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Publication numberUS20070021229 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/337,428
Publication dateJan 25, 2007
Filing dateJan 23, 2006
Priority dateJul 25, 2005
Publication number11337428, 337428, US 2007/0021229 A1, US 2007/021229 A1, US 20070021229 A1, US 20070021229A1, US 2007021229 A1, US 2007021229A1, US-A1-20070021229, US-A1-2007021229, US2007/0021229A1, US2007/021229A1, US20070021229 A1, US20070021229A1, US2007021229 A1, US2007021229A1
InventorsScott Haack
Original AssigneeOptix Golf Company, Llc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Golf putter with a removeable insert and method of using the same
US 20070021229 A1
Abstract
A golf putter including a plurality of visual aids for assisting the golfer to more consistently assume a good head and body position and to better putt a golf ball toward a remote hole. The putter head is engaged with any one of a plurality of detachable flanges that have any one of a number of different shapes. The shaped flanges are designed to aid the golfer in directing the golf ball toward a remote hole. The putter is provided with first and second linear markings to assist in soling the putter head. The second linear marking is disposed rearwardly of the first linear marking and at a position vertically above or below the first linear marking. When viewed from above, the first and second linear markings are aligned when the putter head is correctly soled and the golfer can sole the putter by aligning the first and second markings. The detachable flange may also include a first reflective surface and a second non-reflective surface. The reflective surface is used during practice sessions to aid the golfer in correctly positioning his head by aligning his eyes along the second linear marker. The flange is removed and rotated so that the non-reflective surface faces upwardly during USGA golf games. The putter may also be provided with spaced apart weight ports that receive small weights to balance the putter head and help the golfer hold it in the correct orientation for striking the ball well.
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1. A golf putter for use by a golfer to putt golf balls, said golf putter comprising:
a shaft;
a handle disposed at a first end of the shaft;
a putter head disposed at a second end of the shaft, and wherein said putter head includes:
a front wall having a front face adapted to strike the golf ball; a rear face; an upper surface and a lower surface;
a mounting area; and
a flange removably mounted to the mounting area.
2. The golf putter as defined in claim 1, wherein the putter head includes a pair of spaced apart legs extending rearwardly away from the rear face of the front wall; said legs defining a gap therebetween.
3. The golf putter as defined in claim 2, wherein the flange is sized to be received within the gap between the legs.
4. The golf putter as defined in claim 3, wherein the flange is removably mounted to at least one of the front wall and legs of the putter head.
5. The golf putter as defined in claim 1, wherein the flange has a first reflective surface and a second non-reflective surface; and wherein said flange is selectively reversible so as to cause one of said first and second surfaces to face upwardly toward the golfer when said putter is positioned on the ground for striking the golf ball.
6. The golf putter as defined in claim 5, wherein said flange includes an upper surface defining a recess therein; and wherein the reflective surface comprises a mirrored insert disposed within said recess.
7. The golf putter as defined in claim 1, wherein the upper surface of the front wall includes a first linear marking disposed substantially at right angles to the upper surface; said first linear marking being adapted to be lined up with a remote hole into which the golf ball is to be putted.
8. The golf putter as defined in claim 7, wherein the first linear marking extends between the front face and rear face of the front wall.
9. The golf putter as defined in claim 8, wherein a second linear marking is disposed substantially parallel to the first linear marking; and the first and second linear markings are disposed on the putter head at different heights relative to each other.
10. The golf putter as defined in claim 9, wherein each of the first and second linear markings comprises one of a groove, a ridge and a physical line provided upon the upper surface and flange respectively.
11. The golf putter as defined in claim 10, wherein the upper surface of the front wall is disposed vertically above the flange when the flange is mounted on the putter head.
12. The golf putter as defined in claim 3, wherein the flange includes a front end and a rear end; and wherein the front end of the flange abuts the rear surface of the front wall when the flange is mounted on the putterhead.
13. The golf putter as defined in claim 12, wherein the rear surface of the front wall defines a shaped recess therein and the front end of the flange is complementary sized and shaped to be received within the shaped recess.
14. The golf putter as defined in claim 12, wherein the flange includes a pair of opposing sides extending between the front end and the rear end thereof; and wherein an aperture is formed between each of the legs and the sides of the flange when the flange is mounted on the putterhead.
15. The golf putter as defined in claim 14, wherein the front end and rear ends of the flange extend outwardly beyond the sides of the flange.
16. The golf putter as defined in claim 12, wherein the rear end of the flange is one of V-shaped, inverted V-shaped and substantially circular in shape.
17. The golf putter as defined in claim 3, wherein each of the legs includes a bore therein and said putter further comprises a plurality of weighted members selectively receivable within one or both of the bores of the legs.
18. The golf putter as defined in claim 3, wherein the putter head further includes a bottom wall that extends outwardly from the front wall and terminates a spaced distance inwardly from a terminal end of each of the legs.
19. The golf putter as defined in claim 18, wherein the flange is mounted a spaced distance above the bottom wall.
20. A method of putting a golf ball into a remote hole, comprising:
providing a putter having a shaft with a handle disposed at a first end and a putter head disposed at a second end thereof; said putter head having a first linear marking and a second linear marking disposed thereon, said first and second linear markings being disposed at different heights relative to one another;
positioning the putter head adjacent a golf ball;
aligning the first linear marking on the putter head with the golf ball and a remote hole into which the golf ball is to be putted;
checking the relative position of the second linear marking relative to the first linear marking;
aligning the first and second linear markings with each other;
striking the golf ball with a front face of the putter head.
21. The method of putting a golf ball into a remote hole as defined in claim 20; wherein the step of aligning the first and second linear markings includes one of the steps of:
moving the handle of the golf club slightly away from the body of the golfer if the first linear marking is disposed closer to the golfer's body than is the second linear marking; and
moving the handle of the golf club slightly toward the golfer's body if the first linear marking is disposed further from the golfer's body than is the second linear marking.
22. The method of putting a golf ball into a remote hole as defined in claim 20, further comprising the steps of:
positioning the golfer's head over a reflective surface on the putter head; where said reflective surface has the second linear marking disposed thereon;
aligning at least one of the golfer's eyes with the second linear marking prior to striking the ball.
23. The method of putting a golf ball into a remote hole as defined in claim 20, further comprising the steps of:
providing a plurality of flanges for detachable engagement with the putter head; wherein each of said flanges has a different shape;
selecting a first one of the plurality of flanges and engaging the same with the putter head;
selecting a second one of the plurality of flanges and replacing the first flange with the second flange.
24. The method of putting a golf ball into a remote hole as defined in claim 20, further comprising the steps of:
providing at least one of the plurality of flanges with a first reflective surface and a second non-reflective surface;
engaging the at least one of the plurality of flanges with the putter head so that one of the first and second surfaces faces outwardly toward the golfer;
detaching the at least one of the plurality of flanges from the putter head and rotating the same;
engaging the rotated flange with the putter head so that the other of the first and second surfaces faces outwardly toward the golfer.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a standard utility application claiming priority from U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/702,131, filed Jul. 25, 2005, the entire specification of which is incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Technical Field

This invention generally relates to golf clubs. More particularly, the invention relates to a golf putter. Specifically, the invention relates to a golf putter that includes a variety of visual aids useful for training the golfer to correctly position their head and body so as to more consistently putt well.

2. Background Information

Golfers are always trying to improve their game and, consequently, they are always seeking out aids, teaching tools, videos and programs that will assist them in improving their game and achieving their potential as a golfer. The golfer may utilize all of these resources yet still encounter problems when they are actually out on the course. Many amateurs presume that the most important part of the game is driving the ball to the green and they consequently spend a lot of their self-improvement efforts in correcting their strokes to minimize slicing or hooking of the ball and to drive the ball as far as possible. While these aspects of the game are important, most golfers tend to drop strokes when they reach the putting green. This is because the typical golfer tends to have little awareness of the position of their body, and especially their head, in relation to the position of the ball when they are putting. The golfer's stance and head position are extremely important in determining where the putted ball will land up once struck. Even if the golfer is aware that their head position and their stance are of great importance for the accuracy of their putt, they may not know if the stance they are actually assuming is correct and appropriate for viewing the correct line to the hole. Typical amateur golfers tend to position the putter head on the grass, glance up at the hole once or twice to try and ensure that they are putting the ball in the correct direction and then they strike the ball. On occasion, the position of the golfer's head relative to the putter head is accidentally correct and the putt is good. At other times, the golfer's head is not in a good position relative to the putter head and the putt is bad. The golfer is therefore inconsistent in their putting and their overall game is weakened.

There is therefore a need in the art for a device which will aid the golfer in more consistently and correctly positioning their head and assuming the correct putting stance.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The device of the present invention comprises a golf club, and more specifically a putter, that includes a plurality of visual aids for assisting the golfer to more consistently assume a good head and body position for putting. The club includes a putter head mounted on a shaft. The putter head is engaged with any one of a plurality of detachable flanges that have any one of a number of different shapes. The shaped flanges are designed to aid the golfer in directing the golf ball toward a remote hole. The putter head is also provided with a first linear marking on its upper surface to help the golfer line the putter and ball up with the remote hole. The putter head furthers include a second linear marking disposed rearwardly and at a position vertically above or below the first linear marking. The second linear marking is provided to aid the golfer in soling the putter head, i.e., to help the golfer hold the putter head in a substantially horizontal position on the ground. This is accomplished by aligning the first and second linear markings with each other. As a further aid, the removeable flange provided preferably includes a first reflective surface and a second non-reflective surface. Both of the first and second surfaces are marked with a second linear marking which is used as described above. The reflective surface of the flange, however, is used to help the golfer assume the correct head position relative to the putter head. The golfer looks into the reflective surface and moves his head so that he can see the reflection of his eyes positioned along the second linear marking or slightly below the same The golfer uses this reflective surface to train himself to hold his head correctly. The reflective surface is not allowed, however, in United States Golf Association (USGA) sanctioned games. In order to bring the putter into compliance with USGA regulations, the flange can easily be removed from the putter head, flipped over and reinserted into the putter head so that the non-reflective surface is facing upwardly. The putter of the present invention is also provided with spaced apart weight ports into which small weights may be inserted so as to balance the putter head and help the golfer hold the putter head in a correct orientation for successful putting.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The preferred embodiments of the invention, illustrative of the best mode in which applicant has contemplated applying the principles, are set forth in the following description and are shown in the drawings and are particularly and distinctly pointed out and set forth in the appended claims.

FIG. 1 is a front view of a golfer using the golf putter with a reflective head insert in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a front view of the putter head showing a small section of -the shaft of the club extending outwardly away from the putter head;

FIG. 3 is a top view of the golf putter head showing the removeable flange engaged with the putter head and having the reflective surface facing outwardly;

FIG. 4 is an exploded top view of the putter head; the removeable flange and the reflective insert;

FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional rear view of the putter head through line 5-5 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional top view of the putter head through line 6-6 of FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is a top view of the golf putter head with the removeable flange that has been rotated through 180 so that the non-reflective surface of the flange is facing upwardly;

FIG. 8 is a top view of a golf putter head in accordance with the present invention and showing a second embodiment of a removeable flange engaged therewith;

FIG. 9 is a top view of a golf putter head in accordance with the present invention and showing a third embodiment of a removeable flange engaged therewith;

FIG. 10 is an illustrative front view of the golf putter head with the toe of the putter head lifted off the ground;

FIG. 11 is an illustrative top view of the golf putter head of FIG. 10, showing the relative position of the first linear marking and second linear marking;

FIG. 12 is an illustrative front view of the golf putter head with the heel of the putter head lifted off the ground;

FIG. 13 is an illustrative top view of the golf putter head of FIG. 12, showing the relative position of the first linear marking and second linear marking;

FIG. 14 is an illustrative front view of the golf putter head correctly soled on the ground; and

FIG. 15 is an illustrative top view of the golf putter head of FIG. 14, showing the relative position of the first linear marking and second linear marking.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to FIG. 1, there is shown a golfer 10 holding a golf putter 12 in accordance with the present invention. Putter 12 includes a handle 16, a shaft 18 and a putter head 20. Putter head 20 is illustrated as being soled on the ground 14, i.e., putter head 20 is disposed substantially horizontally relative to ground 14. Golfer 10 is illustrated standing with their head 21 and eyes 22 positioned correctly over putter head 20, so that golfer 10 is ready to most accurately putt the ball 23 into a remote hole (not shown).

Referring to FIGS. 2-6, and in accordance with a specific feature of the present invention, putter head 20 comprises a generally U-shaped base 24 that engages a removeable flange 26. Base 24 preferably is manufactured from aircraft aluminum and flange 26 preferably is manufactured from stainless steel. The aircraft-grade aluminum gives the putting stroke a soft feel and gives the golfer optimum control of ball 23. Flange 26 has an upper side 26 a and a lower side 26 b, with the upper side 26 a including a reflective surface, as will be hereinafter described, and the lower side 26 b including a non-reflective surface. Flange 26 can be selectively removed from base 24, flipped over through over 180 and reinserted into base 24 depending on whether the golfer wants the reflective surface or non-reflective surface facing outwardly away from the ground 14 and toward his eyes 22. Typically, flange 26 would be retained in base 24 with the reflective surface facing upwardly during practice sessions. During an actual game, flange 26 would be reversed so that the non-reflective surface would face upwardly so that the putter would meet the rules and regulations of the USGA.

Base 24 preferably is an integrally formed member having a front wall 28 and a pair of substantially parallel legs 30, 32 extending outwardly and rearwardly away from front wall 28. Legs 30, 32 are spaced a distance apart from each other and thereby define a gap 42 between them. Front wall 28 includes a front face 52 adapted to contact ball 23, a back face 54, an upper surface 46 and a lower surface 48. The shaft 18 of putter 12 extends upwardly and outwardly away from upper surface 46. Shaft 18 may be received within an aperture (not shown) in upper surface 46 or it may be welded to upper surface 46. A pair of spaced apart apertures 44 are provided in back face 54 of front wall 28 in the region disposed between legs 30 and 32. As may be best seen in FIGS. 4 & 5, a bottom wall 40 extends rearwardly away from front wall 28 and proximate the lower surface 48 thereof. Bottom wall 40 preferably is generally triangular in shape and extends into gap 42. The outermost side edge of each leg 30, 32 preferably is tapered inwardly so that putter head 20 has an aerodynamic profile that allows air to flow more fluidly over and around putter head 20. Legs 30, 32 terminate in terminal ends 76 and 78 respectively. The bottom wall 40 terminates in an apex 40 a that is disposed a distance inwardly of terminal ends 76, 78 of legs 30, 32.

In accordance with one of the specific features of the present invention, upper surface 46 of front wall 28 includes a first linear marking 50 that is disposed substantially at right angles to front face 52 of putter 12. First linear marking 50 is adapted to be lined up with a remote hole (not shown) in which golfer 10 is attempting to sink his golf ball 23. First linear marking 50 preferably is in the form of a groove formed in upper surface 46 and extending between front face 52 and back face 54 of front wall 28. Alternatively, first linear marking 50 may comprise a ridge or a line that is physically marked on upper surface 46 in paint, ink or the like. First linear marking 50 preferably terminates in a small arrow-shaped protuberance 56 which extends rearwardly into gap 42.

In accordance with another specific feature of the present invention, flange 26 is removeably received in gap 42 and is detachably secured to base 24. In the preferred embodiment of the invention, flange 26 is secured to rear surface 54 of front wall 28. However, it will be understood that flange 26 could also be secured to one or both legs 30, 32 or to a combination of the legs 30, 32 and rear face 54 of front wall 28. Flange 26 comprises a housing 58, preferably having an inverted V-shaped back end 60, a substantially planar front end 62 and an intermediate portion 64 disposed between front and back ends 62, 60. Back surface 54 of front wall 28 may be provided with a recess shaped to receive the front end 62 of flange 26 therein. Both of the back end 60 and front end 62 of flange 26 extend laterally outwardly beyond intermediate portion 64 so that an indentation 65 is effectively formed on either side of housing 58. Intermediate portion 64 has an upper surface 64 a and a lower surface 64 b, with upper surface 64 a defining a recess 66 therein. Recess 66 is configured to retain a mirrored plate 68 therein. Both the recess 66 and mirrored plate 68 can be of any desired shape, but mirrored plate 68 preferably is retained within recess 66 by both an adhesive (not shown) and the flanges 64 c formed in intermediate portion 64 surrounding at least a portion of recess 66. Second linear marking 70 a is inscribed on mirrored plate 68. This second linear marking 70 a may be in the form of a centrally disposed groove or ridge or simply be a line that is physically marked on mirrored plate 68 in paint, ink or the like. Second linear marking 70 a is designed to be alignable with first linear marking 50 on front wall 28 when flange 26 is oriented in putter head 20 so that the reflective surface 66 faces upwardly and outwardly, as will be hereinafter described.

The lower surface 64 b of flange 26 has a non-reflective surface. Lower surface 64 b is also provided with a central groove, ridge or line that serves as a second linear marking 70 b. This second linear marking 70 b is designed to be alignable with first linear marking 50 on front wall 28, when flange 26 is flipped over in putter head 20 so that the non-reflective surface faces upwardly, as will be hereinafter described.

Flange 26 is secured to base 24 by a plurality of fasteners 72 that are inserted into holes 74 in front end 62 of flange 26 and then into threaded apertures 44 in rear face 54 of front wall 28. As may be best seen in FIGS. 4 & 5, fasteners 72 preferably are Allen screws that are rotatable by way of an Allen key (not shown) that is inserted through apertures 61 in back end 60 of housing 58. When fasteners 72 are rotated in a first direction, they secure flange 26 to base 24. When fasteners 72 are rotated in a second direction, they release flange 26 from base 24. When flange 26 is secured to base 24, the back end 60 of flange 26 preferably is substantially continuous with the terminal ends 76, 78 of legs 32, 30 respectively, so that putter head 12 has an aerodynamic trailing edge. Flange 26 is secured to base 24 in such a manner that when legs 30, 32 are resting on ground 14, flange 26 is held a spaced distance above bottom wall 40 (FIG. 5) resulting in less drag on the putter 12 as the stroke is executed. This distance is ideally around 4/10 inch.

In accordance with another specific feature of the present invention, each leg 30, 32 includes a longitudinal bore 34, 36 (FIG. 6) configured to receive one or more weights 38 therein. The weights 38 provided may be of any suitable size, such as around 15 g or 30 g each, and one or more weights 38 may be selectively inserted into one or both bores 34, 36. This enables golfer 10 to balance putter head 20 in a manner that is pleasing to the golfer. Weights 38 preferably include a threadable portion 38 a (FIG. 6) that engages an internally threaded portion 34 a, 36 a of bore 34, 36 respectively. Each weight 38 may be provided with a recess (not shown) which allows it to be inserted or removed by an Allen. It should be noted that the gap 42 formed between legs 30 and 32 in conjunction with weights 38 results in a putter head with an increased moment of inertia and a center of gravity that is positioned about 1.4″ from the club face. This reduces backspin in the golf ball 23 and results in a smoother stroke.

Referring to FIG. 8, there is shown a differently shaped flange 126 for engagement in putter head 20. Flange 126 has an upper surface having a shaped mirrored insert 168 including a second linear marking 170 a. Flange 126 has a V-shaped back end 162, the apex 162 a of which is disposed inwardly of the terminal ends 76, 78 of legs 32, 30. All other components of flange 126 are substantially identical to that of flange 26, including the feature that the lower surface (not shown) of the flange 126 has a non-reflective surface and a second linear marking thereon. Back end 162 of flange 126 is again substantially continuous with terminal ends 76, 78 of base 24.

FIG. 9 illustrates yet another shape of flange, being that indicated generally at 226. Flange 226 includes a peripheral wall 262 that is not substantially continuous with terminal ends 76, 78 of legs 32, 30. Flange 226 includes an upper surface having a mirrored insert 268 therein and a lower surface (not shown) that is non-reflective. As with previous embodiments, flange 226 is easily removed by unscrewing the Allen screws (not shown) that secure it to the base 24. It will be understood that any suitably shaped flange can be received within the gap 42 between legs 30, 32 of base 24 without departing from the spirit of the present invention.

Referring to FIGS. 10-15, putter 12 is used in the following manner. (It should be noted that the specific elements of the putter head, save for the front wall and reflective insert, have been removed from these figures for the sake of clarity.) When the golfer is preparing to putt, he places putter head 20 on the ground 14. Normally, the golfer would not be able to determine very easily if the putter head was soled or not, i.e., if the putter head 20 was lying with both the toe portion 20 a and heel portion 20 b in contact with the ground 14. As will be described hereinafter, the putter 12 of the present invention solves this problem.

FIGS. 10 and 11 illustrate the situation where toe portion 20 a is out of contact with ground 14 and as a consequence, from the viewpoint of the golfer, the first linear marking 50 lies closer to the golfer than does the second linear marking 70 a. The non-alignment of first linear marking 50 and second linear marking 70 a tells the golfer that he does not have putter head 20 soled properly. The fact that the first linear marking 50 is disposed closer to the golfer than the second linear marking 70 a, lets the golfer know that that toe portion 20 a is lifted off ground 14.

FIGS. 12 and 13 illustrate the situation where heel portion 20 b is out of contact with ground 14. In this instance, first linear marking 50 is disposed further away from the golfer than is second linear marking 70 a. This tells the golfer that the heel portion 20 b is lifted off the ground 14.

FIGS. 14 and 15 illustrate the situation where putter head 20 is correctly soled on ground 14. The golfer can tell the putter head is correctly positioned because first linear marking 50 lies in complete alignment with second linear marking 70 a.

The golfer can therefore use the relative positions of first linear marking 50 and second linear marking 70 a to quickly determine whether he has soled the putter head 20 or if he has to adjust its position to sole it. The adjustment is accomplished by simply pushing the shaft 18 slightly away from his body or pulling the shaft slightly toward his body. Pushing the shaft 18 of club 12 slightly away from his body will lower toe portion 20 a and pulling shaft 18 slightly toward his body will lower heel portion 20 a. As both the upper and lower surfaces 64 a, 64 b of flange 26 include a second linear marking, namely 70 a or 70 b, the alignment or non-alignment of first linear marking 50 with the relevant one of second linear marking 70 a or 70 b, can immediately tell the golfer how to adjust the orientation of putter head 20 if he is in a practice session or if he is playing an actual game.

It is envisaged that putter 12 might be sold as a base 24 that may be selectively engaged with one or more of a plurality of differently shaped flanges such as flanges 26, 126 and 226 shown in FIGS. 1, 8 & 9. The golfer would then select a first-shaped flange of his choice and attach the same to the base 24. If he decides that the selected first-shaped flange is not helping him in the manner he desires, he could simply detach the first-shaped flange and replace it with a second-shaped flange.

The golfer can train himself to correctly position his head by utilizing the mirrored inserts 68, 168 or 268 provided on any of the shaped flanges 26, 126 and 226. For instance, when the mirrored insert 68 of flange 26 is facing upwardly on putter head 20, the golfer will be able to see the reflection 22 a of one or both of his eyes 22 in insert 68. When putter head 20 is properly soled on ground 14, the golfer would move his head until the reflection 22 a of his eyes 22 is disposed along second linear marking 70 a or just slightly below second linear marking 70 a. Repeated positioning of his head in this manner will help the golfer train himself to correctly position his head under circumstances where the flange 26 is positioned with the non-reflective surface facing upwardly and toward him.

Putter 12 is also designed so that the golfer can add weights 38 into one or the other or both of the bores 34, 36 in legs 32, 30 in order to balance putter head 20 and thereby reduce his tendency to hold the putter head with either the toe portion 20 a or heel portion 20 b out of contact with ground 14. Alternatively, if the golfer finds that he plays better with the putter in a slightly unbalanced mode, he can add one or more weights to one or the other bore 34, 36 to cause the putter head 20 to be more easily held in the toe-up or heel-up position. The golfer can also utilize the relative positioning of first linear marking 50 and second linear marking 70 a or 70 b to determine how to habitually hold putter 12 if they wish to play with the putter head in the toe-up or heel-up position. If they wish to play with putter head 20 in toe up position, then shaft 18 is pulled slightly toward the body to ensure that first linear marking 50 is positioned closer to the body than is second linear marking 70 a or 70 b. If the golfer wishes to play with putter head in the heel up position, then they push shaft 18 slightly away from their body to move first linear marking 50 so that it lays further from their body than does the second linear marking 70 a or 70 b.

The golfer is trained by frequent and regular use of the alignment mechanism, i.e., the first and second linear markings 50, 70, to consistently position their head relative to the putter head 20; and to position the putter head 20 in a particular manner relative to the ground; and to line up a putter head with the ball and with a remote flag/hole. Regular use of the weights 38 also help the golfer more consistent hold the putter at a particular angle. Essentially, all of these aids help the golfer develop his muscle memory by helping him to consistently position his body and most specifically position his shoulders, head and eyes relative to the putter head.

It will be understood that while flange 26 is shown as being reversibly connected to said front wall 28, flange 26 could alternatively be connected to one or both legs 30, 32 or to said legs and said front wall. Furthermore, while the preferred embodiment has shown the flange 26 mounted within a gap 42 defined between legs 30, 32, flange 26 could alternatively be mounted in a recess formed in the putter head rearwardly of front wall 28.

In the foregoing description, certain terms have been used for brevity, clearness, and understanding. No unnecessary limitations are to be implied therefrom beyond the requirement of the prior art because such terms are used for descriptive purposes and are intended to be broadly construed.

Moreover, the description and illustration of the invention is an example and the invention is not limited to the exact details shown or described.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification473/240, 473/341, 473/251, 473/252, 473/340, 473/255
International ClassificationA63B53/06, A63B53/00, A63B69/36
Cooperative ClassificationA63B2053/0441, A63B53/0487, A63B24/0003, A63B53/065, A63B2053/0491, A63B2225/12, A63B2069/3682, A63B69/3685
European ClassificationA63B53/06P, A63B53/04P, A63B24/00A
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jan 23, 2006ASAssignment
Owner name: OPTIX GOLF COMPANY, LLC, OHIO
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:HAACK, SCOTT G.;REEL/FRAME:017487/0609
Effective date: 20060123