Title:
Golf putting arm guide
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A golf-putting arm guide has an arm serpentine (1) that is attached detachably to a top end of a golf-club grip (4) and articulated to entwine the golfer's cupward arm (8) in straightness orientation for acquiring a sense of the straightness orientation to learn putting accuracy. The arm serpentine is preferably a wire having a club-grip end (2) that fits snugly into a club-grip orifice (16) in the top end of the golf-club grip. The arm serpentine includes a fore-arm guide (7) proximate a mid section that fits snugly against an inside of the front or cupward forearm of the golfer. Outwardly from the forearm guide, the arm serpentine includes an arm hook (6) that hooks onto golfer's cupward or front arm. The club-grip end can include one or more linear ridges (18) as anti-rotation fins and a snap ridge (17) which can be built onto or attachable to the club-grip end of the arm serpentine. The arm serpentine is preferably bendable to fit one arm size or a class of arm sizes rigidly. The arm serpentine can be predeterminedly flexible and have fixable rigidity with ball-and-socket beads (21) tightened intermediate the arm hook and the club-grip end. Also, the arm serpentine can have structural memory with metallic or non-metallic material.



Inventors:
William III, Tryon A. (Orlando, FL, US)
Bogrette, Kevin P. (Orlando, FL, US)
Application Number:
10/066882
Publication Date:
08/07/2003
Filing Date:
02/04/2002
Assignee:
TRYON WILLIAM A.
BOGRETTE KEVIN P.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B69/00; F01L9/02; F01L13/00; F02D13/02; F02M25/07; A63B69/36; (IPC1-7): A63B69/36
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Primary Examiner:
HUNTER, ALVIN A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Edward M. Livingston, Esq. (628 Ellen Dr. P.O. Box 1599, Winter Park, FL, 32790, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A golf-putting arm guide comprising: an arm serpentine having a club-grip end and an arm-hook end; the club-grip end being attached detachably to a top end of a predetermined golf-club grip that is fixable on a putter; an arm hook proximate the arm-hook end; a forearm guide intermediate the club-grip end and the arm hook; the arm hook being articulated for positioning on a cupward side of a golfer's cupward arm with the golfer's hand grasping the golf-club grip; and the forearm guide being articulated for positioning against an inside of the golfer's cupward arm upwardly from the golf-club grip.

2. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 1 wherein: the arm serpentine includes an anchoring curvature which is extended from the club-grip end into an inside periphery of a hollow top end of the putter; and the anchoring curvature is buttressed intermediate a side wall of an inside periphery of the hollow top end of the putter and a side wall of an orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip.

3. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 1 wherein: the arm serpentine includes a metallic rod having a diameter of about one-eighth of an inch.

4. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 1 wherein: the arm serpentine includes a plastic rod having a diameter of about one-eighth of an inch.

5. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 1 wherein: the club-grip end of the arm serpentine includes a snap ridge that is extended outward circumferentially from proximate a tip of the club-grip end for preventing removal of the club-grip end from a club-grip orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip without predetermined pulling of the arm serpentine.

6. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 1 wherein: the club-grip end of the arm serpentine includes at least one linear ridge that is extended outward radially from proximate the tip of the club-grip end for preventing rotational twisting of the club-grip end in the club-grip orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip predeterminedly.

7. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 6 wherein: the club-grip end of the arm serpentine includes a snap ridge that is extended outward circumferentially from proximate a tip of the club-grip end for preventing removal of the club-grip end from the club-grip orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip without predetermined pulling of the arm serpentine.

8. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 1 wherein: the arm serpentine includes a material that is bendable without resilience memory for being bent to select sizing, shaping and positioning of the arm hook on the cupward side of the golfer's cupward arm and for being bent to select sizing, shaping and positioning of the forearm guide against the inside of the golfer's cupward arm.

9. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 1 wherein: the arm serpentine includes a material that is bendable predeterminedly and has predetermined resilience memory for being bent to select sizing, shaping and positioning of the arm hook on the cupward side of the golfer's cupward arm and for being bent to select sizing, shaping and positioning of the forearm guide against the inside of the golfer's cupward arm.

10. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 1 wherein: the club-grip end of the arm serpentine is attached detachably to the top end of the golf-club grip by snug-fit insertion of the club-grip end into the cub-grip orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip.

11. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 1 wherein: the club-grip end of the arm serpentine includes a clamp with which it is attached detachably to the top end of the golf-club grip.

12. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 11 wherein: the clamp is articulated to grasp sides of the top end of the golf-club grip that are orthogonal to insides of the golfer's wrists.

13. A golf-putting arm guide comprising: an arm serpentine having a club-grip end and an arm-hook end; the club-grip end being attached detachably to a top end of a predetermined golf-club grip that is fixable on a putter; the arm serpentine being bendable to include an arm hook proximate the arm-hook end; the arm serpentine being bendable to include a forearm guide intermediate the club-grip end and the arm hook; the arm hook being bendable for positioning on a cupward side of a golfer's cupward arm with the golfer's hand grasping the golf-club grip; and the forearm guide being bendable for positioning against an inside of the golfer's cupward arm upwardly from the golf-club grip.

14. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 13 wherein: the arm serpentine includes a plurality of ball-and-socket members having line orifices intermediate ball sides and socket sides of the ball-and-socket members; the ball sides and the socket sides of the ball-and-socket members being oppositely disposed; the ball-and-socket members are strung juxtaposed on the arm serpentine; the arm serpentine being inserted through the line orifices sequentially; the ball sides being positioned in the socket sides of adjacent ball-and-socket members intermediate the club-grip end and the arm-hook end; and the arm serpentine includes a joint tightener for tightening the ball sides against the socket sides of the ball-and-socket members for rigidity of select shaping of the arm serpentine.

15. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 14 wherein: the line orifices include orifice entrances having diameters that are predeterminedly larger than a diameter of the arm serpentine onto which the ball-and-socket members are strung.

16. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 14 wherein: the joint tightener includes a tightener wedge that is forcible intermediate a terminal-end ball-and-socket member and a tightener base on the arm serpentine.

17. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 14 wherein: the joint tightener includes a tightener wedge that is forcible intermediate two adjacent ball-and-socket members on the arm serpentine.

18. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 14 wherein: the club-grip end of the arm serpentine is attached detachably to the top end of the golf-club grip by snug-fit insertion of the club-grip end into the club-grip orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip.

19. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 14 wherein: the club-grip end of the arm serpentine includes a clamp with which it is attached detachably to the top end of the golf-club grip.

20. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 19 wherein: the clamp is articulated to grasp sides of the top end of the golf-club grip that are orthogonal to insides of the golfer's wrists.

21. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 13 wherein: the arm serpentine includes an anchoring curvature which is extended from the club-grip end into an inside periphery of a hollow top end of the putter; and the anchoring curvature is buttressed intermediate a side wall of an inside periphery of the hollow top end of the putter and a side wall of an orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip.

22. A golf-putting arm guide comprising: an arm serpentine having a club-grip end and an arm-hook end; the club-grip end being attached detachably to a top end of a predetermined golf-club grip that is fixable on a putter. the arm serpentine being bendable to include an arm hook proximate the arm-hook end; the arm serpentine being bendable to include desired forearm-guide formation intermediate the club-grip end and the arm hook; the arm hook being bendable for positioning on a cupward side of a golfer's cupward arm with the golfer's hand grasping the golf-club grip; the forearm-guide formation being bendable for positioning against an inside of the golfer's cupward arm upwardly from the golf-club grip; the arm serpentine includes a plurality of ball-and-socket beads having line orifices intermediate ball sides and socket sides of the ball-and-socket beads; the ball sides and the socket sides of the ball-and-socket beads being oppositely disposed; the ball-and-socket beads are strung juxtaposed on the arm serpentine; the arm serpentine being inserted through the line orifices sequentially; the ball sides being positioned in the socket sides of adjacent ball-and-socket beads intermediate the club-grip end and the arm-hook end; and the arm serpentine includes a joint tightener for tightening the ball sides against the socket sides of the ball-and-socket beads for rigidity of select shaping of the arm serpentine.

23. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 22 wherein: the joint tightener includes a tightener wedge that is forcible intermediate a terminal-end ball-and-socket bead and a tightener base on the arm serpentine.

24. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 22 wherein: the club-grip end of the arm serpentine is attached detachably to the top end of the golf-club grip by snug-fit insertion of the club-grip end into the club-grip orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip.

25. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 22 wherein: the club-grip end of the arm serpentine includes a clamp with which it is attached detachably to the top end of the golf-club grip.

26. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 25 wherein: the clamp is articulated to grasp sides of the top end of the golf-club grip that are orthogonal to insides of the golfer's wrists.

27. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 22 wherein: the joint tightener includes a joint tensioner for providing rigidity-tension pressure of the ball sides against the socket sides of the adjacent ball-and-socket beads.

28. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 27 wherein: the joint tensioner includes a double-nut tensioner with the arm-hook end of the arm serpentine attached to a tightener bolt on which an adjustment nut is screwed against the arm-hook end.

29. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 28 wherein: the terminal bolt includes a rounded socket head and the adjustment nut is a finger nut with a prong-wrench orifice.

30. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 22 wherein: the joint tightener includes a line tensioner for providing rigidity-tension pressure of the ball sides against the socket sides of the adjacent ball-and-socket beads.

31. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 30 wherein: the line tensioner includes a cam axle with an eccentric projection rotatable against a line anchor that is positioned proximate an opposite side of a cam-axle housing from the arm serpentine; a hand lever is attached to the cam axle; the cam-axle housing is positioned on the attachment base; and the arm-hook end of the arm serpentine is secured to a terminal ball-and-socket bead.

32. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 22 wherein: the joint tightener includes an arm serpentine which is high-tensile wire that is resiliently and conveniently bendable; the high-tensile wire is tightened with a predetermined contraction pressure intermediate the club-grip end and the arm-hook end of the high-tensile wire; the ball-and-socket beads have a predeterminedly minute amount of resilience; the high-tensile wire has a predeterminedly minute amount of resilience; and the resilience of the ball-and-socket beads in combination with the resilience of the high-tensile wire have a predetermined total tightening-tension resilience for maintaining a hand-bendable shape of the golf-putting arm guide.

33. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 22 wherein: the ball-and-socket beads are sized, shaped and colored for use convenience and identification predeterminedly.

34. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 22 wherein: the line orifices include orifice entrances having inside diameters that are predeterminedly larger than an outside diameter of the arm serpentine onto which the ball-and-socket beads are strung.

35. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 22 wherein: the arm serpentine has a diameter of about one-to-two millimeters, the ball-and-socket beads have an outside diameter of about six-to-twelve millimeters, the inside diameters of the orifice entrances are about two-to-four millimeters, and the arm serpentine has a predetermined length of about one-to-two feet for adjustment to arm lengths and sizes of golfers.

36. The golf-putting arm guide of claim 22 wherein: the arm serpentine includes an anchoring curvature which is extended from the club-grip end into an inside periphery of a hollow top end of the putter; and the anchoring curvature is buttressed intermediate a side wall of an inside periphery of the hollow top end of the putter and a side wall of an orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] This invention relates to training devices for golf putting.

[0002] It is well known in golfing that the most accurate putting on a golf green is achieved with a putter head impacting a golf ball perpendicularly to a line of travel of the golf ball to a cup. To maintain reliable perpendicularity, it is preferable that a golfer's lead arm on the golfer's cupward side maintain the perpendicularity. This is accomplished by avoiding any wrist action that would change the perpendicularity and direct the golf ball in a line of travel that would miss the cup. It is preferable also that a putter handle be held like a pendulous extension of the golfer's arms from the golfer's shoulders to the putter head. This allows use of the golfer's body and the putter with mechanical accuracy.

[0003] A problem occurs, however, as a result of a general tendency of people to bend their wrists undetectably and thereby to putt golf balls in lines of travel to sides of golf cups. A feel for maintaining a pendulum motion from the shoulders while holding the putter handle for positioning the putter head perpendicularly to the line of travel to the cup can be learned. Learning can be aided with an arm guide extended from the putter handle to bend-detection contact with the golfer's cupward lead arm. That is the purpose of this invention.

[0004] There are known arm guides for holding golf clubs, but not with an arm serpentine that is attached detachably to a top end of a golf club and articulated to contact the golfer's cupward lead arm for learning effectiveness and convenience in a manner taught by this invention.

[0005] Examples of most-closely related known but different devices are described in the following patent documents: 1

U.S. Pat. No.InventorIssue Date
5,846,143Brock, et al.Dec. 08, 1998
5,772,523ShefticJun. 30, 1998
6,004,221ThornhillDec. 21, 1999
5,248,146Viets, et al.Sep. 28, 1993
5,259,621KeeferNov. 09, 1993
5,203,568VasquezApr. 20, 1993
5,976,024Marshall, Jr.Nov. 02, 1999
5,865,685ThomasFeb. 02. 1999
5,501,464DalboMar. 26, 1996
5,174,575Leith, et al.Dec. 29, 1992
5,009,426CoxApr. 23, 1991
5,904,624MartinezMay 18, 1999
6,251,025Brock, et al.Jun. 26, 2001
D431,855RoseOct. 10, 2000
5,470,073VasquezNov. 28, 1995
5,320,354VasquezJul. 14, 1994
4,758,000CoxJul. 19, 1988

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] Objects of patentable novelty and utility taught by this invention are to provide a golf-putting arm guide which:

[0007] provides a gentle but reliable indication of wrist straightness for holding a golf putter club;

[0008] can be attached detachably to a putter handle conveniently and quickly;

[0009] is light and small for being carried and handled easily; and can be made adjustable to different golfers or optionally sized and shaped for a particular golfer.

[0010] This invention accomplishes these and other objectives with a golf-putting arm guide having an arm serpentine that is attached detachably to a top end of a golf-club grip and articulated to entwine the golfer's lead arm in straightness orientation for acquiring a sense of the straightness orientation to learn putting accuracy. The arm serpentine is preferably a metal wire having a club-grip end that fits snugly into a relief orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip. The arm serpentine includes a wrist bend proximate a mid section that fits snugly against a front forearm of the golfer. Outwardly from the wrist bend, the arm serpentine includes an arm hook that hooks onto a lead side of the golfer's lead arm. The golfer's lead arm is positioned between wrist bend and the arm hook. The club-grip end can include one or more anti-rotation fins and a snap ring which can be built onto or attachable to the club-grip end of the arm serpentine. The arm serpentine is preferably bendable to fit one arm size or a class of arm sizes rigidly. The arm serpentine can be predeterminedly flexible and have fixable rigidity with ball-and-socket beads tightened intermediate the arm hook and the club-grip end. Also, the arm serpentine can have structural memory with metallic or non-metallic material.

[0011] The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention should become even more readily apparent to those skilled in the art upon a reading of the following detailed description in conjunction with the drawings wherein there is shown and described illustrative embodiments of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0012] This invention is described by appended claims in relation to description of a preferred embodiment with reference to the following drawings which are explained briefly as follows:

[0013] FIG. 1 is a front elevation view of an arm serpentine attached to a top end of a club grip of a golf putter and positioned on a schematic representation of a golfer's cupward arm in a pre-impact position and in an impact position for putting a golf ball to a cup on a golf-course green;

[0014] FIG. 2 is a top view of the FIG. 1 illustration;

[0015] FIG. 3 is a front elevation view of forearm portions of a golfer holding a putter in a putting position with the arm serpentine attached to the top end of a club grip of a golf putter and positioned on the golfer's cupward arm;

[0016] FIG. 4 is a side elevation view of the golfer's cupward forearm and hand holding the putter at the top end of the golf-club grip to which the arm serpentine is attached and from which the arm serpentine is extended to a guiding contact with an inside of the golfer's front forearm;

[0017] FIG. 5 is a top view of a grip orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip;

[0018] FIG. 6 is a top view of the arm serpentine with a club-grip end positioned in the grip orifice;

[0019] FIG. 7 is a partially cutaway side view of the top end of the golf-club grip with the club-grip end positioned in the grip orifice;

[0020] FIG. 8 is the FIG. 7 view with a snap ridge on the tip of the club-grip end;

[0021] FIG. 9 is the FIG. 7 view with linear ridges on the tip of the club-grip end;

[0022] FIG. 10 is the FIG. 9 view with a snap ridge on the tip of the club-grip end;

[0023] FIG. 11 is the FIG. 9 view with an attachment base proximate the club-grip end from which a predeterminedly thin, bendable arm serpentine is extended;

[0024] FIG. 12 is the FIG. 10 view with the attachment base proximate the club-grip end from which the predeterminedly thin, bendable arm serpentine is extended;

[0025] FIG. 13 is the FIG. 7 view having a clamp with which the arm serpentine is attached to the top end of the club grip;

[0026] FIG. 14 is a top view of the FIG. 13 illustration;

[0027] FIG. 15 is the FIG. 12 view that includes a plurality of ball-and-socket beads which are tensioned on the arm serpentine for fixing it in a desired shape.

[0028] FIG. 16 is the FIG. 15 view that includes the clamp and omits the snap ridge and the linear ridges;

[0029] FIG. 17 is the FIG. 16 view with addition of a line tensioner for fixing the arm serpentine in a desired shape;

[0030] FIG. 18 is a partially cutaway side elevation view of an arm-hook-end portion of the arm serpentine on which the ball-and-socket beads are positioned and held with a tip plug;

[0031] FIG. 19 is a partially cutaway side elevation view of a mid portion of the arm serpentine on which the ball-and-socket beads are positioned and having a resilient wafer intermediate two of the ball-and-socket beads;

[0032] FIG. 20 is a top view of the resilient wafer shown in FIG. 19;

[0033] FIG. 21 is the FIG. 19 view which omits the resilient wafer and includes tightener wedges intermediate a terminal-end ball-and-socket bead and a tightener base;

[0034] FIG. 22 is a top view of the tightener wedges shown in FIG. 21;

[0035] FIG. 23 is the FIG. 18 view which omits the tip plug and includes a double-nut joint tightener;

[0036] FIG. 24 is the FIG. 23 view in which the double-nut joint tightener includes a finger nut and a socket-head bolt;

[0037] FIG. 25 is an enlarged view of end portions of the FIG. 17 illustration;

[0038] FIG. 26 is a partially cutaway front view of a tightening-cam portion of the FIG. 25 illustration that is further enlarged; and

[0039] FIG. 27 is a partially cutaway side view of the tightening-cam portion of the FIG. 25 illustration that is further enlarged.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0040] Listed numerically below with reference to the drawings are terms used to describe features of this invention. These terms and numbers assigned to them designate the same features throughout this description. 2

1.Arm serpentine
2.Club-grip end
3.Arm-hook end
4.Golf-club grip
5.Putter
6.Arm hook
7.Forearm guide
8.Cupward arm
9.Putter head
10.Line of travel
11.Golf ball
12.Cup
13.Golf green
14.Push arm
15.Shoulders
16.Club-grip orifice
17.Snap ridge
18.Linear ridge
19.Attachment base
20.Clamp
21.Ball-and-socket beads
22.Line orifices
23.Ball sides
24.Socket sides
25.Tightener wedge
26.Wafer spring
27.Terminal bolt
28.Adjustment nut
29.End plate
30.Rounded socket head
31.Finger nut
32.Prong-wrench orifice
33.Line tensioner
34.Cam axle
35.Eccentric projection
36.Line anchor
37.Cam-axle housing
38.Hand lever
39.Channel ridge
40.Line plug
41.Anchoring curvature

[0041] Referring to FIGS. 1-4, a golf-putting arm guide has an arm serpentine 1 which includes a club-grip end 2 and an arm-hook end 3. The club-grip end 2 is attached detachably to a top end of a predetermined golf-club grip 4 that is fixable on a golf club that preferably is a putter 5. The arm-hook end 3 includes an arm hook 6. Included intermediate the club-grip end 2 and the arm-hook end 3 is a forearm guide 7 that is articulated with desired serpentine curvature for positioning against an inside of a golfer's cupward arm 8, which is known also as the golfer's front arm in relationship to putting golf balls. The arm hook 6 is articulated to partially encircle the golfer's cupward arm 8.

[0042] The serpentine curvature of the forearm guide 7 provides a guiding arm-width contact with an inside of the golfer's cupward arm 8 and wrist section. When the golfer aligns a putter head 9 perpendicularly to a line of travel 10 of a golf ball 11 to a cup 12 on a golf green 13 and then putts with a short pushing swing, as depicted by two schematic human figures in FIGS. 1-2, the arm serpentine 1 provides a gentle-touch detection of wrist bend which is to be avoided. Twist or bending of the wrist of the cupward arm 8 tends to cause the putter head 9 to pivot from perpendicularity of the putter head 9 with the line of travel 10. Instead of any wrist-bend action, therefore, the golfer's cupward arm 8 and push arm 14 preferably pivot in unison like a pendulum from the golfer's shoulders 15 without twist or bend of the wrist of the golfer's cupward arm 8.

[0043] This gentle-touch detection for avoidance of wrist-bend action is preferred over more rigid arm guidance or less effective twist detection of previous golf-training devices. The gentle-touch detection allows a golfer to get a feel of wrist rigidity and an undisturbed learning of its cure.

[0044] Preferably, the arm serpentine 1 is a metal rod having a diameter of about one-eighth of an inch and a bent length of about one foot. The metal rod can be bendable to a desired serpentine curvature with or without resilience memory. If resilience memory is employed, the arm serpentine 1 is bent with shop or manufacturing capabilities. If bendable without resilience memory, it can be bent or its bend can be modified by a user. Optionally, the arm serpentine 1 can be a non-metallic material such as plastic that preferably is bent with shop or manufacturing capabilities.

[0045] Reference is made now to FIGS. 1-14 and more particularly to FIGS. 5-14. For its simplest and least-expensive use, the club-grip end 2 of the arm serpentine 1 is inserted into a club-grip orifice 16, shown separately in FIG. 5, in a top of the golf-club grip 4. Insertion of the club-grip end 2 into the club-grip orifice 16 without additional structure of and/or on the club-grip end 2 is depicted in FIGS. 6-7.

[0046] Shown in FIG. 8, a snap ridge 17 is added proximate a tip of the club-grip end 2 for preventing its removal from the club-grip orifice 16 without predetermined pulling of the arm serpentine 1.

[0047] Shown in FIG. 9, at least one linear ridge 18 is added proximate the tip of the club-grip end 2 for preventing rotational twisting of the club-grip end 2 in the club-grip orifice 16 predeterminedly.

[0048] Shown in FIG. 10, the snap ridge 17 and the at least one linear ridge 18 in combination are added.

[0049] Shown in FIGS. 11-12, an attachment base 19 is added for convenience of grasping the club-grip end 2 of an arm serpentine 1 that can have a smaller diameter for bending ease on a club-grip end 2 that is sized and shaped for snug-fit insertion into the club-grip orifice 16. The attachment base 19 can be employed in combination with or without the snap ridge 17 and/or the linear ridge 18.

[0050] Shown in FIGS. 13-14, 16-17 and 25, a clamp 20 can be added for grasping top ends of the golf-club grip 4 to achieve additional attachment rigidity, particularly for embodiments having shape-adjustment features of the arm serpentine 1. The clamp 20 can be a simple spring type as shown or can include fastener features.

[0051] Shown in FIGS. 15-19, 21 and 23-25, the arm serpentine is bendable and fixable in a desired bent shape with a plurality of ball-and-socket members that are preferably ball-and-socket beads 21 having line orifices 22 intermediate ball sides 23 and socket sides 24 that are oppositely disposed.

[0052] The ball-and-socket members which are shown as being spherical and referred to as ball-and-socket beads 21 can be any shape, mixture of shapes or plurality of shapes which have the line orifices 22 intermediate ball sides 23 and socket sides 24 that match with the ball sides 23 fitting pivotally inside of the socket sides 24, regardless of whatever shape or shapes other portions of separate ball-and-socket members or ball-and-socket beads 21 have. Spherical ball-and-socket beads 21 are depicted for ease of illustration and possibly popular shape. Rectangular, figurine, wafer, oval and irregular forms are foreseeable.

[0053] The ball-and-socket beads 21 are strung juxtaposed on the arm serpentine 1, the arm serpentine 1 having a predetermined diameter and flexibility being inserted through the line orifices 22 sequentially with the ball sides 23 being positioned in the socket sides 24 of adjacent ball-and-socket beads 21 intermediate the club-grip end 2 and the arm-hook end 3. The arm serpentine 1 includes a joint tightener for tightening the ball sides 23 against the socket sides 24 of the ball-and-socket beads 21 for rigidity of select shaping of the arm serpentine 1.

[0054] The line orifices 22 have entrances with inside diameters sufficiently large to allow predetermined rotation of the ball sides 23 in the socket sides 24 universally without restriction by encountering the arm serpentine 1 on which the ball-and-socket beads 21 are strung.

[0055] The joint tightener can include a joint tensioner or a line tensioner for providing rigidity-tension pressure of the ball sides 23 against the socket sides 24 of the adjacent ball-and-socket beads 21 intermediate the attachment base 19 and the arm-hook end 3 of the arm serpentine 1.

[0056] Shown in FIGS. 21-22, joint tensioners can include at least one tightener wedge 25 that is forcible intermediate a terminal-end ball-and-socket bead 21 and the attachment base 19.

[0057] Shown in FIGS. 19-20, joint tensioners can include at least one wafer spring 26 having joint-tightening pressure intermediate two or more adjacent ball-and-socket beads 21.

[0058] Shown in FIGS. 23-24, joint tensioners can include a double-nut tensioner with the arm-hook end 3 of the arm serpentine 1 attached to a terminal bolt 27 on which an adjustment nut 28 is screwed against preferably an end plate 29 or other bead protection at the arm-hook end 3. As shown in FIG. 24, the terminal bolt 27 can have a rounded socket head 30 and the adjustment nut 28 can be a finger nut 31 with a prong-wrench orifice 32.

[0059] Shown in FIGS. 17 and 25-27, the line tensioner 33 can include a cam axle 34 with an eccentric projection 35 rotatable against a line anchor 36 that is positioned proximate an opposite side of a cam-axle housing 37 from the arm serpentine 1. A hand lever 38 is attached to the cam axle 34. The cam-axle housing 37 is positioned on the attachment base 19 and the arm-hook end 3 of the arm serpentine 1 is secured to a terminal ball-and-socket bead 21. The cam axle 34 is provided with a line orifice, a line channel or end portion as represented by a channel ridge 39 for passage of the arm serpentine 1 from a bead side to a base side of the cam axle 34.

[0060] The arm-hook end 3 of the arm serpentine 1 is attachable to a line plug 40 or to a terminal ball-and-socket member in opposition to tightening pressure of the joint tensioners or the line tensioners 33.

[0061] Tightening pressure in relationship to slide resistance of the ball sides 23 in the socket sides 24 can be provided by a combined resilience of the arm serpentine 1 and the ball-and-socket beads 21 sufficiently to require only occasional tightness adjustment for temperature, moisture and wear factors that change tensional slide resistance. Predetermined slide resistance surfacing or inserts can be employed between the ball-and-socket beads 21.

[0062] Spherical circumference of spherical ball-and-socket beads 21 is preferably about one quarter of an inch, but can be larger or smaller as desired by users.

[0063] Coloration of the ball-and-socket beads 21 can be employed for attractiveness and for identification factors.

[0064] The golf-club grip 4 for most putters 5 has a cross section that is somewhat egg-shaped as shown in FIGS. 5-6 and 14. This helps an experienced and talented golfer to prevent pivoting of the putter 5 from perpendicularity of the putter head 9 and the line of travel 10. Oppositely for less-talented golfers, this egg shape can accentuate a pivoting or wrist-twist problem. This invention provides gentle-touch learning for preventing wrist twist like a talented golfer.

[0065] These advantages can be provided with the simplest wire embodiment or with levels of sophisticated embodiments with wide variation of attractiveness and adjustment of gentle-tough effectiveness to desires and needs of golfers.

[0066] Referring further to FIGS. 7-12, 15 and 17, the arm serpentine 1 can be extended into a hollow top end of an inside periphery of the putter 5. There, it can have an anchoring curvature 41 that buttresses against one or both inside peripheries of putter 5. The golf-club grip 4 of most conventional putters 5 and other golf clubs have orifices or can be provided with orifices through which the anchoring curvature on the arm serpentine 1 can be inserted. The golf-club grips 4 also are generally resilient with at least a partially rubberlike characteristic. This provides a resilience that can be employed in opposition to the anchoring curvature 41 for desirable tightness of fit and rigidity of the arm serpentine 1, regardless of whether the anchoring curvature 41 is buttressed intermediate either or both oppositely disposed side walls of the inside periphery of the putter 5 and a side wall of the orifice in the top end of the golf-club grip.

[0067] The anchoring curvature is particularly advantageous for arm serpentines 1 having adjustment features and not having clamps 20.

[0068] A new and useful golf-putting arm guide having been described, all such foreseeable modifications, adaptations, substitutions of equivalents, mathematical possibilities of combinations of parts, pluralities of parts, applications and forms thereof as described by the following claims and not precluded by prior art are included in this invention.