Golf club head or other ball striking device having impact-influencing body features

  • US 9,643,064 B2
  • Filed: 01/09/2015
  • Issued: 05/09/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/20/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A golf club head comprising:

  • a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a face center;

    a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face, the body having a crown, a sole, a heel, and a toe;

    an elongated channel extending across a portion of the sole between a first end located proximate the heel and a second end located proximate the toe, wherein the channel is recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole; and

    a void defined on the sole of the body, rearward of the channel, wherein the body comprises a first leg and a second leg extending rearwardly from a base portion of the body, with the void being defined between the first and second legs,wherein the channel has a variable maximum width and a variable maximum depth of recession along a length of the channel, the variable maximum width defined in a front to rear direction and the variable maximum depth of recession defined from the adjacent surfaces of the sole at a vertical plane passing through the face center, wherein a ratio of the width to the depth is approximately 3.5;

    1 to 4.5;

    1,wherein the channel comprises a center portion extending toward the heel and the toe from the vertical plane passing through the face center, a heel portion extending from a heel end of the center portion toward the heel, and a toe portion extending from a toe end of the center portion toward the toe, wherein the channel has a boundary that is defined by a front edge and a rear edge the extend between the first end and the second end of the channel, and the front edge and the rear edge at the heel portion and the toe portion are angled away from each other such that the channel width at the heel and toe portion gradually increase toward the heel and the toe respectively, and further wherein the depth of heel portion and the toe portion of the channel increase from the center portion toward the heel and the toe, respectively.

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