Title:
Golf putting game with a uniquely shaped putting cup
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A golf putting game that will test a player or players skill while attempting to putt a ball on a floor like surface into a uniquely shaped putting cup. The player or players will take turns putting from one (1) of five (5) different hole location markers towards the uniquely shaped putting cup and receive a score according to the rules of play. Each hole location marker represents two (2) holes, except the 9th hole which is singular location marker. The game will include a score pad with columns for a player or players names, score per hole, distance between the hole location markers and the putting cup and a total score of the game for each player. Rules of Play and game set up sheet along with a golf ball and pencil are also included in the game package.



Inventors:
Rosen, John Morrison (Chatham, MA, US)
Application Number:
11/494003
Publication Date:
01/31/2008
Filing Date:
07/28/2006
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
473/162, 473/170, 473/180, 473/185
International Classes:
A63B69/36; A63B57/00; A63B67/02
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Primary Examiner:
GRAHAM, MARK S
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
JOHN MORRISON ROSEN (CHATHAM, MA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A golf putting game of skill comprising: A uniquely shaped golf putting cup approximately 6.00″ long by 4.25″ in dia. that is manufactured of a metal alloy similar to that of a regulation golf putting cup but being one half of a regulation golf cup. The putting cup will be 6.00″ long by half the circumference of a regulation golf putting cup. The randomly placed half cup will rest on the floor or a floor like surface and having an opening resembling a half circle and one end of the putting cup being the receptacle for receiving the golf ball in this game. The golf putting game will also include five (5) round, coaster like material, approximately 4″ in diameter by approximately 1/16″ thick hole location markers, where a player or players will putt from towards the putting cup. The hole location markers combine holes #1/5, holes #2/6, holes #3/7, holes #4/8 and hole #9 is a hole by itself. All hole location markers will be randomly placed on the floor prior to each game at the discretion of the player or players. A scoring pad comprising of a creative scoring system, going against current golf logic where as the high score wins not the low score, is included with each game. The score pad is clearly outlined for a player or players to imprint their name, score per hole, distance between hole location markers and putting cup and totals for each round enabling a player or players the option of recording their rounds scores. Rules of play will also be included with each game on a separate rules sheet and imprinted on the inside of each game box. A standard golf ball and small golf pencil will also be included with the above described golf putting game.

2. As mentioned in claim 1, the five (5) hole location markers will be randomly placed on the floor playing surface prior to the start of the game, giving a player or players unlimited location variation each time a game is played. The random location of the putting cup will also add additional variation to the game making every round different, whereas no two rounds will ever be exactly the same.

3. As mentioned in claim 1, the putting cup composite comprising of a metal alloy such as to give the player or players that realistic sound of a putt being made on an actual putting green when the ball comes into contact with the putting cup, thus adding to the games realism.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

I. Field of the Invention

The present invention is related to a golf putting game with a uniquely shaped putting cup. The invention is a putting game of skill whereas a player or players will in turn putt towards a randomly placed unique putting cup from one of the five randomly placed hole location markers trying to achieve the highest score according to the rule of play.

II. Description of Prior Art

As is known, there are other golf putting games and putting practicing devices in prior art that enable one to practice and enjoy the aspect of putting without actually being on a putting green. With that being said, golf putting devices and games do exist in golf related inventions, but none seems to be comprised of a realistic half putting cup, placed on its side, as the intended receiver of a golf ball. Combine that with a randomly placed nine hole course set prior to each game as where no two games would ever be exactly the same. Include a unique scoring system that goes against general golf logic, whereas the high score, not the low, wins. A scoring pad with columns for a player or players names, score per hole, total score for the game and the distance between the hole location markers and the putting cup enables said player or players to record their score if they choose to do so.

In these respects, the half putting cup game invention substantial difference from other designs and concepts of prior art, and provides a game of thrill and skill for most ages and interests.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the putting game being played

FIG. 2 is an angled front view of the golf putting cup

FIG. 3 is an angled back view of the golf putting cup

FIG. 4 is a side view of the golf putting cup, respectively both being the same

FIG. 5 are the hole location markers, five (5) total

FIG. 6 is the scoring sheet

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The invention is a golf putting game comprising a uniquely shaped putting cup that players will putt towards on a floor surface from randomly placed hole location markers and receive points according to the rules of play, then record their score on an included scoring pad. The unique shape of the putting cup, 6″ long by one half the circumference of 4.25″ closely resembling the shape of a half circle, a regulation golf putting cup is 6″ by 4.25″ in diameter, challenges the player or players every time a putt is attempted. The putting cup opening that will receive the ball will resemble a half circle when the putting cup is laid on a floor like surface. As with a real regulation golf putting cup, one end of the cup accepts the ball and the other is submerged into a golf putting green so is true with this putting cup, one end accepts the ball, the other end does not because of its unique structure. The putting cup set up will be placed with the ball accepting end towards the player or players. The putting cup will be randomly placed on the floor at the discretion of the player or players prior to the game.

The game includes five (5) hole location markers that a player or players will putt from towards the putting cup. The hole location markers, comprising of a coaster like material, will be approximately 4″ in diameter by 1/16″ thick and be place randomly on the floor like surface prior to the beginning of the game. The random locations of the hole location markers is at the discretion of the player or players prior to the beginning of the game. Four of the hole location marker will be printed with a series of holes as follows, Holes 1/4 one marker, holes 2/5 another marker, holes 3/6 another marker and holes 4/8 on another marker. Only the 9th hole location marker will be a individual hole.

The game also includes Rules of Play and a scoring pad enabling a player or players to record their score. The Rules of Play will also outline how the game is set up, putting cup, hole location markers, and how many points the player or players receive for certain putts. The games final components are a golf ball and a pencil.

As any golfer would know, no two putts are ever the same and that is among one of the objects of the present invention is trying to establish. All hole location markers will be placed on the floor prior to the game, at the discretion of the player or players, enabling the game unlimited variation in the in the games format. Presenting a challenge golfers are looking for in this inventive game.

Another object of the game is the ability to play the game almost anywhere, at home, at the office, on vacation and so on because of its relatively compact size, approximately 7″ by 4″ by 4″ in its box and weighing approximately 2 lbs.

Yet another object of the invention is the appeal to a wide age group, 5 years and older approximately, because of the simply rules of play, ease of set up, and easy to follow scoring method.

Yet another object of the invention is an excellent practice tool for any golfer interested in improving his or her putting skills due to the putting cup unique shape. Any player will see it takes just the right stroke, speed and direction, to get the ball to stay inside the putting cup, therefore closely simulating a real putting experience.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

FIG. 1 shows the golf putting game layout with a player 3 holding a putter 4 setting up the putt at one of five (5) randomly placed hole location markers 2. The player 3 is getting set to putt the ball 5 towards the golf putting cup 1. The golf putting cup 1 which has a ball receiving end, which FIG. 2 illustrates and a back end which FIG. 3 illustrates. The game setup as per The Rules of Play FIG. 7 begins with randomly placing the putting cup 1 on the floor or a floor like surface prior to the game at the discretion of the player or players. The game was designed to accommodate one or a plurality of players at anyone one time. The golf putting cup 1 random placement location will be the decision of the player or players prior to the beginning of the game. The hole location markers 2 are all different holes and are labeled as so in FIG. 5. The hole location markers 2 are also placed randomly on the floor prior to start of the game at the discretion of the player or players. The order in which the players start is at their discretion as well, but should be written on the scoring sheet FIG. 6 prior to the start of play in the order chosen by the players. The hole location markers 2 are all marked with corresponding holes, as shown in FIG. 5 guiding the player or players as to which hole to start the game and as to which hole to end said game. The player or players will stand approximately 12″ from each of the hole location markers 2 when it's their turn to putt at the golf putting cup 1. The Rules of Play FIG. 7 outlines the way the game is to be played and scored. Each player or players will get one shot per hole then mark their score on the scoring sheet FIG. 6. After a player has taken their shot at the golf putting cup 1 and marked their score on the scoring sheet FIG. 6, the next player will then retrieve the ball from the golf putting

cup 1 or its vicinity and take his or her shot from that same hole location marker towards the golf putting cup 1. This will be repeated until the player or players complete the course. The game consists of a nine (9) whole course. The scoring of the game is governed by The Rules of Play FIG. 7.

The scoring of the game is governed by The Rules of Play as followed:

    • 1. A player will receive 3 points when the ball enters the putting cup and stays entirely inside the cup with ball not visible looking straight down at the putting cup.
    • 2. A player will receive 2 points when the ball enters the putting cup, but if any part of the ball is visible looking straight down at the putting cup or is clearly outside the putting cup.
    • 3. A player will receive 1 point when the ball strikes any part of the putting cup.
    • 4. A player will receive 0 points if the ball misses the putting cup entirely.
    • 5. If a tie should accrue at the games conclusion the players will continue to play the 9th hole until the tie is broken.
    • 6. High score wins the game.

At a player or players discretion the game may be played in many different ways. The game can use no hole location markers, a few hole location markers, skip holes if so desired, move the putting cup and so on. The games format is very flexible and can be altered at the player or players discretion as so many combinations may be as exciting as the original format.

Those skilled in the art will obviously know that modifications made to the embodiment described herein will not depart from the scope of the present invention.