US 3711103 A
A golf club swing guide includes track members for guiding the golf club through a grooved swing. The track members includes first and second arcuate track members mounted on a support adjustable in inclination to conform to the swing planes of the golf swing and a given length of golf club. One of the arcuate track members defines the backswing of the golf club and the second track member defines the power swing of the golf club. The arcuate track members join one another adjacent their upper and lower ends respectively and spring-biased switches are provided to insure the direction of the golf club and more particularly the guide thereon engaging the track members into the proper backswing and power swing tracks.
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United States Patent [191 Seltzer [541 GOLF CLUB swmc GUIDE Ralph D. Seltzer, P. O. Box 448,
' Bessemer, Pa. 16112 221 Filed: Dec. 23, 1971 21 Appl.-No.: 211,358
52 US. Cl. ..273 191 A 51 Int. c|. ..A63b 69/36 58 Field of Search ..'..273/191, 192, 186; 35/29 A  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS I 3,341,208 ,9/1967 Marcella ..273/191 A 3,489,4l6 1/1970 I Mark ..273/l9l A Primary ExaminerGeorge J. Marlo Attorney-Wet aster B. l-larpman 57 1 ABSTRACT A golf club swing guide includes track members for guiding the golf club-through a grooved swing. The
- track members includes first and second arcuate track members mounted on a-support adjustable in inclination to conform to the swing planes of the golf swing and a given length of golf club. One of the arcuate track members defines the backswing of the golf club and the second track member defines the power swing of the golf club. The arcuate track members join one another adjacent their upper and lower ends respectively and spring-biased switches are provided to insure the direction of the golf club and more particularly the guide thereon engaging the track members into the proper backswing and power swing tracks.
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v 1 GOLF CLUB swrNo Gums the power swing. (See U.S. Pat. Nos-1,634,102,;
2,813,721, 2,868,543, 3,341.208 and 3,489,416.) This invention introduces the novel feature of providing guiding tracks and means in connection'therewith for directing the golf club or simulated golfclub into the proper trackways defining a proper backswing and a v proper forward or powerswing... I
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A portable inclined frame. carries a trackway subfstantially circular in overall appearance and having portions thereof separated into two trackways, one of whichdefines the properpath, for a proper backswing of a golf club and the other of which defines a proper path for .the forward or; power swing of the golf club. The two sections are separated from the other section of the generally circulartrackway by switch means arranged to direct the golf club into the proper trackway depending upon the direction of motion of the golf club along'the-trackway. v
Y Description ofthe Drawings FIG. 1 is"a'prospective elevation of the golf club swingguide. v v F IG. 2 is an enlarged detail on line 2-2'of FIG.- 1. FIG. 3 is an enlarged detail on line 3-3 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 4' is an enlarged detail on line 4-4 of F IG'. 1. FIG. 5 is an enlarged detail of a switch as seen on line FIG. 6 is an enlarged detailof a secondary switch as FIG. 7 isan enlarged detail of a modified trackway and guide corresponding generally with FIG. 20f the drawings.., 1 i
.FIG 8 is a detailofthe modified trackway of FIG.
FIG. 9 is a-detail of a modified switch comparable with FIG. 5 of the drawings.
comparable-with FIG. s of the drawings.
' DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED f EMBODIMENT.
: FIG. 10 is; detail of a modified secondary switch In itssimplest form the golf clubswing uiqe disclosed herein comprises an inclined frame l posis and'a' transverse interconnecting frame member 13. The inclined frame members l0and the vertical posts l2may be and preferably are adjustable so that the inclination of the inclined frame 10 may be adjusted. 7
The inclined frame members 10 and the transverse interconnecting" frame member 13 directly support a D plurality of trackway sections 14 which are positioned in end to end arrangement to form a continuous .trackway .in which a golf club guide member 15 is m'ovably engaged. Enlarged details of the trackway sections' l4jr nay be seen in FIGS. 2, 3and 4'of the drawings-and by referring'thereto it will be seen that the trackway sections 14 are preferably formed of slotted tubing, theslot therein being longitudinal and defined by inturned flanges 16. The golf club swing guide member 15 has a transverse axle 17 on the end thereof disposed within the trackway sections 14 with a pair of rollers 18 secured thereto. The other end of the golf club guide member 15 has a circular clamp 19 which is adapted to be secured to the shaft of a golf club 21 By referring again to FIG. 1 of the drawings it will be seen that the trackway sections 14 attached to the right .half of the inclined frame 10 and the transverse interconnecting frame member 13 define somewhat more than half a circle andare shaped tomatch the followthrough swing of the golf club 21 after ithas struck a,
golf ball positioned immediately in front of the guide. The actual configuration of the trackways 14 is' preferably that of a proper swing by an individual who will use the golf club swing guide for perfecting the proper swing path. The left hand portion of the trackway sections 14 is formed of two sections, 14a and 14b which arejoined to one another at their upper and lower ends and spaced with respect to one another therebetween and both of which sections 14a and 14b are arcuateThe section 1411 defines a trackway for the backswin'g, while the section 14b forms a trackway for the'forward or power swing of the golf club 21. Switch means 22 and 23 positioned at the junctions of the trackways 14d and 14b at their upper and lower ends 4) respectively insurethe guidance of the golf club into the proper trackway forfguiding the golf club in the.
' proper swing stroke.
By referring to FIG. 5 of the drawings, an enlarged detailof the-switch means' 22 may be seen and it will be observed that the upper endof the trackway 14a extends through the area-of a switchplate22a and into an extension'trackway 14, while the upper. end of the i trackway 14b partially connects with the trackway sec tion 140' and is connected therewith by'the proper placement of the switch plate 221;. Solid line representation in a portion of the trackway l4d at the junction :of the section 14c indicates the normal position of the switch plate 22a as it is urged to such position by a spring 24' positioned about a pivot 25 in the switch means 22. Broken line illustrationsof the switch plate 22a show it in depressed or lower position as occurs 1 when thegolf club guide moves upwardly as indicated tioned on a U-shaped .base 11, the. upper ends of the v inclined frame 10 being supported on vertical posts 12 by the arrow in thetrackway 14a and moves the switch plate 22a to-oneside. When the golf club guide moves into the trackway section- 14c the switch plate 22a returns to the position shown in solid lines so that when the -forward or power swing stroke starts, it will guide the club intothetrackway section 14b; v I
By referring now to FIG. 6 of the drawings the switch means 23 will be seen to connect thelower endof the trackway section with the lower end of the trackway section l 4b and the continuing half circular trackway 14. The switch means 23 includes a pivot 26 mounting a switch section 26a which conforms .withthe trackway 14, 14a and 14b and which is arranged to be 1 positioned as shown in solid lines in FIG. 6 so that it is normally positioned between the trackway-section 14b and the:trackway section 14 and thus provides an unbrokenguide path for the golf club moving downwardly as'shown by the arrow the section 14b as occurs on the forward or power swing stroke, which stroke must continue uninteruptedly into the section 14 on the right half of the golf club swingguidewhic h defines the follow-through stroke and pattern}. v v
Those skilled in the art will observe that the actual. circular or curving pattern of the several trackway sections 14 canvbe shaped to match the proper swing pat- Y tern of an individual by photographing the individual in stop motion photography to provide a pictorial indication of the correct. golf swing path which can then by used in shaping the trackway sections 14.
Those skilled in the art will observe that modifications in the structure hereinbefore described may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention it will be engaged and moved by the slide piece 31 into the position shown in solid lines in FIG. 10 when the been disclosed which is preferably shaped to match the a perfect swing'pattem of a golfer and that by practicing and by .referring'to FIGS. 7-10 of the drawings one v such modification may be seen. In FIG. 7 a supporting frame 28 is illustrated as formed of tubing with a continuously extending rod-like guide 'member 29 spaced therefrom and defining the golf club swing guide-by means of a plurality of support arms 30. A C-shaped guide 31 slidably engages the rod 29 and is secured by way ofa secondary arm 32to a tubular clamp 33 which is secured to a golf club shaft They-guide 29 would be shaped'in the same manner asthe-trackway 1 l4 heretofore referred to' and illustrated in FIG. 1 of the drawings.- 1 By referring now to FIG. 8 of the drawings a planned view of a portion of the guide rod 29 may be seen spaced with relation to the supporting frame 28 and it with such a device, the golfer may perfect his swing pattern so that he will be able to utilize the same considerably more often in an actual golf game than has heretofore been .possible. It will further be seen that the golf club swing guide, as disclosed herein, may be simply-and economically formed from relatively few component parts.
Although but two embodiments of the present inven- 'tion'have been illustrated and described, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes and modifications may be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention, and having thus described my invention what I claim is:
1. A golf swing practice device comprising an in'clinedfsupportconforming generally to the plane of the golf swing, backswing track means and power swing track means, and extensions thereof for guiding a golf club through'at least the backswin'g'and power swing portions respectively of a golf swing, means mounting said track r'neans'onsaid-inclined support, upper and lower-portions of said backswing and said power swing track means communicating adjacent the intersections of thebackswing and power swingtrack means and switch means at said intersections arranged toselecwill be observed that movementof the golf club shaft 34 will be guided therealong.
By referring'now to FIG; 9 of the drawings "a switch mechanism comparable with the 'switch means. 22" as seen in F IGS. 1 and 5 of the drawings, and hereinbefore described; may be seen and'it will be observed that a section 29a, of the :guiderod 29, extends through'the switch area whilea switch'section 29c is pivoted in the switch by a pivot 35. The arrangement-is such that the golf club'shaft 34 withits slidepiece 31 engaging the rod 29 will move upwardly to the righton the section 29a of the guiderod and onto the section 29 d,eflecting.
the hinged section 29c which will then be movedlback 'to the position shown in; solidjlines; by a spring36 around the pivot'35 so tha t on the beginning of the motion of the golf club to-tlie left and downwardly in-the forwardfor power swing stroke the guide 31 will follow thegsection 29c which is in end ;to endabutm ent with tively interconnect said backswing and said power Swing track means withisaid extensions thereof.
2. The golf swing practice device set forth in claim 1 wherein .said backswing .and said power swing track for guiding-engagement with a golf club.
means each have club guiding meansformed therein- 3. The golf swing practice device set forth in claim 2 'and including a golf club, a guide of T-shaped configuration provided on said club, and said club, guiding means including a slot in each of said track means and of generally inverted T-shaped configuration to accommodate said guide. c
'4. The golf swing practice device set forth in claim 3 and wherein said; guide of IT '-sh apedconfiguration 1 ineludes rollers. j 1
I SQThe golf swing practice deviceset forth in claim 2 the intermediate continuing section of the guide rod 29b which leads downwardly to thejsecond or lower switchmechanism'asseen in FIG; 10 of the drawings."
By referring thereto it willbe seen that a switch section 294 is ,fpivoted on 'ag i d '37and normally pe t-.
tionedas shown byth'e broken ,lines infFIGQ-IQ by a,
light s ringea'srbund he pivot era-ad manai 'g d that includinga golf club, a guide ofa split tubular configuration provided "on "said club, and said club guiding means consisting of a rod, saidsplit tubular guide being slidably'engaged on said" rod.
.6. .The golf swing practice device set'forth in" claim 1v and including a 1 golf club each of said 'track' means being a flat arcuate slotted track member and said golf clubh'aving a track guide'rnember shaped for engaging said slot in said track members.
permit the sliding engagement of