WO1995019821A1 - Adjustable grips for a ball bat - Google Patents

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WO1995019821A1
WO1995019821A1 PCT/US1995/001149 US9501149W WO9519821A1 WO 1995019821 A1 WO1995019821 A1 WO 1995019821A1 US 9501149 W US9501149 W US 9501149W WO 9519821 A1 WO9519821 A1 WO 9519821A1
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Robert M. T. Kramer
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B59/00Bats, rackets or the like, not covered by groups A63B49/00 - A63B57/00
    • A63B59/50Substantially rod-shaped bats for hitting a ball in the air, e.g. for baseball
    • 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
    • A63B60/06Handles
    • 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
    • A63B60/06Handles
    • A63B60/12Handles contoured according to the anatomy of the user's hand
    • 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
    • A63B60/06Handles
    • A63B60/20Handles with two handgrips
    • 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
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B2102/00Application of clubs, bats, rackets or the like to the sporting activity ; particular sports involving the use of balls and clubs, bats, rackets, or the like
    • A63B2102/18Baseball, rounders or similar games
    • 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
    • A63B60/06Handles
    • A63B60/08Handles characterised by the material
    • 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
    • A63B60/06Handles
    • A63B60/10Handles with means for indicating correct holding positions
    • 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
    • A63B60/06Handles
    • A63B60/14Coverings specially adapted for handles, e.g. sleeves or ribbons

Abstract

This invention is a ball bat grip (10) for improving the gripping action of a batter for baseball or softball, which is useful for left handed or right handed players and which allows the grip to be comfortably adjusted for alignment of the knuckles. The grip includes independent upper and lower grip portions (12, 14), manually moveable, made of a vinyl, rubber, or rubber-like material for aiding in the gripping power and frictional engagement with a bat surface, whether wood or aluminum bat (16). The upper and lower grip portions (12, 14) may be installed at the factory or provided with slots for joining the segments onto an existing bat. Finger channels (12b, 14b) may be included in both the upper and lower grip portions, with the upper grip portion longer, to allow a player to choke up or move the upper hand away from the end of the bat during batting.

Description

ADJUST.ABLE GRIPS FOR A BALL BAT

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates to hand grips for ball bats, and in particular, to improved hand grip, for use with a baseball bat or a softball bat, independently adjustable for each hand used for playing hardball or softball.

2. Description of the Prior Art

The game of baseball at all levels is typically played with either a wooden or an aluminum bat, and is used to strike the baseball. Similarly, the game of softball also uses either a wooden or aluminum bat. Although major baseball leagues still only use wooden bats, many college leagues and little league organizations employ the aluminum bat. Heretofore, players have often worn gloves to increase their gripping power when gripping the typical part of the bat that is used when striking the ball. Often the wood or metal surface of the bat can be slippery, especially if the hands are sweaty, and players use an additional sticky substance such as pine tar in conjunction with gloves to achieve a better grip on the bat. Because of their slick metal surface, aluminum softball bats come with adhesively attached tape that provides some form of grip. One of the great drawbacks of this type of tape grip is that the tape quickly becomes worn and is then no longer suitable as a gripping surface. Using tar with batting gloves is often an unpleasant experience because of the sticky substance attaches to other parts of a player's clothing and has a very distinctive unpleasant odor.

The present invention overcomes the problems of the prior art by providing for a substantial bat grip that includes upper and lower separated segments that allows for use of both hands independently and/with either a left handed or right handed player. The grip includes finger grooves or raised surface portions for better holding power and is adjustable for knuckle alignment. Each segment includes a vinyl or rubber-like tubular member that is sized to fit snugly around the lower stock portion of the bat, regardless of whether it is wood or aluminum while permitting adjustable placement of each grip segment. Using the present invention, the batter can grip the lower portion of the bat which includes one bat grip as well as an upper portion of the bat which includes the second grip. This arrangement allows the hands and especially the knuckles to adjust to the proper position. The size and thickness of each group segment allows the user to squeeze firmly with each hand that holds each grip segment in place.

The present invention can be constructed and sized so that it is capable of being attached to an existing bat or, in the alternative, the improved grip could be installed at the factory.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A grip for use with a ball bat such as a hardball or softball bat used to play the game of baseball and softball. The grip is comprised of a first resilient body and a second body, each of the first and second tubular bodies having tubular channels disposed therethrough and sized in diameter to fit snugly but movably around the outside surface of a conventional ball bat. For example, the inside diameter of the resilient grip tubular channel could be .002 inches smaller than the outside diameter of the bat handle. The first body and second body all composed of a material such as vinyl or rubber that creates good frictional contact between the epidermis of a player's hands, the grip and the outer surface of the bat grip segments.

In one embodiment, the tubular segments are installed at the factory before the end cap is installed. Each segment can be firmly rotationally and longitudinally moved with sufficient pressure, relative to the bat so that there are upper and lower positionable hand grips which can accommodate the particular gripping style of the user. The upper body member can be longer, than the lower body member in order to allow for greater latitude of movement with the user's upper hand when batting to choke up. In the alternative, the upper body member may be the same length, equal in size, to the lower body member.

The outer exterior surface profile of each of the first and second grip segments include multiple shallow channels that receive the fingers of each hand of the user to prevent slippage and allow for greater gripping power. One individual channel is provided for each finger and is defined by raised ridges which makes it virtually impossible for the hands to slide longitudinally along the grip.

In an another alternate embodiment, the exterior surface of each grip segment may include a substantially semi-circular por..ion outer exterior and a longitudinal somewhat triangular ridge portion on one side that allows the fingers to be bent to more tightly grab the hand grip along a raised ridge portion and to align the knuckles.

The first and second grip segments comprising the hand grip may be on the bat at the factory when the bat is made before the bat end cap is added using a solid tubular embodiment or with a slotted embodiment at a later time for attachment to an existing bat. Each hand grip segment is constructed of a uniform material such as vinyl, vinyl plastic, pvc, rubber, or any synthetic rubber-like resilient or semi-resilient material that makes a good frictional surface contact to provide surface frictional contact between the bat surface on the inside channels of the first and second grip segments when squeezed and exterior frictional surface between the epidermis of each hand and the exterior surface material of the first and second grip segments. However, each grip can be individually moved, rotated and positioned longitudinally.

In another embodiment, the grips may be made in two separate halves and joined together by fasteners or an expandable O-ring that can be stretched diametrically to allow the hand grips to be disposed over the bat end and around the bat handle and firmly held in place.

The purpose of using two, individual grip segments is to allow adjustment and positioning of each hand individually for knuckle alignment and wrist roll during the swing. A left handed or right handed hitter can use the grips, separate rotation and longitudinal movement of the first and second grip segments relative to each other on the bat handle can be manually done. This may be required in view of each individual's grip, as compared to either right and left handed hardball players and softball players. Oftentimes, players grip up or choke up with the upper hand, which is compensated for by the extra length of the upper grip and may also be compensated by allowing different grip positions circumferentially, i.e. for knuckle alignment between the left hand and right hand when gripping the bat. Thus, each the lower grip and the upper grip segments can be individually adjusted rotationally relative to the bat for perfect hand grip adjustment. Both upper and lower grip segments may be positioned up or down on the bat surface to allow players to grip up or choke up using both hands.

To utilize the device, the first and second grip segments may be installed at the factory directly around the bat handle with the bat end cap off. When using split grip segments, the user may install each one by placing and spreading each of the segments over the lower portion of the bat handle and firmly forcing the group segment around the bat. Using the fastener or O-ring stretchable version, separable grip components, each of the first and second gripping members would be pulled apart and slid over the end of the bat, close to its grasping end, and moved in place as desired. As discussed above, the upper grip can be 2 to 4 inches longer than the lower grip, which allows the upper gripping hand of the batter to be adjusted up or down on the top grip. Once both segments of the grip are installed and each grip portion adjusted to fit the batter's own style, the bat is ready for use and play. Each of the grip segments is preferably made of a synthetic rubber that acts like a resilient yet somewhat hard foam which allows by proper sizing the inside diameter of the grip segment relative to the bat handle outside diameter for snug yet slidable and moveable positioning of each grip segment. In particular, two one thousandths of an inch under the outside diameter of the bat for the inside diameter of each grip segment channel allows a very snug fit around the bat for each grip segment. iowever, there is still enough resilient give to allow each piece to manually moved either rotated or slid longitudinally to achieve the exact positioning of each individual grip segment required. Once the grip which has a resilient consistency is squeezed by the hand then the frictional contact between the inside grip segment wall and the bat outer surface increases the coefficient of friction so that there is no possible movement of the grip relative to the bat while it is being squeezed firmly. When it is not squeezed firmly but can be manipulated manually for movement for positioning purposes. The grip material may also be good for seat absorption on the hands in that it is a foam material preferably. The great advantage of positioning each individual grip segment is that the knuckles can be properly aligned and while the ball is being hit there is wrist action where the wrist roll because the hands are in the proper position. Preferably the grips have individual lengths that will definitely encompass the full hand left and right of the user so that it is not just a segment. With the smaller grip which is generally the lower grip there are at least four channels for fingers while with the upper grip there may be additional channels which allows the person to choke up on the bat if required.

Another advantage of using the grip is that it greatly increases a person's grip on the bat without having to use pine tar or batting gloves. A second advantage is that it can reduce stinging by absorbing some of the shock that may be obtained from hitting the ball. It could also reduce vibration and even blistering on the hands from using the bat. The device allows for a firmer grip, especially in cold weather. The primary advantage is individual adjustment and position of each hand on the bat for knuckle alignment. It is therefore a principal object of this invention to provide an improved baseball or softball bat grip.

It is yet another object of this invention to provide a firm grip for use with a ball bat that allows for individual adjustment longitudinally and circumferentially between each of the hands of the user.

And yet still another object of this invention is to provide for an improved hand grip for a bat that can reduce vibration, stinging, or blistering of the hands while improving the grip on the bat. But yet still another object of the invention is to provide a hand grip that can be installed on existing bats or permanently installed at the factory when the bat is manufactured.

In accordance with these and other objects which will be apparent hereinafter, the instant invention will now become described with particular reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Figure 1 shows a side elevational view of the present invention installed on a baseball bat.

Figure 2A shows the side elevational view shown in Figure 1 without the baseball bat.

Figure 2B shows a top plan view of the embodiment shown in Figure 2A. Figure 3A shows a side elevational view of an alternate embodiment of the invention.

Figure 3B shows a top plan view of the alternate embodiment shown in Figure 3A.

Figure 4A shows a back elevational view of yet another alternate embodiment of the invention. Figure 4B shows a top plan view of the alternate embodiment ■ shown in Figure 4A, element 24.

Figure 5A shows a front elevational view, partially in cross section, of one-half of an upper or lower grip in accordance with the present invention.

Figure 5B shows a top plan view in cross section of the embodiment shown in Figure 5A.

Figure 6A shows a top plan view of half of one grip portion in cross section used with a baseball bat. Figure 6B shows a top plan view of the opposite grip segment in cross section, used with a baseball bat that fits together with the segment shown in Figure 6A to form either the upper or lower grip of the invention.

Figure 6C shows a side elevational view of the embodiment shown in Figure 6A.

Figure 6D shows a side elevational view of the embodiment shown in Figure 6B.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring now to the drawings, and in particular Figure 1, the present invention is shown generally at 10, comprised of a top grip 12 and a bottom hand grip 14 snugiy attached around the lower portion of a baseball bat 16. The bat itself may be made of wood or aluminum and be used for baseball or softball. The end of the bat includes an enlarged flange portion 18 which is conventional.

The upper grip 12 is comprised of a tubular body member 12a and in the embodiment shown in Figure 1, a plurality of individual finger receiving channels 12b, which generally are sized slightly larger than the lower portion of the human finger. The lower grip 14 includes a tubular grip body 14a and a plurality of individual finger receiving channels 14b.

The upper grip 12 and the lower grip 14 are made of a material that is suitable for providing a frictional surface between the bat 16, the inside passage of tubular member 12a and the inside passage of tubular member 14a. Typical materials could be vinyl, rubber, or any rubber-like material that is- somewhat resilient, yet suitable for providing a firm grip with each hand. There is sufficient resilience in the upper grip 12 and the lower grip 14 with respect to the diameter of bat 16 so that the upper and lower grips can be twisted relative to each other and moved higher or lower on the bat handle for proper positioning, depending on the particular desires of the hitter. It can also be twisted and adjusted to accommodate both left handed and right handed hitters. The upper grip may be longer than the lower grip 14 by 2 to 4 inches to allow for additional distance and choking up on the bat by the top gripping hand, if required. Figure 1 illustrates the grips as provided in the operable position for batting with the upper grip greater in length than the lower grip. In an alternative embodiment (not shown), the upper and lower grips may be equal in size. The thickness of each of the upper grip 12 and the lower grip 14 can be on the order of 1/4 inch or other suitable thickness to provide enough rigidity for grasping firmly without tearing or ripping apart the grip, while at the same time without making it so large in diameter that it is impractical for comfortable grasping of the bat.

The embodiment shown in Figures 2A and 2B may be molded onto a bat at the factory, and are made of a unitary fashion that includes a cylindrical internal passage 12d that is sized in diameter to fit snugly around the lower portion of a baseball bat. As shown in Figure 2B, the raised peripheral portions that separate the finger channels 12b include raised areas 12c which are flange-like that protrude outward, providing for raised separation points between the finger channels 12b. Figures 3A and 3B show an alternative configuration of the outer surface of the grip, which may involve a substantially circular portion which is over half of the circumferential distance around the outside surface of upper grip 20 and lower grip 22 with a triangular shaped portion, having walls 20c and apex 20b, formed on the opposite side from the circular portion. This configuration also can be firmly gripped and is used to give additional tight finger grip control on the device. The inside channel of the upper grip 20 and the lower grip 22 is shown in Figure 3B as a cylindrical channel 20d, which again has a diameter so that a bat 16 will snugly fit within passage 20d, preventing basic rotation of the grip. The passage 20d is the same in both the lower grip 22 as it is shown for upper grip 20. Note the circular portion, which is approximately 60% of the circumference as shown in Figure 3B.

Referring now to Figure 4A an embodiment is shown that can be affixed to a bat at any time and thus can be used for any existing bat. A pair of separate grip segments 24 and 26 are shown. Each is tubular as are the other grips shown in Figures 2A and 3A and may include either the finger channels such as 12b in Figure 2A or the' triangular ridge shown as 20b in Figure 3B on the front side of the grip segment. On the back side of the grip is a narrow slot 24c and 26b which allows the grip segment to be spread apart and placed around the bat handle. Tape 24d and 26d is then wrapped around the grip to firmly hold it snugly against the bat. The tap 24d is athletic which may be of a cloth consistency with an adhesive on one side and 26d is shown only partially wrapped around each segment 24 and 26 but in actual operation the tape would cover each of the entire grip segments. Figure 4B shows a top view where it has a finger channel 24b or a triangular ridge 24e shown dotted for gripping purposes as described in the other embodiments. Note in the back side is a slot 24c that runs the length of the upper grip and correspondingly 26b slot in element 26 runs the length. This allows for an after market product that can be added to any existing bat and does not have to be placed on the bat at the factory. The tap aids in making the unit act as a whole.

Figure 5A and Figure 5B show yet an alternate construction in which two halves of each grip, both the upper and the lower, are employed in order to allow the device to be fitted over an existing bat. This embodiment depicts a grip which has not previously been molded at the factory onto the bat handle. Figure 5A illustrates one-half of either the upper or lower grip 30 that includes O-rings 32 and 34, which allow engagement with the opposing half 30a of the grip, both of which are joined by O-rings 32 as shown in Figure 5B. The configuration in Figure 5B is shown stretched and exaggerated to indicate that it fits over the existing bat 16. The O-rings are substantially circular and would require sufficient tension so that the half segments of each of the grip 30 and 30a would in fact fit snugly together in rigid attachment in almost a circular configuration. Each segment is also held in place by the stretchable O-rings 32 and 34 around the lower portion of the bat handle. The inside diameter of the grip member halves 30 and 30a are such to fit snugly around the exterior circumference of bat 16. Once the O- rings have been stretched and the separate halves of the upper and lower grips are placed over the bat in position, and the device is ready for use.

Figures 6A and 6B show yet another embodiment of the invention in which each half of each of the top and bottom grips include male and female fasteners so that they can be snapped together to form the upper grip and the lower grip around an existing bat so that it is not necessary that it be installed or molded at the factory. The final plastic or rubber material may be the same as discussed above. Basically, looking at Figure 6A, half of either the lower or upper grip is shown with a semi¬ circular portion of grip segment 34 that includes male fasteners 38 disposed and spaced along the body members longitudinally on each side. In Figure 6B, female apertures 40 are shown which include flange portions that engage the male fasteners 38 so that once grip segment 36 is snapped together with grip segment 34, through the use of the fasteners, the grip is essentially permanently installed on the bat. The inside diameter of each segment 34 and 36 is sized so that when engaged or snapped together, the lower and the upper portions of each grip fit snugly around the circumference of bat 16. Again, this embodiment allows for the use of the invention with bats already in existence and does not require manufacture at the factory. Once the upper grip and the lower grip have been installed on the bat, then each of the grips may be independently twisted or moved up or down the bat handle when it is time to bat or to adjust to the individual gripping preferences of each of the users. The instant invention can accommodate both left handed or right handed users, as well as those who wish to choke up or grasp the bat down low. By using independent upper and lower grip sections, one for the left hand and one for the right hand, a completely adjustable, comfortable grip can be achieved for each player individually for each hand. Because of the snug fit and the nature of the material, the grip can be grasped firmly by the user and be used successfully for hitting the ball.

The instant invention has been shown and described herein in what is considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiment. It is recognized, however, that departures may be made therefrom within the scope of the invention and that obvious modifications will occur to a person skilled in the art.

Claims

CLAIMSWhat Is Claimed Is:
1. An adjustable grip for a ball bat for increasing the gripping power of the user and for alignment of the knuckles, reducing vibration, sting, and blistering on the user's hand, comprising: a first resilient body member sized in length for being grasped by one hand, said first body member having an inside cylindrical passage sized in diameter to fit movably snug around the handle of a ball bat and immovable when squeezed and an outside exterior portion sized to fit the grip of a hand when batting, said outside first body member circumference including a frictional surface for increasing the gripping power between the hand epidermis and the outside body member and a shaped portion for finger engagement; a second body member sized for gripping with the other hand around its circumference, said second body member including a cylindrical channel longitudinally, the diameter of which is sized to fit snugly around a ball bat's outside circumference including an exterior surface sized for gripping with the other hand and including a frictional material to insure frictional contact between the epidermis of the hand and the lower body member, whereby the first body member and the second body member are movable independently of each other when disposed upon a ball bat for adjusting the grip to the individual user.
2. A ball bat grip as in claim 1, wherein said first body member exterior surface circumference and said second body member exterior surface circumference include a plurality of finger receiving channels disposed about one portion.
3. A ball bat grip as in claim 1, wherein said first body member includes first and second segments that can be separated and means for connecting said first segment to said second segment for fitting it and engaging it around said ball bat- handle.
4. A ball bat grip as in claim 3, wherein said means for fastening said first segment of said first body member to said second segment includes male and female fasteners connected to said first and second segments.
5. A ball bat grip as in claim 3, wherein said means for fastening said first segment to said second segment includes a stretchable O-ring joining said first and second segments together.
6. A ball bat grip as in claim 2, including: tape means wrapped around the exterior of said first and second segments.
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