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Aug. 16, 1960 w. s. WILLIAMS GOLF PUTTER HANDLE Filed March 1, 1957 JNVENTOR. W/AL/J 5. w/um/vs United States Patent GOLF PU'ITER HANDLE Willis S. Williams, 1612 16th Ave, San Francisco, Qalif.
Filed Mar. 1, 1957, Ser. No. 643,277
3 Claims. (Cl. 273-813) This invention relates to a golf putter handle.
The primary object of the invention is to provide a handle for a golf putter which can be easily attached to the top of the grip of the usual golf putter and which can be adjusted to a suitable angle with respect to the axis of the putter so as to alford a handle for improving accurate pendulum action of the swing of the putter.
I am aware that some changes may be made in the general arrangements and combinations of the several devices and parts, as well as in the details of the construction thereof without departing from the scope of the pres ent invention as set forth in the following specification, and as defined in the following claims; hence I do not limit my invention to the exact arrangements and combinations of the said device and parts as described in the said specification, nor do I confine myself to the exact details of the construction of the said parts as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
With the foregoing and other objects in view, which will be made manifest in the following detailed description, reference is had to the accompanying drawings for the illustrative embodiment of the invention, wherein:
Fig. 1 is a side view of a putter with a handle of my preferred construction attached thereto.
Fig. 2 is a fragmental partly sectional view of the parts of my handle.
'Fig. 3 is a cross-sectional view, the section being taken on the lines 33 of Fig. 1, and
Fig. 4 is a fragmental top plan View of the handle indicating in broken lines its various adjustments.
My device is used in connection with a putter which has a head 1, a shaft 2, and a grip 3 on the end of the shaft 2.
My device includes an extension shaft 4 which has a screw 6 at one end-thereof adapted to be screwed into the end of the grip 3, so that the shoulder 7 formed at the end of the screw abuts against the top of the grip 3.
The extension shaft 4 is provided with longitudinal parallel splines 8 which are sufficient in number to hold a handle firmly in position, yet facilitate an angular adjustment. In the present illustration there are sixteen splines around the circumference of the extension shaft 4.
On the top of the extension shaft 4 is provided a head 9 which has splines on its circumference in alignment with the splines 8 of the extension shaft 4 and which is connected to the body of the shaft by a reduced neck forming a circular groove 10.
The angularly adjustable handle has a socket portion 11 and a handle grip portion 12 at a suitable angle for the pendulum swing of a putter. In the socket portion 11 is fixed a sleeve socket 13 which is provided with longitudinal grooves 14 corresponding in number and size to the splines 8 on the extension shaft 4 so that the sleeve socket 13 can be slid upon the extension shaft 4.
In the side of the sleeve socket 13 is provided a spring catch device 16 which is spaced from the inner end or 2,949,304. Patented Aug. 16, 1960 bottom of the sleeve socket 13 at a distance corresponding to the spacing of the neck groove 10 under the head 9 of the extension shaft 4 so that as the sleeve socketlS is slid over the extension shaft 4, the spring catch '16 engages the neck groove 10 and holds the handle in place. Upon the exertion of suflicient pull to overcome the spring tension of the catch 16, the sleeve socket 13 can be pulled off the shaft and then replaced in a selected angular position. Each adjustment can be small as A of the extension shaft circumference.
In operation my device can be easily attached to the usual existing grip of a putter by screwing the extension shaft screw into the end of the grip. Thereafter the socket portion of the handle may be placed in position at a suitable angle for the usual comfortable swing of a player who can experimentally adjust the proper angular position of the handle with respect to the head of the putter to suit the player convenience. After the sleeve socket is so snapped in position, putting is made much easier and more accurate because as the angular handle is gripped by the hand, the pendulum swing is guided accurately for the optimum arc of the putter head. The device also facilitates alignment of the putter head with the cup consistently and is generally eminently adapted for its purposes. The connection of its extension handle permits such adjustment and alignment 360 for either righthanded or lefthanded player.
I claim: a
1. In a golf putter, the combination with the shaft of a golf putter and the putter head extended from one end of the shaft at an angle to the axis of said shaft, and said shaft having a grip on its other end; of a handle grip device comprising a stubshaft fixedly secured to said other end of said putter shaft generally in axil agilnment with said putter shaft, longitudinal parallel splines on the circumference of said stub shaft being generally parallel with the axis of said putter shaft, an integral handle including a socket portion having parallel grooves therein fitting over said splines, and a grip portion extending intergrally from said socket portion at a fixed angle to said socket portion and in a plane substantially parallel with a generally horizontal plane containing the longitudinal axis of the putter head, the direction of extension of said grip portion being adjustable about the 'axis of said shaft relatively to the putter head by the selected engagement of said socket grooves with said splines, and releasable means to secure said socket portion on said stubshazft in said selected engagement.
2. In a golf putter the combination defined in claim 1, wherein said releasable securing means include an indented neck formed on said stubshaft, and a resilient catch device in said socket portion engaging said neck to secure said socket portion to said stubs'haft in said selected engagement.
3. In a golf putter the combination defined in claim l and a screw end on said stubshaft threaded in said other end of said putter shaft for fixedly securing said stubshaft in place, and an abutment shoulder on said socket member for abutting the top of the grip of the putter shaft when said handle is on said stubshaft.
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