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G. V. MAZZA March 4, 1969 GLOVE CONSTRUCT ION Filed Feb. 26, 1968 Sheet of 2 FIG.1
OOVODO O INVENTOR. Gerald V. Mazza ATTORNEY March 4, 1969 G. V. MAZZA GLOVE CONSTRUCTION Sheet Filed Feb. 26, 1968 FIG.6
United States Patent 3,430,265 GLOVE CONSTRUCTION Gerald V. Mazza, 752 Westminster Road, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230 Continuation-impart of application Ser. No. 634,367, Apr. 27, 1967. This application Feb. 26, 1968, Ser.
US. Cl. 2162 Int. Cl. A4111 19/00 1 Claim ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS This application is a continuation-in-part of my copending application Ser. No. 634,3 67, filed Apr. 27, 1967, now abandoned.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Field of the invention This invention relates generally to a glove construction, and more particularly, to a golf glove having means for adjusting the width of the glove to provide a skin tight fit when the glove is in use.
Description of the prior art Heretofore, glove constructions have been proposed having an opening in the front or back portions thereof which are closed by fastening means, such as buttons and button holes or complementary snap-engaging fasteners. The diificulty and disadvantage in wearing these gloves when playing the game of golf, are that the above noted fasteners do not provide means for adjusting the width of the glove to obtain a skin tight fit on the hand of the wearer. For example, most golfers today wear a golf glove to assist them in firmly gripping the shaft of a golf club to ensure the proper swing and contact with the golf ball, and thus improve the golfers game. It has been found, however, that the golf glove must have a skin tight fit in order for it to properly perform its intended function. Furthermore, gloves constructed with the above noted fastening means usually do not conform to the regulations established by the United States Golfers Association. In this connection, the weight of the fasteners is often found to be objectionable because it mechanically assists the golfers hand in bearing down during the impact of the club with the ball. The present invention provides a golf glove construction that overcomes the difficulties and disadvantages heretofore known with existing golf gloves,
3,430,265 Patented Mar. 4, 1969 while also conforming to the glove regulations established by the United States Golfers Association.
Summary of the invention The glove construction of the present invention provides for the back portion of the glove to be split from the open end of the glove toward the finger stalls to facilitate sliding the glove onto the hand of the wearer. A flap extends from one split edge of the back portion and is arranged to overlap the other split edge of said back portion and be releasably interconnected to the overlapped portion by means of a nylon tape closure. Such a closure comprises flexible loop and hook means respectively mounted on opposing surfaces of said flap and overlapped portion, whereby selected surface areas of the respective overlapping portions may be interconnected by said loop and hook means for adjusting the width of the glove to the size of the wearers hand to insure a skin tight fit of the glove when it is in use. An elastic strip is provided on the front portion of the glove and extends along the open end thereof for gathering the front wrist covering portion to further insure a snug fit when wearing the glove. In another embodiment of the invention, a pair of flaps extend respectively from the split edges of the back portion of the assembled glove. In this embodiment, the flexible loop and hook closure means are respectively mounted on opposing surfaces of the flaps for releasably and adjustably interconnecting said flaps in overlapping relation.
Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to provide a glove construction having means for adjusting the width thereof to assure a skin tight fit when the glove is in use.
Another object and feature of the present invention is to provide a glove construction that is economical to manufacture and gives long lasting service.
The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from a consideration of the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
Brief description of the drawings FIGURE 1 is a rear elevational view of a glove constructed in accordance with the present invention, the overlapping flap being shown partly turned backward;
FIGURE 2 is a plan view of the blank from which the glove of FIGURE 1 is constructed;
FIGURE 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken through line 33 of FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 4 is a reduced front elevational view, with parts broken away, of the glove constructed in accordance with the present invention;
FIGURE 5 is a view similar to FIGURE 1 illustrating another embodiment of the invention;
FIGURE 6 is a plan view of the blank from which the glove of FIGURE 5 is constructed; and
FIGURE 7 is an enlarged sectional view taken through line 77 of FIGURE 5.
Description of the preferred embodiment Referring to the drawings, and more particularly to FIGURES 1 through 4, numeral 10 represents a glove constructed according to the present invention. The glove 10 is formed from the blank 12 shown in FIGURE 2 and is preferably constructed of a light leather or other suitable flexible fabric material. Blank 12 has a substantially rectangular shaped body member '14 which is provided with crease lines 16 for separating the glove into front portion 18 and split back portions 20 and 21. Front portion 18 is formed with preformed spaced parallel slits 22 defining finger portions 24 and the rear portions 20 and 21 of the glove blank are similarly formed with finger defining portions 28. If desired, the finger portions 24 and 28 may further be formed with a series of aligned perforations 30 for purposes of ventilation. The palm area of the front portion 18 is formed with a diagonal slit 32 in line with the forefinger 34. The slit 32 intersects a cutaway portion 36 into which extends a triangular shaped insert 38; said insert terminating in a thumb stall portion 50 projecting from the front portion 18 of the glove as shown in FIGURE 4. A flap portion 40 extends from a side edge of blank 12 and serves to close the split back portions 20', 21 in a manner hereinafter described.
In assembling the glove, the blank 12 is folded along the lines 16 thus bringing the front finger portions 24 and the back finger portions 28 in face to face relation whereupon they are secured together along the edges thereof by rows of stitching 42 to form finger stalls 44 in the completed glove. As is common in the construction of gloves of this character, the finger portions 24, 28 are also connected by the usual gussets and forchettes, not shown, which are stitched as at 42 to complete the finger stalls 44. Referring to FIGURE 1, the split back portions 20 and 21 are closed for an area extending from the base of the finger stalls to the knuckle covering portion of the glove by means of stitching 46. In other words, the back portion of glove is constructed having an opening or slit 48 extending from the open end of the glove toward the finger stalls for permitting the glove to be easily put on and taken off the hand of the wearer as required. Accordingly, flap 40 is shown as extending from one split edge of the back portion and is arranged to overlap the other split edge of said back portion and be releasably interconnected to the overlapped portion by means of a nylon tape closure of the kind available under the trade name Velcro. Such a tape closure consists essentially of two pieces of nylon tape. One piece is covered with a myriad of finely woven filaments formed into permanent hooks. The other piece is covered with soft nylon loops. When pressed together, the two tapes engage and fasten tightly to form a firm shear resistant bond. However, the tapes separate readily by simply peeling them apart.
Referring to FIGURES 1 and 3, a nylon tape 52 is secured to the under-surface of flap 40 and is covered with nylon loops 54 projecting therefrom. A nylon tape 56 having nylon hooks 58 projecting therefrom is also secured to the outer surface of the overlapped back portion of the glove. Accordingly, when the tapes 52 and 56 are pressed together, the hooks 58 enter between the closely woven loops 54 and strongly grip such loops so as to releasably retain the tapes 52 and 56 in pressed-together relationship, but may be separated by merely forcibly pulling apart the tapes. Accordingly, it will now be appreciated that by means of the novel glove construction described above, the width of the glove may be readily adjusted to the size of the wearers hand to ensure a skin tight fit by merely interconnecting selected surface areas of the respective overlapping tapes 52 and 56; thereby assisting the wearer in obtaining a firmer grip on the golf club and improving his game. If desired, the glove can be worn constantly throughout the game with comfort since the Velcro fasteners can be instantly opened to decrease the amount of perspiration encountered in heretofore known golf golves. The glove construction is such that it can be worn as snug or as loose as the wearer desires for maximum efiiciency and comfort.
While flap 40 is illustrated as being formed integral with the blank 12, it will be appreciated that the flap can be formed separately and then secured to a split edge of the back portion by means of stitching or the like. Furthermore, in the preferred embodiment, flap 4G is formed having a longitudinal extent equal to that of the split edges of the back portion of the assembled glove. It will further be appreciated that the mounting arrangement of the tapes 52 and 56 can be alternatively reversed, whereby tape 56 would be secured to the under-surface of flap 40 and tape 52 would be secured to the outer surface of the overlapped back portion of the glove.
In accordance with the present invention and as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4 elastic means in the form of an elastic strip 60 is mounted preferably on the inner surface of front portion 18 of the glove by means of stitching 62 or the like. Elastic strip 60 extends along the open end of the glove and is provided for gathering the front wrist covering portion thereof to insure a snug fit of the glove when it is in use.
FIGURES 5, 6 and 7 illustrate another embodiment of the glove constructed according to the present invention wherein those portions that are common to the first embodiment are identified by the same reference numbers followed by the symbol prime Accordingly, the 10' of this embodiment is constructed from the blank 12' illustrated in FIGURE 6 and is provided with flaps 64 and 66 extending respectively from opposite side edges thereof. When the blank 12 is folded along the lines 16' and the fingers and thumb stalls 44' and 50' respectively, are shaped and constructed in the manner heretofore described, the split back portions 20 and 21' are closed for an area extending from the base of the finger stalls to the knuckle covering portion of the glove by means of stitching 46. Accordingly, flaps 64 and 66 extend from the respective split edges of the back portion of the assembled glove and are provided with a Velcro type closure for releasably and adjustably interconnecting said flaps in overlapping relation. More particularly, a tape 52 having nylon loops 54 projecting therefrom is secured to the under surface of flap 64 and a similar tape 56' having nylon hooks 58 projecting therefrom is secured to the outer surface of flap 66. The inter-cooperation of loops 54' and hooks 58' is such that the wearer can interconnect selected surface areas of the respective overlapping tapes, in the manner heretofore described, to readily adjust the width of the glove to the size of the wearers hand to insure a skin tight fit.
It is to be further understood that the gloves of the present invention can be worn when playing other sports aside from the game of golf. In this connection, the gloves can be made in various lengths depending upon the use intended and in all such applications, the gloves would be constructed with the above noted fastening arrangement so as to assure a skin tight fit when in use.
What is claimed is:
1. A glove comprising:
(a) a hollow flexible body member having front and back portions;
(b) finger stalls projecting from one end of the body member;
(0) a thumb stall projecting from the front portion of the body member intermediate the ends thereof;
(d) the other end of the body member being open for receiving the hand of the wearer;
(e) the back portion of the body member being split from the open end of the body member toward the finger stalls to facilitate sliding the glove onto the hand of the wearer;
(f) a pair of flaps extending respectively from the split edges of the back portion, each of said flaps having a longitudinal extent substantially equal to that of the split edges of the back portion and having a tapered longitudinally extending side edge for increasing the transverse dimension of said flaps toward the open end of the body member;
(g) flexible loop and hook means respectively mounted on opposing surfaces of said flaps for releasably and adjustably interconnecting selected opposed surface area of said flaps in overlapping relation to adjust the fit of the glove on the hand of the wearer, References Cited the tapered side edges of the overlapping flaps being UNITED STATES PATENTS in diverging relation to each other to maximize the areas of contact of the flaps in any adjusted position ggfi f and h f f h b d 5 1,432,005 10/1922 Wolf 2 169 x e astlc m eans 051 t 6 Font p f 0 t e O y 2 085 4 7 6/1937 Lipton 1 member, said elastic means extendlng along the open 3,274,616 9/1966 Russo end of said body member for gathering the front writ covering portion of the body member when the JORDAN FRANKLIN, Primary Examine)- glove is in use. 10 G. V. LARKIN, Assistant Examiner.