US 1705250 A
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Mrch 12, 1929.l R. N. HlNcKS GOLF CLUB Qriginal Filed May .'51, 1927 Reyz'nad NfS/licks In Ven or Patented Mar. l2, 1929. i i,
UNITED "STATES P ATENT GOLF CLUB.
Application fue@ May 3i, i927, serial No. 195,459. Renewed January t,y 1929.-
This invention relates to golf clubs and more specifically to putters and to those 'for making approach shots, its primary ob]ect is to provide a club of this character by which 5 such shots may be made with greater ease and accuracy, and with a feeling of greater certainty as to results than when made with clubs as usually constructed.
In the art of playing golf it is a well reclo ognized fact that theoperation of putting, because of its indispensable exactitude, demands a maximum of experienced adroitness from the player and in consequence is a fertile source of handicap and hindrance to all but expert and mature players.
This arises because of the inherent difficulty in correcting the natural swing of the arms by the exact compensating movements necessary to maintain the impelling force in the true direction, and therefore in the avoidance of either pull or slicing effect on the ball. These are the difficulties and: defects which my invention and discovery is designed to eliminate or reduce, by providing a club having a right angular odset to the shaft at the neck of the blade, which produces two principal results, one eect being to obtain an initial contact with the ball slightly earlier' in they.'
stroke than is ,now practicable, and the other effect is that in so doing to make lmore effective use of the further feature of alignment in my improved club and where my invention chiefly resides. This feature consists in proy viding in the formation of the rironwork, a right angular member which connects the lshaft at the neck of the socket to the neck of the blade portion, and which being parallel to the line connecting the centres of theball and the hole, offers to the eye a sighting factor of great assistance in correctly determining the directive value of the shot. When compared with present methods, where the right angularity must be determined without other aid than mental comparison with the direction of the shaft of the club, the importance of this aid is at once apparent. Moreover' in this connection it is to be noted that my club may be successfully used for putting with what is known as the open stancewhereby a firmer position is available to the player-with its accruing advantages.
The invention is more clearly described by reference to the accompanying drawings forming part of this application in which Fig. l is a side elevation, Fig. 2 is an edge view projected from Fig. 1, and Fig. 3 is a plan pressed upon the inprojection from Fig.rl,thefshaft is shown y y broken olf as the invention relates to the shape of the metal portion. Fig. t is a perspective view of the entire club.
Taking the drawings in detail and Anoting that similar numerals in the different views indicate identical parts, 4t indicates the usual socket or hose for the shaft, the narrow extremity of which is continued to the rounded point 5 as a solid member, whence it takes a n ball in relation to the blade is indicated in Fig. 3 at 10, and it should be noted that the` linear character of the sighting member 6 is maintained'to the full extent of its klength-to the point 5, so that the effect of the rectilinear character of the club is sub-consciously implayer when making his shot.
A lfurther point of practical advantage.
' er effectiveradius of the blade portion over that of the shaft a slightly downwarddirective tendency is imparted to the shot.
Having now particularly described my-invention, l hereby declare that what I claim as new and desire to be protected in by Letters Patent, is:
, l. In a golf club having a metal blade andi a socket for the reception of the shaft, a sighting guide disposed right angular-ly to the axis of the sai-d shaft, the said guide connecting the said blade and said socket, the edge of the said blade being spaced apart from the plane of the axis of the said shaft by the length of the said guide.
2. A golf club comprising, a shaft, a socket adapted to receive said shaft and terminating in a solid neck, a blade terminating-in a neck,
the face of said blade being spaced apart from the axis of said shaft, a Amember disposed rig-nt angularly to the axis of'said shaft and connecting the said two necks.
3. A. golf club havinga blade and a socket for the reception of the shaft, a member. of circular cross section connecting the said blade and the said shaft, the axis ofthe said memberbei-ng right angular to the axis of tbe the axis of the said shaft is parallel to the said elia-f@= the junctions of the said member edge of the said blade, an extension member with the said socket and the said blade which of circular cross section uniting the neck of are intersec-ted by the common Vplane of the said blade with the said socket, the axis of i 5 axeso the said member and the said socket said member being right angular to the axle l5 being right angular whereby the direetveefof said socket, the playing face of the said feet of the outline of the said member is reblade being Within the right angle 'formed by tained at a maximumvalue. Y the said blade and the Said' member. 4. A golf clubhavng a metal blade and a 10 socket for the reception of the shaft in which REG. N. HINCKS.