US 1414012 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
D. W. FLINT.
GOLF STROKE GUIDING DEVICE.
APPLICATION FILED JAN. I3, I92I.'
lAmmlzw I Patented Apr. 25, I922.
UNITED surges PATENT OFFICE.
D'U'I'EE W. FLINT, O F GRANS'ION, RHODE ISLAND.
To all whom it concern:
Be it known that I, DU'IEE W. FLINT, a
. citizen of the United States, residing at the device for golf players; and has for its ob-' ject to provide a simple device which may be readily attached to the arm of a player, to
extend across the elbow joint for the purpose of supporting, stifi'emng and preventing the arm from bending beyond a predetermined limit while swinging a club in the execution 'of a golf stroke.
With these and other objects in ,view, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction, as will be more fully described, and particularly pointed out in the appended claims. 7 In the accompanying drawings:
Figure 1 is a perspective view illustrating my improved device as attached to an-arm of the player.
Fi re 2 is aperspective view illustrating t e stiffening member removed from the players arm and from its usual casing, and 80.
showing a simplified means by which this member may be secured in operative position to the arm of the player.
Figure 3 is a perspective view illustrating. the preferred form of band or casing in which the stifl'ening member iscarried to be. readily secured to the arm of the player.
Figure 4 illustrates the action of the plate upon the arm of the wearer in resisting the bending action of the arm while making a golf stroke. 1
It is found in playing a ame of golf particularly by beginners and others who are not experienced in the handling of golf clubs, that the tendency of the vplayer is to bend the left or guiding arm at the elbow excessively, which bendlng action serves to shorten the swinging stroke of the arm and causes the club to slice or engage the ball' 0 0 cated at 12, in dotted hnes, m Figure 2, but preferably provide a flexible band 13, as
above instead of below its center, thus rendering the stroke imperfect. To remedy this difiiculty it is-impressed upon the player that he must hold his left arm practically rigid at the elbow, which while'under tension of making a stroke, is found to be quite diflicult with the majority. of players. To
obviate this difiiculty I have provided a arm portions immediately above and Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Apr, 25,. 1922.
Application filed January 18, 1921. Serial No. 486,968.
brace or. support which may be readily attached to the arm of the player for positlvely preventing the bending of the arm at the elbow' beyond a predetermined limit thus giving greater accuracy to'the stroke and controlling more perfectly the direction and dismaterial such as metal or wood or the like,
tance imparted to the ball. The following is the same being preferably of a length to extend across the elbow joint and engagjs the elow the j oint-that is, it is not necessary in order to produce the desired efi'ect to employ a bar or stifi'ening member which is anywhere near as long as the arm of the player. This stifi'ening member is preferably slightly curved in the direction of its length to conform somewhat to the desired'curvature of the armand is also curved slightly in cross section to conform somewhat to the natural contour of the arm. I have also turned or rolled upthe ends 11 of the bar or strip to prevent abrading or injuring the arm Where these ends contact therewith.-
It is found in practice that the end portions of the stiffening member exert a pressure due to the tension of the muscles while resisting the bending tendency of the arm, as illustrated in Figure 4, during the time theplayer is learning, but soon this slight pressure of the ends of the bar upon the arm teaches the player the required position and I after a short time when he has-learned the lesson be automatically holds the arm in the' correct position to make an accurate stroke and in this position the device serves as no impediment whatever to hisfull and free action. a
' An suitable means may be employed-in securmg this stiffening member in position v on the arm such for instance as a pair of straps connected directly to the bar as indiillustrated in Figure 3, of leather, canvas or other material in which I have formed a position.
I may place this band beneath the outergarment so that it cannot be observed.
By the use hf my improved arm-brace it has been found that a driving stroke as well as other strokes may be made with much more accuracy and that the use of this device is a great assistance to the player in controlling his strokes in the game of golf.
The foregoing description is directedsolely towards the construction illilstrated, but I desire it to be understood that I reserve the privilege of resorting to all the mechanical changes to which the device is susoep-.
'tible, the invention being defined and limited only by the terms of the appended claims.
1. A golf stroke guiding device comprising a short relatively-rigid strip of material adapted to extend along the front or on that side of the arm opposite the elbow and across mergers the elbow joint; said -strip being curved slightly in the direction of its length to determine andlimit the bend of the arm said' strip-being also curved transversely to conform to the arm of the user and straps connected to said strip for, securing it to'the I I arm both above and below the joint.
2. A golf stroke guiding device comprising a flexible band for embracin the arm adjacent the elbow joint, a strip 0 relatively rigid material carried by said' band of a air length sufiicient to extend across the elbow joint and in a position to lay on the .inner side of the arm or on that side opposite ,to
the elbow, the ends of said strip being slightly rounded outwardly to prevent abrad ing the engaging portions of the arm, said strip being curved slightly in the direction of its length and also in the direction of its width and said band being provided with binding straps for securing said strip in po sition whereby'the inward bend of the'arm is controlled. a
In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.
nurse W. FLINT;