Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3640534 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 8, 1972
Filing dateJun 13, 1969
Priority dateJun 13, 1969
Publication numberUS 3640534 A, US 3640534A, US-A-3640534, US3640534 A, US3640534A
InventorsMills Truett P
Original AssigneeMills Truett P
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hosel-less wooden golf club with shaft retainer and sole plate
US 3640534 A
Abstract
A hosel-less wooden golf club with a combined shaft retainer and sole plate in which the usual hosel formation provided on the wood portion of the club head is eliminated, to reduce cost and shaping of the club head and a combined sole plate and shaft retainer is fitted to the underface and rear portion thereof. The club shaft is screw threaded into the shaft retainer by the use of left-hand thread. By the elimination of the hosel the wind resistance to the movement of the club is considerably lessened, the weight lies in rear of the striking face and the club is more easily balanced.
Images(2)
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

United States Patent Mills 1 Feb. 8, 1972 [72] Inventor: Truett P. Milk, 1700 Second Avenue,

Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35401 [22] Filed: June 13, 1969 [21] Appl. No.: 832,994

Braid et a1. ..273/80.6

Lard ..273/803 1,897,264 2/1933 Lamb... ..273/174 X 1,994,149 3/1935 Root ..273/802 2,686,056 8/1954 Oquist ..273/173 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 30,050 12/1912 Great Britain ..273/80.7 8,954 5/1393 Great Britain ......273/ l 71 1,063,798 3/1967 Great Britain.. ..273/167 3,731 9/1926 Australia..............................273/808 Primary Examiner-Richard C. Pinkham Assistant Examiner-Richard .I Apley Attorney-Wellington M. Manning, Jr.

[ ABSTRACT A hosel-Iess wooden golf club with a combined shah retainer and sole plate in which the usual hosel formation provided on the wood portion of the club head is eliminated, to reduce cost and shaping of the club head and a combined sole plate and shaft retainer is fitted to the underface and rear portion thereof. The club shaft is screw threaded into the shaft retainer by the use of left-hand thread. By the elimination of the hosel the wind resistance to the movement of the club is considerably lessened, the weight lies in rear of the striking face and the club is more easily balanced.

7 Claims, 11 Drawing Figures IMENIHIIHI 8 ml? SHIFT 1 [If 2 4 INVENTOR. TRUETT P. MILLS ATTURN .5

PAIENTEDFEB 8 m2 3.640.534

sum 2 OF 2 INVENTOR. TRUETT P. MILLS B 9 37 ATTURNE .5

I'IOSEbLESS WOODEN GOLF CLUB WITH SHAFT RETAINER AND SOLE PLATE This invention relates to hosel-less wood golf clubs with shaft retaining plate.

It is the principal object of the present invention to provide a wood golf club head with a new and effective means for the attachment of the lower end of the handle with the golf club head in such a manner as to eliminate the hosel wood extension of the conventional golf club head.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a combined metal sole plate and shaft retainer for a wood golf club to which the golf handle can be threaded in a left hand manner for an attachment thereto and thereby eliminate the need for the costly forming of a wood hosel portion on the club head.

It is still another object of the invention to provide a hoselless wood club with a combined sole plate and shaft retainer so as to make possible variations in the shape of wooden golf clubs and to open up a new field for design, shape, construction and assembly, assembly technique, and methods of manufacture.

It is a further object of the invention to provide a hoselless wood golf club that will require 50 percent less wood to manufacture than does the conventional wood club having the wood hosel that takes up substantially 50 percent of the total block area of wood in their large frontal area that offers wind resistance.

A further object of the invention is to provide a wood club in which it is not necessary to form a hosel on the wood for the securement of the club shaft thereto and to eliminate the weak attachment means afforded by a hosel which is normally the cause of some 95 percent wooden club head failures.

Other objects of the invention are to provide a wood golf club head that eliminates the wooden hosel, having the above objects in mind which will be stronger and more durable than the conventional club, more efficient, cost less to manufacture, less work required to shape the wood club, faster and more simple to assemble, reduce the cost of repair to broken and damaged clubs, and one in which the mass and weight of the hosel area of the conventional golf club has been removed and the weight added to the area of the club behind the hitting area, adding thereby to the efficiency and balance of the club.

For a better understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following detailed description taken in connec tion with the accompanying drawing, in which FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of a conventional golf club employing a hosel shaped from the wood and a sole plate on the bottom of the club.

FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of the hosel-less club head constructed according to the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a longitudinally sectional view of the hosel-less wood club head shown in FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a top plan view of a hosel-less club head constructed according to the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a longitudinal sectional view taken on line 5-5 of FIG. 4.

FIG. 6 is a top plan view of the hosel-less club head free of the sole plate and shaft retainer with the shaft retainer hole provided therein.

FIG. 7 is a front elevational view of the club head looking in the direction of line 7--7 of FIG. 6.

FIG. 8 is an end elevational view looking in the direction of line 8-8 of FIG. 6.

FIG. 9 is a top plan view of the combined sole plate and shaft retainer used in connection with the wood head according to the form of the invention shown in FIGS. 2 and 3.

FIG. I0 is a side elevational view of the combined sole plate and shaft retainer looking in the direction of the arrows l0-l0 of FIG. 9, and

FIG. I l is a rear elevational view of the combined sole plate and shaft retainer of FIG. 9 and looking in the direction of arrows ll-Il thereof.

In FIG. 1, there is shown a conventional wood golf club I5 that has a hosel 16 especially formed thereon to receive a shaft 17. This golf club I5 has a front striking area 18 and a sole plate 19 that serves very little purpose except to avoid wear on the bottom of the club head. A hole must be drilled into the hosel 16 of the conventional club 15 for the insertion of the shaft 17 making only for the connection of metal with wood that can be split, broken or worn thus providing for some percent of the damage that occurs with golf clu bs. A plastic or threaded sleeve 21 can overlie the hosel and has to conform to and taper from the shape of the hosel 16. With this conventional club 15 and with the hosel formation 16 upon the part 21 a large wind resistance area is added to the club.

According to the form of the present invention shown in FIGS. 2, 3, 6-11, many of the disadvantages of the conven tional wood club head have been overcome.

A wood body piece 23 is formed with no hosel but more or less with a rounded top surface 24. bottom surface and toe and heel portions. The body piece 23 is thus provided with a top surface 24 that, adjacent an opening 25 or groove 42, hereinafter explained, does not protrude upwardly to form a hosel area 16, but, instead is a continuation of the general contour of the club head from the toe portion to the heel portion. A hole 25 is drilled into the top surface 24 and through the bottom surface of the club head 23 to accommodate an inter nally threaded shaft retainer sleeve 26 that is formed integral with a sole plate 27 that will cover the full bottom surface of the club that will absorb the striking force of the club and transfer the same to the shalt. Thus the sole portion 27 of the present invention serves more than to protect the bottom of the wood club against wear. A front face striking plate 28 is provided on the front face of the club in the usual manner of being recessed as indicated at 29 and adhered to the club head.

The shaft retainer portion 26 has left handed threads 31 to receive the left hand threads 32 of golf club 33. This shaft is thus threaded into metal retainer 26 and can be secured against turning and rotation by a plastic fonnation 34 built upon and around the shaft and adhered to the top face 24 of the club head 23 to keep the shaft from being turned out of the retainer 26.

It should be seen that with this construction the full force is absorbed through metal and any breaking of the wood can be eliminated. The shaft retainer projects upwardly from the sole plate 27, the same having been integrally welded or secured as indicated at 36 to the inner face of the sole plate 27. The sole plate has a plurality of openings 37 adapted to receive screws 38 and for securement of the plate 27 and the retainer 26 against displacement from the underside of the wood club body 23. The sole plate 27 may have any shape or roll according to the desired shape wanted of the bottom face. It can be advantageous for the sole plate to have a four-way roll.

The over all shape of the wooden golf club can thus be changed in shape since no longer is there any need for the hosel and thus this construction opens up a whole new field of designs, new construction, assembly techniques and methods of manufacturing that will have been brought about by the combined sole plate and shaft retainer, internally threaded to accomplish an externally threaded metal club shaft.

Referring now particularly to the form of the invention shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, providing for a construction incorporating the present invention, which will eliminate the need for drilling a hole in wood body 41, the wood body 41 instead of having a hole such as 26 in the other form of the invention, has upwardly extending groove 42 worked through the end face of die wood body. The hole is in the form of a groove or channel section, rounded on its inner side to accommodate a solid shaft retainer 43 having a sole plate portion 44 thereon. The solid shaft retainer 43 can be inserted upon the rear of the wood block and secured in place by wood screws 46. Added metal weight is provided with this form of the invention, the rear face of the shaft retainer as indicated at 47 will conform to the contour of the rear surface of the club head and be rounded.

Left handed metal threads 48 are provided in the shaft retainer 43 to receive left-hand threads 49 on the lower end of shaft Sl. A washer like member 52 is disposed over the shaft 51 and may be adhered to the top surface of the wood block and the surface of the shaft to keep the shaft 51 from being turned. This wood block 41 is provided with a recess 53 receiving a striking plate 54.

It should now be apparent that there has been provided a hosel-less wood club head which will be stronger and more durable, cost less to manufacture, and will be elficient in use. Since weight is added to the club through the metal retainer. the club will have the same feel as will the conventional hoseltype wood club. Without the hosel up to 50 percent less wood will be required to provide the wood mass of the present invention and the total surface area of the wood block is greatly reduced without the hosel. The breakage of the golf clubs at the hosel as in conventional clubs, will be greatly reduced by the present construction. The complete elimination of the conventional wooden golf club hosel allows a reduction of the large frontal area of the club head that not only creates drag but it has wind resistance, but also places a large area of the club head outside of the striking area thereby reducing torque and making the club more easy to balance. A greater club head speed is accordingly obtained with this present design. The club head by the elimination of the hosel can be made more streamlined and have a smaller frontal area.

It will be apparent that the mass and weight of the club has been increased behind the frontal area so as to add to the efficiency of the club head by placing the weight where it will do the most good. This will permit a more solid hit by the club head, allow for a better balance and reduce greatly the torque or tendency of the golf club to twist.

What is claimed is:

I A wood-type golfclub comprising:

a. a club head having a frontal striking surface, toe and heel portions. a bottom surface and a top surface, said club head further defining a shaft receiving opening on said top surface at said heel portion, said top surface being a continuation of the general contour of the club head from said toe to said heel portions;

b. a sole plate secured to said bottom surface and entirely covering same;

c. an internally threaded shaft retainer secured to said sole plate and being received in said shaft receiving opening. said shaft retainer being internally threaded for at least a major portion of the length thereof;

d. a shaft having threads at one end thereof, said shaft being received in said shaft receiving opening and threadedly secured to said shaft retainer; and

e. a member received around said shaft, said member engaging said top surface of said club head and being secured to said club head and said shaft to prevent said shaft from turning.

2. A golf club as defined in claim I wherein said shaft has left hand threads.

3. A golf club as defined in claim I wherein said sole plate and said retainer are integral.

4. A golf club as defined in claim 1 wherein said sole plate has a four-way roll.

5. The wood-type golf club as defined in claim I, said club head having a vertically and inclined channel recess cut into the rear end thereof, said shaft retainer being fonned of metal filling the channel shaped recess whereby to provide added metal to the head.

6. The wood-type golf club as defined in claim 5, and said added metal shah retainer having a hole therein with left hand threads and said shaft having external left hand threads for fixing the shaft within the threaded hole of the shaft retainer.

7. The wood-type golf club as defined in claim 6, and a member extending about the shaft and fitted over and adhered to the top of the shaft retainer and top surface of said club head to further close the hole and to secure the shaft against rotation in the shaft retainer. the rear face of the shaft retainer and the washer conforming to the contour of the club head. and completely free of [16 ahar nel sha ped recess.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US682960 *Dec 26, 1900Sep 17, 1901Frank Legh SlazengerWooden golf-club.
US713845 *Sep 24, 1902Nov 18, 1902William BraidGolf-stick.
US1249127 *Apr 3, 1917Dec 4, 1917Metallic Shaft CompanyGolf-club head.
US1574213 *Apr 3, 1923Feb 23, 1926Tyler Ralph GGolf club
US1589707 *Nov 5, 1925Jun 22, 1926Kroydon CompanyGolf-club construction
US1897264 *Feb 25, 1930Feb 14, 1933Joseph Walwyn WhiteGolf club
US1994149 *Jun 15, 1932Mar 12, 1935Root Arthur AGolf club
US2014829 *Apr 24, 1933Sep 17, 1935Young Leonard AGolf club
US2067556 *Oct 29, 1935Jan 12, 1937Wettlaufer William LGolf club
US2116762 *Dec 28, 1928May 10, 1938Kroydon CompanyGolf club joint
US2198350 *Sep 13, 1937Apr 23, 1940Kenneth SmithGolf club
US2203893 *Feb 10, 1939Jun 11, 1940Charles I EshlemanGolf club
US2686056 *Mar 11, 1948Aug 10, 1954Plastic Golf Products IncMolded plastic golf club head
US3572709 *Oct 14, 1968Mar 30, 1971Risher John DGolf club construction
AU3731A * Title not available
GB1063798A * Title not available
GB189308954A * Title not available
GB191230050A * Title not available
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4063737 *Jun 11, 1976Dec 20, 1977Leung Chong TomGolf club
US4699383 *Mar 18, 1986Oct 13, 1987Maruman Golf Co., Ltd.Club-head
US5042806 *Dec 29, 1989Aug 27, 1991Callaway Golf CompanyGolf club with neckless metal head
US5163682 *Sep 4, 1991Nov 17, 1992Callaway Golf CompanyMetal wood golf club with variable faceplate thickness
US5207428 *Dec 19, 1991May 4, 1993Daiwa Golf Co., Ltd.Golf club head
US5318300 *Nov 2, 1992Jun 7, 1994Callaway Golf CompanyMetal wood golf club with variable faceplate thickness
US5380005 *May 16, 1994Jan 10, 1995Hsu; Henry Y. C.Iron golf club heads
US5439218 *Jan 3, 1995Aug 8, 1995Gondeck; Richard W.Golf club hosel construction
US5467989 *Nov 10, 1994Nov 21, 1995The Clear Difference Co.Golf club head with acrylic club body and method for manufacturing same
US5474296 *May 31, 1994Dec 12, 1995Callaway Golf CompanyMetal wood golf club with variable faceplate thickness
US5586944 *Oct 30, 1995Dec 24, 1996Yamaha CorporationGolf club head
US5690879 *Jul 25, 1995Nov 25, 1997Solid Golf, Inc.Method for injection molding a golf club body
US5820482 *Apr 30, 1996Oct 13, 1998Acushnet CompanyGolf putter shaft attachment
US5941781 *Mar 4, 1998Aug 24, 1999Acushnet CompanyGolf putter shaft attachment
US6890266May 23, 2003May 10, 2005Karsten Manufacturing CorporationMethods and apparatus for a metal wood-type golf club
US6942581Jun 5, 2003Sep 13, 2005Tae-Joon KimGolf club head
US7281985Aug 24, 2004Oct 16, 2007Callaway Golf CompanyGolf club head
US7934999May 18, 2009May 3, 2011Callaway Golf CompanyWood-type golf club head with adjustable sole contour
US8012034Apr 27, 2011Sep 6, 2011Callaway Golf CompanyWood-type golf club head with adjustable sole contour
US8517851Mar 3, 2011Aug 27, 2013Callaway Golf CompanyWood-type golf club head with adjustable sole contour
US20040248666 *Jun 5, 2003Dec 9, 2004Tae-Joon KimGolf club head
US20130178305 *Jul 2, 2012Jul 11, 2013Cobra Golf IncorporatedGolf club head with multi-component contruction
USRE36950 *Jun 23, 1997Nov 7, 2000Vardon Golf Company, Inc.Golf club head with increased radius of gyration and face reinforcement
Classifications
U.S. Classification473/306, 473/311
International ClassificationA63B53/02, A63B53/04
Cooperative ClassificationA63B53/02, A63B53/04
European ClassificationA63B53/04, A63B53/02