Title:
Golf putter club
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A golf putter is provided. The putter is made of a substantially large (between 25 and 45 mm diameter) parallel thin walled shaft wherein part of the bare shaft forms the grip. A protruding curved end cap forms part of the grip to assist in consistency of positioning the hands when taking a grip of the putter. A thin walled end plate closes off the shaft to the putter head all being designed to maximize “feel” when stroking the ball.



Inventors:
Buchanan, Douglas Boyd (Shropshire, GB)
Application Number:
10/288446
Publication Date:
03/27/2003
Filing Date:
11/06/2002
Assignee:
BUCHANAN DOUGLAS BOYD
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
473/305, 473/316
International Classes:
A63B53/00; A63B53/02; A63B53/10; A63B53/12; A63B53/14; (IPC1-7): A63B53/14; A63B53/02; A63B53/12
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Primary Examiner:
PASSANITI, SEBASTIANO
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Joseph W. Berenato, III (Bethesda, MD, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A golf putter comprising a shaft having a grip end and a head end, a putter head having a striking face, connected to the head end wherein the shaft is a substantially large cross-sectional dimension parallel shaft.

2. A golf putter according to claim 1 wherein a portion of the shaft at the grip end comprises the putter grip.

3. A golf putter according to claim 1 wherein the grip end includes a protruding end cap.

4. A golf putter according to claim 1 wherein the shaft is circular and has a diameter between 25 and 45 mm.

5. A wolf putter according to claim 4 wherein the diameter is 31 mm.

6. A golf putter as claimed in claim 1 wherein the shaft is thin walled.

7. A golf putter as claimed in claim 6 therein the wall thickness is between 0.75 and 1.00 min.

8. A golf putter as claimed in claim 3 wherein the end cap is curved to fit the hand of the user.

9. A golf putter as claimed in claim 3 wherein the end cap exceeds the diameter of the shaft.

10. A golf putter as claimed in claim 1 having an oval or U-shaped cross section.

11. A golf club putter according to claim 1 wherein the connection of the head to the shaft includes a thin walled plate member at the end of the shaft.

12. A golf club putter according to claim 11 including a thin walled hollow hosel member attached to the end plate.

13. A golf club putter according to claim 12 wherein the end plate and hosel are part of a lightweight casting.

14. A golf club putter according to claim 11 wherein the shaft is enlarged at the head end thereof to accommodate an end plate greater in area than the area of the shaft at the grip end.

15. A golf club putter according to claim 14 wherein the end of the shaft is flared.

16. A golf club utter according to claim 1 wherein the shaft material is selected from the group of high tensile materials Consisting of aircraft quality aluminum, stainless steel, composites, titanium, a high performance alloy, carbon fibre.

17. A golf club Putter according to claim 16, wherein the high performance alloy is magnesium or lithium enhanced alloy.

Description:

BACKGROUND AND THE SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0001] This invention relates to a golf putter club.

[0002] The game of golf has been played for at least five hundred years. Early clubs were made entirely of wood. Gradually the materials used in clubs changed. Metal was used for heads, stainless steel, titanium and composites used for shafts. Leather spiral bound grips gave way to molded rubber and man made materials. The overall shape, however, did not change i.e. a hitting head and a small diameter tapering shaft.

[0003] All clubs except the putter hit the ball extremely hard, so a certain amount of shaft is desirable, except in the case of the putter. In putting, which is of a gentle nature, feel is crucial.

[0004] In my United Kingdom patent application specification No. 9720192.5 I disclosed a golf putter designed to maximize feel during the putting stroke. The present invention is a further definition of the invention disclosed in my UK patent specification No. 9720192.5. Both UK patent applications are incorporated herein in their entireties by reference.

[0005] According to the present invention there is provided a golf putter comprising a shaft having a grip end and a head end, a putter head having a striking face, connected to the head end wherein the shaft is a substantially large cross-sectional dimension parallel shaft.

[0006] To this end, the invention uses a thin walled, high tensile tube of a large diameter and a T shaped club head of rectangular section material. The invention comprises of a large diameter, thin walled tube connected to the T shaped club head by means of a short transition piece. Although the invention preferably comprises a circular shaft of large cross-sectional dimension, that is, diameter, the rules of Golf permit non-circular cross-sections for punter grips, hence oval and U-shaped cross sections are within the scope of the present invention. In the case of an oval shaft the substantially large cross-sectional dimension would be the major diameter and in the case of a U-shaped section it would be the dimension between the flat surface and the radiused end.

[0007] Other objects, advantages and novel features of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description of the invention when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0008] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the putter with hollow shaft and T shaped head;

[0009] FIG. 2 is a plan view of the club head;

[0010] FIG. 3 is a rear elevational view of the club head in the direction of arrow A to show rectangular section;

[0011] FIG. 4 is a partially fragmented elevational view of a protruding end cap in accordance with the invention;

[0012] FIG. 5 shows oval and U-shaped cross sections;

[0013] FIG. 6 is a part sectional view of a further embodiment of the present invention; and

[0014] FIG. 7 is a part sectional view of an alternative embodiment to the embodiment shown in FIG. 6;

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0015] Referring to the drawings; the shaft 10 is a thin walled tube of sufficiently large diameter to maximize hand feel and is made from a variety of high tensile materials such as aircraft quality aluminum, stainless steel, composite material, titanium, high performance alloy such as magnesium or lithium enhanced alloy or similar suitable material to maximize feel of the contact with the ball to be transmitted through the shaft to the hands of the player.

[0016] The shaft 10 ends in a transition piece 12 which connects the shaft to the club head and is hollow to allow the transmission of contact. The hollow transition piece 12 is made of a suitable material composite, aluminum titanium, alloy or high density plastic. The transition piece is a tight push fit into the putter head 13 and into the shaft via collar 11 which is also a tight push fit. Both are positively positioned with either pin or screw. The putter head 13 is made from a lightweight alloy suitably weighted to provide a balanced feel. The top of the shaft is finished off with a slightly proud hollow end cap 14. Shaft 10 as seen in FIG. 1 is parallel throughout its entire length and is not tapered nor stepped and comprises a head end 15 and a grip end 16 whilst putter head 13 includes a striking face 17.

[0017] Normally a portion of the grip end 16 would be fitted with a rubber leather grip. This putter grip would tend to absorb some of the vibrations coming up the shaft at impact and it is thought this is detrimental to maximizing feel. Accordingly in this invention a portion 18 of shaft 10 delineated by the dotted lines, FIG. 1, forms the grip. In other words a conventional grip, per se, is dispensed with or omitted and the bare shaft is used as the grip. Accordingly in one sense it could be said a non-slip, non-shock absorbing grip is provided. It has been found that a circular carbon fibre shaft of substantially large cross-sectional dimension, that is, a diameter of between 25 and 45 nm, preferably 31 mm with a thin wall thickness of between 0.75 and 1 mm is best used in the practice of the invention. Protruding end cap 14 exceeds the diameter of shaft 10 by about 1.00 to 3.00 mm per side and has a curvilinear surface 22. The curved surface 22 is designed to fit snugly into the heel of the hand at the base of the thumb of the user's hand. This is useful in that it assists in maintaining consistency of positioning of the hands when taking grip of the putter. Also the use of a substantially larger than normal diameter shaft will assist in stabilizing the hands and fingers when gripping the putter.

[0018] In FIG. 6 there is illustrated a connection 23 between the putter head 13 and shaft 10 which is an important part of the present invention. Connection 23 includes a thin walled end plate 24 of between 0.75 mm and 1.5 mm thickness which bridges across and in this case closes off the end of shaft 10. Depending from end plate 24 is a thin walled hollow hosel member 25 which attaches to putter head 13 and arising from plate 24 is an upper projecting portion 26 which attaches to the inside of shaft 10. Connection 23 may be in the form of a lightweight metal alloy casting or any of the materials mentioned with respect to transition piece 12. The thin walled end plate 24, can, to some extent provide a “drumskin” effect, that is, form a diaphragm which will tend to enhance transmission of feel from putter head 13 to shaft 10. FIG. 7 illustrates how connection 27 between shaft 10 and head 28 may be constructed to provide a thin walled end plate 29, enlarged to be greater then the diameter of shafLt 10 to increase the “drumskin” effect. In this example, connection 27 is flared thus giving a bell-mouthed effect which increases the area of end plate 29 over the area corresponding to the area provided by the grip end shaft diameter shown in FIG. 6. In the example of FIG. 7, connection 27 forms a continuation of shaft 10.

[0019] In order to locate the transition piece there is a deep blind hole location 20, the position of which can be located to suit the techniques of the individual player. To meet the Ancient of the Rules of Golf as laid down by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association, there is a recess 21 of sufficient depth rendering the rear face of the head unsuitable for play since to be legal under the above Rules a golf club may have one striking face only.