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United States Patent Monroe H. Rosenow Brookfield, Wis. 795,502
Jan. 31, 1969 Apr. 13, 1971 ABC Industries, Inc. Milwaukee, Wis.
Inventor Appl. No. Filed Patented Assignee GOLF CLUB COVER 2 Claims, 4 Drawing Figs.
US. Cl 40/5, 40/70 Int. Cl G09f 3/20 Field of Search 40/5, 10,
70, 113; ISO/52.6
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS Hall Wishnia Primary Examiner-Robert W. Michell Assistant Examiner-L. R. Oremland Attorney-Ira Milton Jones ABSTRACT: A golf club head cover has the peripheral portion of a circular patch sewed to one wall of the cover. The pocket thus formed has a rotatable disc therein. The disc has the numbers of the different golf club woods delineated thereon to be selectively brought into register with a window in the circular patch by rotation of the disc.
Patented- April 13, 1971 3,574,963
- 7 INVENTOR Manrue HRasenaW 5 BY A-r-roaz- GOLF cum COVER The invention relates to golf club head covers and has as its purpose and object to provide a cover with selectively changeable club identifying indicia.
More specifically, it is an object of this invention to provide a golf club head cover with changeable club identifying indicia thereon by which the cover can be adapted at any time to any one of the five numbers of woods for which such covers are ordinarily supplied.
A further object of this invention is to provide a golf club head cover with a readily changeable number, and to accomplish this purpose in a manner which enhances the appearance of the cover.
As will be readily appreciated and understood by anyone concerned with the manufacture and/or merchandising of golf club head covers, the ability to convert a cover for use with any one of a number of clubs greatly reduces inventories that have to be maintained and eliminates dead stock on the shelves of distributors and retailers.
With these observations and objects in mind, the manner in which the invention achieves its purpose will be appreciated from the following description and the accompanying drawing. This disclosure is intended merely to exemplify the invention. The invention is not limited to the particular structure disclosed, and changes can be made therein which lie within the scope of the appended claims without departing from the invention.
The drawing illustrates two complete examples of the physical embodiment of the invention constructed according to the best modes so far devised for the practical application of the principles thereof, and in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a golf club head cover embodying this invention;
FIG. 2 is an elevational view of the convertible club identifying means of this invention, with a part broken away;
FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view through FIG. 2 on the plane of the line -5; and
FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view of the elements of a modified embodiment of the convertible club identifying means of this invention.
Referring to the drawing, the numeral 5 designates a golf club head cover of any style or make, but which may be like that of US. Pat. No. 2,908,307. As is well known, such head covers are usually numbered 1 through 5, since they are ordinarily used only on the woods in a set of golf clubs. Heretofore, these club numbers were delineated directly on the cover and, as a result, distributors and dealers had to stock golf club head covers in sets, each set consisting of at least four, and often five covers numbered I, 2, 3, 4 and 5. This necessitated maintenance of a substantial inventory and often resulted in dead stock due to the sale of incomplete sets of covers.
With the present invention, a single cover can be used for any one of a number of clubs. To this end, the means for identifying the cover with a particular numbered club is convertible. It comprises a circular disc 6 on one side of which the numbers I through 5 are delineated and arranged in a circle concentric to the center of the disc. The disc 6 is freely rotatably joined to another larger diameter disc 7 with its number bearing side contiguous thereto, so that the larger disc 7 covers all the numbers except the one which by relative rotation between the discs -has been brought into register with a window opening 8 in the disc 7. The connection between the two discs is conveniently formed by a rivet 9 which passes through both discs.
The assembled discs 6 and 7 are secured to the golf club head cover with the large disc 7 outermost, by sewing the peripheral portion of the outer disc to a wall 10 of the head cover, as by the row of stitching ll. When the outer disc 7 is thus secured to the wall 10 of the head cover, the outer disc in effect constitutes part of the outer wall I0 of the club head cover and can be considered an outer wall portion of the head cover.
The discs 6 and 7 may be made of any suitable material such as leather or synthetic fabric, but of course should be flexible so as not to interfere with the ability of the head cover to conform to the club within it, and also the material should be reasonably wear resistant.
To enable the disc 6 to be turned to bring a selected one of its club identifying numbers into register with the window opening 8, perforations or small holes 13 are formed in the disc 6 and so located that two of them will be uncovered by the window opening 8 as each of the numbers registers therewith. These small holes or perforations provide abutments which can be engaged by the tip of a golf tee or the like and by which torque can be applied to the disc 6 to rotate the same as required. This number-bearing disc thus has the characteristics of a dial, so that it is appropriate to refer to head covers embodying this invention as the covers with dialable" numbering.
Ordinarily a set of clubs has only five woods, but some players insist upon more than five woods, even to the extent of having the entire set consist of woods. To accommodate this rather unusual circumstance, a second number-bearing disc 14 can be provided, as shown in FIG. 4, and --for that matter even a third. In either case, the first disc 6 which lies directly under the outer disc or patch 7, must be provided with a window opening 15 to be brought into register with the stationary window 8, so that the numbers on the second disc 14 can be seen.
The provision of a second rotatable number-bearing disc or dial would provide for five more club numbers, and a third rotatable disc or dial would encompass the entire range of clubs.
While numbers are undoubtedly the most appropriate form of club identifying indicia, it should be understood that some other identifying symbol could be used in place of the numbers.
I. A golf club head cover having at least one flat wall portion, and having adjustable indicating means by which the cover can be identified with any one of a plurality of different numbered clubs, said indicating means comprising:
A. a circular patch of sheet material overlying said flat wall portion of the cover and having its peripheral portion stitched to said wall portion of the cover so that said wall portion coacts with the circular patch to form a flat circular pocket;
B. the circular patch having a hole lying between the center of the patch and its periphery to provide a window;
C. a circular disc in said pocket,
said disc having different club numbers on its outwardly facing side arranged in a circle around the center of the disc;
D. pivot means connecting the centers of the circular disc and said circular patch whereby said disc is rotatable within said pocket to align any one of the club numbers thereon with the window, said pivot means comprising a rivet passing through said patch and disc so that the disc and the patch may be assembled independently of the club head cover and then subsequently attached to said wall portion of the cover; and
E. socket means on the circular disc adjacent to each of the club numbers thereon and so positioned on said circular disc that at least one of said socket means is always accessible through said window to enable engagement of the pointed end of a golf tee or other actuating member therewith whereby the circular disc may be rotated to bring a selected one of said numbers into alignment with the window.
2. The golf club head cover of claim 1, wherein said circular disc has a hole positioned to be brought into register with the window by rotation of the disc, and further characterized by:
a second circular disc having other club numbers arranged in a circle around its center,
said second circular disc being located in said pocket behind said first named disc. and being rotatably and concentrically connected with said first named disc and said circular patch to enable any one of the numbers on