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US20080102985A1
US20080102985A1 US11/598,012 US59801206A US2008102985A1 US 20080102985 A1 US20080102985 A1 US 20080102985A1 US 59801206 A US59801206 A US 59801206A US 2008102985 A1 US2008102985 A1 US 2008102985A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
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    • A63B53/0466Heads wood-type
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B60/00Details or accessories of golf clubs, bats, rackets or the like
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B53/00Golf clubs
    • A63B53/04Heads
    • A63B2053/0408Heads with defined dimensions
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B53/00Golf clubs
    • A63B53/04Heads
    • A63B2053/0416Heads with an impact surface provided by a face insert
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B53/00Golf clubs
    • A63B53/04Heads
    • A63B2053/0433Heads with special sole configurations
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B53/00Golf clubs
    • A63B53/04Heads
    • A63B2053/0433Heads with special sole configurations
    • A63B2053/0437Heads with special sole configurations with special crown configurations
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B2209/00Characteristics of used materials
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B53/00Golf clubs
    • A63B53/02Joint structures between the head and the shaft
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B60/00Details or accessories of golf clubs, bats, rackets or the like
    • A63B60/54Details or accessories of golf clubs, bats, rackets or the like with means for damping vibrations

Abstract

A golf club head includes a front member, a rear member and a neck connected together to form a housing. The front member, which is made of a flexible material, such as aluminum alloy, stainless or Maraging steel, has a face and an annular wall projected from a back of the face to form a cup-like member, wherein the wall has a connecting portion at a distal end thereof, and a length of the wall is identical to or greater than 8 mm and a thickness of the wall is identical to or less than 2 mm. The rear member, which is made of a light metal, such as magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy, has a connecting portion to engage the connecting portion of the front member. The neck is fixed on the rear member.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • The present invention relates generally to a golf club, and more particularly to a golf club head made of light alloy, such as magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy.
  • 2. Description of the Related Art
  • A golf club head, which a housing thereof is made of magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy, has many advantages, such as light weight, greater size and lower center of gravity. Especially for a magnesium alloy golf club head, it has a superior vibration absorbing capacity. But, magnesium alloy has a weak strength that is not suitable for the face. To overcome this issue, the face is usually made of the alloy with superior flexibility, such as titanium alloy or stainless. However, magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy has a lower melting temperature than titanium alloy and stainless, so that the titanium alloy or stainless face can't bond to the magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy housing by brazing or other conventional welding. Such golf club head usually has a weal bonding strength between the housing and the face because that the housing and the face are made of different materials.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a golf club head, which a housing made of magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy and a face made of titanium alloy or stainless have a strong bonding strength therebetween without the drawback as described above.
  • According to the objectives of the present invention, a golf club head includes a front member, a rear member and a neck connected together to form a housing. The front member, which is made of a flexible material, such as aluminum alloy, stainless or Maraging steel, has a face and an annular wall projected from a back of the face to form a cup-like member, wherein the wall has a connecting portion at a distal end thereof, and a length of the wall is identical to or greater than 8 mm and a thickness of the wall is identical to or less than 2 mm. The rear member, which is made of a light metal, such as magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy, has a connecting portion to engage the connecting portion of the front member. The neck is fixed on the rear member.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a first preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 2 is a sectional view along 2-2 line of FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 3 is an enlarged view of the circle in FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 4 is a bottom view of FIG. 1; and
  • FIG. 5 is a sectional view of a second preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • As shown in FIG. 1 to FIG. 4, a golf club head 10 of a first preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a front member 20 and a rear member 30.
  • The front member 20 is made of a flexible material, such as aluminum alloy, stainless or Maraging steel. The front member 20 has a face 21 and an annular wall 22 projected from a back of the face 21. The front member 20 is a cup-like member. The annular wall 22 has a connecting portion at a distal end. As shown in FIG. 3, a length W of the wall 22 is identical to or greater than 8 mm, and a thickness D thereof identical to or less than 2 mm. In the present embodiment, the length is 10 mm, and the thickness D is 1.5 mm.
  • The rear member 30 is made of a light material, such as magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy. The rear member 30 is a cup-like member also with a greater-depth. The rear member 30 has a connecting portion 31 at an open end to be engaged with the connecting portion 23 of the front member 20. As shown in FIG. 3, the connecting portion 23 of the front member 20 has a protrusion and the connecting portion 31 of the rear member 30 has a recess. A thickness S of the rear member 30 between an exterior side and the recess 31 is less than 3 mm. In the present embodiment, the thickness S is 1.5 mm.
  • As shown in FIG. 4, at a bottom of the golf club head 10, the front member 20 has a bottom portion 24 projecting rearwards from a middle thereof, and the rear member 30 has a gap or slot to engage the bottom portion 24. As a result, the bottom portion 24 forms a protective portion at the bottom of the golf club head 10. The bottom portion 24 may be wider to form the whole bottom of the golf club head 10 also. It also may provides the rear member 30 has an indentation at an exterior side (not shown) and the bottom portion 24 of the front member 20 is complementary to the indentation, in other words, the front member 20 and the rear member 30 are overlapped at the bottom portion 24.
  • The golf club head 10 further includes a neck 11 formed on the rear member 30 to provide vibration absorbing capacity.
  • Adhesive, such as epoxy resin, is added between the connecting portions 23 and 31 to fix the front and rear members 20 and 30.
  • In the present invention, the neck 11 is provided on the rear member 30, such that the front member 20 will compress the rear member 30 every time when the golfer swings the golf club and hits a ball on the face 21 of the golf club head 10 of the present invention. In addition, the front and rear members 20 and 30 have the protrusion 23 and the recess 31 engaged together, such that epoxy resin may bond the front and rear members 20 and 30 without a breaking problem.
  • The present invention provides the front member 20 made of flexible metal, such as titanium alloy or stainless with the length W of the wall 22 greater than 8 mm, more preferable is 10 mm and the thickness D is less than 2 mm, more preferable is between 1.2 mm and 1.5 mm, such that the wall 22 has a superior flexibility to sustain an impact of swing. The wall 22 has a strain to absorb most of the impact that the connecting portions 23 and 31 sustain less impact. As a result, the thickness S of the rear member 30 may be thinner to reduce the thickness and weight at a crown 13 of the golf club head 10.
  • As shown in FIG. 5, a golf club head 40 of the second preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a rear member 50 consisting of an upper member and a bottom member 70. The upper member 60 is made of a light metal with vibration absorbing capacity, such as magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy, and the bottom member 70 is made of a heavy metal, such as stainless, titanium, wolfram or nickel, with wear-proof capacity. A neck is formed on the upper member 60.
  • The description above is a few preferred embodiments of the present invention and the equivalence of the present invention is still in the scope of the claim of the present invention.

Claims (5)

1. A golf club head, comprising a front member, a rear member and a neck connected together to form a housing;
the front member, which is made of a flexible material, including aluminum alloy, stainless or Maraging steel, having a face and an annular wall projected from a back of the face to form a cup-like member, wherein the wall has a connecting portion at a distal end thereof, and a length of the wall is identical to or greater than 8 mm and a thickness of the wall is identical to or less than 2 mm;
the rear member, which is made of a light metal, including magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy, having a connecting portion to engage the connecting portion of the front member; and
the neck fixed on the rear member.
2. The golf club head as defined in claim 1, wherein the length of the wall of the front member is greater than 10 mm.
3. The golf club head as defined in claim 1, wherein the connecting portion of the front member has a protrusion, and the connecting portion of the rear member has a recess, and a thickness of the rear member between an exterior side and the recess is less than 3 mm.
4. The golf club head as defined in claim 1, wherein the front member has a bottom portion on a bottom thereof, and the rear portion has a slot complementary to the bottom portion.
5. The golf club head as defined in claim 1, wherein the rear member includes an upper member and a bottom member fixed together, wherein the upper member is made of a light metal with vibration absorbing capacity, including magnesium alloy or aluminum alloy, and the bottom member is made of a heavy metal, including stainless, titanium, wolfram or nickel, with wear-proof capacity, and the neck is provided on the upper member.
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