US 1950342 A
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March 6, 1934.v MESHEL SHAFT FOR GOLF CLUBS Filed March 6, 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet l I [may iyfiez BY E g ATTORNY March 6, 1934. l. H. 'MESHEL Q 1,950,342
SHAFT FOR GOLF CLUBS Filed March 5, 1951 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 'III/ INVENTOR Irvin fl. masked MAQ; ATTORNEY Patented Mar. 6, 1934 UNITED \STATESLPATENT orrlca x 1,950,342 sum ron. GOLF owns V Irving H. Meshel, New York, N. Y. w Application March 3, 1931, Serial No. 519,758 a V 5 Claims. (Cl. 273-80),
It is an object of this invention to construct a golf shaft which at most costs but slightly more than the ordinary steel shafting and which has the lasting qualities of steel and the good playing qualities of woodin other words a steel shaft with a wood feel.
A still further object of this" invention is to construct a shaft for a golf club which is characterized by a hollow tubular metal steel" shaft of usual designwith a core or sponge rubber.
As a still further object of this invention it is proposed to use the hollow shaft as the moldfor the sponge rubber core. The core thereby is cemented or held firmly in place without further handling after molding. This method is recommended,although the core can be molded separately and later inserted and cemented in the hollow shaft.
A still further object of this invention is to construct the shaft with a double wall and to fill the rubber sponge core in between the double wall or inside within the inner wall, or at both places.
The invention furthermore proposes the provision of means for changing the resiliency and shock absorbing qualities ofthe rubber core.
A still further object of the invention is the construction of a shaft for golf clubs and the like which is of simple durable construction, dependable in use and efficient in action, and which can be manufactured and sold ata reasonable cost.
For further comprehension of the invention;
and of the objects and advantages thereof, refer,-
ence will be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, and .to the appended claims in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
In the accompanying drawings forming a material part of this disclosure:- I
Fig. l is a side elevational view of a golf club constructed according to this, invention. U Fig. 2 is a fragmentary enlarged, detailed perspective view of the top portion of theclub shown in Fig. l. a piece thereof bein disclose the interior.
Fig. 3 is a horizontal sectional view taken on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.,
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary enlarged detailed view of the lower end of the club shown in Fig. l.
' Fig. 5 is a view similar to Fig. 3, but showing a modified club constructed according to the same invention. a i Fig. 6 is another view similar to Fig. 3, but showing a still further modifled form..
core of sponge metal shaft or tubing and is depended uponto broken away to handling after moldingr engaging the core within the shaft is preferred, 110
Fig. '7 is still another view similar to Fig. 3, but showing another modified form.
Fig 8 is a fragmentary view similar to Fig. 2, but illustrating another embodiment of the invention.
Fig. 9 is a section of Fig. 8. i
Fig. 10 is a view similar to Fig. 9, but showing the strip within the rubber core turned at a 90 angle so as to change the resiliency of the core.
A golf club constructed according to this invention comprises a hollow metal shaft 10 or tubing covered at the top with a grip 11 ora leather wrapping. At thebottom an iron head -12 is shown attached upon themetal shaft or tubing by a rivet 13. When thus arranged the metaliron head is in intimatecontact with the metal shaft or tubing. Vibrations which tend to be set up in the shaft when a golf ball is struck will be directly communicated from the iron head to. the shaft in that they are in intimatecontact. A rubber 14 is disposed within the view taken on the line '9- -9 V absorb the vibrations.
If one so desires, the iron head may be insulated from the shaft by suitable vibration absorbing material engaged around the bottom end of the shaft and disposed between the parts. A- cap or a plug 15 is engaged within .the free-end of the tubing so as'to close it. In Fig. 3 the sponge rubber core is very clearly shown within I the wall of the tubing. X
This invention eliminates the objectionable 'shock or vibration transmitting character of ordinary steePgolf shafts. The golf club shaft according to this invention ha's'the desirable qualities of steel, being fundamentally of similar construction, and hasin addition the sweet feel of wood shafting. The new golf club shaft eliminates objectionable shock or vibration and in addition does the following: 1
l. Strengthens the shaft against breaking.
2. Makes the whipping point further down on the shaft than the ordinary steel shaft-which is considered a desirable playing quality.
3. Gives the entire club a better or improved dynamic balance or swinging weight. This dynamic balance is effected by improved torsional qualities, specific gravity, etc., due to its inherent H nature. 105
The hollow shaft can be used as amold for the sponge rubber core, the core thereby being cemented or held firmlyin place without further While this method of the core may be made separately and later inordinary comfort and satisfaction due to freesorted in the hollow shaft. The sponge rubber dom from all shock or vibration, therefore mak-s core acts as a vibration dampener and eliminates ing for more efficient play or performance. the objectionable shock of vibration when the While I have shown and described the pre- 5 ball is struck in play. The rubber sponge core ferred embodiment of my invention, it is to be combined with the tubular shafting serves to acunderstood that I do not limit myself to the precomplish the strengthening of the shaft, the lowcise construction herein disclosed and the right ering of the whipping point, and the improving is reserved to all changes and modifications comof the dynamic balance as before pointed out. ing within the scope of the invention as defined in It is not the intention of this invention to limit the appended claims.
it to the use of sponge rubber as the only shock Having thus described my invention, what I insulator since other light fibrous material such claim as new, and desire to secure by United as cork may be used, or a mixture of both cork States Letters Patent is:-- and rubber-or alternate sections of both cork 1. A shaft for golf clubs and the like, comprisand rubberor even other insulating fibre. A11 ing metallic material in substantially tubular 90 hollow steel shafts are provided W a pl form, and material having shock absorbing propsimilar to member 15 on the free end of the ti ab ve w od and in the range including shaftso that following the usual procedure of sponge r bber and extending substantially the club constructionthe insulation or contents tir l n th of said metallic material and, in
20 of the shaft according to this invention are thereintimate contact therewith.
y d against ation by air, Sun 2. A shaft for golf clubs and the like, comprismolstule. ing metallic material in substantially tubular Nor is it the intention of this invention that the form, and terial having shock absorbing propinsulation material must occupy the full length erties above w d d i the range including 25 0f the hollow metal tubing-but might fill the sponge rubber and extending substantially the lower. upper middle, portions of the Shaftentire length of said metallic material and in in- Nor is it the contention that the: insulating matet t t t therewith, said metallic material rial must solidly fit the cross section of the shaft having double ll, d aid material with the but might be present as a layer or veneer on the shock absorbing properties being arranged in be- 30 inside of the tubular shafting. tween t d m all,
In Figs. 5, 6 and 7 various modified construc- A shaft for golf clubs and t like, compristions of the invention have been shown, in which ing metallic t i l in b ta tially tubular its application to a double wall shaft is disclosed. form and material having Shock absorbing prop- Reference numeral 16 discloses a double walLtube erties above w d nd i the range including 35 with a core of sponge rubber 1'7 disposed between ponge bb r and extending substantially the the walls. In Fig. 6 the double wall steel shaftentire length of said t lli aterial and in inin 16 has b e dis d a rubber core 18 timate contac t therewith, said metallic material disposed within the inner well- In e having a double wall, and said material with the double wall tube 16 has been shown with the Shmkabsorbmg qualities being arranged within 40 sponge rubber core 1'7 and 18 disposed both inside the doume 11 and also in th t r,
of the inner walland between both walls. A shaft for golf dubs and the like, compris- A still further modified arrangement of the ing metallic material in substantially tubular mventlon consists in the addition of means for f rm material having h k absorbing properties changing the resiliency of the core so as to effect above wood and in range. including sponge 45 the e or playing qualities of the sheftinerubber and extending substantially the entire A ordi to this arran nt the p 15 i length of said metallic material and in intimate formed .crossed Slots The f 14 15 contact therewith, and means for variably holdformed with an elongated opening 20 directly being Said material t t shock b bi prop.
one the Crossed slots and extending erties compressed under selective stress for vary- 50 stantially the full length of the core. A metallic or wooden strip of material 21 is inserted in either g 1 525 is.
i e, compr openin 2 g 0 In g. 10 it is shown in the other Sponge rubber extending Substantially the ing p of the pening 20 t bly holding said ma 60 Stresses of the core. 0 change the Internal ing properties p s d ri d r sl efi i i absorbdo not claim extraordinary h r varyin the shock absorbin ve stress dmmg Power when a golf club head f iig g compfismg a fiat Stick age afi i fi thereof with y new shaft-as com 1S e pair of Cr one of par d wlth the ossed slots formed in said rial nary steel, shaftmg-but I do claim e g; the hock bsorbing properties, te wlth IRVING n. MESHEL.