US 2006920 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
J. K. HOTZE July 2, 1935.
GOLF' BAG Filed May 18, 1951' Patented July 2, 1935 I .e UNITED- STATES zimszug PATENT OFFICE annesso GoLF BAG John K; Hotze, St; Louis, Mo., Applieation May 1s, 193i,` serial No. 538,15*:l
1o claims. (c1. 15o- 1.5)
1U' are secured.
A further objectof the invention is in secur-k ing the shoulder lifting strap tothe handle or hand lifting strap of the bag.
A still further object of the invention is in providing a golf bag with improved means for distributing the lifting strain of the carrying handle or lifting strap of the bag around the girth of the bagwall.
Other and further objects will appearin the specication and be .specifically pointed out in the appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, exemplifyingthe invention, and in 'which:-.
Figure 1 is a side elevation of a golf bag show- I ing the inventionapplied thereto.
Figure 2 is another side elevation of a golf bag showing the bag in carrying position and with the invention thereon.
Figure 3 is an enlarged transverse section taken approximately on the line III- III vof Fig. 1.,.
Figure 4 is an enlarged fragmentary longitudinaly section taken approximately on the lin IV-IV of Fig. l.
, Referring by numerals to the accompanying drawing, I designates a golf bag having the bag wall 2, base end 3 which is secured to the Vbag wall and the open end or mouth 4.
, The open end or mouth 4vof the bag may be of any desired construction and in this instance of disclosure, a mouth ring 5 is provided, said mouth ring being covered by a leather layer which is secured between the outer collar 6 and the inner collar lI, said collars also securing the upper end of the bag wall 2.
Secured' to the bag wall 2 on its inner surface by stitching 8 is a longitudinally disposed Y- shaped reinforcing member 9 having the leg or body portion I9 thereof secured at its end between the collars 6 and 1 and thebranches II secured to the bag wall 2 intermediate of the length of the bag I in a girth extending manner.
The bag wall 2 may be made of any desired material such as leather or canvas and the re-v inforcing member 9 can also be made of a desired material such as leather or other analogous material providing the material is relatively stiff as it is required that the bag wall be reinforced approximately one half its length for carrying out the invention. l
. A carrying handle I2 which is preferablymade of leather is secured atits upper endv to thebody portion III of the reinforcing member 9 by providing a slit in the'bag wall 2 at the place of attachment of the handle' I2 to the member 9, l0 the upper extending end of the handle beingse-` cured tothe member 9 by stitching and if necessary by riveting. The lower extending end'of the handle I2 is secured to respectivebranch straps I4 by a D link I5, each of said branch straps be- 1 Ulf `ingzsecured at their lower extending ends tothe ends of respective branches II of the member 9 by stitching I6 and if necessary by riveting' such as I1, in which the stitching and rivets willr b'e passed through respective straps I4, the bag wall 2 and the reinforcing branches II.
A shoulder carrying strap I8 is secured vatrits upper extending end to the mouth ring v5 by a leather link I9,v the opposite and lower end of saidv strap I8 being secured to the handle I2 below the hand grip portion l2l! thereof byV a buckle 2| which is secured to the-handle I2 adjacent where the handle connects with the D link I5 of the branch straps I4.
The carrying strap I8 if desired, may be directly connected to the end of the body portion I0 of the reenforcing member 9 at the mouth ring 5 or adjacent thereto. g'
Heretofore the carrying straps or handles of golf bags have been secured to the bag wall lon a longitudinal line and as the golf clubs are carried in inverted positions in the bag and the driving ends of the clubs hang over the mouth ring, the weight of the clubs is therefore greatest adjacent the -upper end of the bag and conse-v quently the lifting strain is carried by thebag wall on the longitudinal line on the upper side of the bag and through the lifting strap `or straps thereby 'distorting the bag wall and destroying the shape thereof. In addition, the carrying weight is imparted to the liftingstraps Yorv strap at two points where the lifting strapis connected on the longitudinal line on the bag wall and the strain thereof quite frequently causes the bag wall to tear at the securing points'of the strap. 50
In applicants improved construction oflgolf bags, the reinforcing member 9 being secured toy the bag wall and the carrying handle I2 and strap I8 being secured tothe reinforcing member, will not -only prevent distortion of the bag wall but in addition will prevent parting of the carrying handle and strap during the carrying strains imparted to the bag wall during the carrying of the bag when filled with clubs, on account of the distribution of the carrying strains on the reinforcing member 9.
In the vcarrying of a filled golf bag having this improved construction applied thereto, the usual approximate carrying position of the bag is as shown. n Fig. 2 in which thestrap I8 is mounted over ashouller `ofr theigolfe'r orcaddy and the weight of the loaded bag will be received by the strap I8 at the upper end where it connects with the mouth ring and at the lower end through Vthe branch straps Ill, the mouth ring 5 of the bagv preventing distortion of the bag at vthemouth end thereof. ABy reason of the branches l! of the reinforcing member 9 extedhig around the girth of the bag wall 2, it is obvious that the weight being carried by the lower or 'rear end of the strap i8 will be divided Yequallyim the branches Hand respective branch straps tithe load or weight being carried therefore being distributed aroundthe girth/of the vbag Wall 2 in upward compression strains on the branches il Where* they will be continued on upwardly through the'leg I0 of the reinforcing member S, said member 9 acting as a stiifener and preventing buckling of the bag wall from a point intermediate of the bag length .to the mouth Il of the bag.Y Obviously an even distribution of thecarrying load is presented to the stiffener or reinforcing member 9 by reason of the upward carrying force being transferred through the me l-- ber 9 and consequently the bag Wall Z'is relieved of the carrying strains. y
The handle I2 while ordinarily not used in carrying a loaded golfrbag is however capable of directing the carrying strains tothe reinforcing member 9 when used as a lifting member by reason of it being secured at one end to the branch straps I 4 and at its opposite end to the reinforcing memberv 9.
v While the reinforcingmembe'r 9 is shown as beingsecuredto the inner surface of the bag wall 2, it can ifV desired be mounted on the outside of the bag wall for the same intents and purposes, as the longitudinal l disposition of the reinforcing member 9 with respect to the bag Wall and secured thereto in the manner described with the lifting elements I2 andy I8 in cooperation therewith, pro'- vides aV golf `bag of durability, fitness and refinement. Y
Obviously, constructional modications .of the device are possible, such as making the reinforcing member 9 of secured togethelpieces, Without departing from. the spirit of the present inventionand therefore itis to be understood that it is not necessary to limit the invention by the terms used in the foregoing description, excepting such as the state of the art may require.
1. A carrying handle or strap for-a golf bag having a. three point suspension therewith, one of the points of suspension .of the strap with respect to the bag beingadjacent the bag mouth and the remaining points of suspension being at different'points on the bag girth 4intermediate of the bagalength on the under carrying side ofl the bag and bag wallstiffening means to which the-points of suspension of the carrying strap aresecuIed.
2. A golf bag having a reinforcing layer extending from the mouth thereof to a distance intermediate of the bag length, said layer on its inner extending end being provided with a pair of branches which are disposed around the girth of the bag Wall, and a carrying strap secured to the reinforcing layer adjacent the bag mouth and to the branches of the layer.
3. A golf bag having a longitudinally disposed reinforcing layer secured Yto'the bag Wall extending from theimouth t'n-njeof,to` a distance intermediate of the bag length, said layer comprising a body portion having a pair of branches which extend partially around the girth of the -bag wall, and a carrying handle for the bag secured at one end to respective branches of said Areinforcing"layer and at its opposite end to the body portion of said layer.
fi. A golf bag having a longitudinally disposed reinforcing layer secured to the bag Wall extending-from the mouth thereof to a distance inter- Vmediate of the bag length, said layer comprising a bcdyportion having a pair of branches which extend around the girth of `the bag Wall, a carrying handle for the bag secured at one end to respective branches of said reinforcing layer and at its opposite end to the body portion of said layeryand a shoulder strap secured at one end to the bag adjacent the mouth thereof and at its opposite end to said handle.
5. A golf bag having a reinforcing layer of an approximate Y-shape secured to the wall of the bag, and a carrying member for the bag secured torespective ends of said reinforcing member.
6. A golf bag having a reinforcing layer of an approximate Y-shape secured to the Wall of the bag having the branches of the Y-shape member disposed intermediate of the length of the bag, and a carrying member for the bag secured to respective ends of said reinforcing member.
'7. A golf bag having a reinforcing layer secured to the bag wall extending from the mouth of the bag and having a pair of branching portions extending around the girth of the bag wall, and carrying means secu-red to said branching portions.
8. A golf bag having a reinforcing layer secured to the bag wall extending from the mouth of the bag land having a pair of branches extending around and secured to the bag Wall on the under carrying side of the bag, and carrying means secured to said branches.
9. A vgolf bag having a shoulder strap and a carrying handle, each having one end secured to the bag and the opposite end of the lhandle being free of the-bag wall and the shoulder strap being secured at its opposite end to the free end of the handle, the handle having its free end remotely secured to the bag wall at different points of the bag wall girth.
10. A golfl bag having a shoulder strap and a carrying handle, each having one end secured to the bag and the opposite end of the handle being free of the bag wall, the shoulder strap being secured at its opposite end to the free end of the handle, and a pair of branch straps secured to the freer end of the handle having their opposite ends secured to the bag wall at different points of the bag wall girth.
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