive a threaded fastener; and a door hingably coupled to the body and pivotable between a first position that is substantially flush with the outer surface and a second position that is deflected inward of the outer surface; wherein the door at least partially blocks ingress of the threaded fastener into the bore when in the first position, and permits ingress of the threaded fastener into the bore when in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy Pope, Daniel K. Lee, Martin R. Jertson
  • Patent number: 10357693
    Abstract: Golf club heads include a golf club head body, a ball striking face, and a shaft engaging member configured to engage a golf club shaft with the golf club head body. Additionally, the shaft engaging member may be configured to engage the golf club head body and the shaft below a center of gravity of the golf club head, and/or the shaft engaging member may have rotational locking structure that can be locked in a plurality of positions. Further, the golf club head may include a face member and a rear member, where the rear member is configured to transfer energy and/or momentum to the face member, particularly on off-center hits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Franklin, Jason Cardani, Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Raymond J. Sander
  • Patent number: 10357700
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with optimized characteristics presented herein. Other examples and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley D. Schweigert, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 10293221
    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 have a body portion having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, and a bottom portion. The golf club head may include a first plurality of weight ports in the bottom portion and a second plurality of weight ports in the bottom portion. The first plurality of weight ports may form a first discrete arc along the bottom portion. The second plurality of weight ports may form a second discrete arc along the bottom portion. The first plurality of weight ports and the second plurality weight ports may be separated by a gap. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10286267
    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 face portion, a toe portion, a top portion, a sole portion, and a back portion with at least one weight portion. The golf club head may include an interior cavity. The golf club head may include face markings on the face portion that include a first set of markings extending between the toe portion and the heel portion and a second set of markings extending between the top portion and the sole portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10258840
    Abstract: Golf club heads include an iron type golf club head body having a rear surface (e.g., a perimeter weighting member) that defines a first weight receiving portion, and a weight member is mounted in the first weight receiving portion. The club head body further defines a second weight receiving portion independent of the first weight receiving portion, and a second weight member is removably engaged with the golf club head body at this second weight receiving portion. The weight members may be interchangeably mounted in the two weight receiving portions to thereby allow selective placement of the center of gravity characteristics of the club head body. Golf clubs including these club heads and methods of making such golf club and golf club heads also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Eric A. Larson
  • Patent number: 10220275
    Abstract: A co-forged iron type golf club is disclosed. More specifically, the present invention discloses a co-forged iron type golf club with the body portion made out of a first material and at least one weight adjustment portion monolithically encased within the body portion of the co-forged iron type golf club head without the need for secondary attachment or machining operations. The present invention creates of an iron type golf club head from a pre-form billet that already contains two or more materials before the actual forging process resulting in a multi-material golf club head that doesn't require any post manufacturing operations such as machining, welding, swaging, gluing, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Jonathan A. Hebreo
  • Patent number: 10201740
    Abstract: Provided is a weight pattern determination apparatus for determining, in a golf club having a head capable of mounting one or more weights in a plurality of mounting patterns, the mounting pattern suited to a golfer. The apparatus has an impact point specification unit and a pattern determination unit. The impact point specification unit specifies an impact point distribution of the golfer. The pattern determination unit determines a recommended pattern which is the mounting pattern that approximates a sweet area of the golf club to the impact point distribution. According to the first aspect of the present invention, the impact point distribution of the golfer is specified, and a mounting pattern is determined based on this impact point distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masahide Onuki, Masaru Kono
  • Patent number: 10130849
    Abstract: Ball striking devices, such as golf clubs, have a head that includes a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball, and a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face, with the body having a crown, a sole, a heel side, and a toe side, such that the face and the body combine to define an enclosed internal cavity. A damping member is connected to the body and includes a post extending inwardly into the cavity from an inner surface of the body, a first arm extending from the post toward the heel side of the body, and a second arm extending from the post toward the toe side of the body. The damping member is configured to produce a mass damping effect upon an impact on the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David N. Franklin, Michael Wallans
  • Patent number: 10092806
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head 4 comprises: a head main body 10 including a face 2, a hosel 6, a sole 4 and a back portion 9 extending upward from the trailing edge Te of the sole; and a weight member 20 having a specific gravity larger than the head main body. The face 2 is provided with score lines 7 extending in the toe-heel direction of the head. The weight member 20 is disposed in the sole and extends in the toe-heel direction across a position in the toe-heel direction corresponding to the center position FC of the score lines. The weight member 20 includes a toe-side first portion 21 extending over the sole 4 and the back portion 9, and a heel-side second portion 22 extending within the sole 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10086238
    Abstract: The invention provides a golf club head constructed from multiple components formed of different materials. In particular, a club head of the present disclosure includes a club head body, such as a cast or forged body portion, made from a first metal, and at least one removable component configured to be releasably attached to the club head body, the removable component being made from a second metal that is different than the first metal. The golf club head includes a semi-hollow, or completely hollow-bodied, ball-striking face cartridge made from at least titanium. In some embodiments, the hollow face cartridge may be integrally formed with the club head body. In other embodiments, the hollow face cartridge may be formed separately from the club head body and may be removed from and re-attached to the club head body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventors: Ryan L. Roach, Tim A. Beno, Andrew Curtis, Bryce Hobbs, Collin Lervick, Peter L. Soracco
  • Patent number: 10065090
    Abstract: The present invention is a unique advanced hybrid iron type golf club having a curved face. The golf club incorporates the discovery of unique relationships among key club head engineering variables such as volume, blade length, heel blade length section, Zcg, front-to-back dimension, and club moment arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC
    Inventors: Michael Guerrette, Tim Reed, Clive Roberts
  • Patent number: 10029156
    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, wherein the receptacle includes a pair of perimeter walls, each of the perimeter walls substantially perpendicular to the sole adjacent the perimeter walls, wherein the pair of perimeter walls are separated by the aperture and are substantially parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Sang Yi, Richard Sanchez, Thomas Orrin Bennett
  • Patent number: 9999814
    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 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9987526
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads and methods to manufacture golf club heads are generally described herein. In one example, a method of manufacturing a golf club head may include providing a body portion and providing a plurality of weight portions. The body portion may include a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a bottom portion having a plurality of ports. Each port of the plurality of ports may be configured to receive a weight portion of the plurality of weight portions. The plurality of ports may include a first set of ports and a second set of ports. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9987523
    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: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Kraig Alan Willett, Nathan T. Sargent, Michael Franz
  • Patent number: 9981165
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a conformal weight sized to fit within a recess or channel disposed in a crown or sole is disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the crown or sole itself is a conformal weight, and is removably affixed to a base structure comprising a striking face and a skeletal support structure. In other embodiments, the golf club head comprises a conformal weight in the form of a sole cap that is removably affixed to the golf club head and covers small weight ports disposed in the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Tim Goudarzi, Steven M. Ehlers, Matthew Myers, Larry Tang, Wee Joung Kim, Philip G. Foster, Wayne H. Byrne
  • Patent number: 9956462
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising features for adjusting the location of the center of gravity along all three axes is disclosed herein. In particular, the head comprises a body with a channel in its sole, at least one slidable receptacle sized to engage the channel, and a slidable weight. The channel preferably comprises a first floor and a pair of rails, while the slidable receptacle comprises a first base portion, a first bolt, and a first upper portion with a slot having a second floor and another pair of rails. The first upper and base portions grip the channel's rails when the first bolt is tightened. Similarly, the slidable weight comprises a second upper portion, a second base portion, and a second bolt, and the second upper and base portions grip the slot's rails when the second bolt is tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Christopher A. G. Nunez, Larry Tang
  • Patent number: 9937388
    Abstract: A ball striking device may include a ball striking plate having a front surface configured to strike a ball and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The ball striking device may include a covering element located behind the rear surface. The covering element may be affixed to the rear surface of the ball striking plate with an adhesive member. The adhesive member may include a double-sided tape. Further, a thickened portion of the ball striking plate may be located behind a desired-contact region of the ball striking plate and the covering element may be affixed thereto. The covering element may be a highly-contoured element. The ball striking device may be a golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Cardani, Jeremy N. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9873029
    Abstract: A golf club head may include a body having a hollow interior and a removable sole plate. The body may include a hosel portion, a front strike face, a crown and a sole. The sole may include a floor and sidewalls extending from the floor to the crown, wherein the floor may have openings opening into the hollow interior. The removable sole plate mounted to the sole over the openings of the floor the sole plate may include wings and a tail. The wings are proximate the front strike face and curve along the sidewalls towards the crown. The tail extends from the wings away from the front strike face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventor: Eric Sillies
  • Patent number: 9849353
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of a golf club head having improved mass distribution characteristics. The golf club head includes a body and a face positioned at a forward portion of the body. The golf club head also includes one or more mass elements positioned at predetermined locations about the head. The mass elements assist in achieving a desired relationship between the moment of inertia about a center of gravity x-axis and the moment of inertia about a center of gravity z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Peter L. Larsen, Joseph Henry Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9849355
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a main body having a topline and an opposing sole. The main body includes a striking face extending between the topline and sole, and a rear face in opposed relation to the striking face. A sole body is proximate the rear face and extends at least partially along the sole. A peripheral flange extends at least partially about the rear face and is of a flange height, HF, relative to the rear face. A truss protrudes from the rear face and includes a at least a first truss arm which is of a first truss arm height, HT1, relative to the rear face, wherein the difference between HF and HT1 is less than about 0.25 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Phillip C. Seagram
  • Patent number: 9802084
    Abstract: A golf club head comprises: a head main body having a hollow therein; a weight member disposed in the hollow and extending from its first end to its second end; a first end side portion of the weight member is secured to a first position of the head main body rotatably around a first axis at the first position so that a second end side portion of the weight member is movable to at least a second position and a third position of the head main body which positions are on a locus described by the first end side portion of the weight member during rotating about said first axis; and a fastener for fixing the second end side portion of the weight member to any of said at least second and third positions of the head main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Shimahara, Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9764205
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads comprising a head interior and a hosel structure, the head interior bounded by a head front portion, a head rear portion, a head heel portion, a head toe portion, a head top portion, and a head sole portion, the golf club heads further comprising various optimized characteristics, are presented herein. Other examples and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley D. Schweigert, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 9731175
    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: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew Myers, James A. Seluga
  • Patent number: 9694261
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising features for adjusting the location of the center of gravity along all three axes is disclosed herein. In particular, the head comprises a body with a channel in its sole, at least one slidable receptacle sized to engage the channel, and a slidable weight. The channel preferably comprises a first floor and a pair of rails, while the slidable receptacle comprises a first base portion, a first bolt, and a first upper portion with a slot having a second floor and another pair of rails. The first upper and base portions grip the channel's rails when the first bolt is tightened. Similarly, the slidable weight comprises a second upper portion, a second base portion, and a second bolt, and the second upper and base portions grip the slot's rails when the second bolt is tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Christopher A. G. Nunez, Larry Tang
  • Patent number: 9694256
    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: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew Myers, Denver Holt, James A. Seluga, Wee Joung Kim, Steven C. Sutton
  • Patent number: 9669271
    Abstract: A golf club head having a low-density interchangeable insert located in a top portion thereof. The interchangeable insert may be only in the top line of the club head or extend from the heel around the toe and optionally be visible from above when the club is at address. The interchangeable insert may extend through a hosel and optionally be visible on a heel-side surface. The interchangeable insert may be mounted on a back surface of a striking face, and may extend a distance down the back surface. The interchangeable insert may extend into, and provide part of, a golf ball striking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: COBRA GOLF INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Peter L. Soracco, Ryan L. Roach, Thomas C. Morris
  • Patent number: 9662547
    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 body portion may include a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a bottom portion having a plurality of ports. Each port of the plurality of ports may be configured to receive a weight portion of the plurality of weight portions. The plurality of ports may include a first set of ports and a second set of ports. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9555299
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head comprises an upper heel-side region having a specific gravity ?1, a lower heel-side region having a specific gravity ?2, an upper middle region having a specific gravity ?3, a lower middle region having a specific gravity ?4, an upper toe-side region having a specific gravity ?5 and a lower toe-side region having a specific gravity ?6 which satisfy the following conditions: ?1<?2, ?3<?4, ?5<?6, ?4<?2, ?4<?6, ?3<?1, and ?3<?5. These six regions are sectioned by a horizontal plane, a toe-side vertical plane and a heel-side vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Nakamura, Takahiro Norimura
  • Patent number: 9555295
    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: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9452324
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of a golf club head having improved mass distribution characteristics. The golf club head includes a body and a face positioned at a forward portion of the body. The golf club head also includes one or more mass elements positioned at predetermined locations about the head. The mass elements assist in achieving a desired relationship between the moment of inertia about a center of gravity x-axis and the moment of inertia about a center of gravity z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Peter L. Larsen, Joseph Henry Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9381410
    Abstract: A weight system configured to adjust the location of the center of gravity of a golf club head comprising an adjustable weight comprising an aperture dimensioned to receive a fastener, a threaded bore formed in said sole and configured to receive a fastener, and a fastener configured to pass through the aperture of the adjustable weight and engage the threaded bore, wherein rotation of said fastener in a first direction locks said adjustable weight into a locked position, preventing said adjustable weight from rotating relative to said body, and wherein rotation of said fastener in a second direction, opposite said first direction, unlocks said adjustable weight into an unlocked position and allows said adjustable weight to rotate about said fastener, and wherein said adjustable weight can be unlocked and rotated without completely removing said fastener from said threaded bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Charles E Golden, Stephen S. Murphy, Mark C. Myrhum, Darryl C. Galvan, Thomas O. Bennett
  • Patent number: 9352197
    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 body portion may include a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a bottom portion having an outer surface associated with an outer surface curve, and a weight port region located at or proximate to the bottom portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9295885
    Abstract: A golf club 1 includes a head 3 and a shaft 5. The head 3 has a head body M3, a grounding member Y1 and a movement restricting member Y2. The head body M3 has a sole s3. The sole s3 has a slide part S1 that can slide the grounding member Y1. The movement restricting member Y2 restricts slide movement of the grounding member Y1 while allowing the grounding member Y1 to be fixed at a plurality of slide positions. A face angle can be varied depending on the plurality of slide positions of the grounding member Y1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyofumi Matsunaga, Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9289661
    Abstract: A golf club head has a body defining a ball striking face. The body further has a first leg extending away from the ball striking face and a second leg extending away from the ball striking face wherein a void is defined between the first leg and the second leg. The body further defines a cover that extends over the void. The golf club head may further have support structures and adjustable weight members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Yoshimasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 9205312
    Abstract: A golf club head, comprising a weight mount comprising a first portion and a second portion, a first weight member and a second weight member, each configured to be coupled to said weight mount, a single fastener configured to force said first weight member to translate in a first direction towards said first portion of said weight mount and said second weight member to translate in a second direction towards said second portion of said weight mount, wherein said first direction is different than said second direction, and wherein said fastener, said first portion of said weight mount, and said second portion of said weight mount are configured to limit said first weight member and said second weight member from moving relative to said weight mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Gery M. Zimmerman, Thomas O. Bennett