US 1089881 A
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T. TAYLOILJR. GOLF CLUB.
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1,089,881 Patented Man10,191'
UNITED STATES PATENT ora ion;
THOMAS TAYLOR, JR., OF HUBBARD WOODS, ILLINOIS.
.which latter is constructed so as to offer less resistance to the air and to the earth, and at the same time to maintain the weight of the head back of the center of percussion or impact.
Further the invention aims to provide a golf club which is so formed as to reduce the possibility of slicing and pulling and topping of the ball to a minimum.
In the drawings: Figure 1 is a front perspective view of a golf club constructed in accordance with the present invention; Fig. 2 is a rear perspective view thereof; Fig. 3 is an end view in elevation, looking toward the shank or stem of the club; Fig. 4; is a cross sectional view taken on line l t of Fig. 1, looking in the direction indicated by the arrows; Fig. 5 is a view partly in section and partly in elevation taken on line 5 5 of Fig. 1, and Fig. 6 is an inverted rear perspective View of the club.
The head 1 of the club has its lower side formed with a plurality of feet 2, which have their sides converging toward the free ends of the feet to thus provide a series of openings 3, which are flared at their outer ends in order to more readily pass any ob structions which may lie in the path of movement of the head in making a stroke.
Each foot has a heel 4-, which extends beyond the rear or back face of the club; each foot is at least twice as deep from its front face to its rear face as the conventional golf club head. The weight of the heelis at the minimum equal to the weight of metal which it would take to fill the cavity between any two feet. This is essential in order to keep the center of weight of the head and the center of percussion exactly in the middle or center of the face of the club head. Without this arrangement of Weight the ball when struck is foundered or driven along the ground and onlyfor a short distance. If the feet were only slightly thicker Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed May 31, 1913.
Patented Mar. 10, 1914.
Serial No. 770,843.
f at the lower back parts as stated in Brit-- lsh Patent No. 10,736 of 1904 to Rogers, of which patent I am aware, the center of weight and the center of percussion would be high up toward the top of the club head and upon impact it would be like hitting a ball with the prongs of a fork or rake and such a club is absolutely useless in the game of golf.
Each foot extends rearward at least as far again as the thickness of the original club head has an upward projection 5, which contacts with the rear face of the head and thus reinforces and strengthens and adds necessary weight to the feet. These great heels therefore provide necessary weights which greatly increase the driving force of the club; they maintain the necessary center of weight or the center of percussion at the exact point where it is required in a successful form of golf head, that is the center of the face; they, these great heels, reduce the possibility of slicing or pulling or topping of the ball to a minimum, as the weight tends to draw down the head of the club to the bottom of the ball and insure striking the ball in the proper place, that is the center of weight and the center of percussion.
' It essential in a successful golf club head that the center of percussion and weight shall be the center of the driving face of the head, which is attained in the present invention by extending the heels of the feet so that the weight of the extension shall be at least equal to the weight of the metal it would take to fill the space or cavity between any two of the large feet. A line drawn through the top of any one of the feet, parallel with the line of the sole of any foot, and the line of the face of each tooth and the line of the heel of each foot; in other words, the outline of a vertical section of any foot is a trapezoid, the upper and lower lines being parallel and the front and back lines not being parallel.
The feet, it will be observed, provide long surfaces on their bottoms, which surfaces are of great valuein soling the club, enabling the player to readily determine whether the face of the club is at the right angle to the ball, in order that when the club is taken back to make the stroke and then is brought back to the ball it will accurately meet the ball at the right angle and at the center of percussion, and drive the ball accurately to the place intended and desired.
The faces of the feet are smooth, but the face of the head 1, or club'above the feet ispreferably pimpled or covered with small protuberances 7; these protnberan'ces are the size-approximately of those found upon the conventional golf ball, and are spaced apart as are those on said ball.
'lhese protuberances upon the impact with' the ball sink into the ball and th s enables the club to grip the ball firmly so as to secure as much spin as possible, and they enable the ball when free to utilize its spin to the utmost; they also prevent the ball from skidding and thus spoiling the stroke; the ball is by reason thereof directed and driven more accurately.
One of the great virtues of this invention is; the elongated trapezoidal feet of the club-head are in weight so massive, a'nd yet occupy so much less space than a solid base, that the club-head meets so little resistance from the ground, if the club-head. gets well down under the ball, its speed is hardly checked and the golf ball as a result flies farther and the desired result is more easily accomplished. It is designed especially for I 1 .the ball. It givesthe player greater scope greater accuracy, greater confidence'and a much higher averagein quality of play.
Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desireto secure by Letters Patent, is
1. In a golf club, a head having feet depending. from the lower side thereof; the
v whole ofeach .foot extending back beyond the rear face of the head forming a large heel, each .heel weighing not less than the amount of metal 'it would take to fill up the space or. cavity between any two of the large feet, and the sole of each foot being not less'than twice as long or thick forward and wardly face of back as the thickness of the sole of the con ventional golf club head and making the center of the weight and the center of percussion approximately the center of the whole face of the club head.
2. In a golf club, a head having feet deending from the lower side thereof, each oot having a rearwardly extending weighted heel of approximately the same weight asthe amount of metal it would take to fill the space between two adjacent feet, each heel having anextension which projects uptherefrom and contacts with the rear the head at a point between the top and bottom sides of the head to reinforce the head and feet and making the center of weight and percussion approximately the center of the whole face of the club head. 3. In a golf club, a head having feet depending from the lower side thereof, each foot havinga rearwardly extending weight ed heel or extension of the same weight as the amount of metal it would take to fill the space between two adjacent feet, each heel having an extension which projects upwardly therefrom and contacts with the rear face of the head at a point between the top and bottom sides of the head to reinforce the head and feet, andmaking the center of weight and percussion approximately the center of the whole face of the club, the toes of the feet and the free extremities of the heels extending substantially the same distance from the driving and rear faces, respectively, of the head. 4. In a golf 7 lub, a head having spaced feet depending from the lower side thereof, the whole of each foot extending back beyond the rear face of the head and forming a heel, each heel weighing not less than the amount of metal it would take to fill up the space or-cavity between any two of the feet, and the sole of each foot being not less than twice as long or thick forward and back as the thickness of the sole of the conventional golf club head and making the center of the weight and the center of percussion approximately the center of the whole face of the club.
I THOMAS TAYLOR, Jn.
Witnesses CHAS. C. TILLMAN, A. S. PHILLIPS.