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Title:
GOLF CLUB GRIP WITH SENSOR HOUSING
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/112686
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A golf club grip for a golf club includes an elongated member having a first end, a second end, an inner surface and an outer surface. The first end is configured to receive a golf club shaft. The second end includes a recessed opening. The recessed opening extends away from the second end longitudinally toward the first end. A sensor housing comprising a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is received within the recessed opening. The first portion couples the sensor housing to the elongated member. The second portion receives a removable housing therein.

Inventors:
DINGMAN, Dean M. (8130 SouthShore Drive, Brighton, Michigan, 48114, US)
OGG, Steven (979 Turnstone Road, Carlsbad, California, 92011, US)
CRISP, Ryan Scott (7515 Blue Holly Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio, 43035, US)
Application Number:
US2018/054130
Publication Date:
June 13, 2019
Filing Date:
October 03, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SSG INTERNATIONAL, LLC (29706 West Tech Drive, Wixom, Michigan, 48393, US)
International Classes:
A63B53/14; A63B60/14; A63B60/16
Domestic Patent References:
WO2014153097A12014-09-25
WO2017095936A12017-06-08
Foreign References:
US20130203517A12013-08-08
US20120120573A12012-05-17
US20130065703A12013-03-14
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MIERZWA, Kevin et al. (Harness, Dickey & Pierce P.L.C.,P.O. Box 82, Bloomfield Hills Michigan, 48303, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A golf club grip for a golf club comprising:

an elongated member having a first end, a second end, an inner surface and an outer surface, the first end is configured to receive a golf club shaft, the second end includes a recessed opening, said recessed opening extending away from the second end longitudinally toward the first end; and a sensor housing comprising a first portion and a second portion, said first portion received within the recessed opening, said first portion coupling the sensor housing to the elongated member, said second portion receiving a removable housing therein.

2. The golf club grip of claim 1 , wherein the said recessed opening comprises a first wall extending longitudinally from the second end toward the first end, and wherein said first portion comprises a first wall extending longitudinally and directly contacting the first wall of the recessed opening.

3. The golf club grip of claim 2, wherein said first wall of the recessed opening is adhesively coupled to the first wall of the first portion.

4. The golf club grip of claim 2, wherein the recessed opening comprises a second wall, extending radially from the first wall of the recessed opening.

5. The golf club grip of claim 4, wherein the first portion comprises a second wall extending radially from the first wall of the first portion.

6. The golf club grip of claim 5, wherein said second wall of the recessed opening is adhesively coupled to the second wall of the first portion.

7. The golf club grip of claim 1 , wherein the recessed opening is substantially cylindrical in shape.

8. The golf club grip of claim 7, wherein the first portion is substantially cylindrical in shape.

9. The golf club grip of claim 1 , wherein a shape of the first portion substantially corresponds to a shape of the recessed opening.

10. The golf club grip of claim 1 , wherein the second portion is substantially cylindrical in shape.

1 1. The golf club grip of claim 1 , wherein the elongated member comprises an underlisting and a gripping layer disposed around the underlisting.

12. The golf club grip of claim 11 , wherein the underlisting has a groove at the first end and the gripping layer has a first edge received in the groove.

13. The golf club grip of claim 12, wherein the underlisting comprises a flange at the first end, said groove disposed adjacent to the flange.

14. The golf club grip of claim 11 , wherein the underlisting comprises a chamfer at the second end and the gripping layer has a second edge adjacent to the chamfer.

15. The golf club grip of claim 14, wherein the chamfer and the second portion of the housing define a channel receiving the second edge.

16. The golf club grip of claim 15, further comprising a lip longitudinally extending from a bottom surface of the second portion of the sensor housing, said lip the channel.

17. The golf club grip of claim 1 , wherein the first portion has of the sensor housing comprises a first diameter and the second portion has a second diameter greater than the first diameter.

18. The golf club grip of claim 1 , wherein the elongated member comprises a first flat longitudinally extending side and the second portion of the sensor housing comprises a second flat longitudinally extending side aligned with the first flat longitudinally extending side.

19. The golf club grip of claim 18, wherein the first portion of the sensor housing comprises a plug extending laterally outwardly therefrom, wherein said plug is opposite the first flat longitudinally extending side.

20. The golf club grip of claim 19, wherein the plug comprises two spaced apart radially extending walls.

21. The golf club grip of claim 19, wherein the recessed opening comprises a receptacle receiving the plug.

22. The golf club grip of claim 1 , wherein the housing is hollow and comprises a sensor therein.

23. A golf club grip for a golf club comprising:

an underlisting having a first end, a second end, an inner surface and an outer surface, the first end is configured to receive a golf club shaft, the second end includes a recessed opening, said recessed opening extending longitudinally toward the first end;

a sensor housing is partially received and secured to the underlisting within the recessed opening, said sensor housing and said second end of the underlisting defining a channel therebetween; and

a gripping layer disposed around the underlisting, said gripping layer comprising a first edge adjacent the first end and a second edge disposed within the channel; and

a removable housing received within the sensor housing.

24. The golf club grip of claim 23, wherein the first end of the underlisting comprises a groove receiving the first edge.

25. The golf club grip of claim 24, wherein the groove is adjacent to a flange.

26. The golf club grip of claim 23, further comprising a sensor disposed within the sensor housing.

Description:
GOLF CLUB GRIP WITH SENSOR HOUSING

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application is a PCT Application of U.S. non-provisional application No. 15/834,145 filed on December 07, 2017. The entire disclosures of the above application are incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD

[0002] The present disclosure relates to a grip for a golf club, and more particularly, to a grip having a sensor housing.

BACKGROUND

[0003] This section provides background information related to the present disclosure and is not necessarily prior art.

[0004] In addition to the refinement of a golfer’s swing, knowing the swing path and swing parameters can help a golfer make adjustments and become more consistent. Sensors have been attached to various implements for measuring movement. Encouraging use of a sensor during practice is important. However, many means of providing a sensor on a sporting good are cumbersome to use and are thus less likely to be used.

SUMMARY

[0005] It may be advantageous for a golfer to conveniently use a sensor when practicing.

[0006] In one aspect of the disclosure, a golf club grip for a golf club comprises an elongated member having a first end, a second end, an inner surface and an outer surface. The first end is configured to receive a golf club shaft. The second end includes a recessed opening. The recessed opening extends away from the second end longitudinally toward the first end. A sensor housing comprising a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is received within the recessed opening. The first portion couples the sensor housing to the elongated member. The second portion receives a removable housing therein. [0007] In another aspect of the disclosure, a golf club grip for a golf club comprises an underlisting having a first end, a second end, an inner surface and an outer surface. The first end is configured to receive a golf club shaft. The second end includes a recessed opening. The recessed opening extends longitudinally toward the first end. A sensor housing is partially received and secured to the underlisting within the recessed opening. The sensor housing and the second end of the underlisting defines a channel therebetween. A gripping layer is disposed around the underlisting. The gripping layer comprises a first edge adjacent the first end and a second edge disposed within the channel. The removable housing is received within the sensor housing.

[0008] Further areas of applicability will become apparent from the description provided herein. It should be understood that the description and specific examples are intended for purposes of illustration only and are not intended to limit the scope of the present disclosure.

DRAWINGS

[0009] The drawings described herein are for illustrative purposes only of selected examples and not all possible implementations, and are not intended to limit the scope of the present disclosure.

[0010] Figure 1 is a front view of an exemplary golf club including the grip.

[0011] Figure 2 is a perspective view of the grip assembly according to the present disclosure.

[0012] Figure 3 is a left side view of the grip of Figure 2.

[0013] Figure 4 is a front side view of the grip of Figure 2.

[0014] Figure 5 is a right side view of the grip of Figure 2.

[0015] Figure 6 is a back side view of the grip of Figure 2.

[0016] Figure 7 is a top side view of the grip of Figure 2.

[0017] Figure 8 is a bottom side view of the grip of Figure 2.

[0018] Figure 9 is a cross-sectional view of the second end of the grip assembly.

[0019] Figure 10 is a perspective view of the sensor housing.

[0020] Figure 1 1 is a back elevational view of the sensor housing. [0021] Figure 12 is a right side view of the sensor housing.

[0022] Figure 13 is a left side view of the sensor housing.

[0023] Figure 14 is a front side view of the sensor housing.

[0024] Figure 15 is a cross-sectional view of the sensor housing.

[0025] Figure 16 is a top view of the sensor housing.

[0026] Figure 17 is a bottom view of the sensor housing.

[0027] Figure 18 is a perspective view of a washer for use within the sensor housing.

[0028] Figure 19 is a perspective view of the underlisting.

[0029] Figure 20 is an end view of the underlisting.

[0030] Figure 21 is a cross-sectional view of the underlisting along line 2121 of Figure 20.

[0031] Figure 22 is a front side view of the underlisting.

[0032] Figure 23 is a cross-sectional view along line 2323 of Figure

[0033] Figure 24 is a top end view of the underlisting.

[0034] Figure 25 is side view of the underlisting.

[0035] Figure 26 is a perspective view of the removable housing.

[0036] Figure 27 is a first side view of the removable housing.

[0037] Figure 28 is another side view of the removable housing.

[0038] Figure 29 is a top view of the removable housing.

[0039] Figure 30 is a side view of the second portion of the removable housing.

[0040] Figure 31 is another side view of the second portion of the removable housing.

[0041] Figure 32 is a perspective view of the first portion 1 10 of the removable housing 60.

[0042] Figure 33 is a top view of the first portion 1 10 of the removable housing 60.

[0043] Figure 34 is a perspective view of the gripping layer 52.

[0044] Corresponding reference numerals indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views of the drawings. DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0045] The following description is merely exemplary in nature and is not intended to limit the present disclosure, application, or uses. For purposes of clarity, the same reference numbers will be used in the drawings to identify similar elements. Examples are provided so that this description will be thorough, and will fully convey the scope to those who are skilled in the art. Numerous specific details are set forth, such as examples of specific components, to provide a thorough understanding of examples of the present disclosure. It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that specific details need not be employed, that examples may be embodied in many different forms, and that neither should be construed to limit the scope of the description. Moreover, it should be understood that the teachings of the present disclosure may be applied to other applications where it may be advantageous and/or desirable to adjust the weight of a device. For example, such applications may include, but are not limited to: a tennis racquet, a fishing pole, and/or a hockey stick.

[0046] With reference to FIG. 1 , a golf club 10 including a head 12, a shaft 14, and a grip 16 is shown. The head 12 may be configured to hit a golf ball (not shown) from various locations on a golf course. For example, the head 12 may be configured to hit a golf ball from a putting green (i.e., a putter, as shown), from a tee box (i.e., a driver), or from a fairway, rough, or bunker (i.e., an iron or wedge).

[0047] The grip 16 is disposed at the end of the shaft 14 opposite the head 12. The grip 16 includes a first end 18, and a second end 20. The first end 18 is closest to the head 12.

[0048] The shaft 14 may be fabricated from a suitable material, such as metal (i.e., a steel shaft) or carbon fiber (i.e., a graphite shaft). The shaft 14 is secured to head 12. The shaft 14 may maintain a uniform cross- section, or the cross-section may taper. Accordingly, the shaft 14 includes an outer surface 22.

[0049] The grip 16 is an elongated and hollow member that may be fabricated from a suitable material or materials, such as a natural or synthetic rubber or elastomeric material. The second end 20 may be referred to as a butt end. The first end 28 of the grip 16 may include a first opening configured to receive the shaft 14 into the inner grip cavity 30. The shaft 14 may be received in the inner grip cavity 30 such that the outer surface 22 at the first end 18 the shaft 14 is adjacent the inner surface of the grip 16. The shape of the inner grip cavity 30 may correspond to the shape of the outer surface 22 of the shaft 14. An adhesive or bonding agent may be applied between the inner grip cavity 30 and the outer surface 22 of the shaft 14 to restrict the grip 16 from slipping laterally and/or rotating axially relative to the shaft 14. The outer grip surface 32 may include any shape, such as a cylindrical, pentagonal, hexagonal, or ovoid shape, for example.

[0050] The grip 16 and the shaft 14 have a common longitudinal axis 36.

[0051] Referring now also to Figures 2-7, the grip 16 is coupled to a sensor housing 40. In this example, the grip 16 is generally cylindrical in shape and has a first side 42 and a flat side 44. The sensor housing 40 may also have first side 46 and a flat side 48. The grip 16 has an underlisting 50 over which a gripping layer 52 is disposed. The inner surface of the gripping layer 52 may be disposed on the outer surface of the underlisting 50. An outer surface 53 of the gripping layer 52 may be smooth or textured to provide adequate grip during use of the golf club. In this example, the overall cross- section of the underlisting 50 on the gripping layer 52 corresponds to a cross- section of the sensor housing 40. The underlisting 50 may also have a flange 54 at the bottom thereof. That is, the flange 54 is disposed at the first end 18 of the grip 16.

[0052] The gripping layer 52 has a first end 56 and a second end 58. The gripping layer 52 may be a thin material that is different from the material of the underlisting. An example of suitable gripping layers is polyurethane or a combination of polyurethane and felt. Of course, other materials may be sued.

[0053] A removable housing 60 may be securely fitted within the sensor housing 40. The removable housing 60 may be used for many purposes including monitoring the swing of a golfer. The removable housing 60 may include a sensor but may also be a blank housing with no sensor therein. In this situation, the removable housing 60 may be used for regular play. Under the rules of golf, using a sensor within a golf club may be prohibited during play.

[0054] The sensor housing 40 may be formed of various materials including nylon filled ABS or thermoplastic urethane. The removable housing 60 may also be made of a similar material.

[0055] Referring specifically to Figure 8, the view from the first end 18 of the grip 16 is illustrated. In this example, a shaft opening 62 is used to receive the golf club shaft. An opening 64 in the sensor housing is also illustrated in this example.

[0056] Referring now to Figure 9, a cross-sectional view of the first end 20 of the grip 16 is illustrated in further detail. The underlisting 50 has a recessed opening 70 that is defined by a first wall 72 and a second wall 74. The first wall 72 extends in a longitudinal direction and defines the outer boundary of the recessed opening 70. The wall 72 may be shaped on the inner surface in various shapes. The second wall 74 extends in a radial direction from the first wall 72. The second wall 74 may have the opening 64 therethrough.

[0057] The sensor housing 40 includes a first portion 80 and a second portion 82. The first portion 80 is sized to fit within the recessed opening 70. The first portion 80 may include a first wall 84 that extends in a longitudinal direction relative to the golf club and golf club shaft. The first portion 80 may also be coaxial with the underlisting 50. The first wall 84 may be sized to correspond directly to the inner shape of the wall 72. A second wall 86 extends radially from the first wall 84 of the first portion 80 of the sensor housing 40. The second wall 86 may abut directly against the second wall 74 of the recessed opening 70. An adhesive 88 may be disposed between the first wall 72 and the first wall 84 as well as between the second wall 74 and the second wall 86.

[0058] The underlisting 50 includes a chamfer 90 that is spaced apart from a lip 92 that longitudinally extends from a bottom surface of the second portion 82 of the sensor housing 40. The upper edge 182 illustrated in FIG 34 at the second end 58 of the gripping layer 52 is received within a channel 94 between the chamfer 90 and a lip 92. The lip 92 may extend in a longitudinally extending direction toward the first end 18 of the grip 16 from the bottom surface of the second portion 82. The shape of the lip 92, on the inner surface 93, may be parallel to the chamfer 90. By providing the upper edge 182 and the upper end 58 of the gripping layer 52 within the channel 94, a clean finish surface is formed. That is, the upper end 58 cannot be seen. Ribs 100 may be provided within the first portion 80 of the sensor housing 40. The ribs 100 have an upper surface 101 and may extend to be on or nearly on-plane with the second wall 1 16.

[0059] The removable housing 60 may be comprised of a sensor or be empty as illustrated in Figure 9. The removable housing 60 is formed of a first portion 1 10 and a second portion 1 12. The first portion 1 10 and the second portion 1 12 define a cavity 1 13 therein. The first portion 1 10 and the second portion 112 may be snapped together or glued together. The formation of the removable housing 60 will be described in further detail below.

[0060] A first wall 1 14 of the second portion 82 extends in a longitudinal direction. As is illustrated, the diameter of the first wall 1 14 is slightly larger than the diameter of the underlisting 50 and the outer surface 53 of the gripping layer 52. A second wall 1 16 extends radially inwardly from the first wall 1 14. The second wall 1 16 is adjacent to the first portion 1 10 of the removable housing 60. A washer 140 may be disposed within the sensor housing 40 between the recessed housing 60 and the second wall 116.

[0061] The washer 140 may be received in a washer channel 141 formed in the second wall 1 16.

[0062] Referring now to Figures 10-17, the sensor housing 40 is illustrated in further detail. In Figure 10, an engagement surface 120 is used for engaging the removable housing 60 with the sensor housing 40. The engagement surface 120 may be a pair of engagement surfaces 120. This is best illustrated in Figure 16 which is a top view of the sensor housing 40. The removable housing 60 may be hand related or tool assisted to engage the removable housing 60.

[0063] Referring now specifically to Figures 1 1 , 12 and 13, a plug 130 includes a first wall 132 and a second wall 134. The walls 132, 134 may be radially extending from the first wall 84. As will be described below, the plug 130 may fit into a receptacle formed within the recessed opening 70 of the underlisting 50.

[0064] The engagement surface 120 may rotationally engage the removable housing 60. An indicator 122 may be used to indicate the direction of rotation for securing the recessed housing within the sensor housing 40. The indicator 122 may also have an indicator 122a to indicate an insertion orientation of the removable housing 60 and an indicator 122B to indicate the locked position of the removable housing 60.

[0065] Referring now to Figure 18, the washer 140 is round in shape and made of a compliant material to help provide a resistant force so that the recessing housing 60 cannot easily be removed from the second portion 82 of the sensor housing 40 when locked in place.

[0066] Referring now to Figures 19-25, the underlisting 50 is illustrated in further detail. The underlisting 50 has a first wall 142 that corresponds to the wall 42 of the grip. The underlisting 50 also has a second wall 144 which is flat. Ultimately, the outer gripping layer 52 illustrated in Figures 1 and 2 will conform to the shape of the underlisting 50. In this example, a curved or cylindrical wall 142 extends around most of the circumference of the underlisting 50. The chamfer 90 is visible in Figure 19. The chamfer 90 extends around the circumference of the underlisting 50.

[0067] Within the outer wall of the underlisting, a receptacle 150 is formed in a thin portion of the wall 42. In this example, the receptacle 150 is directly opposite the flat wall 144. The receptacle 150 has a width sized to receive the plug 130 illustrated in Figure 10. In this example, one width is sized to accommodate both walls 132 and 134. That is, the width of the receptacle 150 extends from the furthest edges of the walls 132 and 134. Adhesive may be used on the wall 132 to secure the walls 132, 134 within the receptacle 150.

[0068] As is best illustrated in Figures 22, 23, 24 and 26, a groove 152 may be disposed directly adjacent to the flange 54 at the first end of the underlisting 50. The groove 152 is sized to receive a first edge of the gripping member.

[0069] Referring now to Figures 26-33, a removable housing 60 is illustrated. The removable housing 60 has two tabs 160 that are used for engaging the engagement surfaces 120 illustrated in Figures 9, 10, 15 and 16. The tabs 160 extend from the first portion 1 10 of the removable housing 60. The first portion 110 may be glued or otherwise affixed to the second portion 1 12 of the removable housing 60. Recessed portions 162 formed near the upper edge of the removable housing 60 may help engage or disengage a device or tool for rotating the removable housing 60 within the second portion 82 of the sensor housing 40. The recessed portions 162 may be differently sized and located directly opposite of each other as is best illustrated in Figure 29. Figure 29 also shows the circumferential length of the recessed portions 162 may also be different. That is, one recess 162A may be shorter in length than a longer recess 162B.

[0070] An electronics module 170 may be disposed within the removable housing 60. The electronics module 170 may include a sensor for sensing the position and/or rotational movement of the golf club at the position occupied by the electronics module 170.

[0071] Referring now to Figure 34, the gripping layer 52 is illustrated in further detail. The gripping layer 52 has outer surfaces 184 and 186. Outer surface 184 corresponds and conforms to the flat side 144 of the underlisting 50. Outer surface 186 corresponds and conforms to curved side 142 of the underlisting 50. The gripping layer 52 includes a first edge 180 at the first end 56 and a second edge 182 at the second end 58. The first edge 180 is to be received within the groove 152 illustrated in Figures 21 -25. The top edge 182 is received within the channel 192 between the lip 92 and the chamfer 90 illustrated in Figure 8.

[0072] During assembly, the gripping layer 52 may be applied to the underlisting 50. The upper edge 182 of the gripping layer 52 may be received by the lip 92 and the inner surface of the lip 92. As the removable housing 60 is placed into the recessed opening, the upper edge 182 is pinched or secured within. The channel 94. The upper edge 182 is thus pressed between the chamfer 90 and the surface 93 of the lip 92. The removable housing 60 may be assembled after or before the sensor housing 40 is coupled to the underlisting 50. Adhesive may be applied between the underlisting 50 (walls 72 and 74) or on the walls 84 and 86 or both of the first portion 80 before coupling the sensor housing 40 and underlisting 50. [0073] As the removable housing 60 is inserted into the second portion 82, the washer 140 may be slightly compressed.

[0074] Those skilled in the art can now appreciate from the foregoing description that the broad teachings of the disclosure can be implemented in a variety of forms. Therefore, while this disclosure includes particular examples, the true scope of the disclosure should not be so limited since other modifications will become apparent to the skilled practitioner upon a study of the drawings, the specification and the following claims.