BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a golf club organizer for a golf bag, and more particularly to a top collar defining a golf club divider configuration located at the upper end of the golf bag. The golf club organizer provides a column of center compartments for the woods with a front compartment for a putter and side compartments for the irons, thereby providing quick and easy access to any desired golf club.
2. Description of the Related Art
All golf bags contain partitions for the separation of golf clubs within the golf bag. There are several designs for such partitions. Some golf bags use separate sleeves for each club. While this may seem to be a desirable design, in practice it is burdensome to use. It takes time to replace clubs in their designated slot. Further, the longer clubs tend to conceal or shield the designated slots for the other clubs from view, thereby increasing the burden of replacing the clubs in the golf bag.
Alternative designs include three crosspieces at the upper end of the bag that allow the clubs to be separated into three separate regions. For example in the upper region of the golf bag, the golfer frequently places woods, the middle region contains mid-size irons, viz., the 3-iron through 6-iron, and the lower region contains short irons and wedges. The three regions created by the crosspieces do not separate the clubs efficiently, and users find that the longer clubs or Woods situated horizontally in front conceal the shorter irons situated horizontally in the back.
Furthermore, since the longer clubs are also the heavier clubs and since the longer clubs are all situated in one region of the golf bag, the weight of the clubs within the golf bag is not evenly distributed, leading to an unbalanced golf bag. An unbalanced bag presents discomfort while carrying the golf bag, as well as stability problems when trying to rest the bag on the ground in the upright position.
In addition, golf bag tops in recent years have made special provision for the putter, which is statistically the most used club in the game. This club is also the shortest, and therefore the most difficult to find among the other clubs in the bag. The pivotal reason putters have been positioned in front of the traditional horizontal wood compartment is significant to our design. Traditionally, irons remain horizontally arranged below the wood compartment and thus significantly concealed by the longer clubs.
Various golf bags and accessories for organizing golf clubs have been proposed. U.S. Pat. No. 5,860,520, issued Jan. 19, 1999 to Tang, describes a golf club with a club separator for facilitating improved access to a putter by isolating the putter from the other golf clubs. A putter compartment is provided that is at a distinctly lower level than that of the main compartments for inserting the other golf clubs. In a similar attempt to isolate the putter, U.S. Pat. Pub. No. 2002/0144918, published Oct. 10, 2002, describes, a golf bag top with a web divider for separating clubs into four separate quadrants. In addition, the web divider includes a central circular rib joined at the intersection where the four radial separator ribs meet to provide a central aperture for the storage of a putter.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,158,581, issued Dec. 12, 2000 to Hong, discloses a golf bag for arranging golf clubs according to their different lengths having a horizontal center compartment designed for drivers and fairway woods. On both sides of the center compartment are compartments designed for organizing irons. U.S. Pat. No. 5,458,240, issued Oct. 17, 1995 to Chang et al., discloses a golf bag having multiple decks with several compartments for isolating clubs. The golf bag includes a first deck of compartments for inserting short irons, a second deck of compartments for long irons, and a third deck of compartments for inserting woods.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,458,240, issued Oct. 17, 1995 to Rich et al., discloses a golf bag with individual club head support pockets having pockets for inserting woods positioned at the top of a bag, and having pockets at a lower portion of the bag for irons, which are positioned on both sides of a center pocket that is used for inserting a pitching wedge. U.S. Pat. No. 5,228,566, issued Jul. 20, 1993 to Shenoha, discloses a golf bag top and club separator which includes two rows of staggered slots for retaining the heads of the golf clubs. U.S. Pat. No. 5,267,660, issued Dec. 7, 1993, discloses organizing golf clubs into three rows using a holding plate.
Other representative patents include U.S. Pat. No. 5,927,490, issued to Suk; U.S. Pat. No. 5,944,184, issued to Smith; U.S. Pat. No. 5,964,346, issued to O'Connor; U.S. Pat. No. 6,138,825, issued to Summerlin; U.S. Pat. No. 6,189,691, issued to Sundara et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 6,202,841, issued to Kang; U.S. Pat. No. 6,341,690, issued to Swiatosz; U.S. Pat. No. 6,464,075, issued to Tan; and U.S. Pat. No. 6,508,359, issued to He et al.
None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the instant invention as claimed. Thus, a golf club organizer solving the aforementioned problems is desired.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The golf club organizer for a golf bag relates to a golf bag top collar with a divider configuration for organizing golf clubs for ready access and for better weight distribution in the golf bag. The top collar forms part of the framework of the golf bag, holding the mouth of the bag open and defining a web of compartments. The web of compartments includes a column of center compartments extending from front to back for organizing woods, and a plurality of side compartments on opposite sides of the center compartments for organizing irons, thereby providing the user with improved organization, club accessibility, and golf bag balance. A putter compartment is positioned directly in front of the center compartments in a lowered or recessed position with respect to the center compartments, providing improved accessibility to a putter.
Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention to provide a golf club organizer for a golf bag defining a vertical column of center compartments extending from front to back and a plurality of side compartments on opposite sides of the center compartments, with the woods inserted in the center compartments and the irons positioned on both sides, thus providing improved access to irons regardless of the use or deployment of the bag.
It is another object of the invention to improve the balance of the bag by providing an improved and more even distribution of weight.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a golf club organizer for golf bag that is lightweight and made of molded plastic, resin, or other synthetic composite material.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a golf club organizer for a golf bag that enables a player to see immediately that his or her clubs are correctly repositioned and available once again in the bag, thereby reducing the risk of a lost or misplaced putter.
It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.
These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.
In FIG. 5, an alternative embodiment of the golf bag 20 has a top member 30 that includes three center compartments 545, 546, 547 for inserting woods with putter compartment 555 for inserting a putter. In this embodiment, the top member 30 has a rim 510 that encircles the top member 30 and main dividers 520. The rim 510 and main dividers 520 define the side compartment 525, 526, 535, and 536 for accessing irons clubs. Additional dividers 530, 540 are used to further separate the compartments into even and odd irons, with the odd irons being inserted into compartments 525, 526 and the even irons being inserted into compartments 535, 536, or vice versa. The putter compartment 555 is positioned directly in front of the center compartment 547 and has its borders defined by the putter divider 560 to the rear and the rim 510 to the front. The lengths of compartments 545, 546, and 547 are substantially the same. The putter compartment 555 is slightly smaller. Typical dimensions of the golf top member 30 may be a rim 510 that is eight inches by 9.5 inches, with the compartments 545, 546, 547 each 2.5 inches in length and the putter compartment 555 being two inches in length.