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The present invention relates in general to gold equipment. More specifically, but without restriction to the particular use which is shown and described, this invention relates to an improved golf putter.
An improved golf putter has a striking bar extending perpendicularly from the putter face to terminate at a striking surface spaced forwardly from the putter face a distance. The striking bar extends continuously from a location proximate to one putter face side edge across the putter face to a location proximate the other side edge.
A more complete understanding of the invention and its advantages will be apparent from the Detailed Description taken in conjunction with the accompanying Drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the Golf Putter of the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a side view of the Golf Putter of FIG. 1 with a golf ball;
FIG. 3 is a top view of the Golf Putter of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is front view of the Golf Putter of FIG. 1; and
FIG. 5 is an enlarged partial side view of the Striking Bar used in the Golf Putter of the present invention.
Referring to FIGS. 1-5, where like numerals refer to like and corresponding parts, a golf putter 10 has a putter head 12. Putter head 12 has a front portion 14 with putter face 16. Putter face 16 is a continuous planar surface, with the exception of the striking bar to be described. Putter face 16 has a perimeter edge 18 composed of a top edge 20, a bottom edge 22 and two side edges 24,26 adapted and arranged to make a continuous perimeter edge about the putter face 16.
The top edge 20 of putter face 16 has opposite ends 30,32, with one end 30 joined to a top portion 34 of one of the side edges, and the other end 32 joined to a top portion 36 of the other side edge. The bottom edge 22 of the putter face has opposite ends 38,40, one end 38 joined to a bottom portion 42 of one of the side edges, and the other end 40 joined to a bottom portion 44 of the other side edge.
A striking bar 50 is cast into the putter head front portion 14. At least the front portion 14, and preferably all of the putter head 12, and the striking bar 50 are formed in a single piece casting.
Striking bar 50 extends perpendicularly from the putter face 16 to terminate at a striking surface 52 spaced forwardly from the putter face 16 a distance D (FIG. 1). Preferably distance D is about 0.100 of an inch, however, a distance D as great as 3/16 of an inch has been used with success.
Striking bar 50 has the form of a partial rectangular prism, with a planar top 54, planar bottom 56 and planar ends 58,60 all joined at right angles and being perpendicular to the plane of putter face 16.
Striking surface 52 is on a semi-cylindrical mass 60 formed at the front of the striking bar 50 to present a rounded striking surface 52 at the front of the striking bar located distance D from the putter face 16.
One of the striking bar planar ends 58 is located proximate to, and preferably flush with, one of the side edges 24 of the putter face 16, and the other striking bar planar end 60 is located proximate to, and preferably flush with, the other side edge 26. Thus, striking bar 50 extends continuously from the location flush with one side edge across the putter face to the location flush with the other side edge.
The vertical thickness of striking bar 50, that is, the vertical distance between the top 54 and bottom 56 of the striking bar, is about 1/16 of an inch.
In operation, the striking bar contacts ball 100 at a vertical position above the center of mass of ball 100, as best shown in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4. This puts an enhanced forward spin on the ball, resulting in better directional control and more accurate putts.
It will be understood that each of the elements described above, or two or more together, may also find a useful application in other types of constructions differing from the type described above.
While the invention has been illustrated and described as embodied in a particular golf putter, it is not intended to be limited to the details shown, since it will be understood that various omissions, modifications, substitutions and changes in the forms and details of the device illustrated and in its operation can be made by those skilled in the art without departing in any way from the spirit of the present invention.
Without further analysis, the foregoing will so fully reveal the gist of the present invention that others can, by applying current knowledge, readily adapt it for various applications without omitting features that, from the standpoint of prior art, fairly constitute essential characteristics of the generic or specific aspects of this invention.