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Publication numberUS1617090 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 8, 1927
Filing dateJun 8, 1925
Priority dateJun 8, 1925
Publication numberUS 1617090 A, US 1617090A, US-A-1617090, US1617090 A, US1617090A
InventorsWorthington George C
Original AssigneeWorthington George C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Golf-club head
US 1617090 A
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Feb. 8 9

G. c. WORTHINGTON I GOLF CLUB HEAD Filed June 8. 1925 K I I8 BY a;

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, making an iron shot.

Patented F el). 8, 1927..

UNITED-STATES 1,617,990 PATENT OFFICE. J

GEORGE G. WORTHINGTON, OF ELYBIA, OHIO.

GOLF-CLUB HEAD.

Application filed June 8, 1925. Serial No.'35,531.

My invention is animprovement in golf club heads, and more particularly relates to metal heads for lofting and driving purposes. I find there is a tendency on the part of most beginners in the game of golf to swing a club slightly high or too low when Inthe latter case, the sole of the club head will strike the ground cons'derably to the rear of the ball and will result in digging into the sod, thereby not only being destructive to the course, but also dubbing the shot and causing the player to lose confidence in his game. To overcome this tendency to dig in I have provided a club head of novel design and structure which will effectively brlng about the result desired.

An important object of myinvention is to provide a golfclub head preferably of the iron type which will overcome the disadvantages above set forth. 1

Another object of my inventionis to provide a golf club head having means whereby a proper balancing of the head is provided during the entire stroke and particularly that part of the stroke immediately before the club head comes into contact with the ball.

Another object of my invention is to provide a golf club head of the driving or lofting types which will have a true balance and which will effect a more eflicient swing of the club and contact with a golf ball, resulting in shots of greater distance and accuracy.

Another object of my invention is to pro vide a golf club head which may be cheaply manufactured and which is extremely simple of construction. 7

Other ob'ects and advantages of my invention wili become apparent from the following description of the same and the drawings which illustrate an embodiment of my invention.

In the drawings forming a pa t bf fl j "the center of gravity of the club head and specification andin which like numerals are used to designate like parts throughout,-

Fig. l is an end elevation of my improved club head showing the relative positions of' the extension and head;

Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the club head, Fig. 3 is a section taken on line 33'of sole portion of the club Fig. 2 showing'the striking face in a sub stantially vertical plane and the sole portion of the head in contact with the sod, and

the heel and toe.

Fig. 4 is a section of a modification of my invention showing a means of weighting and balanc'ng the club.

In the drawings, the shank 5 is hollowed at 6 to receive a club shaft (not shown). The lower end of the shank carries the head 7, and while I have illustrated a head representing a-mid-iron the invention may be applied to the other types of clubs now in use.

The club head is of metal preferably a light metal such as aluminum although I may'use any other metal, and comprises a heel portion 8, a toe portion 9, and a sole 10, wh'le on the rear face of the head I have formed a tongue or extensionmembe'r 11 integral therewith and extending rearwardly of the head.- This extension consists of a body portion 11, the under side of which is convexed and curved gradually rearwardly and upwardly from the sole forming a conti uation of the sole member 10. 'Itwi1l be noted in this connection that the grounding face a of the head striking portion extends rearwardly and downwardly from the bottom of the striking face 7 forming a depressed forward portion of the bottom face with the under upwardly extending face b of the tongue to the rear of the bottom edge of th'e striking face. It will also be seen that the rear head portion of the grounding face is rounded progressively more and more acutely as the front of said grounding face is approached.

The sides 12 and 13 of the extension converge rearwardly from the sole and meet at a distance'approximately 1 inches to the rear of the upper edge 14 of the head on a line approximately midway between A web 15 is feigned on the extension and extends from the central portion of the upper edge 14 of the head downwardly to and gradually merging with the tip 16 of the extension. Thus the web will not only serve to more centrally locate beginner to dig into the sod by swinging too low and contacting with the sod too-far to the rear of the ball. With the present invention when the club head is brought downv in the swing, the toe 9 will engage the sod, but will be prevented from digging in by virtue of the depressed forward portion of the bottom face of the extension 11 which is to the rear of the bottom edge of the 'striking face and contacts with the sod during the progress of the swing, and tends to lift the club head out of the sod. As the rearward convexed surface of the extension engages the surface of the sod, the sole of the club head will be'foreed out of engagement with the sod and will pass over the surface of the sod without material damage thereto.

In Fig. 4, I have illustrated a second form of my invention in which the club head is of metal, and consists of heel and toe portions 8tand 9, respectively, and a sole portion 10 which are similar to those portions. shown in Figs. 1 and 2.

An-extension or tongue 11 is also formed on the head and comprises structure as I ing edges of the head.

-By using a weighting plug thecorrect balance may be given the club which will result in more efficient use of the club and making shots of greater distances:

It is to be understood thatvarious'changes may be made in the construction of my invention without departing from the spirit of my invention or the scope of the subjoined claims. a

I claim 1. In a golf club, a head therefor, a tongue on said head, said tongue projecting rearwardly from the face of the club head, and a web formed integral with the club head and the tongue and connecting the same, said web curving gradually downwardly from the rear face ofthe club head toward the rear end of the tongue.

2. In a golf club, a head therefor having a rearwardly pro ecting tongue and a web connecting said head and said tongue, said tongue extending gradually rearwardly upwardly from the striking face of said head.

3. In a golf club, a head therefor, atongue on said head, said tongue projecting rearare defined by the said curved surface belng wardly from the striking face of the club head and at an angle thereto, and a web connecting said head and said tongue.

4. In a golf club, a head therefor, a tongue on said head, said tongue rejecting rearwardly from the striking ace of the club head and at an angle thereto, and a Web connecting said 'head and said tongue, said head, tongue and web portions being formed as an integral unit.

5.. In a golf club, a head therefor, a tongue on said head, said tongue projecting rearwardly from the striking face of the club head and at an angle thereto, and a web connecting said head and said tongue, said head, tongue and web portions .being formed of a relatively light metal and as an integral unit.

6. In a golf club, a head therefor, a tongue on said head, said tongue projecting rearwardly from the striking face of the club .head, the lower surface of said tongue com-.

prising a rear portion curving gradually upwardly from the sole of the club head, and a web formed integrally with the club head and the tongue and connecting the same.

7. In a golf club, a head therefor, a rearwardly projecting tongue carried by the head, the under surface of said tongue being convex, and a Web connecting said club head and saidtongue. I

8. In a golf club, a head therefor, a tongue carried by the. head, the ground engaging surface of said tongue being curved rearwardly from the striking face of the club head, and a web formed integrally with the club head and "the tongue; for connecting the same. v

9. In a golf club, a head therefor, having an inclined striking face, a rearwardly extending tongue for the head, having a bottom portion with a convex grounding face and joining a continuation of the head grounding face, said grounding faces forming a depressed forward portion thereon to the rear of the bottom edge of the striking face, and a web formed integrally with the head on the tongue and connectin the same.

10. In a golf club, a head therefor, having a rearwardly projecting tongue, and a web connecting said head and said tongue, the under surfaces of said head and said tongue forming a continuously curved grounding the grounding surface of said tongue being curved gradually rearwardly of the striking face of said head, the highest point of the to the rear of the striking face of the head when the club head is in correct position for striking a ball. i i

In testimony whereof I hereunto aflix my signature this25 day of May, 1925.

' GEORGE C. VVORTHINGTON.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification473/328, D21/747
International ClassificationA63B53/04
Cooperative ClassificationA63B53/04, A63B2053/0433
European ClassificationA63B53/04