US 3657774 A
The connector comprises a central carrier from which a plurality of links extend having a clip on the end which snaps over a ring or loop on the end of a cover for a golf club head. The link may be made of a short length of Nylon braided cord which is looped at the ends and joined in unit relation at one end to a ring with the loops at the other end provided with a releasable clip. The link may have the ends of the cord provided with a sleeve containing an aperture on the end for supporting a clip. The clip at one end of the link is secured within an aperture of a disc having additional apertures in which clips of additional links are secured. By supplying discs with three, four, five or any number of apertures, the same number of links can be secured thereto to have a cover connector which the purchaser can have assembled with links of the same or a series of colors.
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United States Patent Reynolds [4 I Apr. 25, 1972 54] CONNECTOR FOR GOLF CLUB 2,372,967 4/1945 Martin ..248/361 A COVERS 7 191,600 6/1877 Knowles..... ....24/265 RC UX I 1,531,461 3/1925 Uyeda ..24/73 ES  Inventor: Harry E. Reynolds, 1493 Yosemite Street, Birmingham, Mich. 48008 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS  Filed: Nov. 10, 1969 680,227 10/1952 Great Britain ..24/265 RC  Appl Primary Examiner-Donald A. Grifiin Attorney-Hamess, Dickey & Pierce  [1.8. CI. ..24/73 CF 51 im. c1. ..A44b 21/00 [571 ABSTRACT Field of Search 3 73 CF, The connector comprises a central carrier from which a plu- 265 73 73 243/361 A rality of links extend having a clip on the end which snaps over I a ring or loop on the end of a cover for a golf club head. The  References Cited link may be made of a short length of Nylon braided cord which is looped at the ends and joined in unit relation at one UNITED STATES PATENTS end to a ring with the loops at the other end provided with a 3 I 8 481 5/1885 Kessel 24/73 90 UX releasable clip. The link may have the ends of the cord pro- 452:830 5/1891 Bowie ;31111111""""'III1I24/73I16 ux with 1 Pmaining and P 1 672 505 6,1928 Stacker 24/265 1 porting a clip. The clip at one end of the l1nk IS secured within f 6 3 193] w k l 6 an aperture of a disc having additional apertures in which clips l a er 6 Ux of additional links are secured. By supplying discs with three, l865040 (M932 four, five or any number of apertures, the same number of 1,897,333 2/1933 Resseguie ..24/265.l UX links can be Secured thereto to have? cover connector which l,922,594 L ppstadt the purchaser can h assembled i links f the Same or a 2,800,696 7/1957 A1cher 1 ..24/73 CF Series ofcolors 3,460,207 8/1969 Stewart.... ..24/73 CF 1,571,564 2/1926 Walliser ..24/265 RC UX 7 Claims, 8 Drawing Figures Patented April 25, 1972 3,657,774
#4277 I Fcyza/Zs CONNECTOR FOR GOLF CLUB covsns BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The golf head covers are usually retained as a unit by a leather thong which is tied to the rings or loops of the covers at spaced points therealong.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The invention pertains to a connector for wood golf club head covers which embodies a plurality of links-connected together at one end with the extending ends provided with a clip which is removably attached to a ring or loop on the end of the cover. In one form of the invention, the links are made from a length of cord having the ends reversely looped with the loop at one end passed through a ring, such as a key ring, and the other loop provided with a releasable clip which is securable to the cover.
In another and preferred form of the invention,'the link is made from a length of cord of braided Nylon of different colors. A metal sleeve is secured to each end of the cord having an aperture in a projecting end which receives the removable clip so that either end may be releasably secured to the cover or to a supporting element. As herein illustrated, the supporting element is a disc of metal having apertures therethrough which may vary in number depending upon the number of covers for the heads of wood clubs carried by the golfer. The golfer may select the color of the links to harmonize with the color of the bag and covers. Since groups of links of different colors, such as white, black, red, green, brown and the like so that he can tell which cover he is removing by the color of the cord of the link. Iffour colors are to be used, then a disc having four apertures will have the links releasably secured thereto in accordance to the arrangement of colors and/or the numbers when provided adjacent to each of the apertures.
The ring which is secured in the'number one aperture will be attached to the number 1 cover.-The one in the number 2 aperture will be attached to the number 2 cover and so on with the colors similarly arranged so that the cover to be removed can be recognized from the color of the link. All the elements for the connector will be provided in a kit, and will embody a number of groups of discs with different apertures provided therein. Groups of links are arranged in compartments according to the colors thereof to be readily available to provide the assembly according to the desires of the golfer. The metal portions of the elements are preferably made of stainless steel so as to avoid oxidation.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. 1 is a broken plan view of a golf bag with the connector attached to four covers on four heads of wood clubs;
FIG. 2 is a broken enlarged view of the structure illustrated in FIG. 1, taken within the oval 2-thereof;
FIG. 3 is a view in side elevation of the structure, illustrated in FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is a plan view of a disc having three apertures therein to which three links can be attached;
FIG. 5 is a view of structure, similarly illustrated in FIG. 1, showing an additional aperture therein;
FIG. 6 is a view of structure similarly illustrated in FIG. 5, showing an additional aperture in the discs;
FIG. 7 is a view of a connector similar to that illustrated in FIG. 1, showing another form of the invention, and
FIG. 8 is a sectional view of the structure illustrated in FIG. 7, taken on the line 88 thereof.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS The connector 11 is formed as a unit having a central element 12 to which a plurality of links 13 are secured to the ends of which covers 14 for golf club heads are secured. The links 13, as illustrated in FIGS. 2 and 3, comprises a flexible portion 15 which may be a chain, cord or the like and is herein illustrated as being a braided length of Nylon or like cord having a cylindrical sleeve 16 secured to each end and locked therein by a tongue 17 struck from the wall of the sleeve and forced into the material of the cord 15. The end of the sleeve 16 is offset and projected at 18 and provided with an aperture 19 into which a releasable securing clip 21 is inserted and retained on the end of the sleeve. 3
The central element 12, as illustrated in FIGS. 4, 5 and 6, is a disc 22 to which the clips 21 on one end of the links 13 are secured. In FIG. 4, the disc 22 is illustrated as having t three apertures 23 which are numbered 1, 2 and 3. In FIG. 5,-the disc 22 is illustrated as having four apertures 23, numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4 while in FIG. 6, the disc 22 is illustrated as having five apertures 23 numbered 1 to 5.
When the flexible portion 15 is made of plastic filaments, such as braided Nylon filaments above referred to, the links 13 may be supplied in a number of different colors so that a selected set may be of the same color or of different colors according to the whims of the golfer purchasing the connector. The color scheme can be employed for designating the cover which is to be removed as well as the numbers on the disc which will be the same as that on the cover.
The package in which theelements of the connector are provided will be made upof a plurality of discs, of circular or in an aperture 23 thereof, the clip 21 on the opposite end is then secured to a ring or loop 24 on the end of the cover 14 so that the covers will be secured by the links 13 to the disc 22. With this arrangement, there can be no tangling of the links and covers with each other and the cover will be replaced on the club so as to conform to the number on the disc and the color of the flexible portion 15 of link.
In FIGS. 7 and 8, a further fonn of the invention is illustrated that wherein a flexible link 25 is formed by a cord which has apertures on the ends formed by a loop at each end secured by a clip 26 or other means. A ring 27, such as the hinged key ring herein illustrated, is passed through the apertures or the loops 28 at one end to maintain all of the links 25 in unit relation to each other. The aperture or loop 29 on the opposite end supports a clip 31 which is attachable to the ring or loop 24 on the cover 14 in the same manner as illustrated in FIG. 3. The unit connector may be provided with the links all of the same color or of varigated colors and may be sold as a unit in a conventional sealed package.
In either type of connector a unit is provided which permits the removal of any one of the covers and its application to a golf head with the assurance that the covers when removed, will not be lost frombecoming separated from the connecting thong as has occurred in the past. Upon the removal and replacement of the cover, there will be no entanglement of the links and covers with each other and by selecting the color of the link or the number on the disc, the proper cover will be removed from the club head which has been selected for use.
1. In a connector for a plurality of golf club head covers,
lengths of cords, metal elements secured on each end of the cords having an aperture at the extending end, and a platelike supporting element having a plurality of apertures therethrough to which the aperture in the metal element at one end of the cords is secured.
2. In a connector as recited in claim 1, wherein a clip is provided in the apertures at each end of the cords, and wherein the plate is a disc having spaced aperturesnear the edge into which the clips at one end of the cords are secured in spaced relation to form a unit.
3. In a connector as recited in claim 2, wherein the apertures of said discs are numbered to correspond to the number of the club heads protected by the covers.
4. in a connector as recited in claim 2, wherein the cords are of different colors so that cords of the same or different colors may be selected to form the unit assembly.
5. In a connector as'recited in claim 2, wherein the metal elements secured to the ends of the cords are sleeve-like and cylindrical in shape provided with an inwardly extended tongue which retains the elements on the cord.
6. In a connector as recited in claim 2, wherein a plurality of discs having a different number of apertures and a plurality of