US 3795399 A
A golf club is pivotally connected to a swing guide mechanism which is maintained in contact with an arcuate track defining a desired golf club swing path. The mechanism includes spring-biased components. The track is supported on vertical standards which are adapted to be moved along each of two intersecting horizontal axes. Manually operable threaded rods may be used to move the standards horizontally. The arcuate track includes at the central lowest point thereof a portion formed on a horizontal plane.
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nlte States Patent 11 1 1111 3,795,399
Beckish Mar. 5, 1974 GOLF SWING TRAINING DEVICE  Inventor: John Beckish, 228 w. Mitchell 51., Exammeerge Mark Milwaukee, Wis 53204 Attorney, Agent, or Fzrm-Gerald P. Welch  Filed: Feb. 5, 1973  ABSTRACT  Appl. No.: 329,599
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SHEET 1 0F 2 III/IIIIIII 44 I I]! 'IIII/IIIII/ GOLF SWING TRAINING DEVICE SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A golf swing training device including a base frame, a plurality of pairs of manually operable and threaded rods crossed at right angles to move universally horizontally a plurality of base members and vertical standards fixed therein to adjust an ovate ellipsoidal arcuate and partially plane track, members within the standards attached to the track for vertical adjustment of all or portions of the latter to compensate for the height and physical frame of a trainee being instructed with the device.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspectiveview taken from the front of a golf swing training device embodying the invention.
FIG. 2 is a plan view of the base of the device and illustrates the adjustment-mechanism utilized in universal horizontal movement of the blocks and standards carrying the golf swing guide track.
FIG. 3 is a side view partly in section and partly in elevation.
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary view of the track and the spring-biased guide mechanism.
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary view of a golf club as held in a clamp connected by swivel means to the guide and the track.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION A composite base frame supports four standards, 11, 12, 13 and 14, whichin turn support a golf swing track 15. The front standards, 11 and 12, are relatively short and are vertically fixed in square blocks 16 and 17.
The standards 11 and 12 have internal telescoping rods 18 andl9, each of which may be adjusted upwardly and releasably secured by the lock nuts 20 and The blocks 16 and 17 are transversely movable in the channel means 22 and 23 by the manually operable threaded elements 24 and 25. The channels 22 and 23 are moved to the front or to the-rear by the manually operable threaded rods 26 and 27.
The standards 13 and 14 are relatively tall supports for the golf swing track 15 and have inner rods 30 and 31 which may be adjusted upwardly and releasably secured by the lock nuts 32 and 33. The standards 13 and 14 are fixed vertically in the blocks 34 and 35. Block 34 is adjustable from front to rear in the channel 36 by the threaded rod 37, and block is adjustable similarly in channel 38 by the threaded means 39.
The channel 36 is adjustable transversely by the threaded rod 40 actuated by the crank handle 41 with its counterweight 42.
In FIG. 3 the vertically adjustable rods 19 and 31 are connected to track 15 by means 43, a pivot member.
In FIG. 4, the guide mechanism 44 includes four arms 45 pivoted to the plate 46 with runners 47 pivoted at 48 and yieldingly held in contact with track 15 by the biased springs 49. The guide mechanism 44 has a plurality of internal springs 50 engaged with track contact elements 51 yieldable to the contour of the track 15.
In FIG. 5, A C clamp 52 mounted on a swivel 53 holds a golf club 54. The swivel 53 is connected to the guide mechanism 44.
In use, a golf club 54 is thus engaged with the guide mechanism 44. A trainee swings the club backwardly and forwardly with and without the machine. The trainer then adjusts the device with regard to proper positioning and the height and frame structure of the trainee to arrive at an ideal and suitable swing orbit for the trainee, and when the correct adjustment has been made, the trainee repeats the swing with the device until he habitually conforms to the correct movement.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed and desired to be secured by Letters Patent of the United States, is:
1. A golf swing training device including a base frame, a plurality of blocks mounted for horizontal movement in said base frame, the blocks slidable in channels for to and fro movement in one direction,
manually operable threaded rods engaged in said channels and blocks for moving the blocks in said one direction, and manually operable threaded rods disposed in said base frame at right angles to the channel rods for moving said channels at right angles to the channel rods, vertical standards fixed on said blocks, vertical rods in the standards movable vertically for height adjustment, pivot fittings at the top of said rods, an arcuate open end golf swing track fixed on said pivot fittings, and a biased spring guide mechanism engaged on said track.
2. A device as in claim 1, and a portion of said track at the central lowest point thereof formed on a horizontal plane to accommodate the snap of wrist action in movement to and from the plane portion and the arcuate portions of said track.
3. A device as in claim 1, and a swivel fixed to the swing guide mechanism, a C clamp on the swivel, and releasable means on the C clamp for retaining the shaft of a golf club while in use with the training device.
4. A device as in claim 1 wherein said swing guide mechanism includes a pair of spring-biased arms at each end thereof, pivotable and a slide on the end of each arm adapted to bear on the track of the device.
5. A device as in claim 1 wherein said swing guide mechanism includes a plurality of spring-pressed ele- 'ments centrally thereof disposed to bear on each edge of the arcuate track.
6. A golf swing training device including a base frame, a track, a plurality of standards, means pivotally connecting said standards to said track, support means for each of said standards, adjustment means for moving, each of said support means horizontally and independently along each of two intersecting horizontal axes to afford adjustment of the path defined by said track, and guide means movable on said track and adapted to connect a golf club shank to said track to afford quided movement of the golf club.
7. A device in accordance with claim 6 in which said support means for each of said standards comprises a block and said adjustment means comprises a channel member for guiding movement of said block in one direction, means for moving said block in said channel member, means on said base for guiding movement of said channel member in a second direction at right angles to the longitudinal axis of said channel member and means for moving said channel member and said block in said second direction.