ADJUSTABLE GOLF CLUB
 Inventors: James L. Van Alen, II; Robert B. Van Alen; Jeanne B. Van Alen; James L. Van Alen, Jr., all of Newtown Square, Pa.; Alexander Van Alen, Fort Collins, Colo.
 Assignee: Arrowhead Innovations Corporation,
Newtown Square, Pa.
 Appl. No.: 714,473
 Filed: Sep. 16, 1996
 Int. Cl.6 A63B 53/06; A63B 53/16
 U.S. Cl 473/245; 473/313; 473/314;
 Field of Search 473/244, 245,
473/246, 247, 248, 313, 340
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
An adjustable golf club having means for adjusting the balance of the club and means for adjusting the alignment angle of the club. A club head is attached to the connection end of the shaft by connecting means at a connection point along the heel-to-toe axis and at a line-of-play alignment angle and a heel-to-toe alignment angle. The connecting means includes a slide fixed to the connection end of the shaft and a socket in the top portion of the club head. The balance of the club can be adjusted by linearly moving the slide along the heel-to-toe axis in the socket. The line-ofplay alignment angle of the shaft can be adjusted by rotatably moving the slide in the socket. After the club is adjusted, the slide is secured in the socket by locking means to prevent the club from deviating from the desired adjusted configuration during play. A method of putting a golf ball with the above-provided adjustable putter. The adjustable putter is provided to the golfer. The golfer adjusts the balance and line-of-play alignment angle of the club to the golfer's satisfaction. The golfer then strikes the golf ball with the adjusted putter.
21 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets