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Publication numberUS2957696 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 25, 1960
Filing dateSep 9, 1957
Priority dateSep 9, 1957
Publication numberUS 2957696 A, US 2957696A, US-A-2957696, US2957696 A, US2957696A
InventorsWarpotas Edward L
Original AssigneeChrist M Mezilson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Golf putters
US 2957696 A
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GOLF PUTTERS File'd Sept. 9, 1957 INVENTOR.

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Chicago, Ill.

Filed Sept. 9, 1957, Ser. Na ssasss 2 Claims. (Cl. 273-164) This invention relates to a new and improved golf putter.

It is an object of this invention to provide a new and improved golf putter, the head of which is unique in its construction and shape. It is designed to embody the best qualities of the blade type of putter and the best features of the so-called mallet type of putter.

It is a further object of this invention to provide a golf putter which has an exceptionally well balanced head and which has a construction and total weight which is conducive to an improved putting performance. In practice, it has been found that golf putters made according to this invention can be handled by many golfers with improved putting results.

The nature of this invention is best understood by reference to the accompanying drawing, in Which- Fig. 1 is an elevational view of the golf putter including the head and handle.

Fig. 2 is an enlarged side view of the putter head.

Fig. 3 is a plan view of the putter head; and

Fig. 4 is a rear view of the putter head.

The improvement constituting this invention resides in the construction of the head, and the mounting of the handle thereon. The handle may be of any suitable or conventional construction, and may be attached to the head by any suitable or conventional means. The features of the putter head, however, are as follows:

The head, referred to generally as 10 on the drawing, is a solid, one-piece construction, preferably of metal, having a front portion of generally rectangular formation. This portion is best shown in Fig. 3, and is defined by the front face 11, the two side faces 12-12 which are preferably but not necessarily perpendicular to the front face, and top and bottom faces 13 and 14, respectively. To the rear of the front rectangular portion is a pyramidal portion which tapers to the center line of the putter on the sides and on the bottom, as best shown in Figs. 2, 3 and 4 of the drawing. This pyramidal portion has an upper face 13' which is a continuation of the upper face 13 of the front rectangular portion. It also has tapering side portions 15-15 which converge at a rear point 16, and an upwardly slanting bottom portion 17 also converging with the side faces 1515 at the point 16.

The characteristics of this putter are substantially as follows: The front rectangular portion, that is to say, the portion defined by faces 11, 12-12, 13 and 14 disposed outwardly of the corners 18-18 as shown in Figs. 2 and 3, contains that amount of metal or other material constituting the putter head which represents approximately one-half the total weight of the head. Consequently, the amount of material in the pyramidal portion constitutes the other one-half. As a result, the head is balanced on the plane parallel to the front face of the putter and passing through the line extending from the corners 18 to 18, shown in Fig. 3, and identified as dashed-line 20. vIn addition, the handle of the putter is attached to the head in the mid-area of the top of the 2,957,696 Patented Oct. 25, 1960 putter head rather than at one edge thereof as is fre:

quently done in the case of the blade type putters. The center line of the handle or shaft is placed to coincide with the plane represented by the dashed-line 20, or, in other words, the plane between the front rectangular portion of the putter and the rear pyramidal portion of the putter.

The upwardly inclined bottom face of the pyramidal portion is provided for clearance purposes, so as to avoid a backwardly extending heel which, on occasion, might scrape the ground and interfere with the putting action.

The handle, though placed centrally, is not on the center line of the putter so far as the direction of the swinging movement is concerned, but is placed closely to the center line and is preferably mounted in substantially the manner illustrated in the drawing.

As an additional feature, it is found desirable to provide a groove or marking line 21 on the upper face of the putter extending from the point of the pyramid 16 to the mid-point of the width of the putter at the front face -11. In other words, this groove is placed normal to the plane of the striking face 11. If a groove is employed, it may be filled with paint, plastic, or other coloring material to constitute a visual guide for assisting, in the using of the putter, to propel the golf ball in the desired direction. The grooved center line 21, therefore, constitutes a sighting means to aid in propelling the ball toward the cup.

In the illustrated form, the shaft is mounted in an upwardly extending socket member 22, which is preferably formed as an integral part of the putter head but may be made separately therefrom and attached in any manner desired. In this case, it is hollow and it receives the lower end of the shaft in the usual manner, as illustrated in Fig. 1. If desired, however, the shaft can be threaded at its lower end and screwed into a threaded hole provided at the proper location and at the proper angle in the upper face of the putter head.

It will also be noted that the shaft-holding socket 22, as illustrated in the drawing, is placed at an angle to give the shaft the proper angular disposition so as to be comfortably held by a golfer while the base of the putter 14 is resting flat on the ground.

The putter head can be made of any suitable material, but usually has been made of aluminum. However, the particular material is not a part of the present invention and, therefore, it is to be understood that any suitable material may be employed.

What is claimed is:

l. A golf putter head having a front rectangular portion and an integrally formed rear pyramidal portion, each portion being of approximately the same weight, said front rectangular portion having a striking face, two side faces and a bottom face, said portions having top faces constituting one continuous surface disposed at right angles to said striking face, said rear pyramidal portion having side faces tapering to the lateral center line of the putter head and a bottom face tapering upwardly to intersect the top face at the point of intersection of said side faces, means for mounting a shaft on said head disposed so that the axis of the shaft lies in the plane between said front rectangular portion and said rear pyramidal portion and parallel to said striikng face, said shaft mounting being disposed inwardly of the sides of said putter head and adjacent to and inclined away from the plane of said lateral center line.

2. A golf putter head having a front rectangular portion and an integrally formed rear pyramidal portion, each portion being of approximately the same weight, said front rectangular portion having a striking face, two side faces and a bottom face, said portions having top faces constituting one continuous surface disposed at right angles to said striking face, said rear pyramidal portion having side faces tapering to the lateral center line of the putter head and a bottom face tapering upwardly to intersect the top face at the point of intersection of said side faces, means for mounting asha'ft on said head disposed so that the axis of the shaft lies in the plane between said front'rec'tan'g'ular portion and said rear pyramidal portion and parallel to said striking face, said shaft mounting being disposed inwardly of the sides of said putter head and adjacent to and inclined away from the plane of said lateral center-line, and means for visually marking thelateral center line along the top surface of the putter head from the point of intersection of the tapering faces of said pyramidal portion to the point of intersection with the front striking face of said rectangular portion.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification473/251
International ClassificationA63B53/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B53/007
European ClassificationA63B53/00P