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Publication numberUS3891221 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 24, 1975
Filing dateJul 22, 1974
Priority dateJul 22, 1974
Publication numberUS 3891221 A, US 3891221A, US-A-3891221, US3891221 A, US3891221A
InventorsHarold L Gordon
Original AssigneeHarold L Gordon
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Magnetic golf game
US 3891221 A
A game having a plurality of magnetic targets with movable numbered markers and a magnetically attracted ball is played with one or more golf clubs either indoors or outdoors, the movable numbered markers incorporate rods that may be pushed downwardly into a lawn to anchor the magnetic targets.
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United States Patent [1 1 [111 3,891,221

Gordon June 24, 1975 [54] MAGNETIC GOLF GAME 968,824 8/1910 Weston 273/1 M 2,121, 0 619 St h [76] Inventor: Harold L. Gordon, 1592 First St., 3 054 27 x 2; relc 273,180

Youngstown, 01110 44509 3:404: 92 10/19 3,512,262 5/1970 Smyk ct al. 273/177 R X [22] Filed: July 22, 1974 [21] Appl. No.: 490,902 Primary ExaminerGeorge J. Marlo Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Webster B. Harpman [52] US. Cl 273/177 R; 273/1 M; 273/213;

273/23O [57] ABSTRACT [51] Int. Cl A63b 69/36 A game having a plurality of magnetic targets with [58] Field of Search 273/127, 177, 199, l M, movable numbered markers and a magnetically at- 273/ 180, 213 tracted ball is played with one or more golf clubs either indoors or outdoors, the movable numbered [56] References Cited markers incorporate rods that may be pushed down- UNITED STATES PATENTS wardly into a lawn to anchor the magnetic targets.

653,085 7/1900 Hillyer 273/177 R 4 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures '1 MAGNETIC .GOVLFYQAME BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention: v V

This invention relates to games simulating a golf game.

2. Description of the Prior Art: h

Prior golf games have incorporated movable targets and markers such as in US. Pat. No. 3,652,095 and US. Pat. No. 3,752,482. A magnetically attractable golf ball and a net-like target is disclosed in US. Pat. No. 3,404,892 and the golf practicing device of US. Pat. No. 3,466,049 provides for throwing a simulated golf ball with a magnetically attractable cup device at tached thereto.

The present invention provides a magnetic target which may be positioned on a smooth floor indoors or alternately on a lawn and held in position by a movable pointed rod extending therethrough. A magnetically attractable ball simulating a golf ball in size and appearance will be magnetically held against the magnetic target when it encounters the same.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A magnetic golf game consists of a set of magnetic targets and a magnetically attractable golf ball and one or more conventional golf clubs. The magnetic taret may be formed integrally of material capable of being permanently magnetized or may incorporate individual permanent magnets spaced circumferentially thereabout and the golf ball may be formed with a ferrous metal screen adjacent its exterior or integrally of a ma terial incorporating magnetizable material or ferrous metal powders. Pins vertically movable through each of the magnetic targets carries numbered markers on their upper ends and enable the targets to be secured to a lawn.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a side elevation of a magnetic target with broken lines indicating an alternate positioning of a marker pin with respect thereto,

FIG. 2 is a horizontal section on line 22 of FIG. 1,

FIG. 3 is a horizontal section of a modified form of magnetic target,

FIG. 4 is a side elevation of a playing ball with parts broken away and parts in cross section, and

FIG. 5 is a side elevation of an alternate form of playing ball with parts broken away and parts in cross section.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PRIOR ART In the form of the invention chosen for illustration herein the magnetic golf game includes a plurality such as nine magnetic targets 10, each of which is circular with a uniform diameter at its upper and lower portions and a relatively smaller diameter midway therebetween so that the upper half of the magnetic target defines a frustum shaped section 11 and the lower half defines a reversed frustum shaped section 12. The uppermost surface of the magnetic target 10 preferably incorporates a centrally positioned rounded boss 13 and a vertical bore 14 extends axially through the magnetic target 10 and the rounded boss 13.

Still referring to FIG. 1 of the drawings, it will be seen that an elongated pointed rod 15 is movably positioned in the vertical bore 14. A marker 16 is secured to the upper end of the pointed rod 15 and may carry a number indicating the hole of the golf game. The pointed rod 15 is of a sufficient length so that when the magnetic target is positioned on the lawn the rod 15 may be pushed downwardly and into the turf as shown in broken lines in FIG. 1 of the drawings.

A plurality of permanent magnets 17 are positioned in spaced relation circumferentially of each of the outwardly flaring, conical sections 11 and 12 of the target 10 and it will be observed that a broken line representation of a ball 18 is shown in position engaging two of the permanent magnets 17 and it will be apparent that the angle of the conical sections 11 and 12 is such that the magnets 17 engage spaced areas on the ball 18 which is the same size and shape as a conventional golf ball.

In FIG. 2 of the drawings, a cross section on line 22 of FIG. 1 illustrates the outwardly flaring, conical section 12 with the magnets 17 positioned thereabout and the pointed rod 15 positioned in the axial bore 14 of the target 10.

By referring now to FIG. 4 of the drawings, a golf ball 18 may be seen in which the cover is of conventional color and decoration. A ferrous metal screen 20 is positioned immediately beneath the cover 18 of the ball so as to enclose the core 21 thereof. The ferrous metal screen 20 will be magnetically attracted to the permanent magents 17 when the ball rolls against the target 10 as hereinbefore described in connection with FIGS. 1 and 2 of the drawings.

It will occur to those skilled in the art that modifications of the invention and the particular construction of the parts thereof are possible and by referring to FIG. 3 a horizontal section comparable with FIG. 2 may be seen and in which a magnetic target 23 is formed of a material incorporating a magnetizable powder 24 so that the entire body of the magnetizable target 23 may be magnetized and therefore capable of attracting an article such as the ball 18 hereinbefore described.

In FIG. 5 of the drawings an alternate form of ball may be seen and it includes a cover 25 over a core 26 incorporating a metal powder that may be either magnetically attracted by a permanent magnet such as the magnetic target of FIGS. 1,2 and 3 of the drawings or it may alternately be formed of material incorporating a magnetizable metal so that it may be used with metal targets to which it is magnetically attracted.

It will occur to those skilled in the art that the magnetic golf game disclosed herein may incorporate a desirable number of the magnetic targets 10 or 23 with their rods and numbered markers so that for example a simulated nine hole golf course may be laid out on a floor or a lawn and the magnetically attracted golf balls disclosed herein may be played with golf clubs with the object of moving the golf ball to the targets sequentially and counting the strokes just as in a conventional golf game.

It will be understood that whenever the ball engages one of the magnetic targets it will be held thereon until it is removed therefrom just as a conventional golf ball is held in a conventional golf cup until it is removed therefrom.

Although but two embodiments of the present invention 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.

Having thus described my invention what [claim is:

l. A magnetic target and a ball having magnetically attractable material therein, the magnetic properties of the target and the ball being such that the ball will be held in place against the target upon impact of the ball therewith, said target being circular and having at least one flat surface forming a base, the upper half of the circular target being frustum shaped with the largest diameter at the top and the lower half of the circular target being a reverse frustum shape relative thereto with its larger diameter end forming said flat surface and base.

2. The structure of claim wherein said target includes a vertical bore there through, a pointed rod disposed in said bore for movement relative thereto and arranged to anchor the target by engagement in a supporting surface.

3. The structure of claim 2 wherein a marker is positioned on the upper end of said pointed rod and wherein the rod is of a length sufficient to extend subeach of said frustum shapes.

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U.S. Classification473/174, 273/456, 473/193
International ClassificationA63F9/00, A63B67/02, A63B63/00, A63B57/00, A63F9/34
Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/34, A63B57/0056, A63B63/00, A63F7/305
European ClassificationA63F7/30G, A63F9/34, A63B63/00, A63B57/00D