US 20060287123 A1
A grip for the handle of a sports apparatus includes a sleeve sleeved onto the handle of the sports apparatus, a covering and a patch. The covering is covered on the sleeve, having a recessed portion. The patch fits and is bonded to the recessed portion. The user can selectively adhere a different material and/or color patch to the recessed portion subject to different requirements.
1. A grip for the handle of a sports apparatus, said grip comprising:
a sleeve for sleeving onto the handle of the sports apparatus;
a covering covered on said sleeve, said covering having a recessed portion at an outer surface thereof; and
a patch fitting said recessed portion of said covering, said patch having an outer surface, an inner bonding surface bonded to said recessed portion, and a contour fitting the contour of said recessed portion.
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1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to sports apparatus and more particularly, to a grip for the handle of a sports apparatus.
2. Description of the Related Art
The handle of a sports apparatus is provided for the holding of the user's hand so that the user can control the operation of the sports apparatus. Because the handle has a hard structure not comfortable to grasp for the user's hand, a soft grip may be used and wrapped about the handle.
A grip for this purpose may be formed of a flexible or soft grip belt for wrapping about the periphery of the handle. The grip belt has one single material and one single color. Various materials, including PU (Polyurethane), rubber, EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate), and etc., may be used for making a grip belt. PU has the advantage of soft touch. Rubber has the advantage of non-slippage. EVA has shock absorbing advantage. However, a single color grip is monotonous, not attractive to consumers.
Therefore, different grips are developed to eliminate the aforesaid drawback. U.S. Pat. No. 6,843,732 entitled “MULTI-SEGMENT SINGLE PANEL GRIP” discloses a grip for the handle of a golf club having multiple two layer panels that are wrapped about an underlisting sleeve. The edges of the panels are adhesively sealed together. The grip reduces impact and shock and provides a feeling of tackiness in the manner of a spirally wrapped polyurethane-felt grip while allowing the use of multiple color panels and easy instillation onto a golf club shaft. This design of grip is not satisfactory in function. Because there are different contact pressure between the fingers and palm of the hand and the grip, different cushions are required. For example, when used in a racket for badminton, it requires a relatively softer contact area for the fingers and an area having a relatively stronger shock absorbing power for the palm. When used in a golf club, the left hand and the right hand require a different touch.
Further, the touching pressure between the hand and the grip may vary with different users. In general, the gripping effect of a grip must be designed subject to the type of the sports apparatus or personal requirement. The aforesaid prior art design has a limitation to the effect of grasping and allows only arrangement of colors at the top and bottom sides.
The present invention has been accomplished under the circumstances in view. It is one object of the present invention to provide a grip, which allows change of the structure of a particular gripping area to fit different users or different requirements.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a grip, which allows change of the structure and/or color of particular gripping area or areas.
To achieve these objects of the present invention, the grip comprises a sleeve for sleeving onto the handle of the sports apparatus; a covering covered on the sleeve and provided with a recessed portion at an outer surface thereof; and a patch fitting the recessed portion of the covering. The patch has an outer surface, an inner bonding surface bonded to the recessed portion, and a contour fitting the contour of the recessed portion.
The sleeve 10 is a tubular member having a body 11, a head 12, and a heel 13. The head 12 of the sleeve 10 defines an opening through which the handle of a sports apparatus is inserted into the grip 1. The heel 13 of the sleeve 10 is the bottom end at which the inserted handle is stopped. The body 11 has an inner surface maintained in contact with the periphery of the handle of the sports apparatus.
The covering 20 is a sheet member having an outer surface 21, an inner surface 22, a first long side 23, a first short side 24, a second long side 25 opposite to the first long side 23, and a second short side 26 opposite to the first short side 24. The first long side 23 and the second long side 25 are equal to the length of the body 11 of the sleeve 10. The first long side 23 and the second long side 25 are stitched together to hold the covering 20 in a tubular shape for fitting onto the body 11 of the sleeve 10. A recessed portion 27 is formed in the outer surface 21 of the covering 20 near the second short side 26. The recessed portion 27 has an arched contour. The location of the recessed portion 27 corresponds to the finger cushion of the thumb of the hand holding the grip 1.
The patch 30 has an outer surface 31, an inner bonding surface 32, and a periphery 33. The periphery 33 of the patch 30 shows an arched contour fitting the recessed portion 27. The inner bonding surface 32 of the patch 30 is covered with glue and adhered to the recessed portion 27 of the covering 20. The patch 30 differs from the covering 20 in material and color. According to this embodiment, the covering 20 is made of PU (Polyurethane), and the patch 30 is made of EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate), and therefore a better shock absorbing effect is provided to the finger cushion of the thumb of the hand holding the grip 1. To a person whose palm tends to sweat, a rubber patch may be used to substitute for the EVA patch.
By means of the design of the recessed portion 37 in the covering 20, patches 30 of different materials may be selectively bonded to the recessed portion 37 of the covering 20 to protect the finger cushion of the user's thumb against shocks.
Further, the covering 20 and the patch 30 may be made of same material in different colors to produce a visual effect. The covering 20 and the patch 30 can also be made of same material but processed to provide a different coefficient of surface friction.
The size, shape and/or quantity of the recessed portion 27 may be changed to fit different sports apparatus or different requirements.
Although particular embodiments of the invention have been described in detail for purposes of illustration, various modifications and enhancements may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is not to be limited except as by the appended claims.