Title:
Tee in combination with a divot tool
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A tee in combination with a divot tool includes a head and a body. A concave top surface is formed on the head to mate a spherical periphery of a golf ball. Multiple tines extend away from the head to be plugged into a ground for standing the head upright. Each one of the tines has a front side and a rear side, and both sides are inclined toward each other to form a sharp end. Therefore, the present invention can be used as a conventional tee for raising the golf ball, as well as being used as a conventional divot tool for leveling a recess in a putting green.



Inventors:
Hsiao, Feng-nien (Hsinchu, TW)
Application Number:
10/068518
Publication Date:
08/07/2003
Filing Date:
02/06/2002
Assignee:
HSIAO FENG-NIEN
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
473/408
International Classes:
A63B57/00; (IPC1-7): A63B57/00
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Primary Examiner:
WONG, STEVEN B
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PEARNE & GORDON LLP (526 SUPERIOR AVENUE EAST, CLEVELAND, OH, 44114-1484, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A tee in combination with a divot tool, comprising: a head having a concave top surface adapted to mate a golf ball; and a body formed with the head and having multiple tines extending away from the head to be plugged into a ground for standing the head upright and also to be used to level the ground.

2. The tee in combination with the divot tool as claimed in claim 1, wherein each one of the tines having a front side and a rear side and both sides are inclined toward each other to form a sharp end, whereby the tines are able to be easily plugged into the ground.

3. The tee in combination with the divot tool as claimed in claim 2, wherein the front side is inclined in a more gradual manner than the rear side so as to be convenient for shoveling in order to level the ground.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTIONS

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to the field of golf, and more particularly to a tee in combination with a divot tool to be used in a game of golf.

[0003] 2. Description of Related Art

[0004] Golf is a game in which considerable emphasis is given to rules and etiquette. Therefore, ceremony and discipline are just as important as skill.

[0005] With reference to FIG. 4, a tee (40) is commonly used to raise a golf ball (50) slightly in order to hit the ball high and far. According to the rules, the tee (40) is only allowed to be used on a teeing ground (60), and has a head (41) integrally formed with a shank (42). A concave top surface is formed on the head (41) to bear the ball (50), and the shank (42) has a sharp end to be plugged into the teeing ground (60) for standing the tee (40) upright.

[0006] With reference to FIG. 5, when the ball (50) is hit onto a ground (90) of a putting green, according to the rules, a player is not allowed to level the ground (90) directly by hand. However, on some occasions, the ground (90) may be bumpy. Moreover, sometimes the ball (50) may merge into the ground (90), especially when the ground (90) is very soft or the ball (50) was struck high into the sky and landed heavily onto the putting green. Although the player is prohibited to level the ground (90) by hand, the rules allow the player to level the ground (90) using a divot tool (70) and a club head (not shown). The divot tool (70) has a body (71) and multiple tines (72) extending from the body (71). To level the ground (90), the player holds the body (71) and used the tines (72) to shovel soil or grass around a recess (92) on the ground (90), or to fill the recess (92) up. Then, the club head can be used to knock gently on the grass and the soil to level the recess (92).

[0007] Therefore, although the tee (40) and the divot tool (70) are small and simple, these two articles are very important during the game of golf and should be prepared by the player. Normally, the player seldom forgets to bring the tee (40), because it is used at the beginning of every game, but the divot tool (70) is likely to be neglected.

[0008] Accordingly, the present invention intends to provide a tee in combination with a divot tool to overcome the aforementioned problems.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0009] The objective of the present invention is to provide a tee in combination with a divot tool to be used as a conventional tee for raising a golf ball as well as a conventional divot tool for leveling a putting green.

[0010] Other objectives, advantages and novel features of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

[0011] To achieve the forging objectives, a tee in combination with a divot tool of the present invention includes a head and a body. A concave top surface is formed on the head to mate a spherical periphery of a golf ball. Multiple tines extend away from the head to be plugged into a ground for standing the head upright. Each one of the tines has a front side and a rear side, and both sides are inclined toward each other to form a sharp end.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0012] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a tee in combination with a divot tool of the present invention;

[0013] FIG. 2 is a schematic view showing the present invention being used as a tee;

[0014] FIG. 3 is a schematic view showing the present invention being used as a divot tool;

[0015] FIG. 4 is a schematic view showing how a conventional tee is used; and

[0016] FIG. 5 is a schematic view showing how a conventional divot tool is used.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0017] With reference to FIG. 1, a tee in combination with a divot tool of the present invention includes a head (12) and a body (14).

[0018] The head (12) has a tapered configuration to expand upwardly and a concave top surface (122) to mate a spherical periphery of a golf ball (20) as shown in FIG. 2. The body (14) is integrally formed with the head (12) and extends to have a slender configuration. A slot (15) is defined through the body (14) from a middle portion to a bottom portion thereof to form two tines (140). Each tine (140) has a front side (141) and a rear side (142), wherein both sides (141 and 142) are inclined toward each other to form a sharp end. It is noted that the front side (141) is inclined in a gradual manner.

[0019] With reference to FIGS. 1 and 2, when the present invention is being used as a tee, the tines (140) are plugged into the ground (30) to stand the head (12) upright above the ground (30). It is noted that due to the tines (140) having the sharp ends, the insertion of the tee into the soil is easy. Later, the golf ball (20) is rested on the concave top surface (122). Accordingly, it is apparent from the above description and the accompanying drawings that the present invention can be used as the tee.

[0020] With reference to FIGS. 1 and 3, when the present invention is being used as a divot tool to level a recess (32) on the ground (30), the front side (141) can be used to shovel soil or grass around the recess (32) to fill up the recess (32). Therefore, it is noted that the present invention can be used as the divot tool to level the ground (30).

[0021] To sum up, the present invention has the dual functions of the tee and the divot tool so that it can be conveniently used in a game of golf, and moreover obviates the possibility that a player forgets to bring the pitch maker to the game.

[0022] While this invention has been particularly shown and described with references to the preferred embodiment thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes in form and details may be made therein without departing from the scope of the invention encompassed by the appended claims.