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Publication numberUS3012339 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 12, 1961
Filing dateDec 20, 1960
Priority dateDec 20, 1960
Publication numberUS 3012339 A, US 3012339A, US-A-3012339, US3012339 A, US3012339A
InventorsPeterson Clayton R
Original AssigneePeterson Clayton R
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bowling guide
US 3012339 A
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Dec. 12, 1961 c. R. PETERSON 3,012,339

BOWLING GUIDE Filed Dec. 20, 1960 IN V EN TOR. CLAYTON R. PETER 50 N ATTORNEYS United States Patent 3,012,339 BOWLING GUIDE Clayton R. Peterson, 1217 N. Meyers, Burbank, Calif. Filed Dec. 20, 1960, Ser. No. 77,197 4 Claims. (Cl. 35--29) This invention relates to a bowling guide and more particularly to an apparatus to be preferably small enough to be carried in a persons pocket to facilitate a person who is bowling to properly stand and aim a bowling ball for any given situation. The invention is particularly adaptable to and usable by bowlers using the technique known as spot bowling.

Spot bowling as is well-known in the art of bowling is a manner of aiming the ball when released, not at the pins which are at the far distance of the alley, but at spots or darts that are either inlaid or painted upon the surface of the alley a short distance from the foul line, with the assumption that if the ball is aimed correctly at a specific spot it will reach its desired destination. The invention is based upon the assumption that a skilled bowler will probably throw his ball so as to take a designated course and as hereinafter used in this specification, the term bail course will be understood to mean the line of travel of the ball thrown by the specific bowler every time he throws the ball and it is an object of this invention to provide a guide for such a consistent bowler which will tell him where to stand and at what dart or spot to aim no matter which of the ten pins he wishes to strike.

These and other objects, features and advantages will be apparent in the annexed specification in which;

FIGURE 1 is a perspective elevation of a guide embodying the invention.

FIGURE 2 is a section taken along the line 22 of FIGURE 1.

FIGURE 3 is a section taken along the line 3-3 of FIGURE 1.

FIGURE 4 is a section taken along the line 4-4 of FIGURE 2.

FIGURE 5 is a plan view of FIGURE 1 in a different position,

FIGURE 6 is a plan view showing the assembled guide in one position of user.

Referring now more particularly to the drawings, the invention includes a box-like structure 10 having open ends 11 and 12 formed of a transparent material such as glass, polystyrene or the like. Etched, drawn or otherwise depicted on the topside 13 of the member 10 is a line 14 which must be determined by the individual bowler and is a representation of the ball course as habitually thrown by the individual bowler. In this case it will be noted to be what is known as a hook curving from right to left. Slidably mounted in the box-like structure 10 is an elongated member 15 having its ends upturned as at 16 and 17 to form flanges which keep the member 15 from coming out of the box-like structure 10. The member 15 has generally the dimensions proportional to a conventional bowling alley and has formed thereon dots such as those indicated at 18 representing the positions of the ten pins, dots such as 19 representing the spots or darts to be aimed at and dots such as 20 which indicate ball release positions. 21 represents the foul line. The operation of the above-described device is as follows:

Assuming a bowler to have left after his first ball one or more pins standing, he will slide the member 15 around in the box-like member 10 so as to align his ball course 14 with the standing pins indicated by Xs in FIGURE 5,

will station himself so as to release his ball at one of the dots 20 indicated by an X in FIGURE 5 and will aim his ball at one of the dots or darts 19, also indicated by an X in FIGURE 5. If this is done properly and the ball is released so as to throw the bowlers habitual ball course, the remaining pins must of necessity be picked up.

Having fully described my invention it is to be understood that I do not wish to be limited to the details set forth, but my invention is of the full scope of the appended claims.

I claim:

1. A bowling guide comprising: a box-like structure having open ends and having at least the top thereof formed of transparent material capable of having a trace of a ball course imprinted thereon; an elongated slide within said structure with enlarged ends partially restraining said slide in said structure; spots on said slide representing respectively the position of each of the ten pins, the aiming darts and the proper ball release points; a line on said slide representing the foul line; said slide being of a relative width and length to conform to a normal bowling alley; said slide being maneuverable within said structure to position said ball course so as to indicate the proper ball release point and aiming dart to strike any one pin.

2. A bowling guide comprising: a box-like structure having open ends and having at least the top thereof formed of transparent material capable of having a trace of a ball course imprinted thereon; an elongated slide within said structure; spots on said slide representing respectively the position of each of the ten pins, the aiming darts and the proper ball release points; a line on said slide representing the foul line; said slide being of a relative width and length to conform to a normal bowling alley; said slide being maneuverable within said structure to position said ball course so as to indicate the proper ball release point and aiming dart to strike any one pin.

3. A bowling guide comprising: a box-like structure having open ends and having at least the top thereof formed of transparent material capable of having a trace of a ball course imprinted thereon; an elongated slide within said structure with enlarged ends partially restraining said slide in said structure; spots on said slide representing respectively the position of each of the ten pins, the aiming darts and the proper ball release points; said slide being of a relative Width and length to conform to a normal bowling alley; said slide being maneuverable within said structure to position said ball course so as to indicate the proper ball release point and aiming dart to strike any one pin.

4. A bowling guide comprising: a box-like structure having open ends and having at least the top thereof formed of transparent material capable of having a trace of a ball course imprinted thereon; an elongated slide within said structure; spots on said slide representing respectively the position of each of the ten pins, the aiming darts and the proper ball release points; said slide being of a relative width and length to conform to a normal bowling alley; said slide being maneuverable within said structure to position said ball course so as to indicate the v proper ball release point and aiming dart to strike any one pin.

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Referenced by
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US3279097 *Apr 16, 1964Oct 18, 1966Tomblin Jr John OBowlers' slide rule
US3374557 *May 17, 1965Mar 26, 1968Charles R. LotariusGame guide
US4035931 *Oct 20, 1976Jul 19, 1977Burger Charles HInterchangeable lane bowling calculator
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Classifications
U.S. Classification434/249, D21/785, 473/55
International ClassificationA63B69/00, A63D5/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63D5/00, A63B69/0046
European ClassificationA63D5/00