Title:
Golf bag accessory systems
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A golf bag accessory system for protecting the body and clothing of a person carrying a golf bag, comprising a pad with a cushioning, gripping first-side, and a low-friction, sliding second-side. The pad is attachable to the golf bag. The pad may comprise indicia, and indicia display business methods are also disclosed.



Inventors:
Griffith, John M. (Scottsdale, AZ, US)
Application Number:
10/844926
Publication Date:
11/18/2004
Filing Date:
05/12/2004
Assignee:
GRIFFITH JOHN M.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A45F3/12; A63B55/00; G06Q30/02; (IPC1-7): A45F3/14; A63B55/00
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Primary Examiner:
WEAVER, SUE A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Lodestar Patents, PLLC. (QUEEN CREEK, AZ, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A golf bag accessory system, relating to use during transport of a golf bag by a user of such golf bag, transporting a golf bag having at least one golf bag handle, relating to at least assisting minimizing of abrasion between at least one portion of the golf bag and at least one body contour portion of the user, comprising, in combination: a) pad means for padding between such at least one portion of the golf bag and the at least one body contour portion of the user; b) wherein said pad means comprises at least two opposing sides; c) wherein said at least two opposing sides comprise at least one first-side and at least one second-side; d) wherein said at least one first-side comprises cushion means for cushioning the at least one body contour portion of the user; e) wherein said cushion means comprises gripper means for gripping to the at least one body contour portion of the user; f) wherein said second-side comprises slider means for sliding between said second-side and such at least one portion of the golf bag; g) wherein said pad means comprises attacher means for attaching said pad means to the golf bag; h) wherein said pad means is attachable to the golf bag such that i) during transport of the golf bag by the user, said pad means is located between such at least one portion of the golf bag and the at least one body contour portion of the user, ii) such golf bag may swing with minimum friction against said second-side, and iii) said first-side may cushion on and grip to the at least one body contour portion of the user.

2. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 1, wherein said attacher means comprises golf-bag handle-attacher means for attaching said pad means to at least one handle of the golf bag.

3. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 1, wherein said attacher means comprises strap attacher means for attaching at least one strap to said pad means.

4. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 1, further comprising golf bag means for bagging golf equipment.

5. A golf bag accessory system, relating to use during transport of a golf bag by a user of such golf bag, transporting a golf bag having at least one golf bag handle, relating to at least assisting minimizing of abrasion between at least one portion of the golf bag and at least one body contour portion of the user, comprising, in combination: a) at least one pad to pad between such at least one portion of the golf bag and the at least one body contour portion of the user; b) wherein said at least one pad comprises at least two opposing sides; c) wherein said at least two opposing sides comprise at least one first-side and at least one second-side; d) wherein said at least one first-side comprises at least one cushion to cushion the at least one body contour portion of the user; e) wherein said at least one cushion comprises at least one gripper to grip to the at least one body contour portion of the user; f) wherein said at least one second-side comprises at least one slider to slide between said at least one second-side and such at least one portion of the golf bag; g) wherein said at least one pad comprises at least one attacher to attach said at least one pad to the golf bag; h) wherein said at least one pad is attachable to the golf bag such that i) during transport of the golf bag by the user, said at least one pad is located between such at least one portion of the golf bag and the at least one body contour portion of the user, ii) such golf bag may swing with minimum friction against said at least one second-side, and iii) said at least one first-side may cushion on and grip to the at least one body contour portion of the user.

6. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 5, wherein said at least one attacher comprises at least one golf-bag handle-attacher to attach said at least one pad to at least one handle of the golf bag.

7. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 5, wherein said at least one attacher comprises at least one strap.

8. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 7, wherein said at least one strap comprises at least one hook-and-loop material.

9. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 7, wherein said at least one strap comprises at least one buckle.

10. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 5, wherein said at least one attacher comprises at least one strap attacher to attach at least one strap to said at least one pad.

11. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 10, wherein said at least one strap attacher comprises at least one strap attachment point to attach said at least, one strap to said at least one strap attacher on at least one point.

12. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 5, wherein at least one of said at least two opposing sides comprise indicia.

13. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 5, wherein said at least one slider comprises at least one plastic.

14. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 5, wherein said at least one cushion comprises at least one foam.

15. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 5, wherein said at least one gripper comprises at least one texture.

16. The golf bag accessory system, according to claim 5, further comprising at least one golf bag to bag golf equipment.

17. An indicia display system, relating to at least one indicia displaying pad, wherein such indicia displaying pad is attached to at least one golf bag, comprising, in combination, the steps of: a) selecting at least one indicia; b) preparing pad manufacturing specifications for at least one pad having such at least one indicia; i) wherein such at least one pad is attachable to at least one golf bag and is adapted to ride between at least one body contour of at least one user and such at least one golf bag; c) selecting at least one marketing outlet for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia; d) contracting with at least one manufacturer to manufacture and ship such at least one pad having such at least one indicia to such at least one marketing outlet; e) receiving from such at least one marketing outlet at least one request for shipment of such at least one pad having such at least one indicia; f) requesting such at least one manufacturer ship such at least one pad having such at least one indicia to such at least one marketing outlet; g) receiving from such at least one marketing outlet at least one payment for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia delivered to such at least one marketing outlet; and h) paying such at least one manufacturer for such shipped at least one pad having such at least one indicia.

18. The indicia display system, according to claim 17, further comprising the step of paying at least one indicia owner royalties for licensing such at least one indicia.

19. An indicia display system, relating to at least one indicia displaying pad, wherein such indicia displaying pad is attached to a golf bag, comprising, in combination, the steps of: a) selecting at least one indicia owner having ownership of at least one indicia; b) contracting with such at least one indicia owner for rights to display such at least one indicia on at least one pad; i) wherein such at least one pad is attachable to at least one golf bag and is adapted to ride between at least one body contour of at least one user and such at least one golf bag; c) contracting with at least one manufacturer to manufacture and ship such at least one pad having such at least one indicia; d) preparing pad manufacturing specifications for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia; e) requesting such at least one manufacturer to ship such at least one pad having such at least one indicia to such at least one indicia owner; f) receiving from such at least one indicia owner at least one payment for,such at least one pad having such at least one indicia delivered to such at least one indicia owner; and g) paying such at least one manufacturer for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia.

20. The indicia display system, according to claim 19, further comprising the step of paying such at least one indicia owner royalties for licensing such at least one indicia.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] The present application claims priority of prior U.S. provisional application Serial No. 60/471,421, filed May 16, 2003, entitled “PROTECTION SYSTEM”, the contents of which are incorporated herein by this reference and are not admitted to be prior art with respect to the present invention by the mention in this cross-reference section.

BACKGROUND

[0002] This invention relates to golf bag accessory systems. More particularly, this invention relates to providing systems for improved protection against abrasion caused by a golf bag. Typically, golfers carry their golf clubs or hire persons, such as caddies, to carry their golf bag as they walk a golf course from golf hole to golf hole. Such golf bags are typically carried by a shoulder strap such that the golf bag tends to have a swinging motion as the golf bag user walks. This swinging motion of the golf bag causes a brushing action that tends to abrade against the golf bag user's hip and wear through the golf bag user's clothes.

OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION

[0003] A primary object and feature of the present invention is to provide a system for protecting the user of a golf bag from abrasion by attaching to the golf bag a pad which hangs between the golf bag and a body contour portion of the user, protecting the user and his clothing.

[0004] Another object and feature of the present invention is to provide such a system capable of reducing the friction of the pad on the golf bag, which assists the pad in gripping to the user. Another object and feature of the present invention is to provide such a system capable of cushioning the golf bag user's body from the golf bag. Another object and feature of the present invention is to provide such a system capable of convenient attachment to the golf bag. Another object and feature of the present invention is to provide such a system malleable to the contour portion of the user's body. Another object and feature of the present invention is to provide such a system capable of displaying indicia.

[0005] A further object and feature of the invention is to provide methods of displaying indicia. A further object and feature of the present invention is to provide methods of manufacturing, distributing, and displaying systems having indicia.

[0006] A further primary object and feature of the present invention is to provide such a system that is efficient, inexpensive, and handy. Other objects and features of this invention will become apparent with reference to the following descriptions.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0007] In accordance with a preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a golf bag accessory system, relating to use during transport of a golf bag by a user of such golf bag, transporting a golf bag having at least one golf bag handle, relating to at least assisting minimizing of abrasion between at least one portion of the golf bag and at least one body contour portion of the user, comprising, in combination: pad means for padding between such at least one portion of the golf bag and the at least one body contour portion of the user; wherein such pad means comprises at least two opposing sides; wherein such at least two opposing sides comprise at least one first-side and at least one second-side; wherein such at least one first-side comprises cushion means for cushioning the at least one body contour portion of the user; wherein such cushion means comprises gripper means for gripping to the at least one body contour portion of the user; wherein such second-side comprises slider means for sliding between such second-side and such at least one portion of the golf bag; wherein such pad means comprises attacher means for attaching such pad means to the golf bag; wherein such pad means is attachable to the golf bag such that during transport of the golf bag by the user, such pad means is located between such at least one portion of the golf bag and the at least one body contour portion of the user, such golf bag may swing with minimum friction against such second-side, and said first-side may cushion on and grip to the at least one body contour portion of the user.

[0008] Moreover, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, wherein such attacher means comprises golf-bag handle-attacher means for attaching such pad means to at least one handle of the golf bag. Additionally, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, wherein such attacher means comprises strap attacher means for attaching at least one strap to such pad means. Also, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, further comprising golf bag means for bagging golf equipment.

[0009] In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a golf bag accessory system, relating to use during transport of a golf bag by a user of such golf bag, transporting a golf bag having at least one golf bag handle, relating to at least assisting minimizing of abrasion between at least one portion of the golf bag and at least one body contour portion of the user, comprising, in combination: at least one pad to pad between such at least one portion of the golf bag and the at least one body contour portion of the user; wherein such at least one pad comprises at least two opposing sides; wherein such at least two opposing sides comprise at least one first-side and at least one second-side; wherein such at least one first-side comprises at least one cushion to cushion the at least one body contour portion of the user; wherein such at least one cushion comprises at least one gripper to grip to the at least one body contour portion of the user; wherein such at least one second-side comprises at least one slider to slide between such at least one second-side and such at least one portion of the golf bag; wherein such at least one pad comprises at least one attacher to attach such at least one pad to the golf bag; wherein such at least one pad is attachable to the golf bag such that during transport of the golf bag by the user, such at least one pad is located between such at least one portion of the golf bag and the at least one body contour portion of the user, such golf bag may swing with minimum friction against such at least one second-side, and said at least one first-side may cushion on and grip to the at least one body contour portion of the user.

[0010] In addition, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, wherein such at least one attacher comprises at least one golf-bag handle-attacher to attach such at least one pad to at least one handle of the golf bag. And, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, according to Claim 5, wherein such at least one attacher comprises at least one strap. Further, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, wherein such at least one strap comprises at least one hook-and-loop material. Even further, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, wherein such at least one strap comprises at least one buckle.

[0011] Moreover, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, wherein such at least one attacher comprises at least one strap attacher to attach at least one strap to such at least one pad. Additionally, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, wherein such at least one strap attacher comprises at least one strap attachment point to attach such at least one strap to such at least one strap attacher on at least one point. Also, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, wherein at least one of such at least two opposing sides comprise indicia. In addition, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, according to Claim 5, wherein such at least one slider comprises at least one plastic. And, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, according to Claim 5, wherein such at least one cushion comprises at least one foam. Further, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, wherein such at least one gripper comprises at least one texture. Even further, it provides such a golf bag accessory system, further comprising at least one golf bag to bag golf equipment.

[0012] In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides an indicia display system, relating to at least one indicia displaying pad, wherein such indicia displaying pad is attached to at least one golf bag, comprising, in combination, the steps of: selecting at least one indicia; preparing pad manufacturing specifications for at least one pad having such at least one indicia; wherein such at least one pad is attachable to at least one golf bag and is adapted to ride between at least one body contour of at least one user and such at least one golf bag; selecting at least one marketing outlet for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia; contracting with at least one manufacturer to manufacture and ship such at least one pad having such at least one indicia to such at least one marketing outlet; receiving from such at least one marketing outlet at least one request for shipment of such at least one pad having such at least one indicia; requesting such at least one manufacturer ship such at least one pad having such at least one indicia to such at least one marketing outlet; receiving from such at least one marketing outlet at least one payment for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia delivered to such at least one marketing outlet; and paying such at least one manufacturer for such shipped at least one pad having such at least one indicia.

[0013] Even further, it provides such an indicia display system, further comprising the step of paying at least one indicia owner royalties for licensing such at least one indicia.

[0014] In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides an indicia display system, relating to at least one indicia displaying pad, wherein such indicia displaying pad is attached to a golf bag, comprising, in combination, the steps of: selecting at least one indicia owner having ownership of at least one indicia; contracting with such at least one indicia owner for rights to display such at least one indicia on at least one pad; wherein such at least one pad is attachable to at least one golf bag and is adapted to ride between at least one body contour of at least one user and such at least one golf bag; contracting with at least one manufacturer to manufacture and ship such at least one pad having such at least one indicia; preparing pad manufacturing specifications for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia; requesting such at least one manufacturer to ship such at least one pad having such at least one indicia to such at least one indicia owner; receiving from such at least one indicia owner at least one payment for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia delivered to such at least one indicia owner; and paying such at least one manufacturer for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia.

[0015] Even further, it provides such a indicia display system, further comprising the step of paying such at least one indicia owner royalties for licensing such at least one indicia.

[0016] Further, this invention provides each and every novel feature, element, combination, step and/or method disclosed or suggested by this provisional patent application.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0017] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a golf bag accessory system, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0018] FIG. 2 is a top view, partially in section, of the golf bag accessory system, according to FIG. 1, illustrating a pelvic cross-section of the user.

[0019] FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the second-side of the pad of the golf bag accessory system, according to FIG. 1.

[0020] FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the second-side of the pad of the golf bag accessory system, according to FIG. 1.

[0021] FIG. 5 is a side view of the second-side of the pad of the golf bag accessory system, according to FIG. 1.

[0022] FIG. 6 is a side view of the first-side of the pad of the golf bag accessory system, according to FIG. 1.

[0023] FIG. 7 is a sectional view through section 7-7 of FIG. 5.

[0024] FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the indicia display system, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0025] FIG. 9 is a perspective view of the second-side of a pad according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0026] FIG. 10 is a side view of the first-side of the pad according to FIG. 9.

[0027] FIG. 11 is a top view of the pad according to FIG. 9.

[0028] FIG. 12 is a diagrammatic view of a system and method for making and selling pads, comprising indicia, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE BEST MODES AND PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION

[0029] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a golf bag accessory system 100 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the golf bag accessory system 100 for a golf bag user 102 comprises a golf bag 104 and a pad 106 (at least embodying herein pad means for padding between such at least one portion of the golf bag and the at least one body contour portion of the user; and at least embodying herein at least one pad to pad between such at least one portion of the golf bag and the at least one body contour portion of the user), wherein the pad 106 hangs between the user 102 and the golf bag 104, as shown, protecting the user 102 from the abrasion of the swinging golf bag 104 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one pad is attachable to at least one golf bag and is adapted to ride between at least one body contour of at least one user and such at least one golf bag). Preferably, the golf bag 104 is of the type comprising at least one golf bag handle 105, to be utilized in attaching the pad 106 to the golf bag 104.

[0030] FIG. 2 is a top view, partially in section, of the golf bag accessory system 100 according to FIG. 1, illustrating a pelvic cross-section of the user 102. Preferably, the pad 106 is designed to rest between the golf bag 104 and the contour portion 107 of the user 102. Preferably, the pad 106 is designed to be positioned with a first-side 108 facing the user 102, and a second-side 112 (at least embodying herein wherein such pad means comprises at least two opposing sides; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one pad comprises at least two opposing sides; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least two opposing sides comprise at least one first-side and at least one second-side; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least two opposing sides comprise at least one first-side and at least one second-side) facing the golf bag 104 (at least embodying herein golf bag means for bagging golf equipment; and at least embodying herein at least one golf bag to bag golf equipment), as shown. Preferably, the pad 106, in use, covers the contour portion 107 of the user 102 where the golf bag 104 (if carried over the shoulder) would abrade. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering issues such as changes in golf bag dimensions, golf bag carrying styles, golf bag apparel, etc., other pad 106 positions, such as for example, the lower back of the user 102, the buttocks of the user, etc., may suffice.

[0031] FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the second-side 112 of the pad 106 of the system 100 according to FIG. 1. Preferably, the pad 106 comprises an attacher 110 (at least embodying herein wherein such pad means comprises attacher means for attaching such pad means to the golf bag; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one pad comprises at least one attacher to attach such at least one pad to the golf bag). Preferably, the pad 106 comprises an attacher 110 for attaching the pad 106 to the golf bag 104, as shown, by attaching the pad 106 to the golf bag handle 105. Preferably, the attacher 110 comprises at least one strap 111. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering issues such as changes in golfer apparel, golf bag materials, golf bag dimensions, cost, etc., other attachers 110, such as for example, strapless, sewn-on to the golf bag, attached to the user, etc., may suffice.

[0032] FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the second-side 112 of the pad 106 of the system 100 according to FIG. 1. Preferably, the attacher 110 comprises two straps, first strap 111 and second strap 113, as shown. Preferably, the first strap 111 and the second strap 113 are sewn into the top 115 of the pad 106, as shown. More preferably, first strap 111 and second strap 113 are securely sewn about 0.5 inches into the top 115 of the pad 106. Preferably, straps 111 and 113 are parallel such that the first strap 111 and second strap 113 are sewn into the top 115 of the pad 106 a preferred distance A apart, as shown, preferably about 4 inches apart.

[0033] Preferably, the attacher 110 comprises a hook-and-loop material 114. Preferably, the hook-and-loop material 114 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one strap comprises at least one hook-and-loop material) comprises Velcro®. Preferably, about 1 inch by about 10 inches of Velcro® is applied to the first strap 111; and about 1 inch by about 10 inches of Velcro® is applied to the second strap 113. Preferably, enough strap length is provided for the first strap 111 and second strap 113 to wrap over and back under the golf bag handle 105 such that each of first strap 111 and second strap 113 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one attacher comprises at least one strap) can hook to themselves, as demonstrated in FIG. 1. Preferably, the first strap 111 and second strap 113 can be adjusted by the user 102 so that the pad 106 does not hang too high above or below the contour portion 107 of the user 102. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering issues such as changes in golf bag appearance, golf bag materials, golf bag dimensions, styles, cost, etc., other adjustments to the straps 111 and 113, such as for example, snaps, buckles, hooks, hook-and-loop material golf bags, criss-crossed straps, etc., may suffice.

[0034] FIG. 5 is a side view of the second-side 112 of the pad 106 of the system 100 according to FIG. 1. Preferably, pad 106 covers the entire area of contact between golf bag 104 and user 102. More preferably, the pad 106 is substantially elliptical, as shown. More preferably, the pad 106 comprises a width B of about 7.5 inches, and a length C of about 11 inches, as shown.

[0035] Preferably, the second-side 112 comprises a slider 116 (at least embodying herein wherein such second-side comprises slider means for sliding between such second-side and such at least one portion of the golf bag; and at least embodying wherein such at least one second-side comprises at least one slider to slide between such at least one second-side and such at least one portion of the golf bag). Preferably, the slider 116 reduces friction and promotes sliding between the golf bag 104 and the pad 106. Preferably, the second-side 112 comprises a slider 116, which is sewn into the second-side 112. Preferably, slider 116 is sewn into the second-side 112 by stitching around the edge of the slider 116, into the second-side 112. Preferably, the slider 116 is about a 6.5 inch by about 10.0 inch ellipse. Preferably, the slider 116 is stitched into the second-side 112 such that it forms about a 6.5 inch by about 10.0 inch elliptical pattern into the second-side 112. Preferably, the slider 116 comprises plastic. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering issues such as materials technology, changes in the cost of materials, changes in styles, disinterest in reduced friction on the golf bag 104, etc., other materials, such as for example, fabrics, metals, non-plastics, etc., and other shapes, such as for example, circular, dimpled, grooved, etc., may suffice.

[0036] FIG. 6 is a side view of the first-side 108 of the pad 106 of the system 100 according to FIG. 1. Preferably, all surface areas of the system 100 comprise indicia 118. More preferably, the first-side 108 and the second-side 112 comprise indicia 118. Most preferably, the first-side 108 comprises indicia 118. Preferably, the indicia 118 comprises school logos. Preferably, the indicia 118 comprises school slogans. Preferably, the indicia 118 comprises the names of golf tournament sponsors. Preferably, the indicia 118 comprises the names of any golf-related entities. Most preferably, the indicia 118 comprises advertisements.

[0037] FIG. 7 is a section view through section 7-7 of FIG. 5. Preferably, the pad 106 comprises a cushion 122 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one first-side comprises cushion means for cushioning the at least one body contour portion of the user; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one first-side comprises at least one cushion to cushion the at least one body contour portion of the user), which cushions the impact on the user 102 of the swinging golf bag 104. Preferably, the cushion 122 conforms to the contour portion 107 of the user 102. Preferably, the cushion 122 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one-cushion comprises at least one foam) comprises foam. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering issues such as changes in technology, cost, golf bag designs, golfing fashion, etc., other cushioning methods, such as for example, rubber, air, non-foam, etc., may suffice.

[0038] Preferably, the first-side 108 comprises a gripper 124 (at least embodying herein wherein such cushion means comprises gripper means for gripping to the at least one body contour portion of the user; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one cushion comprises at least one gripper to grip to the at least one body contour portion of the user). Preferably, the gripper 124 comprises a material for gripping to the contour portion 107 of the user 102. Preferably, the gripper 124 comprises a high-friction material, such as, for example, rubber. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering issues such as changes in technology, cost, style, golfers' preference, etc., other grippers, such as for example, a textured surface, a gripping substance, non-gripping materials, etc., may suffice.

[0039] FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the indicia display system, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. According to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the golf bag 104 is preferably left sitting upright when not being carried by the user 102. Preferably, the pad 106 hangs from the golf bag handle 105 (at least embodying herein wherein such attacher means comprises golf-bag handle-attacher means for attaching such pad means to at least one handle of the golf bag; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one attacher comprises at least one golf-bag handle-attacher to attach such at least one pad to at least one handle of the golf bag), with the second-side 112 facing the golf bag 104, and the first-side 108 facing away from the golf bag 104. Preferably, the first side 108 comprises indicia 118, such that the indicia 118 is on public display.

[0040] FIG. 9 is a perspective view of the first-side of the pad 906 of the golf bag accessory system 100 according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, golf bag accessory system 100 comprises pad 906. Preferably, pad 906 comprises attachment system 110, first side 908, second side 912, slider 916, and cushion 922.

[0041] Preferably, attachment system 110 comprises first strap 911, second strap 913, adjustable buckles 914, and strap attacher 912. Preferably, first strap 911 and second strap 913 attach to golf bag handle 105 with adjustable buckles 914 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one strap comprises at least one buckle), substantially as shown and described in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2. Preferably, first strap 911 and second strap 913 attach to strap attacher 912 (at least embodying herein wherein such attacher means comprises strap attacher means for attaching at least one strap to such pad means; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one attacher comprises at least one strap attacher to attach at least one strap to such at least one pad) at any of several selectable attachment points 926 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one strap attacher comprises at least one strap attachment point to attach such at least one strap to such at least one strap attacher on at least one point), permitting user adjustability. Preferably, strap attacher 912 is securely fastened to the top 915 of pad 906. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, etc., other attachment systems, such as attaching to the user's clothing, hanging from the user's belt, elastic straps attached to the golf bag, etc., may suffice.

[0042] Preferably, second side 912 comprises hard plastic, preferably polypropylene. Preferably, slider 916 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one slider comprises at least one plastic) comprises hard plastic, more preferably transparent hard plastic. Preferably, slider 916 is attached to second side 912 with slider attachers 917, such as, for example, rivets, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, etc., other arrangements, such as other slider attachers, absence of slider and slider attachers, other materials, etc., may suffice.

[0043] FIG. 10 is a side view of the first-side 908 of the pad 906 according to FIG. 9. Preferably, first-side 908 comprises cushion 922. Preferably, the first-side 908 comprises gripper 924. Preferably, the gripper 924 comprises a material for gripping to the contour portion 107 of the user 102. Preferably, the gripper 924 comprises a high-friction material, such as, for example, rubber. More preferably, gripper 924 comprises texture 925 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one gripper comprises at least one texture) to enhance the grip of gripper 924. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering issues such as changes in technology, cost, style, golfers' preference, etc., other grippers, such as for example, a textured surface, a gripping substance, non-gripping materials, etc., may suffice.

[0044] FIG. 11 is a top view of the pad according to FIG. 9. Preferably, pad 906 has an arced shape to conform to the contour portion 107 of the user 102. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, shape of user, etc., other shapes, such as larger or smaller, larger or smaller arcs, etc., may suffice.

[0045] FIG. 12 is a diagrammatic view of a system and method for making and selling pads 106, comprising indicia 118, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, applicant 101 identifies manufacturers capable of both producing pad 106, and printing out indicia 118, for display on pad 106. Preferably, applicant 101 identifies manufacturers capable of producing the pads 106, and separate manufacturers capable of printing out indicia 118 for displaying on the pad 106.

[0046] Preferably, simultaneously, applicant 101 will select indicia 118 (at least embodying herein selecting at least one indicia) to be applied to pad 106. Preferably, simultaneously, applicant 101 may also contact indicia owners 202 and contract for a licensing agreement 204 whereby indicia owner 202 agrees to purchase the pads 106 (at least embodying herein receiving from such at least one indicia owner at least one payment for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia delivered to such at least one indicia owner) with their own indicia 118 displayed on the pads 106. Preferably, applicant 101 may also contact indicia owners 202 (at least embodying herein selecting at least one indicia owner having ownership of at least one indicia) and contract for a licensing agreement 204 (at least embodying herein contracting with such at least one indicia owner for rights to display such at least one indicia on at least one pad; and at least embodying herein the step of paying at least one indicia owner royalties for licensing such at least one indicia) whereby indicia owner 202 agrees to allow applicant 101 to sell pads 106, comprising indicia 118, to marketing outlets 201.

[0047] Preferably, the indicia 118 (at least embodying herein wherein at least one of such at least two opposing sides comprise indicia) comprises advertisements. Preferably, the indicia 118 comprises school logos. Preferably, the indicia 118 comprises school slogans. Preferably, the indicia 118 comprises the names of golf tournament sponsors. Preferably, the indicia 118 comprises the names of any golf-related entities. Preferably, through examination and research, applicant 101 determines the preferred specifications 208 of each pad 106, such as dimensions, color, materials, and method of attachment to the pad 106. Preferably, applicant 101 will manufacture the pads 106 himself. Preferably, applicant 101 will identify and negotiate a contract 206 with a manufacturer 203 (at least embodying herein contracting with at least one manufacturer to manufacture and ship such at least one pad having such at least one indicia) capable of producing the pads 106 based on the orders 209, specifications and designs 208 (hereinafter referred to as “specifications 208”) provided by the applicant 101.

[0048] Preferably, the specifications 208 (at least embodying herein preparing pad manufacturing specifications for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia) will include indicia sizes, colors, and text. Preferably, at the conclusion of contract negotiations, applicant 101 will provide manufacturer 103 the specifications 208, estimated production quantities, and estimated delivery dates of the pads 106 to a marketing outlet 201. Preferably, applicant 101 will solicit orders from marketing outlets 201 (at least embodying herein selecting at least one marketing outlet for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia) for the pad 106. Preferably, applicant 101 will solicit marketing outlets 201 that offer golfing products for sale. Applicant 101 will preferably receive purchase orders 220 (at least embodying herein receiving from such at least one marketing outlet at least one request for shipment of such at least one pad having such at least one indicia) from a variety of marketing outlets 201, specifying quantities of particular pad 106 and indicia 118, with desired delivery dates. On receipt of marketing outlet 201 purchase orders 220, applicant 101 will preferably provide specific production quantities of particular pad 106, indicia 118, and desired delivery dates (at least embodying herein requesting such at least one manufacturer ship such at least one pad having such at least one indicia to such at least one marketing outlet).

[0049] Finally, marketing outlets 201 will preferably remit payment to applicant 101 on receipt of the pad 106 (at least embodying herein receiving from such at least one marketing outlet at least one payment for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia delivered to such at least one marketing outlet). In turn, applicant 101 will preferably remit payment 210 (at least embodying herein paying such at least one manufacturer for such at least one pad having such at least one indicia) to manufacturer 203 on confirmation of delivery to either specified marketing outlets 201 or indicia owner 202. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, persons of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering issues such as cost, credit, marketing, distance, etc., alternate ordering methods, payment methods, sequences of steps, etc., may suffice. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, persons of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering issues such as cost, convenience, efficiency, etc., alternate preferred forms of marketing distribution including, but not limited to, e-commerce through the Internet, television-based home shopping, catalog orders, mail orders, etc., may suffice.

[0050] Although applicant has described applicant's preferred embodiments of this invention, it will be understood that the broadest scope of this invention includes such modifications as diverse shapes and sizes and materials. Such scope is limited only by the below claims as read in connection with the above specification.

[0051] Further, many other advantages of applicant's invention will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art from the above descriptions and the below claims.





 
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