US 2853111 A
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Sept. 23, 1958 4 A. K. WILLIAMS GOLF BAG Filed June 15, 1956 /NVE/VTOR.' ANNA K. W/LL/AMS,
her Attorney United States Patent Ofiice Patented Sept. 23, 1958 GOLF BAG Anna K. Williams, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Application June 15, 1956, Serial No. 591,674
2 Claims. (Cl. 150--1.5)
This invention relates to a golf bag and more particularly to a golf bag which can be easily carried. In many instances the golfer carries his or her own bag, either because a caddy is not available or is too expensive. The golf bags now available, even the so-called Sunday Bags are difiicult to carry because of unbalance in the bag, weight of bag, and/or tendency of the clubs to fall out of the bag. In most bags there is a tendency for the clubs to bunch together thus making it difficult to select the right club and remove it from the bag. This often causes damage to the grip of the club. While separate holding compartments have been provided in some golf bags it is difficult to remove the clubs therefrom and in a relatively short time the compartments become worn through in spots so that the difliculty of removing and replacing the clubs is increased.
It is therefore an object of my invention to provide a golf bag that can be easily carried without causing undue fatigue and/ or soreness to the shoulders.
Another object is to provide a golf bag in which the clubs are held apart and yet are readily removable.
These and other objects will be more apparent after referring to the following specification and attached drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a side view of the golf bag of my invention;
Figure 2 is an end view of the bag of Figure 1 showing the club gripping means; and
Figure 3 is a side view, similar to Figure 1, showing the golf bag being carried by a golfer.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, the reference numeral 2 indicates the golf bag of my invention. The bag 2 has a bottom member 4, a top rim 6, and staves 8 extending between and attached to bottom member 4 and top rim 6. Pockets 10 and 12 are provided on bag covering 14. A handle 15 may be provided to facilitate handling of the bag. No novelty is claimed for the foregoing construction and the materials used and construe tion of the bag may vary as is customary in golf bags. The covering 14 with pockets 10 and 12 may be omitted, if desired, to reduce the weight of the bag. This can be done by reason of my novel club holding means, to be described hereinafter, without danger of losing a club. The club holding means consists of three strips 16, 18 and 20 made of rubber or other resilient material and attached to the rim 6 in any suitable manner such as by riveting or gluing. Each of the rubber strips has a plurality of holes 22 therein. The holes 22 have a diameter slightly greater than the diameter of the lower or head end of the shafts of the clubs C. The holes 22 have an open throat 24 of slightly less width than the diameter of the lower end of the club shafts. The open throats 24 are on the upper side of the strips in the position that the bag occupies when being carried. In placing a club in the bag the grip end of the club is directed downwardly until it contacts the bottom 4 after which the shaft is forced laterally through the throat 24 into hole 22. When the bag is being carried the clubs will rest on the bottom of the hole so as to prevent wear of the rubber around the throat. However, since the width of throat 24 is slightly less than the corresponding diameter of the club shaft, the club will be held in hole 22 even though the bag is moved to a position where throat 24 is at the bottom of the strip 16, 18 or 20. It is also possible to make the diameter of holes 22 approximately equal to the corresponding diameter of the club shaft so that the club will be gripped firmly at all times. However, this is not necessary and would require closer tolerances. However, the diameter of the hole 22 is preferably less than the diameter of the shaft close to the grip end so that the clubs C cannot fall all the way out even though the bag is turned bottom side up. While three rubber straps and fourteen holes 22 are shown it will be understood that the number of straps and holes may vary. For example, in a Sunday Bag only two straps and ten holes may be provided since the golfer ordinarily does not carry his full complement of clubs in such a bag.
A pair of straps 26 and 28 are provided for carrying the bag 2. Each of the straps has one end fastened to a first stave 8 and the other end fastened to a second stave 8 in any suitable manner. Each connection may be permanent or one of the connections may be by means of a buckle 30, thus permitting adjustment for length. In carrying the bag 2 the golfer or caddy G slips one strap around one shoulder and the other strap around the other shoulder. The straps 26 and 28 are so positioned lengthwise of the bag 2 that the center of gravity of the bag in a substantially horizontal position with the clubs C therein will be approximately midway between the straps. The strap 26 may be slightly shorter than strap 28 so that the bag will tilt slightly upward toward its open end, thus lessening danger of the clubs from slipping out. However, when used in conjunction with my special club gripping means there is little or no danger of losing a club so that it is very desirable and advantageous to use both features of my invention for best results.
While one embodiment of my invention has been shown and described it will be apparent that other adaptations and modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the following claims.
1. A golf bag comprising a longitudinal body member for receiving golf clubs, two carrying straps fastened to said body member, one of said straps being located on each side of the transverse center of said body member, the ends of each strap being fastened to the outside of the bag in spaced relationship witheach other, one end of said body member being open to permit entry of said golf clubs into said body member, and a plurality of resilient members attached to said body member at said open end in general parallel relationship with each other, each of said resilient members having a plurality of slots therethrough, each slot having a first portion of sufficient size to receive the shaft of a club and a narrow open throat of such size that the club shaft may be forced therethrough into the first portion, each of said throats being open at the side opposite the first portion and all of said throats facing in an upward direction when the bag is being carried by the straps.
2. A golf bag comprising a longitudinal body member for receiving golf clubs, one end of said body member being open to permit entry of said golf clubs into said body member, and a plurality of resilient members attached to said body member at said open end in general parallel relationship with each other, each of said resilient members having a plurality of slots therethrough, each slot having a first portion of sufiicient size to receive the shaft of a club and a narrow open throat of such size that the club shaft may be forced therethrough into the first portion, each of said throats being open on the side opposite the first portion and all of said throats facing in the same general direction.
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