Recess Or Cavity Behind Striking Face Patents (Class 473/350)
  • Patent number: 10843050
    Abstract: A multi-material iron-type golf club head having a shell that defines a closed internal volume, where the head is composed of at least two different materials, incorporates a variable face thickness, and achieves a high characteristic time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Albertsen, Michael Scott Burnett
  • Patent number: 10821338
    Abstract: A golf club head including a club head perimeter comprising a toe portion, a heel portion, a topline, and a sole portion; a striking face; and a cantilevered face support secured to the interior surface of the sole portion; wherein the cantilevered face support tab is in contact with but not secured to the rear surface of the striking face; wherein the striking face includes a centrally located first portion having a first portion thickness, a second portion having a second thickness and located heelward of the first portion, and a third portion having a third thickness and located toeward of the first portion; wherein the first thickness is greater than the second thickness, wherein the first thickness is greater than the third thickness; and wherein the cantilevered face support tab is in contact with the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Hebreo, Nick Frame, Oswaldo Gonzalez, Marni D. Ines, Joshua C. Stokes, Doug M. Takehara, Grant M. Martens
  • Patent number: 10814191
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as an iron-type golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface and a rear surface, and a body connected to the face. The body has a sole member and a rear cavity defined at least partially by the sole member and the rear surface of the face. The body has an elongated, recessed channel extending within the cavity along a juncture line between the rear surface of the face and the sole member. Additionally, the head is formed in part by a face member having a first leg forming at least a major portion of the face and a second leg extending rearwardly from a bottom end of the first leg and forming at least a portion of the sole member. The head may further be formed by a body member connected to the face member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Robert M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10758788
    Abstract: A golf club head comprises a loft angle no less than 18°, a striking face, a sole portion, and a top portion having an exterior surface. In an imaginary vertical plane spaced from a face center by no more than 10 mm and perpendicular to an imaginary striking face plane, an imaginary line segment has a length of 25 mm, a first endpoint located in the imaginary striking face plane, a second endpoint located above the exterior surface, and forms an angle ? with the striking face plane between 55° and 65°. The line segment is tangent to the exterior surface at a first point. A second point is located on the imaginary line segment and spaced from the first point by no less than 1 mm. The second point is spaced from the exterior surface by a gap distance that is no greater than 0.15 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Jeff D. Brunski, Darius Cyrulik, Matthew R. Daraskavich, Michael T. Prichard, Ryan J. A. Ritchie, Michael J. Cohen
  • Patent number: 10737150
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a golf club head with an insert. Other embodiments for related golf club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Petersen, Ryan M. Stokke, Cory S. Bacon, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10729948
    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 having a face portion with a face portion thickness extending between a front surface and a back surface. The body portion may be associated with a body portion volume. The golf club head may also include an interior cavity. The interior cavity may include an elastic polymer material. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: PARSOND XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 10722762
    Abstract: Embodiments of a golf club head having a body comprising a first material and a strike face comprising a second material, wherein the density of the first material is greater than the density of the second material, and the ratio of the density of the first material to the density of the second material is greater than or equal to approximately 1.7 are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Cory Bacon, Martin Jertson
  • Patent number: 10716980
    Abstract: A golf club head with a face stress-reduction structure disposed proximate a rear surface of a striking face is disclosed herein. In particular, the structure is an adjustable tension cable assembly extending from an upper portion of the golf club head, preferably a return section, to a lower portion of the golf club head, preferably a sole portion, approximately parallel with the rear surface of the striking face. The cable assembly comprises a cable portion, a hollow sleeve, and a screw plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Matthew Myers, James A. Seluga
  • Patent number: 10688353
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head having a club face provide with a plurality of grooves extending in the toe-heel direction, satisfies the following conditions (1) the loft angle of the club head is not more than 41 degrees, (2) the thickness of the club head is not more than 23 mm, (3) the height of the club face measured along the club face at the position of the most toe-side end of the grooves is not less than 53 mm, (4) in a standard state of the club head set on a horizontal plane at the lie angle and loft angle specified for the club head, the ratio M/Sh (g sq·cm/mm) of a moment M of inertia (g sq·cm) around a first axis passing through a sweet spot in parallel with the club face and perpendicularly to the grooves, and a sweet spot height Sh (mm) which is the vertical height from the horizontal plane to the sweet spot is not less than 152.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Norimura
  • Patent number: 10661130
    Abstract: In general, aspects of this invention relate to blade-type iron golf clubs or golf club heads. The blade-type golf club head may comprise a body forged of a metal material. The body may include a hosel, a top surface, a sole, a heel, a toe, a ball striking surface, and a rear surface opposite the ball striking surface. The rear surface may have an upper blade portion and a lower muscle portion with the upper blade portion separated from the lower muscle portion by a blade interface. An average height of the lower muscle portion from the ball striking centerline to the toe-side boundary line may be approximately twice an average height of the lower muscle portion from the heel-side boundary line to the ball striking centerline. The mass distribution of the lower muscle portion moves the center of gravity of the club head closer to the face center location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Nathaniel J. Radcliffe
  • Patent number: 10532254
    Abstract: This disclosure describes golf club heads with optimized aerodynamics, in which a highly-lifted trailing edge minimizes drag, and in which a protruding element optimizes a location of a club head center of gravity. Features of the disclosure reduce drag forces on a club head during a golf swing and consequently reduce the work required to move the club head through the air. Thus, the club heads allow golfers to achieve faster golf swing velocities and increase golf shot distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventors: D. Clayton Evans, Michael S. Yagley, Cameron J. Day
  • Patent number: 10493336
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an iron-type golf club head comprising a body comprising a heel portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, and a topline portion. The topline portion has a mass per unit length of between 0.09 g/mm and 0.40 g/mm. The golf club head also comprises a strike plate coupled to the body at a front portion of the golf club head and a cavity defined between the topline portion, the sole portion, and the strike plate. The golf club head further comprises a bridge bar at a rear portion of the golf club head. The bridge bar spans the cavity, is spaced apart from the strike plate, and is rigidly fixed to and extends uprightly between the sole portion and the topline portion. The bridge bar has a mass per unit length of between 0.09 g/mm and 0.40 g/mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Taylor, Adam Warren, Jason Issertell
  • Patent number: 10441857
    Abstract: An iron golf club head comprises a clubface with score lines, a top, a sole, a hosel with a shaft inserting hole. In a standard state of the head set on a horizontal plane such that the score lines become horizontal and the axis of the club shaft inserting hole lies within a vertical plane, the head satisfies the following condition (1) in the cross section of the head taken orthogonally to the vertical plane at any position in the toe-heel direction between the heel-side most end of the score lines and the position at which the clubface height becomes maximum: (1) the horizontal distance A from the lower edge of the clubface to a backmost end of the head on the sole-side is not more than the horizontal distance B from the lower edge of the club face to a backmost end of the head on the top-side. The depth of the center of gravity is 5.5 mm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10420991
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a golf club head with an insert. Other embodiments for related golf club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Petersen, Ryan M. Stokke, Cory S. Bacon, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10357697
    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 coupled to at least the toe and a heel weight member coupled in a hosel cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Joshua G. Breier, Jonathan Hebreo, Marni D. Ines, Grant M. Martens, Jason A. Mata, Michael E. Franz, Joshua C. Stokes
  • Patent number: 10293226
    Abstract: A golf club head including a striking face, a periphery portion surrounding and extending rearwards from the striking face, wherein the striking face comprises a front surface configured to strike a golf ball and a rear surface opposite the front surface, wherein the rear surface of the striking face comprises a supported region, a support arm spaced from the rear surface of the striking face, the support arm extending from the periphery portion towards the supported region, a deformable element residing between the support arm and the rear surface of the striking face, and wherein the deformable element comprises a front surface in contact with the rear surface of the striking face and a rear surface in contact with the support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Hebreo, Jason A. Mata, Charles E. Golden, John Morin
  • Patent number: 10245477
    Abstract: A golf club head having elevated internal weighting that improves ball speed, reduces backspin, and increases launch angle is disclosed herein. In particular, the golf club head comprises a hollow body with a face, sole, and elevated weight bar, which is disposed inside the body and is fixed to heel and toe sides of the body, preferably with mechanical fasteners such as screws or bolts. The weight bar bridges a central portion of the sole, and a central section of the weight bar, which preferably comprises at least 50% of the overall mass of the weight bar, extends towards the face without actually making contact with the face. The sole also includes at least one slot extending perpendicular to the face and underneath the central section of the weight bar, the slot having a front-to-back length that is greater than a maximum front-to-back length of the weight bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, Bradley C. Rice, William C. Watson, Irina Ivanova, Joel B. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10092800
    Abstract: In general, aspects of this invention relate to blade-type iron golf clubs or golf club heads. The blade-type golf club head may comprise a body forged of a metal material. The body may include a hosel, a top surface, a sole, a heel, a toe, a ball striking surface, and a rear surface opposite the ball striking surface. The rear surface may have an upper blade portion and a lower muscle portion with the upper blade portion separated from the lower muscle portion by a blade interface. An average height of the lower muscle portion from the ball striking centerline to the toe-side boundary line may be approximately twice an average height of the lower muscle portion from the heel-side boundary line to the ball striking centerline. The mass distribution of the lower muscle portion moves the center of gravity of the club head closer to the face center location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Nathaniel J. Radcliffe
  • Patent number: 10080932
    Abstract: A golf club head having elevated internal weighting that improves ball speed, reduces backspin, and increases launch angle is disclosed herein. In particular, the golf club head comprises a hollow body with a face, sole, and elevated weight bar, which is disposed inside the body and is fixed to heel and toe sides of the body, preferably with mechanical fasteners such as screws or bolts. The weight bar bridges a central portion of the sole, and a central section of the weight bar, which preferably comprises at least 50% of the overall mass of the weight bar, extends towards the face without actually making contact with the face. The sole also includes at least one slot extending perpendicular to the face and underneath the central section of the weight bar, the slot having a front-to-back length that is greater than a maximum front-to-back length of the weight bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Brandon D. DeMille, Bradley C. Rice, William C. Watson, Irina Ivanova, Joel B. Erickson
  • Patent number: 9808683
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as an iron-type golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface and a rear surface, and a body connected to the face. The body has a sole member and a rear cavity defined at least partially by the sole member and the rear surface of the face. The body has an elongated, recessed channel extending within the cavity along a juncture line between the rear surface of the face and the sole member. Additionally, the head is formed in part by a face member having a first leg forming at least a major portion of the face and a second leg extending rearwardly from a bottom end of the first leg and forming at least a portion of the sole member. The head may further be formed by a body member connected to the face member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Robert M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 9427633
    Abstract: In general, aspects of this invention relate to blade-type iron golf clubs or golf club heads. The blade-type golf club head may comprise a body forged of a metal material. The body may include a hosel, a top surface, a sole, a heel, a toe, a ball striking surface, and a rear surface opposite the ball striking surface. The rear surface may have an upper blade portion and a lower muscle portion with the upper blade portion separated from the lower muscle portion by a blade interface. An average height of the lower muscle portion from the ball striking centerline to the toe-side boundary line may be approximately twice an average height of the lower muscle portion from the heel-side boundary line to the ball striking centerline. The mass distribution of the lower muscle portion moves the center of gravity of the club head closer to the face center location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Nathaniel J. Radcliffe
  • Patent number: 9393469
    Abstract: Provided is an iron type golf club head having an undercut cavity. The iron type golf club head comprises a face portion (2) for hitting a ball; a peripheral edge (2e) of the face portion (2) is provided with a flange portion (7) protruding backward of the head; a rear surface (5) of the face portion (2) is provided with a cavity (C) surrounded by the flange portion (7). The flange portion (7) includes a first flange part (8). The first flange part (8) is provided in its inner surface (8i) side facing to the cavity (C) with a first concave part (10) dented toward the outside of the head so as to form an undercut cavity (c2) extending along the peripheral edge (2e). The cross-section of the first concave part (10) comprises a front wall surface (11) positioned frontward of the head, a rear wall surface (12) positioned backward of the head, and a bottom surface (13) smoothly connecting therebetween, and the cross-section is tapered toward the bottom surface (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Shimahara
  • Patent number: 9220959
    Abstract: The invention relates to golf club heads with improved mass distribution provided by novel cellular features. Because a club head can have very low mass density in certain parts, the club head can have much more mass in other parts, while keeping the overall club head mass equal to the mass of prior art club heads. A club head can be provided with optimized MOI and CG. The novel cellular structures of invention provide extensible functionality in the form of pockets, recesses, and windows and provide materials with excellent strength and restitution properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: COBRA GOLF INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ryan L. Roach, Joshua G. Breier, Douglas E. Roberts, Lauren Wilson
  • Patent number: 9211451
    Abstract: A golf club head having a center of gravity located at a point close to the face and the sole is disclosed herein. In particular, the golf club head comprises a hollow body including a weight lip and face component, and the weight lip extends from the sole inside the body towards the face component without making contact with the face component. The golf club head is preferably an iron-type golf club head. In other embodiments, the golf club head, which may be an iron-type golf club head, comprises a weight bar disposed within the hollow body proximate the face component, and the weight bar bridges at least a portion of the sole. The weight bar may be movable within the hollow body to allow for center of gravity adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: Joshua D. Westrum, Brooks Roche, Chris J. Wieland, Scott R. Manwaring, Patrick Dawson, Irina Ivanova, Joel B. Erickson, Bradley C. Rice, James A. Seluga
  • Patent number: 9211450
    Abstract: A wedge type golf club head is disclosed herein where the wedge type golf club head has enhanced performance characteristics such as improved backspin, ball speed, and launch angle. More specifically, the present invention relates to a wedge type golf club head having an adjustable center of gravity, where the center of gravity may be adjusted based on different backing profiles that comprises at least one hollow chamber. The wedge type golf club head disclosed above may also have a thickened topline, wherein the thickness of the topline progressively changes as a function of the loft angle of the wedge type golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Richard M. Nelson, Gregory D. Johnson, Kevin Tassistro, Douglas C. Jorgensen, Robert W. Vokey, Eddie G. Perez
  • Patent number: 9168435
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball; a channel extending across a portion of the sole, wherein the channel is recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole; a void defined on the sole of the body and a cover defining a top of the void; and a first external rib and a second external rib wherein each external rib is connected to the cover and extends downward from the cover, such that the external ribs are positioned within the void. The channel has a width and a depth, wherein the channel comprises a center portion, a heel portion, and a toe portion, and wherein at least one or both of the width and the depth of the channel is greater at the heel portion and the toe portion than at the center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Eric A. Larson, Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Michael T. Prichard, Nathaniel J. Radcliffe, Robert M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 9119999
    Abstract: A golf club head including a strikeplate including strikeplate stiffness, a strikeface, and backface opposite the strikeface. The head also includes a modulation mechanism at the backface, a plurality of frequency modulators, and a plurality of anti-stiffening features interspersed between the plurality of frequency modulators. The plurality of frequency modulators reduces an oscillation frequency of the strikeplate upon impact with a golf ball. The plurality of anti-stiffening features permit flexing of the strikeplate between the plurality of frequency modulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Jeffrey A. Blankenship
  • Patent number: 9079082
    Abstract: A golf club includes a golf club head having a body, a ball-striking face member and one or more mass members. The body extends from a shaft-attachment structure. The ball-striking face member is located on a front surface of the body. The body is configured to releasably accommodate a first mass member in a first region on its back surface and a second mass member in a second region on its back surface. At least one of the first and second mass members may be releasably attached to the back surface. The ball-striking face member may have an average density that is less than the average density of the body. The mass members may have an average density that is more than the average density of the ball-striking face member and/or of the body. The mass distribution of the club head may be customized via the selection and attachment of a particular mass member. The golf club head may be an iron-type golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip J. Hatton, Andrew G. V. Oldknow
  • Patent number: 9079080
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf clubs head sets with varying characteristics are disclosed herein. Other examples and related methods are also generally described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Marty R. Jertson, Xiaojian Chen
  • Patent number: 9044662
    Abstract: A golf club head is provided having a club body having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, and a heel portion. The club head also having a central portion connected with the front portion. A frame is connected with the central portion configured to provide a lightweight crown portion being located above an offset plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Demkowski, Bret H. Wahl, Sean Toulon, Marni D. Ines, Robert Nunez, Bill Price, Jose Miraflor
  • Patent number: 9039543
    Abstract: A head 1 is provided with a head body h1 and an adherend s1. The adherend s1 has a cast resin 53 formed by casting, a metal part 51, and a vibration absorber 55. The cast resin 53 has a formed surface formed by the metal part 51. The cast resin 53 further may have a formed surface formed by the vibration absorber 55. A base material of the cast resin 53 is an epoxy resin, for example. The cast resin 53 may have a cutting surface PL1. The cutting surface PL1 may be a joint surface of the adherend to the head body h1. Preferably, a loss tangent tan ? of the vibration absorber 55 is 0.07 or greater and 0.25 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SRI SPORTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9033814
    Abstract: Golf club heads which may include an iron-type golf club head body and an adjustable member configured to be engaged with iron-type golf club head body. The adjustable member may include a first surface and a second surface. The first surface of the adjustable member may form at least a portion of the sole of the iron-type golf club head and at least a portion of the rear of iron-type golf club head when the adjustable member is engaged with the iron-type golf club head body in a first orientation. Additionally, the second surface of the adjustable member may form at least a portion of the sole of the iron-type golf club head and at least a portion of the rear of iron-type golf club head when the adjustable member is engaged with the iron-type golf club head body in a second orientation, which is different from the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Robert Boyd, Raymond J. Sander, Hiromitsu Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9028342
    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: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Robert Boyd, Raymond J. Sander
  • Patent number: 9028341
    Abstract: A golf club head is described having a club head body having an external surface with a heel portion, a toe portion, a crown portion, a sole portion, and a front opening. The golf club head also includes a face insert support structure located at the front opening. The support structure includes a rear support member. The rear support member includes a support portion interior surface contour defining an apex point and an undercut distance in an undercut region within at least one major or minor plane. A non-undercut region is located in at least one major or minor plane intersecting the crown to face transition region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John Francis Lorentzen, Bing-Ling Chao
  • Patent number: 9022880
    Abstract: A golf club head which may include an iron-type golf club head body, a face plate, and a filler positioned behind the ball striking face. According to aspects of the disclosure, the face plate may include score lines which define holes in the face plate. Further, according to aspects of the disclosure, the filler may be comprised of a material that readily absorbs the deflection of the face plate during impact with a golf ball during a golf swing and dampens the impact between the golf club head and the golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Chris Savage
  • Patent number: 9017186
    Abstract: Embodiments of club heads with multiple density weighting and methods of manufacturing the same are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, John A Solheim
  • Patent number: 9017187
    Abstract: A hollow golf club head comprises a face and a face peripheral portion extending rearward from the face, the face periphery portion provided with a toe-side reduced-rigidity portion and a heel-side reduced-rigidity portion consisting of a concave portion or a slit, wherein under a standard state, the toe-side portion has a center point of length located higher and at the toe side than a face centroid, wherein an angle of a first straight line passing through the face centroid and the center point P1 to the horizontal plane is 20 to 60 degrees, and the heel-side portion has a center point P2 of length located lower and the heel side than the face centroid, wherein an angle of a second straight line passing through the face centroid and the center point P2 to the horizontal plane is 10 to 70 degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 9011265
    Abstract: A golf club includes a shaft and a club head. The club head includes a ball striking face, a heel, a toe, a rear, and a crown. The crown may include a substantially horizontally-oriented forward crown region extending rearwardly from the ball striking face. The crown further may include a primary recessed feature located rearward of the forward crown region and extending from the heel to the toe of the club head. The recessed feature may have a floor and a front wall extending upward from the floor to the forward crown region. The crown may further include a substantially horizontally-oriented rearward crown region extending forwardly from the rear of the club head. The recessed feature may be located between the forward crown region and the rearward crown region. A back wall of the recessed feature may extend upward from the floor to the rearward crown region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Stites, Robert Boyd, Raymond J. Sander
  • Patent number: 9011267
    Abstract: A golf club incorporating a stress reducing feature in contact with a shaft connection system socket. The location and size of the stress reducing feature and the shaft connection system socket, and their relationship to one another, selectively increase deflection of the face and maintain stability of the shaft connection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Burnett, Alexander Theodore Berger, Justin Honea
  • Patent number: 9011270
    Abstract: An iron type golf club head includes a head main body, a toe-side weight member made of a metal material having specific gravity ?2 larger than that of the head main body and disposed on a toe-side of the head main body, and a heel-side weight member made of a metal material having specific gravity ?3 larger than that of the head main body and disposed on a heel-side of the head main body. The head main body includes a face main portion having a face to hit a golf ball, and a tubular hosel portion provided continuously on a heel-side of the face main portion and having a shaft inserting hole. A distance from the center of gravity Gt of the toe-side weight member to the center of gravity Gh of the heel-side weight member ranges from 50 to 120 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: SRI Sports Limited
    Inventor: Takashi Nakano
  • Patent number: 9005048
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with port structures and tuning elements are presented. In some embodiments, a golf club head comprises a strikeplate comprising a strikeface and a backface opposite the strikeface, and a sole coupled to the strikeplate. The sole comprises an outer sole surface, an inner sole surface opposite the outer sole surface, a sole front section, and a sole rear section. The golf club head comprises a port structure defined by the backface and by the sole. The port structure can be configured to receive a tuning element within a port perimeter of the port structure, and comprises a port base at the backface and delimited by the port perimeter, a port rib wall protruded from the backface and bounding an upper section of the port base along the port perimeter, and a port trench extending into the sole. Other examples and related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Ryan M. Stokke, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 9005046
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head with a face having the ball striking surface located at a front of the head and a plurality of parallel face grooves extending laterally across at least a portion of the ball striking surface, a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face, and an indicator on the ball striking surface of the face. The indicator is located in an area between the face grooves and proximate a lateral center of the ball striking surface, and includes at least one indent in the ball striking surface. The indent has a depth that is substantially less than a depth of any of the face grooves. Methods associated with such ball striking devices are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Thomas, Chris Savage, Don Rahrig
  • Patent number: 8998746
    Abstract: A body member has a face plate and a first engaging member. A sole plate has a second engaging member, the first and second engaging members being interlocked with one another. A layer of resilient material is disposed between the first engaging member and the second engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Kenneth Brown
  • Publication number: 20150087441
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns embodiments of a badge or insert for a golf club head that can eliminate undesired gaps between the insert and the peripheral sidewall of the cavity that receives the insert. In one embodiment, a golf club head comprises a main body comprising a cavity, which defines a central surface and an inner peripheral surface at least partially surrounding the central surface. An insert comprises a central portion and a deflectable portion coupled to and extending along a peripheral edge section of the central portion. The deflectable portion has a shape corresponding to and contacting a corresponding section of the inner peripheral surface of the cavity. The deflectable portion forms a press-fit engagement with the corresponding section of the inner peripheral surface of the cavity that retains the deflectable portion in a deflected state relative to the central portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Taylor, Scott Edward Folck
  • Patent number: 8979674
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as an iron-type golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface and a rear surface, and a body connected to the face. The body has a sole member and a rear cavity defined at least partially by the sole member and the rear surface of the face. The body has an elongated, recessed channel extending within the cavity along a juncture line between the rear surface of the face and the sole member. Additionally, the head is formed in part by a face member having a first leg forming at least a major portion of the face and a second leg extending rearwardly from a bottom end of the first leg and forming at least a portion of the sole member. The head may further be formed by a body member connected to the face member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew G. V. Oldknow, Robert Boyd
  • Patent number: 8979673
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with weight redistribution channels are described herein. Other examples and related embodiments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Eric J. Morales, Eric V. Cole, Jeffrey A. Blankenship
  • Patent number: 8974317
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an iron-type golf club head formed from multiple materials that increase torsional stiffness of the club and aid in sound performance. In particular, the iron-type golf club head includes a rear flange and a composite component bonded to an external surface of the rear flange. The composite component may cover an entire surface of the rear flange, and may also extend upwards to make contact with a top portion of the club head and thus close off a rear cavity of the club head. The iron-type golf club head may further comprise a face support structure extending from the rear flange, to which the face plate may be affixed via welding or brazing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Sean Griffin, Steven M. Ehlers
  • Patent number: 8961336
    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 plurality of weight portions and a body portion. The plurality of weight portions may be associated with a total weight portion mass. The body portion may include a face portion, a toe portion, a sole portion, an interior cavity that may extend between the top and sole portions, and a back portion with a plurality of exterior weight ports having a first set of exterior weight ports and a second set of exterior weight ports. Each of the plurality of exterior weight ports is associated with a port diameter and configured to receive at least one weight portion of the plurality of weight portions. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 8951144
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a golf club having a playing characteristic that is communicated to a player based upon a vibration damping material that is colorized and visible from outside of the club head, thereby communicating to a golfer information about the playing characteristics of the club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventors: Ryan L. Roach, Tim A. Beno, Andrew Curtis, Michael S. Yagley
  • Patent number: 8951141
    Abstract: A set of iron-type golf clubs and a set of iron-type golf club heads are disclosed. The loft angles of the heads are gradually increased from the lowest numbered golf club to the highest numbered golf club in the set. Given that a coefficient of inertia of the head is the ratio Ms/M of a moment of inertia Ms (gram sq·cm) of the head around a horizontal axis extending in a toe-heel direction of the head passing through the center of gravity of the head, to the mass M (g) of the head, the coefficient of inertia is gradually increased with the increase in the loft angle, and the difference of the coefficient of inertia of the head of the highest numbered club from that of the lowest numbered club is 0.3 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Naruhiro Mizutani