US 1611660 A
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J. MANLY Dec. 21,1926.
PUTTING GREEN 2 Sheets-Sheet l Dec. 21 1926.
J. MANLY PUTTING GREEN Filed July 26K -1926 2 Sheets-Sham 2 the looped pile surfaceof the Patented Dec. 21, 1926.
JOHN MANLY, OF LOUISVLLE, KENTUCKY.
Application med. July 2c,
This invention relates to an improvement in indoor putting greens.
An object of the invention is to provide a putting surface which will have, or as nearly as possible, the salue effect upon the ball in its travel, as .the shortl grass of a natural green.
The invention' consists ofv a fabric having a body which will insure its lying smoothly upon the door or other surface, and provided with transverse rows of looped pile. The loops of each row are sufliciently large 4 in size that the loop pile of each row will produce aretarding progress to the `travel of the ball in a manner similar to that afforded by the short grass of a natural green.
This fabric is preferably applied or laid over a support having an inclined surface so that the ball willtravel up an' incline over the fabric. The fabric and support are cach provided with an opening` which are brought into registry and forms a pocket or cup for the ball to enter as it is putted across fabric.
The invention consists of certain other novel features of construction and combination of parts which will be hereinafter described and pointed out in the claims:
In the accompanying drawings;
'Figure 1 is a plan view of the putting green;
Figures 2 and 3 are detailed vertical sectional views illustrating the loops formed in the fabric putting green;
Figure 4 is a perspective view of the same;
Figure 5 is a perspective view of the support; and y Figure 6 is a verticaly longitudinal s'ectional view.
The artificial putting green is made of fabric having' a sufficiently heavy body portion 10 and formed in this body lportion are transverse rows of loo pile 11. bese loops are made of flexible fi rous material and are y formed in the bod during the weaving op eration by a num ier of strands of threads woven into the body lengthwise thereof, and these threads having loops formed therein at suitable intervals, 'which loo s project above the surface of the woven ody, producing transverse rowsof loops. The loops are made of suicient height to otl'er or af ford resistance to the travel of a golf ball over the surface of the fabric body.-
The loops of a row are equally spaced vvides a very good surface 1926. Serial No. 124,982.`
from the adjacent rows and the number of rows, and the number of loops' in a row is governed by the quality of the material employed in making the loo piling. In instances wherethe loop pilin is made 0f coarse or stiff fibre the rows o loops may be less in number and the distance between the rows may be greater, than when the loops are made of softer fibre such as cotton.
The size of the'loops varies according to the-material employed and may range from one-fourth of an inch to one inch in size. However, it is not my intention to be limited to any particular size of loop, except that the loops must be of sufficient size to ofl'er resistance' to the travel of' a ball across the fabric.
ln the finished product the rows of loops project above the body or base of the fabric and will afford such a resistance to a golf ball in its travel over the fabric that the ball will be retarded in its progress toward the opening or hole, similar to and characteristic to the resistance met by a ball in traveling over a natural grassputting green.
The fabric putting green may be made in various .lengths and widths but it has been found that a putting green made about fifteen feet long and sixteen inches'wide profor the purpose of practicing putting. kHowever I- do not care to be limited to any specific size or dimensions in the manufacture of this article.
Located near one end and preferably centrally of the fabric is an openingor hole 12, into which the ball enters. lhis opening 'represents a pocket or cup as provided in the natural putting green.
The support or inclined way is preferably provided inconneetion -with the fabric put'- ting green and may be variously constructed. ln the present instance this. support is made in two sections 13 and 14, hinged together as at l15, so that the lower section 13 may be swung upon the upper section 14 for the purpose of section is provided with side strips or flanges .16 for supporting Y floor. These flanges 16 are inclined along their upper surfaces or edges to conform to the inclination of the sections 13 and 14, that is, the outer end of the upper section 14 might be supported at an elevation of four inches and the lower edge of the lower section 13 would lie practically iiush with the the sections above the" packing and storing. Each floor or other surface upon which the support is mounted.
The upper section 14 is provided with an opening 1i' which is adapted to register Wit-h the openin in the fabric 12 so that the ball as it trave s across the putting green may enter this opening in the support.
In using this ldevice the sectionsof the support will be placed upon the floor or other surface and then the fabric will be placed or spread upon the support and along the floor and the opening or hole 12, in the fabric will be brought int-o registry with the opening 17 in the support.
The device is now ready for use and the operator or player will endeavor to put the golf ball along the fabric putting green t0- ward the openings 12 and 17. lt is to be noted that the loop pile produces a surface which is practically characteristic of the short grass of'- a natural putting green in retardng the progress of the ball across the green and to the cup, and the effect upon the action of' the golf' ball by these loops is practically identical to the action obtained by the short grass of a natural putting green.
Having described my invention what l claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: i
1. An artificial putting green consisting of' a body having loops of' flexible material projecting from the surface thereof.
2. An artificial putting green comprising a flexible body having a number ofl strands of flexible material formed therein, said strands 4being provided with loops throughout their length for producing a looped surfacev above the surface of the flexible body.
3. An artificial putting green comprising a flexible body having a number of strands of fibrous material formed therein, said strands lhaving loops therein at suitable in.- tervals for producing rows of loops throughout the length of the flexible body and projecting above the surface ofthe flexible body.
4. An artificial putting green comprising a flexible Woven body having a number of' strands of flexible material Woven 'into the body thereof, said strands being provided with loops throughout their length for producing a looped surface above the surface of the flexible body.
An artificial putting green comprising a flexible body having loops of flexible material projecting from the surface thereof, said body having an opening formed therein near one end thereof, an inclined support located beneath said flexible body and having an opening therein adapted to register with the opening of' the flexible body.
(S. An artificial putting green con'iprising a flexible body having loops of flexible material projecting from the surface thereof, said body having an opening formed therein near one end thereof, an inclined support consisting of' two sections hinged together located beneath said flexible body and having an opening therein adapted to register `with the opening of the flexible body.