Title:
Golf club vertical holder
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A slender projection temporarily attached to the grip end of a golf club the purpose of which is to hold a golf club in an upright(vertical) position when the golf club is inverted and the slender projection is pressed into the ground. Attachment of the slender projection to and removal from the grip end of the golf club can be accomplished with the slender projection as part of a slip on holder, as part of a clip on holder or as part of a strap on holder.



Inventors:
Wilde, Richard Reeves (Clyde, NC, US)
Baker, Clarence Jerreld (Jacksonville, FL, US)
Application Number:
09/804794
Publication Date:
09/19/2002
Filing Date:
03/14/2001
Assignee:
WILDE RICHARD REEVES
BAKER CLARENCE JERRELD
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B55/10; A63B55/04; (IPC1-7): A63B55/10
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Primary Examiner:
BLAU, STEPHEN LUTHER
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Clarence Jerreld Baker (Jacksonville, FL, US)
Claims:

We claim:



1. A slender projection temporarily attached to the grip end of a golf club whereby when said projection is inserted into the ground, the inverted golf club is held in a vertical position.

2. A golf club vertical holder as defined in claim 1 wherein the slender projection is part of a holder that slips onto the grip end of a golf club and is retained thereon by the gripping action of the resilient expandable sectional sides of the holder.

3. A golf club vertical holder as defined in claim 1 wherein the slender projection is part of a holder that clips onto the grip end of a golf club and is retained thereon by the gripping action of the resilient grip holding arms of the holder.

4. A golf club vertical holder as defined in claim 1 wherein the slender projection is part of a holder that straps onto the grip end of a golf club and is retained thereon by the gripping action of the self adhereing overlaping straps of the holder.

Description:

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0001] Most golf courses impose golfcart restrictions between the “tee” and “green” These restrictions require the golfer to often carry two(2) or more golf clubs and walk to the golf ball. The golfer must then lay down, one or more golf clubs, on the ground(fairway) while the golf shot is being made with the selected golf club. Because the golf club is laying on the ground, sometimes in grass that partially obscures it, the golf club is temporarily forgotten and left behind. The purpose of the GOLF CLUB VERTICAL HOLDER is to keep a golf club in an upright(vertical) position such that it is readily visible and much less likely to be left behind after the golf shot is completed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING

[0002] FIG. 1 is a top plan view of one configuration for the invention.

[0003] FIG. 2 is a section view of the device shown in FIG. 1 as seen from A-A.

[0004] FIG. 3 is a top plan view of a second configuration for the invention.

[0005] FIG. 4 is a section view of the device shown in FIG.3 as seen from A-A.

[0006] FIG. 5 is a top plan view of a third configuration for the invention.

[0007] FIG. 6 is a section view of the device shown in FIG.5 as seen from A-A.

[0008] FIG. 7 is a fragmentary elevation view indicating single and multiple spike arrangements that could apply to any invention configuration.

[0009] FIG. 8 is a view indicating the manner of use of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0010] The club vertical holder shown in FIG. 1 and FIG.2 comprises generally an expandable sleeve 1 that slips onto the grip end of a golf club. The golf club is then inverted and the spike(s) 5 of the holder is pressed into the ground to hold the club in a vertical position. In FIG. 2, the flaring 2 of the top of the holder in conjunction with the expansion joints 3 provides for easy insertion of the club grip into the holder. Because golf club grips are tapered from the club shaft end toward the club head, as shown in FIG. 2, the holder diameter at the base 6 is larger than the diameter at the neck 7. This difference in holder neck and base diameters in conjunction with the expansions joints 3 provides the necessary gripping action between the holder and the club grip. After the golf club is retrived the holder can be easily removed and retained for future use. The clip 4, in FIG. 2, is formed by an extension of one of the flared sections of the holder for attachment to a golf bag. The club vertical holder, shown in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, can be made from various materials, e.g., plastics, rubber, polymers, fiber laminates or metal. The machine manufacturing process used would depend on the material selected, i.e., if plastics was selected, a mold would be made according to the dimensions shown on FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 and then either a hot or cold injection process would be utilized to produce the vertical holder.

[0011] A second variation of the club vertical holder is shown in FIG. 3 and FIG. 4 and in general clips onto the grip end of a golf club. The golf club is then inverted and the spike(s) 13 of the holder is pressed into the ground to hold the golf club in a vertical position. In FIG. 4, the clips or grip holding arms 9 and 10 are resilient in nature thereby providing a gripping action between the holder and the club grip and are attached or they are a formed part of the holder back element 11. The end of the club grip is positioned against the club vertical holder base 12. The tapered spike 13, shown in FIG. 4, is an integral part of the holder. After the golf club is retrived the holder can be easily removed and retained for future use. The club vertical holder can be made from various materials such as plastics, rubber, polymers, fiber laminates, metal or a combination of these materials. The club vertical holder can be made as parts and assembled or molded as a single unit.

[0012] Another variation of the club vertical holder is shown in FIG. 5 and FIG. 6 and in general straps onto the grip end of a golf club. The golf club is then inverted and the spike(s) 17 of the holder is pressed into the ground to hold the club in a vertical position. The vertical element 16 of the holder, shown in FIG. 6, is a partial extension and integral part of the spike 17 and serves as the supporting member for the self adhereing strap material 14 that overlaps to secure the club vertical holder to the golf club grip. One side of the self adhereing strap material, as shown in FIG. 5, is shorter than the other to provide for overlaping around the golf club grip. After the golf club is retrived the holder can be easily removed and retained for future use. The club vertical holder can be made from various materials and then assembled using an adhesive.

[0013] FIG. 7 is a partial elevation of three(3) golf clubs showing the club shafts 18, the club grips 19, the club vertical holders 20 and the club vertical holder spike(s) in the ground 21. The different spike configurations could be applied to any of the club vertical holder variations.

[0014] FIG. 8 is a projection of a golf course green 23 with pin 22 and sandtrap 25 surrounded by a grassed area. Also shown are golf clubs 24 utilizing the golf club vertical holder to keep them upright.

[0015] While three(3) specific embodiments of the invention have been shown and described herein, the same is merely illustrative of the principles of the invention and other forms may be resorted to within the scope of the appended claims.





 
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