US 2668721 A
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, Feb. 9, 1954 G..C, WRIGHT FOLDING GOLF CLUB AND BALL CARRIER 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Aug. 4, 1950 In ventor Glenn C. Wright 24mm W Feb. 9, 1954 s. c. WRIGHT 2,668,721
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nan W 3 M51?! Patented Feb. 9, 1954 UNITED STATES FATENT OFFICE FOLDING GOLF CLUB AND BALL CARRIER Glenn C. Wright, Cato, N. Y.
Application August 4, 1950, Serial No. 177,601
The present invention relates to improvements in golf club carriers, for use while playing golf.
An object of the present invention is to prov vide a novel folding golf club device whereby a set of golf clubs including woods and irons may be desirably positioned on a wheeled carrier for movement over a golf links.
A further object of the present invention resides in the provision of a leg means for the carrier whereby when it is desired to leave the golf club carrier in standing position, the leg is adapted to engage the ground. I
A further object of the present invention resides in the provision of a linkage means whereby the ball carrier may be folded for storage purposes and wherein the carrier may be unfolded and rigidly held in unfolded position for use on the golf links.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide a novel arrangement of bracket means for clampingly holding golf clubs whereby the desired club may be readily selected from the group.
The invention also comprises novel details of construction and novel combinations and arrangements of parts which will more fully appear in the course of the following description. However, the drawings merely show and the following description merely describes an embodiment of the present invention which is given by way of illustration or example only.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a vertical longitudinal sectional view taken substantially along the plane of line l-l of Figure 2 and showing the folding golf club carrier of the present invention;
Figure 2 is a top plan view of Figure 1;
Figure 3 is a view of the folding golf club carrier in folded position;
Figure 4 is a vertical transverse sectional view taken substantially along the plane of the line 44 of Figure 1; and
Figure 5 is a vertical transverse sectional view taken substantially along the plane of the line 55 of Figure 1.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, wherein like numerals designate like parts throughout, the numeral l0 designates generally the framework of the folding carrier while the numeral I2 designates generally the golf club bracket means, the numeral l4 designating generally the leg supporting means for use in conjunction with the golf club carrier.
The frame H! of the golf club carrier of the present invention includes a handle bar [6 which is of elongated tubular form having an angulated end It upon which a conventional handle I9 is securely positioned for manipulating the car.- rier. The end of the handle bar It opposite to the handle i9 is angulated upwardly at 20 and has secured thereto a cross bar 22 by means of a pin 24. The handle bar If; is also provided with:
an axially extending portion 26 which is pivotally connected to the pivot bracket 28 at its extremity.
A sleeve'30 is slidingly mounted on the handle bar It and is provided with thumb screw means ends 40 which provide wheel supporting bearings A pair of and linkage connecting means 42. wheels 44 are secured on the bearing surfaces by means of the wheel nuts 46. Balloon tires are shown and are preferably used.
The linkage means connecting. the wheel sup:-
porting bars 36 includes two sets of fiat straps 48 and 50 which are pivotally connected at their extremities to the linkage connecting means 42 and to the pivot bracket 28 by means of the pins 52.
From the foregoing, it will readily be seen that when the carrier is to be folded, the thumb screw 32 is loosened and the sleeve 30 is moved upwardly on the handle bar l6 causing the linkage means to pivot to the position shown in Figure 3 moving the wheels 44 inwardly.
The golf club supporting means 12 includes a golf club supporting plate 54 which is provided with an opening 56 through which the heads of the irons may extend. The plate 54 is also provided with a pair of shank supporting bars 58 and 60 for supporting the shanks of the irons and woods respectively. Also positioned on the plate 54 are a plurality of resilient clips 62 which may be provided with felt or the like and which are adapted to clampingly receive the golf clubs for support thereby. The front end of the plate 54 is provided with a bumper guide 64 which is secured to the .plate 54 by means of the pins 66, the heads of the woods being adapted to be received in the opening provided thereby as shown best in Figure 1.
Intermediate the length of the handle bar [6 is provided the second golf club supporting bracket 68, which is best shown in Figure 5. The bracket 68 is formed from an elongated flat strap having a clamp portion 10 Ior engagement about the shank of the bar 16 with clamping means 12 being extended through an intermediate portion of the fiat plate for clamping the portion 10 of the bar IS The remainder of the bracket 68 is arcuated to form a substantially semicircular means 14. A plurality of resilient clips 16 are secured thereon in a manner similar to the resilient clips on the plate 54. The clips 16 are adapted to receive upper end portions of the shanks of the golf clubs, as seen best in Figure 1 in dotted lines.
The leg means M includes a downwardly extending leg 78 which is hingedly eonnected tothe upwardly angulated portion 20 of the handle .bar H3 at 80. Ihe bottom end of the leg 18 isatlapted to engage the ground at 82 for supporting the carrier when not in use. A resilient spring 84 is connected to the leg 78 and a linkage means at 88 for normally holding the leg '88 in a first position in dotted lines in Figure 1-. A handle means 80 is reciprccabily mounted with respectto the handle bar It and has its lower end hingedly connected to the leg '18 at 92'. .A pair of brackets 94 and 95 are selampingly engaged flan't'he handle bar I56 and are provided with sleeves Hi8 and -I (it ifor slidingly receiving the handle shank 94 of the-'handleimeanssifl. 'It'willr'eadilyibeseen that when the golfer desires to leave the carrier in supporting position, the :handle mean an .is pulled in imposition ate the resilient spring 8'4 until the leg F113 :is in zgroimd engaging position and then the :golfer nlay leave :the carrier supporting his golf 'clubs.
:Looking mow again :at Figures 1 3, it will be seen that the plate 541s securely mounted :on the :cross bar 12-2 by means of the pins .53 extending through "the apertures '55 in the :plate and :the apertures 5:1 in the cross :bar $22. With this carrangement, the :golf club supporting brackets may be readily removed when it is desired to Ifold the carrier for storage and the like.
Some changes may :be rma'd'en'n athesconsizruction :and arrangement :of the parts :of :device without departing from the spirit and purpose of my invention.
Having described the claimed as new is:
A folding golf club carrier comprising an elongated handle bar, a pair of wheel supporting bars pivotally connected thereto intermediate its ends and extending towards the forward end thereof, the 'forward ends .of said wheel supporting bars being generally reshaped and :eachfinclnding a first 'leg'forming an axle and a second leg forming a linkage connecting arm, a connecting "bracket extending transversely of the forward oi .the \l'hazndie Ebar and rigidly connected thereto, linkage extending between and pivotally connected to said second legs of the wheel supporting Foa'ns z a'ndlsaid connecting bracket whereby said wheel supporting bars may assume a folded and a club carrying relation, wheels rotatably mounted on said axlesma support leg hingedly connected to said handle loarira termediate-the forward end thereof and the rear connection of said w'hee'l supporting ears and adaptedto eninvention, What is gage the ground for supporting the rear of said carrier in an elevated position, resilient means connecting said leg with said connecting bracket for urging said leg to a "folded :posit'ion, linkage carried by said handle 'bar for moving "said leg to a ground engaging position.
' Cj WR-IGHT.
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