Title:
Standing system for golf bags
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
In a support device for a golf bag consisting of two support legs, pivotably coupled to the golf bag and controllable via an unlatching device and control means, reliable and stable support is to be achieved in spite of compact construction. According to the invention, the upper ends of the support legs are pivotable via spatial axes located on a bearing plate, with the spatial axes formed through bent axes.



Inventors:
Jungkind, Roland (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, DE)
Application Number:
09/798630
Publication Date:
11/01/2001
Filing Date:
03/01/2001
Assignee:
JUNGKIND ROLAND
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B55/50; (IPC1-7): A63B55/10
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Primary Examiner:
NGO, LIEN M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
D. Peter Hochberg Co., L.P.A. (Cleveland, OH, US)
Claims:
1. Support device for a golf bag with two supporting legs, linked. to the golf bag, which can be pivoted from a transport position approximately parallel to the longitudinal axis of the golf bag into a supporting position at a slant to the longitudinal axis of the golf bag, with the pivoting occurring via an unlatching device, controlled via the carrying strap, and via control means, characterized in that the upper ends (10) of the supporting legs (6) can be pivoted via spatial axes (11) located on a bearing plate (5).

2. Support device according to claim 1, characterized in that the spatial axes (11) are formed by bent axes which are formed, on one hand, by bearing axes (12) and, on the other hand, by bending of the upper ends (10) of the support legs (6) or of pivoting parts (14).

3. Support device according to the claims 1 and 2, characterized in that the bearing axes (12) are slanted at an angle of 600 to 80°, preferably 75°, to the central transverse axis “Y”.

4. Support device according to the claims 1 and 2, characterized in that the pivoting parts (14) are slanted at an angle of 250 to 35°, preferably 30°, to the central longitudinal axis “X”.

5. Support device according to one of the claims 2-4, characterized in that the pivoting parts (14) are spring-loaded.

6. Support device according to one of the claims 2-5, characterized in that the pivoting parts (14) have support surfaces (17) pointing towards the bearing plate (5).

7. Support device according to claim 6, characterized in that the support surfaces (17) are flattened and have an index point (18).

8. Support device according to one of the claims 1-7, characterized in that the pivoting parts (14) have contact points (16) for the control means (7).

9. Support device according to claim 1, characterized in that the bearing plate (5) is located on a stiffening collar (2) opposite to the location of the carrying strap (3) on the golf bag (1).

10. Support device according to claims 1 and 9, characterized in that the bearing plate (5) has bearing and support walls (15) which are penetrated by bearing axes (12).

11. Support device according to claims 910, characterized in that pivoting parts (14), having pocket holes (13) in which the upper ends (10) of the supporting legs (6) are positioned, are rotatably located on the bearing and support walls (15).

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention concerns a support device for a golf bag and it more particularly relates to a support device with two supporting legs linked to the golf bag, these support legs can be pivoted from a transport position approximately parallel to the longitudinal axis of the golf bag into a support position at a slant to the longitudinal axis of the golf bag, with the pivoting occurring via an unlatching device, controlled via the carrying strap and via control means.

[0003] 1. Description of the Prior Art

[0004] A device of this type is known from EP 0 638 340 A1. This embodiment is disadvantageous in that the supporting legs are positioned laterally on the golf bag and, due to their position, cannot stand far enough away from the golf bag in their support position.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] The invention is based on the objective of implementing a support device of the type initially mentioned in such a way that it requires little space, only has a few parts, and still assumes a stable position in the support position.

[0006] This object is solved by the features including supporting legs whose upper ends can be pivoted via spatial axes located on a bearing plate.

[0007] Advantageous developments of the invention result from the sub-claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0008] An exemplary embodiment of the invention will be described in more detail in the following with reference to the drawings. These show:

[0009] FIG. 1: a side view of the support device connected to a golf bag in the support position;

[0010] FIG. 2: a top view of the golf bag from FIG. 1;

[0011] FIG. 3: a view of the coupling of the support legs according to the invention;

[0012] FIG. 4: a side view of FIG. 4;

[0013] FIG. 5: a section along the line V-V in FIG. 3.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0014] In FIG. 1, a schematically illustrated golf bag, having a stiffening collar 2 on its upper end to which a carrying strap 3 is attached at one end, is indicated with 1. This stiffening collar 2 also forms a holder for an unlatching device 4, which will not be shown or described in more detail, and for a bearing plate 5 for the supporting legs 6. The supporting legs 6, which preferably consist of aluminum tubes or aluminum rods, are released via the unlatching device 4 from the storage position (not shown) on the golf bag 1 into the support position shown, and are brought back into the storage position via the carrying strap 3 and control means 7 when the golf bag 1 is picked up.

[0015] As can be recognized from the combination of FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, the lower ends 8 of the supporting legs 6, and one end 9 of the golf bag 1, press against the ground and thus provide a stable three-point support which gives the golf bag a secure upright position. It is important in this regard that the support angle “A” between the supporting legs 6 and the central longitudinal axis “X” of the golf bag 1 is relatively large, i.e. an acute angle does not result. An angle “A” between 45° and 60° is advantageous. It can also be recognized from the top view in FIG. 2 that the supporting legs 6 also diverge relatively widely in the direction transverse to the golf bag 1. It has thus been shown in practice that a distance “B” between 60 cm and 80 cm is advantageous.

[0016] This stable three-point support results from the seating of the supporting legs 6 on the golf bag 1 according to the invention, which is shown in more detail in FIGS. 3-5. For this purpose, the upper ends 10 of the supporting legs 6 are rotatably journaled via spacial axes 11 in a bearing plate 5 located on the golf bag 1. These spatial axes 11 result due to a double bend, in that not only are the bearing axes 12 slanted—preferably at an angle “C” of approximately 75° to the central transverse axis “Y” of the golf bag 1—but the upper ends 10 of the supporting legs 6 are preferably also bent at an angle “D” of approximately 30° to the axis “Y”.

[0017] The bearing plate 5 is connected to the golf bag 1 through suitable connection means, which are not shown in more detail, opposite to the coupling of the carrying strap 3. The supporting legs 6 are thereby preferably located in a region where they cause the least interference when the golf bag is carried.

[0018] In the exemplary embodiment depicted according to FIGS. 3-5, the upper ends 10 of the supporting legs 6 are located in a pocket hole 13 of the pivoting parts 14. The pivoting parts 14 have the first bend of the spatial axis 11, while the other bend results from the slanted design of the bearing axes 12. These bearing axes 12 penetrate the bearing and support walls 15 of the bearing plate 5, as well as the pivoting parts 14, and can be spring-loaded. However, it is also possible for control means 7 (not shown in more detail), which engage at the contact points 16 of the pivoting parts 14, to allow the supporting legs to pivot in and out.

[0019] In order to be able to keep the supporting legs 6 in a defined position when they are pivoted out and to achieve secure support of the pivoting parts 14 on the bearing plate 5, the pivoting parts have support surfaces 17 on the side towards the bearing plate 5. Due to these support surfaces, which are preferably flattened, on one hand, the supporting legs 6 are prevented from moving even further away from the golf bag 1 due to strain or loose soil, as depicted in FIG. 1, when they are pivoted out. On the other hand, when the supporting legs 6 are pivoted back into their transport position, they reliably pivot into the transport position after they pass the index point 18 on the supporting surface 17, particularly if they are spring-loaded. Of course, the support surfaces can also have a different implementation than the flat one shown.

[0020] Finally, it should be noted that, without leaving the framework of the invention, the individual components do not have to have the shape depicted in order to achieve the function according to the invention.