US 1681389 A
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Aug. 21, 1928; v 1,681,389
, B. H. BLAKE GOLF PAD Filed June 25, 1927 I Be/de/z f2. B/a/re Patented Aug. 21, 1928.
ianLnrin H. BLAKE,
01: CANTON, QHIO.
3 Application filed June 25,
The invention relates to pads adapted to be worn by golf players or others engaged in games in which clubs, rackets, or the like are used.
It is known that there is a tendency for most golfers to overswing, carrying the head of the club back too far upon the upstroke.
This is believed to be dueto bending the left elbow or wrist, or permitting the fingersof the left hand to at least partially release their grip upon the handle of the club. It seems that very few persons have suflicient strength in their fingers or wrists to enable them to keep the head of the club under control at the top of the swing as the club head exerts its greatest force at his point, causing the wrists to bend and the fingers to release the a grip on the handle. a
The club head is thus out of control at the time the downstroke is started and as it 18 .next to impossible to regain the control upon the downstroke, the shot will most probably be a poor one.
It is also important that in the follow through the wrists should be held just as rigid and the grip of the fingersupon the handle of the club must be just as firm. However, there is a natural tendency for the wrists to bend and the fingers to release the grip upon the handle at this point, as well as at the top of the upstroke, and it is to overcome this natural tendency of the fingers to release the grip upon the handle that the present invention has been produced.
The object of the improvement is to provide a pad or glove having a loop or strap in the palm thereof so located that the handle of a golf club or the like when placed throu h this loopmay be gripped in the hand in t 1e natural position and held against movement inthe hand as the club is swung, preventing the natural tendency of the fingers to release the grip upon the handle at the top of then: upstroke or in the follow through.
An embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which Figure 1 is afront view of the improved golf pad;
Fig. 2, a perspective view of the same upon the band;
Fig. 3, a perspective view showing the same in use, and
1927. Serial No. 201,448.
Fig. 4, a front view of a glove embodying the invention.
Similar numerals refer to similar parts throughout the drawing.
A right-handed golf player will wear the improved pad or glove upon the left hand and for this reason the left-hand pad and glove are illustrated in thedrawing.
The improved pad 1 may be formed of leather or the like shaped as best illustrated in Fig. 1, the wrist portion terminating in the extension 2 provided with a buckle 3 and in the strap at provided with perforations 5, and adapted to encircle the wrist of the wearer, as illustrated in Figs. 2 and 3, toengage the buckle 3.
Straps 6 and 7 are connected to opposite sides of the upper portion ofthe pad 1, one of these straps being provided with a buckle 8 and the other with apertures 9 for engagement therewith.
These straps are arranged to extend around .the back of the hand and to be connected by the buckle, in order to position the pad upon the hand in the manner shown in Figs. 2 and 3.
The inner side of the pad may be lined with felt or the like, as shown at 10 in order to form a protection to the palm of the hand when the pad is in use.
A strap or loop 11, of leather or other suitable material, is attached to the palm of the pad. This loop is preferably adjustable as by means of the buckle 12, and is located substantially at right angles to the position of the club handle when grasped in the hand, and is so positioned that it will receive the club handle as shown in Figs. 2 and 3.
As shown in Fig. 4:,111'16 glove indicated generally at 18 may be made of any suitable material, preferably having the fingers 14 and thumb 15 cut off as illustrated to permit free use of the fingers and thumb of the shown in Figs. 2 and 3, the handle of the club being located through the loop holds the club a gainst movement 1n the hand, preventing the over-swinging which is a common fault with golt players. It will'be seen that as the club is swung upward the Weightof the club" is carried bythis loop, thus relieving the fingers of the left hand from theistra'ingand preventing the lingers from being partially opened to release the club.
Thus the club head is brought under con trol before the downswing is started and the player can press as hard: as he desires onithe shot with no fear of-dubbing it. After the; ball has been hit the loop again -co1nesinto play, restricting the l'ltPlltllIlgWYf the} wrists; I
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It should further" be understood that the invention is applirab'lewto other games than golf, being adaptable for use in any game and ellecting a perfeetj'ollo'ui tlirouglr. i
where a club, bat orracket is used; and it is especially adapted for the use of tennis players, in which event, of course the loop would be provided upon a right-hand pad or glove for the use of the average rigid-handedper son, and the loop must necessarily be sailiciently large to receive the handle of a tennis racket.
1.: An article of the character described 35 including a palm portion, straps upon the palm portion arranged to be fastened around thewrist, and a loop upon said palm portion adapted to receive the handle of a club or the like. 40
2. A glove having a loop located diagonally across the palm portion thereol and adapted to'receire'the handle of afcluh olf'zthe like 3. An article of the character described including a pahn portion, means for attach: 45 ing the same to the palnu and an adjustable loop, adapted to receive the handle of a club or thelike, said lloop being so positioned on the palnr portion as to restrict. a swinging motionfof said-handle. a 50 4. A glowahavi'ng, an uljustable loop atreceive the handle 'ofia club or the like, said loop being so positioned on the;palinportion as" to restrict a swinging motion of said handle; i
In testimonythat I claim the above, I have hereunto subscribed my name.
BELDEN H. BLAKE.