If you’re a golf equipment junkie like I am (in my case, a Nike Golf equipment junkie), you’re always on the lookout for what new equipment ideas are coming down the pike. Last week I discovered an interesting web site that focuses exclusively on golf equipment patent applications. Golf-Patents.com is a blog by patent attorney and golf enthusiast David Dawsey (a.k.a. The I.P. Golf Guy) — David posts about intellectual property issues and patent applications in the golf equipment industry.
The site has several articles about Nike Golf equipment patent applications, and in the coming weeks I’ll be linking to some of these, as they may be an indication of what might be coming soon from Tom Stites and Nike Golf’s R&D facility The Oven. This first article (from last year) is especially interesting, as it outlines patent applications for iron and wood designs with moveable and adjustable weighting features. It looks like Nike has been experimenting with allowing a player to reposition a weighting element in the club head, which would change the shape of the head, the center of gravity and the MOI — an intriguing concept indeed.
Keep your eye out for future posts that show other new concepts for Nike Golf’s club designs. I wonder if we’ll see any of these new designs actually translated to clubs for the retail consumer in the next year or two, and if so how close the final designs are to the original patent applications.