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Publication numberUS1974271 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 18, 1934
Filing dateJun 26, 1930
Priority dateOct 26, 1929
Also published asDE548785C
Publication numberUS 1974271 A, US 1974271A, US-A-1974271, US1974271 A, US1974271A
InventorsHackett Walter William
Original AssigneeAmerican Fork & Hoe Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tubular metallic shaft
US 1974271 A
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Sept; 18, 1934. w. w. HACKE TT TUBULAR METALLIC SHAFT Fild June 26, 1930 Patented Sept. 18, 1934 1,974,271 TUBULAR METALLIC SHAFT Walter William Hackett, Oldbury, near Birming ham, England, assignor to The American Fork & Hoe Company, Geneva, Ohio,- a corporationof Ohio" Application June 26,1930, Serial No. 4 3,981 In Great Britain October 26, 1929 16 Claims. (c1. 273-$$) This invention has relation to tubular metal lio shafts adapted for golf clubs, and their manufacture.

Previously it has been proposed to construct such tubular metallic shafts having a handle part of substantially uniform diameter and a major part of uniform conicaltaper, but the flexibility is a constant one, and the varying requirements of players with regard to flexibility can only be attained by the manufacture of shafts having different diameters, the point of maximum flexibility being a constantvfor any particular size.

The present invention has for its object to produce tubular metallic shafts adapted for golf 5 clubs having greater adaptability in the flexing of the shaft according to the requirements of individual players. 1

With this end in view, I provide a tubular metallic shaft having its major or centre part of elongated conoidal formation, that is to say, having a. decreasing or arcuate taper as dilferentiated from a uniform or straight one. This major or centre part at its minor dimension preferably merges into a part of substantially uniform diameter having a dimension equal to the aforesaid minor dimension, and at its major dimension merges into the handle part also of substantially uniform diameter.

In order that this invention may derstood and readily carried, into practice,reference is had to the annexedexplanatory sheet of' drawing, upon which:- 7

Fig. 1 is an elevational View of a tubular metallic shaft suitable for a golf club, constructed .3 according to the present invention; Fig. 2 illustrates the shaft in a vertical sectional elevation, while Fig. 3 is a diagrammatic view of exagger-r ated form for clearly defining the conoidal portion. V I I In the embodimentof the present invention shown, the tubular metallic, shaft comprises a major or center part a of elongated conoidal formation, as differentiated from the previously proposed uniform conical taper. This conoidal formation at its minor dimension merges into a terminal part a of substantially uniform diameter, the mergance being preferably such that no part of the shaft adapted for disposition between the hand grip supporting portion a and the club head supporting end of the portion a is of a lesser diameter than the part a At its upper extremity the conoidal portion a merges into the handle part a also of substantially uniform diameter. The respective lengths of the parts a and a may 5 be varied, as may be desirable, although as ilbe fully unlustrated in the-drawing it is preferable that the part a should be disposed relatively distant from the club head supporting end of the part 0), to ensure that portions of the shaft relatively remote from the club head will be substantially flexed during use of the club in which the shaft is incorporated. .In fact, the part a may be dispensed with. Also, the portion almay itself have a tapered extremity for engaging the tapered socket in the club head. In a golf club of this invention the individual requirements of players can be readily accommodated by the relative proportioning of the parts a a and the part a if present.

The tubing may be formed by a rolling operation, or may beformed in any other suitable way as by the use of compression dies. As for instance, tubing of a diameter equal to the handle part a may be rolled or pressed down to constitutethe parts a and a vI claim:

1. A golf club shaft in the form of a metallic tube the medial portion of which, throughout a major portionof the length of the shaft, is of concave conoidal form.

2. A golf club shaft in the form of a metallic tube themajor portion of the length of which is of concave conoidal form, said shaft having a club end portion of cylindrical form constituting a continuation of .the smaller end of the concave 5 conoidal portion thereof and of the same diameter as the smaller end of said conoidal portion;

3. A golf club shaft in theform of a metallic tube'the major portion of thelength of which is of concave conoidal form, said shaft having a handleend portion of cylindrical formconstituting a continuation of the larger end of the concave conoidalportion thereof and of the same diameter as the larger end of saidconoidal portion.

4. A golf club shaft in the form of 'a metallic tube having a cylindrical handle portion of rela-- tively largediameter and a cylindrical end portion of relatively smaller diameter, the said shaft, throughout the medial portion of its length between the han'dleand clubend portions thereof being of concave conoidal form and of the same diameter at its ends as the handle and club end portions, respectively.

5. A golf club shaft in the form of a metallic tube the medial portion of which, throughout a substantial portion of the length of the shaft, is of a generally concave conoidal form.

6. A golf club shaft in the form of a metallic tube, the intermediate portion of which proceeding from the handle end thereof to the club head supporting end is of progressively reduced diameter, the reduction throughout different parts of the said intermediate portion being at progressively reduced rates as the club head end is approached, whereby the medial portions of said intermediate portion will be spaced inwardly from a truly conical projection extending between the said handle end and the said club head end of the shaft.

7. A shaft for golf clubs in the form of a metallic tube having a medial portion extending throughout a substantial portion of the length of the shaft, which is of progressively reduced outside diameters proceeding toward the club head end of the shaft and the rate of such diametrical reduction being progressively decreased so that intermediate portions of the outer surface of said medial portion will be disposed radially inwardly of a true frusto-conical surface extending between two other portions of such surface which are spaced substantially apart and which longitudinally bound any said radially inwardly disposed surface portion.

8. A shaft for golf clubs in the form of a metallic tube having a medial portion extending throughout a substantial portion of the length of the shaft, which is of progressively reduced outside diameters proceeding toward the club head end of "the shaft and the rate of such diametrical reduction being progressively decreased so that intermediate portionsof the outer surface of said medial'portion will be disposed radially inwardly of a true frusto-conical surface extending between two other-portions of such surface which are'spaced substantially apart the portion of greatest distance inwardly from the frusto-conical surface being disposed closest to the terminalportion of the frusto conical surface engaging the handleendof the shaft.

9. A golf club shaft comprising a metallic tube having a hand grip supporting portion and a club head supporting end, and an intermediate portion disposed between thehand grip supporting portion and the club head supporting end, the upper half of the said intermediate'portion which is disposed adjacent thehand grip supporting portion'being of generally conoidal form, the lower half of the said intermediate portion and which is disposed adjacent the club head supporting end of the shaft being of substantially cylindrical form.

10.A golf club shaft comprising a metallic tube having a hand grip supporting portion and a club head supporting end, and an intermediate portion disposed between the hand grip "supporting portion and the club head supportingend, the upper half of the said intermediate-portion which is disposed adjacent the hand gripsupporting portion being of generally concave conoidal form, the lower half of thesaid intermediate portion and which is disposed adjacent the club head supporting end of the shaft being of substantially cylindrical form.

11. A golf club shaft comprising a metallic tube having a hand gripsupporting portion and a club direction towards the club head end from that of the upper said half of the said intermediate shaft portion.

12. A golf club shaft comprising a metallic tube having a hand grip supporting portion and a club head supporting end, and an intermediate portion disposed between the hand grip supporting portion and the club head supporting end, the upper half of the said intermediate portion which is disposed adjacent the hand grip supporting portion being of generally concave conoidal form, the lower half of the said intermediate portion and which is disposed adjacent the club head supporting endof the shaft having a different relationship of succeeding outside diameters pros ceeding in the direction towards the club head end from that of the upper said half of the said intermediate shaft portion.

13. A golf club shaft comprising a metallic tube having a hand grip supporting portion and a club head supporting end, and an intermediate portion disposed between-the hand grip supporting portion and the club head supporting end, substantially the upper half only of the said intermediate portion which is disposed adjacent the hand grip supporting p'ortion b'eing of generally conoidal form.

14. A "golf club shaft comprising a metallic tube having a hand grip supporting portion and a club head supporting end-and an intermediate portion disposed between the "hand grip supporting portio-n'and'the club head supporting end,'sulostantially theupper half only of the said intermediate portion which is disposed adjace'nt the hand-grip supporting portion being of generally concave conoidal form.

'15. A shaft or rod forming a handle for a sporting implement in tlre'fo'rin of a metallic tube theme'dial portion of which/throughout a substantial portion'of 'thel'ength of the shaft, is of a generally concave conoidal form.

16. A shaft or rod forming a handle for a sporting implement in the form of a metallic tube, the intermediate portion of which proceeding fromthe hand grip end to the opposite end thereof is-of'progressively reduced diameter, there'du'cti'on throughout different parts of the said intermediate portion being at progressively reduced rates as the said opposite end is approached, whereby the medial portions of said intermediate portion will be spaced inwardly: from a truly conical projection extending between the sal-iithandle end and the said opposite end of the sa' WALTER WILLIAM HACKETT.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification473/316
International ClassificationA63B53/12, A63B53/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B53/12, A63B59/0014, A63B49/08
European ClassificationA63B53/12, A63B49/08