|Publication number||US3774913 A|
|Publication date||Nov 27, 1973|
|Filing date||Nov 8, 1971|
|Priority date||Nov 8, 1971|
|Publication number||US 3774913 A, US 3774913A, US-A-3774913, US3774913 A, US3774913A|
|Original Assignee||S Dien|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (10), Referenced by (36), Classifications (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
Dlen I Nov. 27, 1973 1 COMBINATION GREEN FIXING TOOL AND BALL MARKER  Inventor: Sam Dien, 156 Rockwood PL,
 Filed: Nov. 8, 1971  Appl. No.: 196,569
 US. Cl. 273/162 D, 273/32 A, 273/32 B, 273/162 F  Int. Cl A63b 57/00 Field of Search 273/32 R, 32 A, 32 B, 273/162 R, 162 D, 162 F, 202408; 7/14.]; 172/381  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,595,130 8/1926 Wilcox...., 273/204 1,717,962 6/1929 Deike 273/207 1,781,684 11/1930 Dunkelsberg.. 273/205 3,120,388 2/1964 Doble 273/32 B 3,622,157 11/1971 Hatch 273/32 A 3,456,737 7/1969 Rhyme 273/32 B UX 1,735,736 11/1929 Davidson 273/32 A 2,700,547 l/1955 Kraeling 273/32 A X 3,360,807 1/1968 Mauck 273/32 B x FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 1,043,683 9/1966 Great Britain 273/162 D Primary Examiner-Richard C. Pinkham Assistant Examiner-Richard J. Apley AttorneyNichol M. Sandoe et a1.
 ABSTRACT A combination green fixing tool and ball marker in which the tool and marker are detachably secured to one another and releasably received within the grip end of a golf club. The tool is formed with a generally planar handle having a green repairing prong depending normally therefrom. A fastener is provided for mounting a ball marker on one face of the handle and a second fastener is provided for releasably mounting the handle on a radially extending surface defining the axial end of a golf club. Preferably, the fasteners consist of snaps which are co-axially aligned generally centrally of the planar handle.
5 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures The present invention relates generally to golf accessories, and'moreparticularly to a combination green fixing tool and ball marker.
Several times in each round of golf the ball is driven onto the green with a force sufficient to cause a slight indentation in the surface. When the ball is hit properly, a high are and slight backspin are imparted to the balland the impact and resulting indentation in the green is maximized. The courteous golfer, who is concerned for his fellow players, usually attempts to remove this indentation such as by stamping the affected green surface with his spiked shoe or golf tee. Tools for fixing the green have long been available, but few golfers, whether duffers or highly skilled, carry such tools primarily as a result of the inconvenience of carrying the tool around in their pockets. As a result of this failure to carry a tool, most golfers neglect the courtesy of repairing the green surface with theresult that the condition of the greens and the quality of play are both adversely affected.
In playing a round of golf, the player often has to mark the position of his bail on the green after the ball is temporarily removed therefrom to permit another golfer to putt his ball into the cup in an unimpeded path. The common. method of the average golfer seeking to mark the position of his ball is to fumble in his pocket until he locates a coin, most often a dime, which he places at the position of the ball. However, the search for a dime may be lengthy, or even futile, so that the golfer may use a tee as a ball marker. This expedient, however, is injurious to the qualityof the green surface.
As in the case of green fixing tools,.ball markers have long been available to the golfer. However, as with the green fixing tools, the averagegolfer has also failed to utilize any of the commercially available markers, and most golfers continue to use dimes for this purpose.
The prime reason for the failure of the millions of golfers'to employ the available green fixing tools and ball markers is that most of them must be carried loose in the golfers pockets-and are thus often forgotten or lost. Moreover, in the course of a round, the player carrying one of these devices may even forget that he is carrying it and thus fail to use it when called for. To make the use of such tools more convenient, it has been proposed, such as disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 2,979,335, to carry either a green-fixing tool or a ball marker in the handle of a golf club. These proposed arrangements have, however, gone largely unaccepted by the majority of golfers due to their excessive cost and undue complexity of construction and use.
It is an object of the invention to provide a device to encourage the average golfer to fix greens, while simultaneously providing a convenient ball marker.
A further object is to provide a green fixing tool and ball marker at a minimum cost to the golfer.
It is a further object to oprovide a combination green fixing tool and ball marker that is simple to manufacture, convenient to use, and inexpensive to purchase.
To these ends, I have developed a combination green fixing tool and ball marker which fits into the the top of the putter (or other club). The ball marker and green fixing tool are detachably secured to one another and when thus assembled can be received and reliably retained as a unitary assembly in the golf club.
To the accomplishment of the above and to all other objects as may hereinafter appear, the present invention relates to a combination green fixing tool and ball marker as defined in the appended claims, and as described in greater detail in the following specification taken together with the accompanying drawing in which:
FIG. 1 is a fragmentary elevation of a golf club including the combination green fixing tool and ball marker of my invention:
FIG. 2 is an exploded view, on an enlarged scale as compared to FIG. 1, of the upper end of a golf club and the individual elements of the combination tool and marker;
FIG. 3 is a plan view of the assembled combination tool and ball marker;
FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view taken across line 4-4 of FIG. 3; and
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a modified version of the combination green fixing tool and ball marker of the invention;
Referring now to the drawings, there is shown in FIG. 1 the combination green fixing tool and golf ball marker generally designated 10 as it is intended for use, that is, releasably received and carried in the upper or grip end of a golf club 12.
As shown in FIG. 2, the combination tool 10 includes a ball marker 14 detachably fastened to a green fixing tool 16, each of which is made of a rigid plastic or lightweight metal such as aluminum. Ball marker 14 includes a disc-like colored member 18 of an area, texture, and color to make it readily visible when placed on a green in lieu of the removed golf ball. Green fixing tool 16 also includes a handle element 20 having a diameter greater than that of colored disc 18. Handle element 20 is secured to a bifurcated prong 22 by means of a hinge 24. As shown prong 22 extends substantially perpendicularly to the handle end 20. As herein specifically disclosed, the ball marker is releasably fastened to the green fixing tool by means of a snap which comprises a male snap element 26 projecting centrally and downwardly from colored disc element 14, which is received inasnap engagement in a-mating female snap element 28, which is centrally positioned and projects upwardly from the green fixing handle element.
The assembled combination tool 10 is attached to the golf club as shown by FIGS. 2 4 by means of a discshaped cover 30 secured to the other end of the golf club. Cover 30 includes a female snap element 32 projecting upwardly therefrom for releasable snap engagement with a male snap element 34 projecting downwardly and axially aligned with snap element 26. A slot 36 is formed in cover 30 through which prong 22 passes into the hollow interior 38 of the golf club (FIG. 4).
The combination tool-marker device of the invention is used by releasing the tool from its snap retention to the golf club. The tool may be detached from the golf club as a unit when it is desired to use the fixing tool 16. Alternatively, if only the ball marker is to be used, the green fixing tool may be left attached to the club, and the ball marker is released from its snap engagement with the green fixing tool.
The green fixing tool is employed by inserting the prong element into the green turf. The green fixing tool the green caused by the landing of the ball thereon. When it is desired to employ the ball marker, the golf ball is Carefully removed from its position on the green and that position is precisely marked with the marker which is placed at the location previously occupied by the ball. It will be appreciated that the combination tool-marker is especially useful where both parts are to be used within a brief time sequence.
FIG. 5 illustrates a possible modification of the combination tool and rnarkei of the invention in which the green fixing tool 18a is formed of a single integral piece of metal or rigid plastic, and does not require the hinge 24 of the first described embodiment.
The combination green tool and ball marker herein described can be conveniently used by the typical golfer to either repair the green surface when necessary or to mark the position of his ball on the green. The tool is convenient to use, and since it is carried directly on the golf club, to wit, the putter it is unlikely to be lost or forgotten. In addition to these factors, the toolmarker combination is inexpensive and thus within the economic reach of all golfers.
It is to be recognized that means other than snaps are available for releasably fastening the green fixing tool and ball marker. It should also be appreciated that there are other possible variations that may be made to the combination green tool-marker herein specifically disclosed.
What is claimed is:
1. In a green repairing tool and ball marker combination adapted for mounting on a golf club, the improvement comprising: a substantially planar ball marker; a green repairing tool having a generally planar handle; first fastening means being provided for releasably mounting said ball marker on a first face of said handle; second fastening means being provided for releasably mounting the tool on a radially extending surface defining the axial end of a golf club with a second face of said handle in opposed face relationship with the radially extending surface; and green repairing prong means depending generally normally from said planar handle.
2. The improvement according to claim 1 wherein said green repairing prong means depends from the periphery of said planar handle.
3. The improvement according to claim 1 wherein said green repairing prong means is hingedly connected to said planar handle.
4. The improvement according to claim 1 wherein said first and second fastening means comprise first and second pairs of snaps.
5. The improvement according to claim 4 wherein said snaps are co-axially aligned generally centrally of said planar handle.
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|U.S. Classification||473/285, 473/286|
|Cooperative Classification||A63B57/0068, A63B57/0075|