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Golf ball cover compositions

Imported: 23 Feb '17 | Published: 22 Oct '02

Michael J. Sullivan, Robert A. Weiss, Michelle Bellinger

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The present invention is directed to golf ball cover compositions containing metal cation neutralized carboxylic acid based copolymers and/or alkali metal cation neutralized ethylene copolymers such as ethylene alkyl acrylates. Golf balls produced with the cover molded thereon exhibit desired properties of distance and high coefficient of restitution without substantially sacrificing and/or improving characteristics like playability and durability when compared to existing ionomeric resin covers.

Claims

1. A golf ball having a core and a cover wherein said cover comprises at least one metal cation neutralized acid copolymer and at least one alkali metal cation hydrolyzed and neutralized ethylene copolymer including up to about 30% by weight of an alkyl acrylate and a neutralizing alkali metal cation wherein the hydrolyzed and neutralized ethylene copolymer is neutralized after blending with said neutralized acid copolymer and alkali metal cation.

2. A golf ball, as set forth in claim 1, wherein the cover comprises about 25 to 75 parts by weight of the neutralized acid copolymer and about 75 to 25 parts by weight of the neutralized ethylene copolymer.

3. A golf ball, as set forth in claim 1, wherein the acid copolymer includes about 1 % to about 30% by weight of an alpha, beta unsaturated carboxylic acid.

4. A golf ball, as set forth in claim 1, wherein the neutralized ethylene copolymer is ethylene ethyl acrylate.

5. A golf ball, as set forth in claim 1, wherein the neutralized ethylene copolymer is ethylene methyl acrylate.

6. A golf ball, as set forth in claim 1, wherein the neutralized ethylene copolymer is ethylene butyl acrylate.

7. A golf ball as set forth in claim 1, when the alkali metal cation neutralized ethylene copolymer is neutralized with a metal selected from the group consisting of sodium, lithium and potassium.

8. A golf ball having a core and a cover wherein the cover comprises a composition consisting essentially of an acid copolymer which contains about 1% to about 30% acrylic acid, and a hydrolyzed and neutralized ethylene copolymer including up to about 30% by weight of an alkyl acrylate selected from the group consisting of methyl acrylate, butyl acrylate, and ethyl acrylate, the cover further containing a metal salt of a member selected from the group consisting of zinc, potassium, lithium, calcium, sodium, nickel, magnesium, and manganese wherein the hydrolyzed and neutralized ethylene copolymer is neutralized after blending with the acid copolymer and the metal salt.

9. A golf ball comprising a core and a cover, said cover comprising:

10. A golf ball, as set forth in claim 9, wherein the carboxylic acid is acrylic acid.

11. A golf ball, as set forth in claim 9, wherein the metal cation is selected from the group consisting of zinc, potassium, lithium, calcium, sodium, nickel, magnesium, and manganese.

12. A golf ball, as set forth in claim 9, wherein the alkyl acrylate is selected from the group consisting of butyl acrylate, methyl acrylate, and ethyl acrylate.

13. A golf ball, as set forth in claim 9, wherein the cover comprises about 25 to 75 parts by weight of an acid copolymer and about 75 to 25 parts by weight of an ethylene copolymer.