Striking Face Insert Patents (Class 473/342)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10080935
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface, an inner surface opposite the ball striking surface, and a thickness defined between the ball striking surface and the inner surface, and a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face. The face has a modulus gradient across the thickness of the face, such that the modulus of the face varies at different distances from the ball striking surface. The face may also include at least one of an insert, a composite material, a multi-layered structure, and/or a portion treated by a surface treatment to contribute to the modulus gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, Mark J. Perry, Jay R. Sayre
  • Patent number: 10046211
    Abstract: A head for a ball striking device includes a face having a striking surface and a rear side located behind the face, a rear member connected to the rear side of the face member and having a front surface confronting the rear side of the face member, and a resilient material separating the rear member from the face member, such that the resilient member engages the rear member and the face member and is configured to transfer momentum between the face member and the rear member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Franklin, Jamil Jacaman, Brian Kammerer
  • Patent number: 10039965
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head comprising a body with a striking face and a hollow cavity portion, a medallion, and a damping insert that is spaced from, and does not contact any portion of, the striking face is disclosed herein. The damping insert is trapped between the medallion and a support structure that extends from the body of the club head approximately parallel with the striking face, and is at least partially suspended over or in the cavity portion. The structure may be an elongated stiffening member that connects upper and lower portions of the body to one another, or a rectangular lip section. The damping insert is affixed to only one of the medallion and the structure with an adhesive material, and damps vibration in the striking face after the striking face makes contact with a golf ball, while the striking face is rebounding from impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 10039966
    Abstract: A head 2 includes a head body h1 and a face plate p1 fixed to the head body h1. The face plate p1 includes a plate front surface f1 having a hitting face, a plate back surface b1 which is a surface opposite to the plate front surface f1, and a plate side surface s1. The head body h1 includes an opening part to which the face plate is disposed, and a receiving surface u1 which supports the face plate p1 from back. The plate back surface b1 includes an outer peripheral edge part 16 having a circular shape. The outer peripheral edge part 16 includes a first portion x1 which abuts on the receiving surface u1, and a second portion which does not abut on the receiving surface u1 and forms a gap gp between the second portion and the receiving surface u1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kohno, Kazuhiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10022600
    Abstract: The present invention is direct to a set of golf clubs comprising long irons, mid-irons and short irons. The invention contemplates the use of titanium or steel for the main body portion and significant tungsten weight members at the heel and toe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Marni Ines, Jonathan Hebreo, Michael E. Franz, Joshua C. Stokes
  • Patent number: 10004958
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a golf club head comprising one or more center of gravity and bias adjustment features. In some embodiments, the golf club head comprises an elongated cartridge having one or more sockets or weight ports to receive weight plugs, the arrangement of which can be changed to adjust the mass properties of the golf club head. The orientation of the cartridge itself can also be reversed to adjust the mass properties. In other embodiments, the golf club head comprises at least one semicircular weight ring that extends around the rear portion of the golf club head, and is removable and replaceable to adjust the mass properties of the golf club head. In still other embodiments, these features are combined on one head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Larry Tang, James A. Seluga, D. Clayton Evans
  • Patent number: 9981160
    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 toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a bottom portion, a rear portion, a front portion having a face portion, and a second interior cavity portion having an elastic polymer material. The body portion may include a plurality of ports located on the bottom portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 9962583
    Abstract: A putter head having variable face thickness or multiple materials and adjustable weighting features is disclosed herein. The variable face thickness may comprise a plurality of geometric shapes on the striking face surface with spacing between them that decreases in a top to bottom direction, or the face may include a plurality of angled carbon rods. The putter also includes an adjustable weight cartridge that can pivot in a toe-heel direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Wee Joung Kim, Kevin P. Dacey, Bradley C. Rice, Brandon D. DeMille, Esteban Aguilar, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 9943733
    Abstract: A ball striking device has a head with a body member having a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball, a crown portion and a sole portion connected to the face and extending rearward from the face, where the body member has a void extending inwardly from a rear periphery of the body member, and a rear member connected to the body member and received within the void, such that the rear member forms portions of a crown and a sole of the head. A connection member connects the rear member to the body member to form a joint between the rear member and the body member. A resilient member separates the rear member from the body member, and the resilient member engages the rear member and the body member within the void and is configured to transfer momentum between the rear member and the body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Franklin, Brian Kammerer, Eric A. Larson, Raymond J. Sander, John T. Stites, Robert Boyd
  • Patent number: 9938601
    Abstract: A method of forming a golf club head assembly includes aligning a faceplate with a recess of a club head; welding the faceplate to the club head; then, after welding the faceplate, heating the club head and the faceplate to at least a solvus temperature of the faceplate for a predetermined amount of time; and then, after heating the club head and the faceplate, allowing the club head and the faceplate to air cool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew W. Simone, Evan R. Greer, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 9926615
    Abstract: A method of forming a golf club head assembly includes aligning a faceplate with a recess of a club head; welding the faceplate to the club head; then, after welding the faceplate, heating the club head and the faceplate to at least a solvus temperature of the faceplate for a predetermined amount of time; and then, after heating the club head and the faceplate, allowing the club head and the faceplate to air cool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew W. Simone, Evan R. Greer, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 9901792
    Abstract: A head for a ball striking device includes a face having a striking surface and a rear side located behind the face, a rear member connected to the rear side of the face member and having a front surface confronting the rear side of the face member, and a resilient material separating the rear member from the face member, such that the resilient member engages the rear member and the face member and is configured to transfer momentum between the face member and the rear member. The face member has projections extending rearwardly from the rear side of the face member proximate the heel and toe sides of the head. The rear member has receivers in the front surface on the heel and toe sides of the head, where the projections are received in the corresponding receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Franklin, Brian Kammerer
  • Patent number: 9889348
    Abstract: Provided is a golf club head which produces an improved hitting sound obtained without impairing the appearance of the sole section. A golf club head having a hollow portion (i) formed therein has a sole portion (5) which forms the bottom surface of the head. The sole portion (5) includes a thin-wall portion (8) and a thick-wall portion (9) which has a greater thickness than the thin-wall portion (8). The golf club head is characterized in that a portion of the inner surface of the thick-wall portion (9), the portion facing the hollow section, has a rib (10) secured to the portion by welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Motokawa
  • Patent number: 9884230
    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: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Jeremy N. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9884232
    Abstract: A computer program is disclosed for reconfiguring a property-adjustable golf club. The program receives data input corresponding to a current configuration of an adjustable feature of the golf club, and data input corresponding to trajectory adjustment information. Based on the data input, reconfiguration information is generated, and outputted, that corresponds to one of a plurality of configurations of the adjustable feature of the golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SRI SPORTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher J Beck, Casey Casburn, John J Rae, Aram Salehi
  • Patent number: 9878221
    Abstract: A face insert comprising a planar member composed of a rigid material such as plastic or metal and a polymeric backing is disclosed herein. The planar member, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of geometrically-shaped holes, each of which comprises a perimeter edge that has a variable radius to further optimize performance of the face insert. In some embodiments, one or more of the holes extends completely through the planar member, i.e. is a through-hole, and the polymeric backing includes at least one protrusion with an angled upper surface that is sized to extend into a through-hole and further improve performance of the face insert. The face insert described herein can be used with any type of golf club head, including putters, woods, irons, and hybrids, and the holes may take any shape, including oval, hexagonal, and chevron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Alan Hocknell, Augustin W. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 9878220
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads and methods to manufacture golf club heads are generally described herein. In one example, a golf club head may include a body portion with a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a back portion, and a front portion. The golf club head may include an interior cavity. The interior cavity may be filled with an elastic polymer material. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 9849356
    Abstract: A composite material golf club head is provided having a body made from a first metal and a face insert press fitted to a portion of the body and made from a second metal The metals are chosen so that the first metal is heavier than the second metal. The second metal is disposed towards the front and top of the body, and is preferably hard-anodized. In addition, an interlocking structure, for example rectangular or dove tail shaped channels, is provided in the body so that the face insert becomes embedded in the interlocking structure to anchor the face insert to the body. Portions of the golf club head, such as the face insert or sole plate, are anodized to protect against corrosion. The anodized coating is colored to improve aesthetic characteristics or infused with a polymer to increase or reduce friction. Disclosed herein is a golf club head having a body portion and a face insert. The front of the body portion further comprises a cutout sized and dimensioned to receive the face insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventors: Ryan L. Roach, Thomas C. Morris
  • Patent number: 9833670
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with deflection junctions are described herein. Other examples and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Brandon L. Fossum
  • Patent number: 9776051
    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 in order to further improve performance of the face insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Craig E. Abbott
  • Patent number: 9687699
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a reinforced face of a club head. Other embodiments for related reinforced faces of club heads and related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 9682294
    Abstract: An aerodynamic golf club head that produces reduced aerodynamic drag forces. A crown section imparts beneficial aerodynamic properties due in part to the location of a crown apex and the curvature of the crown section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Burnett, Jeffrey J. Albertsen
  • Patent number: 9682289
    Abstract: A golf club head having a replaceable striking face is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses a golf club head where at least a portion of the frontal striking surface of the face is detachable and replaceable to improve performance. The replaceable striking face may be connected to the body of the golf club head using at least one screw engaging at least one screw well and said at least one screw receptacle. A golf club in accordance with the present invention may generally have a thinned striking face with a thickness of less than about 3.0 mm yielding a golf club head with a larger sweet spot that's greater than 6% of the frontal striking surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Charles E. Golden, John Morin, Helene Hipp
  • Patent number: 9675852
    Abstract: A golf club head having a thin topline and improved sound is disclosed herein. The golf club head, which preferably is a three-piece iron-type head, comprises a body with truss supports linking a lower body portion of the iron with a top portion. This configuration creates an iron with the sound and feel of a closed cavity back iron and the performance and mass properties of an open cavity back iron. The golf club head also includes a partial face cup comprising a striking face and a lower flange and a dampening element filling at least a portion of a cavity between the body and the face cup. The dampening element comprises a portion that is compressed within the cavity and another portion that is adhered to the rear surface of the striking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Joshua D. Westrum
  • Patent number: 9669270
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads and methods to manufacture golf club heads are generally described herein. A golf club head may include a body portion having a face portion with regions of varying thickness. In one example, the golf club head may include a center portion with a first thickness, an outer wall portion with a second thickness less than the first thickness, and a plurality of inner wall portion with a third thickness less than the second thickness. The golf club head may include a body portion and a plurality of weight portions. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette, Caleb S. Kroloff
  • Patent number: 9594368
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a custom golf club, the method including measuring swing dynamics of a user, determine club design parameters based on the measure swing dynamics of the user, generating a computer model representing an custom golf club head based on the determined design parameters, and manufacturing the custom golf club head based on the generated computer model using additive layer manufacturing processes using powder material and a high energy beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: KRONE GOLF LIMITED
    Inventors: Marc Andrew Kronenberg, Drew T. Deshiell
  • Patent number: 9566484
    Abstract: A face insert comprising a planar member composed of a rigid material such as plastic or metal and a polymeric backing is disclosed herein. The planar member, which makes contact with a golf ball during use, includes a plurality of geometrically-shaped holes, each of which comprises a perimeter edge that has a variable radius to further optimize performance of the face insert. In some embodiments, one or more of the holes extends completely through the planar member, i.e. is a through-hole, and the polymeric backing includes at least one protrusion with an angled upper surface that is sized to extend into a through-hole and further improve performance of the face insert. The face insert described herein can be used with any type of golf club head, including putters, woods, irons, and hybrids, and the holes may take any shape, including oval, hexagonal, and chevron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Craig E. Abbott, Alan Hocknell, Augustin W. Rollinson