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Publication numberUS3721447 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 20, 1973
Filing dateApr 12, 1971
Priority dateApr 12, 1971
Publication numberUS 3721447 A, US 3721447A, US-A-3721447, US3721447 A, US3721447A
InventorsC Louderback
Original AssigneeC Louderback
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Golf practice device
US 3721447 A
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United States Patent 1 Louderback ]March 20, 1973 [54] GOLF PRACTICE DEVICE Charles R. Louderback, 8112 W. Morgan Avenue, Milwaukee, Wis.

22 Filed: Aprill2, 1971 [21] Appl.No.: 133,290

[76] Inventor:

[52] US. Cl. ..273/l86 E, 273/194 A, 273/196, 273/199 R, 273/208, 273/210, 46/D1G. l [51] Int. Cl. ..A63b 69/36, A63b 57/00 [58] Field of Search ..273/183,186,l94,195, 33, 273/211, 212,199, 200, 196,197,198, 208, 210; 46/DIG. l

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS Primary ExaminerGeorge .1. Mario Attorney-Harvey B. Jacobson [57] ABSTRACT A device for practicing golf, including a contact engaging textile material surfaced pad adhered to the face of the head of a golf club, the strip or pad being marked with red lines so that the user can tell whether he hit the ball correctly. The device also includes a contact engaging textile material covered ball which will cling to the adhesive pad on the head of the golf club when contact is made with the covered ball. Also included is a tee formed from a strip having a contact engaging textile material on one surface thereof. When the strip is formed into a cylinder and a longitudinal edge of the strip is folded back up itself, the contact engaging textile material defines an end of a cylindrical tee and the tee is adapted to grip the ball or cling to a rug or carpet.

1 Claim, 8 Drawing Figures PATENIi-iflmnzomu 3,721,447,

INVENTOR; CHARLES E. LOUDERBACK GOLF PRACTICE DEVICE This invention relates to golf practice devices, and more particularly to an adhesive contact engaging textile pad and a contact engaging textile material covered ball for use with a golf club for practice purposes.

It is therefore the primary purpose of this invention to provide a golf practice device which will include a contact engaging textile material covered ball which will cling to a similar adhesive pad to be secured to the face of the head of the golf club.

Another object of this invention is to provide a golf practice device in accordance with the preceding object wherein the pad will be scored with red lines, a horizontal one, a center line, a heel line and a toe line, thus enabling the golfer or beginner to know when he has struck the ball correctly, the ball clinging to the pad so as to indicate to the golfer whether they would have had a potential slice, hook, or a tendency to top the ball and enabling the beginner to adjust himself and his club to produce a correct swing.

If the ball is hit on the toe or heel, it will indicate a slice or hook. If the ball is hit in the center, it would indicate a good hit. The ball may be placed on a tee or the ground and when the golfer swings at the ball and makes contact, the ball will adhere to the pad on the club thereby making it obvious to the golfer where he has made contact in order that he will make the necessary adjustment to correct his swing.

The device will enable the golfer to try again by merely pulling the ball away from the pad.

A further object of this invention is to provide a golf practice device which will be adaptable for use with the irons as well as to the woods.

A still further object of this invention is to provide a device of the type described which when in use, will enable the golfer to put in extensive practice without having to pursue the ball and the device may be applied or adapted to baseball or darts.

When applied to darts, the darts and the board will have similar coacting surfaces so that the darts will adhere to the board.

Other objects of the present invention are to provide a golf practice device which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and efficient in operation.

These and other objects will be readily evident upon a study of the following specification and the accompanying drawing wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the invention showing the ball clinging to the pad on the head of the golf club;

FIG. 2 is a face view of the golf club head showing the club in elevation;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the adhesive pad before application to the golf club head;

FIG. 4 is a view of a modified form of ball, the ball being shown in elevation;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the material for forming a golf tee;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the complete golf tee;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view showing a covered golf ball in place on the tee, the tee being shown resting on a hard surface; and

FIG. 8 is a perspective view similar to that of FIG. 7, but showing the golf tee inverted for engagement with a rug or like surface.

According to this invention, a golf practice device 10 is shown to include an adhesive pad 11 covered with contact engaging textile material such as Velcro and which is adhered to the golf club head 12 of club 13.

Referring now and more particularly to FIG. 3, the pad 11 includes plastic material 14 of the Velcro type which is carried upon an adhesive strip 15.

Adhesive strip 15 prior to placing it upon club head 12, is covered with a protective cover 16 which may be peeled away in a well known manner so that the exposed adhesive strip 15 may be applied to the face of the golf club head 12. v r

In the material 14 area of strip 15 is printed a red horizontal line 17 which is intersected by a vertical center line 18 which is spaced apart from a vertical heel line 19 and a vertical toe line 20, all of which are red in color so as to provide a means for the beginner golfer to quickly determine what stroke was applied to the ball, a ball 21 being covered with a similar contact engaging textile material releasable engageable with the material l4ofthepadl1.

Looking now at FIG. 4 of the drawing, one will see a ball 21 similar to ball 21, but which has a plurality of spaced apart slots 22 for enabling more surface contact with the club head face.

It shall be noted that ball 21 or 21 may be completely or partially covered with a contact engaging textile material.

A golf tee 23 for covered balls 21 or 21 is shown to consist of a length of flexible material 2.4 of the contact engaging type and having a folded edge 25 and which, when having its ends secured together forms; a cylindrical golf tee.

When golf tee 23 is used on a hard surface 26 as is shown in FIG. 7, the ball 21 will hookingly engage the contact engaging material tee 23 when ball 21 is struck and therefore the golfer does not have to look for the tee 23.

When tee 23 is used on rug 27 or other similar surface, the contact engaging material portion is placed in contact with the mg or carpet and the tee 23 will cling to the carpet 27 thus the player will not have to look for the tee 23 after striking ball 21.

What I claim is:

1. In combination, a golf club including a head having a forwardly facing striking face, a pad covering at least the central area of said striking face and adhered thereto by means of an adhesive coating on the side surface of the pad in contact with the striking face, the opposite side of the pad being defined by contact engaging textile material so as to releasably hookingly engage the portion of a textile surfaced ball struck by said opposite side of said pad and releasably retain said ball in position on said pad, a generally spherical ball having a textile material outer surface with which said opposite side of said pad is releasably engageable for retaining said ball in position on said pad after the ball is struck by said club, and a tee constructed of an elongated flexible strip of material having one side surface constructed of a contact engaging textile material, one longitudinal edge portion of said strip being folded back upon itself to place the corresponding portion of said one side surface on the opposite side of the strip, and said strip being bent into cylindrical shape and having its end edges secured together with said portion of said one side surface disposed outermost.

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U.S. Classification473/235, D21/708, 273/DIG.300, 473/281, 24/442
International ClassificationA63B43/00, A63B69/36
Cooperative ClassificationA63B2209/10, Y10S273/30, A63B43/005, A63B69/3632
European ClassificationA63B69/36D2