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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 ‘ 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. ' 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 2 2,106,625 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 ' HORACE A. BODGE.