EP1116502A1 - Racket frame and tennis racket encompassing such a frame - Google Patents

Racket frame and tennis racket encompassing such a frame Download PDF

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EP1116502A1
EP1116502A1 EP01420006A EP01420006A EP1116502A1 EP 1116502 A1 EP1116502 A1 EP 1116502A1 EP 01420006 A EP01420006 A EP 01420006A EP 01420006 A EP01420006 A EP 01420006A EP 1116502 A1 EP1116502 A1 EP 1116502A1
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Pierre-Yves Arroyo
Marc Poggi
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B49/00Stringed rackets, e.g. for tennis
    • A63B49/02Frames
    • A63B49/022String guides on frames, e.g. grommets
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B2102/00Application of clubs, bats, rackets or the like to the sporting activity ; particular sports involving the use of balls and clubs, bats, rackets, or the like
    • A63B2102/04Badminton
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B51/00Stringing tennis, badminton or like rackets; Strings therefor; Maintenance of racket strings

Abstract

The racket frame (2) comprises cord passage holes (5) fitted with cord guide eyelets (7). A hollow zone is formed by the outside of the frame (2a) for receiving the cord (8) passing in two of the holes. The reception zone has over the largest part of its length a first width less than the maximum diameter (d2) of the eyelets and at the holes a second width greater than this diameter. This zone enables an efficient reception of the cord without decreasing the frame rigidity. The eyelets have a widened head (7b) allowing a surface support on the widened hole inlet zones (5a).

Description

The invention relates to a badminton racket frame, and a badminton racket comprising such a frame.

As shown in Figures 7 and 8 which are respectively a perspective view and a section according to the line VIII-VIII in FIG. 7 of a conventional racket frame, it is known to form, on the outside of the frame 102 a badminton racket and opposite its handle, a longitudinal groove 106 for receiving and protecting a string forming the sieve of this racket. This throat avoids the rope is not exposed, especially in the event of impact or friction of the frame against an obstacle or against the ground. The bottom of this groove is pierced with orifices 105 passing through the frame, each of these holes being intended to be equipped with a rope guide eyelet. The width of this groove is greater than or equal to the width of the orifices fitted eyelets, that is to say in practice far superior to the diameter of the rope. This has drawbacks major: First, the wider the throat 106 and the more the frame 102 is mechanically weakened by the constitution of this groove, which can affect rigidity racket sieve. In addition, the geometry of the eyelets known and their housing is such that the rope is stretched between two eyelets without contact with the frame, which increases the risk of rope breakage.

It is to these disadvantages that we hear more particularly remedy the invention by proposing a racket frame badminton whose rigidity is not reduced by the creation a reception area for the cord forming the screen and which allows effective maintenance of this rope in this area.

In this spirit, the invention relates to a framework for badminton racket comprising holes for the passage of a rope intended to form the sieve of the racket, these holes being fitted with rope guide eyelets while at minus a recessed area is formed by the outer side of the frame for receiving this rope passing through two of these orifices, characterized in that the aforementioned zone has, on most of its length, a first width less than the maximum diameter of the eyelets and, at the level of these orifices, a second width greater than this diameter.

Thanks to the invention, the geometry of the reception area rope on the outside of the frame is optimized by relation to its function in that it allows maintenance effective longitudinal of the rope while protecting it from impact or abrasion wear, while the rigidity of the executive is not significantly affected by the formation of this area over most of its length. At the level orifices, this area is widened to allow reception of the eyelets, this enlargement taking place on a small part of the reception area, which prevents weakening the framework.

According to advantageous but not compulsory aspects of the invention, the framework incorporates one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Each reception zone comprises an elongated part of width equal to the first width and two end parts of this first part, the end parts each forming a reception zone of a part of one of the eyelets.
  • The recessed area has, at the orifices, a flared section, in particular generally frustoconical. In this case, provision can be made for the maximum diameter of the generally frustoconical section to be equal to the second width. This geometry of the reception area allows an effective transmission of forces between each eyelet and the corresponding part of the hollow area, without shearing or significant deformation of the eyelet.
  • The first width is substantially equal to or slightly greater than the nominal diameter of the rope.
  • The recessed area has, over most of its length, a V or U-shaped cross section.
  • The rope is in abutment against the frame at the bottom of the hollow zone in its first width part, when it is stretched in eyelets housed in orifices in this zone. In other words, the eyelets connect to the first width area, so that the rope is supported by this area, which avoids premature breakage of the rope which sometimes occurs when it is stretched between eyelets at a distance from the frame.
  • It comprises several discrete areas for receiving the rope, these areas being separated in pairs by a section of the frame devoid of areas for receiving the rope. This aspect of the invention takes advantage of the fact that the areas of passage of the rope outside the frame can be predetermined before the sieve is formed and that certain parts of the outside of the frame are not intended to receive a portion of the rope. It is therefore possible not to leave a hollow area on these parts, in particular in the section of the frame opposite the handle, which makes it possible to keep the frame a generally rounded section, adapted in terms of rigidity, between the areas of receiving the rope.
  • It comprises several areas for receiving the rope, at least some of these areas being contiguous, with certain orifices common to two adjacent areas.

The invention also relates to a badminton racket which includes a frame as previously described. Such a racket is more rigid than those of the prior art while effectively protecting the rope against risks sectioning, especially in the event of impact or friction against an obstacle.

The invention will be better understood and other advantages thereof will appear more clearly in the light of the following description of an embodiment of a racket according to the invention, given solely by way of example and made with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

  • Figure 1 is a perspective view of a racket frame according to the invention with two guide eyelets being put in place;
  • Figure 2 is a longitudinal section of the front part of the frame of Figure 1;
  • Figure 3 is a section along line III-III in Figure 2;
  • Figure 4 is a section along line IV-IV of Figure 2;
  • Figure 5 is a section along line VV in Figure 2 and
  • Figure 6 is a longitudinal section in principle, on a larger scale than Figure 2, of the frame of Figures 1 to 5 equipped with a sieve rope.

The racket 1 shown in the figures comprises a frame 2, a rod 3 and a handle 4 for handling. The frame 2 is hollow and pierced with orifices 5 joining its outer side 2 a and its inner side 2 b . The frame 2 is made of composite material, such as a structure with carbon fiber reinforcement and an epoxy matrix. It could also be metallic.

On the outer side 2a, the holes 5 have a flared shape. More specifically, the entry zone 5 a of each orifice 5 has a generally frustoconical shape converging towards the interior of the frame 2.

The orifices 5 are connected by a groove 6 having a cross section in the form of an open V or U. We denote l 1 the width of each groove 6. We denote l 2 the width of each entry zone 5 a , which corresponds in fact at its maximum diameter.

In the part of the frame 2 opposite the rod 3, the orifices 5 are not all connected by a groove 6. More precisely, certain zones 2 c of the frame 2 are devoid of grooves 6 on their respective outer sides because, there is no it is not expected that a rope will be placed at the level of the zones 2 c when the sieve of the racket is placed.

Thus, there is formed, at the periphery of the frame 2 and opposite the rod 3, a succession of discrete zones z for receiving a rope forming the screen of the racket, each zone z being formed of two zones d entry 5a of orifices 5 and of a groove 6.

Eyelets 7 are provided to be put in place in each orifice 5, as represented by the arrows F 1 in FIG. 1, in order to guide a rope 8 forming the sieve of the racket, as represented in FIG. 6.

The eyelets 7 are made of plastic and include a tubular rod 7 a , intended to pass through an orifice 5, and a head 7 b of flared external shape corresponding to the shape of the entry zones 5 a . As can be seen more particularly in FIG. 6, the heads 7b of the eyelets 7 are generally frustoconical and their angle at the top α is of the order of 80 °. Satisfactory results can be obtained with an angle α of between 70 and 90 °.

The angle at the top of the entry zones 5a is substantially equal to the angle α.

Taking into account the respective geometry of the zones 5 a and of the heads 7 b , a surface contact is created between the orifices 5 and the eyelets 7, which allows an effective transmission of forces represented by the arrows F 2 in FIG. 6 , without risk of deformation or shearing of the head 7b of an eyelet 7.

As is clearer from FIG. 6, the flared geometry of the zones 5 a and the positioning of the groove 6 adjacent to each zone 5 a allow the rope 8 stretched in the groove 6 between the eyelets 7 to rest against the bottom 6a of the groove 6, so that the cord is supported in the groove 6, which makes it possible to limit the risks of premature rupture of the cord 8.

According to an advantageous aspect of the invention, the width l 1 is chosen to be equal to or slightly greater than the nominal diameter d 1 of the cord 8, so that the cord 8 is effectively guided transversely in each groove 6 when it is stretched between orifices 5.

We note d 2 the maximum diameter of the head 7b of each eyelet 7, this diameter d 2 being less than or equal to the width l 2 to allow the positioning of the eyelets 7 in the zones 5a of the orifices 5.

The width l 1 is less than or equal to the diameter d 2 of the eyelet received in an orifice 5 adjoining the groove 6, which corresponds to the fact that each groove 6 has a width optimized for receiving a rope 8 while affecting as little as possible the overall rigidity of the frame 2.

The section of the groove 6, as it appears in the Figure 3 is that of a U or an open V. The edges of this groove can be more or less open, these edges can be generally rectilinear, convex or concave, according to design choices within the reach of man job.

In view of the fact that the zones z do not substantially affect the rigidity of the frame 2, such zones can be provided over the entire periphery of the frame 2, with the exception of its zone of connection with the rod 3.

As the zones z are formed by the side 2 a of the frame 2, a direct transmission of the tensioning forces from the rope 8 to the frame 2 is possible, which would not be the case if an elastomer bandage was used.

As emerges from the lateral parts of the racket shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, certain zones z can be contiguous, in the sense that there is no part of the frame devoid of groove 6 between these zones, certain orifices 5 being common to two such adjacent z zones. It can also be provided that all the zones z are joined two by two, in the sense that there are no parts equivalent to the parts 2 c shown.

According to a variant not shown of the invention, the zones z can be limited to the front part of the frame 2, that is to say the part opposite to the rod 3, because it is in this part that the cord 8 is the most exposed to impact or friction with obstacles.

The eyelets 7 have been shown as identical. However, some eyelets 7 may have a section suitable for the passage of several strands of rope. In this case, their maximum diameter d 2 is greater and the geometry of the zones 5a is adapted, in particular the width l 2 .

Claims (10)

  1. Badminton racket frame (2) (1) comprising holes (5) for passage of a rope (8) intended to form the sieve of the racket, said holes being equipped with eyelets (7) for guiding said rope while at least one recessed region is formed by the outer side (2a) of said frame for receiving said string passing into two of said orifices, characterized in that said zone (z, 5a, 6) has, on most of its length, a first width (l 1 ) less than the maximum diameter (d 2 ) of said eyelets and, at said orifices (5), a second width (l 2 ) greater than said diameter.
  2. Frame according to claim 1, characterized in that each receiving zone (z) comprises at least one elongated part (6) of width equal to the first width (l 1 ) and at least two end parts (5 a ) of said first part, said end parts each forming a reception area for one of the parts (7 b ) of one of said eyelets (7).
  3. Frame according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the said zone (z) has, at the level of the said orifices (5), a flared section (5 a ), in particular generally frustoconical.
  4. Frame according to claim 3, characterized in that the maximum diameter (l 2 ) of said generally frustoconical section is equal to said second width.
  5. Frame according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that said first width (l 1 ) is substantially equal to or slightly greater than the nominal diameter (d 1 ) of said rope (8).
  6. Frame according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that said zone (z) has, on the largest part (6) of its length, a cross section shaped of V or U.
  7. Frame according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that said rope (8) bears against said frame (2) at the bottom (6 a ) of said zone (z) in its portion (6) of first width , when stretched between eyelets (7) housed in orifices (5) in said zone.
  8. Frame according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that it comprises several discrete zones (z) for receiving said rope (8), said zones being separated in pairs by a section (2 c ) of said frame (2) devoid of reception area (z) of said rope (8).
  9. Frame according to one of claims 1 to 8, characterized in that it comprises several zones ( z ) for receiving said rope (8), at least some of said zones being contiguous, with certain orifices (5) common to two zones adjacent.
  10. Badminton racket (1), characterized in that it comprises a frame (2) according to one of the preceding claims.
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US2171223A (en) * 1937-12-02 1939-08-29 Roy H Robinson Racket for tennis and batting games and method of manufacturing same
FR1498455A (en) * 1966-07-19 1967-10-20 Carlton Tyre Saving Co Ltd racket frame
US3568290A (en) * 1966-06-13 1971-03-09 Dunlop Co Ltd Method of making rackets having metal frames
FR2399259A1 (en) * 1977-08-02 1979-03-02 Guyot Michel Expanded polyurethane skins for tennis racquet heads - for radiused stringing holes and channels without needing eyelets
DE9216243U1 (en) * 1992-01-29 1993-03-11 Franz Voelkl Gmbh & Co Ski Und Tennis Sportartikelfabrik Kg, 8440 Straubing, De
US5944624A (en) * 1996-12-23 1999-08-31 Prince Sports Group, Inc. Notched, slotted grommet for sports racquet

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US2171223A (en) * 1937-12-02 1939-08-29 Roy H Robinson Racket for tennis and batting games and method of manufacturing same
US3568290A (en) * 1966-06-13 1971-03-09 Dunlop Co Ltd Method of making rackets having metal frames
FR1498455A (en) * 1966-07-19 1967-10-20 Carlton Tyre Saving Co Ltd racket frame
FR2399259A1 (en) * 1977-08-02 1979-03-02 Guyot Michel Expanded polyurethane skins for tennis racquet heads - for radiused stringing holes and channels without needing eyelets
DE9216243U1 (en) * 1992-01-29 1993-03-11 Franz Voelkl Gmbh & Co Ski Und Tennis Sportartikelfabrik Kg, 8440 Straubing, De
US5944624A (en) * 1996-12-23 1999-08-31 Prince Sports Group, Inc. Notched, slotted grommet for sports racquet

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