US 20050187028 A1
A golf putter alignment attachment assembly which includes an alignment device. The device is attachable by a golfer (or other individual or alternatively the golf putter manufacturer) to the club head so that the device extends outwardly therefrom and generally perpendicular to the club head face. When attached, the putter can be oriented, visually using the alignment device, by the golfer relative to a golf ball to assist the golfer in aiming the ball towards a golf hole while putting.
1. A golf putter alignment attachment assembly, comprising:
an alignment device;
the alignment device including an alignment indicator; and
the alignment device is attachable to a putter in an attached position such that the indicator and thereby the putter can be oriented relative to a golf ball by a golfer to assist the golfer in aiming the ball towards a golf hole during putting.
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39. A golf putter alignment attachment assembly, comprising:
an alignment device; and
attaching means for attaching the alignment device to a putter in an attached alignment position such that the alignment device assists a golfer in orienting the golfer's putter relative to a golf ball to assist in aiming the ball during putting.
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55. A golf putter assembly including a golf putter having a shaft and a club head, the improvement comprising:
an alignment device removably attachable to the putter in an attached alignment position such that the alignment device assists the golfer in orienting the putter relative to a golf ball to assist in aiming the ball during putting.
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63. A putting method, comprising:
attaching an alignment device to a putter in an attached alignment position and orientation; and
with the device in the attached alignment position and orientation and visually using the device, orienting the putter relative to a golf ball to assist a golfer in aiming the ball toward a golf hole during putting.
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In the game of golf, about half the strokes in a round are on the greens. Good performance on the green is generally considered to be two putts. It can be very frustrating even for good players, if three or more putts are used after good fairway shots. The putt requires accuracy and force of the stroke and also in the direction the ball is struck. In this regard, alignment of the putter head relative to the hole during putting is important. Obtaining proper alignment of a golf club to both the ball and the intended target line is a common problem for many golfers.
Accordingly, disclosed herein is a golf putter alignment attachment assembly. This assembly allows a golfer to attach an alignment device to generally any golf puffer and to remove it as desired and to subsequently reattach it or attach another alignment device. The assembly includes an alignment device having an alignment indicator. The indicator can be affixed to, affixable to by the user, or formed on a surface of the device, or can simply be the shape of the alignment device. The alignment device is then attachable to the putter so that the golfer can orient the putter relative to a golf ball, assisting the golfer in aiming the ball towards the golf hole during putting.
The alignment device can be attached (by the golfer) to the putter by a variety of means. A preferred means is a magnet means but also a suction cup, adhesive pad, screw, male and female clasps, and other means as would be apparent to those skilled in the art can be used. The attachment mechanism can include a first connector attachable to the putter (for example, by the golfer or by the manufacturer of the golf putter) and the alignment device has a second connector for mating/cooperating with the first connector. For example, the first connector can be a metal piece and the second connector can be a magnet. Although a preferred attachment method is to attach the alignment device directly to the golf putter club head, it is also within the scope of the invention to attach it to the golf putter shaft. This can be done by using a clamp on the shaft and with a support arm descending down from the clamp and supporting the alignment device at its lower end in the proximity of the club head.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent to those persons having ordinary skill in the art to which the present invention pertains from the foregoing description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
Disclosed herein are various alignment assemblies wherein a golf ball to be struck forms an extension of the alignment attachment on the golf club putter to provide an indication that the putter club head is properly aligned with the golf ball and the intended target line. The alignment device is mountable, for example, perpendicular to the ball striking face of the golf club head. The alignment indicator of the alignment device is disposed perpendicular to the ball striking face preferably, and in use forms what can be described as a line or row with the ball to be struck when the putter is properly aligned by the golfer. The alignment device may be designed so that it curves (for example) upward or the alignment device may be designed so that it extends from the head either perpendicularly or at an angle for some distance before meeting a point at which it either curves or extends further at an angle. In the detailed description of the present invention that follows, it should be appreciated that like reference numerals are used to identify like elements illustrated in one or more of the figures.
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Also within the scope of the present invention is a male-to-female attachment arrangement that does not use a magnetic attachment but instead relies only on the male-female securement. The male member can be a cylindrical post or preferably it can be a bulbous post 280 as shown in
The assembly need not have a connector attachable to the golf club and which is initially a separate piece from the alignment device. Rather, another embodiment of the present-invention attaches the alignment device directly to the golf putter or particularly the putter head. An embodiment of this direct attachment is shown in
Instead of adhesive being the means of attaching the flat member 340 of the alignment device 350, a suction cup 354 can be used. An embodiment thereof is shown in
Instead of an adhesive or suction cup, a screw 370 can be used as shown by the embodiment of
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An alternative type of arrangement for mounting the alignment device to the putter club head is shown in
A further alternative method of attaching the alignment device to the putter is to use a bracket or clamp type of attachment. An example thereof is shown in
Thus, disclosed herein is a putter alignment device attachable to the club head of a putter. By this means, the alignment device can be attached to the putter, but in some instances the alignment device can be directly connected by means of adhesive or other direct connection. The point of attachment, depending on the placement of the alignment connector or the lack thereof, can be on top of, behind, on the side or underneath the putter head. Also it is within the scope of the invention for the attachment of the alignment device to be connected to the putter shaft.
This putter alignment device assists the golfer in aiming a golf ball towards a hole during putting, as can be best understood from
The alignment device can be releasably or permanently secured to the golf putter using a separate connector member, as previously described. This connector can be attached to the putter head by adhesive material already on the connector according to a simple design of the connector. After the connector is attached it will not be easily adjustable, unless removed and placed on another location on the putter. Once the connector is placed securely on the putter, the alignment device can be attached to the putter.
Some of the connectors and alignment attachments pursuant to this invention can be adjustable. First, with multiple points a possible attachment location to the putter head and after initial attachment, some of the alignment devices can be raised or lowered or manipulated in other ways on the putter to best suit the golfer for different putting situations or personal preference.
The alignment device can be removable from the putter. That is, the golfer may choose to leave the alignment device attached or may choose to remove it. The alignment device may be interchangeable with other putter alignment devices. The golfer may choose to use them interchangeably due to environmental factors, weather conditions or personal choices or moods or to communicate a message, such as his emotional state. The alignment devices can also be collectibles. Further, the alignment devices can be custom made and also serve other purposes than aligning putts.
The present invention allows the user to make use of his current putter or virtually any other putter to provide improved putter alignment without necessarily altering the weighting or feel of that putter. Because the golfer does not need to purchase a new putter, the alignment device or assembly of the present invention is simultaneously both economical and beneficial to the golf game. The attachment would likely be less expensive than purchasing a new putter with alignment aids designed into the putter. However, it is also within the scope of the invention to manufacture the alignment devices or their attachments into the golf putter. The simple designs of the present alignment devices make them economical, easy to attach and easy to use.
The putter connector and putter alignment devices can be manufactured by various methods using many different materials. One preferred embodiment is to make them out of one or more polymer (plastic) materials. Alternatively, metals such as aluminum, silver, gold, platinum or stainless steel can be used. Additionally, the putter alignment devices can be made of natural materials such as wood, including wood products and paper products. Furthermore, the alignment devices can be made from a combination of the above-mentioned materials.
The (putter) connector as well as the alignment device itself can be manufactured by many different methods. For example, they can be made by making a mold and mass producing copies or utilizing some type of stamping mechanism to form each individual piece. Additionally, they can be manufactured in “sheets” of the chosen material and later separated into individual alignment devices and/or connectors. They can also be handmade. And the adhesive material can be applied or attached to either the connector or directly to the alignment device for the purpose of attaching to the putter according to some of the embodiments that are discussed above. For example, the putter connector can make use of dual-sided sticky foam sheets. One side will be attached to the putter connector, or directly to the putter alignment device, and the other side will have a protective cover that will need to be removed before placing on the putter.
Pursuant to a basic form of the present invention, it can be broken down into an alignment apparatus and the putter head to which it attaches. Typically it attaches to the putter in and around the region of the putter head.
The alignment apparatus or device can be manufactured to be “zero” to many pieces. When it is “zero” pieces the putter is designed by its manufacturer, the golfer and/or other individual to accept the present invention as a semi-permanent metal (or otherwise) insert or attachment. Alternatively, the putter can be retooled by a golf shop to accept the present invention as a semi-permanent insert or attachment. When it is a manufactured as a single piece, the apparatus is attached as a single piece via suction, adhesive, screw or other means to the putter. When it is manufactured as two pieces, a mount unit or a connector is attached to the putter. The present alignment device then connects directly onto this mount or connector via a snap mechanism or some other method as described herein. When it is made of many pieces, one or more combinations of attaching multiple pieces to a mounting unit or to the alignment apparatus are used.
Pursuant to another embodiment, a manufacturer may build a putter with the alignment device or a connector pre-attached as part of the manufacturing process. From the golfer's perspective the putter head may look “normal” without the present attachment, although the putter would be capable of accepting the attachment per manufactured specs or standards (while not having a more generic attaching mechanism being used, although that may be possible.) In other words, the putter manufacturers can manufacture their putters straight from the factory pre-fit to accept some form of the alignment device of this invention.
The placement of the weighting on the apparatus can vary. The present invention also includes the process and system of adding attachments to a putter head which affect the handling and weighting of the putter. This gives the golfer, manufacturer and/or other individual the ability to independently customize the feel of his putter to the best feel and individual performance.
The length, width and depth as well as the weight of the alignment device can be varied. The composition of the alignment device and mounting unit can be varied as can the weight of the material used. Further, the attaching or mounting points upon the putter can vary. Typically, the device attaches to the putter via the back portion of the putter head, as opposed to the putter head face which typically strikes the ball. However it is within the scope of the invention to position the attachment point at other various positions which include but are not limited to the top of the putter head, the bottom of the putter head and even the shaft of the putter. Further, the attachment can be designed so that it extends over the front/face of the putter and extends up to and past the golf ball that is being hit.
Many different designs of the alignment device or apparatus of this invention are possible including its size as well as its shape; for example, the apparatus can have a tapered shape. The device can be basically flat or three-dimensional. When viewed from the top, it can take many forms of simple to complex in nature, be of various combinations of colors, sizes, and can depict one or more artful entities. The apparatus can depict hollow designs, for example, two circles physically punched out or removed from the apparatus. Still further designs provide for recesses on the top portion of the alignment device that allow one to interchange the design on top of the apparatus. The change can be permanent or semi permanent. A further design variation is a lollypop design that looks like a stem with a sphere at the end of it.
From the foregoing detailed description, it will be evident that there are a number of changes, adaptations and modifications of the present invention which come within the province of those skilled in the art. The scope of the invention includes any combination of the elements from the different species or embodiments disclosed herein, as well as subassemblies, assemblies, and methods thereof. However, it is intended that all such variations not departing from the spirit of the invention be considered as within the scope thererof.