|Publication number||US3675923 A|
|Publication date||Jul 11, 1972|
|Filing date||Apr 29, 1970|
|Priority date||Apr 29, 1970|
|Publication number||US 3675923 A, US 3675923A, US-A-3675923, US3675923 A, US3675923A|
|Inventors||William J Allen, Michael D Barber|
|Original Assignee||Seaview Enterprises Inc|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (3), Referenced by (17), Classifications (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
United States Patent Allen et al. 51 July 11, 1972 54 GOLF PUTTER WITH THREE PRONG 2,478,468 8/1949 Drake ..273/80.2 SHAFT ATTACHMENT D209,30l 1 1/1967 Comitz ..D34/5 687,539 11/1901 Palmer. 1 Inventors William Allen; Michael Barber, both 0204,002 3/1966 Tanis ..D34/5 of Brunswick, Ga.  Assignee: Seaview Enterprises, Inc., Brunswick, Ga. h Pinkham 3Assistant ExammerR1chard J. Apley  Flledi P 1970 A!torneyBurns, Doane, Benedict, Swecker & Mathis  Appl. No.: 32,887 ABSTRACT . U S Cl 273/80 2 273/80C A golf putter having an elongated head with an upright strik- I 5} I 53/62 ing face and with a sole plate extending rearwardly from the I 58 Fie'ld 80 I 80 2 striking face forming a body portion which is substantially L- 1 8 16 b shaped in cross section. A handle supports the head by a plurality of prongs, one of which is located centrally of the length I of the head, and additional prongs are located adjacent op-  Re erences Cited posite end portions thereof. The shank of the handle extends UNITED STATES PATENTS in an oblique direction from the point of connection of the center ron with the head. D196,734 10/1963 Solheim ..273/l67 D p 8 1,250,296 12/1917 Fitzjohn et a1. ..273/80 C 7 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures GOLF PUTTER WITH THREE PRONG SHAFT ATTACHMENT SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to improvements in golf putters.
The game of golf is an ancient one and while many attempts have been made to improve the characteristics of golf clubs, particularly putters, these have lacked the fundamental basis for improvement. Balance is necessary in all golf clubs, particularly putters, but accuracy is especially important in putting. This invention is the first putter head to reduce the probability or possibility of human errOr in putting by transferring the stroke to the toe of the putter head as well as the center or heel, thus clearly reducing the chances of the putter turning on the handle axis, and thus increasing accuracy.
One object of this invention is to improve the construction of golf putters and to overcome the objections found heretofore with golf clubs of this type, especially objections to the natural turning of the putter in the hand, and dissipation of force and thus dissipation of accuracy if the golf ball is not struck at a specific spot on the putter face, that is, toward the toe or the heel of the putter face.
Another object of this putter head is to disseminate force in the putter head through prongs equally throughout the face of the club, and to disallow natural physical reaction to the force of the blow that usually results in the toe or heel of the putter head turning away from the ball and losing any portion of a degree of accuracy.
A particular object of the invention is to provide for the delivery of the force of the putting stroke with more fidelity and less margin for error than with putter heads heretofore provided.
These objects may be accomplished, according to one embodiment of the invention, by providing a putter head with an elongated striking face supported on the handle through a plurality of prongs, one of which is connected with the rear face of the head approximately midway of the length thereof and preferably centrally with respect to the striking face. Additional prongs connect the handle structure with opposite end portions of the head on the rear face thereof.
The handle extends upright from the point of connection with the prongs in an oblique direction, inclined toward one end of the head to achieve the proper striking force by the swinging action of the arms. It is preferred that a sole plate extend underneath the inturned portions of the prongs, rearwardly from the striking face, thereby to protect the prongs. The sole plate cooperates to form a head substantially L- shaped in cross section.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS This embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the golf head and supporting prongs therefor;
FIG. 2 is a top plan view and partial section on the line 2-2 in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a rear elevation; and
FIG. 4 is a vertical section therethrough on the line 44 in FIG. 3.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS The golf putter comprises a club head, generally indicated by the numeral 1, which is supported on the lower end of a handle 2 for a striking motion along the ground while the handle is held in the hands of the player. The handle 2 may be made of any suitable material and of sufficient length to accommodate the player for whom it is designed.
The club head 1 is formed with an upright section, generally indicated at 3, and which is of substantial length of the order of approximately 4 inches, although the length thereof may be varied as desired. The upright section 3 has a front striking face 4 throughout its length and height.
The club head also includes a sole plate 5 which extends transversely from the lower edge of the upright section 3, cooperating therewith to form a body portion which is substantially L-shaped in cross section. The upright section 3 forms a wall section on the upper edge of the sole plate 5. As shown in FIG. 3, the sole plate 5 and lower edge of the upright section 3 have a bottom surface which is substantially flat throughout the major portion of the length and width thereof as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. These parts have the end portions thereof curved longitudinally on a very long are so as to provide a smoother sweep motion in the use of the club head. These curved end portions are indicated generally at 6 in FIG. 3.
The handle 2 supports the club head 1 by a shank 7 which is connected with the handle at the upper end of the shank. The lower end of the shank 7 has secured thereto a sleeve-like spider 8 from which prongs 9 and 10 extend. The prong 9 has an angular end portion 11 extending into abutting relation with the rear face of the upright section of the head midway of the length of this head and immediately above the sole plate 5.
The prongs 10 extend in opposite directions from the center to points adjacent the outer ends of the head and have angular end portions 12 turned forwardly into abutting relation with the rear face of the upright section 3 adjacent opposite ends thereof, symmetrically with respect to the head. These sections 11 and 12 are normal to the striking face 4 and are one piece, moulded with the handle and the rear face of the upright section 3 and with the top face of the sole plate 5.
As shown in FIG. 3, the shank 7 and the handle 2 extend in an oblique direction, inclined toward one end portion of the club head from the axis of the end portion 11 of the prong 9. The angle of inclination should be relatively small s0 as to accommodate freedom of swinging motion of the arms while presenting the club head substantially parallel with the ground surface in a smooth striking motion.
This golf putter, constructed as described and illustrated, is capable of delivering uniform force to a golf ball equally from one end to the other, or in the center. The head delivers the force of the putting stroke with great fidelity and with less margin of error than putter heads heretofore provided because the force is absorbed and dissipated equally to at least three areas of the putter face through the three prongs that connect the head with the handle. Therefore, it is more difficult with this putter to make a mistake in judging the stroke or feel. Greater accuracy, therefore, will result in the use of the putter than with putters provided heretofore.
While the invention has been illustrated and described in one embodiment, it is recognized that variations and changes may be made therein without departing from the invention as set forth in the claims.
I. A golf putter comprising an elongated club head, said head having an upright striking face extending substantially throughout the length of the head, a handle structure including a shank above the head and having at least three prongs joined to the shank at a position over the head and extending downwardly therefrom to the opposite side of the head from the striking face, said prongs having end portions joined to the head adjacent opposite ends of the head and intermediate said opposite ends symmetrically midway of the length thereof at points spaced apart therealong.
2. A golf putter according to claim 1, wherein the handle structure extends obliquely from the head and inclined toward one end portion of the head.
3. A golf putter according to claim 1, wherein the head is substantially L-shaped in cross section with an upright section forming the upright striking face and with a sole plate extending lengthwise of the head beneath the prongs, and with the prongs extending transversely across the surface of the sOle plate to the back face of the upright section of the head.
4. A golf putter according to claim 1, wherein the head is substantially bshaped in cross section with a sole plate extending lengthwise of the head beneath the connected ends of the prongs, the sole plate having the bottom surface thereof flat throughout the major portion of the length of the intermediate portion thereof and having ends of the bottom face thereof curved on an are extending lengthwise of the head about a center above the head.
5. A golf putter comprising an elongated club head having a sole plate extending lengthwise thereof and with an upright wall section extending substantially throughout the length of the sole plate and upstanding from the front edge thereof with a front striking face thereon, a handle structure including a shank having a plurality of prongs with end portions extending downwardly therefrom to the upper surface of the sole plate at points spaced rearwardly from the upright wall section, each of said prongs extending along the upper surface of the sole plate to the upright wall section in abutting relation with the latter, one of said prongs having said end portion disposed midway of the length of the sole plate and wall section, and with end portionS of others of said prongs disposed symmetrically on opposite sides of the end portion of said one prong and adjacent opposite ends of the sole plate and wall section.
6. A golf putter according to claim 5, wherein each of the prongs has the portion thereof joined to the head extending substantially at right angles to the striking face.
7. A golf putter according to claim 5 wherein the handle structure extends in an oblique direction from the head and is inclined toward one end thereof.
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|International Classification||A63B53/00, A63B53/04|
|Cooperative Classification||A63B53/007, A63B59/0088|