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Aug. "23, 1938.’
Filed March 9, 1938
//V VE/Y 70R
5’ immm
Patented Aug. 23, 1938
Stephen J. Karkoska, Cleveland, Ohio
Application March 9, 1938, Serial No. 194,777
1 Claim.
(Cl. 273--33)
This invention relates to a tee for a golf ball
in playing golf.
In all golf tees, of which I have knowledge,
their lower surfaces are in a common plane, so
5 as to set horizontally and hence support a golf
ball in stabilized position, but where the teeing
off area or surface is otherwise than level, the
weight of the ball tends to make the tee un
stable, so that either the ball is unable to stay
10 on the tee or it causes the tee to tilt, thereby
rolling the ball out of position.
One object of
when taking his position to tee off, either as a
right hand or left hand player. The leg II and
arms I2, I2’, constituting the tee, are relatively '
narrow from end to end and provided with ver
tical side walls and bottom walls, the latter be- 10
ing disposed in a common plane. At their point
to the weight of the ball is overcome.
Another object of the invention is to provide
‘an improved golf tee, formed of elastic material
The upper surfaces of the leg II and arms I2,
and having a portion immediately below the ball,
when the latter is in position, capable of with
standing severe shocks, where the player in mak
20 ing his stroke to hit the ball, he also hits the
Another object of the invention is to provide
an improved golf teeformed of rubber and sub
stantially T-shaped, wherein the seat for the ball
25 is disposed in the plane of the leg of the T, but
inwardly of the point of intersection of said leg
and the arms of the T.
Another object of the invention is to provide
an improved golf tee of T-shape the leg and arms
30 of which are relatively narrow and wherein the
leg is longer than either arm. Accordingly the
longer member of the tee enables the golfer or
I2’, are curved downwardly from the upper end
of the opening I3 to their free ends, so that
where the tee is carried along with or trails the
ball when the latter is driven, these ends tend 20
to dig into the grass or ground to retard its
As shown, the opening I3 is disposed in the
plane of the leg II, but inwardly of the point of
intersection of the leg' II and arms I2, I2’, and 25
extends entirely through the tee parallel to the
outer sides of the arms I2, I2’. By providing an
opening as set forth, the rear wall of the tee,
which is directly below the rear side of the ball
a‘ when the latter is in position, is free to yield 30 '
due to the impact of a club or iron therewith, as
ing, wherein
where the player hits both the ball and tee in
teeing off. As the outer sides of the arms I2,
I2’, are vertical and the wall of the opening I3
is cylindrical, the wall between said outer sides 35
and the opening has a uniform thickness from
top to bottom and is reinforced by reason of its
integral connection with the arms, so that the
wall is capable of withstanding these severe
shocks and forces without being damaged.
By providing the ball seat III at the upper end
Fig. 1 is a plan view of a golf tee embodying
my invention, a golf ball being shown in dotted
its center of gravity lies within an imaginary tri
player to quickly determine the proper position
of the tee to indicate the line of ?ight, thus in
35 suring the accurate line of sight for him in-his
stance and his drive.
Other objects of the invention will be appar
ent to those skilled in the art to which my in
vention relates from the following description
40 taken in connection with the accompanying draw
Fig. 2 is a side elevation, parts being broken
of the opening IS, the weight of the ball, that is,
angle of which the arms I2, I2’, form its base,
lines in position on the tee.
leg II may serve as a directional member point
ing toward the hole or green and one of the
arms I2, I2’, may serve as a guide for the player 5
of union the leg I I and arms I2, I2’, are enlarged
to provide for a through opening I3, the upper
end of which is surrounded by a seat I4 of sub
stantially concave shape to receive the ball a. 16
my invention is to provide an improved golf tee
so constructed that danger of tilting the tee, due
sertion in a golf bag or other place. In this ar
rangement, the tee I0 is positioned so that the
Fig. 3 is an elevational view looking toward the
so that the weight of the ball tends to prevent 45
tilting of the tee rearwardly.
My improved tee is capable of use where the
teeing-off surface has been damaged so that it
Referring to the drawing, I0 indicates as an is not level. Under such conditions the tee is
50 entirety a golf tee of T-shape adapted to support liable to tilt over due to the weight of the ball 50
and its high center of gravity, but in my con
a golf ball a. The tee I0 is formed of rubber or
suitable rubber compound, and when made, the . struction of tee I prevent (a) tilting laterally
by providing two oppositely extending arms I2,
compound may be of a character to insure any
I2’ and (b) tilting rearwardly by making the leg
desired ?exibility, whereby one or more parts
II long enough to overbalance such tendency. 55
65 of the tee may be ?exed to permit its ready in
right of Fig. 1.
By preference, the leg ll of the T-member I0
is as long as the combined length of the arms
I2, [2’. Aside from the purpose of making the
leg I l longer than either arm H! or l2’, it has
other advantages, namely, it helps the player to
What I claim is:
A golf tee comprising a T-shaped member
formed of elastic material, the leg of said mem
ber having parallel sides throughout its length
and said leg being longer than either of said
quickly determine the correct position of the tee
arms, said member being formed with a vertical
and where the tee is knocked away from its
original position, the tee will come to rest with
through opening in the plane of the leg of said
T-shaped member but inwardly of the point of
the leg II sticking upwardly and on account of
intersection of the leg with the arms of said
member, thev upper end of said opening forming a
seat for a golf ball‘, the outer sides of the arms
10 its length it can be readily seen.
It will be noted that the leg H is relatively
rearward of said opening being disposed parallel
narrow, its opposite sides are in parallel rela
tion throughout its length and its upper surface to the axis thereof, whereby the wall between
said opening and said outer sides is adapted to
is below the seat M, the purpose of this con
15 struction being to eliminate any obstruction’ in? cushion a blow against said wall.
the path of movement of the ball a where the _
latter when teed-off does not follow an upward '
course as is usually intended by-the'playen ‘ -
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