US RE16808 E
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
' e. 16,808 P. E. HELLER v Dec. 6, 192 7.
GOLF CLUB Original Filed 001'. 31, 1923 awuemfo'c name b 6,1921.
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Original Io. 1,551,503, dated September" 1,- weasel-1n so. 671,886,11 mm :1, 1m, and in Canada August 8, 1926. Application for reissue fled April}, 1927. Serial No. 181,911.
This invention relates to golf clubs and I has for its ob'ect to produce an improved construction which is sim is and economical of manufacture and is esigned to possess .important advantages 'not present in the types of construction as heretofore proposed and used. 1 7 I A The improvements of the present disclosure are directed more particularly to the 1 construction and arrangement ,for mountin of the head of the club upon the lower en of'the shaft rand consistsin the provision of a resilient'member or sleeve interposed between the lower end portion of the shaft and the heel extensiorir or neck portion of the club head. The resilient member may desirabl be in the form of a rubber composition s eeve surrounding the lower end of theshaft and'of a length corresponding'subg stantially to the length of the'bore 1n the club head for the reception of the shaft whereby the length of the shaft fitted within the headxportion has resilient material interposed between it and the material of the 1 head proper which may be of wood. The
rubber sleeve may desirably be under comression and secured in position both to the internal peripheral surface of the bore and likewise to t 0 external eripheral surface Y ,5 of the shaft by a suitab e rubber adhesive or cemerit. The improved construction and mounting of the head u n the shaft thus afiorded provides for a ditional resilienc at the region of the lower end of the sha u and is articularly desirable in its association wit a hollow steel shaft as illustrated; In the latter use. there is introduced an ad-. vantageous elastic rebound of the head portion relative to the shaft from both 'vertical and torsional or horizontal dis lacement under im act, this torsional resi 'ency bein to a arge degree lacking in steel shaft clu s at present used.
The fore oing and other features and advantages o my improved construction will be better understood by reference to the drawing herewith and to the accompanying description wherein like reference characters are applied to the corresponding parts o in-the several views.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a view in elevation illustratinga club of the driver orbrassie type made in jlccordance with my invention and .the lower end of the shaft is fitted within secured within the bore b sive and the adhesive is ikewise employed proved construction wherein the 'ward ycurvedneck portion 5 integr y formed therewith and provided with a lono5 gitudmal cylindrical bore 6 the wall of whlch 1s slightly tapered or inclined corresponding to the-taper of the shaft.
In accordance with the present invention the bore and a sleeve of rubber or other suitable resilient material is fitted within the bore throughout thelength thereof and interposed between the shaft and the wall of thebore 6 to permit of relative movement and resilient action between the club head and the lower end of the shaft. The resiLiv ent sleeve is here illustrated at (and extends from the lower end of the bore'upwardly for the .full length of the bore and projects for a small d stance therebeyond. The projecting portion 8 as indicated may desirably be tapered in cross-section to effect a more gradual merging1 of the lines of the head with that of the s aft at the junction region where the usual securing windings 9 are ap lied asshown. i In t a preferred embodiment of my invention, the resilient or rubber sleeve 7 is of suitable thicknessto provide; upon forcing of the shaft within the bore, that the sleeve shall be under an initial or normal com .sion which materially adds to the ho ding.
value and in addition thereto the sleeve Is a suitable adhebetween the internal surface of the sleeve and external surface of the shaft whereby a very durable connection is obtained while allowin' for the torsional resilientaction between e head and shaft portions. As. will be readily understood, in the assembling of my improved structure the resilient sleeve '7 is first inserted and secured within the bore 6 of theclu-b head and the shaftthereafter forced within the sleeve. 1 l
I have thus produced a golf club of im-. resilient sleeve member introduces an additional and desirable resilien in the region of the junction between the ead of the club and shaft whereby a more effective stroke is obtained indriving. While I have, for the purpose of illustration, shown the wooden head type of club commonly known as drivers and brassies, the featur'es'of my invention may be similarly embodied with the many other types of club construction, for instance those having metal heads such as a midiron. As will be further apparent my present invention may be otherwisemodified without derting from the spirit thereof. By way of firther illustration a wooden shaft ma employed instead of the hollow steel ft as illustrated.
- Having described my invention I claim:
1. A golf club com rising a shaft and a driving or head mem r mounted thereon, -said head member being formed with a neck or connecting portion havin a bore to receive the shaft end, a rubber eeve fitted within the bore throughout the length thereof and interposed between the circular wall of the bore and the shaft, said sleeve being under compression, substantially as described. v
2. A golf club com rising a shaft and a driving or head mem r mounted thereon, said head member being provided with a neck or connecting ortion avinga bore to receive the shaft en a'rubber sleeve element fitted within the bore and interposed between the circular wall of the bore. and the shaft end, said sleeve being under compression said head member bein or connecting portion -ceive the shaft end, a resilient sleeve fitted within the. bore and secured to the wall of the bore aid to the shaft to provide a tor-v sionally yielding and .resilient connection between the head and shaft members.
4. A golf.club com. ising a shaft and a driving or head mem r. mounted thereon, formed with a neck or connecting portion ceive the shaft end, a resilient sleeve fitted within the bore and interposed between the.
wall of the bore and the shaft and being under compression providing a torsionally 'elding and resilient connection between the head and shaft members.
5. A golf club comprising a shaft and a driving or head member mounted. thereon, said head member bein formed with aneck having a. bore to receive the shaft end, a rubber sleeve element fitted Within the bore and adhesively' secured to the wall of the bore and to the shaft and under compression providing a tersionally yielding and resilient connection between the head and shaft members.
Si ed at Newark, in the county ofEsscx and g t-ate of New J ersey'this 17 day of February, 1927 PAUL Fi -HELLER.
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