US 1658447 A
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B. O. LANTZ GOLF CLUB AND THE LIKE Filed March 5l, 1935 IPIflirlf r MMWWWWBQ;
Patented Feb. 7, 192s.
Aunirse sra-Tes BENJAMIN o. naiv'rz, or CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
GrOLIIs"| CLUB VAND THEk LIKE.V
application sied' March 31,1926.4 seriai No. 98,705.
This invention relates to golf clubs, sticks and the like implements for golf and other implements and more particularly to counterweighting means forA the same.
` It frequently happens, especially in the case of golf clubs, that the club is not balanced correctly for the player, or perhaps the club is too long and ifreduced in length would then become v unbalanced. Since the length of. the club is very important to the player `in assuming a correct stancein relation to the ball, it is ank objectof this invention to provide means for counterweighting a club after it has been reduced to the vproper length for the individual player.
It is a further object of this invention to provide .means for counterweighting the shafts or handles kofgolf lclubs in order to insure a better follow through of the club on the stroke, the added unbalanced weight above the grip having this material effect.
It is afurther object of this invention to provide means for counterweighting golf clubs and like instruments thatinay be readily secured to shafts or'handles of such clubs and implements without interfering with the players natural grip. f
Other and further important objects'o this invention will be apparent from the disclosures in the specification and the accompanying drawings.
The invention (in a preferred form) is more fully described.
On the drawings: Figure-1 is a fragmentary vi-ew of the handle or shaft of a golf club partially broken away to show a counterweight of my inven- 40 tion and means for securing the same to the club. 'n Figure 2 is a longitudinal section ofthe saine. l'
Figure 3 is a top plan view, with the counterweight removed.
Figure 4 is a fragmentary longitudinal sectional view of a shaft of a golf club showing a modified form of counterweighting means. y
Figure Sis a sectional view taken' on line V.-V of Figure 4.. 'y Figure 6 is a fragmentary longitudinal sectional view of a second modified form of counterw-eighting means.
As shown on the drawings:
Reference numeral 1 indicates the end of illustrated in the drawingsand hereinaftervr plavers grip and the club the shaft orhandle of agolf club. As will be apparent, my invention is also'applicable to implements of a like nature such as billiard cues, polo mallets, and the like. Said handle L1 is provided with recesses 2 (Figures 1 to 3, inclusive) having flattenedfaces 3.7and extending axially ofthe shaftl tc the. end thereof. A vpair-of such recesses 2 may be provided yon diainetrically opposite sides ofthe shaft 1 for the purpose of receiving the dependingsimilarly shaped extensions 41 of a counterweight 5, said counterf weight comprising` a relatively short cylinder of some suitable metal conforming in diameter and taper to the diameter and ta-` per of the shaft 1. The extensions -1 may be formed integrally with said cylinder and form a.- continuation ofthe surface of said cylinder. It will be noted-that the shaft 1V extends slightly beyond the upper edges of the recesses 2 to form a reduced cylindrical end 19 vadapted to extend into a correspond ing recess 2O in said counterweight 5 and v thereby to ycenter the same.
Securing'mea'ns 6 such as small nails or screws, are adapted to be inserted laterally vthrough the extensions 4 into the reduced end of the shaft 1, thus preventing the counterweight 5 from turningV or from becoming easily detached. As is usual in the case of ygolf clubs. the shaft 1 is wound with a spiral leather tape 7 which extends to the end of the shaft and enwraps the extensions 4 ofV the vcounterweight 5. The counterweight, therefore, does not interfere with the presents a neat and finished appearance. In Figures 4 and 5, I have shown a modified form of a counterweight embodying the principles of'my invention. The end of the shaft 8 is here shown as provided with a plurality of longitudinal grooves or recesses Strips or bars 10 of some metal suitable 'for counterweighting purposes are adapted to be 'inserted in said grooves 9 and to lie flush i tication of counterweighting means 13 having al recess portion 14.` for receiving the taf 9 equally spaced about the circumference of the shaft and extending to the end thereof.
pered end 15 of a shaft 16. The lower portion of said recess or bore lll is threaded as at 17 and is adapted to be screwed into position over the similarly threaded portion of the reduced end 15. IThe shaft 16 is adapted to be wound as usual with tape 18 which extends over the portion ot' the countei-weight 13 below the normal end of the shaft 16.
It is evident that by varying `the dimen sions ot the counterweight to suit the particular requirements of the individual player that practically any golf club can be satisfactorily counter-balanced. The counterbalancing may be eiiected in the factoryl or by theplayer to suit his individual taste. I have 'found from actual experience that in using a golf club counterweighted in ac-v cordance with my invention, that the tollow-through is greatly improved. due to the tendencyT ot the added unbalanced weight club of sulcient magnitude to balance or olli'st the effect of the counterweights in the s a t.
It is thus apparent that I have provided means for easily and quickly adapting a given club to an individual whereby considerable improvement in his playing,` should be made possible without resorting to the use of expensive made-to-order clubs.
I am aware that numerous details of constructionmay be varied through a wide range without departing from the principles of this invention, and I therefore do not purpose limiting the patent granted hereon, otherwise than necessitated by the prior art.
I claim as my invention:
A handle for a golf club or the like comprising a shaft having' one end thereof provided with a plurality of recesses formed in its periphery and extendingv in the direction ot' the length ot the shaft, and weight means secured to said end of the shaft including downwardly extending bars disposed in said recesses.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name.
BENJAMIN O. LAN'IZ.