US 3123832 A
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March 10, 1964 c. J. KUBIK 3,123,832
BOWLING GLOVE Filed Sept. 29, 1960 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Fig./
C/ayfan J. Kubik 24 INVENTOR.
BY nun W 5.
March 10, 1964 c. J. KUBlK 3,123,832
BOWLING GLOVE Filed Sept. 29, 1960 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Fig.5
C/ayfon -l. Kubik l2 INVENTOR.
United States Patent 3,123,832 BGW LING GLOVE Clayton E. Knhik, Broomfield Heights, Colo. (1596 Irving St., Idaho Falis, Idaho) Filed Sept. 29, 1%ti, Ser. No. 59,417 5 Claims. (Cl. 2-161) This invention comprises a novel and useful bowling glove and more particularly relates to a glove specifically adapted for use by bowlers and which will enable the bowler to obtain a much more effective and secure grip upon the bowling ball.
The primary object of this invention is to provide a bowling glove which will enable the bowler to obtain a much more secure grip on a bowling ball, and will greatly facilitate and improve the accuracy of the bowler by perfecting his control of the ball and lessening hand strain.
A further object of the invention is to provide a bowling glove in accordance with the preceding object which may be profitably utilized both by the novice and by the skilled bowler for the purpose of improving his game and score and for correcting certain faults in grip or delivery which are inherent in the technique of many bowlers.
A further object of the invention is to provide a bowling glove which will provide a resilient stiffening action upon the back of the hand and knuckles of the bowler thereby insuring a tight, comfortable form fit free of slippage for each individual bowler.
A further object of the invention is to provide a bowling glove having therein an insert either rigid or cushioning in character which is permanently secured in the palm of the glove and in a position effective to give proper support to the ball and which has one face thereof shaped to conform to the contour of the surface of the ball.
Yet another object of the invention is to provide a bowling glove which in addiiton to comfortably fitting the hand of the bowler will enable the latter to obtain a much more secure grip on the ball and yet will allow complete freedom of movement of the hand and fingers of the bowler during the delivery of the ball.
Yet another object of the invention is to provide a bowling glove which can be used by bowlers with all of the different grips and styles of delivery.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a bowling glove in which provision is made for readily adjusting and varying the performance of the glove to adapt it to different specific sizes of bowlers hands and for different palm spans, as by providing interchangeable inserts in a pocket in the glove thus enabling the bowler to obtain a permanent pad type of custom-fitted glove particularly adapted for his own requirements.
A further important obiect of the invention is to provide a bowling glove which will strengthen and reinforce the hand of the bowler thereby reducing the strain of bowling without in any way impairing the accuracy of his delivery.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a bowling glove which shall be so constructed as to provide an elastic band sewn into the glove at the wrist which will substantially completely encircle the wrist and with adequate support to the wrist to control bending and enabling the bowler to with greater facility obtain the proper delivery of the ball.
Still another and very important object of the invention is to provide a bowling glove which will enable the bowler to obtain a positive grip on the bowling ball by the provision of a peg carried by the glove which is insertable into a hole drilled in the ball.
Yet another object of the invention is to provide a bowling glove which by the provision of a rubber suction cup substituted for the positive grip peg set forth in the Patented Mar. 10, 1964 preceding object will train the bowler in controlling the back swing or positive release of the ball.
A further and more specific object of the invention is to provide a bowling glove in accordance with the foregoing objects wherein indicia are provided upon the back of the glove to enable the bowler to better determine visually the position of his hand and fingers upon the ball and during his delivery.
And a final object of the invention to be specifically enumerated herein resides in the provision of a bowling glove having interchangeable compartments adjustable to adapt the glove to the individual hand for effectively utilizing different grips and deliveries.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
FIGURE 1 is a view in plan showing a bowling glove in accordance with this invention positioned for proper use upon the right hand of the bowler and showing the palm surface of the glove;
FIGURE 2 is a plan view showing the back side of the glove shown in FIGURE 1.
FIGURE 3 is a vertical transverse sectional View taken upon an enlarged scale substantially upon the plane indicated by section line 33 of FIGURE 1 and showing certain structural details of the glove with its positive grip for a bowling ball;
FIGURE 4 is an elevational view of a suction cup attachment which may replace the positive grip peg of FIGURE 3 for certain uses of the glove;
FIGURE 5 is a view in elevation showing the manner in which the device is employed by a bowler when gripping a ball for delivering the same;
FIGURE 6 is an exploded perspective view of the ad- 'justable pad assembly forming an essential feature of the glove; and
FIGURE 7 is a view in vertical section through the bowling glove and showing a still further construction of the same.
The bowling glove in accordance with this invention is an abbreviated type of glove consisting of palm and back sections it and 12 suit-ably secured together as by scams or the like 14. These sections may be of any suitable pliable material which will comfortably receive the hand of the bowler and permit freedom of flexing of his fingers. In some instances, the palm and back sections may be of one-piece construction sewn together by a single seam shown at 14, while in other instances they may consist of two separate sections seamed at both sides thereof. In any event, the glove has its thumb portion cutaway as at 16 in order to permit full exposure of the bowlers thumb as shown in FIGURES l and 2, and the finger-stalls 18 are all abbreviated and cut away to substantially completely expose the bowlers fingers providing merely enough of the stalls to securely position the glove upon the bowlers hand. However, the glove has a finger stall 29 for the little finger which is complete and which preferably upon the front and back thereof is provided with non-slip gripping surfaces 22 and 24 for the purpose of enabling the bowler to more firmly grip the ball with the glove. These gripping surfaces may be either a material having a substantial coefficient of friction which is secured to the surfaces of the palm and back sections of the glove or may comprise specially treated areas of the surfaces of the finger stall 20. "In particular, it is convenient to provide these surfaces of a separate piece of material such as rubber or the like suitably bonded to the glove as by an adhesive or the like.
At the wrist portion of the glove there is provided a band 26 of a suitable elastic sheet material which is secured to the adjacent edge portion of the gloove as by a seam 34) or the like and which thus encircles the wrist of the user in a resilient elastic manner to cause the glove to snugly accommodate itself to the users hand. Suitable fasteners such as snap fasteners 32 are secured to adjacent ends of the band 26 in order to permit quick attachrnent of the wrist band of the glove to the user and removal therefrom as well as to adjust the tightness of the fit of the wrist band upon the user. Obviously other retaining means, such as wrist straps and the like would be employed it being desired to insure a firm, nonslipping but comfortably fitting engagement of the glove upon the bowlers hand.
Referring now particularly to FIGURE 2 it will be observed that the back section 12 has a stiffening member 34 applied thereto. This stiffening member as shown in FIGURE 2 extends from the wrist band 26 down to the fingers of the glove or slightly short thereof and is disposed medially of the glove. It preferably has a substantially straight edge 36 extending down one side thereof which is adapted to the little finger side of the back section while an angulated V-shaped edge 38 is formed upon the opposite side of this portion. The two edges 33 and 36 are joined by a straight edge 4%. The stiffener is either secured directly to the back surface of the back section as by stitching, a suitable adhesive or the like; or may be secured in a cut-out portion of the corresponding shape in the back section. In any event, the stiffener 34 is preferably of an elastic or resilient material capable of a two-way stretch so as to cause the gloove to inherently tend to contract upon the hand of the user and thus snugly fit the same and thus accommodate different sizes of hands; and also to impart a reinforcing stiffness or tension across the back of the hand to thus stiffen the fingers of the user in the delivery of a bowling ball.
Across the knuckle portion of the stiffener 34 there is secured an additional layer of the elastic material extending, as shown in FIGURE 2, from the transverse line 39 to the seam 4% to thereby provide increased stiffness to stretching across the knuckles.
Positioned on the back section 12 are indicia arrows 41 and 43 oriented as shown to extend respectively longitudinally and obliquely to the straightened wrist and hand of the bowler. These arrows afford a visual indication to the bowler as to the disposition of the hand and grip during his delivery.
Referring now particularly to FIGURE 3, it will be seen that the palm section has a piece of pliable material 50 secured thereto as by stitches 52 to form between the pieces of material and the palm section it) a pocket 54 in which is received a pad 56 comprising a palm piece, see FIGURE 6, of suitable material which may be either of rigid unyielding characteristics or may be of a cushioning and yielding nature if desired. This pad has one face 58 thereon contoured to fit the palm of the hand of the user as shown in FIGURE 3, while its opposite face 60 is substantially planar. This pad is somewhat wedge shaped as will be apparent from FIG- URES 3 and 6 and this pad is provided with an internally threaded bore 62 therein for a purpose to be subsequently apparent. Also receivable in the pocket 54 is a spacer or shim member 64 of any suitable material whether rigid or yielding, and having parallel plane faces one of which is disposed upon the flat surface 6t) of the palm piece. The spacer member 64 is of any desired thickness and is used to adjust or build up the effective thickness of the pad 56 to the desired dimension. The spacer or wedge member 64 likewise is provided with a bore 66 of the same size as and alignable with the bore 62.
Finally, there is provided still another pad 70, com,- prising a face piece, of a preferably rigid or non-yielding material likewise being threadedly apertured as at 72. The pad 70 is generally wedge shaped and has a i fiat or plane surface 73 which is adapted to bear against the piece of palm section it) which bears against the flat surface of the spacer member as, the pad 70 also having a somewhat concave surface '74 which is adapted to conform to the contour of a bowling ball to more effectively grip and control the same. A further sheet of pliable material 76 may be secured to the ball gripping surface '74 of the pad 70 and to the material of the palm section It) by the stitches 52.
By selecting the right thickness of spacer 64 the distance of the face piece 70 from the palm of the hand can be varied to accommodate variations in the span of the bowlers fingers as necessitated by the use of different grips.
As so far described, it will be seen that this construction enables the bowler to have a definite and/ or yieldable support in the palm of his hand conforming to the surface of the bowling ball to thus ef"ect a much more accurate and secure control and gripping of the same. The palm piece, face piece and spacer are detachably secured together by a fastener to be subsequently described.
In the case of beginners, it is often desirable to pro vide a positive ball engaging means. For this purpose there is provided a gripping pin or peg 36, see FIGURE 3, mounted on the palm section It) by means of an externally threaded shank 52 which is engaged in the threaded bores 62 and 72 of the pads 56 and '75 which are secured to the palm section as described supra. This peg projects just sufficiently outwardly from the palm of the glove and from the face 74 of the face piece '70 to enable the bowler to insert this peg in a previously prepared bore in the surface of the bowling ball, as suggested in FIGURE 5, in order to thereby obtain a positive control of the ball during the delivery of the same.
In some instances, particularly with novices, it may be desired in order to correct defects in the back-swing of the bowler to provide a replacement member for this purpose. Thus as shown in FIGURE 4 there is provided a further insert member consisting of a suction cup 84 having an externally threaded stem or shank 86 by means of which it may be inserted into the bores 62 and 72 in substitution for the positive gripping pin 80.
Expert bowlers may desire to dispense with the additional ball control features of the projecting pin or of the suction cup 34. For that purpose a threaded bolt terminating flush with the surface 74 of the face piece '7 0 may be employed. One of the three forms of fasteners is necessary in order to retain the members 56, 64, and 70 securely together.
As shown in FIGURE 7 it may be desirable in some instances to provide a permanently secured pad for the bowling glove in place of the above mentioned adjustable construction. Thus, as shown in FIGURE 7 the previously mentioned cushioning pad 56 is disposed in the pocket which is now formed by the sheet of material fit) upon the interior of the palm section 16 and a pad 92 is permanently secured to the exterior of the palm section. This pad is of the desired thickness, and has a ball engaging surface 94 corresponding to the contour of the ball for gripping the same.
The form of the invention shown in FIGURES 1-6 is particularly useful in adapting a glove to beginners, while the form of FIGURE 7 is particularly useful for experienced bowlers and those who wish a permanently fixed support. A very important advantage of this invention is that it provides a means for enabling a bowler to repeat with mechanical exactness a desired grip and swing for his delivery of a ball.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention as claime What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. A bowlers glove having palm and back sections joined together for receiving the hand of a bowler therein, a full finger enclosing stall for receiving the little finger, three partial finger stalls being of a length only sufl'lcient so as to retain the glove on the hand of a bowler, and means secured to said palm section and projecting therefrom, said means having a concave surface adapted to conform to and engage a bowling ball, said ball engaging means being provided with a threaded bore therein, and a peg, said peg having its inner end threadedly received within said bore and its outer end projecting beyond said means for engagement in a bore in the surface of a ball.
2. In a bowling glove, a palm portion, a back portion, a wrist portion and fingers and thumb areas, and a wedge portion on the palm portion of said glove; said wedge portion having a substantially straight front edge, a substantially straight side edge extending longitudinally of the glove adjacent the thumb area of said glove, and extending substantially perpendicularly from the inner end of said front edge, and a rear edge extending from the other end of said front edge to the rear end of said side edge; said wedge portion decreasing in thickness as it extends from said rear edge toward its front and side edges, and a peg attached to the wedge portion projecting laterally therefrom for engagement of the outer end of the peg within the normally provided bore of a bowling ball.
3. In a bowling glove, a palm portion, a back portion, a wrist portion and fingers and thumb areas, and a wedge portion on the palm portion of said glove; said wedge portion having a substantially straight front edge, a substantially straight side edge extending longitudinally of the glove adjacent the thumb area of said glove, and extending substantially perpendicularly from the inner end of said front edge, and a rear edge extending from the outer end of said front edge to the rear end of said side edge; said wedge portion decreasing in thickness as it extends from said rear edge toward its front and side edges, and a member attached to the wedge portion projecting laterally therefrom, said member having a suction cup provided on its outer end for engaging the surface of a bowling ball.
4. In a bowling glove, a palm portion, a back portion, a Wrist portion and fingers and thumb areas, and a wedge portion on the palm portion of said glove; said wedge portion extending to a point forward of the lateral plane area of the thumb area and extending to a point closely adjacent the finger areas of said glove, said wedge portion being in the form of 2. padding decreasing in thickness as it extends forwardly, and a peg attached to the wedge portion projecting laterally therefrom for engagement of the outer end of the peg Within the normally provided bore of a bowling ball.
5. The combination of claim 2 wherein said back portion has a stiffener of an elastic sheet material secured thereto and positioned over a major portion of the back portion.
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