US 1528190 A
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Planted Mar. 3, 1925.'
UNITED STATES PATENT oFFicE.
JOHN D. Hows, or UPLAND, catwoman. Goins cLUia.
Application led July 14,
To all -wlzom it may' concern:
Be it knoivn that I, JOHN D. HOWE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Upland, in the county of San Bernardino and State of California,` have invented a new and useful Golf Club, of which the following is a specification. I'
This invention relates to golf clubs. The
handle of 'a golf club is usually formed on l0 the inner end of the shaft of the club bv means of a helically wrapped leather band,
the edges` of the su cessive coils fit-ting nicely end that projects beyond the cord. After using a club, the golfer often throws .his club violently into his bag; in doing:Y so the handle end is of course within ythe When the club is thrown into the bag in this way, the end, of thev handle rubs along the inside of the bag and frequently results in stripping' the end of the. leather beyond the cord wrapping. Then the cord wrapping' will heroine displaced or broken and will .he necessary to repair the 'han` die. V
The general' objects of this invention are to provide a club which willhave a construction which will oi-'ercoine these joblicctions. and in which the end of the leather will he. lieujintac't, by means which will operaie uit-hout detract from the essenanimati: surface of the handle; also ithrait interfering with and. nice control of' the ary in the skillful einA .insists in the novel feation of parts to be described hereinafter, all of which contribute to produce an etlicient golf club.A
A preferred cuilii'idiinent of the invention is described in 'foiloiving speciication,
1923. serial No. 651,672.
while the broad scope' of the invention is pointed out in the appended claims.
In lthe drawing the figure is a side els vation of the handle portion of a golf club showing the Wrapped leather and showing the protecting cap in section.
'The club` may have the usual wooden shaft 1 with a handle of leather 2 wrapped helically about theshaft, the edges 3 of the coils abutting so that a smooth surface is formed for the grip or grasped portion of the handle.v `Near the end face 4 of the shaft the leather is secured by the usual wrapped coro 5.
This Wrapped cord is vusually about a half inch from the end face 4 of the club.l
When the club is thrownwith force into the golf bag the end ofthe handle rubs along the inner side of the wall of the. bag as suggested above, 6 of the leather beyond the cord 5 becomes loose and eventually the cord becomes loose or broken.
In order to overcome this difficulty I pro vide a tip for the grip of the club, which is in the form of an elongated cap prefcrably formed of resilient material, that is to say, elastic material such as soft rubber. At its inner end the wall of this cap is relatively thin, the side face of the tip and frequently the endV being concave to tit the edge of the palm of ones hand. The inner diameter or here of the cap is suiicientl)T small to cause a slight circumferential stretching and tension in the wall. This increases the hold of the cap and also results in producing; such a thin edge at the inner end of the cap that the grip of the club is devoid of any7 ridge or shoulder at this point, and the outer -face of the cap at this point merges imperceptibly into the outer face of the handle leather. This cap envelope and resiliently clasps thc end of the handle. yextending over the end of the leather and over the cord 5 protecting the saine from being stripped b v Contact with the wall ol`:
'the bag. The elasticity of the sleeve enables ness, iii-fact, the thickness is considerable at this point.
-If desired the middle portion' et the disc4 of thehutt enfi'mely be removeci, mit ieeving an annular shoulder 8 which en ges' eifel* the end of the club. This foei itates the stietching ofthe cap to t it over the end of the hande, adapts it to t handles of dif ferent sizes, vand the absenee of the @entrai portion of the disc may -assist somewhat in keeping the cap in plaoe because e iaterei pressure cannot be transmitted diemetricaiy across the butt in o menner which would' tend to thrust the Wai of the sleeve portion before applying the cap to it.
of the cap away from the side of the hene,
Howevere I do not limit myself to this pertiouai form for the butt end'o the cap, Where the cap iseppiie to e s'mai handle it may tend to roteteon the handle, and in order to reventeny tendency of the oep to do this w en held by the golfer in executing e stroke, pefer to attach it to the hendle by 'cement or simply by means of @helles which is smeared on the butt of the handle The cap also operates to protect the' Boo tom of the gof bag. Many of these bags are oheapy mede and the bottoms are sometimes quickly Worn out or knocked out. The' inner end portion 01' the Cep is of substantialy uniform thickness.
l The thickened Waii et the butt end .of the cap operates to give goed pressure of the cap aga-inst the hand and this -heips'to' prevent the club from twisting in the hand when the haii is struck out near the tip of en iron or on the toe of a Wooxieii cuo.
'It is understood that the embodiment of the invention deso'ibed herein is only one of the mamy embodiments this invention may .Lemme 'take-and do not Wish to be limited in the pleetioe'of my invention no1* in mi claims `to the lpe'1"i',io'ulei embodiment set teeth.
What claim is: 1. A goi 'club having a 'tepeiefha'ndle' with ai tip in the form of e cap oresilieet materiel enveio in@ emi ifesiiient cleeoin n inner end whereby the gripped portion of.
the handleis devoid of e shoulder7 and haymge, concave outer fece with e. reietivey thick Weil et its butt end= 3. A oep for :L golf club shaft having en A eongetcd thin tip portion, edapted to encirole and resilient? clasp the sides of the, shaft, seid tip portion eing of e substentialiy uniform thickness for n, substantial distance to Weed the butt end of the Cap, the butt end of the cap being increased in thioiiees ami piesenting' e concave outer surface loeee on the she-'ftet e point extierneiy meer the en@ thereof, 'the entire oep being oonstrubted of soft rubber to resiientiy cios; the shaft and to provide et the butt end thereof e 'cushion grip.
Signed et keine e Howe,
Los Angeles, elifomie, this 5th dey of July, 191753 i