Striking Face Insert Patents (Class 473/342)
  • Patent number: 10799777
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head that includes a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face. A face member formed primarily of a metallic material forms the face, and a body member is connected to the face member and extends rearward from the face member to form at least a portion of the body. The body member is formed at least partially of a polymer material, and has a doped portion containing a doping material dispersed within the polymer material. The doping material may have a different density than the polymer material, such that the doped portion has a different density than the portions of the body member not containing the doping material. A co-molding method may be used to form the ball striking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Finn, David N. Franklin, Raymond J. Sander, Jeremy N. Snyder, Robert M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10780326
    Abstract: Described herein is a golf club head that comprises a body and a face portion. The golf club head further comprises at least one stiffener, at least partially within the interior cavity and directly coupled to the face portion at a location with an x-axis coordinate, of a club head origin coordinate system of the golf club head, greater than 20 mm and less than 50 mm or greater than ?50 mm and less than ?20 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Hoffman, Matthew D. Johnson, Todd Beach
  • Patent number: 10751587
    Abstract: Some embodiments include club heads having reinforced club head faces. In one example, the club head comprises a variable face thickness with thickened and thinned regions. The face includes a thinned perimeter region positioned near a perimeter of the face, and a thickened central region positioned over a geometric center of the face. The club head further comprises a 360 undercut that extends along the entire perimeter of the face. The combination of the thinned perimeter region, thickened central region, and 360 undercut reinforces the club head while permitting the face to bend. Other embodiments of related club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob T. Clarke, Ryan M. Stokke, Cory S. Bacon, Martin R. Jertson, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10737151
    Abstract: A golf club head has a striking face. A ledge extends from the perimeter contact rim of the golf club head. The striking face is secured to the club head body proximate the rim. There is a gap between the striking face and the ledge. The inner wall's perimeter edge is disposed in the gap and is in contact with the ledge. The rear surface of the striking face is in contact with a portion of the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan Hebreo, Nick Frame
  • Patent number: 10722765
    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, and a bottom portion. The front portion may include a front pocket defined by an interior wall. A face portion may be positioned in the front pocket. The material of the face portion may have a substantially higher yield strength than the material of the interior wall. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10722766
    Abstract: A multiple-material golf club head with a resilient crown structure and an improved, graphene-infused coating is disclosed herein. The crown comprises a metal support structure that is attached to the body of the golf club head and supports a composite outer layer. The golf club head is also at least partially coated with a paint film that is infused with graphene particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Robert S. Gonczi, Brian J. Webb
  • Patent number: 10709940
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a face including a ball striking surface, a sole defining the bottom of the golf club head, and an external rib in a recess that is formed in the external surface of the golf club head. The external rib includes a first rib, a second rib, and a third rib. The first rib is elongated in the toe-heel direction of the golf club head. The second rib is elongated in the face-back direction of the golf club head. The third rib extends continuously from the first rib to the second rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomonori Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10704130
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods for forming a golf club head assembly using a combination of different, but separate heat treatments for the golf club head body and high strength faceplate, and vibrational waves to relive stress in the weld heat affected zones of the golf club body and face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthew W. Simone
  • Patent number: 10695621
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a golf club head that comprises a strike face. The strike face has a central region, defined by a forty millimeter by twenty millimeter rectangular area centered on a center of the strike face and elongated in a heel-to-toe direction. Within the central region, the strike face has a characteristic time (CT) of no more than 257 microseconds. Within the central region, no less than 25% of the strike face has a coefficient of restitution (COR) of at least 0.8. Within the central region, no less than 60% of the strike face has a CT of at least 235 microseconds. Within the central region, no less than 35% of the strike face has a CT of at least 240 microseconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Hoffman, Matthew D. Johnson, Todd Beach
  • Patent number: 10675517
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club head faceplates comprising a lattice to improve the energy storage capabilities and minimize stress concentrations are described herein. The lattice can comprise a plurality of flexure shapes that facilitate in faceplate bending. The flexure shapes of the lattice can comprise a reentrant, concave, or non-convex shape. The lattice can comprise at least one repeating pattern of flexure shapes that can be interconnected or spaced apart. During golf ball impacts, the flexure shapes flex to store energy through linear and torsional bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Clayson C. Spackman, Matthew W. Simone
  • Patent number: 10668339
    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: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10653929
    Abstract: A head 2 includes: a face member fc1 having a hitting surface 4; and a body member bd1 having a hosel 6, a sole surface 8, and a toe-side surface 9. The face member fc1 further has a top-side flange FL1 including a top surface 5. The body member bd1 has a hosel-forming part 24 including the hosel 6, a sole-forming part 28 including the sole surface 8, and a toe-forming part 26 including the toe-side surface 9. The hosel-forming part 24 has a heel joint portion Jh joined to a heel-side end of the top-side flange FL1. The toe-forming part 26 has a toe joint portion Jt joined to a toe-side end of the top-side flange FL1. A body missing portion ms1 in which the body member bd1 is not present is provided between the toe joint portion Jt and the heel joint portion Jh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Kii
  • Patent number: 10653927
    Abstract: A golf club head that is capable of preserving the metallic acoustic signature of an entirely metallic golf club head all while utilizing a lightweight composite material is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention creates a frontal acoustic chamber in conjunction with a rear weight saving chamber via a panel member barrier is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Stephen S. Murphy, Nick Frame, Richard L. Cleghorn, Peter Soracco, Charles E. Golden, Hiroshi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10646754
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball where the face has multiple thickness regions. The face has a center region, an upper region, a lower region, a toe region, and a heel region. The upper and lower regions have a ramped thickness extending from a center region to an upper and lower edge of the face. The heel and toe regions have a constant face thickness and have a thickness less than the other regions. Additionally, the club head body has a flange where the face is welded to the club head body. The flange has a thickness that is greater than the thickness of the heel and toe regions of the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Kevin Harper, Eric A. Larson, Michael T. Prichard, Hiromitsu Akiyama, Yoshimasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 10632349
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads, golf clubs, and methods to manufacture golf club heads and golf clubs are generally described herein. In one example, a golf club head may include a body portion having an interior cavity and a front portion. A face portion is attached to the front portion of the body portion to enclose the interior cavity. The golf club head may further include a first filler material coupled to a portion of an inner wall of the body portion, and a second filler material between the first filler material and the face portion and coupled to the face portion. The first filler material has a greater coefficient of restitution (COR) than the second filler material, and the second filler material has a greater stiffness than the first filler material. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 10610748
    Abstract: Described herein is a golf club head that comprises a body and a face portion. The golf club head further comprises at least one stiffener, at least partially within the interior cavity and directly coupled to the face portion at a location with an x-axis coordinate, of a club head origin coordinate system of the golf club head, greater than 20 mm and less than 50 mm or greater than ?50 mm and less than ?20 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Hoffman, Matthew D. Johnson, Todd Beach
  • Patent number: 10589155
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a golf club head. A face portion of the golf club head has a bulge radius between 190 mm and 600 mm and a roll radius between 100 mm and 600 mm. The golf club head further comprises a first wall, protruding uprightly from the sole portion, extending lengthwise in a heel-to-toe direction. The golf club head additionally comprises a stiffener located within the interior cavity of the body and interposed between the interior surface of the face portion and the first wall. The stiffener is made of a second material having a second modulus of elasticity less than the first modulus of elasticity. A coefficient of restitution (COR) of the golf club head is at least 0.78. A characteristic time (CT) of the golf club head at a center of the face portion is no more than 257 microseconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Hoffman, Matthew D. Johnson, Todd Beach
  • Patent number: 10583336
    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 first interior cavity portion, and a second interior cavity portion. The first interior cavity portion may be at least partially filled with a polymer material. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10583338
    Abstract: Embodiments of grooves of golf club heads and methods to manufacture grooves of golf club heads are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, David A. Higdon, Anthony D. Serrano, Paul D. Wood, Calvin Wang, Evan Greer, Les Bryant, Xiaojian Chen
  • Patent number: 10583335
    Abstract: In one embodiment the golf club head includes three main components, a frame component, a rear cap component, and a striking plate. In another embodiment the club head may also comprise a front component, which is manufactured as a single unitary piece, and a rear cap component. The front component may also be overmolded by a thermoplastic polymeric outer portion which may or may not cover the striking face and which provides additional reinforcement at the load bearing sections of the club head and allows a more facile connection to the rear cap component. In another embodiment, a club head having a main body, crown insert, sole insert and metal face plate frame is formed by forming the sole insert and crown insert from a polymeric material using a thermoforming or thermosetting process and then injection molding the main body over the sole insert, crown insert and metal face plate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Reber Wester, Nathan T. Sargent, Joseph Reeve Nielson, Christopher John Harbert, Hong G. Jeon
  • Patent number: 10561908
    Abstract: A golf club head including a face portion having an improved restitution factor is provided. The golf club head has a hollow structure and includes a face portion, a crown portion, a sole portion, and a side portion. The crown portion includes a first region that spreads out forward of a boundary line that extends from a heel side to a toe side, and a second region that spreads out rearward of the boundary line and is thinner than the first region. The crown portion further includes a protruding portion formed at position that is in a vicinity of the boundary line, is on the second region, and is rearward of the boundary line via a gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10556157
    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: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Greaney, Kraig Alan Willett, Joe Hoffman, Todd P. Beach
  • Patent number: 10532256
    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: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    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: 10486044
    Abstract: A golf club head that includes a head upper portion, a head bottom portion and a face portion between the head upper portion and the head bottom portion is provided with a slit that is open in the head upper portion on a back side of the face portion, extends in a toe-heel direction and is formed toward the head bottom portion, an intermediate member configured to be provided in the slit and abut against a first wall surface on the face portion side that defines the slit, and a fixing member configured to fix the intermediate member from a side of a second wall surface on the back side that is separated from the first wall surface and defines the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomonori Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10463931
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a first portion joined to a second portion to at least partially define an interior club head volume. The first portion includes a wall defining an outer boundary of the club head volume, and a support rib extending from the wall to operatively stiffen the first portion. The second portion of the golf club head can engage the support rib, and the support rib can be adhered to the second portion to join the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua Boggs
  • Patent number: 10456634
    Abstract: A resilient face insert for a golf club head, preferably a putter head, is disclosed herein. In particular, the face insert comprises a plurality of hinge features spaced from a striking surface to ensure consistent ball speed across the striking surface. At least a portion of each hinge feature extends parallel to the striking surface without making contact with the striking surface. In the preferred embodiment, each hinge feature comprises a tab portion that is spaced from the striking surface by a stem portion and that extends parallel to the striking surface. The hinge features may be co-molded with a polymeric backing material having a plurality of parallel grooves in order to further improve performance of the face insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Augustin R. Rollinson, Patrick Dawson, Sean Toulon
  • Patent number: 10434384
    Abstract: A golf club head having a flexible channel to improve the performance of the club head, and a channel tuning system to reduce undesirable club head characteristics introduced, or heightened, via the flexible channel. The channel tuning system includes a sole engaging channel tuning element in contact with the sole and the channel. The club head may include an aerodynamic configuration, as well as a body tuning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Andrew Mata, Joseph Henry Hoffman, Bradley Poston, Matthew David Johnson, Mark Vincent Greaney
  • Patent number: 10398951
    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: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Charles E. Golden, Jonathan Hebreo, Joshua C. Stokes
  • Patent number: 10369432
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head that includes a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face. A face member formed primarily of a metallic material forms the face, and a body member is connected to the face member and extends rearward from the face member to form at least a portion of the body. The body member is formed at least partially of a polymer material, and has a doped portion containing a doping material dispersed within the polymer material. The doping material may have a different density than the polymer material, such that the doped portion has a different density than the portions of the body member not containing the doping material. A co-molding method may be used to form the ball striking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Finn, David N. Franklin, Raymond J. Sander, Jeremy N. Snyder, Robert M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10350468
    Abstract: A golf club head has a striking face. A ledge extends from the perimeter contact rim of the golf club head. The striking face is secured to the club head body proximate the rim. There is a gap between the striking face and the ledge. The inner wall's perimeter edge is disposed in the gap and is in contact with the ledge. The rear surface of the striking face is in contact with a portion of the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan Hebreo, Nick Frame
  • Patent number: 10343036
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body and a face plate insert. The body includes an annular face support having a recessed shelf configured to receive the face plate insert, and partially defining a central cavity. The face plate insert includes a hitting surface and a rear surface that is opposite the hitting surface. The face plate insert is disposed within the annular face such that the rear surface of the face plate insert abuts the recessed shelf. The face plate insert includes a polymeric material that is disposed across the cavity and that has a tensile strength of at least about 220 MPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond J. Sander
  • Patent number: 10343037
    Abstract: A golf club head has a striking face. A ledge extends from the perimeter contact rim of the golf club head. The striking face is secured to the club head body proximate the rim. There is a gap between the striking face and the ledge. The inner wall's perimeter edge is disposed in the gap and is in contact with the ledge. The rear surface of the striking face is in contact with a portion of the inner wall. The sole of the golf club can be removable and provide a sole groove to allow the inner wall to be inserted behind the striking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Hebreo, Oswaldo Gonzalez, Joshua G. Breier
  • Patent number: 10335652
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head according to one or more aspects of the present disclosure may include a striking face, a rear surface opposite the striking face, and a perimeter weighting element at least partially surrounding the rear surface. The club head may further include a resilient component associated with the perimeter-weighting element, the resilient component including a recess, and a preload spacer associated with the rear surface, a portion of the preload spacer engaging the recess. At least a portion of the resilient component is compressed between the preload spacer and the perimeter weighting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Michael J. Wallans
  • Patent number: 10335645
    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 and a second interior cavity portion. The first interior cavity portion may be located between the face portion and the second interior cavity portion. The first interior cavity portion may be at least partially filled with a polymer material. The polymer material may be coupled to the face portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10322323
    Abstract: A head 2 includes: a face member fc1 having a hitting surface 4; and a body member bd1 having a hosel 6, a sole surface 8, and a toe-side surface 9. The face member fc1 further has a top-side flange FL1 including a top surface 5. The body member bd1 has a hosel-forming part 24 including the hosel 6, a sole-forming part 28 including the sole surface 8, and a toe-forming part 26 including the toe-side surface 9. The hosel-forming part 24 has a heel joint portion Jh joined to a heel-side end of the top-side flange FL1. The toe-forming part 26 has a toe joint portion Jt joined to a toe-side end of the top-side flange FL1. A body missing portion ms1 in which the body member bd1 is not present is provided between the toe joint portion Jt and the heel joint portion Jh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Kii
  • Patent number: 10322324
    Abstract: A putter-type golf club head includes a main body. The main body includes a forward end, a rearward end opposite the forward end, a bottom portion, a top portion opposite the bottom portion, and a male-type hosel component defining a longitudinal axis that is forwardly canted relative to vertical. A face component is secured to the forward end of the main body. The face component includes a first element formed of a resilient material and a second element formed of a rigid material that is secured to the first element. A striking face generally defines a virtual striking face plane and is at least partially formed by the face component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Keith Dolezel
  • Patent number: 10293218
    Abstract: Embodiments of a golf club head and methods to manufacture such a golf club head are generally described herein. The golf club head generally includes at least one ball-striking face, which comprises a titanium alloy that is associated with an average grain size measuring no more than about 1 micron (?m) in the longest dimension. The golf club head is associated with a coefficient of restitution of about 0.847 or more when a ball impacts the ball-striking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Liang Quan
  • Patent number: 10293223
    Abstract: A head 2 includes a face member fc1 formed by casting and a body member bd1 having an opening 20 on a hitting surface 4 side. The opening of the body member bd1 is covered by the face member fc1. The face member fc1 includes a flat plate portion PT forming the hitting surface 4 and a flange FL extending backward from a peripheral edge of the flat plate portion PT. The flange FL includes a first flange FL1 located in a top-side region, and a second flange FL2 located in a sole-side region. The flange FL is not provided in a toe-side region and a heel-side region. The flange FL is joined to the body member bd1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Kii
  • Patent number: 10293222
    Abstract: Golf clubs and golf club heads, such as iron heads, may include an iron body and a ball striking plate engaged with the iron body. The ball striking plate may include a face layer and a backing layer. The face layer of the ball striking plate may be formed of a metal material, while the backing layer may be formed of a polymeric material. The backing layer isolates the face layer from the iron body. In some arrangements, the backing layer of the insert may be visible at the top, the bottom, the side and/or the front surfaces of the iron head. Methods for making such iron devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Jeremy N. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10279225
    Abstract: A hollow golf club head includes an inner surface and an outer surface, the golf club head further comprises a strike face operative to impact a golf ball, a body extending rearward from a perimeter of the strike face, and a flexure joint extending from the outer surface to the inner surface. The flexure joint includes a forward impact surface, a reaction surface in contact with the impact surface, and during an impact, the impact surface translates along the reaction surface to permit a controlled deflection of a portion of the strike face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10280494
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to Zr and Hf bearing alloys that are capable of forming a metallic glass, and more particularly metallic glass rods with diameters at least 1 mm and as large as 5 mm or larger. The disclosure is further directed to Zr and Hf bearing alloys that demonstrate a favorable combination of glass forming ability, strength, toughness, bending ductility, and/or corrosion resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Yurko, Edgar E. Vidal, Nicholas W. Hutchinson, Jeffrey L. Mattlin, Theodore A. Waniuk
  • Patent number: 10260138
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods for forming a golf club head assembly using a combination of different, but separate heat treatments for the golf club head body and high strength faceplate, and vibrational waves to relive stress in the weld heat affected zones of the golf club body and face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew W. Simone
  • Patent number: 10258843
    Abstract: Some embodiments include club heads having reinforced club head faces. Other embodiments of related club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Morales, Ryan M. Stokke, Eric V. Cole, Cory S. Bacon, Travis D. Milleman, Jacob T. Clarke, Martin R. Jertson, Calvin Wang, Xiaojian Chen
  • Patent number: 10232230
    Abstract: A golf club head made out of multi-material is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention has at least a portion of the body of the golf club head that is further comprised out of a base layer and a lightweight cover layer. The base layer may have a plurality of cutouts to help reduce unnecessary mass and the lightweight cover layer may be made out of an ultra-lightweight material to further reduce the unnecessary mass. The resulting golf club head may generally have a deep CG wherein the CG-B location is about 37 mm, and a CG-C location is greater than about 30 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Doug M. Takehara, Gentry Ferguson, Mark C. Myrhum
  • Patent number: 10207160
    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: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew David Johnson, David Bennett, Nathan T. Sargent, Christopher John Harbert, Todd P. Beach
  • Patent number: 10152720
    Abstract: A golf club comprises a club head having a hosel, a shaft disposed within the hosel, a ferrule disposed about the shaft at a coupling between the shaft and the hosel, and a tagging device coupled to the ferrule. The tagging device can be at least partially disposed within the ferrule, and the tagging device can be a wireless communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Vattaca, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Mandel, Eric M. Smith, Christian Bauer
  • Patent number: 10150019
    Abstract: A golf club head including a plurality of face support tabs that are attached to an interior surface of the perimeter of a golf club head. The face support tabs are in contact with a rear surface of a striking face and, in some examples, are fastened to the rear surface of the striking face. Where the face support tabs are fastened to the rear surface of the striking face, the edges of the striking face are not directly fastened to the perimeter of the golf club head. Where the face support tabs are not secured to the rear surface of the striking face, the striking face is fastened to the perimeter of the club head body and the face support tabs are preloaded so as to exert a force against the rear surface of the striking face even when the striking face is in a neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Marni Ines, Joshua C. Stokes
  • Patent number: 10137340
    Abstract: A putter head includes: a striking face formed from a first material, the striking face including a central cavity; and an insert formed from a second material that is different from the first material, wherein the second material comprises animal bone, the insert including a front face and a back face, the back face fittingly engaged within the central cavity to align the front face with the face geometry surrounding the central cavity thereby establishing a continuous surface along the striking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Bernard Fay
  • Patent number: 10086240
    Abstract: Described herein is a golf club head that includes a body with a sole portion, a crown portion, a skirt portion, a forward region, and a rearward region. The golf club head also includes a face portion including a striking face with a maximum height from the ground plane of at least about 50 mm. A volume of the golf club head is at least about 370 cm3. The golf club head has a total club head mass between 190 grams and 210 grams, and the mass of the club head located above half of the peak crown height is less than or equal to 77 grams, and the percentage of the mass above half of the peak crown height is less than or equal to 39% of the total mass of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Henry Hoffman, Joseph R. Nielson, Nathan T. Sargent, Christopher J. Harbert, Christian R. Wester
  • Patent number: 10080936
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body and a face plate insert. The body includes an annular face support having a recessed shelf configured to receive the face plate insert, and partially defining a central cavity. The face plate insert includes a hitting surface and a rear surface that is opposite the hitting surface. The face plate insert is disposed within the annular face such that the rear surface of the face plate insert abuts the recessed shelf. The face plate insert includes a polymeric material that is disposed across the cavity and that has a tensile strength of at least about 220 MPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond J. Sander