JP2018501861A - Golf club head and golf club head manufacturing method - Google Patents

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JP2018501861A
JP2018501861A JP2017531169A JP2017531169A JP2018501861A JP 2018501861 A JP2018501861 A JP 2018501861A JP 2017531169 A JP2017531169 A JP 2017531169A JP 2017531169 A JP2017531169 A JP 2017531169A JP 2018501861 A JP2018501861 A JP 2018501861A
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Embodiments of golf club heads and golf club head manufacturing methods are generally described herein. In one example, the golf club head may include a body portion having a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a back portion, and a front portion. The golf club head may include an internal cavity. Other examples and embodiments are described in the specification and set forth in the claims. [Selection figure] None

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[Cross-reference of related applications]
This application is a US provisional application 61 / 992,555 filed May 13, 2014, a US provisional application 62 / 010,836 filed June 11, 2014, and filed June 13, 2014. U.S. Provisional Application No. 62 / 011,859, U.S. Provisional Application No. 62 / 032,770 filed on August 4, 2014, U.S. Provisional Application No. 62 / 041,538 filed on August 25, 2014, 2015 Claims the benefit of US Provisional Application No. 62 / 118,403, filed February 19, and US Provisional Application No. 62 / 159,856, filed May 11, 2015. This application is a continuation of U.S. non-provisional application No. 14 / 498,603, filed Sep. 26, 2014, claiming the benefit of U.S. provisional application No. 62 / 041,538, filed Aug. 25, 2014. Continuation of U.S. non-provisional application No. 14 / 589,277 filed on January 5, 2015, which is a continuation application of U.S. non-provisional application No. 14 / 513,073 filed on October 13, 2014 It is. This application is also a continuation-in-part of US application 29 / 511,482, filed December 11, 2014, which is a divisional application of US application 29 / 501,006, filed August 29, 2014. is there. This application is also a continuation-in-part of U.S. Application No. 29 / 501,006 filed on August 29, 2014, part of U.S. Application No. 29 / 514,256 filed on January 9, 2015. It is a continuation application. This application is also a continuation-in-part of US application 29 / 515,013, filed January 20, 2015, which is a continuation-in-part of US application 29 / 501,006, filed August 29, 2014. It is an application. The disclosure of the reference application is incorporated herein by reference.

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The present disclosure relates generally to golf equipment, and more specifically to a golf club head and a method of manufacturing a golf club head.

  Various materials (eg, steel-based materials, titanium-based materials, tungsten-based materials, etc.) can be used in the manufacture of golf clubs. By using multiple materials in the manufacture of a golf club head, the position of the center of gravity (CG) and / or moment of inertia (MOI) of the golf club head is optimized to produce a specific trajectory and spin rate of the golf ball. be able to.

FIG. 1 is a front view of a golf club head for one embodiment of the apparatus, method, and article of manufacture described herein.

FIG. 2 is a rear view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 3 is a plan view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 4 is a bottom view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 5 is a left side view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 6 is a right side view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 7-7 of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 8-8 of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 9 is a sectional view taken along line 9-9 of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 10 is another rear view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 11 is a plan view of a weight portion related to the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 12 is a side view of a weight portion related to the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 13 is a side view of another weight portion related to the golf club head illustrated in FIG. 1.

FIG. 14 is a rear view of the body portion of the golf club head illustrated in FIG. 1.

FIG. 15 is a cross-sectional view of the face portion of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 16 is a cross-sectional view of another face portion of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 17 is a diagram illustrating one method of manufacturing the golf club head exemplified herein.

18 is another cross-sectional view taken along line 18-18 of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 19 is a plan view of a golf club head for another embodiment of the apparatus, method, and article of manufacture described herein.

20 is a cross-sectional view taken along the line 20-20 of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 21 is a front view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 22 is a plan view of a golf club head for yet another embodiment of the apparatus, method, and article of manufacture described herein.

23 is a cross-sectional view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG. 22 taken along line 23-23.

24 is a front view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 25 is a top view of a golf club head for yet another embodiment of the apparatus, method and article of manufacture described herein.

FIG. 26 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 26-26 of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 27 is a golf club head for another embodiment of the apparatus, method and product described herein, and is a cross-sectional view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG. 25 taken along line 26-26.

FIG. 28 is a front view of the face portion of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

29 is a rear view of the face portion of FIG.

30 is a cross-sectional view of an example of a groove in the face portion of FIG.

FIG. 31 is a cross-sectional view of another example of the groove of the face portion of FIG.

FIG. 32 is a cross-sectional view of still another example of the groove of the face portion of FIG.

FIG. 33 is a cross-sectional view of still another example of the groove in the face portion of FIG.

34 is a rear view of another example of the face portion of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 35 is a rear view of still another example of the face portion of the golf club head illustrated in FIG. 1.

FIG. 36 is a rear view of still another example of the face portion of the golf club head illustrated in FIG. 1.

FIG. 37 is a cross-sectional view of the golf club head illustrated in FIG.

FIG. 38 is a diagram showing another method of manufacturing the golf club head exemplified in this specification.

FIG. 39 is a diagram showing still another method of manufacturing the golf club head exemplified in this specification.

FIG. 40 is a rear view of a golf club head for one embodiment of the apparatus, method, and article of manufacture described herein.

41 is a rear view of the golf club head of FIG.

  For simplicity and clarity of illustration, the drawings illustrate the structure in a general manner, and descriptions and details of well-known functions and techniques are omitted to avoid unnecessarily obscuring the present disclosure. . Also, elements in the drawings may not be drawn to scale. For example, the dimensions of some elements in the drawings may be exaggerated relative to other elements to help improve the understanding of the embodiments of the present disclosure.

  In general, a golf club head and a method of manufacturing a golf club head are described herein. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  In the example of FIGS. 1-14, the golf club head 100 includes a body portion 110 (FIG. 14), and generally a first set of weight portions 120 (eg, weight portions 121, 122, 123, and 124 shown) and second. It may include two or more weight portions shown as a set of weight portions 130 (eg, the illustrated weight portions 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, and 137). The body part 110 may include a toe part 140, a heel part 150, a front part 160, a back part 170, a top part 180, and a sole part 190. The body portion 110 can be made of a first material, while the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 can each be made of a second material. The first and second materials may be similar materials or different materials. For example, the body portion 110 may be partially or fully made of a steel-based material (eg, 17-4PH stainless steel, Nitronic® 50 stainless steel, maraging steel or other types of stainless steel), titanium-based materials, It may be made of an aluminum-based material (eg, a high strength aluminum alloy or a composite aluminum alloy coated with a high strength alloy), any combination thereof, and / or other suitable types of materials. The first and second sets of weights 120, 130 may each be partially or fully made of a high density material, such as a tungsten-based material, or other suitable type of material. Alternatively, the body portion 110 and / or the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 may each be partially or completely made of a non-metallic material (eg, composite material, plastic, etc.). . The instrument, method, and product are not limited to this.

  The golf club head 100 is an iron type golf club head (for example, 1 iron, 2 iron, 3 iron, 4 iron, 5 iron, 6 iron, 7 iron, 8 iron, 9 iron, Or wedge type golf club heads (eg pitching wedges, lob wedges, sand wedges, n degree wedges such as 44 ° (°), 48 °, 52 °, 56 °, 60 °, etc.) Good. Although FIGS. 1-10 illustrate certain types of club heads, the instruments, methods, and products described herein may be used for other types of club heads (eg, driver-type club heads, fairway wood-type club heads, The present invention may be applied to a hybrid club head, a putter club head, and the like. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  The toe part 140 and the heel part 150 may be at opposite ends of the body part 110. The heel portion 150 includes a hosel portion 155 configured to receive a shaft (not shown) having a grip (not shown) at one end portion of the shaft forming the golf club, and a golf club at the other end portion. The head 100 may be included.

  The front part 160 may include a face part 162 (for example, a striking surface). The face portion 162 may include a front surface 164 and a back surface 166. The front surface 164 may include one or more grooves 168 extending between the toe portion 140 and the heel portion 150. Although the figure shows a particular number of grooves, the devices, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein may include more or fewer grooves. The face portion 162 may be used to give an impact to a golf ball (not shown). The face part 162 may be an integral part of the body part 110. Alternatively, the face 162 may be formed by various manufacturing methods and / or processes (for example, a bonding process such as an adhesive, a welding process such as laser welding, a brazing process, a soldering process, a fixing process, a mechanical locking or connecting method. , Any combination thereof, or any other suitable type of manufacturing method and / or process), or another part or insert coupled to the body portion 110. The face portion 162 may be associated with a loft surface that defines the loft angle of the golf club head 100. The loft angle may vary depending on the type of golf club (eg, long iron, middle iron, short iron, wedge, etc.). In one example, the loft angle may be between 5 degrees and 75 degrees. In another example, the loft angle may be between 20 degrees and 60 degrees. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  As shown in FIG. 14, the back portion 170 generally includes a first set of external weight ports 1420 (eg, weight ports 1421, 1422, 1423, and 1424 shown) and a second set of external weight ports 1430 (eg, shown). A weight wall 1431, 1432, 1433, 1434, 1435, 1436, and 1437), which may include a back wall portion 1410 having one or more external weight ports along the periphery of the back portion 170. Each external weight port may be associated with a port diameter. In one example, the port diameter may be about 0.25 inches (6.35 millimeters). Any two adjacent external weight ports of the first set of external weight ports 1420 may be separated by a distance less than the port diameter. Similarly, any two adjacent external ports of the second set of external weight ports 1430 may be separated by a distance that is less than the port diameter. The first and second sets of external weight ports 1420, 1430 may be external weight ports configured to receive one or more weight portions. Specifically, each weight part (for example, the weight parts 121, 122, 123, and 124 shown in the figure) of the first set 120 is in or near the toe part 140 and / or the top part 180 of the back part 170. It may be arranged at a certain weight port. For example, the weight portion 121 may be disposed in the weight port 1421 partially or completely. In another example, the weight portion 122 may be disposed in the weight port 1422 in the transition region (for example, the top and toe transition region) between the top portion 180 and the toe portion 140. Each weight part (for example, the weight parts 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, and 137 shown in the figure) of the second set 130 is in or near the toe part 140 and / or the sole part 190 of the back part 170. May be arranged in the weight port. For example, the weight portion 135 may be partially or completely disposed at the weight port 1435. In another example, the weight portion 136 may be disposed in the weight port 1436 in the transition region (eg, the sole and toe transition region) between the sole portion 190 and the toe portion 140. As will be described in detail below, the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 may each have various manufacturing methods and / or processes (eg, bonding process, welding process, brazing process, mechanical lock). Method, any combination thereof, or any other suitable type of manufacturing method and / or process) may be coupled to the back portion 170 of the body portion 110.

  Alternatively, the golf club head 100 may not include (i) the first set of weight portions 120, (ii) may not include the second set of weight portions 130, or (iii) the first and first sets. Both of the two sets of weight portions 120 and 130 may not be included. Specifically, the back portion 170 of the body portion 110 may not include the weight port in the top portion 170 and / or the sole portion 190, and may not include the weight port in the vicinity thereof. For example, the mass of the first set of weight portions 120 (eg, 3 grams) and / or the mass of the second set of weight portions 130 (eg, 16.8 grams) may be substituted for separate weight portion (s). The body part 110 may be an integral part (s). The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  The first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 may each have similar or different physical characteristics (eg, color, shape, size, density, mass, volume, etc.). As a result, the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 can each contribute to the decorative design of the golf club head 100. In the example illustrated in FIG. 11, each of the weight portions of the first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 may have a cylindrical shape (for example, a circular cross section). Alternatively, each of the weight portions of the first set 120 may have a first shape (eg, a cylindrical shape), while each of the weight portions of the second set 130 may have a second shape (eg, a cubic shape). It can be. In another example, the first set of weight portions 120 may include two or more weight portions of different shapes (eg, the weight portion 121 may be a first shape while the weight portion 122 is a first shape). It can be a second shape different from the shape). Similarly, the second set of weight portions 130 may also include two or more weight portions of different shapes (eg, the weight portion 131 may be the first shape while the weight portion 132 is the first shape). Can be different second shapes). Although the above example describes a weight portion having a particular shape, the devices, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein may have other suitable shapes (eg, spheres, cubes, cones, cylinders, pyramids). , Cubes, prisms, frustums, or some other suitable geometric shape). Although the above examples and figures show a plurality of weight parts as a set of weight parts, each set of the weight parts 120 and 130 of the first and second sets may be a single weight part. Good. In one example, the first set of weight portions 120 may be a single weight portion rather than a sequence of four separate weight portions. In another example, the second set of weight portions 130 may be a single weight portion rather than a series of seven separate weight portions. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  Referring to FIGS. 12 and 13, for example, the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 are respectively threaded configured in the weight ports of the back portion 170 (generally shown as 1420 and 1430 in FIG. 14). And includes threads, generally designated as 1210 and 1310, respectively, that may be secured to the weight port. For example, each of the weight portions of the first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 may be a screw. The first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 may or may not be easily removable from the back portion 110 with or without tools, respectively. Alternatively, the first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 can respectively replace one or more weight portions of the first and second sets 120 and 130 with relatively heavy or light weight portions, respectively. , May be easily removable (eg, with tools). In another example, the first and second sets of weights 120, 130 are backed with epoxy resin or adhesive so that the first and second sets of weights 120, 130, respectively, cannot be easily removed. It may be fixed to 170 weight ports. In yet another example, the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 are both epoxy resin and adhesive so that the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130, respectively, cannot be easily removed. Thus, it may be fixed to the weight port of the back portion 170. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  As described above, the first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 may each have some physical characteristics that are similar, but other physical characteristics may be different. As shown in FIGS. 11-13, for example, each of the weight portions of the first and second sets 120, 130 may each have a diameter 1110 of about 0.25 inches (6.35 millimeters). The first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 may have different heights. Specifically, each of the weight portions of the first set 120 may be associated with a first height 1220 (FIG. 12), and each of the weight portions of the second set 130 may be associated with a second height 1320 (FIG. 13). The first height 1220 may be relatively smaller than the second height 1320. In one example, the first height 1220 can be about 0.125 inches (3.175 millimeters) while the second height 1320 can be about 0.3 inches (7.62 millimeters). In another example, the first height 1220 can be about 0.16 inches (4.064 millimeters) while the second height 1320 can be about 0.4 inches (10.16 millimeters). . Alternatively, the first height 1220 may be the second height 1320 or more. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  To provide optimal perimeter weighting for the golf club head 100, the first set of weight portions 120 (eg, weight portions 121, 122, 123, and 124) are configured to balance the weight of the hosel 155. May be. The second set of weight portions 130 (eg, weight portions 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, and 137) may be configured such that the center of gravity of the golf club head 100 is placed at an optimal position. Returning to FIGS. 7-9, for example, the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 may each be disposed away from the back surface 166 of the face portion 162 (eg, not directly coupled to each other). That is, each of the first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 and the back surface 166 may be partially or completely separated by the internal cavity 700 of the body portion 110. As shown in FIG. 14, for example, each external weight port of the first and second sets of external weight ports 1420, 1430 has an opening (eg, generally indicated as 720 and 730) and a port wall (eg, generally 725). And 735). The port walls 725 and 735 may be an integral part of the back wall part 1410 (for example, a section of the back wall part 1410). Each of the openings 720 and 730 may be configured to receive weight portions such as weight portions 121 and 135, respectively. The opening 720 may be disposed at one end of the weight port 1421, and the port wall 725 may be disposed at or near the end opposite to the weight port 1421. Similarly, the opening 730 may be disposed at one end of the weight port 1435, and the port wall 735 may be disposed at or near the opposite end of the weight port 1435. Port walls 725 and 735 may be separated from face portion 162 (eg, separated by internal cavity 700). As a result, when the second set of weight portions 130 is separated from the back surface 166, the center of gravity (CG) of the golf club head 100 is made to face the face portion more than when the second set of weight portions 130 are directly coupled to the back surface 166. It can be relatively further away from 162 and can be lowered relatively toward the ground plane (eg, one shown as 1010 in FIG. 10). The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  Although the drawings show weight ports having a particular cross-sectional shape, the devices, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein may include weight ports having other suitable cross-sectional shapes. In one example, the weight ports of the first and / or second set of weight ports 1420, 1430 may have a U-shaped cross-sectional shape. In another example, the weight ports of the first and / or second set of weight ports 1420, 1430 may have a V-shaped cross-sectional shape. The one or more weight ports associated with the first set of weight portions 120 may have a different cross-sectional shape than the one or more weight ports associated with the second set of weight portions 130. For example, the weight port 1421 can have a U-shaped cross-sectional shape, while the weight port 1435 can have a V-shaped cross-sectional shape. Also, the two or more weight ports associated with the first set of weight portions 120 may have different cross-sectional shapes. Similarly, two or more weight ports associated with the second set of weight portions 130 may have different cross-sectional shapes. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  Referring back to FIG. 10, for example, the golf club head 100 may be associated with a ground plane 1010, a horizontal midplane 1020, and a top plane 1030. Specifically, the ground surface 1010 is a surface that contacts the sole portion 190 of the golf club head 100 when the golf club head 100 is in an address position (for example, the golf club head 100 is adjusted for hitting a golf ball). It may be. The top surface 1030 may be a surface that contacts the top portion 180 of the golf club head 100 when the golf club head is in the address position. The ground surface 1010 and the top surface 1030 may each be substantially parallel to each other. The horizontal central plane 1020 may be the middle in the vertical direction between each of the ground plane 1010 and the top plane 1030.

  The weight portions 120 and 130 of the first and second sets may be similar in mass (for example, all of the weight portions of the weight portions 120 and 130 of the first and second sets are substantially the same weight). There is) Alternatively, the weight parts 120 and 130 of the first and second sets may have different masses, respectively, or may have different masses as a whole set. Specifically, each of the weight portions (for example, 121, 122, 123, and 124 shown in the figure) of the first set 120 is an arbitrary weight portion (for example, 131, 132, 133, and so on shown) of the second set 130. 134, 135, 136, and 137). For example, the second set of weight portions 130 may occupy 50% or more of the total mass by the external weight portions of the golf club head 100. As a result, the golf club head 100 can be configured to have at least 50% of the total mass by an external weight portion disposed below the horizontal central plane 1020. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  In one example, the golf club head 100 may have a mass in the range of about 220 grams to about 330 grams, based on the type of golf club (eg, 4 iron vs. lob wedge). Body portion 110 includes a first and second set of weight portions 120, 130 each having a mass of about 20 grams (eg, the total mass due to the external weight portion), with a mass in the range of about 200 grams to about 310 grams. You may have. Each of the weight portions of the first set 120 may have a mass of about 1 gram (1.0 g), while each of the weight portions of the second set 130 may have a mass of about 2.4 grams. . The total mass of the first set of weights 120 can be about 3 grams, while the total mass of the second set of weights 130 can be about 16.8 grams. The total mass of the second set of weight portions 130 may be five times as heavy as the total mass of the first set of weight portions 120 (eg, about 3 grams of the first set of weight portions). About 16.8 grams of the second set of weights 130 for a total mass of 120). The golf club head 100 may have a total mass of 19.8 grams due to each of the first and second sets of weights 120, 130 (eg, 3 grams and second due to the first set of weights 120). 16.8 grams total due to set weight portion 130). Accordingly, the first set of weight portions 120 may occupy about 15% of the total mass by the external weight portion of the golf club head 100, while the second set of weight portions 130 is the external weight of the golf club head 100. The portion can occupy about 85% of the total mass. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  By joining the first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 to the body portion 110 (for example, fixing the first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 to the weight ports of the back portion 170), the golf club The position of the center of gravity (CG) and the moment of inertia (MOI) of the head 100 may be optimized. Specifically, the weight portions 120 and 130 of the first and second sets may each be lowered in the position of the CG toward the sole portion 190, and may be separated further rearward from the face portion 162. Further, the MOI may have a higher measurement on a vertical axis (eg, perpendicular to the ground plane 1010) that extends through the CG. The MOI may also have a higher measurement on a horizontal axis that extends through the CG (eg, extends toward each of the toe portion 150 and the heel portion 160 of the golf club head). As a result, the club head 100 can provide a relatively high launch angle and a relatively low spin rate than the golf club head excluding each of the first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  Alternatively, two or more weight portions in the same set may have different masses. In one example, the weight portion 121 of the first set 120 may have a relatively smaller mass than the weight portion 122 of the first set 120. In another example, the weight portion 131 of the second set 130 may have a relatively smaller mass than the weight portion 135 of the second set 130. The relatively large mass in the top and toe transition region and / or sole and toe transition region increases the weight and increases the moment of inertia (MOI) of the vertical axis through the center of gravity (CG) Thus, it can be dispersed from the CG of the golf club head 100.

  Although the weight portions are shown as separate individual parts in the figure, each set of the weight portions 120 and 130 of the first and second sets may be a single weight portion. In one example, all weight portions (eg, 121, 122, 123, and 124 shown) in the first set 120 may be combined into a single weight portion (eg, the first weight portion). Similarly, all weight portions (eg, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, and 137) of the second set 130 are also combined into a single weight portion (eg, the second weight portion). Also good. In this example, the golf club head 100 may have only two weight portions. Although the figure shows a particular number of weights, the devices, methods, and products described herein may have a greater or lesser number of weights. In one example, the first set of weight portions 120 may have two separate weight portions instead of the three separate weight portions shown in the figure. In another example, the second set of weight portions 130 may have five separate weight portions instead of the seven separate weight portions shown in the figure. Alternatively, the devices, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein may not have any separate weight portions (eg, body portion 110 is an integral part of body portion 110 ( May be manufactured to include the mass of separate weight portions). The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

Referring back to FIGS. 7-9, for example, the body portion 110 may be a hollow body that includes an internal cavity 700 that extends between the front portion 160 and the back portion 170. Further, the internal cavity 700 may extend between the top portion 180 and the sole portion 190. The internal cavity 700 may be associated with a cavity height 750 (H C ), and the body portion 110 may be associated with a body height 850 (H B ). The cavity height 750 and the body height 850 may vary between the toe portion 140 and the heel portion 150, but the cavity height 750 may be at least 50% of the body height 850 (H C > 0.5 * H B ). For example, the cavity height 750 may vary between 70-85% of the body height 850. By making the cavity height 750 of the internal cavity 700 greater than 50% of the body height 850, the golf club 100 has a cavity smaller than 50% of the body height when the golf club 100 hits a golf ball through the face portion 162. A relatively more consistent feel, sound and / or result can be produced than a high golf club. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  In one example, the internal cavity 700 may be unfilled (eg, empty space). Body portion 100 that includes internal cavity 700 may weigh about 100 grams less than body portion 100 that does not include internal cavity 700. Alternatively, the internal cavity 700 may be partially or fully elastic polymer or elastomeric material (eg, a viscoelastic urethane polymer material such as Sorbothane® from Sorbotane, Kent, Ohio), a thermoplastic elastomer material. (TPE), thermoplastic polyurethane material (TPU), and / or other suitable types of materials that absorb shocks, isolate vibrations, and / or attenuate noise. For example, at least 50% of the internal cavity 700 is filled with a TPE material that absorbs shock, isolates vibrations, and / or attenuates noise when the golf club head 100 strikes a golf ball through the face 162. May be. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

Returning to FIG. 15, for example, the face portion 162 may include a first thickness 1510 (T 1 ) and a second thickness 1520 (T 2 ). The first thickness 1510 may be the thickness of the section of the face portion 162 adjacent to the groove 168, while the second thickness 1520 may be the thickness of the section of the face portion 162 below the groove 168. For example, the first thickness 1510 may be the maximum distance between the front surface 164 and the back surface 166. The second thickness 1520 may be based on the groove 162. Specifically, the groove 168 may have a groove depth 1525 (D groove ). The second thickness 1520 may be the maximum distance between the bottom surface of the groove 168 and the back surface 166. The sum of the second thickness 1520 and the groove depth 1525 may be substantially equal to the first thickness 1510 (eg, T 2 + D groove = T 1 ). Accordingly, the second thickness 1520 may be smaller than the first thickness 1510 (eg, T 2 <T 1 ).

In order to lower the center of gravity of the golf club head 100 and / or move it further backward, the weight of the front portion 160 of the golf club head 100 may be removed by using a relatively thin face portion 162. For example, the first thickness 1510 may be about 0.075 inches (eg, T 1 = 0.075 inches). By receiving the support of the back wall portion 1410 to form an internal cavity 700 and filling at least a portion of the internal cavity 700 with an elastic polymer material, the face portion 162 can be used for structural integrity, sound, And / or can be relatively thin (eg, T 1 <0.075 inches) without degrading the feel. In one example, the first thickness 1510 may be 0.060 inches (1.524 centimeters) or less (eg, T 1 ≦ 0.060 inches). In another example, the first thickness 1510 may be 0.040 inches (1.016 millimeters) or less (eg, T 1 ≦ 0.040 inches). Based on the type of material (s) used to form face portion 162 and / or body portion 110, face portion 162 may have a first thickness 1510 (e.g., 0.030 inches or less) (e.g., (T 1 ≦ 0.030 inch). The groove depth 1525 may be the second thickness 1520 or more (for example, D groove ≧ T 2 ). In one example, the groove depth 1525 may be about 0.020 inches (eg, D groove = 0.020 inches). Accordingly, the second thickness 1520 may be about 0.010 inches (eg, T 2 = 0.010 inches). In another example, the groove depth 1525 may be about 0.015 inches (0.381 millimeters) and the second thickness 1520 may be about 0.015 inches (eg, D groove). = T 2 = 0.015 inch). Alternatively, the groove depth 1525 may be smaller than the second thickness 1520 (for example, D groove <T 2 ). Without the support of the backwall portion 1410 and the internal cavity 700 filled with an elastic polymer material, the golf club head may not be able to withstand multiple impacts by the golf ball at the face portion. In contrast to the golf club head 100 described herein, a golf club head (e.g., a cavity having a relatively thin face portion but no elastic polymer material fill in the support of the back wall portion 1410 and the internal cavity 700). The back golf club head) may produce an unpleasant sound (eg, a cheesy sound) and / or feel upon impact of the golf ball. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

Based on the manufacturing process and method of forming the golf club head 100, the face portion 162 may include additional materials around or near the face portion 162. Accordingly, the face portion 162 may also have a third thickness 1530 and a chamfered portion 1540. The third thickness 1530 may be greater than either the first thickness 1510 or the second thickness 1520 (eg, T 3 > T 1 > T 2 ). Specifically, the face portion 162 may be coupled to the body portion 110 by a welding process. For example, the first thickness 1510 may be about 0.030 inches (0.762 millimeters), the second thickness 1520 may be about 0.015 inches (0.381 millimeters), The third thickness 1530 may be about 0.050 inch (1.27 millimeters). Accordingly, the chamfered portion 1540 can accommodate a portion of the additional material when the face portion 162 is welded to the body portion 110.

As shown in FIG. 16, for example, the face portion 162 may include a reinforcement section, indicated generally at 1605, under one or more grooves 168. In one example, the face portion 162 may include a reinforcing section 1605 under each groove. Alternatively, the face 162 may include a reinforcing section 1605 under several grooves (eg, all other grooves) or just one groove. The face portion 162 may include a first thickness 1610, a second thickness 1620, a third thickness 1630, and a chamfered portion 1640. The groove 168 may have a groove depth 1625. The reinforcing section 168 may define a second thickness 1620. The first thickness 1610 and the second thickness 1620 may each be substantially equal to each other (eg, T 1 = T 2 ). In one example, the first thickness 1610 and the second thickness 1620 may each be about 0.030 inches (eg, T 1 = T 2 = 0.030 inches). The groove depth 1625 may be about 0.015 inches (0.381 millimeters) and the third thickness 1630 may be about 0.050 inches (1.27 millimeters). The groove 168 may also have a groove width. The width of the reinforcing section 1605 may be equal to or greater than the groove width. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  Alternatively, the thickness of the face portion 162 may vary between the top portion 180 and the sole portion 190, and / or the thickness may vary therebetween. In one example, the face portion 162 may be thicker at or near the top portion 180 than at or near the sole portion 190 (for example, the thickness of the face portion 162 is from the top portion 180 toward the sole portion 190). May be gradually reduced). In another example, the face portion 162 may be thicker at or near the sole portion 190 than at or near the top portion 180 (for example, the thickness of the face portion 162 may be increased from the sole portion 190 to the top portion 189). You may gradually decrease towards). In another example, the face portion 162 may be relatively thicker between the top portion 180 and the sole portion 190 than the top portion 180 and the sole portion 190 or the vicinity thereof (for example, the thickness of the face portion 162 is May have a bell-shaped outer shape). The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  Unlike other golf club head designs, the positions of the internal cavity 700 of the body portion 110 and the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 along the periphery of the golf club head 100 are different from the face portion 162. A relatively high launch angle and a relatively low spin rate can be provided for a golf ball that is moving away. As a result, the golf ball can move far (ie, the total distance including the carry and roll distances increases).

  FIG. 17 is a diagram illustrating one method of manufacturing the example golf club head described herein. In the example of FIG. 17, process 1700 may begin by providing two or more weight portions, generally shown as first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130, respectively (block 1710). The first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 may each be made of a first material such as a tungsten-based material. In one example, the first and second sets of weight portions 120 and 130 may each be a tungsten alloy screw.

  Process 1700 may provide a body portion 110 having a face portion 162, an internal cavity 700, and a back portion 170 having two or more external weight ports, generally shown as 1420 and 1430 (block 1720). The body part 110 may be made of a second material different from the first material. Body portion 110 may be manufactured using an investment casting process, a billet forging process, a pressing process, a computer numerical control (CNC) machine process, a die casting process, any combination thereof, or other suitable manufacturing process. . In one example, body portion 110 may be made of 17-4PH stainless steel using a casting process. In another example, the body portion 110 is manufactured from other suitable types of stainless steel (eg, Nitronic® 50 stainless steel from AK Steel, Inc., Westchester, Ohio) using a forging process. Also good. By using Nitronic® 50 stainless steel in the manufacture of the body portion 110, the golf club head 100 is relatively more robust and / or corrosion resistant than golf club heads made from other types of steel. Can be further enhanced. Each weight port of the body portion 110 may include an opening and a port wall. For example, the weight port 1421 may include an opening 720 and a port wall 725 provided at both ends facing each other. The internal cavity 700 may separate the port wall 725 of the weight port 1421 and the back surface 166 of the face portion 162. Similarly, the weight port 1835 may include an opening 730 and a port wall 735 provided at both ends facing each other. The internal cavity 700 may separate the port wall 735 of the weight port 1435 and the back surface 166 of the face portion 162.

  Process 1700 may couple each of the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 to one of two or more external weight ports (block 1730). In one example, the process 1700 may insert and secure the weight portion 121 in the external weight port 1421 and insert and secure the weight portion 135 in the external weight port 1435. Process 1700 can secure each of the first and second sets of weight portions 120, 130 to external weight ports, such as weight ports 1421, 1435, using various manufacturing methods and / or steps ( For example, epoxy resin, welding, brazing, mechanical lock, any combination thereof, etc.).

  Process 1700 may partially or completely fill the internal cavity 700 with an elastic polymeric material (eg, Sorbothane® material) (block 1740). In one example, at least 50% of the internal cavity 700 may be filled with an elastic polymer material. As described above, the elastic polymer material can absorb shocks, isolate vibrations, and / or attenuate noise in response to the golf club head 100 hitting the golf ball. Alternatively, the internal cavity 700 may be filled with a thermoplastic elastomer material and / or a thermoplastic polyurethane material. As shown in FIG. 18, for example, the golf club head 100 may include one or more weight ports (eg, shown as 1431 in FIG. 14) having a first opening 1830 and a second opening 1835. The second opening 1835 may be used to access the internal cavity 700. In one example, the process 1700 (FIG. 17) may fill the internal cavity 700 with the elastic polymer material by injecting the elastic polymer material into the internal cavity 700 from the first opening 1835 through the second opening 1835. Good. The first opening 1830 and the second opening 1835 may have the same or different sizes and / or shapes, respectively. While the above example has been described with a specific weight port having a second opening, any other weight port of the golf club head 100 may include the second opening (eg, weight port 720). The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  Referring back to FIG. 17, the example process 1700 simply provides and describes one example method of manufacturing the golf club head 100 in conjunction with the other figures. Although a specific sequence of actions is shown in FIG. 17, these actions may be performed in other order over time. For example, two or more actions shown in FIG. 17 may be executed sequentially, simultaneously, or simultaneously. In one example, blocks 1710, 1720, 1730, and / or 1740 may be performed simultaneously or simultaneously. Although FIG. 17 shows a specific number of blocks, the process may not execute one or more blocks. In one example, the internal cavity 700 may not be filled (eg, block 1740 may not be performed). The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

While the above examples have shown iron or wedge type golf club heads, the apparatus, methods and products described herein may be applied to other types of golf club heads. Referring to FIGS. 19-21, for example, a golf club head 1900 may include a body portion 1910 and a cavity wall portion 1920. Golf club head 1900 may have a club head volume of 300 cubic centimeters (cm 3 or cc) or greater. In one example, the golf club head 1900 may be about 460 cc. Alternatively, the golf club head 1900 may have a club head volume of 300 cc or less. For example, the golf club head 1900 may have a club head volume between 100 cc and 200 cc. The club head volume of the golf club head 1900 can be measured using a weighted water displacement method (ie, Archimedes principle). For example, the club head volume of the golf club head 100 is measured according to procedures specified by a governing body such as a golf standards body and / or the National Golf Association (USGA) and / or the British Golf Association (R & A). Can be used for. Although FIGS. 19-21 illustrate certain types of club heads (eg, fairway wood type club heads), the instruments, methods, and products described herein may be used with other types of club heads (eg, driver type). Club head, hybrid club head, iron club head, putter club head, etc.). The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  The body portion 1910 may include a toe portion 1940, a heel portion 1950, a front portion 1960, a rear portion 1970, a top portion 1980 (for example, a crown portion), and a bottom portion 1990 (for example, a sole portion). The body portion 1910 is a hollow body made partially or completely of an aluminum-based material, a magnesium-based material, a steel-based material, a titanium-based material, any other suitable material, or any combination thereof. May be. In another example, the body portion 1910 may be partially or completely made of a non-metallic material such as a ceramic material, a composite material, any other suitable material, or any combination thereof. The front portion 1960 may include a face portion 1962 (for example, a striking surface). The face portion 1962 may include a front surface 1964 and a back surface 1966. The front surface 1964 may include a plurality of grooves, generally indicated as 2110 in FIG.

  The cavity wall part 1920 may form a first internal cavity 2010 and a second internal cavity 2020 in the body part 1910. For example, the cavity wall portion 1920 may be partially or completely made of an aluminum-based material, a steel-based material, any other suitable material, or any combination thereof. In another example, the cavity wall portion 1920 may be made of a non-metallic material such as a ceramic material, a composite material, any other suitable material, or any combination thereof. The first internal cavity 2010 can be associated with a first volume, while the second internal cavity 2020 can be associated with a second volume. In one example, the first volume may be smaller than the second volume. Further, the first volume may be 50% or less of the second volume.

  As shown in FIG. 20, for example, the cavity wall portion 1920 may extend from the back surface 1966 of the face portion 1962. In one example, the cavity wall portion 1920 may not extend more than 1 inch from the back surface 1966. In another example, the cavity wall portion 1920 may not extend more than 2 inches from the back surface 1966. The cavity wall portion 1920 may be a single curved wall section. Specifically, the cavity wall portion 1920 is formed on the back surface 1966 (eg, C-shaped) to form an elliptical base (eg, FIG. 21) or a dome-like structure with a circular base relative to the back surface 1966. It may have an arc shape that is convex with respect to the shape. In another example, the cavity wall portion 1920 may form a conical structure or a cylindrical structure with the body portion 1910. Alternatively, the cavity wall portion 1920 may have an arc shape that is concave with respect to the back surface 1966. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  The first internal cavity 2010 may be partially or fully elastic polymer or elastomeric material (eg, a viscoelastic urethane polymer material such as Sorbothane® from Sorbotane, Kent, Ohio), thermoplastic elastomer. It may be filled with materials (TPE), thermoplastic polyurethane materials (TPU), and / or other suitable types of materials that absorb shocks, isolate vibrations, and / or attenuate noise. The elastic polymeric material may be injected into the first internal cavity 2010 via an injection molding process through the port of the face portion 1962. For example, at least 50% of the first internal cavity 2010 absorbs shock, isolates vibrations, and / or provides structural support when the golf club head 100 strikes a golf ball through the face portion 162. Or filled with TPE material. Due to the support of the cavity wall portion 1920 that forms the first internal cavity 2010 and the filling of at least a portion of the first internal cavity 2010 with an elastic polymer material, the face portion 1962 provides structural integrity of the golf club head 1900. , And can be relatively thin without reducing sound and / or feel. In one example, the face portion 1962 may have a thickness of 0.075 inches or less (eg, the distance between the front surface 1964 and the back surface 1966). In another example, the face portion 1962 may have a thickness of 0.060 inches or less. In yet another example, the face portion 1962 may have a thickness of 0.050 inches or less. Further, the face portion 1962 may have a thickness of 0.030 inches or less. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  The cavity wall portion 1920 may include a plurality of sections. Returning to FIGS. 22-24, for example, the golf club head 2200 may include a body portion 2210 and a cavity wall portion 2220. The body portion 2210 may include a toe portion 2240, a heel portion 2250, a front portion 2260, a rear portion 2270, a top portion 2280 (for example, a crown portion), and a bottom portion (for example, a sole portion). The front portion 2260 may include a face portion 2262 (eg, a striking surface) having a front surface 2264 and a back surface 2266. The cavity wall portion 2220 may extend from a back surface 2266 that forms a first internal cavity 2310 and a second internal cavity 2320 in the body portion 2210. The cavity wall portion 2220 may include two or more wall sections, shown generally as 2330, 2340, and 2350 in FIG. The cavity wall portion 2220 may form a truncated pyramid structure having a rectangular base (for example, FIG. 24) or a square base with respect to the back surface 2266. Alternatively, the cavity wall portion 2220 may form a rectangular parallelepiped structure (for example, having a rectangular base) or a rectangular parallelepiped structure (for example, having a square base) with respect to the back surface 2266. In another example, the cavity wall 2220 may form a square base pyramidal structure relative to the back surface 2266. In yet another example, the cavity wall portion 2220 may form a triangular base pyramid-like structure or a triangular prism-like structure with respect to the back surface 2266. Similar to the first internal cavity 2010 (FIGS. 19-21), the first internal cavity 2310 is partially or completely filled with an elastic polymer or elastomeric material (eg, TPE material, TPU material, etc.). May be. The elastic polymeric material may be injected into the first internal cavity 2310 via an injection molding process through the port of the face portion 2262. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  As shown in FIGS. 25 and 26, for example, the golf club head 2500 may include a body portion 2510 and a cavity wall portion 2520. The body portion 2510 may include a toe portion 2540, a heel portion 2550, a front portion 2560, a rear portion 2570, a top portion 2580 (for example, a crown portion), and a bottom portion 2590 (for example, a sole portion). The front portion 2560 may include a face portion 2562 (eg, a striking surface) having a non-front surface 2564 and a back surface 2566. The face portion 2562 may be associated with a loft surface 2605 that defines the loft angle of the golf club head 2500.

  The cavity wall portion 2520 may be a single flat wall section. Specifically, the cavity wall portion 2520 extends between the toe portion 2540 and the heel portion 2550 and between the top portion 2580 and the bottom portion 2590, and the first internal cavity 2610 and the second second portion are formed in the body portion 2510. An internal cavity 2620 may be formed. The cavity wall portion 2520 may be parallel or substantially parallel to the loft surface 2605. Alternatively, as shown in FIG. 27, the cavity wall portion 2720 may be perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the ground surface 2730. Similar to the first internal cavity 2010 (FIGS. 19-21) and 2310 (FIGS. 22-24), the first internal cavity 2610 may be partially or fully filled with an elastic polymer or elastomeric material. . The elastic polymeric material may be injected into the first internal cavity 2610 via an injection molding process via the face 2562 and / or the ports of the bottom 2590. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  Alternatively, the cavity wall portion 2520 has a bottom portion 2590 and a top-and-front transition region (that is, a transition region between the top portion 2580 and the front portion 2570 so that the cavity wall portion 2520 and the loft angle 2630 are not parallel to each other. ). In another example, the cavity wall portion 2520 may have a top-and-bottom-and-front transition region (ie, bottom portion 2590 and front portion 2570 such that the cavity wall portion 2520 and the loft angle 2630 are not parallel to each other. It may extend to the transition region between. Although FIGS. 25-27 show flat or substantially flat cavity wall portions 2520 and 2720, the cavity wall portions 2520 and / or 2720 may be concave or convex with respect to the face portion 2562. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  In the above example, the hollow body portion of the internal cavity is divided by the cavity wall portion to form two separate internal cavities, one internal cavity partially or completely filled with an elastic polymer material. The device, method, and product described in the document comprise a hollow body portion divided by two or more cavity wall portions to form three or more internal cavities, and a partially or fully elastic polymer in at least two internal cavities. Material may be filled. In one example, one internal cavity can be partially or completely filled with TPE material, while the other internal cavity can be partially or fully TPU material. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  Referring back to FIGS. 1-14, the face portion 162 improves and / or peels the adhesion between the elastic polymer material used to fill the internal cavity 700 (eg, FIG. 7) and the face portion 162. A non-smooth back surface may be included so as to alleviate. Back using various methods and / or processes such as an abrasive blast process (eg, bead blast process, sand blast process, other suitable blast process, or any combination thereof) and / or milling The surface 166 can be non-smooth. For example, the back surface 166 may have a surface roughness (Ra) in the range of 0.5 to 250 μinch (0.012 to 6.3 μm). The instrument, method, and product are not limited to this.

  As shown in FIG. 28-30, for example, the face portion 2800 may include a front surface 2810 and a back surface 2910. The front surface 2810 may include one or more grooves, generally indicated as 2820, extending longitudinally across the front surface 2810 (eg, extending between the toe portion 140 and the heel portion 150 of FIG. 1). Front surface 2810 may be used to impact a golf ball (not shown).

  The back surface 2910 may also include one or more channels, shown generally as 2920. The groove 2920 may extend longitudinally across the back surface 2910. The grooves 2920 may be parallel or substantially parallel to each other. The groove 2920 can engage the elastic polymer material used to fill the internal cavity 700 and act as a mechanical locking mechanism between the face portion 2800 and the elastic polymer material. Specifically, the groove 3000 may include an opening 3010, a bottom section 3020, and two sidewalls, generally indicated as 3030 and 3032. The bottom section 3020 may be parallel or substantially parallel to the back portion 2910. The two sidewalls 3030 and 3032 may be approaching sidewalls (ie, the sidewalls 3030 and 3032 may be non-parallel to each other). Bottom section 3020 and sidewalls 3030 and 3032 may form two undercuts, generally indicated as 3040 and 3042. That is, the width 3015 in the opening 3010 may be smaller than the width 3025 in the bottom section 3020. The cross section of the groove 3000 may be symmetric with respect to the axis 3050. Although FIG. 30 shows a flat or substantially flat sidewall, the two sidewalls 3030 and 3032 may be curved (eg, convex with respect to each other).

  Instead of a flat or substantially flat sidewall as shown in FIG. 30, the trench may include other types of sidewalls. As shown in FIG. 31, for example, the groove 3100 may include an opening 3110, a bottom section 3120, and two sidewalls generally indicated as 3130 and 3132. The bottom section 3120 may be parallel or substantially parallel to the back surface 2910. The two sidewalls 3130 and 3132 may be stepped sidewalls. Bottom section 3120 and sidewalls 3130 and 3132 may form two undercuts, shown generally as 3140 and 3142. That is, the width 3115 in the opening 3110 may be smaller than the width 3125 in the bottom section 3120. The cross section of the groove 3100 may be symmetric with respect to the axis 3150.

  Instead of being symmetric as shown in FIGS. 30-31, the grooves may be asymmetric. As shown in FIG. 32, in another example, the groove 3200 may include an opening 3210, a bottom section 3220, and two sidewalls, generally indicated as 3230 and 3232. The bottom section 3220 may be parallel or substantially parallel to the back surface 2910. The bottom section 3220 and the sidewall portion 3230 may form an undercut portion 3240.

  Referring to FIG. 33, for example, the groove 3300 may include an opening 3310, a bottom section 3320, and two sidewalls, generally indicated as 3330 and 3332. The bottom section 3320 may not be parallel or substantially parallel to the back surface 2910. The two sidewalls 3330 and 3332 may be parallel or substantially parallel to each other, but one sidewall may be longer than the other sidewall. The bottom section 3320 and the sidewall 3332 may form an undercut portion 3340.

  In the example shown in FIG. 34, the face portion 3400 extends in a lateral direction across the back surface 3410, shown generally as 3420 (eg, extends between the top portion 180 and the sole portion 190 of FIG. 1), one or more A back surface 3310 having a plurality of grooves may be included. In another example shown in FIG. 35, the face portion 3500 may include a back surface 3510 having one or more grooves that extend diagonally across the back surface 3510, shown generally as 3520. Alternatively, the face portion may include a combination of grooves extending across the back surface of the face portion in different directions (eg, extending in the longitudinal direction, the transverse direction, and / or the oblique direction). Returning to FIG. 36, in yet another example, the face portion 3600 may include a back surface 3610 having one or more grooves that extend in different directions across the back surface 3610, shown generally as 3620, 3630, 3640. . Specifically, the face portion 3600 includes a plurality of grooves 3620 extending in the longitudinal direction across the back surface 3610, a plurality of grooves 3630 extending in the lateral direction across the back surface 3610, and slanted across the back surface 3610. A plurality of grooves 3640 extending in the direction may be included.

  Additionally or alternatively, the golf club head 100 improves the adhesion between the elastic polymer material used for the emphasis of the internal cavity 700 of the golf club head (eg, FIG. 7) and the face portion 162 and / or. Alternatively, a binder may be included to mitigate peeling. Referring to FIG. 37, for example, the golf club head 100 may include a face portion 162, a coupling portion 3710, and an elastic polymer material 3720. In one example, the coupling 3710 is of a low viscosity organic solvent type, such as MEGUM ™, ROBOND ™, and / or THIXON ™, materials from Dow Chemical, Auburn Hills, Michigan. It may be a solution and / or a dispersion of polymer and other reactive chemicals. In another example, coupling 3710 may be LOCTITE®, a material from Henkel, Rocky Hill, Connecticut. A coupling portion 3710 may be applied to the back surface 166 to couple the elastic polymer material 3720 to the face portion 162 (eg, extending between the back surface 166 and the elastic polymer material 3720). For example, the coupling portion 3710 may be applied when the internal cavity 700 is filled with an elastic polymer material 3720 via an injection molding process. The instrument, method, and product are not limited to this.

  FIG. 38 illustrates one method of partially or completely filling the internal cavity 700 of the golf club head 100 or any golf club head described herein with a resilient or elastomeric material. Process 3800 may begin by heating golf club head 100 to a particular temperature (block 3810). In one example, the golf club head 100 can be heated to a temperature in the range of 150 ° C. to 250 ° C., depending on factors such as the vaporization temperature of the elastic polymer material injected into the internal cavity 700. The elastic polymeric material may then be heated to a specific temperature (block 3820). The elastomeric polymer material may be a non-foamed and injection moldable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material. Accordingly, the elastic polymeric material may be heated to be in a liquid or fluid state before being injected into the internal cavity 700. The temperature at which the elastomeric polymer material is heated may depend on the type of elastomeric polymer material used to partially or completely fill the internal cavity 700. The heated elastic polymeric material is injected into the internal cavity 700 to partially or completely fill the internal cavity 700 (block 3830). The elastomeric polymer material may enter the internal cavity 700 from one or more weight ports described herein (eg, one or more weight ports in each of the first and second sets of weight ports 1420, 1430 shown in FIG. 14). It may be injected. One or more weight ports may allow air inside the internal cavity 700 displaced by the elastic polymer material to be exhausted from the internal cavity 700. In one example, the golf club head 100 may be oriented horizontally as shown in FIG. 14 during the injection molding process. Elastic polymer material may be injected into the internal cavity 700 from the weight ports 1431 and 1432. The weight ports 1421, 1422, and / or 1423 may function as vent holes for exhausting the substituted air from the internal cavity 700. Thus, regardless of the orientation of the golf club head 100 during the injection molding process, the elastic polymer material allows the one or more upper weight ports to function as vents and the one or more lower weight ports to the internal cavity. 700 may be injected. The mold (ie, golf club head 100) is then passively (eg, at room temperature) or actively cooled so that the elastic polymer material becomes solid and adheres to the back surface 166 of the face 162. Also good. The elastic polymer material may be bonded directly to the back surface 166 of the face portion 162. Alternatively, the elastic polymeric material is adhered to the back surface 166 of the face portion 162 with the assistance of the back surface 166 and / or the binder described herein (eg, the joint portion 3710 shown in FIG. 37). Also good. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  As described above, the elastic polymeric material may be solidified after being heated to a liquid state (ie, non-foaming) and injection molded into the internal cavity 700. An elastic polymeric material having a low modulus of elasticity can provide vibration and noise attenuation for the face portion 162 when the face portion 162 impacts the golf ball. For example, an elastic polymeric material that foams when heated can provide vibration and noise attenuation. However, such foamed elastic polymer materials can provide structural support to the relatively thin face due to the possibility of excessive deflection and compression of the elastic polymer material when absorbing the impact of a golf ball. It may not have sufficient rigidity. In one example, the elastomeric polymer material injection molded into the internal cavity 700 may have a relatively high modulus to provide structural support to the face portion 162 so that when the golf ball is hit, the face portion 162 You may bend elastically so that the impact force received may be absorbed. Thus, a non-foamed and injection moldable elastic polymeric material having a relatively high modulus of elasticity provides an internal cavity so as to provide structural support and reinforcement of the face portion 162 in addition to providing vibration and noise damping. It may be used to partially or completely fill 700. That is, the non-foamed and injection moldable elastic polymer material may be a structural support for the face portion 162. The instrument, method, and product are not limited to this.

  FIG. 39 illustrates one method of applying the binder described herein to a golf club head prior to partially or completely injecting the elastic polymer into the internal cavity 700. In the example of FIG. 39, the process 3900 may begin by injecting a binder onto the back surface 166 of the face portion 162 (block 3910). The binder may be sprayed onto the back surface 166 before or after heating the golf club head as described above, depending on the properties of the binder. The binder may be injected through one or more of the first set of weight ports 1420 and / or the second set of weight ports 1430. The binder may be injected onto the back surface 166 through some or all of the first set of weight ports 1420 and the second set of weight ports 1430. For example, an injection device such as a nozzle or needle may be inserted into each weight port until the tip or outlet of the device approaches the back surface 166. The binder may then be sprayed onto the back surface 166 from the outlet of the instrument. Further, the instrument may be moved, rotated and / or pivoted within the internal cavity 700 such that the binder is injected into the region of the back surface 166 around the instrument. For example, the outlet portion of the injection device may be moved in an annular pattern inside the weight port so that the binder is injected corresponding to the annular pattern of the back surface 166. Each of the first set of weight ports 1420 and the second set of weight ports 1430 may be used to inject binder onto the back surface 166. However, the use of all of the first set of weight ports 1420 and / or the second set of weight ports 1430 may not be required. For example, the use of all other adjacent weight ports may be sufficient to inject the binder across the back surface 166. In another example, weight ports 1421, 1422, 1431, 1433, and 1436 may be used to inject binder onto back surface 166. The instrument, method, and product are not limited to this.

  The process 3900 may also include spreading the binder on the back surface 166 after spraying the binder on the back surface 166 such that a substantially uniform coating of the binder is provided on the back surface 166 (block 3920). Good. According to one example, the binder may be spread on the back surface 166 by injecting air into the internal cavity 700 through one or more of the first set of weight ports 1420 and the second set of weight ports 1430. Air may be injected into the internal cavity 700 and the back surface 166 by inserting air nozzles into one or more of the first set of weight ports 1420 and the second set of weight ports 1430. According to one example, the air nozzle may be configured to spray the binder evenly to spread the binder on the back surface 166 for a uniform or substantially uniform coating of the binder on the back surface 166. 166 may be rotated, moved, and / or pivoted at a fixed distance from 166. The instrument, method, and product are not limited to this.

  Process 3900 may include a single step of spraying the binder to coat back surface 166 uniformly or substantially uniformly. In one example, the binder may be sprayed onto the back surface 166 by being converted (ie, atomized) into fine particles or droplets and sprayed onto the back surface 166. Accordingly, the back surface 166 may be coated uniformly or substantially uniformly with the binder in one step. A substantially uniform coating on the back surface 166 with a binder may be defined as a coating with a slight non-uniformity resulting from the spraying or manufacturing process. However, such slight non-uniformity does not affect the bonding of the filler material to the back surface 166 with the bonding material described herein. For example, spraying the bonding material onto the back surface 166 results in an overlapping region of bonding material having a coating that is slightly thicker than other regions of the bonding material on the back surface 166. The instrument, method, and product are not limited to this.

  As described herein, the two or more weight portions may be configured as a single weight portion. In the example of FIGS. 40 and 41, a body portion 4010, generally shown as a first set of weight portions 4020 (e.g., shown weight portions 4021, 4022, 4023, and 4024) and a second set of weight portions 4030 are shown. The above weight part may be included. The body part 4010 may include a toe part 4040, a heel part 4050, a front part (not shown), a back part 4070, a top part 4080, and a sole part 4090. The front portion may be similar in many respects to the front portion 160 of the golf club head 100. Accordingly, details of the front portion of the golf club head 4000 are not provided.

  The body portion 4010 can be made of a first material, while the first set of weight portions 4020 and the second set of weight portions 4030 can be made of a second material. The first and second materials may be similar materials or different materials. For example, the body portion 4010 can be partially or fully made of a steel-based material (eg, 17-4PH stainless steel, Nitronic® 50 stainless steel, maraging steel or other type of stainless steel), titanium-based material, It may be made of an aluminum-based material (eg, a high strength aluminum alloy or a composite aluminum alloy coated with a high strength alloy), any combination thereof, and / or other suitable types of materials. The first set of weights 4020 and the second set of weights 4030 may be partially or fully made of a high density material, such as a tungsten-based material, or other suitable type of material. Alternatively, the body portion 4010 and / or the first set of weight portions 4020 and the second set of weight portions 4030 may be partially or completely made of a non-metallic material (eg, composite material, plastic, etc.). Good. The instrument, method, and product are not limited to this.

  The golf club head 4000 is an iron type golf club head (for example, 1 iron, 2 iron, 3 iron, 4 iron, 5 iron, 6 iron, 7 iron, 8 iron, 9 iron, Or a wedge type golf club head (eg, pitching wedge, lob wedge, sand wedge, n degree wedge such as 44 ° (°), 48 °, 52 °, 56 °, 60 °, etc.) Good. Although FIGS. 40 and 41 illustrate certain types of club heads, the apparatus, methods, and products described herein may be used for other types of club heads (eg, driver type club heads, fairway wood type club heads, The present invention may be applied to a hybrid club head, a putter club head, and the like. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  The toe part 4040 and the heel part 4050 may be at opposite ends of the body part 4010. The heel portion 4050 includes a hosel portion 4055 configured to receive a shaft (not shown) having a grip (not shown) at one end portion of the shaft forming the golf club, and a golf club at the other end portion. The head 4000 may be included.

  The back portion 4070 is generally along the periphery of the back portion 4070, shown as a first set of external weight ports 4120 (eg, weight ports 4121, 4122, 4123, and 4124 as shown) and a second set of external weight ports 4130. A back wall portion 4110 having one or more external weight ports may be included. Each external weight port of the first set of weight ports 4120 may be associated with a port diameter. In one example, the port diameter may be about 0.25 inches (6.35 millimeters). Any two adjacent external weight ports of the first set of external weight ports 4120 may be separated by a distance less than the port diameter. The first set of external weight ports 4120 and the second set of external weight ports 4130 may be external weight ports configured to receive one or more weight portions. Each weight part (for example, the weight parts 4021, 4022, 4023, and 4024 shown in the figure) of the first set of weight parts 4020 is in or near the toe part 4040 and / or the back part 4070 of the top part 4080. Ports (eg, the illustrated weight ports 4121, 4122, 4123, and 4124) may be disposed. For example, the weight portion 4021 may be partially or completely disposed on the weight port 4121. In another example, the weight portion 4022 may be disposed in the weight port 4122 in the transition region (for example, the top-and-toe transition region) between the top portion 4080 and the toe portion 4040.

  The second set of weight ports 4130 passes through the transition region between the toe part 4040 and the sole part 4090 from the position near the toe part 4040 or the toe part 4040 to the sole part 4090 or the vicinity of the sole part 4090. An extending recess may be used. Therefore, as shown in FIG. 40, the second weight port 4130 may resemble an L-shaped recess. The second weight portion 4030 may resemble the shape of the second weight port 4130, and may be configured to be disposed on the second weight port 4130. The second weight portion 4030 may be partially or completely disposed on the weight port 4130. The second weight portion 4030 may have any shape such as an ellipse, a patch system, a triangle, or any geometric or non-geometric shape. The second weight port 4130 may have a shape similar to that of the second weight portion 4030. However, a part of the second weight portion 4030 inserted into the second weight port 4130 may have a shape similar to that of the weight port 4130. As described in detail herein, any weight portion described herein, including weight portion 4020 and second weight portion 4030, may be manufactured using various manufacturing methods and / or processes (eg, bonding process, (A welding process, brazing process, mechanical locking method, any combination thereof, or any other suitable type of manufacturing method and / or process) may be coupled to the back portion 4070 of the body portion 4010.

  The weight portions of the first set of weight portions 4020 may have similar or different physical characteristics (eg, color, shape, size, density, mass, volume, etc.). In the example illustrated in FIG. 41, each of the weight portions of the first set of weight portions 4020 may have a cylindrical shape (for example, a circular cross section). Alternatively, each of the weight portions of the first set 4020 may have a different shape. Although the above example describes a weight portion having a particular shape, the devices, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein may have other suitable shapes (eg, spheres, cubes, cones, cylinders, pyramids). , Cubes, prisms, frustums, or some other suitable geometric shape). The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

  The devices, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein can be implemented in various embodiments, and some of the above descriptions of these embodiments are not necessarily complete descriptions of all possible embodiments. It does not represent. Instead, the description of the drawings, and the drawings themselves, may disclose at least one example and may disclose alternative embodiments. Furthermore, the terms “and” and “or” may have both logical product and logical meanings.

  New rules may be adopted by administrative organizations such as the Golf Standards Organization and / or the National Golf Association (USGA), the British Golf Association (R & A), etc., as the rules of golf are changed from time to time. Or the golf equipment associated with the devices, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein may or may not conform to any particular point-in-time golf rules. Good. Accordingly, golf equipment associated with the devices, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein may be advertised, sold, and / or sold as conforming or non-conforming golf equipment. The instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture described herein are not so limited.

Although specific examples of instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture have been described herein, the subject area of the present disclosure is not limited thereto. On the contrary, the present disclosure covers all instruments, methods, and articles of manufacture that fall fairly within the scope of the appended claims or equivalent theory.

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  1. A body portion having a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a back portion, and a front portion having a front face and a face portion having a thickness between the back faces, the thickness Is less than 1.5 millimeters (0.06 inches), and the body portion;
    An internal cavity extending between the top portion and the sole portion and between the face portion and the back portion;
    An elastic polymer material injection molded into the internal cavity to structurally support the face portion upon impact of a golf ball;
    A bonding portion for bonding between the back surface of the face portion and the elastic polymer material;
    Golf club head with
  2. The golf club head according to claim 1,
    The golf club head according to claim 1, wherein the elastic polymer material includes at least one of a thermoplastic elastomer material or a thermoplastic polyurethane material.
  3. The golf club head according to claim 1,
    The golf club head according to claim 1, wherein the coupling portion has a uniform coating or a substantially uniform coating of a binding material on the back portion of the face portion.
  4. The golf club head according to claim 1,
    The golf club head according to claim 1, wherein the coupling portion has a portion partially or completely made of a LOCTITE® material.
  5. The golf club head according to claim 1,
    The golf club head according to claim 1, wherein the face portion has a substantially uniform thickness from the top portion or the vicinity thereof to the sole portion or the vicinity thereof.
  6. A body portion having a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a back portion, and a front portion having a front surface and a face portion having a back surface;
    An internal cavity extending between the top and the sole and between the face and the back;
    An elastic polymer material injection molded into the internal cavity, the elastic polymer material configured to structurally support the face portion upon impact of a golf ball;
    A coupling portion in the internal cavity configured to couple the elastic polymeric material to the back surface;
    Golf club head with
  7. The golf club head according to claim 6,
    The golf club head according to claim 1, wherein the elastic polymer material includes at least one of a thermoplastic elastomer material or a thermoplastic polyurethane material.
  8. The golf club head according to claim 6,
    The golf club head according to claim 1, wherein the face portion has a thickness of 1.5 millimeters (0.06 inches) or less between the front surface and the back surface.
  9. The golf club head according to claim 6,
    The face portion has a substantially uniform thickness from the top portion or the vicinity thereof to the sole portion or the vicinity thereof, and the thickness is 1.5 mm (0.06 inches) between the front surface and the back surface. A golf club head characterized by the following:
  10. The golf club head according to claim 6,
    The golf club head according to claim 1, wherein the coupling portion includes a binding material including a LOCTITE (registered trademark) material.
  11. The golf club head according to claim 6,
    The golf club head according to claim 1, wherein the coupling portion has a uniform coating or a substantially uniform coating of a binding material on the back surface of the face portion.
  12. Toe part, heel part, top part, sole part, back part, front surface, back surface, a plurality of grooves on the front surface, and 1.5 mm between the front surface and the back surface A body portion having a front portion having a thickness of 0.06 inches or less;
    An internal cavity extending between the top portion and the sole portion and between the face portion and the back portion;
    A structural support portion that extends between the front portion and the back portion in the internal cavity and is attached to the back surface of the face portion, and structurally supports the face portion when a golf ball collides. The structural support configured as follows:
    Golf club head with
  13. The golf club head according to claim 12, wherein
    The golf club head of claim 1, wherein the structural support includes an elastic polymer material that is injection molded into the internal cavity.
  14. The golf club head according to claim 12, wherein
    The golf club head according to claim 1, wherein the structural support includes at least one of a thermoplastic elastomer material or a thermoplastic polyurethane material that is injection-molded into the internal cavity.
  15. The golf club head according to claim 12, wherein
    The golf club head according to claim 1, wherein the structural support portion includes a non-foaming injection-moldable elastic polymer material.
  16. The golf club head according to claim 12, wherein
    The face portion has a substantially uniform thickness from the top portion or the vicinity thereof to the sole portion or the vicinity thereof, and the thickness is 1.5 millimeters (0... 0) between the front surface and the back surface. A golf club head characterized by being equal to or less than 06 inches).
  17. The golf club head according to claim 12, wherein
    The golf club head further comprising a coupling portion configured to attach the structural support portion to the back surface of the face portion.
  18. The golf club head according to claim 12, wherein
    A golf club head, further comprising a coupling portion configured to attach the structural support to the back surface of the face portion, the coupling portion including a binding material comprising a LOCTITE® material. .
  19. The golf club head according to claim 12, wherein
    A coupling portion configured to attach the structural support to the back surface of the face portion, the coupling portion having a uniform coating or a substantially uniform coating of the binding material on the back surface of the face portion; A golf club head comprising:
  20. The golf club head according to claim 12, wherein
    The golf club head of claim 1, wherein the back surface of the face portion has one or more grooves extending across the back surface and configured to engage the structural support.

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