US 3555563 A
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GOLFER'S EYEGLASSES Filed Aug. 29, 1968 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 MN 22 1% I I 22 lo INVENTOR OSCAR A. GROSSMAN ATTORNEY Jan. 19, 1971 o. A. GRQSSMA'N 3,555,563
- I GOLFER'S EYEGLASSES Filed Aug. 29. 19 68 2 Sheets-Sheet z INVENTOR OSCAR A. GROSSMAN YATTORNEY United States Patent Oflice 3,555,563 Patented Jan. 19, 1971 3,555,563 GOLFERS EYEGLASSES Oscar A. Grossman, 42 Franklin Ave., Pearl River, N.Y.- 10965 n Filed Aug. 29,1968, Ser. No. 756,232 Int. Cl. A61f 9/02 US. Cl. 214 1 1 4 Claims BACKGROUND OF THE DRAWING Q (1) Field of the invention This invention relates generally to an improved pair of eyeglasses, and more particularly, to an improved pair of eyeglasses, particularly suitable for use by golfers, in
that they are adapted to prevent movement of the eyes of of the wearer awayfrom the ball.
n, 2) Description of the, prior art It is a basic rule of good golf that, when addressing the ball, the golfer keep his head steady and his eyes directly on the ball. However, this rule is honored more in the breach than in the observance, since many golfers cannot resist the tendency to lift their heads or the temptation to fpeek before hitting the ball. This is true whether the golfer is chipping, putting, driving, or the like. Thus, when the golferswings, if there is any lateral or up and down movement, he invariably makes a poor shot. Therefore, it would be of. tremendous advantage to the game if a means could be found to restrict or eliminate the aforementioned head movements and thus keep the players eyes. directly on the ball when it is addressed.
SUMMARY INVENTION It is, therefore, among one of the principal objectives of the invention to provide a means for improving the golfers game by a device that will keep his eyes directly on the ball by eliminating undesirable head movements.
In accordance with the present invention, the device comprises an improved pair .of eyeglasses in which an opaque lens is provided having a restrictive sight aperture centrally defined therein. The invention is adaptable to both wearers, an non-wears of conventional eyeglasses.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The invention will be hereinafter more fully described with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a view in perspective showing the invention eyeglasses according to one embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 2 is a side view of another embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 3 is a front view of the embodiment shown in FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is a side view of still another embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 5 is a front view showing the embodiment of FIGS. 2 and 3, as applied to a pair of conventional eyeglasses.
FIG. 6 is a view in perspective of a further embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 7 is a view in perspective of yet a further embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 8 is a diagrammatic view showing how the invention eyeglass wearers vision is restricted to a defined field.
DESCRIPTION OF SPECIFIC EMBODIMENTS Referring now to the figures of the drawing, and specifically to FIGS. 1, 2, and 3, which show embodiments of the invention particularly suitable for golfers who dont wear conventional corrective eyeglasses, although it is to be understood here, as well as in the other embodiments discussed below, that the discovery of the invention is applicable to wearers of conventional eyeglasses, and that the specific embodiments will be interchangeable. In the figures, wherein like parts are identified by like reference numerals, there is shown a pair of eyeglasses 10 comprising a pair of opposing temporal side members 12, which are hingedly mounted to a pair of opposing lens retaining members 14, which lens retaining members are in turn connected by a nasal bridge 16. It. will be seen that up to this point there has been defined a conventional pair of eyeglass frames 11. The improvement of the invention resides in providing in each lens retaining member 14, an opaque lens member 20 which is suitably sized to be wedged inside said lens retaining member 14. The opaque lens member may be of any suitable opaque material such as plastic, and may be colored as desired, e.g., black, green, blue. Each opaque lens member 20 is further provided with a restrictive sight aperture 22 which serves to restrict the wearers field of vision only to that sight opening, note FIG. 8, and only to what he sees through that sight aperture. Each sight aperture 22 is generally centrally defined in said opaque lens member 20, and is of an elongated shape, such as an oval shape, as shown in the figures of the drawing, or alternatively may be rectangular shaped, the important feature being that the wearers field of vision is cut down.
The beauty of the invention is in its simplicity, yet it serves a tremendous purpose, and that is it helps the golfer to follow one of the basic rules of good golf; namely, to keep his head down and steady when addressing the ball, and not to lift his head or peek on any shot. By wearing the invention eyeglasses, his field of vision is cut donw and is eyes are forced to focus directly on the ball. When he swings, if there is any lateral or up and down head movement, he loses sight of the ball. He thereby learns to keep his-head steady and to avoid committing one of the cardinal errors of golf, excessive lateral or up and down head movement. When the shot is made, he merely removes the glasses until his next shot.
FIGS. 2 and 3 show another embodiment of the invention wherein an opaque pair of lens members 30 are provided which are joined by a connecting member 32. As before, a centrally defined restrictive sight aperture 22 is located in each lens member 3 0. The feature of this embodiment is that the lens members 30 are hingedly mounted to the eyeglass frame 11 by means of a conventional hinge 34 which is riveted to the bridge 16 of the frame, the connecting member 32 of the lens members 30 being in turn riveted to the swinging portion 36 of the hinge 34. It is to be understood also that now the opaque lens members 30 are of a size such that they will completely overlie the opening of the lens retaining members 14 so that light is substantially prevented from entering therein. A further feature of this embodiment is that now when the ball has been hit, the wearer need not remove the eyeglasses from his head, but rather he need only flip the lens assembly 40 outwardly in the direction of the arrow shown in FIG. 2, and out of the way.
The embodiment shown in FIG. 4 is similar to that of FIGS. 2 and 3, except that the lens assembly 40 is mounted to a metal or plastic pinch-clip 42 which clip 42 is adapted to be pinched over the bridge 16. This embodiment is particularly suitable for use with conventional corrective eyeglasses, although, as mentioned earlier, it could be interchanged with the frame 11 (without corrective lenses). In this embodiment, hinge 34, rather than being mounted by rivets to bridge 16, is mounted instead to pinch-clip 42.
Referring now to FIG. 5, here shown is the embodiment of FIGS. 2 and 3, as applied to a pair of conventional eyeglasses having corrective lenses 50. All other parts and reference numerals are identical otherwise.
In FIG. 6, there is shown yet another embodiment of the invention. As before, there is shown a pair of opposing lens retaining members 14 connected by a bridge 16. The opposing members 14 may or may not contain corrective lenses. However, now there is provided, to overlie each lens retaining member 14, an opaque lens member 60, each of which is pivotally mounted to bridge 16 by means of a common pivot pin 62. Thus, it can be seen that the opaque lens member 60 is mounted so that it can be swung upwardly in the direction of the arrow, when it is no longer required. In this embodiment each opaque lens member 60 contains a restrictive aperture 22, as earlier described, however, it (60) is sized so that it will completely associatingly overlie the frame slidingly abutting so that light is prevented from penetrating to the field of vision thereby preventing distraction therefrom. Each opaque lens member 60 is also provided with a tab portion 64 which partially overlies bridge 16 and through which pivot pin 62 centrally passes.
Finally turning to still another modification of the invention, there is provided a pair of eyeglasses 70 comprising a pair of opposing temporal side members 12 hingedly mounted to a pair of opposing lens retaining members 72, which are in turn connected by a nasal bridge 74. However, now a lens retaining assembly 76 is provided which is adapted to pivotally and slidingly receive a pair of opposing opaque lens members 78 within a channel 80 which opens into the interior of the lens retaining assembly 76. Channel 80 traverses horizontally along the top of lens assembly 76. Lens members 78 are pivotally mounted inside this channel 80 by means of a common pivot pin 62 to bridge 74, in a manner similar to FIG. 6. Each lens member 78 is sized so that it will be associatingly and smoothingly accommodated inside each lens retaining member 72 and fitting inside an associatingly provided receiving channel 84 running along the inner wall 86 of each lens retaining member 72. The invention device illustrated will work as for FIG. 6; when the shot has been made the lens members 78 can be swung pivotally upwardly in the direction of the arrow, ready for use as needed.
Thus, it will be apparent that there has been provided by the subject invention, a device which is extremely simple, yet is extremely versatile, being employable by both those golfers wearing conventional corrective eyeglasses and those fortunate enough not to require them. Moreover, a device has been provided which will tremendously improve the sport of golf since it helps to avoid the commission of one of the cardinal errors of golf, excessive lateral or up and down head movement,
What is claimed is:
1. A pair of golfers eyeglasses comprising a pair of opposing temporal side members, a pair of opposing lens retaining members and a bridge member, said lens retai11- ing member and bridge member having a longitudinally oriented channel defined therein, a pivot provided in said bridge member, said temporal side members being each hingedly mounted to said lens retaining members, said lens retaining members being connected by said bridge member, an opaque lens member being provided for each opposing lens retaining member, each opaque lens member having a restrictivesight aperture comprising an oval shaped horizontally defined opening centrally defined therein, said sight apertures being of substantially equal size, said lens retaining members and connecting bridge member defining a lens retaining assembly adapted to pivotally receive into the interior thereof said opaque lens members, said opaque lens members being pivotally mounted on said pivot whereby the field of vision is restricted to said sight aperture.
2. A pair of eyeglasses according to claim 1 wherein said channel traverses horizontally along the top of said lens assembly, said lens members being pivotally mounted inside said channel to said bridge member.
3. A pair of eyeglasses according to claim 2 wherein said pivot comprises a common pivot pin and each opaque lens member is sized so that it will be associatingly and smoothly received inside each lens retaining member, a tab portion being provided for each opaque lens member which at least partially overlies the interior of said bridge member, said opaque lens members each being pivotally mounted inside said bridge member by means of said common pivot pin through said tab portions whereby said opaque lens members are each pivotally adapted to swing upwardly and exteriorly of said lens retaining members.
4. A pair of eyeglasses according to claim 1 wherein said opposing lens retaining members each contain a corrective lens.
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