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Publication numberUS1553386 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 15, 1925
Filing dateAug 12, 1922
Priority dateAug 12, 1922
Publication numberUS 1553386 A, US 1553386A, US-A-1553386, US1553386 A, US1553386A
InventorsOtto J Kuhlke
Original AssigneeOtto J Kuhlke
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Resilient ball
US 1553386 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Sept. 15, 1925.

O. .L KUHLKE RESILIENT BALL Filed Aug. l2, 1922 Patented Sept. 15, 1925.,

erro J. KUHLKE,


nnsrmnn'r BALL. f

Application led August 12, 1922.V Serial No. 581,328.

To all whom t may concern.'

Be it known that I, OTTO J. Kul-Imre, a

citizen of the United States, residing at Akron, in the county ,of Summit, State of Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Resilient Balls, ot which 1the[following is a specilication.

'My invention relates to improvements in resilient balls for use in games wherein a strikingimplement is used and it has particular reference ,to ballsv adapted ltor .use

,in .the game of golf.

The particular purpose of the present invention is to provide a golf ball that is l5 IHQI'e active, or responsive, `under 3a quick, hard bjlowthan existing types of golf balls, @Inl is also particularly adaptedA for g ac` curate putting. d lMy invention is also directed toward proriding ar golf yball, `which, in combination with Ithe above enumerated characteristics, possesses ,suiiicient symmetry, weight, and balance to enable it" to maintain its direcf tion while it is in flight. VStill another object of the present invention lis `to provide a golf .ball which will function in the mannerabove set iorth Vand which may be produced bythe manufacturer ata relatively low cost. Other objects, .together with the advan- `tages to be derived in the practice of my in vention, will become 4apparent and Vthe `natureof the invention will be `fully understood when the following detailed descripings accompanying andorming apart of this specification.

It is to be understood, however, that the present disclosure is merely illustrative of apreterred ormof my invention and is not to be construed as limiting the scope orspirit of my invention unless such limitations are indicated in the claims appended hereto, nor is the invention limited to golf balls, but may be applied in other shapes or forms.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a side elevational view of a golf ball constructed in accordance with the principles of my invention, parts of the .ball heilig broken away and shown in section;

Figure 2 is a view partly in section, and partly in elevation, illustrating certain component parts of my invention; and

" tionis read in conjunction with tliedrawr,

Figure 3 is a sectional view of one ofthe elements of my invention.

The goltball of my invention preferably comp-rises a core l that-isi constructed of line steel wire woundfinany suitable manner into the form of a hollow sphere. Preferably the sphere is formed from a? continuous Astrand of wire wound lin superposed convolutions so that ahighllyl elasticor `resilient lbodyl is formed, which 'will quickly rebound when struck, thel air connedvwlithin the sphere acting as cushion.` The sphere orcore l thus provided is `impreagnated with a" suitable coating designed to `tie the convolutions together, contine the airifwithin the sphere, and to impart additional retion compositi-on of -rubberis preferred of a character suitable for `impregnating`the that is possessed of resiliency,combined with suclentrigidity to prevent rts permanent deiormation, and. a degree of weight sut jlicient to enable-ithfefball to maintain its material of the ylayer 2 --is compressedand Vmaintained' under-compression in order to increase `itsl inherent resiliency and to thereby. provide av highly reactive element `which will quickly respondand rebound trom a 'golf c lub,grepl-ac ing the usual wound rubber Vwire andforming a hollow, 4air-ttght sphere found: in theI present typewo't golf ball. In

order te secure and maintain theproper de* gree of compression of Athe layer 2, it is provided, preferably, with apertures or cells 3 and 'is covered Jwith a sheathrll. VThe apertures 8 may be arranged in the layer 2 in any desired manner, but in this instance are formed through the entire thickness of the layer and substantially radially thereof. The sheath l is formed of tightly wound thread or cord, such as linen, silk, or other material, wound so as tov provide a layer of the desired thickness and iieXibility around the layer 2. Around the layer 2, a resilient covering 5 is provided of gutta percha, balata, or other suitable material.

The foregoing structure provides for a golf` ball that is highly active when Struck inator of a golf ball, or other playing ball,

which is provided with a metallic member,

' such as the wound wire, rubber impregnated sphere, which is used to impart both weight and resilience to the ball.' Prior golf balls have used a metallic core, but, so far as I am aware, none has ever been used in which thevmetallic core possessed a certain amount of resilience in and of itself. I am also the rst to use a rubber element in the ball vwhich is held under compression by a winding of core or thread, which holds the rubber under compression. I am, therefore, entitled to a broad range of equivalents in the construction of the appended claims.

. What I claim is:

1.- A golf ball comprising,a hollow wound wire sphere the'convolutions thereof being impregnated with rubber, and an outer layer of rubber over the sphere. 2. A ball comprising, a wound wire sphere impregnated with rubber and enclosing an air chamber therein. 3. A ball comprising, a wound wire, hol-V low sphere, acellular envelope over the sphere', and a winding of substantially in extensible cord over the envelope holding it under compression.

il. A ball comprising, a wound wire sphere said sphere being impregnated with rubber, a layer of rubber overthe sphere said layer being under compression, and a winding of vcord over the layer maintaining the com-v pression therein.

5. A ball comprising, a wound wire sphere saidspherebeing impregnated with l rubber, a cellular envelope of rubber over the sphere said layer being under compres--r sion, and a winding 'of cord over the envelope maintaining thecompression therein. A6. A ball comprising, a metallic wire sphere impregnated with rubber .and havingy resilient properties and enclosing an air chamber.

7. A ball comprising, a wound wire, liollow sphere impregnated with rubber and enclosing an air chamber, a layer of rubber about said sphere, and means for maintaining the layer of rubber under compression.

S.`A ball comprising, a wound wire, hollow sphere impregnated with rubber and enclosing an air chamber, a layer of rubber about the sphere, a substantially inextensible cord sheath over. the rubber layer, and

a cover.

9. A ball comprising, a wound wire, hollow sphere impregnated with rubber and enclosing an air chamber, a layer of rubber over the sphere said rubber being under compression, and a winding of cord over the said layery maintaining it under compression.

10. A ball having located within it a wound wire sphere, the interstices of which are filled with rubber and a cover over the sphere. i

v11. A ball comprising a metallic sphere `composed of a plurality of layers of wire impregnated with rubber .and confining an `air chamber therein.`

12. A ball comprising ay hollow metallic sphere composed of a continuous strand of wirey wound insuperposed convolutioins, said sphere being impregnated with rubber, the

said sphere confining an air space therein.

13. A ball comprising a hollow air-tight sphere formed from a continuous strand of wire wound in superposed convolutions and impregnated with rubber, and a cellular envelope over the sphere.

14. A ball comprising avhollow sphere consistingl of a strand of wire wound in superposed convolutions, a layer of rubber over the sphere, said layer being under com- `pression, and a winding of cord over the layer maintaining the compression therein.

l15. Agolf ball comprising a wound wire, hollow sphere, the convolutions of which are impregnated with rubber, and an outer cover.


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U.S. Classification473/355, 473/358, 473/360, 473/363
International ClassificationA63B37/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B37/0097, A63B37/0056, A63B37/0003, A63B37/0076
European ClassificationA63B37/00G12D38, A63B37/00G