Title:
Grip structure
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention is to provide a grip structure including a barrel-shaped grip having an inner wall axially formed with a mounting hole. The grip has a closed end formed with an air vent that communicates with the mounting hole, so that the grip may be mounted on a handle. The grip has a reduced mediate portion formed with a neck section, so that a grip tape may be wound around the neck section. The neck section is provided with a helical guide rib protruded outward therefrom, for guiding the grip tape to be wound around the neck section, thereby decreasing the difficulty of winding the grip tape, and thereby positioning the grip tape to prevent a sliding movement of the grip tape.



Inventors:
Jaw, Hunter (Taichung, TW)
Application Number:
09/939649
Publication Date:
03/06/2003
Filing Date:
08/28/2001
Assignee:
JAW HUNTER
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B49/08; A63B53/14; (IPC1-7): A63B53/14
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Primary Examiner:
BLAU, STEPHEN LUTHER
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Hunter Jaw (Taichung, TW)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A grip structure, comprising: a barrel-shaped grip having an inner wall axially formed with a mounting hole, said grip having a closed end formed with an air vent that communicates with said mounting hole, so that said grip may be mounted on a handle, said grip having a reduced mediate portion formed with a neck section, so that a grip tape may be wound around said neck section; wherein, said neck section is provided with a helical guide rib protruded outward therefrom, for guiding said grip tape to be wound around said neck section, thereby decreasing a difficulty of winding said grip tape, and thereby positioning said grip tape to prevent a sliding movement of said grip tape.

2. The grip structure in accordance with claim 1, wherein said guide rib has two side faces each formed with an inclined face.

3. The grip structure in accordance with claim 1, wherein said guide rib has an outer edge and a root portion, said outer edge has a width smaller than that of said root portion, so as to mate with an oblique side of said side edge of said grip tape.

4. The grip structure in accordance with claim 1, wherein said guide rib has an outer edge and a root portion, said outer edge has a width greater than that of said root portion.

5. The grip structure in accordance with claim 1, wherein said guide rib has a cross-section having a height greater than a thickness of said grip tape, so that an outer periphery of said guide rib protrudes outward from an outer edge face of said grip tape, thereby enhancing stability of holding said grip.

6. The grip structure in accordance with claim 1, wherein said guide rib has a cross-section having a height smaller than a thickness of said grip tape, so that an outer periphery of said guide rib is lower than an outer edge face of said grip tape, thereby forming a helical groove in said outer periphery of said guide rib.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a grip structure that may be mounted on the handle of a racket, club or the like, so that the grip tape may be wound around the grip, and more particularly, to a grip structure that may enhance the stability of holding the grip, may prevent sliding of the grip tape relative to the grip. In addition, the grip tape may be wound around the grip easily.

[0003] 2. Description of the Related Art

[0004] A conventional grip structure in accordance with the prior art shown in FIG. 1 comprises a sleeve 1 which has an inner wall axially formed with a receiving hole 102 for mounting the handle 9 of a racket, club or the like. The sleeve 1 has two end portions 104, and a neck portion 106 formed between the two end portions 104, so that a grip tape 2 may be wound around the neck portion 106. The sleeve 1 has a closed end formed with an air vent 108 communicating with the receiving hole 102, to allow escape of air contained in the receiving hole 102, so that the handle 9 may be inserted into the sleeve 1 conveniently.

[0005] When the grip tape 2 is wound around the neck portion 106 of the sleeve 1 of the conventional grip structure, the grip tape 2 is obliquely wound around the neck portion 106 from one end thereof. The two sides of the grip tape 2 bonded on the neck portion 106 are arranged in an inclined manner. Thus, the grip tape 2 is inclined with the axial direction of the sleeve 1 during the winding process. However, the grip tape 2 is wound around the neck portion 106 in an oblique manner, so that the grip tape 2 easily slides or slips relative to the sleeve 1, and so that the grip tape 2 needs to be wound again, thereby causing difficulty and inconvenience to wind the grip tape 2 around the neck portion 106.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] The present invention has arisen to mitigate and/or obviate the disadvantage of the conventional grip structure.

[0007] The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a grip structure, wherein the periphery of the grip is provided with a helical guide rib that may guide the grip tape to be wound around the neck section, thereby decreasing the difficulty of winding the grip tape, and thereby positioning the grip tape to prevent a sliding movement of the grip tape.

[0008] In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a grip structure, comprising:

[0009] a barrel-shaped grip having an inner wall axially formed with a mounting hole, the grip having a closed end formed with an air vent that communicates with the mounting hole, so that the grip may be mounted on a handle, the grip having a reduced mediate portion formed with a neck section, so that a grip tape may be wound around the neck section;

[0010] wherein, the neck section is provided with a helical guide rib protruded outward therefrom, for guiding the grip tape to be wound around the neck section, thereby decreasing a difficulty of winding the grip tape, and thereby positioning the grip tape to prevent a sliding movement of the grip tape.

[0011] Preferably, the guide rib has two side faces each formed with an inclined face.

[0012] Preferably, the guide rib has an outer edge and a root portion, wherein the outer edge has a width smaller than that of the root portion, so as to mate with an oblique side of the side edge of the grip tape. Alternatively, the outer edge has a width greater than that of the root portion.

[0013] Preferably, the guide rib has a cross-section having a height greater than a thickness of the grip tape, so that an outer periphery of the guide rib protrudes outward from an outer edge face of the grip tape, thereby enhancing stability of holding the grip.

[0014] Alternatively, the guide rib has a cross-section having a height smaller than a thickness of the grip tape, so that an outer periphery of the guide rib is lower than an outer edge face of the grip tape, thereby forming a helical groove in the outer periphery of the guide rib, so as to guide and drain the heat and moisture generated during sporting, thereby enhancing the comfort of holding the grip.

[0015] Further benefits and advantages of the present invention will become apparent after a careful reading of the detailed description with appropriate reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0016] FIG. 1 is a cross-sectional assembly view of a conventional grip structure in accordance with the prior art;

[0017] FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a grip structure in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention;

[0018] FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view of the grip structure as shown in FIG. 2;

[0019] FIG. 4 is a partially cross-sectional view showing the grip tape being wound around the grip structure;

[0020] FIG. 5 is a partially cross-sectional view showing the grip tape being wound around the grip structure;

[0021] FIG. 6 is a partially cross-sectional view showing the grip tape being wound around the grip structure;

[0022] FIG. 7 is a partially cross-sectional assembly view of a grip structure in accordance with a second embodiment of the present invention; and

[0023] FIG. 8 is a partially cross-sectional assembly view of a grip structure in accordance with a third embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0024] Referring to the drawings and initially to FIGS. 2 and 3, a grip structure in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention comprises a barrel-shaped grip 10 which has an inner wall axially formed with a mounting hole 12 which has a uniform diameter. The grip 10 has a closed end formed with an air vent 14 communicating with the mounting hole 12, so that the grip 10 may be mounted on the handle of a racket, club or the like. The grip 10 has a reduced mediate portion formed with a neck section 16, so that a grip tape may be wound around the neck section 16. In addition, a helical guide rib 18 is formed on and protruded from the neck section 16, for guiding the grip tape to be wound around the neck section 16, thereby decreasing the difficulty of winding the grip tape, and thereby positioning the grip tape to prevent a sliding movement of the grip tape.

[0025] Referring to FIG. 4, the grip structure in accordance with the first embodiment of the present invention may be mounted on the handle of a racket, a club or the like. The grip tape 20 is wound around the neck section 16 of the grip 10, thereby enhancing the comfort and stability of holding the grip 10 by means of the elasticity of the grip tape 20. At this time, the grip tape 20 is rested on the side edge of the guide rib 18, so that the grip tape 20 may be obliquely wound around the neck section 16 of the grip 10 by guidance of the guide rib 18.

[0026] Referring to FIG. 5, the height of the cross-section of the guide rib 18 is greater than the thickness of the grip tape 20. Thus, after the grip tape 20 has been wound around the neck section 16 of the grip 10, the outer periphery of the guide rib 18 protrudes outward from the outer edge face of the grip tape 20. When the user's one hand holds the grip 10, the outer periphery of the guide rib 18 protruding outward from the outer edge face of the grip tape 20 is rested on the user's palm. The contact face of the guide rib 18 and the user's palm is very small, thereby forming a greater local pressure between the guide rib 18 and the user's palm, to enhance the stability of holding the grip 10, thereby preventing the user's hand from sliding or slipping relative to the grip 10.

[0027] Referring to FIG. 6, the height of the cross-section of the guide rib 18 is smaller than the thickness of the grip tape 20. Thus, after the grip tape 20 has been wound around the neck section 16 of the grip 10, the outer periphery of the guide rib 18 is lower than the outer edge face of the grip tape 20, thereby forming a helical groove 180 in the outer periphery of the guide rib 18. When the user's one hand holds the grip 10, the heat or moisture generated between the grip tape 20 and the user's palm may be guided and drained through the helical groove 180, thereby enhancing the comfort of holding the grip 10.

[0028] Referring to FIG. 7, in accordance with a second embodiment of the present invention, the guide rib 17 has two side faces each formed with an inclined face 170. The guide rib 17 has an outer edge 172 and a root portion 174, wherein the outer edge 172 has a width smaller than that of the root portion 174, so as to mate with the oblique side of the side edge of the grip tape 20, so that the grip tape 20 may be closely bonded on the grip 10. In addition, the height of the cross-section of the guide rib 17 is greater than the thickness of the grip tape 20.

[0029] Referring to FIG. 8, in accordance with a third embodiment of the present invention, the guide rib 19 has two side faces each formed with an inclined face 190. The guide rib 19 has an outer edge 192 and a root portion 194, wherein the outer edge 192 has a width greater than that of the root portion 194. At the same time, the height of the cross-section of the guide rib 19 is greater than the thickness of the grip tape 20, so that the guide rib 19 may efficiently stop and position the grip tape 20, thereby preventing the grip tape 20 from being detached or released from the grip 10, so as to enhance stability and effectiveness of positioning the grip tape 20.

[0030] Although the invention has been explained in relation to its preferred embodiment as mentioned above, it is to be understood that many other possible modifications and variations can be made without departing from the scope of the present invention. It is, therefore, contemplated that the appended claim or claims will cover such modifications and variations that fall within the true scope of the invention.





 
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