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A needle or pointer pierces a sphere from the rear to form an alignment indicia to direct the sweet spot of the putter and the center of the golf ball towards the target putting line.
1. A sphere and needle alignment indicia device for a golf putter head, the device comprising:
a golf putter head attached to a golf club shaft, the golf putter head comprising a front striking face for striking a golf ball with a center portion of the striking face during putting and an interconnected rearward extending support portion;
a sphere and needle alignment indicia attached to a top surface of the support portion so that the sphere and needle alignment indicia are visible to a golfer holding the golf club shaft, the sphere and needle alignment indicia comprising a sphere mounted on the support portion behind and spaced apart from the center portion of the striking face; and a needle extending from a center of the sphere forward to a point adjacent to the front striking face with a point of the needle pointing precisely to the center portion of the striking face to assist a golfer in aligning the golf putter head with a golf ball.
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The present utility patent application claims the benefit of provisional application No. 60/681,379 filed May 16, 2005 and provisional application No. 60/771,939 filed Feb. 2, 2006.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to golfing practice aids and particularly to a putter head having alignment indicia thereon, the alignment indicia comprising a needle or pointer which pierces a sphere from the rear to direct the sweet spot of the putter and the center of the golf ball towards the target putting line, said indicia aids the player in accurate putting strokes by visualization of a needle piercing through the ball.
2. Description of Related Art Including Information Disclosed under 37 CFR 1.97 and 1.98
Golf requires a great deal of practice to become a competent golfer, which involves a large amount of repetition of the fundamental aspects of the game. The need for practice is particularly true in relation to putting. For most golfers, about 40% of their total score is putting strokes, and they are always struggling on the green with putting all the time, therefore putting is the element of the game which can truly make or break a round. Bad putting can ruin an entire hole regardless of how good the approach shots have been.
Putting is such an important part of the game that golfers undertake large amounts of putting practice. Putting practice is generally performed by repetitively hitting the golf ball across a surface towards a receptacle. When putting, the golfer must properly align the putter so that the point of impact of the putter face against the golf ball is directed toward the target. Numerous putter designs have lines, arrows, grooves, or other markings on top of the club to indicate and optimize this alignment. A consistent stroke is developed only after large amounts of practicing this repetitive motion.
U.S. patent application Ser. No. 20050181889, published Aug. 18, 2005 by Green, relates a translucent or transparent golf putter head which generally includes a first striking surface, a second surface extending above the first striking surface, a third surface extending rearwardly behind the first striking surface, and indicators for indicating to a user when the user's head is at a predetermined position relative to the golf putter head.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,409,228, issued Apr. 25, 1995 to Botsch, puts forth a visual alignment device made of any appropriate high impact material that may be readily attached as a temporary training device or bonded as an integral part of many existing putter type golf clubs that assists the player in visualizing the putting line, in positioning his eyes over the putting line, and in properly aligning the putter head with the ball to be struck and in maintaining that alignment throughout the stroke. The top half of the device consists of a hollow hemisphere of the same diameter as a golf ball containing a sighting slot running substantially across it from the front to the rear and a number of small holes that simulate dimples in the ball and also allow light to enter the device. The base of the device has features which properly position the device on putter heads and has a brightly colored raised reference line bisecting the interior of the base extending from the front to the rear so that when the device is properly fixed upon a putter head and when the putter is properly aligned with the ball to be struck, the reference line will point to the center of the ball to be struck along the putting line and the player's eyes will be directly over the putting line.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,749,196, issued Jun. 7, 1988 to Podgor, indicates a club and head for putting with an alignment element formed of a transparent material having first and second references marks. The reference marks are oriented upon the element so that when the element is affixed to a golf club, preferably a putter, the second reference mark is magnified when the first reference mark is oriented between the viewer and the second reference mark. Preferably the second reference mark is a contrasting color, lighter than the first reference to give the appearance, when viewed from above, of a darker line superimposed on a lighter magnified line. When affixed to a golf club, the alignment of the first reference mark with the magnified second reference mark is used to assist in positioning when addressing the ball.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,325,168, issued Jun. 13, 1967 to Fyanes, is for a training device for driving which includes a golf ball with diametrically opposed markings on the relative front and back of a ball establishing a diameter through the center of the ball. The ball is of penetrable material and is struck with a club having a protruding needle. The purpose is to strike the ball with the club such that the needle penetrates the respective front and back markings along the established diameter.
U.S. Pat. No. 1,572,527, issued Feb. 9, 1926 to Goldsworthy, provides a training device for driving which includes a lightweight golf practice ball with blow receiving portions and a club having a puncture pin on the face thereof. The purpose is to strike the ball with the club so that the pin penetrates the ball.
U.S. Pat. No. 1,600,466, issued Sep. 21, 1926 to Goldsworthy, claims a puncturing pin for golf clubs. The purpose is to strike a practice ball with the club so that the pin penetrates the ball.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,244,973, issued Jun. 12, 2001 to Eichelberger, shows a training device for developing a golfer's swing based on a principle of driving a spike fixed to the sweet spot of a striking surface of a golf club, into the flat target surface of a slab of material selected to permit penetration and fixation of the spike in the target surface. The slab is preferably Styrofoam and is supported by a stake inserted through the slab and into the ground. In an alternative arrangement, the slab is temporarily supported in its erect position by inserting its lower end in a slot in a pad.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,441,270, issued Aug. 15, 1995 to Williams, describes a straight hitting aid and method for training a beginning golfer to stroke a golf club so that he or she hits a golf ball in a straight direction toward a desired target without the golf ball being hooked or spliced. A pointer which is secured to the shaft of the golf club is aligned to be perfectly parallel with another pointer which is detachably connected to the face of the golf club so that it extends perpendicularly therefrom, the pointer on the face of the golf club being removed and the pointer on the shaft having been clamped in the aforesaid disposition, the golfer then by swinging the golf club so that the pointer moves perfectly rectilinearly to hit the golf ball with the pointer being pointed in a parallel direction toward the desired target, the golf ball is hit straight toward the target. The golf club can be a putter, iron, or wood and the pointer which is temporarily connected to the face of the head of the club may be connected by a magnet or resilient clamp or other resilient members such as elastic bands for nonmagnetic golf club faces. The pointer is attached by clamp to the shaft of the club so as to be movable in a horizontal plane about the longitudinal axis of the club and in a vertical plane that coincides with the axis of the club. This pointer may also be pivoted upwardly and secured against the shaft for storage and transportation purposes.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,866,922, issued Feb. 18, 1975 to Marci, concerns a golf putter with a transparent plastic putting head that has an alignment indicating device imbedded within which shows the direction the ball will travel when struck by the putter.
What is needed is a precision alignment indicia for a head of a golf putter to direct the sweet spot of the putter to the center of the golf ball and toward the target putting line.
An object of the present invention is to provide a combination of a sphere and a needle mounted in a recess in the body of a golf club putter behind the striking face and pointing at the striking point of the striking face to form a precision alignment indicia to focus the attention of a golfer to direct the sweet spot of the putter to the center of the golf ball and toward the target putting line.
A related object of the present invention is to provide a needle actually piercing a sphere or appearing to pierce a sphere to aid the player in making an accurate putting stroke by imagining the needle piercing through the golf ball as an image in the golfer's mind of a precise hitting of the golf ball since the image of piercing a fine needle through the ball in the mind helps the swing intention and accuracy of direction since if you do not pierce straight, the fine needle will be bent so the player directs the needle to the center of the ball thereby engaging the sweet spot of the golf putter striking face with the center of the golf ball.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a sphere would be an attractive ornamentation on the putter with an attractive colored sphere resembling an actual spherical body such as a small Earth, Moon, Sun, a planet (Jupiter, Uranus or Mars etc.), a fruit such as cherry or cherry tomato, apple, plum, strawberry, a sphere jewel (pearl, opal etc.), a ball, candy ball, discus, coin, etc., which may be transparent, semitransparent, or opaque.
These and other details of my invention will be described in connection with the accompanying drawings, which are furnished only by way of illustration and not in limitation of the invention, and in which drawings:
A golf putter head 38 is attached to a golf club shaft 39 and 39A and 39B. The golf putter head 38 comprises a front striking face 37 for striking a golf ball 50 with a center portion of the striking face during putting, as shown in
A sphere 22 and 22A and needle 21 form an alignment indicia attached to a top surface of the support portion so that the sphere and needle alignment indicia are visible to a golfer holding the golf club shaft. The sphere and needle alignment indicia comprising a sphere 22 and 22A mounted on the support portion 32 behind and spaced apart from the center portion of the striking face, shown marked by indicia line 34 in
In use, the needle 21 extending forward from the sphere 22 directs the putting line, sweet spot of the putter head and the center of the golf ball 50, as shown in
It is understood that the preceding description is given merely by way of illustration and not in limitation of the invention and that various modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.