US 1352020 A
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A P OLSON.
. APPLICATION FILED APR. 23. 1919. RENEWED JUNE 12, 1920.
SEQ GZQQ. Pamted Sept. 7, 1920.
ANDREW P. OLSON, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Sept. '7 1920.
Application filed April 23, 1919, Serial Ito/ 292,203. Renewed June 12, 1920. Serial No. 388,670.
To all whom it may concern Be it known that 1, ANDREW P. OLSON, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Golf-Clubs, of which the following is a specification, reference being had therein to the achoinpanying drawlfly invention relates to golf -clubs and particularly to golf-putters, and its object is to provide a club of such character which may be used by either right-handed or lefthanded players without disassembling the parts, and which may also be adj usted without disassemblage by any player to change the usual relation between the shaft and head in which such player would normally use the club to accommodate any changed position or stanch which he may wish to take.
The invention consists in the matters hereinafter described and then pointed out in the claims.
In the drawings Figure 1 is a perspective view of a putter-head and the lower portion of the shaft which is broken away for convenience of illustration;
Fig. 2 is a top plan perspective of parts shown in Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view on the line 33 of Fig. 2, and
Fig. 4 is a detail view showing certain parts disassembled and separated for convenience of illustration.
In the drawing 10 is the shaft of the putter carrying at its upper end the usual handle-wrapping (not shown), and secured at its lower end in the usual metal sleeve 11 with which the metallic heads of golf clubs are provided. The sleeve 11 is provided at its lower end with a ball 12. The head of the club is of any suitable material, preferably metal such as aluminum, and has the usual flat horizontal sole 12 and vertical or inclined putting-face 13. The top of the head is provided at its center with an opposite pair of upstanding flanges 14 which are connected at their rear portions by a cross-head 15 and at their front portions adjacent the putting-face by a cross-head 16, the space between the cross-heads being formed into an intermediate chamber to freely receive the ball 12- of the shaft. The cross-head 16 is provided with a socket 17 curved to fit the contour of the ball 12, and
of the head so that its free the cross-head 15 is provided with a central bore to receive a sleeve 18 which is curved on its inner end to form a socket 19 to fit the contour of the ball 12 and is provided with a horizontal passage 20 to receive a pin 21 on the inner end of a screw-plug 22 which makes threaded engagement with the bore of the'cross-head 15, a spring washer 23 being located on the pin 21 between the inner end of the screw-plug and the plain end of the sleeve 18.
The parts are assembled as shown with the ball 12 clamped between the sockets 17 and 19. It is obvious that in the position the parts occupy in Fig. 1 the club is adapted to be used by a right-handed player, and that by swinging the shaft over past the center toward the opposite shoulder 14: the club may be used by a left-handed player.
In either case, the ball and socket joint will be set to effectively hold the shaft and head in any relation to suit the playing position usually desired or taken by the player, while at any time by solein the club on the ground and applying SllffiClBIlt pressure on the shaft to overcome the resistance of the joint the player may shift the shaft more or less either transversely of the head or longitudinally toward or from the face 13 to accommodate the club to any usual stanch or position which the player may desire to take or be compelled to take by the hazards of the course. And of course, after the play from such unusual position is completed, the player may in the, same way restore the shaft to its ori inal position. The pressure-releasing holding device retains the shaft in any position on the head against the usual stress of play, but allows the shaft to be instantly adjusted without disassembling any parts. The jointed con-.
nection between the-shaft and head being transverse to the plane of the playing face of the head allows the club to be used by either a right-handed or left-handedplayer Without any disassemblage of parts.
In short, the shaft is mounted on the top end may be moved above the head in all directions about its pivotal point, and so its handle can be adjusted to any position in a plane transversely of the head or in parallel with the playing face to allow either a right-handedplayer or a left-handed player to use, the club, or to any position in a plane longitudinfilly of the head to alloweither such player to incline the shaft at any angle toward or from the face, or to any position in any intermediate plane to allow either such player to incline the shaft at any angle to the face, and the pressure-releasing holding device normally retains the shaft in all its positions, but allows it to be shifted to any other of its positions by the player simply exerting pressure upon it sufficient to overcome the resistance of the holding device.
I claim 1. In a golf-club, a shaft, a putter-head having a playing face and a horizontal sole, a ball and socket joint between the shaft and top of the head to allow the free end of the shaft to move above ,the head in all directions about its pivotal point, and a pressure-releasing holding device to normally retain the shaft in fixed position.
2. In a golf-club, a head having a playing face and a horizontal sole, of upwardly extending cross-heads on the top surface of the head forming an intermediate chamber, a socket in the face of the an opposite pair front cross-head, a screw plug having threaded engagement with the rear crosshead, a sleeve carried by the plug and having a socket in alinement with the other socket, and a shaft having a ball clamped between the sockets.
3. In a golf-club, a head having a playing face and a horizontal sole, an opposite pair of upwardly extending cross-heads on the top surface of the head forming an intermediate chamber, a socket in the face of the front cross-head, a screw-plug having threaded engagement with the rear cross-head, a pin on the inner end of the head, a sleeve on the pin and having a socket in alinement with the other socket, a spring washer on the pin between the sleeve and plug, and a shaft having a ball clamped between the sockets.
In testimony whereof I afiix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
ANDREW P. OLSON.
J. MoRoBER'rs, BERNIOE GORMLEY.