US 2838312 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
June 10, 1958 F, DRAKE 2,838,312
GOLF PUTTER Filed June 28. 1957 ATTORNEYS.
United States Patent GOLF PUTTER John F. Drake, Ponca City, Okla.
Application June 28, 1957, Serial No. 668,809
3 Claims. (21. 273-183) This invention relates to a golf club construction, and particularly to the construction of golf clubs of the putter type.
By way of explanation it might be stated-that accuracy in the execution of a putting stroke is, to a degree de pendent upon the putter head contacting the ball at the proper point on the putter head.
It is, therefore, the primary object of the invention to provide means for causing an audible signal to be sounded when the putter head is brought into contact with the ball at the proper point on the face of the putter head.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention consists of certain novel details of construction and combinations of parts, hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claims, it being understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.
Referring to the drawing:
Figure 1 is a front elevational view of a putter head constructed in accordance with the invention.
Fig. 2 is a rear elevational view thereof.
Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken on line 33 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a plan view of the putter head with the shaft removed.
Referring to the drawing in detail, the club comprises a head indicated generally by the reference character 5, which head includes a blade or striking face 6 which has its lower edge curved at 7, as better shown by Fig. 1 of the drawing.
The head is formed with a lower rear bar 8 that is formed integral with the flanges 9 formed at the end of the club head.
Extending from the club head at the rear of the club head and disposed within the confines of the bar 8, are rearwardly extended vibrating tines 10 which are spaced apart, but connected with the head proper in such a way that the tines will vibrate as the club head 2,838,312 Patented June 10, 1958 strikes a ball during putting, causing a ringing sound to be produced indicating that the ball has been properly struck at the center of the club head.
It will be noted that when striking the ball with the club head at points near the end of the club head the ringing sound produced by the vibrating tines is greatly reduced, indicating that the club head has not been brought into the ball to contact the ball at the proper point on the club head to insure against causing a slice or hook as a result of improper contact between the club head and ball.
The rear surface of the club head at a point substantially intermediate its ends, is provided with an opening 11 in which the end 12 of the club shaft 13 is positioned and secured in a conventional manner.
From the foregoing it will be seen that due to the construction shown and described, I have provided means for creating an audible signal indicating when a golf ball has been properly struck by the head of a putter to indicate the execution of a proper stroke.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is:
1. A golf putter comprising a club head having a fiat surface, a flange extending rearwardly from said club a head at each end thereof, a curved bar connected at its ends with said flange, a plurality of vibrating sound producing tines of varying lengths extending rearwardly disposed between the rear edge of said putter head and bar, and said tines producing sounds varying in pitch according to the tines vibrated by contact of the club head with a golf ball adjacent to said tines.
2. A golf putter including a head having a flat putting face, a rearwardly curved bar formed integral with said putter constituting the rear edge of said putter head, and a plurality of rearwardly extending vibrating sound producing tines formed integral with the putter head, the free ends of the tines being spaced from said curved bar and varying in length to produce sounds varying in pitch according to the length of the particular tines directly opposite to the pointof contact with the club head and golf ball being struck, and a golf shaft including a grip connected with said putter head.
3. A golf putter including a head havinga flat putting face, and a plurality of rearwardly extended vibrating tines of various lengths connected with said putter head at one of their respective ends, the opposite ends of said tines being free to vibrate producing tones of different pitches according to the lengths of the tines opposite to the point of contact of the ball and club head.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,501,277 Hoppopeter Mar. 21, 1950