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Latest patent filings: A driver with a spoiler, a removable club crown and more

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Once again, it’s time to take a look at patents major OEMs have filed for and been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In last month’s edition, we saw a microwavable golf ball and several varieties of adjustable clubs. This month, the push toward “adjustable everything” continues.

Let’s get to it.

Callaway: Driver with spoiler

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So…Callaway is developing a driver with a spoiler.

Originally spotted on golf-patents.com, Callaway’s design features a rear spoiler that “reduces drag and increases the club’s swing speed.” The Carlsbad, Calif., company’s patent also details methods to keep the weight of the clubhead down and states the “spoiler preferably has an overall mass of no more than 20 grams and more preferably between 10 and 15 grams.”

See the full filing here.

Callaway: Extendable shaft

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In addition to the spoiler-adorned driver, Callaway is working on an adjustable shaft. The filing details existing methods of adjusting shaft length: cutting, plugging, replacing. The company, however, sees these methods as difficult, costly and time consuming.

The extendable portion of the shaft will be concealed under the grip, as the drawing indicates.

See the full filing here.

Titliest: Toe-biased wood

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Fairhaven, Massachusetts-based Titleist is working on a toe-biased wood, stating that “the sweet spot, while generally located in the center of the clubface, is not located at the area of the club face that has the highest club head speed.”

Thus, the company believes a sweet spot further toward the toe would be beneficial to most golfers.

Why specifically? As the filing states:

“Because the toe end of the clubface is a greater distance from both the golfer (and, therefore, travels on a wider arc as the golf swings the club) and from the axis of the shaft (also traveling a wider arc as the club head rotates), it has a higher club head speed than the center of the club face.”

The club’s lightweight crown will push weight toward the toe of the club as well.

See the full filing here.

Ping: Iron with progressive face thickness

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Ping is trying something interesting. Referring to the sketch above, Fig. 1 is a traditional iron. Fig 2. is a long-iron with the patented technology. Fig 3. is a mid. Fig 4 is a short. As you can see, by altering the thickness of the face, Ping can alter each club’s center of gravity.

Here’s the rationale for why they’re moving weight around and altering thickness in this specific way.

The optimal trajectory of a golf shot occurs when the center of the club face strikes the center of a ball. Individuals may mis-hit their long irons by striking the center of the ball with the lower portion of the club face, which results in a lower trajectory and less distance. This is known as hitting the shot “thin.” Performance of a long iron hit thin can be improved by lowering the center of gravity of the club head so it is below the center of the club face.

With more of the mass below the center of the club face, more energy may be transferred near the center of the ball. The shot may feel more solid and/or travel farther. In addition, a lower center of gravity on the club head may result in a higher trajectory to the ball and improve the distance of the shot.

By contrast, higher lofted clubs are commonly mis-hit high on the clubface, producing more elevation and less distance than the optimal performance of the club. The difference in the characteristic mis-hit between the long and short irons may be attributed to differences in shaft length (e.g., shorter shafts on the short irons) and the psychological effect of what an individual is trying to accomplish (e.g., hit for distance or pitch a high, arching shot).

Short irons may be made to provide more forgiveness for high mis-hits by moving the center of gravity of the club head upward. The effect of placing more mass at the actual contact point may lower the trajectory so the ball travels farther in the air. Also, a higher center of gravity may provide more backspin on the ball to give the desired effect of stopping the ball more quickly when it lands.

A further bold claim: The set will still have a “matched feel,” even with the different CGs.

See the full filing here.

TaylorMade: fairway wood

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Here’s a fairway wood TaylorMade is working on that looks a lot like the 2007 Burner. There wasn’t a lot of revealing information in the filing, but the design is worth including. Predictably, the filing suggests the head will “provide improved forgiveness and playability.”

See the full filing here.

Cobra: club head with removable component

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Here’s something new: a golf club you can take the top off of. A removable component “that can withstand the stress of repeated hits.”

What’s going on inside the club when you look under the hood? A couple of things, it seems. Here’s what the filing says:

Since a golf club of the present invention can be opened, it may include a mechanism on the inside for use by a golfer, such as an electronic device or an adjustment mechanism. The golf club may include a weight adjustment system that allows the club to be custom-fitted to a golfer. A weight adjustment system can include a plurality of mount points at which one or more removable weights can be mounted. For example, each mount point can include a threaded receptacle and each weight can include a threaded post. Additionally or alternatively, the club head can include a non-threaded adjustment system that uses Velcro or an adhesive to provide a highly-adjustable mass distribution system. In some embodiments, the adjustment system uses other means such as channels, prongs, spikes, edges, etc., and attachable material such as silicone caulk or other sticky or gummy material that can be pressed in. The adjustment system can include snap-together or snap-in weights or any other suitable mechanism. Where the club head uses threaded weight members, the club head can be provided along with a tool for tightening the weight down on a mount point or removing it.

View the full filing here.

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  1. Jonzy

    Jul 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I can’t help but think that Cobra thought of the removable crown so you can change the color of your crown. Then, they realized that they had better put something adjustable inside of it to appeal to the golfers that care about performance instead of colors.

  2. jcorbran

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:42 am

    the taylormade fairway seems to have the weight in the back in the head not low and forward, opposite of their current theory? cause low spin sux without forgiveness, dumbashes.

  3. ThinSoul

    Jul 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Soon to be best golf prank ever: Opening up someone’s Cobra driver and filling it up with junk.

  4. pat

    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:10 am

    geez taylormade must have run out of ideas coming up with a burner rehash
    they just celebrated sldr”s 1st birthday
    no new (replacement) model for over a year now
    about time they release a new driver

  5. Ben

    Jul 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Next there will be balls made from unicorn testicles which shower you with golf and rainbows once you hit them

    • Ben

      Jul 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Sorry meant gold and rainbows

    • Buck

      Jul 16, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      I bet those are soft

    • Dr. Troy

      Jul 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Dude, that was the funniest thing I’ve read in a while! bwahahahahahaha! Awesome reply. This all is getting out of hand. Sheesh.

  6. Alex

    Jul 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I think titleist and ping filings are the cool ones. The rest is pure gimmicky.

    • Teaj

      Jul 18, 2014 at 8:57 am

      I agree except for the Cobra idea, now I do question the feel of a club that you can remove the crown without the stability of being welded but the fact that you can put weight almost anywhere you want. the main reason I like this is so I can take the 2lbs of led tape I have on the toe of my 3 wood to prevent my quack hook.

      Cobra’s removable crown = tinker’ers dream

  7. cn

    Jul 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    good stuff

    • Ballstriker

      Jul 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Uhhh jeeez. What’s next, training wheels, or maybe playing cards taped to the shaft for wind deflection and downforce? If only my Grandfather were alive today to tumble out of his seat at this nonsense.

      • TG

        Jul 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        Thank God you’re going to quit golf for us! More room on the course for me!

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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It’s almost impossible that, over the past decade, you or someone you played golf with didn’t own an Adams hybrid. The fact that they can still be found in the bags of players on the PGA Tour demonstrates the kind of cult-like dedication some players have to those clubs.

They were in everyone’s bags—from low handicaps to golfers just trying to break 100. Simply, Adams was hybrids in the early-to-mid 2000s. In an age when many would still call them “cheater” or “old man” clubs, Adams pushed the envelope of design and ushered in a new era of small, workable-yet-forgiving, anti-left clubs.

Adams was also one of the first companies to do exclusive combo sets off the rack for better players with the initial Idea Pros and then later with the Idea Pro Golds. It’s a common practice now, but at the time it was revolutionary.

Here is a list of some of Adams’ all-time great hybrid designs.

Original Idea Pro – 2008

This is the one that started it all. After going through a number of tour issue prototypes leading up to the retail release, the Idea Pro had a lot of buzz, and it delivered. It wasn’t that other companies weren’t producing hybrids at the time, but the sheer popularity of the Adams outweighed what others had in the market thanks to it working its way to become the number one hybrid on the PGA Tour. It also came stock with an 80g Aldila VS Proto Hybrid shaft that was directly aimed at better players, and considering the aftermarket price of the shaft on its own, it made the Idea Pro a no brainer for those looking to replace harder-to-hit longer irons.

XTD – 2014

This was the final hybrid ever made by Adams and was packed with technology: all-titanium construction, crown, and sole slots for greater face deflection and ball speed—along with an adjustable hosel. TaylorMade had taken over ownership at this point and engineers at Adams took advantage by using the proprietary TaylorMade adjustable sleeve—this allowed for more shaft options for many golfers that had used TaylorMade hybrids in the past.

The entire XTD line from Adams was premium by design and from the driver to the hybrid, offered real-deal shafts and tight quality control. This is still a hard club to beat.

Idea XTD Super Hybrid Ti – 2012

You could argue the 2012 Super Hybrid XTD was the original bomber hybrid. Thanks to the multi-material titanium construction, it produced a higher-than-expected launch, along with exceptionally low spin. For faster players, this was a perfect control club off the tee and easily replaced a 5-wood (in the 19 degree). Don’t believe it? Check out this historic review from the GolfWRX Archives: GolfWRX.com – Adams Super Hybrid Review (2012)

Super 9031 – 2013

The Super 9031 was released the year after the original Idea Pro Blacks and featured an updated white paint job along with a technology upgrade that included both sole and crown slots for faster ball speeds compared to the original (hence the “Super” designation). It has a high toe, flatter lie angle, and open appearance from address—something better players love! Although I should attempt to be unbiased, I will admit that not only did I love these hybrids, but I still hold a place in one of my travel bags.

It’s not just me that has a sweet spot for the Super 9031, you can still find these in the bag of PGA Tour player Brian Gay.

Boxer A3 Idea – 2007

You might be wondering that after all of the others on the list, how the A3 earned its spot. Well, it’s quite simple. Just before the launch of the Idea Pro, the A3 and A3OS (oversized) were massive sellers at the retail level. The sets offered classicly shaped irons alongside easy-to-hit hybrid clubs into the longer clubs. Although never marketed towards better players, it did have a bit of a cult following to the point that even Vijay Singh was using one during the 2008 season in replacement of a 5-wood. They came stock with Grafalloy ProLaunch Red hybrid shafts and in both right and left-handed to outfit almost any player.

GolfWRXers, did you have any of these clubs? Check out the Cult Classic Clubs Discussion in the GolfWRX.com forums.

 

 

 

 

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SeeMore releases new RST Hosel series of plumber neck design putters

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2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series

For 2020, SeeMore has introduced their new RST Hosel series of plumber neck design putters in 7 models.

Through RifleScope Technology (RST), the fluted barrel hosel aims to bring a new approach to the classic offset plumber neck in a design where player’s hands will sit slightly forward of the ball at address and impact.

2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series

For the first time in company history, SeeMore has combined a plumber neck hosel with their RifleScope Alignment Technology.

Designed for players to place their hands forward, the putters utilize the company’s RST alignment system which is often seen in the company’s straight shaft putters. The RST alignment system hides the red dot of the putters (to lock in your alignment) by using the lower portion of the new RST Hosel.

2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series

The RST alignment system is designed to provide a true reference point for golfers leading to an improved set up and stroke. Per the company, the technology ensures “that the putter face will be square to the target at set up, address and impact, with the loft of the putter also set the same every time giving a consistent roll on every putt.”

2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series

The base of the plumber neck in the new series enters the head on a single plane angle, at 70 degrees. The design aims to provide an entry point of connection closer to the sweet spot than a standard plumber neck – leading to improved feel and balance.

The 2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series are available to purchase now at SeeMore.com with prices ranging from $250-$400.

2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series

 

 

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