What is claimed as new is as follows
1. For use on a putting green in conjunction with an embedded golf ball sinking cup, a vertically elongated flagstaff having upper and lower end portions, means on said lower end portion for removably anchoring and retaining said flagstaff in an upright flag displaying position, regulation putting green designating flag adapter means adjustably mounting said flagstaff on said upper end portion in a manner that said flag is capable of being vertically positioned and selectively retained on said upper end portion in a manner that a golfer teeing off or alternatively, approaching the green from the fairway can better ascertain and reliably pinpoint without seeing the proximal, distal or in-between position of said flag and, more particularly, the complemental cup relative to the encompassing marginal edges of the associated putting green.
2. The structure defined in and according to claim 1 and wherein said flag has a vertical marginal attaching edge provided with vertically spaced grommeted attaching holes, said adapter means having selectively usable keeper hooks and companion yieldable clips aligned and cooperable with said hooks and serving to position and releasably retain said grommeted holes in their manually attached positions.
3. The structure defined in and according to claim 1, and wherein said adapter means comprises openwork coupling means which encompasses and is vertically and shiftably slidable on said upper end portion, said upper end portion having encircling keeper grooves, said coupling means being provided with an accessible manually controllable retainer which is designed and adapted to be lined up with and releasably but retentively engaged with a selected one of said keeper grooves.
4. The structure defined in and according to claim 3 and wherein said coupling means comprises an upper flagstaff encircling ring, a lower flagstaff encircling ring and an in-between encircling ring, said rings being spaced apart but integrally connected by vertical ring uniting bars.
5. The structure defined in and according to claim 3 and wherein said coupling means comprises an upper flagstaff encircling ring, a lower flagstaff encircling ring and an in-between encircling ring, said rings being spaced apart but integrally connected by vertical ring uniting bars, one of said bars being provided with and carrying said setscrew.
6. The structure defined in and according to claim 1, and, in combination, a ball sinking cup interiorly provided with vertically spaced integral centrally apertured hub-like spiders, said lower end portion of said flagstaff having a fitting affixed to said lower end portion and embodying a reduced axial shank inserted and passing down through and retentively but removably fitted in the apertures in said spiders in a manner to maintain said flagstaff in an upright serviceable position in said cup.
7. The structure defined in and according to claim 1, and wherein said flagstaff is provided with color coded differentiating collars such as vivid orange and white, respectively, to assist an average approaching golfer to clearly see not only the flag but the flagstaff from a distance of 240 yards or more.
8. The structure defined in claim 3, and wherein there is a top groove indicative of the rear remote segmental area of the green, a bottom groove indicative of and marking the proximal front areal portion of the green and an in-between groove indicative of and designating a generally centralized area of said green.
9. In combination, a golf ball sinking and retrieving cup, a flagstaff having a lower end provided with means for removably but retentively and axially securing a lower end of said flagstaff in said cup, a conventional-type putting green designating flag, and means on said flag and an upper end portion of said flagstaff whereby said flag is capable of being detachably and adjustably mounted on said upper end portion by and under supervision of the greenskeeper in a manner that a golfer teeing off or approaching a give green is able to not only clearly see the position of the flag but to estimate with reasonable certaintY the established locale and placement of the cup, that is, whether it has been placed in the area adjacent the rearward segment, the front areal segment, or the median area relative to the delineating marginal edges of said green.
10. The combination defined in and according to claim 9, and wherein said means is characterized by a vertically shiftable and rotatable flag adapter which is shiftably and latchably mounted on said upper end portion and provided with resilient clips, and also wherein a vertical inner marginal edge portion of said flag is provided with grommets which are capable of being detachably and selectively connected to said clips.
The present invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in equipment for more effectively playing the game of golf and has to do, more particularly, with a golf ball sinking and retrieving cup which is substantially conventional in construction, a grommeted flag likewise conventional in type, and a structurally and functionally improved flagstaff or pin whose upper end portion in particular is expressly designed and adapted to adjustably and rotatably mount the flag in such a manner that the golfer is no longer required to resort to uncertainty and guesswork with respect to the locale of the cup and flag relative to the circumscribing marginal edge and apron of the green.
One aspect of the overall concept of the invention pertains to a flagstaff whose lower end is fitted into a socket formed axially in a headed pin supporting and anchoring ferrule which may, if desired, be made of durable metal, said ferrule having a headed upper end and a depending tapering shank passing down through hub-like openings in upper and lower spiders built into the embedded cup.
In carrying out the principles of the invention the flagstaff is stout compared to conventionally smaller and thin flagstaffs and pins and has distinguishable white and blaze-orange sectors and an upper headed end which features combine in rendering the flagstaff clearly visible to the golfer from greater distances and, in so doing, facilitate spotting the flag with self-satisfying reliability.
Insofar as the flag itself is concerned it is of conventional size and material and is blaze-orange, the attaching edge thereof having grommeted attaching holes.
The primary object of the invention is to detachably, rotatably and adjustably mount the grommeted flag on a specially constructed upper end portion of the flagstaff in a manner that will give the golfer the incentive to "go-for-the-hole" instead of simply driving to the green and while trying to guess the placement or locale of the cup and flag.
More important, the invention pertains to so mounting the flag on the upper end portion of the flagstaff that a golfer teeing off or approaching a given green is not only enabled to clearly see the colorful flag and flagstaff but to achieve a desired edge in that he is able to estimate with reasonable certainty the established locale and placement of the cup, that is, whether it has been placed by the greenskeeper in the area adjacent the rearward segmental region, the front areal segment, or the median area, that is in-between the front and rear areas or zones.
Golf, as is well known has met with widespread popularity in that the experienced and skillful golfer has at his disposal modern equipment, the best available and playable golf balls, balanced sets of clubs, lavish and intriguing golf courses and many other accessories which pertain to all conceivably useful modes and manners of play. Even so and nevertheless there has long existed a need which will enable the golfer to better and more successfully gauge his shots to the green. Accordingly, the principal object of the present invention is to provide a combination of cup, flagstaff, flag and oriented facilities which will enable the player to "go-for-the-hole" with a feeling of greater and gratifying success.
For background purposes it is a matter of common knowledge that providing a pin or flagstaff on which a flag is rotatably mounted to indicate the direction in which the wind is blowing is shown in U.S. Pat. No. 2,072,573, granted to Vincent Vigliotti. The use of a cruciform hub-like spider within the confines of an embedded cup is shown in U.S. Pat. No. 1,723,859, granted to M. R. Hummel. With respect to the essential aspect of the invention herein revealed, attention is directed to U.S. Pat. No. 3,240,183, granted to J. H. Walter et al. and which has to do with an adaptation for visually indicating the position of a cup on a golf green, and more particularly, a golf hole flagstaff or pin provided with means for visually indicating to an approaching golfer the relative position of the cup between the front and rear marginal edges of the putting green.
As evident from the preceding description, it is an object of the invention to advance the art and to improve structurally, functionally and in other ways the golf cup, flagstaff or pin, colorful features thereof and, what is more important, the rotatable and adjustable mounting of the flag.
Briefly the herein disclosed invention is expressly designed and adapted for use on a putting green in conjunction with an embedded ball sinking cup and, more particularly, a vertically elongated flagstaff having upper and lower end portions. Uniquely headed means is provided on the lower portion for removably anchoring and retaining the flagstaff in an upright flag-displaying position in spiders provided therefor in the cup. A regulation putting green designating flag with grommeted holes on the attachable edge is utilized and oriented with adapter means. The adapter means is adjustably mounted on the flagstaff on the upper end portion in a manner that the flag is capable of being vertically positioned and selectively retained on said upper end portion, that is, in a manner that a golfer teeing off or, alternatively, approaching the green from the fairway or out-of-bounds areas can better ascertain and reliably pinpoint the locale of the cup without actually seeing it in relation to proximal, distal or in-between positions of the flag and, more particularly, the placement of the cup relative to the encompassing marginal edges of the putting green.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout.
FIG. 1 is a view in side elevation showing a fragmentary portion of the putting green, the embedded cup, the anchorable lower end of the pin or flagstaff, the colorful construction of the flagstaff and, more particularly, the specially constructed upper end portion, adapter and flag for rotatable and adjustable purposes.
FIG. 2 is an enlarged view with parts in section and elevation detailing the upper end and adapter means.
FIG. 3 is an enlarged detail section taken approximately on the plane of the vertical line 3--3 of FIG. 1 looking in the direction of the indicating arrows.
FIG. 4 is a cross section on the horizontal section line 4--4 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 5 is a view in perspective of the applicable and removable adaptor.
In the views of the drawing the putting green is denoted generally by the reference numeral 6. The hole therein is denoted at 8 and the changeable and insertable and removable cup is denoted at 10. The cup here has open top and bottom portions and upper and lower vertically spaced parallel integral spiders 12. Each spider 12 has a central opening forming a hub for the tapered shank portion 14 of the anchoring ferrule 16. This ferrule has a headed upper end 18 which rests on the upper spider and the headed portion is provided with an axial socket 20 for the telescoping end portion 22 of the lower portion 24 of the pin or flagstaff 26. It should be mentioned at the outset that the flagstaff has white portions 28 bright bright blaze-orange companion portions 30. The extreme upper end portion 32 has a screw-threaded socket 34 to accommodate the shank of a headed screw-threaded bolt or fastener 36 which serves to hold an enlarged washer 38 in place. This washer fits firmly on the extreme flat upper end 40.
The red or correspondingly colored green designating flag is denoted by the numeral 42 and is of a conventional type in that the inner vertical marginal edge 44 is provided with eyelets or grommets 46. These grommets are detachably secured to the novel applicable and removable rigid plastic adapter 48. The adapter comprises an upper collar-like ring 50, a lower collar-like ring 52 and intervening spaced parallel median rings or collars 54. These rings are joined by diametrically opposite connecting bars 56. One bar is provided with a block-like mounting member 58 which accommodates and retains a nut 60 as shown in FIG. 4 which in turn serves to accommodate the screw-threaded shank portion 62 and reduced key member 64. The numeral 66 designates a lock washer and 68 the head of the bolt or equivalent fastener. In actual practice these upper end portion is provided with an upper keying groove 70, an intervening or medium keying groove 72 and a lower groove 74. The adapter is removably fitted over the upper end portion and held in place by the washer and bolt means as is evident in FIGS. 1 and 2. When the number 64 is in the upper groove 70 it shows that the cup has been placed in a rear segmental portion of the green (not illustrated). When in the lower groove 74 the flag position indicates that the placement of the cup is at the forward segment or area of the green. When in the intermediate groove 72 the position is in-between the respective remote and proximal segments.
With further respect to the upper portion of the flagstaff, it will be observed that there is an upper tapered or conical portion disposed at 76 and which provides a limit stop shoulder 78 for the downward sliding movement of the flag-equipped adapter. It will be further observed that the adapter and flag and shoulder means permits not only the raisable and lowerable adjustment of the flag for cup placement indicating positions but also allows the flag to rotate.
It will be further observed that the plastic adapter, which is preferably white, has vertically spaced J-shaped hooks 80 (FIG. 4) for the grommeted edge of the flag. Then, too, each hook is provided with a flexible and resilient pressure-responsive clip 82 which functions to hold the grommeted part of the flag in place.
It will be evident that the stout upper end portion of the pin or flagstaff is significant because it gives the golfer a much more distinct view of the flag and pin from a greater distance. In fact a position-pin test was made by expert and professional golfers ranging up to 240 yards distance. The flag and pin were distinctly seen and read with the flag in all three positions, the result being aided by the blaze-orange and white sectors or component portions of the staff. When hitting any given shot to a green and being able to see the pin and flag in the address of the shot is an all important phase of the concept. The most used pin of the present day is too small or too thin to be clearly seen while addressing the ball. With the adapter, the swivel means and grommeted flag and other coordinating features, it will be evident that the golfer teeing off or approaching the green from almost any area of the fairway or even the rough can soon learn to read the locale of the cup on the green so that he will have the desired "edge" in making a more desirable and effectual shot. It is reiterated that with this construction the golfer can "go-for-the-hole" instead of simply driving the ball to the green relying on a certain amount of guesswork.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.