My first substantive post… not too serious, yet educational and informative.
A historic look at patents covering the classic putters that we all know and love. Notice that these classics were / are protected by utility patents, in addition to design patents. A future post will more closely examine putter patents and whether more are filed as utility applications or design applications.
Recognize the putter shown below? This patented putter got the ball rolling for what would eventually become the Ping Golf Company. The late Karsten Solheim filed a patent application covering the
Lastly, perhaps the most famous putter of recent years would have to be the Odyssey 2-Ball, seen below. The 2-Ball design and variations on its design are covered by several utility patents and design patents (U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,471,600; 6,506,125; 6,679,782; 6,793,588; 6,905,420; D458,656; and D457,586). One of the primary features of the 2-Ball putter is the “2-Ball” alignment system. However, the “2-Ball” alignment system was not a novel idea. Back in the mid-1980s, short game guru Dave Pelz received U.S. Pat. No. 4,688,798 (the ‘798 patent) for his putter designs utilizing a “3-Ball” and “2-Ball” alignment system. The Odyssey 2-Ball alignment system was, in fact, taken right off the pages of the ‘798 patent, which the Callaway Golf Company acquired from Pelz in 2001. Please let me know if you enjoy historical perspectives such as this post.
Please let me know if you enjoy historical perspectives such as this post.