US 2083604 A
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June 15, 1937. P. HAY 2,083,604
GOLF GLOVE Filed July 20, 1956 'INVENTOR. P: r52 HAY BY mm ATTORNEY Patented June 15, 1937 UNITED STATES PATENT, OFFICE GOLI' GLOVE Peter Kay, Monter ey, Calif. Application July 20, 1936, SerialNo. 91,459
' theories are advanced for this conclusion, but
it is believed that experience indicates that inasmuch as the swing is from left to right (in the her to produce both control and power.
case of a right hand player) it is because the left side of the player is foremost in the conclusion of the swing that the left hand is the logical mem- To carry this theory into practical and satisfactory eflect necessitates a proper gripping of the club with the left hand during all parts of the swing, that is in the addressing of the ball,.
the backswing, and the downswing. Certain it is that when the left hand is properly positioned on the club grip and the grip is firm, from the beginning to the end of the swing, the possibility of hooking or slicing or other error in making the shot is reduced to a negligible minimum.
It is a common fault, however, among all classes of golfers to improperly grip the club with the left hand at varying stages of the swing with disastrous results.
For example, many players properly grasp the club at the moment of addressing the ball, but lose the grip by relaxing the third and fourth fingers as the backswing progresses. As the downswing commences their desire to obtain maximum distance with the shot is telegraphed to the hands and there is a tendency to grip the club handle too tightly. When this is done the muscles on the left side .of the body, including the hand and arm, are "frozen" to the extent that all semblance of desirable control and power-are lost.
Under these circumstances some means of insuring a firm grip on the club throughout the swing is necessary and desirable. In many instances the use of such a device may be temporar'y only for proper training as to gripping. In other instances players may find its use an adifentageous permanent supplement to the playing equipment- It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a glove so constructed as to teach the correct use of the third and fourth fingers of the left hand-in gri ing the clubs for the better results to follow and at the same time provide an article which is both convenient and comfortable in use.
Other objects will become apparent as the specification proceeds.
Reference is now had to the accompanying drawing in which Figure 1 is a perspective use. a
Figure 2 is a plan view of the back of the glove.
Figure 3 is a plan glove.
Figure 4 is a plan view view of the glove in view of the palm side of the or the back of a glove embodying a. modification of the invention.
The numeral Ill indicates a glove of basically conventional construction, to which the present I invention has been added.
A reinforcing strap ll, having a buckle I2, is stitched to the wrist portion of the glove so that the connection thereof takes place on the outside of the wearer's wrist. The use of this reinforcement is to overcome the strain put on the glove during its use and makes it possible to secure the same to the player's hand. A stub strap i3, integral with the strap ii, projects therefrom at substantially a 45 angle, from a point adjacent the thumb on the palm side, toward the fourth finger, and carries a buckle i4.
A strap II, substantially as wide as two of the glove fingers is secured to the back of the glove to overlay the fingers or stalls l8 and H by stitching or other suitable means as at ll. As illustrated in Figure 2 of the drawing the loose end of the strap lI-is reduced as at I! for engagement with the buckle I 4.
As clearly illustrated in Figure 1, in use the end It of strap I5 is drawn into engagement with buckle It, thus substantiallyclosing the third and fourth fingers of the wearer. Care should be exercised not to draw strap l5 too tightly about the third and fourth fingers since this would tend to tighten the muscles of the player too much and at the same time it would limit the freedom with which the club grips maybe inserted and withdrawnv from the loop thus formed. It will be appreciated that it is purely optional whether the. player unloosens strap I! when selecting clubs for each shot or simply adjusts the same at the beginning of the play and slides the club handle under the fingers and controlling strap. Since substantially all club grips are of uniform size it is probable that the average user would prefer to adjust the strap ii once for the use of all clubs during subsequent shots, occasionally removing glove III for relaxation.
The modification illustrated in Figure 4v comprises the substitution of a mitten 20 for the 5 third and fourth fingers l8 and II, respectively illustrated in Figures 1 to 3, inclusive, as a means of securing the fingers accommodated therein against relative movement. In this form a strap 2lis stiched or otherwise secured adjacent the 10 tip of the mitten-20 for engagement with buckle Experiments have proved that the subject matter of the present invention is quite useful for the purpose designed whether it be a means I for teaching the correct thing to be done in play or as a device for constant use in actual play. These experiments have indicated that the glove overcomes any tendency to loosen the grip at the critical stages of the swing and thereby promotes control and accuracy in the making of the various shots.
It is to be appreciated that the invention may take many forms in addition to those illustrated in the drawing and therefore I do not wish to be understood as limiting myself to the preferred form only. For example, it would seem entirely feasible to manufacture a glove incorporating the improvements of this invention by cutting strap l8 and its reduced portion l9 as an integral part of the back of the glove l0 and secure the inner halves of fingers l6 and I! thereto by the usual stitching.
Similarly other means may be found in lieu of a buckle and strap arrangement to secure the third and fourth fingers of the hand against opening. For instance, it may be feasible to stitch the tops of the glove fingers for the third and fourth fingers of the hand to the palm of glove so that the same would be in a substantially closed position at all times or an extension piece may be provided for fingers l6 and ll to be stitched to the wrist portion of the glove. Also it may be that good manufacturing practice would dictate the use of a snap fastener or other fastening means for buckle M.
It is also quite obvious that gloves embodying the principle of this invention may find many uses in addition to the game of golf. For example, the principle may be useful in other sports such as tennis, badminton, and even in certain intrating but two forms I do not wish to limit myself to these forms only but rather desire protection according to the scope of the appended claims.
1. A golf glove having means for securing the third and fourth fingers thereof in a substantially 'fist like closedposition regardless of the position of the other fingers of said glove.
Y 2. In a golf glove, a buckle disposed adjacent the wrist section on the palm side thereof, a
strap secured to the back of the third and fourth fingers thereof, said strap having a reduced portion for engagement with said buckle.
3. In a golf glove, fastening means disposed adjacent the wrist section on the palm side thereof, and a flexible member secured to the third and fourth fingers of the glove which when engaged by said fastening means will retain said fingers in a substantially closed fist-like position.
4. In a golf glove, fastening means disposed at the inside wrist section thereof, flexible means secured to the stalls for the third and fourth fingers which when engaged by said fastening means will retain the said fingers of the glove in a substantially fist like closed position.
5. In a golf glove, means for securing the third and fourth fingers of the wearer against relative movement, and means cooperating with said first-named means for securing said fingers in a substantially fist like closed position.
6. In a golf glove, a strap attached to the back of the third and fourth fingers of the glove, and
a buckle for said strap disposed adjacent the wrist portion of the glove.
'7. In a golf glove, retainer means securing the third and fourth fingers against relative movement, and a buckle for said retainer means disposed adjacent the wrist portion of the glove.
8. In a golf glove, a strap attached to the third and fourth fingers to secure them against relative movement, and a fastener for said strap disposed on the inside wrist portion of the glove nearest the thiunb.
9. In a golf glove, a strap attached to the third and fourth fingers to secure them against relative movement, a buckle for said strap disposed on the wrist portion of the glove nearest the thumb, and a reinforcing strap disposed about the wrist portion.