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Sept. 12, 1967 H. M. BRILL 3,341,203
SHAFT WEIGBTED GOLF CLUB INCLUDING OFFSET SHAFT PORTIONS Original Filed May 24, 1962 50 v INVENTOR.
v orry M. .B/'/// BY ""1 a i s I AYTORA'EYS Patented Sept. 12, 1967 3,341,203 SHAFT WEIGHTED GOLF CLUB INCLUDING OFFSET SHAFT PORTIONS Harry M. Brill, 5818 N. Kostner Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60646 Original application May 24, 1962, Ser. No. 197,358.
Divided and this application June 10, 1965, Ser.
4 Claims. (Cl. 27381.3)
This application is a division of abandoned application Ser. No. 197,358 filed May 24, 1962, which is a continuation in part of an application Ser. No. 823,781, filed June 29, 1959 and now abandoned.
The invention relates to improvements in golf clubs or sticks and more particularly relates to improvements in the weight distribution of the golf club.
A principal object of the invention is to improve upon the golf clubs heretofore in use by setting the hand grip of the club back from the shaft and club head, and by weighting the shaft by the means setting the hand grip back from the shaft.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a novel form of golf club having an offset shaft, in which the offsetting portion of the shaft is weighted to provide a greater weight between the hand grip and the club head, than at the club head.
A still further object of the invention is to provide an improved form of golf club having an adjustable head weighted above the head and adjustable about an axis extending generally parallel to the shaft of the golf club.
A further object of the invention is to redistribute the weight of a golf club by offsetting one part of a shaft of the golf club with respect to another part of the shaft.
These and other objects of the invention will appear from time to time as the following specification proceeds and with reference to the accompanying drawings wherein:
FIGURE 1 is a view in side elevation of a golf club constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention;
FIGURE 2 is a sectional view taken substantially along line II--II of FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 3 is a view in side elevation of a modified form of golf club constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention; and
FIGURE 4 is a sectional view taken substantially along line IV-IV of FIGURE 3.
In the embodiment of the invention illustrated in FIG- URES 1 and 2 of the drawings, I have shown a golf club having .a head 12 and a hosel 13 extending angularly therefrom, into which fits a shaft 15 in a conventional manner. I have also shown a hand grip 16 offset from the shaft 15 by means of a block 17.
The block 17 may be made from a suitable metal to add the desired weight beneath the hand grip and may be of various desired forms, and is shown as being through drilled as indicated by reference character 19, to receive the upper end portion of the shaft 15. The block 17 is also shown as being through drilled in parallel relation with respect to a through drilled portion 19 thereof, as indicated by reference character 20, to receive a shaft portion 21 of the hand grip 16.
The block 17 is also cross-drilled through the through drilled portions 19 and 20, as indicated by reference characters 23. The cross-drilled portions 23- have locking pins or rivets 24 driven therethrough and through registering cross-drilled portions of the shaft 15 and the shaft portion 21 of the hand grip 16, to lock the shaft 15 and hand grip 16 to the block 17 and provide a golf club having an offset handle offset backwardly from the shaft and also to add weight to the shaft beneath the hand grip. The
block 17 may also be turned to offset the hand grip 16 ahead of the shaft 15, which arrangement may be of advantage, for putters and like clubs.
In the form of the invention illustrated in FIGURES 3 and 4 I have shown a form of offset and weight distribution particularly adapted for approach irons and the like, and have shown a club having a head 50 having a hosel 51 extending therefrom having a short portion of shaft 52 mounted therein and also extending within a drilled portion 53 of a block 54 and secured thereto by set screws 55. The block 54 may be made from a suitable metal such as brass, steel or aluminum, depending upon the weight required, and has a drilled portion 56 parallel to the drilled portion 53 and opening to the opposite ends of the block from the drilled portion 53. The drilled portion 56 has a shaft 57 mounted therein and extending therefrom parallel to the short shaft portion 52 and having a hand grip 59 on the upper end thereof. A pin 60 extending through the block 54 and shaft 57 is provided to hold the shaft 57 to said block.
This form of my invention is similar to the form of the invention illustrated in FIGURE 1, except the block 54 is angularly disposed with respect to the club head and the angular relation of the club head 50 may be adjusted with respect to the block 54 to place the hand grip either forwardly or backwardly of the hosel 51 or ahead or behind the face of the club in varying amounts, depending upon the position of adjustment of the shaft portion 52 with respect to the block, in accordance with the preference of the user of the golf club.
It may be seen from the foregoing that I have provided an improved form of golf club, arranged to bring the hands toward the body when swinging the club, by redistributing the weight of the club to place a greater weight between the hand grip and the club head than at the club head at various locations suitable to the particular user of the club. It may further be seen that by the present invention, the hands may be located backwardly of the club head or closer to the club head in a forward direction and that while I have shown a weight as forming an offset to the shaft of the club, the shaft itself may be so formed as to provide the required weight distribution and an attachable weight may be mounted on the shaft for adjustable movement therealong in accordance with the requirements for the individual player, without departing from the spirit and scope of 'the novel concepts of the invention.
It may further be understood that while the invention is shown as being adapted to irons it may also be equally as Well adapted to woods, and that the same results are obtained for all of the clubs used by the player although the weight locations may be varied for different clubs.
While I have herein shown and described several forms in which my invention may be embodied, it may readily be understood that various variations and modifications in the invention may be attained Without departing from the spirit and scope of the novel concepts thereof.
I claim as my invention:
1. In a golf club having only one hand grip,
a shaft including first and second shaft portions,
a club head on the lower end of said first shaft portion,
said second shaft portion extending parallel to said first shaft portion,
said hand grip being mounted on the upper end of said second shaft portion,
block means spaced from the club head and connecting said shaft portions together in offset relation with respect to each other and weighting the shaft -between the club head and the hand grip,
and means securing one of said shaft portions to said block means and accommodating adjustment of said one shaft portion with respect to said block means about the axis of said one shaft portion whereby the club head may be positioned in offset relation with respect to the hand grip to one side or the other of the axis of said hand grip. 2. A golf club in accordance with claim 1 wherein the block means is positioned adjacent the club head. 3. In a golf club having only one hand grip, a shaft including first and second shaft portions, a club head on the lower end of said first shaft portion, a hand grip on the upper end of said second shaft portion, means spaced from the club head and connecting the adjacent ends of said shaft portions together to extend in offset relation with respect to each other and weighting the shaft between the club head and the hand grip, comprising a metal block having said first shaft portion mounted therein and extending from one side thereof and having said second shaft portion mounted therein in offset relation with respect to said first shaft portion, and extending from the opposite side of said block. 4. In a golf club having only one hand grip, a shaft including first and second shaft portions, a club head on the lower end of said first shaft portion, said second shaft portion extending parallel to said first shaft portion and forming an upward continuation thereof, a hand grip on the upper end portion of said second shaft portion, a metal block connected to the upper end of said first shaft portion and to the lower end of said second shaft portion and connecting said shaft portions together in offset relation with respect to each other and weighting the shaft between the club head and the hand grip,
a pin securing said second shaft portion to said metal block,
and at least one set screw threaded in said metal block and having locking engagement with said first shaft portion for securing said first shaft portion to said block and accommodating the adjustment of the position of said club head with respect to said block, to selectively position the club head in offset relation with respect to the hand grip.
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ANTON O. OECHSLE, Primary Examiner.
RICHARD C. PINKHAM, DELBERT B. LOWE, G. J.
MARLO, Assistant Examiners.