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1. (WO2017070122) GRIP FOR BALL-BAT HANDLE AND KNOB HAVING MULTIPLE DEGREES OF HARDNESS

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/070122    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/057556
Publication Date: Fri Apr 28 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Wed Oct 19 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: A63B 60/06
A63B 49/08
A63B 59/50
A63B 60/14
Applicants: EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC.
Inventors: LONG, Keenan
DOUGLAS, Grant
Title: GRIP FOR BALL-BAT HANDLE AND KNOB HAVING MULTIPLE DEGREES OF HARDNESS
Abstract:
A grip or cover for a sporting-good implement, such as a ball bat, includes a knob portion generally positioned around a knob of the bat, and a handle portion generally positioned around a handle region of the bat. The handle portion may be formed from a material that is harder than the knob portion. The knob or part of the handle region may include a grooved surface to engage with the grip to help retain the grip to the bat. In some embodiments, a method of manufacturing a bat or other sporting-good implement includes positioning a portion of a handle or knob in a mold and providing an elastomer in the mold to cover the portion of the handle and knob. In some embodiments, different portions of the elastomer may be cured at different temperatures to provide different material properties, such as different degrees of hardness, to those portions.