Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA lighted nock assembly is disclosed for use with an archery projectile. A cap fits within the tail end of the projectile shaft. The cap comprises a shoulder to bear against the projectile shaft, a recess terminating in a floor portion, and a face to bear against the shoulder of a nock. An LED/battery assembly fits within the recess of the cap abutting the floor portion. A nock fits over the LED/battery assembly and into the recess of the cap. Ready-to-fire, the LED/battery assembly comprises an activation gap between the LED lamp and the body of the battery assembly. A gap, greater than or equal to the activation gap, is left between the shoulder of the nock and the face of the cap. When fired, the bow string drives an internal surface of the nock into the front end of the LED/battery assembly and illuminates the LED lamp.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTProvided is an arrow, wherein by forming a diameter of a shaft, at a fore end of which a point is combined and at a rear end of which a nock is combined, in such a way that the diameter is reduced going from the fore end to the rear end, a center of weight is shifted toward the fore end so as to increase a hitting ratio of the arrow and a deflection deformation is reduced.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA golf club having at least one directional based graphic on the golf club it disclosed. More specifically, the golf club in accordance with the present invention will have at least one directional based graphic that will only be visible when the golf club is oriented in a desirable direction while staying invisible in all other undesirable directions.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA golfer's swing arm control kit that includes two straight rigid sticks each configured to be placed in a front to back direction under a golfer's armpit and held in the armpit with an golfer's upper arm pressing inward against the sides of the golfer's upper torso adjacent to the chest when performing a golf swing. Also disclosed is a method for training arm control when swinging a golf club, comprising the following steps of selecting the two straight sticks each stick placed in a front to back direction under a golfer's armpit and held in the armpit with an golfer's upper arm pressing inward against the sides of the golfer's chest or upper torso when performing a golf swing; holding each stick in place under the armpit by pressing the upper section of the adjacent arm against the side of the chest or upper torso; and, performing a golf swing with the golf club while pressing the upper arms against the chest or upper torso to prevent the sticks from falling from the armpit.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA system for illustrating the flight of a sports ball includes a radar, an imager, and a controller. The imager is configured to image a moving sports ball. The controller is configured to (i) receive, from the imager, an image including the moving sports ball, (ii) receive, from the radar, radar data associated with the moving sports ball, (iii) determine, from the radar data, a portion of a trajectory of the moving sports ball, (iv) alter the image to illustrate the portion of the trajectory relative to the moving sports ball, and (v) output the altered image.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTThis disclosure describes an apparatus used to provide feedback of a proper swing technique. According to some embodiments, the disclosure describes an outer shaft having a ball bearing adjustably attached to a magnet recessed within an internal tube. According to some embodiments, the ball bearing may be released from the magnet when the apparatus is properly swung. According to some embodiments, haptic and/or auditory feedback may be provided to a user of the apparatus as the ball bearing contacts a stopper tube in the outer shaft.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTDisclosed are exemplary embodiments of apparatus and methods for analyzing delivery of a game ball. In an exemplary embodiment, a delivery analyzer apparatus generally includes a light curtain structure configured to provide a first plurality of parallel light beams in a first direction to form a first light curtain and a second plurality of parallel light beams in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to form a second light curtain. The first and second light curtains provide a detection area in which a location of a user-propelled game ball is detectable as the game ball passes through the first and second light curtains toward a target.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA method for effecting a game of golf is provided. The method includes providing a device for recording a score and providing rules for playing the game of golf. A device for keeping score during a golf game and a method of playing a golf game are also provided.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA golf club and golf club head having a high static loft angle, low forward center of gravity, and enhanced z-axis gear effect via a large roll radius and/or tightly controlled moment of inertia about the CG x-axis, Ixx, associated with upward and downward twisting of the club head.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe present invention is direct to a set of golf clubs comprising long irons, mid-irons and short irons. The invention contemplates the use of titanium or steel for the main body portion and significant tungsten weight members coupled to at least the toe via a mechanical fastener.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe present invention is direct to a set of golf clubs comprising long irons, mid-irons and short irons. The invention contemplates the use of titanium or steel for the main body portion and significant tungsten weight members at the heel and toe.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA golf club incorporating an interchangeable shaft system includes a shaft, a shaft sleeve assembly, and a club head. The shaft sleeve assembly is coupled to an end of the shaft and is received in a hosel included in the club head. The shaft sleeve assembly is removably coupled to the club head includes portions coupled by a flexible coupling.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTAn illuminated ball may be used to play games in the water. An illuminated ball may include a hollow, spherical shell. A translucent light housing may be coupled to the shell. A light emitting device may be within the translucent housing. A battery housing coupled to the light emitting device. At least one battery may be within the battery housing. A circuit board may be coupled to the battery housing. Four conductors may be coupled to the circuit board, wherein two of the four conductors are coupled to the light emitting device and another two of the four conductors are coupled to at least two water contacts. The at least two water contacts are located on an outside of the illuminated ball, wherein on exposure to water, the at least two water contacts are electrically connected causing the light emitting device to emit light.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA sewn ball includes an inner tube and a housing. The inner tube includes a tube body, a yarn layer and a rubber layer, wherein the yarn layer is attached to an external surface of the tube body, the rubber layer is attached to an external surface of the yarn layer and is then vulcanized, in such a manner that a rubber raw material of the rubber layer permeates through yarn gaps of the yarn layer, so as to integrate the tube body, the yarn layer with the rubber layer. The housing wraps around and is attached to the inner tube. The sewn ball provided by the present invention has excellent jumping ability, high strength, good durability, small circumferential error, and excellent balance and flight stability.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA volleyball cover is made of six equal panel sections. Each panel section is divided into two cover panels, making a total of twelve cover panels on the volleyball. Each cover panel has a plurality of dimples arranged in a uniform pattern across the cover panel. Cover panels are separated by very shallow skiving.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTAn inflatable ball includes a spherical outer skin and at least one finger insert extending inward from the spherical outer skin. Each finger insert is configured to receive a human finger therein.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTMulti-layered golf balls containing a dual-core structure are provided. The core structure includes an inner core (center) comprising a foam composition, preferably foamed polyurethane. The outer core layer is preferably formed from a non-foamed thermoset composition such as polybutadiene rubber. The core layers have different hardness and specific gravity levels. The specific gravity (density) of the foam inner core is preferably less than the density of the outer core layer. The core assembly preferably has a positive hardness gradient extending across the entire assembly. The core structure and resulting ball have relatively good resiliency.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA training or exercise apparatus may have a base and an adjacent movable armature or frame that carries a riding member, or shuttle, or carrier. The carrier has an engagement interface with an element of sporting or exercise equipment. The sporting or exercise equipment is engaged by the user, typically by being grasped. The apparatus defines a physical or virtual schedule describing an arc for a swing in the particular activity. The apparatus may include a manual or electronic means of imposing resistance to the motion. This resistance may be adjustable, and may be programmable as a function of one or both of position and speed. The apparatus may include an array of sensors such as may be used to determine the pre-existing stroke, and such as may be monitored during training to assess progress. The apparatus may be operated passively, or it may be operated interactively in a manner in which real-time feedback causes the apparatus to adjust resistance to the motion.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA hand grenade includes a main body (10), a receiver (3) holding a cartridge chamber (2), a firing pin (6) that acts in the manner of a pendulum and a ball (7) located between facing conical surfaces on the firing pin (6) and on a wall (8) of the main body.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTAdapter assemblies for arrow assemblies include an insert configured to be received within an arrow shaft and configured to be coupled to a point. The adapter assembly further includes an outer sleeve disposed around at least a portion of the insert. Arrow assemblies include an arrow shaft and an adapter assembly including an insert and an outer sleeve for coupling a point to the arrow shaft.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA motion analysis apparatus includes an impact analysis unit that specifies an inclined angle with respect to a vertical plane of a hitting surface of an exercise appliance during impact by using an output signal from an inertial sensor, and a difference analysis unit that specifies a difference between a reference inclined angle acquired prior to the impact and the inclined angle.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA motion analysis apparatus includes an impact analysis unit that specifies a hitting direction of an exercise appliance during impact and a speed of the exercise appliance during the impact by using an output signal from an inertial sensor, and a display unit that displays the hitting direction and the speed in a coordinate system in which a hitting target direction is set.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA motion analysis apparatus includes a swing width analysis unit that specifies a swing width from a first position to a second position on a swing trajectory on the basis of coordinates of a swing position of an exercise appliance which are acquired by using an output signal from an inertial sensor in a calculation processing circuit.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTGolf training apparatus and method for golf training using a golf training apparatus. The golf training apparatus comprises a target member having a substantially flat form extending across an area larger than a regulation-sized golf hole area, and a target opening formed in the target member. The target opening extends inward from an edge of the target member. The target opening defines a space smaller than or equal to a regulation-sized golf hole. The target member provides a target for training to putt a golf ball.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA motion analyzing apparatus includes a first calculation unit that calculates a position of a first line segment representing a direction in which a rod-like part of a sporting tool extends in a stationary state, a second calculation unit that calculates the position of the first line segment at hitting, and a third calculation unit that specifies a virtual plane formed by the first line segment in the stationary state and a second line segment representing a ball hitting direction, wherein a relation between the virtual plane and the first line segment at the hitting is compared.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA golf swing training device and method that provides audio feedback during practice swings for club head speed, orientation and release. The audible golf swing training device comprises: a whistle having an air inlet on the front end and an air outlet on the top; an air funnel affixed or integral to the front end to direct air into the air inlet; an air throttle means affixed over or between the air funnel and the air inlet to adjust the amount of air received by the whistle through the air funnel; and a connecting means affixed or integral to the base of the whistle for removably affixing the training device to a golf club.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA pitching training device generally having a platform with a generally T-shaped end and a raised pitchers rubber configured to support the pitcher during delivery of the underhanded pitch, and a pair of removable heel guides to inhibit rotation of a drive foot of the pitcher. A stride section, removably connected to and positioned to extend longitudinally from said generally T-shaped end. A goal post assembly configured to movably position a stride bar across the stride section. The stride bar is positioned as a target for a drive foot of the pitcher to clear a predetermined height during the underhanded pitch. The device is lightweight and portable, useable indoors or on a practice field and is operable for left or right handed pitching.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA hip rotation training apparatus for sports performance training includes an elongated member having a first end and a second end. A striking face is positioned on the elongated member between the first and second ends. An attachment device is positioned at the first end, wherein the first end is attachable to a user at a hip region of the user with the attachment device, and wherein rotation of the hip region of the user moves the second end along a curvilinear path.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA game of Hoopball and the method thereof is provided as a competitive team based sport that incorporates elements of various field sports while emphasizing strategy and sportsmanship. The game of Hoopball utilizes regulations that govern player participation, scoring, physical contact, and equipment with an extremely low probability of serious injury or mid-brain concussions. The current regulations governing the game of Hoopball includes an elevated hoop shaped goal apparatus and a game ball as central game pieces. The object of the game of Hoopball is to coordinate a team of players to score points by throwing or kicking the game ball through the elevated hoop shaped goal apparatus while the respective goal apparatus is defended by an opposing team. At the end of the game session the team that scored the most points is declared the winner.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA blade for a hockey stick, having a body including an outer layer with an outer surface defining at least part of each of the impact surfaces of the body. A face member is made from a different material, has opposed inner and outer surfaces interconnected by a peripheral edge, and is embedded in the body such that the peripheral edge is in contact with the first material and at least a major part of the inner surface is in contact with the body. The outer surface of the face member defines part of the first impact surface. The outer surface of the face member is aligned with the outer surface of the outer layer adjacent the face member such that the first impact surface is continuous over a transition between the outer layer and the face member. A method for making a hockey stick blade is also discussed.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe disclosure herein provides a golf GPS device with a sensor mechanism to automatically switch between video and audio only modes of the device. More particularly, when a player attaches the golf GPS device to a piece of clothing or hat, the device automatically switches to audio-only mode. When the player detaches the golf GPS device, the device automatically switches to video mode, with or without audio.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe invention generally relates to golf clubs with adjustable mass properties. In certain aspects, the invention provides methods and mechanisms for adjusting a club head center of gravity in a vertical direction. Changing a center of gravity in the vertical direction can be done without substantially changing the center of a gravity in other directions.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA golf club head includes a body having a heel portion, a toe portion, a sole portion, and an outer surface, a strikeface having a geometric center, a head center of gravity, and a weight member including a weight pad. The weight member is configured to be repositionable by the user to a first position or a second position. The club head having the weight member in the first position shifts the head center of gravity toward the strikeface, and the club head having the weight member in the second position shifts the head center of gravity away from the strikeface.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA set of golf clubs having a degree of adjustability to provide improved distance gapping across the transition from a curved face golf club head to a flat face golf club head.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA ball (100) for use in bat and ball games wherein the ball is struck with a bat having an untensioned, rigid ball-striking surface, includes a hollow spherical impact body (112) having a mass of between 10 g and 50 g which enables the use of light-weight bats. The wall of the impact body is of a resiliently compressible material and defines a convexly curved impact zone IB. The ball further includes a flight control assembly (114) including a tail (50) comprising flexible streamers (52), a spacer stem (54) and an anchor fitting (126) for anchoring the spacer stem to the impact body. The configuration of the impact body is such that the impact zone compresses to a minimum compression depth of 12 mm and the impact body bounces to a height of at least 100 cm when the impact body is subjected to a drop test wherein the impact body is dropped onto a test impact surface.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTAn improved anchor fitting (10) for anchoring a tether cord (22) to a hollow ball (12). The anchor fitting (10) includes an anchor body (16) comprising a shank portion (18) and a head (20) at one end of the shank portion. The anchor body is received in a hole (14) in the wall of the ball and defines an axial passage through which the tether cord extends. The anchor fitting includes two rigid shoulder-defining bodies (26) and (28) which are located within the ball and which extend perpendicularly relative to one another when assembled. The shoulder-defining bodies define holes in which the shank portion of the anchor body is received, with the head (20) abutting an inner side of the shoulder-defining body (28). A flexible resilient rubber washer (34) is located between the shoulder-defining bodies and an interior side of the wall for absorption of impact forces acting on the wall of the ball when the ball is struck by a bat.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA device includes a deformable shell that defines an inner space under a gas pressure higher than the atmospheric pressure. A flexible piezoelectric membrane is applied against an inner wall of the deformable shell under the effect of the pressure present in the inner space. The membrane is capable of generating electric energy under the effect of a deformation of the shell. An electric circuit is electrically connected to the piezoelectric membrane and includes an element for storing the electric energy that it generates and a rigid structure. Longilineal resilient elements for holding the electric circuit according to a predetermined position of the inner space are each arranged between the rigid structure of the electric circuit and the inner wall of the deformable shell and secured to the piezoelectric membrane and to the rigid structure.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTMulti-piece golf balls having a multi-layered solid core and multi-layered cover are provided.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA golf ball includes a core having an outer surface and a geometric center. The core is formed from a substantially homogenous rubber composition. An ionomeric inner cover layer is formed about the core and has a material hardness of about 60 Shore D or greater. The golf ball includes an outer cover layer formed from a polyurea or a polyurethane and having a material hardness of about 60 Shore D or less. The outer surface of the core has a trans content of about 12% or less and a hardness of about 71 to 88 Shore C. The geometric center of the core has a trans content of about 10% or less and a hardness of about 60 to 80 Shore C. The core has an outer surface hardness greater than a geometric center hardness by about 5 to 19 Shore C to define a positive hardness gradient.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTDisclosed is a golf ball comprising a cover prepared from an ionomer composition comprising a high acid ionomer comprising about 15 to about 30 weight % of copolymerized units of a C3-8 α,β-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid and about 3 to about 13 weight % of copolymerized units of vinyl acetate, alkyl acrylate or alkyl methacrylate.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTAn aerial projectile resting on a flat hard floor is hit two consecutive times with a stick, the first hit made in a vertical swing to one of the projectile's ends propels it upward and in mid air and perpendicularly to the floor, spinning on its larger axis; the second hit made in a waist-high horizontal baseball-like swing, making the projectile travel through the air in a trajectory horizontal to the floor and landing on the floor far from its original rest position.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA motion analysis device includes a data analysis section adapted to generate analysis data related to a hit surface of a sporting device using an output of an inertial sensor, and a score analysis section adapted to weight the analysis data from the data analysis section to score the evaluation of a hit direction. The data analysis section generates the analysis data including at least two of a first deviation angle formed at impact between the hit surface and a virtual vertical plane to a hit target direction, a second deviation angle formed between the hit surface at the impact and a virtual vertical plane to a tangential direction at the impact touching a trajectory of the hit surface, and a deviation amount of a hit position at the impact from a virtual reference position set on the hit surface.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA flight unit in which a flight is connected to a shaft rotatably and without possible wobbling and a dart comprising the flight unit are provided. The flight unit 2 is a part of a dart comprising a shaft 30 and a flight 40. The shaft 30 comprises a shaft body 31, a protrusion 32 provided at one end of the shaft body 31, and a flight connector 34 provided at the tip of the protrusion 32. The flight 40 comprises a hollow cylinder 42 in which the protrusion 32 is slidably fitted, vines 41 at the bases of which the hollow cylinder 42 is provided, and an open cavity 43 adjoining the hollow cylinder 42 and in which the flight connector 34 is slidably fitted. The open cavity 43 is provided to the vines 41 and comprises no exterior walls.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA golf scoring system and method for the recordation and management of golf scores for one or more golfers. The golf scoring system provides a user with the ability to record golf scores for one or more golfers by inputting scores and commands via a touch screen or screen accepting inputs via a stylus or similar tool during a round of golf. Upon completion of the round, the golf scoring system may calculate the total score for each of the one or more golfers and communicate the scores to the golf course clubhouse or online network. Once communicated to the golf course clubhouse, the scores may be input into a handicapping system used to update the handicap of the one or more golfers for which the scores were recorded (e.g. USGA handicap system). The scores communicated from the golf scoring system may also be used to update a scoreboard for a golf outing or tournament. Additionally, the scores may be printed onto a hard copy scorecard for the user to take with them or turn in for official tournament purposes. Additionally, the golf scoring system may be used to communicate scores to other golfers utilizing the golf scoring system in a real-time basis.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA golf green slope indicator includes a circular base having a concave upper surface and a lower flat surface, where a slope from a middle of the concave upper surface increases nonlinearly to a periphery of the circular base. The indicator also includes an annular sidewall extending upwards from a periphery of the lower flat surface upwards beyond the concave upper surface, a transparent cover engaging an upper periphery surface of the annular sidewall, and a ball bearing unsecured and configured to roll along the concave upper surface.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA wedge type golf club head is disclosed herein where the wedge type golf club head has enhanced performance characteristics such as improved backspin, ball speed, and launch angle. More specifically, the present invention relates to a wedge type golf club head having an adjustable center of gravity, where the center of gravity may be adjusted based on different backing profiles that comprises at least one hollow chamber. The wedge type golf club head disclosed above may also have a thickened topline, wherein the thickness of the topline progressively changes as a function of the loft angle of the wedge type golf club head.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTEmbodiments of a golf club head and methods to manufacture such a golf club head are generally described herein. The golf club head generally includes at least one ball-striking face, which comprises a titanium alloy that is associated with an average grain size measuring no more than about 1 micron (μm) in the longest dimension. The golf club head is associated with a coefficient of restitution of about 0.847 or more when a ball impacts the ball-striking face.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTProvided is a golf club enabling the rotation position of an adapter to be viewed without disassembling a coupling structure for coupling a shaft and a golf club head. This golf club includes a shaft, a golf club head having a hosel portion, a first adapter that is accommodated in the interior space of the hosel portion through a shaft attachment hole in the hosel portion, a second adapter that has a through-hole through which the first adapter passes, and at least a portion arranged outside the attachment hole, and a fixing member detachably fixing the first adapter in the interior space of the hosel portion. The shaft is coupled with an inclination relative to the first adapter, the first adapter is coupled with an inclination relative to the second adapter, and the first adapter and the second adapter are coupled so as to be capable of axial rotation.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTA twisted tennis racket frame includes a handle, two supporting arms having outside surfaces facing reverse directions, and an annular-shaped head provided on an imaginary plane with large and small arc portions. The large arc portion has an external arc surface, which composes a continuous curved surface with the outside surfaces of the two supporting arms. The continuous curved surface has at least one twisted section having a starting end located at the large arc portion and faces toward a first facing direction that is situated on the imaginary plane, and a terminal end connected with the handle and faces toward a second facing direction. The included angle between the first and second facing directions is larger than 0 degree and not larger than 180 degrees. As a result, the racket performs well in controlling the ball and enables the user to turn the hitting surface quickly.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDTProvided is a golf ball is excellent in flight distance performance, approach performance, and feel at impact. A ball 2 includes a core 4, a mid layer 6, and a cover 8. The core 4 includes an inner core 10 and an outer core 12. The cover 8 includes an inner layer cover 10 and an outer layer cover 12. An inner core volume Vc, a mid layer volume Vm, a mid layer hardness Hm, an inner layer cover volume Vinc, an inner layer cover hardness Hinc, an outer layer cover volume Vouc, an outer layer cover hardness Houc, and a ball volume V meet the following relational expressions (a) to (g): (a) Vc/VHinc>Houc, (c) Hm−Houc>25, (d) Vm>Vinc>Vouc, (e) (Vm+Vinc+Vouc)/V1.50, and (g) (Vm*Hm)/(Vouc*Houc)>3.0.