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Jan. '25, 1938.
H. A. BODGE
2,106,625
BALL DRIVING DEVICE
Filed Aug. 5, 1936 >
INVENTOR
Ham/ca ,4. 50096
BY
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2,106,625
Patented Jan. 25, 1938
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,106,625
BALL ‘DRIVING ‘DEVICE
Horace A. Bodge, White Plains, N. 3!.
Application August .5, 1936, Serial No. 94,334
5 Claims. (0]. 273-429)
The present invention relates to ball driving and is provided with an upper angular face '20
devices for games of variable types adapted for engaging the bent portion of the driving-head
either indoor or outdoor amusements, and in
.arm -I 5,.the lower face 2| of the blockbeing ?at
cludes a portable standard having a base member tened and engaged by one end of a helical spring
5 disposed to bear upon the floor or ground and 22, the opposite end of the latter thrusting against a
provided with a driving-head hingedly supported the upper face of base-plug _l I.
from said stand and adapted to be disposed adja
In assembling the several parts within the
cent the ball to be driven thereby.
standard, the operating handle I3 is insertedin
The objects of the invention include a man
the upper end of the latter, and the bent end of
10 ually operated handle slidably mounted for ver
the driving-head arm l5 inserted through the _10'
tical movement within the standard and adapted slot I] of the standard, in which positions the
by downward pressure to outwardly project the two members may be secured together by vthe
driving-head against the ball.
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screw 18 from the 'open .base of the standard,
The objects also include manual operating after which the block I9, spring 22 andbase-plug
15 means that provides a. relatively undisturbed aim
i! may be successively inserted andsecured to- v15
for the driving force applied against the ball, and
resilient means that affords both a return move
ment of the operating parts of the device and
a measure of control for the downward operative
20 movement of the handle.
For further comprehension of the invention,
and of the objects and advantages thereof, ref
erence is had to the following description and
accompanying drawing, and to the appended
25 claims in which the various features of the in
30
gether by the pin l2.
With the several-parts thusconnected together
and mounted within the standard, the driving
device presents a comparatively simple and com
pact construction, free from exterior complica- 20
tion, readily shiftable from place to place and
normally maintained in operative position where
by a manual downward pressure upon the oper
ating handle will cause the bent end of arm I 5 to
rotate about the lateral hinge slot l1 and project
vention are more particularly set forth.
the driving-head M, as indicated in dotted lines
Referring to the drawing in which similar char
acters of reference designate like parts through
in Fig. 3. The projecting action of the driving
head is effected in opposition to the spring 22,
the latter suitably tensioned and cooperating with
the block l9 both to return the several operative 30
parts to their normally operative positions and
to e?ect a smoothly operating hinge joint.
out the several views:
Figure 1 is an elevational view embodying my
invention, shownv partially in section.
Figure 2 is a similar View taken at right angles
to that of Fig. 1.
Figure 3 is a reduced scale view showing the
35 driving-head in projected dotted line position.
In Fig. 1 numeral l0 designates a tubular
standard having at its lower end a base-plug ll
detachab-ly secured within the tube by the re
movable pin l2. A manually controlled operat
40 ing handle I3 is provided for the tubular stand
ard, the upper end of the latter being disposed
to slidingly receive for longitudinal guiding move
ment the lower end of the operating handle.
Also provided for the standard is a driving
45 head [4 carried from the lower end of the arm
IS, the upper end of the latter being bent and
perforated at It and extended through a laterally
elongated slot ll formed in a wall of the standard
where it is connected to the bottom of the operat
50 ing handle by the screw l8 which passes through
the perforation l6.
For supporting the several parts of the device
within the standard in the normal manner indi
cated in Fig. 1, a guide block I9 is mounted for
55 vertical sliding movement within the standard
In its operation the base or base plug I I of the
device is securely held by the operating handle
against the floor or ground surf-ace over which 35
the ball is to be driven, the driving-head being '
positioned adjacent the ball and in line with the
desired path thereof and in which position the
driving-head is subjected to a variable manual
projecting force applied by means of both hands 40
of the operator upon the handle to insure sta
bility of the standard without disturbing said
alinement or aim.
By varying the manually applied force the
travel of the ball may be regulated and its action 45
readily controlled.
It is to be understood that while I illustrate
and describe the preferred embodiment of the
invention, it is susceptible of various changes as
regards its form, proportions, detail construction, 50
and arrangement of parts without departing from
the essential spirit and scope or sacri?cing any
of the advantages of the invention.
I claim:
1. A ball-driving device comprising a tubular 55
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standard having a base member at its lower end
and provided intermediate its ends with a slot
extending through an outer wall thereof, a driv
ing-head having an upwardly projecting arm
provided with an inwardly bent portion extending
through the slot in said standard, a guide-block
slidably mounted within said tubular standard
and engaging the inwardly bent portion of the
driving-head arm, an operating handle slidable
in_ the upper end of said tubular standard and
connected at its lower end to the inwardly bent
portion of the driving-head arm, and a compres
sion spring disposed within said tubular stand
ard and between said base member and guide
15 block and normally adapted to raise said oper
ating handle and retract said driving-head, and
upon the manual downward movement of the
operating handle to compress said spring and
outwardly project said driving-head from said
20 standard to drive the ball.
2. A ball-driving device comprising a tubular
standard, a driving-head normally disposed in
standard, coupling means between said handle
and the inwardly extending arm-section of the
driving-head, and resilient means within said
standard disposed to upwardly urge said oper
ating handle and retract said driving-head.
4. A ball-driving device comprising a tubular
standard having a base member, a driving-head
supported exteriorly adjacent said standard for
engaging a ball, the said head having an arm
section extending inwardly of said standard, an 10
operating handle slidable lengthwise within said
standard for manual downward movement,
coupling means between said handle and the in
wardly extending arm-section of the driving
head, a guide-block slidable lengthwise within
said standard, and a compression spring disposed
between the said base-member and the guide
block and upwardly urging the latter to effect
the retraction of the driving-head by the release
of the downward manual pressure on the oper
20
ating handle.
‘retracted position exteriorly adjacent the lower
5. A ball driving device comprising a tubular
standard, a driving-head supported thereby and
end of said standard, the said head having an
normally disposed in retracted position exteriorly
25 arm section extending inwardly of said standard
adjacent said standard, the said head having an
‘for the pivotal support thereof, an operating
arm-section extending inwardly of said standard,
handle slidable lengthwise within said standard
and disposed to receive the lateral support and
downward force from both hands of the operator,
and coupling means between said handle and the
inwardly extending arm-section of said head.
an operating handle manually slidable lengthwise
Within said standard and having coupling means
to said inwardly extending arm-section of the
driving-head, and a compression spring disposed 30
within the latter and normally acting in opposi
tion to the inward movement of said operating
handle, and upon the release of said inward man
ual movement to retract said driving-head by the
reaction of said spring.
3. In a ball-driving device, a tubular standard
having a slot extending through the wall thereof,
a driving-head having an arm-section leading
35 through said slot and inwardly of said standard
for the pivotal support of the head, an operating
handle slidable lengthwise within said tubular
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HORACE A. BODGE.
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