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Jan. 30, 1962
K. R. WESTLING
3,019,023
PUTTING PRACTICE DEVICE
Filed April 25, 1960
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Kenneth R.Wes?ing
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United States Patent
3,019,623
Patented Jan. 30, 1%62
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wardly extending portion 2a which in turn terminates at
the center of 1a in an upwardly extending portion 3a.
At the top 3a may be a portion 4a representing the usual
marker ?ag. The device may be painted any appropriate
color, so as to be visible against the background with
which it is used.
In use, the device is supported by its base portion 1
or 11a upon any suitably ?at surface and :a standard golf
ball is stroked by a suitable putter to putt the ball from
3,019,023
PUTTING PRACTICE DEVICE '
Kenneth R. Westling, 716 Parkway Ave.,
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"ice
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Filed Apr. 25, 1960, Ser. No. 24,581
2 Claims. (Cl. 273-177)
' The present invention relates generally to the game of
golf‘ and, more speci?cally, to a device for approximating
actual playing conditions on the putting green.
10 a remote position into the annular portion. 1 or 1a. The
ball may be initially positioned any distance remote
It is well known that the act of putting the ball into
from the device as may be desired or conditions permit.
the cup of each green of the golf course requires greater
A player standing adjacent the ball may assume his
accuracy than the long shots olf the tee and the approach
favorite stance and stroke the ball with a selected force
shots to the green. For the non-professional player, the
“short-game” offers better opportunities for reducing his 15 estimated by him as sufficient to roll the ball into the
enclosure formed by the portion 1 or 1a. Thus the putt
total score than does the ?rst and second shots from the
is executed under conditions which approximate actual
tee.
playing conditions upon the golf course, with respect to
Putting of the ball can more readily be practiced off
the cup opening and the flag.
the golf course than any other act of play in golf. Prac
The diameter, inner or outer, of portion 1 or 1a is
tice can be conducted on the ?oor of the home as well 20
preferably the size of the standard cup. Thus, except
as on the lawn about the home. Prior art devices for
for the surface over which the ball moves in approaching
practice of putting on the living room carpet or on the
the cup, the player aims the ball under standard playing
conditions. For a short putt, he may ignore the portion
for developing the accuracy necessary to “drop” the ball 25 3. For a long putt, actual playing conditions are where
the flag remains in the cup. Thus the player obtains the
into the actual cup on the green.
advantages of identifying the location of the center of
The experienced golfer knows that the grain of the
the cup.
turf and the slope of the green about the cup present
The material from which the device is formed is prefer
changing conditions at each green, which he must com
pensate for when putting. He also knows that a ball 30 ably a continuous round wire about 1A5" in diameter.
linoleum of the game room offers some aid in developing
a sense of direction when stroking the ball but lack means
stroked too hard may roll across the cup, or a ball whose
Such a size wire of?ers little impedance to a golf ball
line of travel is at a tangent to the periphery of the cup
will tend to roll around or “rim” the cup, instead of
dropping into the cup. It is also well known that it is
an aid in making long putts to leave the ?ag in the cup. 35
1 may be ?attened to offer less impedance to the ball.
A ball entering the enclosure 1 and remaining there may
normally be considered as entering the cup, under actual
The prior art devices for practicing putting do not ap
proximate these playing conditions.
One object of the present invention is to provide a
golf practice putting device which closely approximates
actual putting conditions on a golf course.
This and other objects of the invention will be made
apparent from the following speci?cation and the draw
ing forming a part thereof wherein:
FIG. 1 shows a side elevation of one form of the prac
tice putting device;
rolling over it. Where desired, this wire of base portion
playing conditions. On the other hand, a ball approach
ing the device at a tangent to the periphery of enclosure
1 or 1a may enter the enclosure or roll around the pe
riphery thereof, in approximation of actual playing con
ditions where the ball drops or “rims” the cup.
The modi?ed form of the device as shown in FIG. 3
embodies the advantages of the flag indicating the center
of the “cup” yet leaves the ball free to roll over the cup
without impedance from the ?ag pole. The presence of
45 the ?ag pole is well known to be an aid to putting in
FIG. 3 shows a side elevation of a modi?cation of the
actual playing. Frequently one member of a group will
position the flag adjacent the rear of the cup as an aid to
the device is preferably formed of relatively stiff shape
Experienced golfers using this devise have found that
FIG. 2 shows a plan view of the device of FIG. 1;
a player during putting. Thus the device of FIG. 3
device of FIG. 1, and
aids in approximating actual playing conditions during
FIG. 4 shows a plan view of the device of FIG. 3.
Referring in detail to FIGS. 1 and 3 of the drawing, 50 its use in practicing both long and short putts.
the base made of round Wire, and more particularly,
retaining wire to provide a hollow circular portion 1
where the base wire is ?attened, offers little interference
approximating the size and shape of the top of a standard
to the ball in putts over 12 inches long. Thus putts of
cup on a golf course putting green. Extending inwardly
from a point on the periphery of circular portion 1 to the 55 this distance and greater distances which drop into the
cup on a standard green will roll over the wire and remain
center thereof is a Wire portion 2 which terminates in
within the base circle. Thus the use of this device in
an upwardly extending portion 3 representing the ?ag
practicing putting enables the user to develop a sense
pole centered in the golf cup. At the top of the por
of direction and the “feel” of the putter in determining
tion or pole 3 may be a representation of the customary
marker ?ag 4, In the modi?ed form as shown in FIG. 60 how hard to stroke the ball.
Having described the preferred forms of my invention
3, the annular portion 1a has portion 1b extending up
and the mode of use thereof, it will be readily apparent
wardly from a point on the periphery of 1a a distance
to those skilled in the art that variations in the details
preferably greater than the diameter of a golf ball. The
of the device may be made without departing from the
portion 1b terminates in a substantially horizontal in
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basic improvement and the scope of the appended claims.
2. The golf ~ putting home practice device 'as- de?ned
I claim:
in claim 1, wherein said means comprises a member ex
1. A golf putting home practice device simulating
tending upwardly from one side of the ring base member
upon a ?oor surface actual playing conditions at the cup
and terminating in an inturned portion secured to the
and ?ag pole of a standard putting green of a golf 5 bottom of said upright portion and maintaining it above
course, consisting of in combination
a golf ball rolling within said ring base member.
a ring shaped base portion de?ning an opening approxi
.
.
. a golf course
mately the size
of the cup opening
in
green,
an upright portion disposed at approximately the center 10
of said ring opening and extending a substantial
distance above said base portion simulating a cup
?agpole,
1
said base portion having a bottom surface shaped to
lay
disposed
?at upon
at distance
a supporting
above surface
the bottom
and asurface
top surface
pro‘ 15
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
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1,959,347
2,094,320
UNITED STATES PATENTS
Fergusson _,_“ _________ .._ Oct. 14, 1924
Czichos _____________ __ May 22, 1934
Fijux ___________ __>____ Sept. 28, 1937
2,457,759
Wales ______________ .. Dec.‘ 28, 1948
2,899,207
Billinghurst ..-_ ______ __-.__ Aug‘; 11, 1959
2,929,628
Lane ________________
... Mar.
" 22, 1960
7,897
Great Britain ________ _..~_.._-_.. of 1894
viding a minimum of impedence to a golf ball rolling thereover, and
means connecting said upright portion to said base
portion
20
FOREIGN PATENTS "
315,915
358,914
Great Britain _________ _.July 22,1929 1
Great Britain _________ _ .Oct. 14,1931 f‘
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