US 20020010956 A1
A golf glove having a golf tee retaining pouch and a covering flap. The pouch is located on the back portion of the glove, i.e., the side opposite the palm, so as not to interfere with the engagement of the golfer's hand with the golf club. To insure that the tees will not fall from the pouch when the flap is opened, elastic members may assist in retaining the tees with or without the assistance of small end pockets. An adjustment mechanism may also be used with the flap.
1. A golf glove comprising:
a glove having finger and thumb stalls, a front surface and a rear surface,
said rear surface having means for retaining golf tees,
said means comprising said rear surface and a flap attached at one end to said rear surface,
said flap having fastening means for holding said flap in a closed position,
said rear surface also having elastic means for retaining said golf tees when said flap is in an open position.
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 Applicant claims priority of Provisional Ser. No. 60/218556, filed Jul. 17, 2000.
 This invention relates in general to a glove and in particular to a glove used in the game of golf.
 Athletic gloves are used in a great variety of sports to provide protection of the user's hands, increase control of a handle, to retain warmth and for many other reasons. An aquatic webbed glove is disclosed in the design patent Des. 363,153 to Brasseur to assist a swimmer.
 U.S. Pat. No. 3,931,647 to Dien discloses the thumb of a golf glove which is provided with a wrapped, adjustable, elongated member for confining relative thumb and thumb-stall movement.
 Another golf glove, U.S. Pat. No. 4,183,100 to DeMarco, discloses a glove with a friction pad used to cover the user's palm.
 U.S. Pat. No. 4,519,097 to Chappell, Jr. et al discloses a hook and loop fastener used to fit the hand of various size players.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,367,712 to Smith et al describes an adjustment mechanism attached to one or more adjusting strips via a side adjusting cable element.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,435,008 to Shane discloses an athletic hand glove that may be moved between a collapsible glove pocket position to grab a playing stick, and a deployed position for catching a propelled object.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,459,883 to Garceau-Verbeck discloses a golf glove with restraining loops secured to the finger end and with an anchor strap at the opposite end adapted to encircle a user's wrist.
 In the present invention a golf glove has a storage pouch specifically designed to hold golf tees. An adjusting mechanism is provided attached to one or more adjustable flaps that go over the storage pouch . Three or more golf tees can be stored in the pouch at one time, all as will be detailed in the specification that follows hereafter.
 This invention relates to a golf glove with a golf tee storage pouch and an adjustable flap to cover the pouch.
 It is the primary object of the present invention to provide for an improved golf glove tee storage pouch.
 Another object is to provide for such a pouch in which at least three golf tees are retained in the pouch by a covering flap.
 These and other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent to readers from a consideration of the ensuing description and the accompanying drawings.
FIG. 1 is a top view of a golf glove with three golf tees retained in a flap covered pouch.
FIG. 2 is a top view of a glove glove with the flap in an opened position.
FIG. 3 is a cross section view taken along line A-A of FIG. 1 looking in the direction of the arrows showing the alignment of the three golf tees.
FIG. 4 is a view of the top portion of the golf glove in which the tees are retained beneath the opened flap by elastic engaging members.
FIG. 1 is a top view of a golf glove 1 with three golf tees 3 retained in a pouch 5 which has a flap 19 covering the pouch. The glove is generally conventional in design with four finger stalls 7, and a thumb stall 9. Small ventilating holes 11 may extend the length of the thumb and finger stalls. The glove may be made of naturally occurring material, like leather, or any artificial material, or a combination of these materials. The wrist portion 13 of the glove has a hand receiving opening 15 and may have elastic members 17 sewn, or other attached to the fabric of the glove.
 On the back surface of the glove 18, i.e. the side opposite the palm, just below the wrist 12 is the pouch 5 used to store the tees 3. This pouch is attached to the back of the glove by any conventional means such as, but not limited to, sewing, bonding or the like. If desired the pouch can be made unitary with the back surface 18. Covering this surface pouch is the flap 19. Flap 19 is openable on three sides and attached to the glove at a fourth side 21. Facing hook and loop fasteners may be used on one or more of the openable sides to insure they stay closed. If desired a separate loop, under the flap 19, may be used for each tee to assist in retaining and separating the individual tees. It is important to note that the tee retaining pouch is on the rear side of the glove so as not to interfere with the golfer grasping the golf club with the palm side.
FIG. 2 is a top view of a golf glove 1 with the retained golf tees 3 shown and the covering flap 19 opened to reveal the stored tees in the pouch 5. The three aligned golf tees have their enlarged heads 25, on which a golf ball is seated, facing towards the finger stalls 7 while their ground piercing ends 27 are nearer the wrist opening 15. Small elastic retaining members 29 fixed to the surface of the pouch 5 may engage the tees to prevent them from falling out of the pouch when the flap 19 is in an opened position, as shown. These same retaining members 29 may serve as adjustment members to change the amount of tension on the flap by encircling the tees with them. After taking one of the tees from the pouch and striking the ball, it may be returned to the pouch and stored therein whether in good condition or in a broken condition. By retaining all tees used, litter is prevented on the golf course. Since many tees are made of non-perishable materials, like plastic, considerable litter can be avoided by taking away all used tees. Having the tees conventionally available for use on one's hand rather than in a golf bag pocket speeds up play on the golf course.
 It should be clear that the pouch and the tees retained in the pouch can be oriented at different orientations from those shown. The tee heads 25 can face in an opposite direction or at ninety degrees to the right or left (see FIG. 4), as desired by changing the orientation of the pouch on the rear of the glove and changing the direction of the covering flap 19 and how it is fixed at side 21 to the glove.
FIG. 3 is a cross section view taken along line A-A of FIG. 1 looking in the direction of the arrows and showing the alignment of three golf tees 3. The flap 19 is shown covering the three tees with the back surface of glove 18 on the opposite side. Hook and loops fasteners 31 may be used to fasten the surfaces 18 and 19 together to form a retaining pouch 5 which keeps the tees in place when closed. These two fastener surfaces extend over much of the facing surfaces of the flap and pouch from the left opening portion to the right side 21 where the flap is joined to the glove back surface 18. Additional tee retaining elastic members or loops, not shown, may also be used to further assist in retaining the tees to the back side of the glove when the flap 19 is in an opened position as in FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is a view of the top portion of the golf glove in which the glove tees 3 are retained side wise. In this view the opened flap 19 has the elastic engaging members 29 and small end pockets 33 integral with the pouch 5. Only the open top portion 15 of the glove is shown without the lower finger or thumb stalls. The covering flap 19 is opened to reveal the internal tee retaining elastic member 29 and their associated pockets 33. Normally one pocket is associated with each tee and engages the ground engaging pointed tee end. In FIG. 4, the pocket is oriented perpendicular to those shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. As before, mating hook and loop surfaces 31 are on both the flap 19 and the pouch surface.
 Normally, three tees can be retained on the glove with the present invention. However, more or less may be used as desired. For example, if four tees were to be retained, then the dimensions of the flap and the interrelated pouch would be selected to accommodate the four aligned tees.