Club Selection, Ball Direction, Or Distance Indicating Aid Patents (Class 473/407)
  • Patent number: 10369451
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides a golf GPS device with a sensor mechanism to automatically switch between video and audio only modes of the device. More particularly, when a player attaches the golf GPS device to a piece of clothing or hat, the device automatically switches to audio-only mode. When the player detaches the golf GPS device, the device automatically switches to video mode, with or without audio. The golf GPS device further includes one or more processors configured to repeatedly determine in which one of the plurality of holes the device is located, to repeatedly compute a distance between the device and a feature of the determined hole, and to cause to display the hole number of the determined hole and the computed distance on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GOLFZONDECA, INC.
    Inventor: Jun Ha Park
  • Patent number: 10360323
    Abstract: A putting stroke apparatus and method is provided that determines and simulates the proper putting stroke using at least an aiming direction and initial ball speed for successfully making a particular putt based on particular putting green characteristics and the location of the golf hole on the putting green. A pendulum putter apparatus is coupled with a putting diagnostic tool wherein the putting diagnostic tool determines at least an aiming direction and initial ball speed for a particular putt using inputs such as: (i) topographic information (e.g., contours) specific to the green; (ii) the green speed at a particular time; (iii) the golf hole location (i.e., the physical location of the golf hole); and (iv) the golf ball location on the green (i.e., the physical location of the golf ball).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond M. O'Connor, Kyle Snow, Justin Tuente, Chris McKee, Everett McKee
  • Patent number: 10272314
    Abstract: Systems and methods providing statistical analytics of golf performance for coaching including text, tabular, graphic, and image-based outputs that include trends information for the golfer, all based upon actual golf play on course situations, wherein the golfer inputs shot data during play, without interrupting the flow of the game, and uploads the shot data for analytics and review online, and wherein all information related to a given user are reviewable by an authorized coach user through a web-based coach access account. The system is further operable to provide the coach user rights for providing corrective or instructive feedback to the user, including visual recommendations such as modified target areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SKYHAWKE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Doherty, James F. Doherty, III, William G. Moore
  • Patent number: 10258822
    Abstract: The ball existence determining part 301 determines a specific infrared zone where the stopped ball exists as a ball existing zone in plural infrared zones. The first object appearance determining part 302 determines the front and end infrared zones being adjacent the ball existing zone as front and end object appearance schedule zones, and determines whether or not the object for launching the ball appeared in either one of the front and end object appearance schedule zones. The second object appearance determining part 303 determines whether or not the object appeared in the remaining object appearance schedule zone when the object appeared in either one of the front and end object appearance schedule zones. The ball disappearance determining part 304 determines whether or not the ball in the ball existing zone disappeared when the object appeared in the remaining object appearance schedule zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GPRO Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Kawamoto, Viet Manh Do, Hong Quan Luong
  • Patent number: 10151842
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides a golf GPS device with a hole cup location selection mechanism which displays a plurality of selectable hole cup locations for selection by a user. When the user selects one of the plurality of selectable hole cup locations, the golf GPS device provides the user with a number representative of the distance between the user and the selected one of the plurality of selectable hole cup locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GolfzonDeca Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Ha Park
  • Patent number: 10137350
    Abstract: A golf aid for assisting a user in reading a green includes a user tracking system to determine the location of a user on a golf course, a heads up display, and a processor. The heads up display is configured to be worn on the user's head, and to display an image within a field of view of the user. The processor is in communication with the user tracking system and with the heads up display, and maintains a representation of a topology for each of a plurality of golf greens, receives an indication of the location of the user from the user tracking system, identifies one of the plurality of golf greens that is the closest to the user, and displays a representation of the topology within the field of view of the user via the heads up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Leech, Michael Wallans
  • Patent number: 10060745
    Abstract: We have disclosed systems and methods for portable performance monitoring of an individual during a physical activity. The systems and methods may include an input device configured to receive position data. The systems and methods may also include a processor configured to determine location information for the fitness activity based on the position data. The systems and methods may also include a memory operatively coupled to the processor and storing computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to determine weather information based on the location information, and to determine athletic performance information. The systems and methods may also include a display screen configured to display the weather information and the athletic performance information to the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Michael Ellis, Caron Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9839828
    Abstract: A golf aid for assisting a user in reading a green includes a user tracking system to determine the location of a user on a golf course, a heads up display, and a processor. The heads up display is configured to be worn on the user's head, and to display an image within a field of view of the user. The processor is in communication with the user tracking system and with the heads up display, and maintains a representation of a topology for each of a plurality of golf greens, receives an indication of the location of the user from the user tracking system, identifies one of the plurality of golf greens that is the closest to the user, and displays a representation of the topology within the field of view of the user via the heads up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Leech, Michael Wallans
  • Patent number: 9833683
    Abstract: An apparatus including a golf ball comprising an internal sensor, and an internal wireless communicator. The internal wireless communicator adapted to communicate parameters sensed by the sensor to external electronics, wherein the external electronics are configured to determine if the golf ball went into a cup based upon the parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Robert T Thurman, Michael Vrska, Frank M Simonutti
  • Patent number: 9782654
    Abstract: A method and system for using a low resolution image of a golfer's swing for analysis is disclosed. Cameras obtain images of various portions of a golfer's swing. A computer calculates parameters associated with a golfer and a golf club from the images. Parameters include body angles, head position, shoulder positions, arm positions, hand positions, leg positions, foot positions, club shaft angles, and club head position. Different portions of the swing are captured using the cameras, including a static initial address, a backswing, a downswing, a forward swing, and a follow-through. A computer uses measured parameters from two or more portions of the swing to determine comparative parameters during different portions of the swing. The computer uses the parameters to generate swing analysis outputs, including swing characteristic information and/or swing profile information. A correlation table relates identified swing analysis outputs to particular recommendations to the golfer to improve the swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Molinari, Nicholas A. Leech, Nicholas Yontz
  • Patent number: 9733392
    Abstract: A method is generally described which includes a method of using environmental information in sports applications. The method also includes receiving at least one environmental condition detected using electronic remote sensing. Further, the method includes determining by a computer simulation an estimated effect of the at least one environmental condition on at least one of a predicted or actual first user action. Further still, the method includes communicating the estimated effect to at least one of the first user or a second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Deep Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9610489
    Abstract: A golf aid for assisting a user in selecting a golf club from a plurality of golf clubs includes a user tracking system configured to determine the location of a user on a golf course, a heads up display, and a processor. The processor is in communication with the user tracking system and with the heads up display, and is configured to determine a plurality of target locations on the golf course, with each of the plurality of target locations representing an ideal target for a different one of the plurality of golf clubs. The processor then displays an indicator at one of the plurality of target locations via the heads up display, such that the user perceives a portion of the indicator to be coincident with the corresponding one of the plurality of target locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Leech
  • Patent number: 9597576
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention provide systems and methods for providing a golfer putting information. Preferred embodiments may provide a golfer with optimal ball trajectory, including the initial path the ball should be stuck on, point to which the ball should be struck and optimal force with which the ball should be struck. In preferred embodiments a golfer utilizes a mobile putting device, which may be placed anywhere on or around a putting surface, where a putting surface may be any suitable environment for striking a golf ball with a putter. Preferred embodiments of the putting device are structured to allow alignment with the cup and/or stationary object, indicate where the ball should be placed, indicate the optimal line on which the ball should be struck and the computed force with which the ball should be struck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Jack W. Peterson, Scott B. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9524479
    Abstract: A system, method and non-transitory storage medium to manage and process golf game data, golf player data, handicap data, golf team data, and golf course data so as to organize and manage team-based groups or golf leagues of extended duration where asynchronous golf game play during some periods and synchronous game play during other periods on real golf courses and potentially different golf courses is possible. Extensive grouping, scoring, and ranking of golf teams as well as qualification-based tournaments are provided so as to create previously unseen effects of creating a strong community of interest in golfing and increasing the enjoyment and frequency of golf play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: GKPS LLC
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Kerr, Paul G. Shorthose
  • Patent number: 9478149
    Abstract: We have disclosed systems and methods for portable performance monitoring of an individual during a physical activity. The systems and methods may include a personal computer configured to receive personal data from the individual. The systems and methods may also include a portable performance monitoring device that may be in communication with the personal computer and may have a display screen configured to display the personal data to the individual. The systems and methods may also include a server that may be in communication with the personal computer and the portable performance monitoring device and may have a database configured to store the personal data The systems and methods may be configured such that the personal data displayed on the display screen of the portable performance monitoring device and stored on the database of the server is configured to update based on the personal data received on the personal computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventor: Michael Ellis
  • Patent number: 9409052
    Abstract: Program products, methods, and systems for providing location-aware fitness monitoring services are disclosed. In an embodiment of the present invention, a method of displaying a route traversed by an athlete equipped with a location-aware portable fitness monitoring device includes the steps of (a) receiving data describing a plurality of satellite navigational system waypoints that are acquired as the athlete engages in a fitness activity, (b) identifying a map area based on a location indicated by the data describing the plurality of satellite navigational system waypoints, (c) determining the route traversed by the athlete based on the data describing the plurality of satellite navigational system waypoints and based on the location of one or more known paths associated with the map area, and (d) displaying the route traversed by the athlete on top of the map area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventor: Jon H. Werner
  • Patent number: 9390501
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to predicting outcome in a sporting environment are described. The methods and apparatus are used to relate trajectory performance of an object to body motions and body orientation associated with a generating the trajectory of the object. When equipment is utilized to generate the trajectory of an object, than the effects of equipment motions and equipment orientation can be also related to trajectory performance. The method and apparatus can be used to predict body motions and body orientations that increase the likelihood of achieving a desired outcome including specifying optimum motions and orientations for a particular individual. The method and apparatus may be used in training, coaching and broadcasting environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Pillar Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan W. Marty, Thomas A. Edwards, John Carter
  • Patent number: 9386416
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, including detecting, by a first client device, a presence of a mobile customer in a particular geographic location, with detecting being through a direct device communication between the first client device and a second client device that is associated with the mobile customer; in response to the mobile customer presence detection, updating a local registry of the first client device with a customer identifier of the mobile customer; and retrieving, from a server device, customer information about the mobile customer; generating, based on contents of the local registry, a list of customers who are presently located in the particular geographic location; and rendering on a display device of the first client device at least one of the list of customers or the retrieved customer information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: MicroStrategy Incorporated
    Inventor: Benjamin Reyes
  • Patent number: 9288627
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for triggering events is described. A plurality of zones of influence is defined. Each zone of influence is an enclosed space defined by geolocational data. At least one of the zones of influence is associated with an event for performance by a user and a time for the event to occur. A location of the user is identified and compared with the geolocational data for each of the zones of influence. The event and the time for the event to occur for one of the zones of influence are provided to the user when the geolocational data of that zone of influence matches the location of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Groundspeak, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Irish, Elias Alvord
  • Patent number: 9274232
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for determining real time location of assets by calculating the relative position of a plurality of GPS enabled devices transported together, taking advantage of multiple GPS enable devices being transported together including dual band GPS and averaging location data between US and European GPS data. Additionally, an IMB acts to receive GPS data from multiple devices in a shipment and IMB combines and averages data from both GPS systems to create more liable location determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: GlobalTrak, LLC
    Inventor: Meyers Richard
  • Patent number: 9248353
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems for tracking movements of golf clubs and alerting a golfer when one or more golf clubs are misplaced from a group of golf clubs. A peripheral unit is associated with and affixed to each of a number of golf clubs, and transmits signals that are detected and collectively processed by a base unit to determine the status of those clubs. A club may be designated as misplaced based on the sequence and timing of status events, upon which an alarm is activated to alert the golfer. Also the base unit may process signals regarding movement of golf clubs in conjunction with location data from a Global Positioning System device to obtain information regarding the user's golf performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventors: Jesse Daniel Koenig, Matthew Charles Smiley, Guy McIlroy, John Haggis
  • Patent number: 9247212
    Abstract: Intelligent motion capture element that includes sensor personalities that optimize the sensor for specific movements and/or pieces of equipment and/or clothing and may be retrofitted onto existing equipment or interchanged therebetween and automatically detected for example to switch personalities. May be used for low power applications and accurate data capture for use in healthcare compliance, sporting, gaming, military, virtual reality, industrial, retail loss tracking, security, baby and elderly monitoring and other applications for example obtained from a motion capture element and relayed to a database via a mobile phone. System obtains data from motion capture elements, analyzes data and stores data in database for use in these applications and/or data mining. Enables unique displays associated with the user, such as 3D overlays onto images of the user to visually depict the captured motion data. Enables performance related equipment fitting and purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: BLAST MOTION INC.
    Inventors: Bhaskar Bose, Michael Bentley, John Goree, Tim Haynes
  • Patent number: 9240059
    Abstract: A method, article of manufacture and system for receiving, from a user device located at an environment at which a user is viewing an event both with and without the use of the user device, image data containing an image of the environment; receiving a request from the user device for an item of information that relates to the event, for placement into the image of the environment; responsive to receiving the request, accessing a database to retrieve the item of information; generating a scaled image of the item of information based on dimensions of the environment; and transmitting the scaled image for placement into the image of the environment on the user device to generate an augmented reality image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Scott Zises
  • Patent number: 9081815
    Abstract: A method, device and computer program product for a golf course searching system. Various characteristics of golf courses are stored in a database. A user may log onto the golf course searching system and define parameters of a golf course of interest and the system will output information about which golf courses the user should pursue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: P3 DESIGNS, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Houston Derusseau, Carolyn Margaret Derusseau
  • Patent number: 9076041
    Abstract: Enables recognition of events within motion data obtained from portable wireless motion capture elements and video synchronization of the events with video as the events occur or at a later time, based on location and/or time of the event or both. May use integrated camera or external cameras with respect to mobile device to automatically generate generally smaller event videos of the event on the mobile device or server. Also enables analysis or comparison of movement associated with the same user, other user, historical user or group of users. Provides low memory and power utilization and greatly reduces storage for video data that corresponds to events such as a shot, move or swing of a player, a concussion of a player, or other medical related events or events, such as the first steps of a child, or falling events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: BLAST MOTION INC.
    Inventors: Michael Bentley, Ryan Kaps, Bhaskar Bose, Sheehan Alam, Michael Gillen, Mazen Abdel-Rahman
  • Patent number: 9028344
    Abstract: Included are systems and methods for providing data. At least one embodiment of a method includes providing, by a user device, a user interface configured to receive golf scoring data from a user, the user interface including a default score based on predetermined data related to past performance; receiving a first piece of golf scoring data from the user; determining, from the received first piece of golf scoring data, a second piece of golf scoring data; and storing the first piece of golf scoring data and the second piece of golf scoring data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: CHSZ, LLC
    Inventors: Josh Baker, Frank Craig Prichard
  • Publication number: 20150126308
    Abstract: A system for aiding the selection of a golf shot by a golfer on a hole of a golf course, comprising means for retrieving statistics indicative of past performances by the golfer for each of a plurality of golf club types, means for retrieving data regarding the hole of the golf course, means for analyzing the retrieved statistics in concert with the data regarding the hole of the golf course, means for selecting one of the golf club types as the statistically preferred golf club type for the golf shot, and means for displaying the selected golf club type to the golfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Kurt Penn, Guillermo Rosales, JR.
  • Patent number: 9022878
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for matching golf clubs to a specific user. The method includes providing both a height and a weight of the specific user; determining physical parameters of the specific user from both the height and the weight; providing data for each golf club; obtaining optimal club mass for a Driver; obtaining optimal values of both a moment of inertia about a grip center and a mass for each golf club; and modifying each golf club to enable each golf club to attain the optimal values. The system involves utilizing the aforementioned information gathered for the method. It is advantageous that each of the golf clubs matched to the specific user are effectively employed with an application of identical swings from the specific user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Gisle Solhaug
  • Patent number: 9026398
    Abstract: A motion analysis device includes two posture angle sensors attached to a measurement object at locations distant from each other, a data acquisition section, a posture angle correction section, and a deformation amount calculation section. The data acquisition section acquires data of a first posture angle and a second posture angle respectively detected by the posture angle sensors. The posture angle correction section corrects a difference between the first posture angle and the second posture angle after starting a motion of the measurement object in accordance with a difference between the first posture angle and the second posture angle before starting the motion of the measurement object. The deformation amount calculation section calculates a deformation amount of the measurement object based on a difference between the first posture angle and the second posture angle corrected by the posture angle correction section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyasu Takasugi, Masatoshi Sato, Kazuo Nomura
  • Publication number: 20150105183
    Abstract: A device is provided with an obtaining unit, a specifying unit, and a determination unit. The obtaining unit obtains measurement data in which the golfer has performed a test-hit of at least one number of a golf club for each type of golf club from among the multiple types of golf clubs. The specifying unit specifies a relationship of correspondence between a loft angle and a flight-distance for each type of golf club based on the measurement data. The determination unit determines, based on the relationship of correspondence, a type of golf club having a large flight-distance with respect to a loft angle as a best-match type, which is a type of golf club best matched to the golfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuya KAMINO
  • Patent number: 8992345
    Abstract: The present invention extends to a digital compass ball marker that can be used to provide timely information to assist the golfer in determining a direction and force for a golf shot on a green. The digital compass ball marker can output this information using minimal information input by the golfer so that the use of the ball marker does not slow play, and in many cases, can speed play. The information provided by the ball marker can include a force with which to hit the shot and a direction to aim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Jack W Peterson
  • Patent number: 8992347
    Abstract: A system for golf data collection comprises an apparatus arranged to be worn about the body of a golfer during a game of golf. The apparatus includes a positioning system for determining various locations of a golfer during the game, a tag reader for reading a club held in close proximity to the apparatus around the time of striking a golf ball, and a processor for correlating the location of the golfer with the time at which a tag is read to enable the path of a golf ball throughout the game of golf to be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Active Mind Technology R&D Limited
    Inventors: Padraic Moran, John McGuire, William Hunt
  • Patent number: 8992346
    Abstract: A method for analyzing a golfer's swing speed, wherein the method comprises determining that the golfer is addressing a golf ball to swing a golf club, monitoring a backswing, determining a transition time, monitoring a downswing, determining an impact time, transmitting data for the golfer's swing to a receiver for analysis and generating a golfer's swing speed using a length of a shaft of the golf club. A device is positioned or built within a grip of the golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Mario Raposo
  • Publication number: 20150057107
    Abstract: A golf aid for assisting a user in determining distances on a golf course includes a user tracking system configured to determine the location of a user on a golf course, a heads up display, and a processor. The heads up display is configured to be worn on the user's head, and to display an image within a field of view of the user. The processor is in communication with the user tracking system and with the heads up display, and is configured to determine a distance between the location of the user an object or a landmark on the golf course, and display a numeric representation of the determined distance via the heads up display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Leech
  • Publication number: 20150057108
    Abstract: An automated method for predicting a flight distance of a projectile is described. The method includes: retrieving a set of baseline values, each baseline value associated with a set of baseline parameter values; retrieving a set of current parameter values; and calculating a predicted distance based at least partly on the baseline value, the set of baseline parameter values, and the set of current parameter values. An automated method for translating a current distance to a home distance includes: receiving a current distance; receiving a set of current parameter values; retrieving a set of baseline distances and associated baseline parameter values; and calculating a home distance based at least partly on the current distance, the set of current parameter values, and the set of baseline distances and baseline parameter values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Nathan Regimbal, Mark Stratz
  • Patent number: 8926454
    Abstract: In one example, a system for fitting golf equipment for an individual can be configured to be used with an electronic device comprising a fitting processor module and a camera. The system can comprise an image analysis module configured to receive image data of at least a portion of the individual and one or more physical indicia proximate to the individual, where the image data can be captured by the camera. The image analysis module can also be configured to recognize one or more reference features of the individual from the image data, and to calculate one or more fitting dimensions between the one or more reference features in the image data. Other examples, devices, and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John K. Solheim, Roger J. Cottam
  • Publication number: 20140357426
    Abstract: A selection support apparatus acquires a plurality of types of characteristic data representing a swing characteristic of a testing golfer based on a test shot result of a golf club. The apparatus determines a swing type of the testing golfer out of swing types classified in advance based on at least one of the plurality of types of characteristic data. The apparatus calculates a recommended value for the testing golfer in association with a characteristic value that characterizes a component of a golf club based on at least one of the plurality of types of characteristic data. The apparatus selects, based on the swing type of the testing golfer, the recommended value, and component information representing a correspondence between components, the swing types, and the characteristic value, a recommended component from the components listed in the component information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya ISHIKAWA, Hirotada IWADE
  • Publication number: 20140357427
    Abstract: A selection support apparatus acquires a plurality of types of characteristic data representing a swing characteristic of a testing golfer based on a test shot result of a golf club. The apparatus calculates each of recommended values for the testing golfer in association with a plurality of types of characteristic values that characterize a component of a golf club based on the plurality of types of characteristic data. The apparatus selects, based on the recommended values and component information representing a correspondence between components and the plurality of types of characteristic values, a recommended component from components listed in the component information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya ISHIKAWA, Hirotada IWADE
  • Publication number: 20140357428
    Abstract: An interactive display device for a golf vehicle comprises at least one display screen, image capturing device, a position and orientation determination device, and a support structure for securing same to the golf vehicle. The interactive display device also comprises a database of stationary or moving elements linked to the position and orientation parameters. A central unit for simultaneously displaying on the screen the captured images and elements from the database relating to an identical position and orientation, with an error approximate thereto of a pre-determined value. Optionally, the interactive device comprises a wireless device for remote transmission of images captured by the image capturing device and a remote controller for remotely controlling the image capturing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: GOLFATTITUDE
    Inventor: Emmanuel Guillot
  • Publication number: 20140315660
    Abstract: A system and method for storing and communicating the location of the pin on one or more greens on a golf course. The location of the golf pin is entered into a system and is uploaded for incorporation in a course map depicting the golf course being played by the golfer. The pin location information is used to measure distance from the location aware device to the pin location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: SKYHAWKE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.
    Inventors: Richard C. Edmonson, James W. Meadows
  • Patent number: 8864606
    Abstract: A system is generally described which includes a sports system. The sports system includes a wind profile detector, a reference location, and a user interface device. Among other information the user interface device may provide information based on the wind profile from the wind profile detector and the reference location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8864598
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are exemplary methods and systems for selecting a shaft flex for a golfer based on characteristics of the golfer's swing. Some exemplary methods comprise using measuring in-swing-plane shaft deflection values of a golfer's golf club during the golfer's swing, determining a phase of the golfer's swing when maximum in-swing-plane shaft deflection occurs; determining a kick velocity of the golfer's swing at impact with a golf ball; and selecting a shaft flex for the golfer based on the determined phase of the golfer's swing when maximum in-swing-plane shaft deflection occurs and based on the determined kick velocity of the golfer's swing at impact with a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Tofin Worobets, Darren John Stefanyshyn
  • Patent number: 8858368
    Abstract: Disclosed is a golf performance tracking and mapping device that utilizes a handheld, portable device having an optical scanner for reading waypoints along a course map, cataloging strokes, distances and further for suggesting and cataloging club choices throughout a round. The data gathered during the round is utilized to create measurable data that can be utilized to create a portfolio of a specific round for posterity, or further for creating data that can be statistically analyzed for a specific user, wherein club ranges, weaknesses and strengths can be determined over a statistically significant period for performance tracking. The device includes a display and an internal global positioning system for tracking location. It is desired that the present tracking device require minimal user input beyond club scanning prior to subsequent swings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: John Clark
  • Patent number: 8852028
    Abstract: A golf fitting apparatus can comprise a component option analyzer configured to calculate, based on physical characteristic information of an individual: (a) an initial component option group for a plurality of club components, the initial component option group comprising a first initial component option for a first club component, and a second initial component option for a second club component, (b) a first optimal component option for the first club component based on first golf shot data of a first test club having the first initial component option; and (c) a second optimal component option for the second club component based on second golf shot data of a second test club having the first optimal component option and the second initial component option. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John K. Solheim, Gregory J. Swartz, Paul D. Wood
  • Patent number: 8852029
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf handicap systems and methods to calculate a golf handicap are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Solheim, Michael R. Kuettner, John Bliss, Dave Van Engelhoven
  • Patent number: 8845459
    Abstract: A method for tracking a golfer's round of golf, wherein the method comprises determining a first location of a GPS device, receiving a signal from a first golf club, recording the first location, determining a second location of the GPS, receiving a signal from a second golf club, determining the distance from the first location and the second location and recording the distance as a distance for a first shot of the golfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Joseph Balardeta, Scott Denton
  • Publication number: 20140274476
    Abstract: A system for providing loaner clubs to novice golfers includes a coding scheme for golf club holders, which can be provided at a golf range having targets, in order to facilitate play by people entirely new to the game of golf. In general, one innovative aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can include a golf club stand including holders for golf clubs of different types, and visual indicators associated with the holders for the golf clubs of different types, where the visual indicators correspond to targets of different distances within a golf range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TOPGOLF INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Caster, Steven Carl McCracken, Christopher Daniel Wagner, Mark Semsak, Neil John Allen
  • Patent number: 8801546
    Abstract: A tape measure is attached to an accessory attached to a flag pole residing in a golf course hole. The accessory includes a mouth openable to engage the flag pole. Once the mouth is closed, the pole resides in a throat surrounded by a plurality of rollers residing co-axial with the pole. The rollers allow the accessory to freely rotate on the flag pole, but include a non-slip outer surface to prevent the accessory from sliding on the pole. Tape is drawn from the tape measure attached to a measuring tape attachment feature to measure the distance to a golf ball, and the accessory freely rotates on the flag pole to provide accurate repeatable measurements. The tape measure is preferably attached to an axially rotating measuring tape attachment feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Dave Roark, James A. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8805558
    Abstract: A method for conducting and scoring a golf video game, comprising determining the number of strokes it takes a team to complete a golf hole, wherein the team comprises of a plurality of players collectively playing one ball, allowing at least one player to take a strategic position further down the golf course ahead of where the ball is being played, and basing a score on the number of strokes the team collectively takes to complete the golf hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Isaac S Daniel
  • Patent number: 8758169
    Abstract: The present invention provides three golf ball recommendations correlating to ball fit values calculated using subject criteria, objective criteria and a composite fit value employing both subjective and objective criteria. The concept of the invention is to attempt to quantify even the subjective parameters of golfer's game and answers to survey questions in order to provide an avenue for quantitative analysis for golf ball fitting. The ball fit values are a construct based on a scale devised for this method to quantify how difficult or easy a golf ball is to play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Ichikawa, Hideyuki Ishii, Yutaka Kabeshita, Nicholas A. Leech, Arthur Molinari