With Internal Support Rib Or Injected Material Patents (Class 473/346)
  • Patent number: 10888742
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a body defining an interior cavity. The body includes a sole positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head, a crown positioned at a top portion, and a skirt positioned around a periphery between the sole and crown. The body has a forward portion and a rearward portion. The club head includes a face positioned at the forward portion of the body. In some embodiments, the crown includes a lattice-like structure having thin regions surrounded by a web of relatively thicker regions. In some embodiments, the club head includes one or more stiffening tubes attached between the sole and the crown to improve the acoustic performance of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Greensmith, Todd P. Beach, Nathan T. Sargent, Kraig Alan Willett, Joshua J. Dipert
  • Patent number: 10874926
    Abstract: A golf club that is used to practice a golf swing. Specifically, the golf club includes a handle and a head coupled to the handle. The head is formed from a first portion and a second portion that are coupled together. The first portion may be formed of a rigid material and the second portion may be formed of a resilient material. The second portion may comprise bristles or some other soft, pliable, compressible material that will not damage a surface upon contact during swinging the golf club. The golf club head preferably has the same shape as a traditional golf club head of the same type. However, the second portion forms the sole of the head, thereby eliminating the potential for damage to a floor surface during swinging of the golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: James Hurley
  • Patent number: 10874917
    Abstract: Golf club heads with ribs are described herein. A golf club head comprises a first rib protruding from an internal surface of the club head, and a second rib protruding from the internal surface of the club head. The first rib and the second rib comprise a varying height. The club head further comprises a first side rib located on the internal surface at a heel end of the club head, and a second side rib located on the internal surface at a toe end of the club head. The first side rib and the second side rib generally extend in a front end to rear end direction, and can be linear or curvilinear. The ribs provide structural support and sound control for the club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Martin R. Jertson, Ryan M. Stokke, Sina Ghods
  • Patent number: 10864412
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are some embodiments of a golf club head with a tapered sole weight. One embodiment comprises a golf club head comprising a sole weight; and a body comprising a sole comprising an exterior sole surface, wherein a sole weight port is formed in the sole. The sole weight port can have a port top comprising an interior port top surface and an exterior port top surface, wherein the interior port top surface has a taper of plus or minus approximately 1-89 degrees with respect to the exterior port top surface. The sole weight port can comprise a weight-receiving cavity that engages the sole weight. Other embodiments for related club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10857435
    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: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley D. Schweigert, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 10850169
    Abstract: The invention provides a golf club head with an openwork (e.g., lattice-like or trellis-like) internal structural element that provides strength and stiffening at key points of the club head and/or attenuates sound while adding little to the overall mass due to the defined or irregular patterns of holes, piercings, gaps, or apertures through surfaces of the material. A golf club head may be given an openwork internal rib that reinforces regions of high strain, thereby minimizing material fatigue and preventing early breakage of the club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: COBRA GOLF INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Cameron J. Day, D. Clayton Evans, Steven M. Mitzel
  • Patent number: 10850173
    Abstract: Golf club heads with ribs are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Martin R. Jertson, Ryan M. Stokke, Sina Ghods
  • Patent number: 10835793
    Abstract: A head for a ball striking device includes a bracing member connected to an upper sole surface located on the sole of the body opposite the bottom sole surface. The bracing member includes a first end connected to a first point on the upper sole surface, a second end connected to a second point on the upper sole surface spaced from the first point, and a bridge portion extending between the first and second ends. The bridge portion extends upward from the upper sole surface and is spaced from the upper sole surface. The bridge portion may be formed by one or more trusses, and may define a generally triangular shape in one embodiment. The first and second ends may be connected to the upper sole surface using a variety of techniques, e.g., welding or other integral joining technique, integral forming, adhesive or other bonding material, or other technique. The location of the bracing member may be determined using a modal analysis to determine a maximum displacement region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: William C. Knight, Michael Wallans
  • Patent number: 10835789
    Abstract: A golf club head, preferably a putter head, comprising at least one structural support member is disclosed herein. The structural support member has a smooth, organic-looking aesthetic, with a continuously changing curvature along its spline and at least one surface, and preferably connects one portion of the golf club head to another portion. Where the support member connects to other portions of the golf club head, the surfaces of the member have a curvature that changes smoothly and continuously, lacking any sharp corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, William C. Watson
  • Patent number: 10821340
    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 an interior cavity, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a front portion, and a back portion. The body portion may include a face portion coupled to the front portion to close the interior cavity with the face portion having a front surface, a back surface having a center portion, and a reinforcement section extending into the interior cavity from the back surface. A polymer material in the interior cavity may be coupled to at least the center portion of the back surface and at least partially surrounded by the reinforcement section. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 10799776
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head having a thin back portion and filled with a polymer material. For example, the iron-type golf club may include a sole, a toe portion attached at least partially to the sole, a heel portion attached at least partially to the sole, a striking face attached at least partially to the sole, the striking face having a maximum face thickness, a topline portion attached at least partially to the toe portion, the heel portion, and the striking face, a substantially planar back portion attached at least partially to the topline portion and sole. The back portion may have a maximum back thickness less than the maximum face thickness. The golf club head may also have a cavity formed between the sole, the toe portion, the heel portion, the striking face, the topline portion, and the back portion. The cavity may be filled with a polymer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Grant M. Martens, Tony Luna
  • Patent number: 10786711
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a club head body having a first slot and a second slot in communication with the first slot, a first cover plate affixed to the club head body to cover the first slot, and a second cover plate affixed to the club head body to cover the second slot. The first cover plate and the second cover plate can be manufactured using the same or different materials, so that the position of the center of gravity of the overall structure differs depending on the material difference of the first cover plate and the second cover plate. In this way, the most suitable structural combination can be tailored for different users, so that each user can show the best ball hitting effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Chi-Shun Chuang
  • Patent number: 10729950
    Abstract: A golf club head with a multi-level badge is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention is an iron type golf club head with a multi-level badge that on one level contacts a rear surface of the striking face of the golf club head, and a second level of the multi-level badge contacts a rear surface of a cavity created by the chassis of the golf club head. The gap created between the striking face of the golf club head and the rear of the chassis could be filled with a fluid that has a temperature variable viscosity, providing vibration attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Oswaldo Gonzalez, Marni D. Ines, Gery M. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10702750
    Abstract: A golf club head having a hollow structure includes a face, a crown, and a sole. The sole includes multiple elongated ribs. The ribs includes a first rib, a second rib, a third rib, and a fourth rib that are arranged in order from the toe side to the heel side. An end of the first rib and a first end of the second rib are connected to form a first connection end. A second end of the second rib and a first end of the third rib are connected to form a second connection end. A second end of the third rib and an end of the fourth rib are connected to form a third connection end. Each of the first rib and the fourth rib is longer than each of the second rib and the third rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kozue Wada, Tomonori Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10653928
    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 cavity portion, a second cavity portion, and a plurality of weight ports in a bottom portion. The first cavity portion and second 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: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10646757
    Abstract: Iron-type golf club heads are disclosed having a heel portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, a top-line portion, a front portion, a rear portion, and a striking face. The iron-type golf club heads include a localized stiffened region that is located on the striking face of the club head such that the localized stiffened region alters the launch conditions of golf balls struck by the club head in a way that wholly or partially compensates for, overcomes, or prevents the occurrence of a rightward deviation. In particular, the localized stiffened region is located on the striking face such that a golf ball struck under typical conditions will not impart a right-tending sidespin to the golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua J. Dipert, Scott Taylor, Yong Ling
  • Patent number: 10532257
    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 including a face portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, and a bottom portion. The face portion may have a center portion, an outer wall portion surrounding the center portion, and a plurality of inner wall portions connecting the center portion to the outer wall portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette, Caleb S. Kroloff
  • Patent number: 10500449
    Abstract: Described herein is a golf club head devoid of a crown, the club head comprising: a front end having a bottom rail, a top rail, and a strikeface, the strikeface including a striking surface, a back surface, and a reinforcement element extending from the back surface of the strikeface; a rear end opposite the front end; a heel portion; a toe portion opposite the heel potion; a sole coupled to the front end along the bottom rail at a sole transition region, the sole extending toward the rear end of the golf club head and including a sole thickness, at least one weight member, and a perimeter wall extending from the front end near the heel portion to the front end near the toe portion along the rear end of the club head, wherein the perimeter wall decreases in height from the front end toward the rear end of the club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Erik M. Henrikson, Eric J. Morales, Ryan M. Stokke, Eric V. Cole, Cory S. Bacon
  • Patent number: 10500450
    Abstract: A head 2 includes a face 4, a crown 6, and a sole 8. At least a part of the crown 6 and/or at least a part of the sole 8 is formed by a clad material. The clad material is joined to an adjacent portion brought into contact with a peripheral edge of the clad material. The clad material includes a first layer s1 and a second layer s2. The first layer s1 is the outermost layer. The first layer s1 is welded to the adjacent portion. The second layer s2 does not have an affinity for welding with the adjacent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Motokawa
  • Patent number: 10478691
    Abstract: A head for a ball striking device includes a bracing member connected to an upper sole surface located on the sole of the body opposite the bottom sole surface. The bracing member includes a first end connected to a first point on the upper sole surface, a second end connected to a second point on the upper sole surface spaced from the first point, and a bridge portion extending between the first and second ends. The bridge portion extends upward from the upper sole surface and is spaced from the upper sole surface. The bridge portion may be formed by one or more trusses, and may define a generally triangular shape in one embodiment. The first and second ends may be connected to the upper sole surface using a variety of techniques, e.g., welding or other integral joining technique, integral forming, adhesive or other bonding material, or other technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: William C. Knight
  • Patent number: 10449424
    Abstract: Golf club heads with ribs are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Martin R. Jertson, Ryan M. Stokke, Sina Ghods
  • Patent number: 10434379
    Abstract: A golf club head according to one or more aspects of the present invention may include a face portion or strike-face wall comprising a top inner boundary, an intermediate inner boundary, and a bottom inner boundary having a bottom-inner-boundary toe portion and a bottom-inner-boundary heel portion. The strike-face wall may further include a first uniform-thickness region, adjoining the top inner boundary, and a variable-thickness region adjoining the uniform-thickness region and a majority of the bottom inner boundary. In another example, the variable-thickness may adjoin a majority of the top inner boundary and the uniform-thickness region may adjoin a majority of the bottom inner boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SRI SPORTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Jeff D. Brunski, Samuel G. Lacey, Dan S. Nivanh, Nathaniel J. Radcliffe, John J. Rae, Mark Blumenkrantz, Rory C. Stewart, Michael J. Wallans
  • Patent number: 10434380
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10427012
    Abstract: Golf club heads with ribs are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Martin R. Jertson, Ryan M. Stokke, Sina Ghods
  • Patent number: 10406408
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body, a variable face thickness pattern, and a plurality of solid metal stiffening rods, and which satisfies the equation Vballnorm?0.0356x+140.82, is disclosed herein. The body comprises a face, a sole, and a return section, and defines a hollow interior. Each of the rods extends from the return section to the sole within the hollow interior proximate the face to reduce stresses placed on the face during impact with a golf ball. The rods are all located within 1 inch of a rear surface of the face measured along a plane normal to the center of the face, and are spaced a distance of 0.500 to 2.00 inch from one another within the hollow interior. The variable face thickness pattern preferably comprises a plurality of concentric rings, with a center ring having a thickness that is less than a thickness of an intermediary ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 10406414
    Abstract: A golf club head including a crown, a sole, a hosel, a face, a weight port, an internal cavity, and a stiffening member. The weight port is affixed to the sole. The stiffening member is located in the interior cavity and permanently affixed to the hosel. The stiffening member is also permanently affixed to the sole and the weight port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Darryl C. Galvan, Richard L. Cleghorn, Clayton Evans, Stephanie Luttrell, Mark C. Myrhum
  • Patent number: 10391369
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention are directed to golf club having a crown a sole and a face and a primary alignment feature including a paint or masking line which delineates the transition between at least a first portion of the crown having an area of contrasting shade or color with the shade or color of the face. In some embodiments the golf club has a primary alignment feature comprising a paint or masking line which delineates the transition between at least a first portion of the crown having an area of contrasting shade or color and the area of shade or color of the face and the club head also includes a secondary alignment feature including a paint or masking line which delineates the transition between the first portion of the crown having an area of contrasting shade or color with the shade or color of the face; and a second portion of the crown having an area of contrasting shade or color with the shade or color of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Greaney, Andrew Kickertz, Todd P. Beach, Craig Richard Slyfield
  • Patent number: 10384107
    Abstract: A head for a ball striking device includes a bracing member connected to an upper sole surface located on the sole of the body opposite the bottom sole surface. The bracing member includes a first end connected to a first point on the upper sole surface, a second end connected to a second point on the upper sole surface spaced from the first point, and a bridge portion extending between the first and second ends. The bridge portion extends upward from the upper sole surface and is spaced from the upper sole surface. The bridge portion may be formed by one or more trusses, and may define a generally triangular shape in one embodiment. The first and second ends may be connected to the upper sole surface using a variety of techniques, e.g., welding or other integral joining technique, integral forming, adhesive or other bonding material, or other technique. The location of the bracing member may be determined using a modal analysis to determine a maximum displacement region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: William C. Knight, Michael Wallans
  • Patent number: 10376754
    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, and a crown portion covering an opening in the top portion. The crown portion may include an upper plurality of composite layers, a lower plurality of composite layers, and one or more integral ribs disposed between the upper and lower pluralities of composite layers. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10369436
    Abstract: A ball striking device has a head that includes a metal face configured for striking a ball, a rearwardly extending metal band, a top piece, and a bottom piece. The metal band has a first end extending from one side of the face, a second end extending from the opposite side of the face, and a rear portion extending between the first and second ends and defining at least a portion of the rear periphery of the head. The top piece and the bottom piece are non-metallic or substantially non-metallic. The top piece is connected to the top side of the metal band and forms at least a portion of a top side of the head, and the bottom piece is connected to the bottom side of the metal band and forms at least a portion of a bottom side of the head. The top piece and the bottom piece are separated by the metal band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: David S. Lee
  • Patent number: 10343030
    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: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Takeshi Casey Funaki, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Gery M. Zimmerman, Thomas Orrin Bennett, Mark C. Myrhum, Darryl C. Galvan
  • Patent number: 10335647
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a golf club head having a plurality of structural connectors, and particularly solid rods proximate the face, is disclosed. The method includes the steps of preparing a wax of a golf club head body, the body having first and second through-holes, a hollow interior, and first and second receiving pockets, preparing waxes of first and second solid rods, inserting the first solid rod wax into the first through-hole and seating its lower end in the first receiving pocket, inserting the second solid rod wax into the second through-hole and seating its lower end in the second receiving pocket, bonding each of the first and second solid rods to the body with an adhesive material to form a combined wax mold, and casting a golf club head from the combined wax mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers, Matthew Hannen, Bart R. Fliers, Robert S. Gonczi
  • Patent number: 10328319
    Abstract: A golf club head according to the present invention includes a face portion, a crown portion and a sole portion, the crown portion including a first region extending in a toe-heel direction along at least part of the face portion, a second region arranged further on a back side than the first region, a step region extending in the toe-heel direction between the first region and the second region and extending downward toward the second region from the first region side, and at least one rib formed on an inner wall surface of the crown portion and extending in a face-back direction from at least the step region to the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10322319
    Abstract: A golf club head having a hosel, a hollow interior, and a support structure disposed within the hollow interior proximate a flange region is disclosed herein. In particular, the present invention is directed to a fairway wood head comprising a body with a front wall, an upper opening, a return portion between the front wall and the upper opening, a hosel, an interface between the hosel and the heel side of the body, and a hosel support ring or support rod, and a composite crown affixed to the body to close the upper opening and define a hollow interior. The support structure reduces the stresses placed on, for example, the crown during hosel bending processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Justin Del Rosario, Romulus M. Tomimbang, Kevin Harper
  • Patent number: 10245483
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a face, a sole, an attachment member, an attachment part, and a rib. The face includes a ball-striking surface. The sole defines the bottom of the golf club head. The attachment member is attachable to the attachment part. The rib is formed on the internal surface of the golf club head, and at least partially surrounds the attachment part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomonori Kitagawa, Wataru Ban
  • Patent number: 10238925
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole and have a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole, wherein the channel comprises a center portion extending across a center of the sole, a heel portion extending from a heel end of the center portion toward the heel, and a toe portion extending from a toe end of the center portion toward the toe, wherein the width and the depth of the center portion of the channel are substantially constant, and wherein the depth of the channel is greater at the heel and toe portions than at the center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Eric A. Larson, Andrew G. v. Oldknow, Michael T. Prichard, Nathaniel J. Radcliffe, Robert M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10220272
    Abstract: A golf club head with a multi-level badge is disclosed herein. More specifically, the golf club head in accordance with the present invention is an iron type golf club head with a multi-level badge that on one level contacts a rear surface of the striking face of the golf club head, and a second level of the multi-level badge contacts a rear surface of a cavity created by the chassis of the golf club head. The gap created between the striking face of the golf club head and the rear of the chassis could be filled with a fluid that has a temperature variable viscosity, providing vibration attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Oswaldo Gonzalez, Marni D. Ines, Gery M. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10213662
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body, a variable face thickness pattern, and a plurality of solid metal stiffening rods, and which satisfies the equation Vballnorm?0.0356x+140.82, is disclosed herein. The body comprises a face, a sole, and a return section, and defines a hollow interior. Each of the rods extends from the return section to the sole within the hollow interior proximate the face to reduce stresses placed on the face during impact with a golf ball. The rods are all located within 1 inch of a rear surface of the face measured along a plane normal to the center of the face, and are spaced a distance of 0.500 to 2.00 inch from one another within the hollow interior. The variable face thickness pattern preferably comprises a plurality of concentric rings, with a center ring having a thickness that is less than a thickness of an intermediary ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 10195499
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a ribbed region on at least one of a heel portion, a toe portion, sole, or crown. The ribbed region comprises a ribbed wall with an interior surface facing an interior of the golf club head, and a ribbed wall exterior facing an exterior of the golf club head. The ribbed region further comprises at least one rib protruding from the ribbed region. The first rib comprises a first rib length measured along a rib centerline of the first rib, a first rib interior section located at the ribbed wall interior surface, and a first rib exterior section located at the ribbed wall exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, Martin R. Jertson
  • Patent number: 10155139
    Abstract: A golf club includes a shaft and a club head for a metal wood type club. The club head includes a ball striking face, a heel, a toe, a rear, a crown and a sole. The sole includes a forward sole surface and a rearward sole surface. The substantially horizontally-oriented forward sole surface extends rearwardly from the ball striking face to a rearward edge. The substantially horizontally-oriented rearward sole surface extends forwardly from the rear of the club head. The rearward sole surface extends over and is offset in a height direction from the rearward edge. A cavity may be located above the forward sole surface, the cavity having a rearward facing opening located below the rearward sole surface. A projection may extend rearwardly from the rearward edge beneath the rearward sole surface, the projection having sides that extend in a generally breadthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Robert M. Boyd, Raymond J. Sander
  • Patent number: 10155144
    Abstract: A ball striking device has a head that includes a metal face configured for striking a ball, a rearwardly extending metal band, a top piece, and a bottom piece. The metal band has a first end extending from one side of the face, a second end extending from the opposite side of the face, and a rear portion extending between the first and second ends and defining at least a portion of the rear periphery of the head. The top piece and the bottom piece are non-metallic or substantially non-metallic. The top piece is connected to the top side of the metal band and forms at least a portion of a top side of the head, and the bottom piece is connected to the bottom side of the metal band and forms at least a portion of a bottom side of the head. The top piece and the bottom piece are separated by the metal band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: David S. Lee
  • Patent number: 10150016
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a golf club body including a crown, a sole, and a skirt connected between the crown and the sole, the golf club body including a front including a leading edge and a back including a trailing edge, and a hosel connected to the golf club body; a face connected to the front of the golf club body, the face including a geometric center, the golf club head including modifiable boundary conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kraig Alan Willett, Matthew Greensmith, Andrew James, Jason Andrew Mata, Matthew David Johnson, David Anderson, Brandon H. Woolley
  • Patent number: 10118075
    Abstract: A golf club head including a first rib protruding from a rib surface of the body. The first rib comprises a first and second rib end and a first, second, and third rib portion. The third rib portion is located between the first rib portion and the second rib portion. The first, second, and third rib portions include a first, second, and third rib portion dimension, where the first and second rib portion dimensions are greater than the third rib portion dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Martin R. Jertson
  • Patent number: 10086239
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Mark C. Myrhum, Uday V. Deshmukh, Darryl C. Galvan
  • Patent number: 10080933
    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, including optimizing the head center of gravity height and depth in relation to the head volume and mass, are presented herein. Other examples and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 10065082
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a golf club body, a hosel connected to a heel portion of the golf club body, a face connected to a front of the golf club body, the face including an inner surface, an outer surface, and at least one boundary condition feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew James, Matthew David Johnson, Todd P. Beach
  • Patent number: 10035050
    Abstract: A head 2 includes a face 4, a crown 6, and a sole 8. At least a part of the crown 6 and/or at least a part of the sole 8 is formed by a clad material. The clad material is joined to an adjacent portion brought into contact with a peripheral edge of the clad material. The clad material includes a first layer s1 and a second layer s2. The first layer s1 is the outermost layer. The first layer s1 is welded to the adjacent portion. The second layer s2 does not have an affinity for welding with the adjacent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Motokawa
  • Patent number: 10035053
    Abstract: A set of golf clubs including golf club heads having improved mass distribution characteristics. The set includes golf club heads having a club head main body including a hitting face and a face support, a muscle back shell and a weight insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Peter J. Gilbert, Helene Hipp, Eduardo Mendoza, Adrian L. Stanescu, Douglas C. Jorgensen, Scott A. Knutson
  • Patent number: 9987527
    Abstract: A golf club head having improved stiffness characteristics is disclosed herein. The golf club head, which preferably is an iron-type head, comprises a body with at least two stiffening rods extending between a top portion and a bottom portion or heel and toe portions of the body. The stiffening rods, when tightened, place pressure on one of the top portion and bottom portion, thereby stiffening that portion of the body. The stiffening rods are inserted into the body via internally threaded through-bores or ports, and when tightened, press against receiving cups extending from the top or bottom portions of the body into a rear cavity of the body. The present invention is also directed to a set of such golf club heads with stiffening rods in differing orientations within the heads depending on their loft angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew Myers, James A. Seluga
  • Patent number: RE47653
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head is disclosed having a heel portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, a top-line portion, a front portion, a rear portion, and a striking face. A back wall is also disclosed in the rear portion enclosing a portion of the rear portion to create an enclosed cavity. The cavity is defined by at least a rear surface of the striking face, an inner back wall surface, and the sole portion. A plug and a filler material is located within the enclosed cavity. The filler material surrounds the plug and is configured to hold the plug in place. The plug is lighter than the filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret H. Wahl, Peter L. Larsen, Loren Stowe