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Patent: A Better Golf Club for the Fairway.
Patent: A Better Golf Club for the Fairway. | dal_ftw_txbz, Justin Honea, Rowlett, Tim Reed, McKinney, John Kendall, Wylie patent, 8206244, Fairway, wood, golf club,

Justin Honea of Rowlett, Tim Reed of McKinney and John Kendall of Wylie recently received U.S. Patent 8,206,244 for “Fairway Wood Type Golf Club.”

Texas Business Patent of the Day:  The ancient game of golf always has been entertwined with technological developments.  Now three Texans have devised a better golf club.

Justin Honea of Rowlett, Tim Reed of McKinney and John Kendall of Wylie recently received U.S. Patent 8,206,244 for “Fairway Wood Type Golf Club.”

The three applied for the patent almost three years ago on October 30, 2009.

The patent assignee is Adams Golf IP LP of Plano.

The invention relates to the field of golf clubs, namely fairway wood type golf clubs, according to the patent documents. The invention is a fairway wood type golf club characterized by a long blade length with a long heel blade length section, while having a small club moment arm and very low center of gravity. 

Fairway wood type golf clubs are unique in that they are essential to a golfer's course management, yet fairway woods have been left behind from a technological perspective compared to many of the other golf clubs in a golfer's bag.

For instance, driver golf clubs have made tremendous technological advances in recent years; as have iron golf clubs, especially with the incorporation of more hybrid long irons into golf club sets. 

Majority of the recent advances in these golf clubs have focused on positioning the center of gravity of the golf club head as low as possible and as far toward the rear of the golf club head as possible, along with attempting to increase the moment of inertia of the golf club head to reduce club head twisting at impact due to shots hit toward the toe or heel of the club head.

Several unintended consequences came along with the benefits associated with these advances. The present invention is directed at addressing several of the unintended consequences in the field of fairway wood type golf clubs. 

In its most general configuration, the invention is a fairway wood type golf club characterized by a long blade length with a long heel blade length section, while having a small club moment arm and unique weight distribution. The fairway wood incorporates the discovery of unique relationships among key club head engineering variables that are inconsistent with merely striving to obtain a high MOIy using conventional golf club head design wisdom. The resulting fairway wood has a face closing moment of inertia (MOIfc) more closely matched with modern drivers and long hybrid iron golf clubs, allowing golfers to have a similar feel whether swinging a modern driver, the present fairway wood, or a modern hybrid golf club.