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June 12, 1962 3,038,726 A. J. HESIDENCE PRACTICE PUTTING APPARATUS Fiied June 5, 1959 \ w. N.v NOE.\ A.fol¢.o_. _ A . \\Q H.. Mm w. w AA N, A.. v ., h; %P.\\w w.,m9....cA Q Q Y4 m _. _ WA \9 A AK. AB M“ mm I..1.“ I, _ U w W v w M E. m L. ATTYS. 3,®38,72? Patented June 12, 1962 1 2 foamed substances. The strip is generally of about one fourth to one-half inch in thickness and about eighteen inches, or more in width although wider strips may be 3,038,726 PRACTICE PUTTING APPARATUS Arthur J. Hesidence, 369 Crosby St., Akron, Ohio Filed June 5, 1959, Ser. No. 818,390 2 Claims. (Cl. Z73—176) used where more than two cups are desired. A cup opening 2 is out completely through the strip preferably near one end of the strip and centrally of its This invention relates to practice putting apparatus and width. A similar hole 3 is provided in the opposite end more particularly to apparatus which may be employed so that the same strip may be used in putting back and within or out of doors wherever a suitable supporting sur forth. For stopping roll of the ball, cross stop bars 4 face is available to provide a suitable surface upon which 10 and 5 are mounted across opposite ends of the strip and to practice putting or to be used for recreational or amusement purposes involving the putting of a golf ball. may be secured thereto as by use of a conventional ad hesive, or cement. Hereto-fore it has been proposed to provide practice A removable cup 6 is provided to ?t frictionally in a putting cups which could be placed on a carpet. How cup- opening. It has a ?at bottom and vertical sides which ever, such cups as have been proposed did not set into the 15 extend to or short of the upper surface of the strip. The ?oor covering and required a conical approach surface cups may carry numbers and may be of molded plastic or about the cup. Such an inclined surface destroyed the of metal. usefulness'of the device as a practice apparatus as the in While other ?exible materials may be used for the clined surface required a higher speed of approach than putting strip the urethane foam material has been found to have a coe?icient of friction providing desired drag to the ball which makes it entirely satisfactory as a putting a ?at surface. The present invention aims to overcome the foregoing objections and to provide a uniform putting course in course. The urethane foam material may be mounted on the face of a ?exible support such as sponge latex, if face and inclined approaches are eliminated. desired. Another object of the invention is to provide a putting 25 The putting course may be printed or otherwise marked course of material having a cellular uniform surface upon to designate putting positions and the cup openings, which the ball will roll accurately and which will provide especially where more than two are provided. a surface simulating a good putting green. While a certain embodiment and details have been de which the cup or cups are sunk beneath the putting sur Still another object of the invention is to provide a scribed and illustrated in order to point out the invention, putting course which is ?exible and will adapt itself to 30 it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various underlying surfaces and which may be rolled up when modi?cations may be made therein without departing not in use. from the scope of the invention as it is de?ned by the A further object is to provide a putting course having following claims: cups at opposite ends thereof so that successive putting What is claimed is: may be done in reverse directions. A further object is to provide a putting course having a 1. Practice putting apparatus comprising an elongate strip of ?exible sheet material of uniform and substan multiplicity of cups which may be interchangeably posi tial thickness, said strip being of cellular material having tioned therein as desired. exposed cells on its upper surface, a cup opening formed These and other objects will appear from the follow in and extending through said strip adjacent one end of ing description, reference being had to the accompanying 40 the strip, a resilient stop bar adhesively and permanently drawings forming a part hereof. secured to and extending completely across said end of Of the drawings: the strip at the margin thereof, and a cup adapted to be FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the putting apparatus held frictionally in said opening with its upper lip being of the invention in use showing a player in the act of ?ush with the upper face of the strip, said strip and stop bar being made of foamed urethane plastic material, said putting thereon; FIG. 2 is a plan view of the apparatus; FIG. 3 is a side view thereof; and FIG. 4 is a longitudinal cross sectional view taken on line 4—4 of FIG. 2. The invention generally comprises apparatus including an elongate strip of ?exible material of uniform thickness which may be laid ?at upon a ?oor or other support and having a cup opening therethrough in at least one end thereof, there preferably being a cup at each end of the strip, and stop bars of similar material provided at the ends of the strip to prevent overrunning of a ball. 50 cup being of a depth equal to the thickness of said elon gate strip to be additionally supported on the same sur face as said strip, said strip with said stop bar thereon being adapted to be rolled up along the longitudinal axis of said strip for compact positioning thereof. 2. Practice putting apparatus comprising an elongate strip of ?exible sheet material of uniform and substantial thickness, said strip being of cellular plastic material, a cup opening having cylindrically shaped side walls extend 55 ing through said strip adjacent but spaced from each end A of the strip, a resilient stop bar of uniform cross section removable cup is usually received in each cup opening. for the length thereof adhesively and permanently secured Referring to the drawings which show one embodiment to extend completely across both said ends of the strip, of the invention, the numeral 1 designates a strip of suit and a cylindrical cup adapted to be snugly received in able cellular or spongy material of uniform grain, the 60 each of said openings having cylindrical upper lips flush strip being of uniform thickness and having an exposed with the upper face of the strip, said cups including only cellular putting surface adapted to engage the ball with ?at bases with cylindrical side walls extending upwardly out slipping. A suitable material is made of foamed therefrom, said strip and stop bars being made of resilient plastic such as urethane foam-polyester, or other urethane cellular plastic material, said cups being of a depth equal 3,038,726 3 to the thickness of said elongate strip for support on the same surface as said strip. References Cited in the ?le of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 815,649 969,560 1,582,237 1,612,291 1,679,374 Smith ______________ __ Mar. 20, 1906 O’Neil _______________ __ Sept. 6, 1910 Angell _____________ __ Apr. 27, 1926 Jackson _____________ __ Dec. 28, 1926 Reirden ______________ __ Aug. 7, 1928 4 1,845,531 1,856,816 2,460,080 2,786,683 2,866,774 2,894,755 Terry _______________ __ Feb. 16, Luddy _______________ __ May 3, Gerding _____________ __ Jan. 25, Shapiro _____________ __ Mar. 26, 1932 1932 1949 1957 Price _______________ __ Dec. 30, 1958 Scelzo _______________ __ July 14, 1959 OTHER REFERENCES Modern Plastics, November 1954, pp. 214-216. Modern Plastics, August 1955, pp. 102—104.