(19)
(11)EP 3 113 854 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
09.05.2018 Bulletin 2018/19

(21)Application number: 15758428.5

(22)Date of filing:  04.03.2015
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A63B 53/14  (2015.01)
A63B 60/22  (2015.01)
A63B 60/16  (2015.01)
A63B 53/02  (2015.01)
A63B 60/24  (2015.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2015/018682
(87)International publication number:
WO 2015/134574 (11.09.2015 Gazette  2015/36)

(54)

GRIP AND INTERNAL WEIGHT SYSTEM FOR A GOLF CLUB HAVING A STOPPER WITHIN THE GRIP

GRIFF UND INTERNES GEWICHTSSYSTEM FÜR EINEN GOLFSCHLÄGER MIT EINEM STOPFEN IM GRIFF

POIGNÉE ET SYSTÈME DE POIDS INTERNE POUR BÂTON DE GOLF AYANT UNE BUTÉE À L'INTÉRIEUR DE LA POIGNÉE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 04.03.2014 US 201461947570 P
03.03.2015 US 201514636289

(43)Date of publication of application:
11.01.2017 Bulletin 2017/02

(73)Proprietor: SSG International, LLC
Wixom, MI 48393 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • DINGMAN, Dean
    Brighton, Michigan 48114 (US)
  • LEE, Chris
    Beijing (CN)

(74)Representative: Hirsch & Associés 
137, rue de l'Université
75007 Paris
75007 Paris (FR)


(56)References cited: : 
JP-A- 2012 045 353
US-A- 4 826 168
US-A1- 2010 105 498
US-B1- 7 481 716
US-A- 2 782 035
US-A1- 2008 274 823
US-A1- 2014 342 845
US-B1- 8 177 658
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    FIELD



    [0001] The present disclosure relates to a grip for a golf club, and more particularly, to a grip including an internal weight system for a golf club.

    BACKGROUND



    [0002] This section provides background information related to the present disclosure and is not necessarily prior art.

    [0003] In addition to the refinement of a golfer's swing, the weight of a golf club can affect the distance and accuracy of a golf shot. Putting feel is important for accuracy. Different manufacturers provide different ways for changing the feel of a putter. Providing weights are one manner for changing the feel of a golf club. Documents US7481716 and US4826168 disclose different alternatives for attaching a weight member to a grip member. Either by placing the weight member inside the shaft and the insert being flush with the top surface of the grip or by directly attaching a threaded weight member to the grip.

    SUMMARY



    [0004] It may be advantageous for a golfer to be able to adjust the weight of a golf club to improve and/or perfect the distance and accuracy of a golf shot.

    [0005] In one aspect of the disclosure, 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 an opening that comprises an insert having a first threaded portion therein. The elongated member comprises a stopper extending inward from the inner surface a predetermined distance. The stopper separates the golf club shaft and insert.

    [0006] 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



    [0007] 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.

    Figure. 1 is a front view of an exemplary golf club including the grip and the internal weight system in accordance with the teachings of the present disclosure, the exemplary golf club also includes a shaft and a head.

    Figure. 2 is a partially exploded perspective view of the grip, the insert, and the shaft.

    Figure. 3A is a partially exploded cross-sectional view of the grip, the internal weight system, and the shaft.

    Figure 3B is a top view of the grip without an insert therein along line 3B-3B of Figure 3A.

    Figure 4A is a top view of the insert.

    Figure 4B is a side view of the insert.

    Figure. 5 is a cross-sectional view of the internal weight system.

    Figure 6A is a partially exploded view of a grip cap in accordance with the teachings of the present disclosure together with the grip and the shaft.

    Figure 6B is a top view of the grip cap inserted within the insert.

    Figure 7A is a top view of an alternative example of the insert.

    Figure 7B is a perspective view of the alternative example of the insert.

    Figure 8 is a cross-sectional view of the alternative example of the insert inserted within the grip.



    [0008] Corresponding reference numerals indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views of the drawings.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0009] 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 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.

    [0010] 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).

    [0011] With reference to Figures 1-6, the shaft 14 is an elongated member extending between a first end 18 and a second end 20. 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 first end 18 of the shaft 14 is configured to receive the grip 16, and the second end 20 the shaft 14 is secured to head 12. The shaft 14 may maintain a uniform cross-section between the ends 18, 20, or the cross-section may taper between the first end 18 and the second end 20. The shaft 14 may be hollow throughout the ends 18, 20, or the shaft 14 may include a bore at least partially extending from the first end 18 towards. Accordingly, the shaft 14 includes an outer surface 22 and an inner surface 23 at least near the first end 18, an inner channel or cavity 24. The distance between the outer surface 22 and the inner surface 23 defines the thickness of the shaft 14. The inner surface 23 defines the cavity 24 therein

    [0012] The grip 16 is an elongated and hollow member that may be fabricated from a suitable material, such as a natural or synthetic rubber or elastomeric material. The grip 16 includes a first end 26, an opposing second end 28, an inner grip cavity 30, and an outer grip surface 32.

    [0013] The first end 26 may be referred to as a butt end. The first end 26 of the grip 16 includes an opening 33 configured to receive an insert 34 for attaching an internal weight system 50 to the grip 16. The second end 28 of the grip 16 may include a second 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 generally flush with or aligned with the first end 26 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, at least near the first end 18 of the shaft 14. Stated another way, if the outer surface 22 of the shaft 14, at least near the first end 18, includes a circular or pentagonal shape, then the inner grip cavity 30 may likewise include a circular or pentagonal shape, respectively. 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.

    [0014] With reference specifically to Figures 2-4 the insert 34 is may be fabricated from a suitable material, such as metal, nylon or a polymeric material. The insert 34 includes an annular flange 36 and a body 38. The body 38 includes an outer surface 40 and an inner surface 42. The insert 34 may be received in the opening 33 the grip 16 such that an upper surface 44 of the annular flange 36 is generally flush with the first end 26 of the grip 16. The upper surface 44 has a recess 45 for receiving the flange of the weight cap 54.

    [0015] The body 38 may be polygonal in cross-section comprising a plurality of walls 46a, 46b, 46c, 46d. In this example four walls 46a, 46b, 46c, 46d form the polygonal outer shape of the body. However, three or more walls may be used. The polygonal shape may not be a regular polygon. The polygonal shape may have walls of differing lengths. The walls 46a, 46b, 46c, 46d are configured to engage the inner grip cavity 30 and may prevent axial rotation and/or lateral movement of the insert 34 relative to the grip 16. An adhesive or bonding agent may be applied between the grip 16 and the insert 34 to secure the insert 34 into the opening.

    [0016] A threaded portion 48 located within the inner surface 42 of the annular body 38 is configured to selectively threadably engage and attach the weight system 50 and a grip cap 52, both described below, to the insert 34 and ultimately to the grip 16. In another example described in detail below, the insert 34 may be over-molded or integrally formed with the grip 16.

    [0017] The first end 26 of the grip 16 may also be referred to as an end cap 80. The end cap 80 may have a shape that corresponds to the outer shape of the insert 34. In this example, the insert 34 has a circular recess 82 that corresponds to the shape of the flange 36. The circular recess 82 has a depth that corresponds to the thickness of the flange 36. The circular recess 82 extends axially inward from the end of the end cap 80. The end cap 80 or the grip 16 may also include a polygonal recess 84. The polygonal recess 84 has a shape size to receive the body 38 of the insert 34. In the present example, four walls 46A, 46B, 46C, 46D are used to form the body 38. The polygonal recess 84 also has four sides 86A, 86B, 86C, 86D that extend below or axially inward (longitudinally) from the first end 26 of the grip. That is, the sides, 86A, 86B, 86C and 86D extend axially inward from a flat surface 88 upon which the flange 36 rests after insertion. The inner surface 42 of the insert 34 and other portions of the grip are formed without obstructions so that the weight 50 may be easily inserted therein.

    [0018] Referring specifically to Figure 3A, a cutaway view of a grip 16 illustrated with a shaft 14 inserted therein. In this example, the insert 34 is exploded away for illustrative purposes so that the threads 48 may be seen.

    [0019] The grip 36 has an inner wall 100. The inner wall 100 is illustrated adjacent to the outer wall 22 of the shaft 14. The inner wall 100 has a stopper 102 extending inwardly therefrom. The stopper 102, in the illustrated example, is a circular or annular shaped band. The stopper 102 may be a continuous band around the circumference of the inner wall 100. The stopper 102 prevents the shaft 14 from pushing the insert 34 outward upon assembly. The stopper 102 extends a distance X1 radially from the inner wall 100 of grip 16. The inner wall 23 of the shaft 14 extends a distance X2 from the inner wall 100. Preferably, the distance X2 is less than the distance X1 corresponding to the extension of the stopper 102. This allows the weight system 50 to be easily inserted into the cavity 30 without the shaft forming an obstruction. The distance X2 may also be equal to the distance X1. The body 38 of the insert 34 is thus separated from the shaft 14 by the stopper 102 when assembly to a shaft is finished. The diameter D1 corresponding to of the opening of the stopper 102 may correspond to the clear diameter D2 of the threads 48 of the insert 34. Thus, as is best illustrated in Figure 3B, a clear opening formed by the alignment of the threads 48, the stopper 102 and the internal cavity 24 of the shaft are aligned so that the weight system 50 may be easily inserted therein in an obstructed way.

    [0020] The stopper 102 comprises a first wall 104, a second wall 106 and a third wall 108. The first wall 104 extends from the inner wall 100 of the grip perpendicular to the inner wall 100 in the present example. The second wall 106 also extends in a direction perpendicular to the wall 100 of the grip 16 in the present example. The third wall 108 may extend in a direction perpendicular to both the first wall 104 and the second wall 106 as is illustrated in the present example. The first wall 104, the second wall 106, and the third wall 108 form a step having a step shape. Thus, the stopper 102 is a step-shaped stopper. When fully assembled, the shaft 14 is directly adjacent to the stopper 102. In particular, the shaft 14 is directly adjacent to the second wall 106 of the stopper 102. The thickness of the stopper 102 corresponding to the length of the third wall 108 prevents the shaft 14 from displacing the insert 34 during assembly.

    [0021] With reference to Figures 1-4, the weight system 50 may be selectively inserted into the first end 26 of the grip 16 and into the cavity 24 of the shaft 14, and is configured to threadably engage the insert 34. The weight system 50 includes a weight cap 54, a spacer 56, a weight 58, and a sleeve 60.

    [0022] The weight cap 54 is an annular member that may be fabricated from a suitable material, such as metal or a polymeric material. The weight cap 54 includes a first threaded portion 62, a second threaded portion 64 located below the first threaded portion 62, and a securing socket 66 located on a top end 68 of the first threaded portion 62. The first threaded portion 62 of the weight cap 54 is configured to threadably engage the threaded portion 48 of the insert 34 to secure the weight system 50 to the grip 16. The second threaded portion 64 of the weight cap 54 is configured to threadably engage the spacer 56, described below. The top end 68 of the weight cap 54 may be fabricated from, or over molded with, the same material as the grip 16 to provide a "finished" or uniform look when the weight system 50 is attached to the grip 16. The securing socket 66 may have a hexagonal shape, for example, which may be engaged with a securing key, such as a hex key (not shown), for example. The securing socket 66 may be used for tightening and attaching the weight cap 54 and the weight system 50 to the insert 34, or, alternatively, for loosening and separating the weight cap 54 and the weight system 50 from the insert 34.

    [0023] The spacer 56 is an elongated member that may be fabricated from a suitable material, such as metal, graphite, or a polymeric material. The spacer 56 includes a first end 70 and an oppositely located second end 72. At the first end 70, the spacer 56 includes a first threaded portion 74 configured to threadably engage the second threaded portion 64 of the weight cap 54. At the second end 72, the spacer 56 includes a second threaded portion 76 configured to threadably engage the weight 58, described below. The spacer 56 may include a variety of lengths, providing a user with the ability to customize the location of the center of gravity of the golf club 10 relative to the ends 18, 20 of the shaft 14. For example, a user may use a longer spacer to position the center of gravity of the golf club 10 closer to the head 12, or, alternatively, may use a shorter spacer to position the center of gravity of the golf club 10 closer to the grip 16.

    [0024] The weight 58 is an elongated member that may be fabricated from a suitable material, such as metal or brass. The weight 58 includes a first end 78 and an oppositely located second end 81. At the first end 78, the weight 58 includes a first threaded portion 83 configured to threadably engage the second threaded portion 76 of the spacer 56. At the second end 81, the weight 58 may include a second threaded portion (not shown) for attaching additional weights (also not shown) thereto. The weight 58 may include various amounts of weight, providing a user with the ability to customize the amount of weight added to the golf club 10.

    [0025] The sleeve 60 is a resiliently compressible member that may be fabricated from a suitable material, such as foam or a polymeric material. The sleeve 60 is configured to extend over the weight 58, or, alternatively, may be made integral with the weight 58. The sleeve 60 may be constructed larger than the cavity 24 of the shaft 14 so that when the weight system 50 is inserted into the grip 16 and into the cavity 24 of the shaft 14, the sleeve 60 compresses and forcefully engages the cavity 24. In this regard, the sleeve 60 may resist axial and/or radial movement of the weight 58 and the weight system 50 within the cavity 24 and may prevent the weight 58 and the weight system 50 from banging and/or vibrating against the cavity 24 during use.

    [0026] With reference to Figures 2-6, an exemplary method of attaching the weight system 50 to the grip 16 will be described. A weight 58 may be selected having an amount of weight desired be added to the golf club 10. The sleeve 60 may be installed onto the weight 58. A spacer 56 may be selected having a length for positioning the center of gravity of the golf club 10 at a desired location between the head 12 and the grip 16. The first threaded portion 83 of the weight 58 and the second threaded portion 76 of the spacer 56 may be threadably engaged. A securing adhesive such as Loctite ® may be applied between the threaded portions 83, 76 to keep the weight 58 and the spacer 56 from threadably disengaging. The first threaded portion 74 of the spacer 56 and the second threaded portion 64 of the weight cap 54 may be threadably engaged. A securing adhesive such as Loctite ® may be applied between the threaded portions 74, 64 to keep the spacer 56 and the weight cap 54 from threadably disengaging. The weight system 50 may be inserted into the opening 33 of the grip 16 and into the cavity 24 of the shaft 14. A securing key such as an Allen wrench (not illustrated) may be used to threadably engage the securing socket 66 of the weight cap 54 to the first threaded portion 62 of the weight cap 54. A securing adhesive such as Loctite ® may be applied between the threaded portions 62, 48 to prevent the weight cap 54 and the insert 34 from threadably disengaging. Once attached, it may be appreciated that the second end 81 of the weight 58 may be aligned with the second end 28 of the grip 16. Alternatively, the second end 81 of the weight 58 may be positioned elsewhere between the ends 26, 28 of the grip 16, such as closer to the first end 26 as shown in FIG. 1, for example.

    [0027] The weight system 50 may be detached from the grip 16 by disengaging the first threaded portion 62 of the weight cap 54 from the threaded portion 48 of the insert 34. The securing key may engage the securing socket 66 of the weight cap 54 to loosen the engagement between the threaded portions 62, 48. Accordingly, the weight system 50 may be separated from the grip 16.

    [0028] With reference to Figures 6A and 6B, if additional weight via the weight system 50 is not desired to be added to the golf club 10, the grip cap 52 may instead threadably engage the insert 34. The grip cap 52 is an annular member that may be fabricated from a suitable material, such as metal or a polymeric material. The grip cap 52 includes a threaded portion 116 and a securing socket 118 located on a top end 120 of the threaded portion 116. The threaded portion 116 is configured to threadably engage the threaded portion 48 of the insert 34 when the weight system 50 is not attached to the grip 16. The top end 120 of the grip cap 52 may be fabricated from, over molded with, the same material as the grip 16 to provide a "finished" or uniform look when the grip cap 52 engages the insert 34. The securing socket 118 may have a hexagonal shape, for example, and using a securing key, such as a hex key (not shown), for example, the threaded portion 116 of the grip cap 52 and the threaded portion 48 of the insert 34 may be threadably engaged and tightened. A securing adhesive such as Loctite ® may be applied between the threaded portions 116, 48 to prevent the grip cap 52 and the insert 34 from threadably disengaging.

    [0029] The grip cap 52 may be detached from the grip 16 by disengaging the threaded portion 116 of the grip cap 52 from the threaded portion 48 of the insert 34. The securing key may be used to engage the securing socket 118 of the grip cap 52 to loosen the threaded portion 116, 48. Accordingly, the grip cap 52 may be separated from the grip 16.

    [0030] Referring now to Figures 7A and 7B, an alternative embodiment of an insert 34' is set forth. In this example, the insert 34' also has an annular flange 36' and a body portion 38'. The flange 36' is configured in the same manner set forth described above with respect to the insert 34. The flange 36' has a recessed portion 712 that is used for receiving the weight cap 54 or the grip cap 52 as described above. Thus, the interior portion of the insert 34' is configured in the same manner set forth above.

    [0031] The insert 34' has body portion 38' which is slightly different than that set forth above. In this example, the body portion 38' also includes walls 46A', 46B', 46C' and 46D'. The wall 46C' is obscured in these figures. Thus, the body portion 38' also has polygonal sides or walls in a similar manner to that set forth above. In this example, the body 38' has a secondary flange 714 that is added adjacent to the body portion 38' opposite the flange 36'. The secondary flange 714 has a surface 716 that may be referred to as a top surface. The surface 716 is facing in an opposite direction as the bottom surface of the flange 36'. The surface 716 may include projections 718 extending therefrom. In this example, only two projections 718 are illustrated. However, any number of projections may be used.

    [0032] The insert 34' is suitable for injection molding or other types of molding. The insert 34' may be made of metal or other types of material capable of withstanding the heat of a molding process. The walls 46A', 46B', 46C', 46D' help prevent the rotation of the insert 34' during the installation and removal of the weight system 50 and the grip cap 52. In addition, the projections 718 increase the resistance of the insert 34' from rotating during the installation and removal of the weight system 50 and the grip cap 52. The projections 718 extend in a longitudinal direction parallel to a longitudinal axis 720 from the surface 716 toward the bottom surface 719 of the flange 710.

    [0033] Threads 722 may be disposed inside an opening 724 that extends longitudinally through the insert 34'.

    [0034] Referring now to Figure 8, the grip 16 is illustrated molded around the insert 34'. The insert 34' has the material of the grip adjacent to the walls 46A', 46B', 46C' and 46D' (of which only walls 46B' and 46D' are partially shown). The weight assembly 50 fits within the recessed portion 712.

    [0035] 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 following claims.


    Claims

    1. A golf club grip for a golf club (10) comprising:

    an elongated member (16) having a first end (28), a second end (26), an inner surface (30) and an outer surface (32), the first end (28) is configured to receive a golf club shaft (14), the second end (26) includes an opening (33), said elongated member comprising a stopper (102) extending inward from the inner surface (30) a predetermined distance; and

    an insert (34, 34') received in said opening (33) and comprising a first flange (36, 36'), said first flange (36, 36') comprising an upper surface (44), the upper surface (44) is flush with the second end (26) of the elongated member when the insert (34) is received in the opening (33), a body portion (38, 38') extending from the first flange (36, 36'), said body portion (38, 38') comprising a first threaded portion (48) extending within the first flange and the body portion (38, 38'), said stopper (102) axially separating the golf club shaft and insert.


     
    2. The golf club grip of claim 1, wherein the body portion comprises a plurality of walls (46a, 46b, 46c, 46d).
     
    3. The golf club grip of claim 2, wherein the plurality of walls (46a, 46b, 46c, 46d) form a regular polygon.
     
    4. The golf club grip of claim 2, wherein the plurality of walls comprises four walls.
     
    5. The golf club grip of claim 4, wherein the four walls comprise a square.
     
    6. The golf club grip of claim 1, wherein the insert comprises a second flange adjacent to the body portion (38).
     
    7. The golf club grip of claim 6, wherein the second flange comprises at least one projection engaging the elongated member.
     
    8. The golf club grip of claim 7, wherein the at least one projection extends in a longitudinal direction from the second flange.
     
    9. The golf club grip of claim 1, wherein the stopper comprises a continuous band around an inner surface of the elongated member.
     
    10. The golf club grip of claim 1, wherein the predetermined distance is greater than or equal to a thickness of the shaft.
     
    11. The golf club grip of claim 1, wherein the stopper comprises a step shape.
     
    12. The golf club grip of claim 1, wherein the stopper comprises a first wall (104) and a second wall (106) extending in a perpendicular direction to an inner wall of the grip, and a third wall (108) extending between the first wall and the second wall.
     
    13. The golf club grip of claim 12, wherein the third wall is perpendicular to the first wall and the second wall and parallel to the inner wall of the grip.
     
    14. A grip system for a golf club including a shaft, the system comprising:

    the grip as recited in claim 1; and

    a weight (50) comprising a first weight (54) comprising a second threaded portion (64) configured to engage the first threaded portion of the insert.


     
    15. The system of claim 14, wherein the weight is received in the elongated member such that a first weight end is flush with the elongated member.
     
    16. A golf club (10) comprising:

    a head (12);

    a shaft (14) having a first shaft end (18) and a second shaft end (20), the second shaft end (20) is secured to the head (12);

    a grip system as recited in claim 14.


     
    17. The golf club of claim 16, wherein the shaft is directly adjacent to the stopper and the insert is directly adjacent to the stopper.
     
    18. The golf club of claim 16, wherein the grip is fabricated from a first material and the insert is fabricated from a second material that is different from the first material.
     
    19. The golf club grip of claim 1, wherein said second end defines a recess, said first flange being received in said recess.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Ein Golfschlägergriff (10) umfassend:

    - ein längliches Glied (16), das ein erstes Ende (28), ein zweites Ende (26), eine Innenfläche (30) und eine Außenfläche (32) aufweist, wobei das erste Ende (28) dazu ausgelegt ist, einen Golfschlägerschaft (14) aufzunehmen, wobei das zweite Ende (26) eine Öffnung (33) umfasst, und wobei das längliche Glied einen Stopper (102) umfasst, der sich über einen vorbestimmten Abstand von der Innenfläche (30) aus nach innen erstreckt; und

    - einen Einsatz (34, 34'), der in der Öffnung (33) aufgenommen wird und einen ersten Flansch (36, 36') umfasst, wobei der erste Flansch (36, 36') eine obere Oberfläche (44) umfasst, und wobei die obere Oberfläche (44) mit dem zweiten Ende (26) des länglichen Glieds bündig ist wenn der Einsatz (34) in der Öffnung (33) aufgenommen wird, wobei ein Körperabschnitt (38, 38') sich vom ersten Flansch (36, 36') aus erstreckt und wobei der Körperabschnitt (38, 38') einen ersten Gewindeabschnitt (48) umfasst, der sich innerhalb des ersten Flanschs und des Körperabschnitts (38, 38') erstreckt, wobei der Stopper (102) den Golfschlägerschaft und den Einsatz axial trennt.


     
    2. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Körperabschnitt eine Vielzahl von Wänden (46a, 46b, 46c, 46d) umfasst.
     
    3. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 2, wobei die Vielzahl von Wänden (46a, 46b, 46c, 46d) ein regelmäßiges Polygon bilden.
     
    4. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 2, wobei die Vielzahl von Wänden vier Wände umfassen.
     
    5. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 4, wobei die vier Wände ein Quadrat umfassen.
     
    6. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Einsatz mindestens einen zweiten Flansch umfasst, der an den Körperabschnitt (38) angrenzt.
     
    7. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 6, wobei der zweite Flansch mindestens einen Vorsprung umfasst, der mit dem länglichen Glied in Eingriff kommt.
     
    8. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 7, wobei der mindestens eine Vorsprung sich in einer Längsrichtung vom zweiten Flansch aus erstreckt.
     
    9. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Stopper ein, um eine Innenfläche des länglichen Glieds durchgehendes Band umfasst.
     
    10. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 1, wobei der vorbestimmte Abstand größer oder gleich einer Dicke des Schafts ist.
     
    11. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Stopper eine Stufenform umfasst.
     
    12. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Stopper eine erste Wand (104) und eine zweite Wand (106) umfasst, die sich senkrecht zu einer Innenwand des Griffs hin erstrecken, und eine dritte Wand (108), die sich zwischen der ersten und der zweiten Wand erstreckt.
     
    13. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 12, wobei die dritte Wand senkrecht zur ersten Wand und zur zweiten Wand und parallel zur Innenwand des Griffs angeordnet ist.
     
    14. Ein Griffsystem für einen Golfschläger, umfassend einen Schaft, wobei das System Folgendes umfasst:

    - den Griff nach Anspruch 1; und

    - ein Gewicht (50), das ein erstes Gewicht (54) umfasst, welches einen zweiten Gewindeabschnitt (64) umfasst, der dazu ausgelegt ist, mit dem ersten Gewindeabschnitt des Einsatzes in Eingriff zu kommen.


     
    15. Das System nach Anspruch 14, wobei das Gewicht im länglichen Glied aufgenommen wird, so dass ein erstes Gewichtsende mit dem länglichen Glied bündig ist.
     
    16. Ein Golfschläger (10), umfassend:

    - einen Kopf (12);

    - einen Schaft (14), der ein erstes Schaftende (18) und ein zweites Schaftende (20) aufweist, wobei das zweite Schaftende (20) am Kopf (12) befestigt ist;

    - ein Griffsystem nach Anspruch 14.


     
    17. Der Golfschläger nach Anspruch 16, wobei der Schaft, unmittelbar neben dem Stopper angeordnet ist, und wobei der Einsatz unmittelbar neben dem Stopper angeordnet ist.
     
    18. Der Golfschläger nach Anspruch 16, wobei der Griff aus einem ersten Material hergestellt ist, und der Einsatz aus einem zweiten Material hergestellt ist, das sich vom ersten Material unterscheidet.
     
    19. Der Golfschlägergriff nach Anspruch 1, wobei das zweite Ende eine Aussparung definiert, und wobei der erste Flansch in der Auspaarung aufgenommen wird.
     


    Revendications

    1. Poignée de club de golf pour un club de golf (10) comprenant :

    un élément allongé (16) ayant une première extrémité (28), une seconde extrémité (26), une surface interne (30) et une surface externe (32), la première extrémité (28) est configurée pour recevoir un manche de club de golf (14), la seconde extrémité (26) comprend une ouverture (33), ledit élément allongé comprenant une butée (102) s'étendant vers l'intérieur depuis la surface interne (30) sur une distance prédéterminée ; et

    une pièce rapportée (34, 34 ') reçue dans ladite ouverture (33) et comprenant une première bride (36, 36'), ladite première bride (36, 36') comprenant une surface supérieure (44), la surface supérieure (44) affleure la seconde extrémité (26) de l'élément allongé lorsque la pièce rapportée (34) est reçu dans l'ouverture (33), une partie formant corps (38, 38') s'étendant à partir de la première bride (36, 36'), ladite partie formant corps (38, 38 ') comprenant une première partie filetée (48) s'étendant à l'intérieur de la première bride et la partie formant corps (38, 38'), ladite butée (102) séparant axialement le manche de club de golf et la pièce rapportée.


     
    2. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la partie formant corps comprend une pluralité de parois (46a, 46b, 46c, 46d).
     
    3. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 2, dans laquelle la pluralité de parois (46a, 46b, 46c, 46d) forment un polygone régulier.
     
    4. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 2, dans laquelle la pluralité de parois comprend quatre parois.
     
    5. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 4, dans laquelle les quatre parois comprennent un carré.
     
    6. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la pièce rapportée comprend une seconde bride adjacente à la partie formant corps (38).
     
    7. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 6, dans laquelle la deuxième bride comprend au moins une saillie qui vient en contact avec l'élément allongé.
     
    8. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 7, dans laquelle la au moins une saillie s'étend dans une direction longitudinale à partir de la deuxième bride.
     
    9. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la butée comprend une bande continue autour d'une surface interne de l'élément allongé.
     
    10. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la distance prédéterminée est supérieure ou égale à une épaisseur du manche.
     
    11. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la butée comprend une forme en gradin.
     
    12. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la butée comprend une première paroi (104) et une seconde paroi (106) s'étendant dans une direction perpendiculaire à une paroi interne de la poignée, et une troisième paroi (108) s'étendant entre la première paroi et la deuxième paroi.
     
    13. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 12, dans laquelle la troisième paroi est perpendiculaire à la première paroi ainsi qu'à la seconde paroi, et parallèle à la paroi interne de la poignée.
     
    14. Système de préhension pour un club de golf comprenant un manche, le système comprenant :

    la poignée selon la revendication 1 ; et

    un poids (50) comprenant un premier poids (54) comprenant une seconde partie filetée (64) configurée pour venir en prise avec la première partie filetée de la pièce rapportée.


     
    15. Système selon la revendication 14, dans lequel le poids est reçu dans l'élément allongé de sorte qu'une première extrémité du poids affleure l'élément allongé.
     
    16. Club de golf (10) comprenant :

    une tête (12) ;

    un manche (14) ayant une première extrémité de manche (18) et une seconde extrémité de manche (20), la seconde extrémité de manche (20) étant fixée à la tête (12) ;

    un système de poignée selon la revendication 14.


     
    17. Club de golf selon la revendication 16, dans lequel le manche est directement adjacent à la butée et la pièce rapportée est directement adjacente à la butée.
     
    18. Club de golf selon la revendication 16, dans lequel la poignée est fabriquée à partir d'un premier matériau et la pièce rapportée est fabriquée à partir d'un second matériau qui est différent du premier matériau.
     
    19. Poignée de club de golf selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle ladite seconde extrémité définit un évidement, ladite première bride étant reçue dans ledit évidement.
     




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