US 3228035 A
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Jan. 11, 1966 E. J. DAVIS WRIST SUPPORT GLOVE Filed June 5, 1964 INVENTOR. EL TON (I DAV/S United States Patent 3,228,935 WRIST SUPPORT GLOVE Elton J. Davis, P.0. Box 6, Glenwood, 111. Filed June 5, 1964, Ser. No. 372,851 1 Claim. (Cl. 2161) This invention relates to support devices for the hand in sports, such as golf or the like.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a wrist support glove which will prevent the wrist from breaking backward at the top of the back swing while playing golf. This condition which is found in nearly all golfers, including some professionals, prevents the golfer from producing a forceful connection with the ball. T here are causes for slicing which are not too serious and which can be readily controlled, but the slice which is caused by a broken wrist on the back swing is completely uncontrollable. However, after the ball has been hit and is well on its way, and the hand and arms go into the follow through, the left wrist must begin to break into a backward position, and the right Wrist becomes straight, this action, when wearing a well known device, causes considerable pain and may possibly damage the back of the left hand.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a wrist support glove which will have a tempered steel spring at the bend of the wrist, allowing it to break backward without pain, under approximately five to eight pounds of pressure. The amount of pressure at the yield point of the device must, of course, be tested for men and women.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a wrist support glove which will be a regular golfers glove and will also provide a means for controlling the left wrist.
A still further object of the present invention is to provide a wrist support glove which will possess the same features as described above and will be suitable for bowlers. Most bowlers cannot keep a straight wrist without becoming rigid, and the present device supports the wrist while allowing a certain amount of flexibility.
Other objects of the invention are to provide a Wrist support glove bearing the above objects in mind which is of simple construction, has a minimum number of parts, is inexpensive to manufacture and efiicien-t in operation and in use.
For other objects and for a better understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which:
FIGURE 1 is a top plan view of the present invention shown partly broken away;
FIGURE 2 is a bottom plan view of FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 3 is a cross sectional view of the wrist support shown in FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 4 is a plan view showing a modified form of support;
FIGURE 5 is an end view of FIGURE 4; and
FIGURE 6 is a bottom plan view of a modified form of glove for bowling use.
Referring now more in detail to the drawing, a wrist support glove 10 made in accordance with the present invention is shown to include a spring l2 within the glove having an inwardly curved area 14 to allow proper support and flexibility to prevent pain when golfing. Spring 12 is within a protective covering material 17 secured by adhesive or stitching to glove 10, the covering 3228335 Patented Jan. 11, 1966 preventing irritation to the golfers wrist. Glove 10 is provided with a leather strap 18 having a buckle 19 at the forearm area which provides a means for securing glove I0 comfortably at the forearm area of the user.
In use, the wearer places glove 19 upon the left hand if he is a righthanded golfer, and during the follow through of the golf stroke spring 12 provides cflicient support without causing pain to the wrist of the user.
A modified form of spring support 29 is shown to include a tapered spring plate 22 which is secured to a rectangular smaller plate 24 of the same material, by means of a strap 26 which is secured by suitable fastening means.
Support 20 provides the same function as previously described for the main embodiment of the present invention and is secured within the back of the wrist area of the glove.
Another modified form of wrist support glove 28 is shown to be fingerless and to have a palm pad 30 which provides maximum support and will be in the contour of a bowling ball. A tapered plate 32 is secured within glove 28 within the back area of the wrist and serves to aid the bowler in keeping his wrist straight but not rigid while accomplishing this in comfort.
It shall be noted that the spring components of the herein described invention always provide proper tension for support of the wrist, while still providing flexibility sufiicient to be comfortable.
While various changes may be made in the detail construction, it shall be understood that such changes shall be within the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claim.
What I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent of the United States is:
A wrist support glove comprising in combination a glove, a leaf type spring member carried within the wrist area of said glove providing proper support for the Wrist while the wearer is engaged in sports, a forearm strap carried by said glove providing support for said glove to the forearm, said spring member extending forward toward the fingers of said glove and extending rearward beneath the strap area of said glove to provide proper support of the wrist for more eflective control of the hand, an arcuately indented area on either side of said spring member within said glove providing flexibility to a greater degree in the other areas of said spring member to control the bend of the wrist and said flexible leaf type spring member being encased within a suitable covering material secured to the back of and within said glove, one end of said spring member forming a smaller end which extends towards the forearm and is encompassed by said strap secured to said glove and thus adopted to firmly support and hold said glove at the forearm above the wrist.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,577,540 3/1926 Punches 216 2,154,197 4/1939 Callaway 2159 2,831,196 4/1958 Schei'ber 2-161 2,924,458 2/1960 Barry 27354 3,049,717 8/1962 Meyer 27354 3,123,832 3/1964 Kubik -5 2-161 JORDAN FRANKLIN, Primary Examiner. G. V. LARKIN, Assistant Examiner.