Title:
Golf club handle
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention discloses a golf club handle, which improves the poor gripping effect of a prior art grip section of a traditional golf club and comprises a grip section and a long strap wrapped around the grip section. The grip section is a long resilient tube having a thin rubber layer on the internal side of the tube plus an external layer of rubber foam resilient matter, and then wrapped with a long strap. With such tube combined with two layers of materials, the grip allows a golf player to strike the golf ball with lighter weight, higher impact resistance and better stability.



Inventors:
Lin, Chen-i (Pingtung County, TW)
Application Number:
10/985978
Publication Date:
05/18/2006
Filing Date:
11/12/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B53/14
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Primary Examiner:
PIERCE, WILLIAM M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Joe McKinney Muncy (4000 Legato Raod, Suite 310, Fairfax, VA, 22033, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A golf club handle, comprising a grip section and a long strap wrapped around said grip section, said grip section having a rubber layer as its internal layer and further adding a rubber foam resilient matter to form a double-layer grip section structure.

2. The golf club handle of claim 1, wherein said grip section is made into a long resilient tube by said rubber foam resilient matter.

3. The golf club handle of claim 1, wherein said rubber foam resilient matter is integrally formed to define a double-layer resilient tube.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a golf club handle capable of reducing its total weight, resisting impacts and providing stable grips.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Nowadays, the living standard is generally improved, and playing golf has become an enjoyable leisure sport to the general public, and the golf sport is supported by the golf training courses established all over the places and every effort put in by related government agencies for the promotion of the game. However, it needs necessary tools to do good work. Obviously, it is some kind of know-how to select the best way to hold a golf club to maximize one's golfing technique and gain applauses from others.

Please refer to FIGS. 1A and 1B for a prior art of golf club which is generally divided into wood golf club and iron golf club, and the material for making golf clubs is very hard and the grip section at an end of the club is made of a plastic material and wrapped by a long strap. Although the grip section provides an effective grip for golf players to strike a golf ball, yet the method requires a long strap for directly wrapping the surface of the grip section and irregular patterns disposed on the surface of the long strap for improving the friction for a player to grip the golf club and avoiding any slippery of the hands due to sweats.

According to the foregoing prior art grip structure of the traditional golf club and its method of use, it seems the prior art has taken the stability of the grip into serious consideration and the stability also complies with the practical use. However, after its actual uses for many times, the following shortcomings are still found:

1. The grip section as shown in FIGS. 1A and 1B comes with a long strap for wrapping around the grip section. Although the grip section is made of a plastic material, yet the thickness of the grip section is generally not enough to facilitate players to grip the grip section. Since the material of the club is harder, therefore a beginner may not be able to strike the golf ball successfully and thus producing an impact and a slide or even hurting the player's hand during the practice of playing the game. Such grip is definitely not the best one.

2. Since the structure of the grip section of the golf club comes with patterns or lines on the plastic surface to increase the friction of the hand grip and achieve the slippery resisting purpose, the risk of having a slip increases as the patterns or lines gradually fade out after a long-time usage.

3. In view of the drawbacks created by the structure of a grip section being wrapped by a long strap, some manufacturers have tried to add a foam resilient matter on the inter side of the long strap to wrap the long strap onto the grip section of the golf club as shown in FIGS. 2A and 2B. Although such structure looks better than that of the grip section of the golf club previously described, yet when the player holds the grip section of the golf club by hands for striking the golf ball, the grip section will fall off or be loosen easily due to impacts, even though the grip section of the golf club is made of plastic materials and a foam resilient matter is added on the inter side of the long strap to increase the softness of the grip, and the long strap and the foam resilient matter are attached. Therefore, the grip section of the golf club still requires improvements.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In view of the shortcomings of the aforementioned prior art grip section of the traditional golf club, the inventor of the present invention based on years of experience on related field to conduct extensive researches and experiments and finally invented a golf club handle according to the present invention. With a thin plastic layer on the internal side of a tube of the grip section of the golf club and an external layer made of a rubber foam resilient matter, the aforementioned double-layer tube not only makes the grip lighter for the golfer (by reducing weight), but also provides better impact resistance and more stable grips.

The present invention is characterized in that the invention provides a lighter and more secured grip for golf players by making a grip section comprised of a thin rubber layer and an external layer of rubber foam resilient matter and wrapping a long strap around the grip section to facilitate the golfers to hold the grip section more securely. Such arrangement also allows golfers to hold the golf club to strike a golf ball with different levels of force in a golf game.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1A is a perspective view of a prior art grip section of a traditional golf club being wrapped by a long strap.

FIG. 1B is a cross-sectional view of Section 1B-1B as depicted in FIG. 1A.

FIG. 2A is a perspective view of another prior art grip section of a traditional golf club being wrapped by a long strap.

FIG. 2B is a cross-sectional view of Section 2B-2B as depicted in FIG. 2A.

FIG. 3A is a perspective view of the golf club handle of the present invention.

FIG. 3B is a cross-sectional view of Section 3B-3B as depicted in FIG. 3A.

FIG. 4 is an illustrative view of the grip section being wrapped by the long strap according to the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

To make it easier for our examiner to understand the objective of the invention, its structure, innovative features, and performance, we use a preferred embodiment and the attached drawings for the detailed description of the invention.’

Please refer to FIG. 3A for the golf club handle of the present invention, which comprises a grip section 1 and a long strap 2.

In FIGS. 3A and 3B, the grip section 1 has an internal layer made of a thin rubber layer 10 and an external layer made of a rubber foam resilient matter 11 to define a long tube. The grip section 1 is a long resilient tube having a through hole 12 disposed on the bottom surface of the long resilient tube for passing a golf club 3 through.

The long strap 2 is substantially in the shape of a long bar and spirally wrapped around the periphery of the grip section 1. In the meantime, the long strap 2 has a plurality of patterns 20 disposed and aligned on its surface and an adhesive glue 21 disposed on the back side for being wound around the periphery of the grip section 1.

The structure, characteristics and key points of the present invention reside on that the grip section 1 is stiff and straight since it its internal layer is made of a rubber layer 10 and then integrally coupled with a rubber foam resilient matter 11 on the outside (which is totally different from the general foam resilient matter being stuck onto the internal layer of the long strap) to form a double-layer grip section structure.

In the grip section 1 as shown in FIGS. 3A, 3B and 4, an end of the long strap 2 is embedded into a starting end of the grip section 1 and begins wrapping around the starting end of the grip section 1 for one and half rounds, and then continues wrapping around the rest of the grip section 1. Apply the adhesive glue 21 on the back side of the long strap 2 in order to adhere the long strap 2 securely onto the surface of the grip section 1, such that the wrapped grip section 1 can reduce its weight, provide secured grip and better impact resistance for facilitating a golf player to grip the golf club 3 and strike a golf ball.