Title:
Combination Roller Putter
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The combination roller putter is training device to help golfers in the act of putting. The combination roller putter incorporates wheels supported by axles supported by springs to assist in providing a putting stroke in a straight line predetermined by the golfer. Also incorporated into the invention is the ability to change the bottom plate allowing the putter to become a traditional putter.



Inventors:
Massey, Kevin Todd (Littleton, CO, US)
Massey, Jay W. (Littleton, CO, US)
Application Number:
10/707750
Publication Date:
07/14/2005
Filing Date:
01/08/2004
Assignee:
MASSEY KEVIN T.
MASSEY JAY W.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
473/340
International Classes:
A63B53/04; A63B69/36; (IPC1-7): A63B53/04
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Primary Examiner:
CHAMBERS, MICHAEL S
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MILLENNIUM GROUP HOLDINGS, INC. (LITTLETON, CO, US)
Claims:
1. A combination roller putter is a golf club adapted for putting a golf ball generally on a putting surface used for aiding in the act of putting. Said club is generally conforming with standard mallet type putters with the exception on having chambers within to house non standard moving parts. The club consists of a putter head attached to a golf club shaft held within a golf club grip. The golf club head consists of, and is not limited to, wheels, axles, springs, a plate, counter set screws, wheels exposed plates or wheels covered plates, wheel chambers, spring chambers and axle chambers.

2. The combination roller putter as described in claim 1, wherein said shaft means a generally tubular shaft that is attached within said putter head.

3. The combination roller putter as described in claim 1, wherein said chambers include one each for housing two axles, two wheels and four flat type springs. Said housings are chamber like cavities housed within said putter head and only accessible from the bottom side of said putter head.

4. The combination roller putter as described in claim 1, wherein said wheels, axles and springs are assembled within said chambers and are parallel with the putting surface and rotate freely in either direction within the wheels directional position.

5. The combination roller putter as described in claim 2, wherein said wheels, axles and springs are accessible from the bottom side of said putter head. The bottom side of said putter head has a choice of plates that keep said components housed within said putter head.

6. The combination roller putter as described in claim 1, wherein said counter set screws attach said wheels exposed bottom plate and wheels covered bottom plate.

Description:

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

In accordance with this invention, provided is a combination training device and actual playing device to aid in the process of putting a golf ball. This invention incorporates a construction which provides an avenue to accurately maintain a consistent putting stroke during practice, actual golfing rounds and tournaments. This is achieved by housing 2 cylindrical shapes mounted within the putter head supported by spring like mechanisms, also mounted within the putter head, to allow the putter to brush a surface lightly, enabling the putter to continue toward the ball in a perpendicular fashion, and parallel to the ground. With this invention, the subject using the invention can acquire a swinging motion with their arms that will enable the muscles to “remember”, thus enabling one to continually strike a golf ball in a manner conducive to playing better. The invention will also incorporate a plate that can be attached to the under side of the invention to allow for no moving parts, which conforms to USGA rules.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1. is a front view of a combination roller putter of the present invention;

FIG. 2. is a fragmentary front view of a combination roller putter of the present invention;

FIG. 3. is a fragmentary side view of a combination roller putter of the present invention;

FIG. 4. is a fragmentary side view of a combination roller putter of the present invention in a modified form thereof;

FIG. 5. is a bottom view of a combination roller putter of the present invention;

FIG. 6. is a bottom view of a combination roller putter of the present invention in the same modified form thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Referencing the drawings, in FIG. 1 there is shown a golf club commonly referred to as a “putter” now referred to as the combination roller putter with a head 1 connected to a shaft 3 protruding from the top side of the head 1. A putter head 1 is shown in a typical configuration, having a bottom side which is parallel to the ground and a face 4 that is particularly flat in nature. A typical putter head is of a general overall size and shape as would be permissible pursuant to the rules and regulations of the USGA, or as is currently commonly available. Referring now to FIG. 2, a fragmented front view of the combination roller putter head 1 is shown. Most specifically depicted is the relationship between the head 1, the wheels 2, the springs 5, and the axles 6 which are all located behind the face 4. As depicted in FIG. 2, the head 1 is supported by axles 6 which in turn are mounted through wheels 2 which in turn are supported by springs 5. When the wheels 2 come into contact with the ground, the axles 6 are supported by individual springs 5 which give resistance, move individually and allow the wheels 2 to roll along the ground. In FIG. 3. is a fragmented side view of the combination roller putter showing how the putter head 1 fully contains a wheel chamber 10, an axle chamber 11, a spring chamber 12, wheels exposed bottom plate 7, one wheel 2, an axle to hold wheel 6 and a spring 5. This view further details the relationship between the wheel 2 and the wheel chamber 10. The wheel chamber 10 allows the wheel 2 to rotate freely with no resistance in regard to the putter head 1. The wheel 2 can also move freely in a horizontal fashion due to having an axle 6 supported by springs 5 and having an axle chamber 11. The axle chamber 11 allows the axle 6 to move horizontally with minor resistance from the axle chamber 11 and is supported by a spring 5, allowing the wheel 2 to move horizontally with the ground. The spring chamber 12 allows the spring to also move horizontally supporting the axle 6 and providing resistance. FIG. 4. has the same fragmented side view of the combination roller putter as FIG. 3, but with one minor modification. The wheels exposed bottom plate 7 can be replaced with a wheels covered bottom plate 9. This modification will occasionally be required when the putter is being used in a USGA sanctioned event requiring no moving parts in relation to the putter. FIG. 5 is a bottom view of the combination roller putter showing the putter head 1, the counter set screw 8, the wheels exposed bottom plate 7 and the wheels 2. This view demonstrates how the wheels 2 can extend outward from the putter head 1. This view also provides a view of how the bottom plate is held in position. FIG. 6 is the same bottom view of the combination roller putter as in FIG. 5 with one minor modification. In this view, the wheels exposed bottom plate 7 is replaced with the wheels covered bottom plate 9. This is easily achieved by removing the counter set screws 8, removing the wheels exposed bottom plate 7, removing the wheels exposed bottom plate 7, replacing with the wheels covered bottom plate 9 and reinserting the counter set screws 8. FIG. 7 is a top of the combination roller putter revealing that the wheels 2 do not protrude through the top of the putter head 1. Nor do the wheel chambers 10, axle chambers 11 or the spring chambers 12 extend through the top of the putter head 1.