US 1677099 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
July 10, 1928.
W. E. HARNESS GOLF CLUB Filed Sept. 24, 1927 INVENTOR. W/L LIA/7 E/ME/VEJS 211's ATTORNEY Patented July 10, 1928.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
Application filed September 24, 1927. Serial No. 221,769.
This invention relates to improvements in golf clubs and has as its principal ObJGCt to provide a handle for such clubs. snugly fitting into the hands of the player. while at the same time affording a firm grip. in the proper position of the club for playing.
Another object of the invention is to provide such a handle of comparatively substantial length and of such shapethat the player can grip it at any part of its length, without sacrificing the advantages stated as the principal object of the invention.
constructional features of the invention, as hereinafter described and claimed, provide the best means for carrying out the main object, at the same time preserving the sturdiness and pleasing appearance of a golf club made according to this invention.
In the accompanying drawing, Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a putter, and Fig. 2 of a driver. Figs. 3, 4 and 5 are cross sectional views taken on lines 33, 4-4 and 5-5, respectively, of Fig. 1; Figs. 6, 7 and 8 are cross sectional views taken on lines 6-6, 77 and 88, respectively, of Fig. 2.
Referring more particularly to the drawing, in Fig. 1 the numeral 11 designates a shaft, preferably made of a solid steel rod, to the lower end of which is attached the putter head 12. fastened preferably by shrinking on. The joint is reinforced by winding around it a coil of cat-gut or the like. as shown at 13.
The numeral 14 designates the handle of the putter, having a fiat front surface 15, a rounded back surface 16 and slightly curved side surfaces 17 which, for practical purposes may be called straight or flat.
The general shape of this handle, in cross section, is substantially semi-elliptical, the same throughout the entire length except as to size which is tapering downwards to conform to the general lines of a golf club of this character.
The substantially flat side surfaces, with the rounded back surface. snugly fit into the hands of a player and give a firm grip, affording substantial bearings to the palm and fingers of the hand on either side, whereas the flat front surface allows the thumbs to rest on it firmly, thereby preventing the club through the handle and the shaft, serves to maintain both the longitudinal and the axial relative positions of these parts. The joint between the handle and shaft is reinforced by a winding 18, similar to that shown at 13.
In Fig. 2, the numeral 20 designates the shaft. which in this club is of a downwardly tapering shape, also preferably made of steel,
and has secured to it, at its lower end, a
driver head 21.
The handle 22 of the driver is made substantially of the same shape as the one of the putter, as far as the outward contours are concerned. but is formed with a downwardly tapering bore inside which fits tightover the respective portion of the shaft 20, as shown by dotted lines in Fig. 2. A cap 23 is provided to close the hole on the top, after the shaft is inserted in the handle, which is'of course done before attaching the head to the lower end of the shaft. This cap is united with the top of the handle by a practically invisible joint. so as to form an integral part of the handle as far as outward appearance is concerned.
The pins 2-1 and 25, and windings 26 and 27, are of the same nature andserve the same purposes as the respective parts described in connection with the putter, Fig. 1.
The same applies, of course, to the characteristics of the particular shape of the handle, which is the same in the driver as in the putter.
Other clubs used in golfing may be made with the same shape of handle within the scope of this invention.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:
1. A golf club having a longitudinally 10 attached to the other end of said shaft, said handle being of substantial length in proportion to the total length of said club, and having a substantially semi-elliptical cross sectional area throughout its length, tapering in size from its upper to its lower end, a hole in the lower end of said handle into which said shaft is inserted, and a reinforcing winding around the joint of said handle with said shaft.
\VILLIAM E. HARNESS.