Patent Number: 7,086,955

Title: Method and apparatus to determine golf ball trajectory and flight

Abstract: A launch monitor system including a support structure, a first light-reflecting element disposed on this support structure, a lighting unit and an camera unit. A computer receives signals generated by light patterns received by the camera unit and computes a variety of flight characteristics for the object. The system may be moved back and forth to vary the field-of-view of the camera unit. The system also computes and displays object trajectories from the computed flight characteristics which account for the characteristics of the object and the atmospheric conditions.

Inventors: Gobush; William (North Dartmouth, MA), Pelletier; Diane (Fairhaven, MA), Winfield; Douglas C. (Mattapoisett, MA), Days; Charles (South Dartmouth, MA), Aoyama; Steven (Marion, MA), Hebert; Edmund A. (Fairhaven, MA), Silveira; James Alan (Bristol, RI)

Assignee: Acushnet Company

International Classification: A63B 69/36 (20060101); H04N 7/18 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018