US 1133129 A
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APPLICATION FILED MAR. s, 1913 l 1 33, 1 29. Patented Mar. 23, 1915;
JAMES GOVAN, OF RADNOR, PENNSYLVANIA.
Application filed March 6, 1913. Serial No. 752,451.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, JAMES GovAN, a subject of the Kin of Great Britain and Ireland and the Is e of Man, and a resident of Radnor, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, have. invented certain Improvements in Golf-Clubs, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to golf clubs; and the object of my invention is to provide a club with means whereb the weight of the head of the same may be adjusted to suit varying conditions or the idea or desire of the player.
While my invention is more particularly applied to clubs in which the entire head or substantially the entire head is made of wood fiber, or other suitable material; such clubs being more familiarly known as drivers and brassies it may be applied to iron clubs as well as all sortsof clubs employed in the act of putting.
These and other features of my invention will be more fully described hereinafter, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1, is a perspective view of a wooden headed club showing one form of the improvements forming the subject of my invention; Fig. 2, is a plan view of the same on a smaller scale, partly in section; Fig. 3, is a cross-sectional elevation of a wooden club'illustrating a further modification of my invention; Figs. 4, 5 and 6, are views similar to Fig. 2, illustrating various adaptations of the improvements forming the subject of my invention; Fig. 7, is a perspective view of an iron club to which the improvements forming the subject of my invention have been applied, and Figs. 8 and 9, are cross-sectional views of an iron club. In many instances, it is difficult to exactly weight the head-of the club to'suit the whim or desire of all players, and while most clubs, particularly the wooden clubs, are nominally provided with weights, these weights are usually fixed at the back of the head and are rarely exactly right for the person employing the club.
In carrylng out my improvements, I propose to place apertures in the club, extending generally from the rear wall of the same and in some instances passing entirely through the body of such club whether of wood or iron, and to insert in such apertures disks exactly filling the area of the same,
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Mar. 23, 1915.
which disks are of varying thickness and weight and are designed to completely fill the aperture or cavity formed in the head, and by the disposition of the heavier of said disks to impart a proper balance or weight to the head of the club suitable to the person using the same. I propose to make these disks of various metals, such as aluminum, lead, iron, and the like, and to entirely fill the holes formed in the head of the club .with the same. If a filling of lead and iron disks should render the club too heavy, certain of these disks can be removed and replaced by aluminum disks or disks or other material so that the desired filling can be effected to secure the desired weighting. As may be well understood, the clubs may be provided with one or a plurality of holes, as may be desired, to properly distribute the weight; the holes may extend through the head at a right angle or substantially a right angle to the handle or shaft of the club, or they may extend at various angles thereto.
In the drawings, 1 represents the head of the club; 2 an aperture in the same which is threaded, and 3 a series of disks filling said aperture. These disks may be threaded and provided with suitable means whereby they may be set into place,and such means may be a square aperture, such as illustrated at 4, in 1, for the reception of a key, or a pair 0 apertures, as. shown at 5, in Fig. 1,-for the reception of a pronged wrench. In some instances, it may be desirable to provide the club with a thimble, such as illustrated at 6, in Fig- 3, and to thread the inner wall of the same for the reception of the weighting disks. In such instance, the thimble may be held in place by a plug 7 threaded into the club, or the thimble itself may be threaded into the club.
It will be understood, of course, that the aperture or recess to receive the weighting elements may extend entirely through the head to'the driving face of the club, and that in such instance the disk at the driving face will be of suitable material having a hard surface which will have a proper value for a striking face. In such instance, the end disk will be faced off to coincide with the angle borne by the striking face of the head of the club. In some instances, disks of parchmentized fiber may be employed, and a disk of this character may be employed at the striking face. In some instances, the club head may be of parchmentized fiber.
In applying my invention to iron clubs, shown at 1 in Figs. 7, 8 and 9, the apertures in the same may, and preferably do extend entirely through the head, and these apertures are filled with disks of varying Weights so as to provide a continuous face or surface for the club, which disks will be embedded to the desired extent.
While it is desirable in the use of the wooden clubs that the aperture shall be fairly large, the apertures of the iron clubs on the other hand may be relatively smaller and a greater number may be applied at any desired points to suit the convenience of the user. The club shown in Fig. 7 is provided with three larger apertures 52 and with a number of smaller apertures indicated at 2 These apertures in all instances will be threaded, and if desired to provide increased weight at any point, the inserted plugs may extend beyond the rear face of such club, as shown at 8, Fig. 9.
In some instances, I may provide a head made entirely of fiber (parchmentized) or other similar material or compound, and such heads will be apertured and threaded for the reception of the weighting disks in the same manner as the Wooden and iron heads.
1. A golf club having a head with a recess therein disposed transversely t0 the axis of the shaft, and weighted disks adjustable in said recess for transversely adjusting the center of gravity of said head.
2. A golf club having a head with a recess therein disposed transversely to the axis of the shaft, and removable weighted disks adjustable in said recess and permitting of a transverse adjustment gravity of said head.
3. A golf club having a head with a weighted disks threaded of the center of threaded recess therein disposed transversely to the axis of the shaft, and into and filling said recess for transversely adjusting the center of gravity of said head.
4. A golf club having a wooden head with a recess therein disposed transversely to the axis of the shaft, and disks of various weights in said recess for transversely adjustingthe center of gravity of said head.
5. A golf club having a wooden head with a plurality of recesses therein disposed transversely to the axis of the shaft, and metal disks of various weights filling said recess and adjustable therein for transversely varying the center of gravity of said head.
6. A golf club comprising a head with an aperture therein disposed transversely to the axis of the shaft, and metal disks of different weights adapted to said aperture and entirely filling the same and shiftable in the aperture for transversely adjusting the center of gravity of said head.
7.- A golf club comprising a wooden head with a threaded aperture'therein disposed transversely to the axis of the shaft, and a plurality of disks of different weights adapted tosaid threaded aperture and adj ustable therein for transversely varying the center of gravity of said head.
8. A golf club having a head with a transverse threaded recess therein, and removable metal disks threaded into and filling said recess whereby they may be adjusted to transversely change the center of gravity of the head.
In testimony whereof, I have signed my name to this specification, in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
JAMES GOVAN. Witnesses:
MURRAY C. BoYnR, J 0s. H. KLEIN.