US 1960862 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
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GOLF CLUB CARRIER Filed July 29, 1932 5 Sheets-Sheet 3 Patented May 29, 1934 UNITED STAT S PATENT OFFICE 3 Claims.
This invention relates to a golf club carrier and more particularly to a carrier which may be propelled over the fairway by the player.
An object of the invention is to provide a sim- 5 ple, inexpensive and light carrier which supports the clubs in such a manner as to make the wheel carry all of the load, thus enabling the playerto advance the clubs with a minimum of effort. A furthur object is to provide a carrier which, when released by the player, will'rest firmly upon the ground and support the clubs at a convenient verticle angle. Another object is to provide a receptacle for tees, balls, etc., which receptacle is located in a convenient and sheltered position, Other specific objects and advantages will appear as the specification proceeds.
The invention is fully described in the following specification and shown in the accompanying drawings, in which- Fig. '1 is a side view in elevation of a carrier apparatus embodying my invention, the carrier being shown supporting a golf bag; Fig.2, a top plan view of the apparatus, the container box being removed; Fig. 3, a plan part-sectional view, the view being taken as indicated at line 3 of Fig.
1; Fig. 4, a broken detail sectional view, the view being takenas indicated at line 4 of Fig. 3; Fig. 5, a front view in elevation of a modification in which the containers are provided with hinged covers; Fig. 6, a plan view of a modified form of club shaft-holder, the view being taken as indicated at line 6 of Fig. 5; and Fig. 7, a top plan view of a modified form of club shaft-holder, the holder being supported near the base of the apparatus.
In the illustration given in Figs. 1 to 5 inclusive, A designates a frame; B, a wheel, the shaft of which is supported in frame A; and 0 represents a golf bag-holder which is supported near the front of frame A.
The frame A may be of any suitable construction. I prefer to construct it, however, principally of light tubing, the various parts thereof being formed integral or being welded together to form a unitary structure. In the illustration given, a pair of upright bars 10 are secured together at their lower ends by an axle or shaft 11 upon which the wheel B is mounted. The bars 10 are pitched slightlyforward so as to extend 60 in front of the vertical axis of shaft 11. At a point near the top of the bars 10, a connecting strip 12 is secured. From this point, the bars 10 are bent sharply rearwardly and the free ends thereof are secured to a wide handle 13. Secured to the cross strap 12 is a U-shaped spring clasp member 14 adapted to engage the upper part of a golf bag, as shown more clearly in Fig. 1. Formed integral with the handle bar members 10 or welded thereto, are the horizontal bars 15 which extend forwardly and engage a U-shaped rest member 16. The rest 16, as shown more clearly in Figs. 2, 3 and 5, extends well to the sides of the wheel B and is provided with downwardly turned free ends 17 equipped with knobs or ground rests 18; The rests 18 and the wheel B thus provide between them a wide triangular base for supporting the golf club load.
The golf bag support C may also be of any suitable construction. In the illustration given,
,it consists of a platform '19 having inclined rear walls 20 and a rearwardly turned clamping extensionembracing the U-shaped rest member 16. A metal strap 22 extends beneath the platform 19 and is connected by clamping collars to the ends 17. The wheel 3 is preferably light 76 in construction and large enough to easily carry the load which is to be placed thereon. I prefer to employ a wheel having wire spokes 23 and a rubber tire 24, although other wheels of, light and sturdy construction may be employed.
Fositioned between the wheel B and the carrier support C is a container or series of containers D which may be of any suitable construction. In the illustration given, a unit consisting of two containers 25 is supported on each side of the wheel B; The unit is carried by a collar 26 which encircles the rest bar 16 and by a bracket collar 2'7 which encircles one of the horizontal beams 15. A short receptacle 28 rests upon the bars 15 between the two units 25. The box 28 may be provided with hinges 29 andswith a cover 30.-
In the operation of the, apparatus, the golf bag is placed upon the carrier, as illustrated in 1, the base of the bag resting upon the support C while the upper part of the bag is embraced by the spring fingers of the support 14. As will be observed, the club heads, which form the heavy part of the load, are brought by means -of the inclination, to a point almost directly above the axis of the wheel. When the handle is depressed soas to bring the clubs nearer the player, the weight is divided evenly .so that thewheel carries the entire load. In this position, the carrier may be moved along with 1055 considerable ease, the only force being that required topropel the single wheel over the fairway. The swinging of the handle 13 rearwardly raises the ground rests 18 well above the ground so that they do not come in contact withobplayer.
' placed on the lower level while the wheel B remains on the higher level. In this position, the clubs are securely supported. In practically all positions, the ground rests support most of the load when the carrier apparatus is in standingposition.
The container or series of containers B may be employed for holding tees, golf balls, etc. The container is securely held by its engagement with the long rest-bar 16 while, at the same time, it is sheltered between the golf bag and the handle bars 10. Furthermore, the container is located so that the weight thereof may be readily balanced against the weight of the club heads when the handle bars are tilted slightly in a rearward direction.
In the modification illustrated in Fig. 5, the
containers 25 are provided with hinges 29 and covers 30.
In the modification illustrated inFigs. 6 and 7, no bag support is employed but, instead, I provide pockets for the club shafts and a mesh bracket in which the upper ends of the shafts are supported; As illustrated in Fig. '7, the cross beam 16 and the members 15 support the open box'or containers 25 and a central container 28. With this construction, the ends of the clubs rest in the open containers 25 and golf balls, tees, etc.
may be 'stored in the cover receptacle 28.
The upper ends of the shafts pass through a bracket support 33. As illustrated more clearly in Fig. 6, the bracket is formed of an elongated strip of metal 34 secured to the handle bars 10 at 35. Rawhide strips 36 are wound around the oval rod 34 and are stretched from side to side and along a bisecting median line to form the mesh 37. The rawhide prongs forming the mesh 37 protect the club shafts from abrasion, etc.
With the modification shown in Figs. 6 and 7,
the golf clubs may be kept in a selected order so as to render it convenient for the player'to locate readily the club desired. Also, the weight of the golf bag is avoided.
By employing a rather large light wheel of the character described and a. single wheel, I find that the carrier can overcome the irregularities .of the ground with the requirement of very little effort while, at the same time, the course of the carrier can be easily changed to avoid any obstruction which appears slightly ahead. of the 1f the terrain is uneven and unusually rough or if the golf load to be carried is heavier than ordinary, I prefer to use a larger wheel than if conditions were to the contrary. While the single wheel may be employed advantageously, as described, it is important to combine with it a very wide handle of the character illustrated so that suflicient leverage will be afforded to prevent side tipping and to permit eflicient handling or guiding of the carrier.
- The product is light, pleasing in appearance, extremely easy to guide and propel and, when at rest, supports the clubs at a convenient angle for the player. Y
The foregoing detailed description has been given for clearness of understanding only, and no unnecessary limitations should be understood therefrom, but the appended claims should be construed as broadly as permissible, in view of the prior art.
1. In a device of the character set forth, a shaft, a wheel mounted thereon, and an angularly shaped supporting frame mounted on said shaft, said frame having a portion extending forwardly of said wheel, a ground rest member having a substantialiystraight shank portion secured to said forwardly extending frame portion and at right angles thereto, said ground rest member having its. terminal portions turned downwardly and equipped at their ends with knobs, and a contain'er secured to the shank of said ground rest member and to said forwardly extending frame portion.
2. In a device of the character set forth, a shaft, a wheel mounted thereon, an angularly shaped supporting frame mounted on said shaft, said frame having a pair of bars extending on opposite sides of and forwardly of said wheel, a ground rest member. having a central shank portion secured to said bars and substantially at right angles thereto, said ground rest'member having its 115 terminals directed downwardly and provided with enlarged base portions, and a pair of containers on opposite sides of said wheel, each of said containers being secured to one of said bars andto the shank of said ground rest member..
3. A carrier device comprising a shaft, a wheel mounted thereon, an angularly shaped frame mounted on said shaft, said frame having an upwardly extending handle portion and a forwardly extending support portion, said forwardly extending portion comprising a pair of spaced bars on opposite sides of said wheel, a ground rest memher having a central shank portion secured to said bars and at right angles thereto, said ground rest member having downwardly turned terminal portions, a support equipped with a collar engaging the shank portion of said ground rest and extending substantially the distance between said spaced bars, and a strap secured to the terminal portions of said ground rest member and engaging the lower portion of said support.
CHARLES MARTIN BALDWIN.