US 1588038 A
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June 8 1926. 1,588,038
T. W. MILLER GOL'F TEE Filed May 27, 1922:
[22 vs'zzor Patented June 8, 1926.
UNITED sri t'r izs PATENT oFFIcE.
THOMAS W. MILLER, OF ASHLAND, OHIO, ASSIGNOR TO THE FAULTLESS RUBBER I COMPANY, OF ASHLAND, OHIO, A. CORPORATION \OF OHIO.
Application filed May 2 7, 1925. Serial No. 33,145.
My invention relates to golf tees and the principal object of my invention is to pro- 'vide a new and improved device .of th1s type. In the drawings accompanying this specification and forming a part thereof, I
have shown, for purposes of illustration, one form which my invention may assume. In these drawin'gs:
Figure 1 is a general view showing this form of my invention in position in the ground and supporting a golf ball ready or driving, while Figure 2 is a detail view of this form of' my invention showing the head thereof in section. v
The teeiherein shown comprises an enlarged head 11, having its upper face 12 concaved to receive the golf ball 13, 'anda shank 14, adapted to be inserted into the i ground and having its lower end 15 pointed served if the head 11 is of a material which will yield when tipped with a golf club.
To satisfy all these requirements, and
achieve low cost, I prefer to form the shank 14 of wood and the head 11 of soft rubber.
It is desirable not only that a tee of this type be supported firmly in the ground but also that when struck. by the golf cluli the tee tear the ground as little as possible, and also offer the minimum im edance to the club. To achieve this resu t I make the head and the shank as separateparts connected not only to firmly support the head on the shank but also to permit read disengagement of the head from the shan one connection accomplishing this result being that shown herein wherein the lower face With this construction I prefer to form the recess 16 but part Way through the head 11 to thus limit the insertion o the shank 14 into thehead 11 and thereby prevent projection of the shank 14 into the concavity of the upper face 12 of the head 11.
With such a tee it is entirely possible to drive the ball without striking the tee at all, or by merely tipping the flexible head of the tee, and under these circumstances the entire tee will of course remain in the ground undisturbed. More often, however,
the club strikes the tee with sufficient force to detach the head 11 from the shank 14,
and occasionally with suflicient force to tear the entire. tee from the ground. It is necessary, therefore, at one time or another, to
distinguish the shank 14 from the brown soil of the driving area, the head ll' from the grass .of the fairway, and the entire tee from either backlground. To facilitate this distinguishing prefer t6 form the shank 14 of a color clearly contrasting primarily with the brown of the soil but also with the fairway, and the head 11. of a different color clearly contrasting primarily with the green of the fairway and also with the brown of the soil, for example,
the shank red, and the head white, both as shown herein.
From the above description it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that I have provided a. new and improved tee, superlor partlcularly because of its separable construction and its color characteristics On the other hand, those skilled in the art will find in the embodiment of my invention illustrated herein advantages other than those specifically set forth, and will readily realize that this particular form of my invention may be variously changed and modified without sacrificingthese advantages or departing from the scope of my invention.
I It will be apparent, therefore, that this disclosure is illustrative only, and that my' invention is not limited thereto.
2. A golf tee comprising a shank formed to be inserted into the ground, and a head formed to support a golf ball and detachably connected to said shank, said head being of a color particularly distinguishable from the fairway, and said shank being of a color' particularly distinguishable from the ground of the driving area and readily distinguishable from the fairway.
3. A golf tee comprising a shank formed to be inserted into the ground, and a head formed to support a golf ball and detachably connected to said shank, said head be ing of a color particularly distinguishable from the fairway and readily distinguishable from the ound of the driving area, and said shank eing of a color particularly distinguishable ing area. 4. A golf tee comprising a shank formed .to be inserted into the ground, and a head formed to support a golf ball and detachably connected to said shank, said head being of a color particularly distinguishable from the fairway and readily distinguishable from the ground of the driving area, and said shank being of a color particularly distinguishable from the ground of the driving area and readily distinguishable from the fairway. v
In testimony whereof I hereunto aflix my signature.
from the ground of the driv- THOMAS W. MILLER.