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y 7, 1957 u. L. OGDEN I 2,791,255
GOLF CLUB CARRIER Filed April 29, 1955 United States Patent GOLF CLUB CARRIER Urban L. Ogden, Snyder, N. Y.
Application April 29, 1955, Serial No. 504,886 2 Claims. (Cl. 150--1.5)
My invention relates to a golf club carrier and more particularly to means for lightening the combined weight of the clubs and the carrier to conserve the strength of the player and to hold the golf clubs in separated relation, permitting the easy selective removal of any club from the carrier due to each club being spaced from all others and so that each club will be easily discernible from all others.
The primary object of my invention is to provide a golf club carrier possessing advantages over others in use, among which advantages may be included, to simplify carriers now in use and so construct the carrier that it will weigh only a fraction of the weight of the more cumbersome golf club bag which is more expensive to manufacture and presents difficulties in use.
In golf club bags, a comparatively heavy framework of iron or steel provides the necessary base for the structure and this base is utilized to fasten a leather or similar enclosure thereto which serves as the side Walls of the bag, the only opening to which is at the top of the bag.
In the bags now in common use, all clubs are inserted at least partially in the bag in a haphazard manner, parts thereof projecting from the bag, making it difficult to select the club best suited for the next shot.
Because of the bulkiness of such bags and their excessive weight, golf club bag carts (caddy carts) have more recently been brought into use and the bag with the golf clubs therein have found favor with players, since the player can place the bag in a cart and wheel the cart in position, found of advantage between shots, and thus dispense with the use of caddies and the costly extra charges associated with such service. In the matter of dispensing with the service of caddies, this applies to the use of my improved carrier, which is reduced in size to occupy much less space than a golf club bag and since my improved carrier is of skeleton formation and may be said to be of open-work construction, all clubs carried therein are spacedapart and kept in unstrained condition and thoroughly aired due to the air circulating through the carrier, and particularly between the clubs inserted therein.
Due to this skeleton or open-work construction, the frame of the carrier can easily be kept clean and dry and when playing in the rain or on a wet field, the parts of the carriers may be dried as well as the clubs therein, thereby maintaining the clubs in a straight and unstrained condition.
In the drawing forming part of this specification:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of my improved golf club carrier shown in a position approaching that of hanging the same over the shoulder of a player, the golf clubs being omitted so as to better illustrate the construction of the open-work or skeleton frame.
Fig. 2 is a transverse section taken on line 2-2, Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of my improved carrier showing the same supported from the shoulder of the player and having a number of golf clubs inserted in the Patented May 7 1957 skeleton frame from the front to enable the clubs to be selectively withdrawn from the carrier.
Referring to the drawings in detail, it is my purpose to provide a light frame 4 shown in the drawings in skeleton formation and comprising transversely disposed flat dividers or spacers 5 connected together and held spaced-apart by 'tie tubes, rods or other longitudinal connecting means 6. These spacers 5 are provided with registering openings 7 through which the shafts or handles of the golf clubs 8 are passed; the heads or enlargements 8 of said golf clubs lying in contact with the outer or forward face of the foremost spacer 5 so that the heaviest portions of the so assembled golf clubs, usually the ballcontacting end thereof, are disposed beneath the left shoulder of the player and forward of his center, assuming the player to be right handed; and for this purpose a shoulder strap 9 is provided which has one end riveted or otherwise secured to the foremost spacer 5, as at 9 and its other end fastened in like manner or in any suitable way to the rear spacer at the point indicated by the numeral 10.
The device constructed as thus far described will enable the skeleton frame 4 to be constructed of aluminum or other light material, yet present a structure which will be of few parts and so arranged as to enable the weight of the skeleton frame, the golf shafts and golf balls carried thereby, to be concentrated within a small space so that when the golf clubs are inserted in the carrier the weight of the latter will only slightly exceed the combined weight of the golf clubs and the golf balls.
In this manner the skeleton frame 4, consisting of the transverse spacers 5 and the longitudinally-disposed tie tubes or rods 6 hang from the shoulder in a free manner with the golf clubs inclined inwardly and arranged selectively accessible so that any club particularly designed to most advantageously play the next stroke or shot, may be chosen. One of the tie tubes 6 is bent between its ends to form an offset portion or handle 11 which can be grasped with the left hand while carrying the carrier about from place to place during the act of playing the game and thus enable the carrier to be easily balanced and more steadily maintained in balanced position.
Secured to a second tie tube or rod 6, preferably the outermost tube or rod, shown at 6, Fig. 3, is a golf ball retainer in the form of an elongated bag or pocket 13 which can be closed by means of a zipper 14 to keep a supply of golf balls available at all times as clearly shown in Fig. 3 of the drawings, when the carrier is in use. This ball bag or pocket, which may be termed a ball retainer, will keep the golf balls not in play dry when playing on damp grounds or in the rain and may be made large enough to carry a towel or other cloth wiper for removing moisture from the balls and from the skeleton frame and the clubs in actual play.
Having thus described my invention what I claim is:
1.. A golf club carrier, comprising an elongated skeleton frame having transversely spaced tie members extending from front to rear of said frame and longitudinally spaced spacers provided with 'alined openings into which the handle ends of golf clubs are thrust with the headed ends of said golf clubs bearing against the outer face of the foremost of said spacers, said alined openings serving to retain said clubs in transversely spaced relation within said frame and allow the player to selectively choose the club he desires to use for his next shot, said tie members tying said spacers together longitudinally.
2. A golf club carrier, comprising a skeleton frame having two flat transverse spacer members, tie-rods connecting said spacer members together, one of said tie-rods having an offset portion between its ends to serve as a handle for balancing said frame at the side of the body of the player, said spacer members having longitudinally alined openings wherein the shafts of golf clubs are positioned and receive support from the walls of said alined openings, said carrier having a shoulder strap which c0- acts with the offset portions of said tie-rod to enable the player to balance the skeleton frame.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 4 Smith Dec. 17, 1935 Agnew Aug. 31, 1937 Todd Feb. 4, 1947 Rossow Sept. 20, 1949 Cohen et a1. Oct. 25, 1949 FOREIGN PATENTS Great Britain Oct. 26, 1933