US 3059681 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Oct. 23, 1962 c. LORBESKI GOLF BAG COVER Filed Feb. 16, 1961 7 INVENTOR. LEO 6T 02225?! ATTORNEY United States Patent f 3,059,681 GOLF BAG COVER Leo C. Lorbeski, 3328 Highcrest Road, Minneapolis 18, Minn. Filed Feb. 16, 1961, Ser. No. 89,682 8 Claims. (Cl. 15052) This invention relates to golf bag covers. More particularly it relates to golf bag covers adapted for usage by the owner while he is playing the game of golf.
It is a general object of my invention to provide a new and improved golf bag cover constructed and designed to enable the owner to utilize the same while engaged in playing the game of golf so as to protect his golf clubs from the Weather elements.
A more specific object is to provide a novel and improved golf bag cover so constructed and arranged as to permit the same to be quickly, easily, and readily moved to an out of way position to enable the owner to select the proper club for the next shot and to thereafter be returned to covering position so as to protect the remaining clubs from the weather elements.
Another object is to provide a novel and improved golf bag cover designed to readily pivot to a position where the golf clubs within the golf bag will protrude to facilitate selection of the proper club and to thereafter be quickly and easily pivoted to a return protecting position relative to the remainder of the clubs.
Another object is to provide a novel and improved golf bag cover so constructed and arranged to enable the same to be collapsed into small compass when not in use.
These and other objects and advantages of my invention will more fully appear from the following description, made in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference characters refer to the same or similar parts throughout the several views, and in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of my golf bag cover applied to a golf cart and golf bag.
FIG. 2 is a plan view of my golf bag cover.
FIG. 3 is a vertical sectional view taken through my golf bag cover and showing the clamp means in side elevation.
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the clamp means with a portion of the pivot post or pin broken away; and
FIG. 5 is a detailed side elevational view of the lower end of the framework supporting the hood member of my golf bag cover.
One embodiment of my invention is shown in FIGS. 15, FIG. 1 illustrating the golf bag cover being applied to a golf cart 6 having a handle member 7 and a golf bag 8 having open upper end portions 9 and a handle portion 10. As best shown in FIGS. 1 and 3 the golf bag cover is designed to be applied to the upper and open end of the golf bag 8 in order to protect the clubs contained within the golf bag against the weather elements and to facilitate the removal and reinsertion of the clubs relative to the bag during the playing operation while permitting the remaining clubs to be protected by the cover while the shot is being executed.
As shown, the golf bag cover includes clamp means indicated generally by the numeral 11 which is comprised of a rigid arched member 12 having a vertical slot 13 formed therein to form two opposed leg members 14 and 15 which are joined by a transversely extending pivot pin 16 intermediate their ends. The lower portions of the clamp means 11 is provided with a pair of transversely spaced clamp elements 1 7 and 18, which as shown, are reversed upon themselves to form clips and which define a transverse downwardly facing opening adapted to receive therein the open upper end of the golf bag 8. As
3,059,681 Patented Oct. 23, 1962 best shown in FIG. 3, the wall structure of the golf bag '8 will slip into the opening defined by the slots -17 and 18 so that the clamping means I I will be firmly secured to the open upper end of the golf bag. It will be noted that the arch indicated by the numeral 19 is of ample size to accommodate the handle 10 of a golf bag. Its rigidity provides a firm pivot base for the upright rigid framework indicated generally by the numeral 20 which is secured thereto.
The upright framework 20 includes an elongated shank 21 which has a slot 22 formed therein at its lower end. The slot 22, as best shown in FIG. 5 is designed to accommodate the pivot pin 16 and extends first inwardly and then upwardly as clearly shown in FIG. 5.
Secured to the upper end of the upwardly and for- Wardly extending member 21 is a generally horizontally extending rigid member 23. The two elements 21 and 23 are connected by a bolt and wing nut indicated by the numeral 24 so that they may be detached when desired and their abutting surfaces are preferably corrugated so as to avoid relative swinging movement between the two elements. A transverse cross member 25 is carried by the forward end portions of the member 23 and the ball 26 is secured to the extreme forward end thereof.
Supported by the framework 20 is a hood member indicated generally by the numeral 27. The hood member 27 is preferably formed of a flexible material which is waterproof such as one of the many plastic compositions and is provided with a sleeve member 28 which receives the upright member 21 therethrough. In addition, a sleeve 29 secures the upper Wall 30 of the hood member 27 to the member 23 and a third sleeve 31 extends around the transverse member 25, thereby securing the hood member in supported relation to the framework 26'.
As best shown in FIGS. 1 and 3 the hood member 27 has a downwardly facing opening adapted to receive the upper end of the golf bag therein. In addition, it has a forward wall which is defined by a pair of forwardly extending flaps 32 and 33 which are provided with snap fasteners 34 and 35 at their forward edges so that the front wall may be closed in enveloping relation to the handle 7 as best shown in FIG. 1. An elongated connector 36 is secured to one of the flaps 32 by similar snap fastening means as shown at one end portion thereof and the other end portion carries corresponding snap fastener means adapted to be secured to the lower end of the flap 33. When the connector 36 is secured to each of the flaps 32 and 33 and the fasteners 35 and 34 are open, the hood member 27 may be tilted rearwardly to the broken line position shown in FIG. 3, thereby making the clubs within the bag readily available for selection of the proper club immediately prior to a particular shot. After the club has been selected the entire assembly may be tilted forwardly about the pivot pin 16 to the full line position shown in FIGS. 1 and 3 by merely pulling the knob 26 forwardly slightly. The connector 36' precludes the assembly from tilting too far rearwardly.
From the above it can be seen that I have provided a simple, inexpensive golf bag cover which can be easily and quickly applied to the golf bag or detached therefrom as desired and which will not interfere substantially with the play of the owner during inclement weather. When the connector 36 is secured to the lower end of the edge portions of the flaps 32 and 33 it will arrest the rearward swinging movement of the cover in the broken line position shown and the flaps 32 and 33 will open, (assuming the fasteners 34 and 35 are detached) so that the clubs will be readily viewable and accessible to the player. As soon as the player has selected the desired club the entire assembly may be quickly and easily tilted forward to a position where the upper Wall 30 will adequately protect the remaining clubs from the weather elements. Upon completion of the particular stroke the player can easily insert the club into the bag by lifting upwardly on the handle, dropping the handle of the club between the flaps 32 and 33 and then pulling the knob 36 forwardly again whereupon the hood member will swing about the pivot pin 16 to the full line position shown in FIG. 3.
In the event there is considerable wind the flaps 32 and 33 may be secured by way of the snap fasteners 34 and 35 and by connecting the connector member 36 to the lower ends of the edge portions thereon. When so secured the clubs will be completely protected from inclement weather. In addition, the entire hood member may be removed from the golf bag, if desired, by merely pulling upwardly on the clamp 11, causing the clips 17 and 18 to release the wall structure of the bag 8. The element 21 can then be withdrawn from the clamp means 11 by pulling outwardly thereon and the element 23 may be collapsed relative thereto by releasing the wing nut 24. The entire cover member may thereupon be rolled into small compass for storage during fair weather conditions.
It will, of course, be understood that various changes may be made in the form, details, arrangement and proportions of the parts without departing from the scope of my invention which consists of the matter shown and described herein and set forth in the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
l. A golf bag cover comprising clamp means adapted to engage and be secured to the wall structure of the upper and open end of a golf bag, an upright support pivotally mounted upon said clamp means and extending upwardly therefrom, said support being pivotable in an upright plane when said clamp means is so secured to .an upright golf bag, and a hood member secured to said support and supported thereby and pivoting therewith, said hood member being constructed and arranged and pivotable to completely cover and protect the upper and open end of the golf bag and the golf clubs therein from the weather elements when said clamp means is so secured to the golf bag.
2. The structure defined in claim 1 wherein said support extends first upwardly and then forwardly from said clamp means.
3. The structure defined in claim 1 wherein said hood member extends forwardly from said support and around the golf clubs when said clamp member is so secured to a golf bag containing such clubs.
4. The structure defined in claim 1 wherein said support is readily detachable from said clamp means and exit tends upwardly and forwardly therefrom, said support and said hood member being collapsible into small compass.
5. A golf bag cover comprising clamp means having clamp elements defining a transverse opening adapted to receive the wall structure of the open end of a golf bag therein, an upright framework pivotally mounted upon said clamp means and extending upwardly therefrom, said framework being pivotable about a transverse axis extending substantially parallel to said opening, and a protective hood member secured to said framework and supported thereby and pivoting therewith, said hood member extending laterally and forwardly from said framework and having an opening facing downwardly and being adapted when said framework is pivoted forwardly to cover and protect any golf clubs contained within such a golf bag when said clamp means is secured thereto.
6. The structure defined in claim 5 wherein said clamp means includes a rigid arched member and a pair of transversely spaced resilient clip members mounted on said arched member, said clip members being reversed upon themselves and defining a downwardly facing opening.
7. The structure defined in claim 5 wherein said hood member has an opening at the bottom thereof adapted to receive the upper end of a golf bag therein and has a pair of forwardly facing flap members extending vertically along the forward side of said hood member and adapted to swing outwardly to facilitate access to the golf clubs within a golf bag when said clamp means is so secured thereto.
8. The structure defined in claim 5 wherein said hood member has an open bottom adapted to receive the open end of a golf bag therein to protectively cover the golf clubs contained in the bag, said hood member having a forward wall defined by a pair of vertically extending flaps adapted to be detachably secured together at their forward edge portions, and an elongated connector extending between the lower end portions of said flaps and connecting the same, said connector being of sufficient length to permit said hood member to swing upwardly and rearwardly to provide access to clubs within the bag while limiting the extend or rearward swing movement of said hood member.
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