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LSEQARR
GOLF TEE
Filed Dec. 9, 1957
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Patented June 2l, 1938
UNITED sTATEs PATENT oFFicE
(oi. 273-33)
5 Claims.
This invention relates to golf tees and more par
ticularly to an improvement in such tees having
associated therewith a device 4designed to` help
the player hit the proper spot on the ball when
driving.
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ends of the arms I1.
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It has been proposed to provide golf tees with
an indicating spot positioned to be visible, to the
player when addressing the ball, just in back of
the ball with respect to the line of flight. The
6 player in looking at this spot is thus caused to
gaze at the back portion of the ball which materi
ally aids incorrectly hitting the ball.
It is the principal object of the present inven
tion to provide an improved tee of this type which
may be easily collapsed for packing, and carrying
by the player.
tion substantially parallel thereto, the targetwhen
in perpendicular position being visible to the
player when addressing the ball on the tee, just
in back of the ball with respect to the line of
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Other objects and features of novelty will be
apparent from the description- taken in connec
tion with the accompanying drawing, in which
around the freeends of the arm I1 asY shown at
I9 and 20.
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'I'he dimensions of the arms and target are 10
such that when the target is in the horizontal
position shown in Fig. l, it is visible to the player
when addressing the ball, lying just in rear of
the back of the ball with respect to the line
of ñight indicated by the arrow 2|. The line, of 15
be seen that the target is positioned so that it is
spaced from the axis of the pin a distance Slight-4
ly greater than the radius of the golf ball, that 20
is to say, the central part of the portion of the
target visible to the player is thus positioned.
With the target shaped and arranged as
shown, the axis of bore I8 is positioned with re
spect to the point II of the pin a4 distance. 25
slightly less than the distance from said bore
axis to the inner edge 23 of the target, so that
the target may be swung to the position shown
in Fig. 4 with the target lying substantially par,
allel to a plane containing the axis of the pin.- 30 '
the tee;
inserted inthe ground, thereby positively con
trolling the height of the ball supporting surface
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Fig. 1;
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dicated by the arrows;
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Fig. 4 is a side elevation of the'tee shown in
40 Fig. 1, but illustrating the target in collapsed or
retracted position; and
Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken substantially on
the line 5-5 of Fig. 2 and looking in the direction
indicated by the arrows.
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Referring to the drawing which illustrate one
embodiment of the invention, the tee comprises a
pin portion I0 having one end II pointed, and
the other end I2 enlarged and formed with a
concave seat I3 for a ball I4.
The tee is provided with a target I5 mounted
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to lie in the horizontal position shown in Fig.
1 or to be swung to the collapsed position shown
in. Fig. 4. One method of accomplishing this
Íconsists in providing the pin with >a bore I6 in
55 termediate its ends, the axes of the bore‘and pin
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indicated by the arrow 22 of Fig. 1. Thus it -will
The U-shaped member with the target attached
thereto acts to limit the amount the pin may be
Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken substantially on
line 3-3 of Fig. 1 and looking in the direction in
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ing two opposite marginal portions crimped
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of one embodiment of
the present invention showing a ball resting on
Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the tee shown in
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As shown in Fig. 5 this 5
target may‘ consist of thin sheet material hav
sight of 'the player when addressing the ball is
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A further object is to provide means to positive
ly control the height of‘the ball supporting sur
face of the tee with respect to they ground.
To these ends, the invention'includes .a golf
tee having a target pivoted thereto to swing‘from
a position perpendicular to the pin axis to a posi
flight.
intersecting at right angles. A wire is now in'
serted through the bore andl bent to a substan
tially U-shape forming the arms I‘|_ and the
bight I8. The target I5 is mounted on the free
of the tee with respect to the ground.
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With the arrangement. described herein, the
target may be collapsed to the position shown in
Fig. 4 so that the tees may be packed in boxes of
the usual size provided for their sale, and also
carried by the player in his customary manner. 4o
In other words, the target, when in collapsed
position, does not interfere with packing or car
rying the tee.
In operation, the target I5 is swung from its
collapsed position to the position shown in Fig. l 45
and the tee point II inserted in the ground until
the target rests on the surface thereof. The ball
I4 is placed on the tee and the player takes his
stance looking at the target I5 while making the
driving stroke.
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Of course the target I5 is colored to make it
easily seen by the player when addressing the
For instance, it may be colored yellow or
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red.
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Although one embodiment of the invention has 66
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been described in detail, it is to be understoodthat
it is not thus limited, but includes modiilcations
and changes that come within the scope oi' the
appended claims.
Having thus described the invention, what is
ot an arm pivoted thereto intermediate its ends
having a target at its free end spaced from the
pin axis a distance slightly greater than the radius
of a golf bali, said arm being'movable from a
position perpendicular to the pin axis where the
claimed as new and desired to be Secured by
target is visible to a player addressing a ball on
Letters Patent is:
the tee. to a position substantially parallel thereto.
4. In combination with the pin of a golf tee,
a target visible at the back of the bali to a
player when addressing the same, and means
pivotally supporting said target on the pin for
movement from a position perpendicular to thc
pin axis to a position substantially parallel
thereto, the pin and pivot axes intersecting at
1. A golf tee including in combination, a pin
having one end pointed and the other enlarged
10 and formed with a seat for a gol! ball, a target
Apivoted to said pin for movement from a position
perpendicular to the axis oi’ said pin to a position
substantially in the piane containing said axis,
and the outer portion oi' said> target being spaced
15 from said axis a distance slightly greater than the
radius of a golf ball.
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serted in the ground, a target pivoted on said
5. 'I'he combination with the pin of a golf tee
having a bore therethrough perpendicular to the
pin axis and intermediate its ends, a substan
pin for movement from a position perpendicular
tially U-shaped member having its bight dis
2. A golf tee including a pin adapted to be in
20 to the pin axis to a. position substantially parallel
thereto, the axis of the target pivot intersecting
the pin axis, and the target being at such dis
tance from the pin, that, when in a .position per
pendicular to the axis of the pin, it is visible to
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right angles.
the player when addressing the ball, lying just
back of the ball with respect to its line oi’ iìight.
3. The combination with the pin of a golf tee,
posed in said bore, a target on the free ends of
said member, the target being visible at the
back of the ball to a player when addressing
the ball, and rotatable about the bore axis from
suchl position to a position substantially in a
plane containing the pin axis.
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LESTER STEWART BARR.
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