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Aug» 14, 1952
c. F. VIATOR
3,049,353
GOLF PRACTICING DEVICE
Filed Sept. 25, 1959 ~
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
INVENTOR.
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Aug. 14, 1962
c. F. VIATOR
3,049,353
GOLF PRACTICING DEVICE
Filed Sept. 23, 1959
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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United States Patent 0 'ice
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Patented Aug. 14, 1962
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connecting joint between the lower end of one of the
upright bars of said U-shaped frame member and the co~
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GOLF PRACTICING DEVICE
Charles F. Viator, 2465 W. 46th St., Chicago, Ill.
operating supporting post with which the former is dis
engageably connected;
Filed Sept. 23, 1959, Ser. No. 841,738
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary elevational view of one bar
6 Claims. (Cl. 273-182)
of said U-shaped frame member and the supporting post
with which the former dis-engageably connects, further
illustrating in ‘cross section the relationship of the front
This is a continuation in part of the application ?led
September 24, 1958, Ser. No. 763,150, and now
abandoned.
panel of the upper case and the lower scoop which de?nes
The present invention relates to golf practicing devices, 10 a trap for upwardly moving golf balls.
and has for its main object the provision of a dismount-able
Referring to the present drawings, there is shown there
frame, capable of being easily set upon a ground or a floor,
in a pair of oblong, end supporting members 10, which are
for supporting at its upper end a slanted screen capable of
interconnected by means of a pair of parallelly disposed
stopping a golf ball ‘at its trajectory, permitting the ball to
cross bars 11, which, at their ends are connected in a
drop in a downward direction to a scoop which is sup
superimposed relation with said supporting members 10,
ported by and upon the lower portion of the frame.
by means of dowel pins 12. Said supporting members 10
Another object of the present invention is the provision
in the operative assembled position of the frame are
of a golf practicing device, capable of being assembled and
adapted to contact by their lower faces with the ground
set either outdoors or indoors, whereby a golfer may prac
or ?oor for supporting thereon the entire frame work of
tice the golf shots in privacy, with the screen supported by
the frame aforesaid being capable of stopping the shot ball
at its various trajectories, and being capable of catching
the present device. Nailed, or otherwise rigidly a?ixed
to the ends of said supporting members 10 are blocks 13,
which by their upper ends extend above the planes of the
upper faces of said supporting members 10.
Each of said blocks 13 at its upper portion which extends
the ball before the same hits wall or ceiling when the
device is set indoors, or before the ball is propelled to any
great distance from the practicing user when the device is
above the adjacent supporting member 10 is provided with
set up outdoors.
a bore disposed in an angular relation with the block,
both on horizontal and vertical planes thereof, for inser
Another object of the present invention is the provision
in a golf practicing device of a frame consisting of a com
paratively small number of parts capable of being easily
tion therewithin in frictional relation with each of said
blocks 13, of the rear end of the rear section 14 of the
set up or disassembled, for use and storage or transporta- >
scoop supporting arm. The two bores in the said blocks
tion, respectively, and which parts, when assembled are
13 are so formed as to maintain the two scoop supporting
capable of supporting an inclined screen and a scoop or
arms in a mutually laterally divergent relation in the for
trap aforesaid, for the uses and purposes hereinbefore set
ward direction with relation to the frame, ‘as well as in an
forth.
angular position with relation to said supporting members
A still further object of the present invention is the 35 10, as is clearly seen in FIGS. 2 and 3.
provision in a golf practicing device of the character
The scoop supporting arms also include the front sec
hereinabove indicated of a substantially U-shaped inverted
frame member, slanted or inclined towards the golf prac
ticing user, capable of receiving thereon a screen or panel
tions 15 which are connected with the front ends of said
rear sections 14 in an end to end relation by means of slid
capable of stopping the projected golf balls, the latter fall
ing sleeves 16.
Made in said supporting members 10, forwardly of the
ing into a hammock-like chute or scoop disposed there
below, which said scoop is positioned at a downwardly di
rear cross bar 11 are upright bores for receiving there
within in a frictional relation with said supporting mem
rected incline, whereby the golf balls falling thereon may
bers 10, the lower ends of posts 17.
roll o? from the front end of the scoop and fall upon the
Said supporting members 10, cross bars 11, dowel pins
ground and in the direction of the user in position to 45 12, and blocks 13 may be made of wood or any other
be hit by a conventional golf club.
suitable material, such as plastic, because such material
With the above general objects in view and other that
will appear as the invention is better understood, the same
consists in the novel constmction, combination and ar
more readily lends itself to quick assembly and dismount
ing, as well as adds to the frictional connection of the
scoop supporting rear sections 14 with blocks 13 and of
rangement of parts hereinafter more fully described, illus 50 posts 17 with supporting members 10. Said sections 14,
trated in the accompanying drawings and pointed out in
15 and posts 17 are preferably made of aluminum or any
the appended claims.
other suitable metallic tubes.
In the drawings forming a part of this application, and
The screen supporting frame member is substantially
in which like designating characters refer to correspond
in the shape of an inverted U, and includes "a pair of side
ing parts throughout the several views:
55 bars 18 and the horizontal bar 19 connected in any suit
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an assembled frame
able manner by its ends with the upper ends of said side
bars 18. One of the connecting means between said side
FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of the present device,
bars 18 and said horizontal bar 19 is suggested in FIG. 2,
partly broken away, illustrating the operative position of
wherein there is shown a cylindrical member 20 inserted
the screen and the scoop with relation to the frame and 60
into and rigidly held within each of the open ends of
their connecting means therewith;
the vertical end ‘sections of said horizontal ‘bar 19, past
FIG. 3 is a side elevational view of the frame, with the
each elbow of said horizontal bar. The projecting end of
upper, U-shaped frame member, and the screen supported
each of said cylindrical members 20 freely enters the
thereby in cross section on a vertical plane, with the scoop
opening of the upper end of each of said side bars 18.
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partly in section;
constituting a part ‘of the present invention;
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary elevational view of one bar of
said U-shaped frame member and the supporting post with
which the former disengageably connects, further illus
By virtue of this arrangement said horizontal bar 19 is
disengageable from the adjacent ends of said bars 18,
whereby the said U-shaped frame member may be readily
disassembled for the purposes of storage or transporta
with the lower end of the bar of said U-shaped frame 70 tion.
Adjacent the lower end each of said side bars 18 is
member;
FIG. 5 is an enlarged cross sectional view through the
bent to de?ne elbow 21, whereby major upper portions
trating in cross section the connecting means of the scoop
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of said side bars 18, above said elbow 21 are inclined to
ward the golf practicing user of the device.
Inserted within the lower upright portion of each of
said side bars 18, and held therewithin in a tight fric
tional relation, below elbow 21, is a cylindrical member
22, the lower free end of which freely enters the adjacent
open end of post 17, as seen in FIG. 5, for the purpose
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outwardly ?aring ?aps 31, which extend laterally from
the central body portion of scoop 23, and which are nar
rower at their upper ends and wider at their lower ends,
as is clearly seen in FIG. 2.
Due to the fact that said scoop supporting arms 14-15
are in an angular relation with the ground upon which
the frame is set up, with their front ends being spaced
farther away from the ground than their rear ends are,
of disengageably interconnecting the lower ends of said
the front end of scoop 23 is supported in a spaced rela
side bars 18 with the upper ends of said posts 17, by
virtue of which arrangement the said inverted U-shaped 10 tion with the ground, as seen in FIG. 3.
Note is made of the fact that the front ends of the
frame member, including said side bars 13 and the hori
scoop supporting arms 14-15 are not spaced from each
zontal bar 19 are easily removed from or connected with
other so as to cause any undue stretching of scoop 23,
said posts 17.
thereby permitting a degree of sagging of the fabric ma
For reasons hereinabove indicated, the said inverted U
terial of which the scoop is made along the longitudinal
shaped frame member 18-19 is preferably made tubular,
center of the scoop, thereby effecting a hammock-like
and if preferred the side bars 18 thereof may be integrally
chute, the bottom perimeter of which is upon a longi
formed with the said horizontal bar 19.
tudinal are as at 32, which substantially coincides with
The scoop, generally indicated by 23 in FIG. 3, de
the longitudinal center of scoop 23, and which is upon
?ning a downwardly extending incline along which the
golf balls ‘are capable of rolling towards the user and 20 a plane spaced in a downward direction from the plane
upon which the marginal edges of said ‘?aps 31 are located.
adapted to fall therefrom to the ground to be hit by a
On transverse plane said ?aps 31 and the central body
golf club, as already mentioned, includes a horizontal
portion of scoop 23 are also arcuate.
hem portion 24 made in the form of a horizontal strip
Due to the stress exerted upon the front end Strip of
of any convenient width, which at its ends is provided
scoop 23 in a transverse direction brought about by the
with sleeves 25 within which the lower ends of side bars
connection thereof with the front ends of arms 14-15
18 are insertable prior to connecting said side bars 18
through pockets 29-30 and the comparatively greater
with the upper ends of posts 17 through the medium of
degree of sagging of the scoop at its portion rearwardly
said cylindrical members 22. Upon insertion of the said
of the said strip, the latter resulting from the greater
lower ends of side bars 18 within said sleeves 25, the
latter are shifted therealong in an upward direction, until 30 weight of the scoop body portion rearwardly of the front
strip thereof and hence from the greater gravitational
said sleeves 25 clear said elbows 21. Each of said side
force thereon, the front end of scoop 23 along its bot
bars above elbows 21 is provided with transverse, diametric
tom ?ares upon an arc in an upward direction, as at
opening 26 (FIG. 5). Sleeves 25 are provided with cor
33 in ‘FIGS. 2 and 3. The dip resulting from the sagging
responding, diametrically alined apertures 27 (FIG. 2),
portion 33 of the scoop has a tendency of slowing the
‘for reception therethrough and openings 26 of dowel pins
rolling ball as it returns to the user so as to facilitate fast
28, or any other suitable fasteners, for supporting the
and easy placement of a golf ball for repeating the shot
upper end of said scoop 23 in a rigidly engaged relation
thereof.
with the lower end of the said inverted U-shaped frame
An envelope-like case, generally indicated by 34 in
18-19.
The hem portion or strip 24 is connected with the 4.0 FIG. 2, is of a substantially rectangular formation cor
responding to the outline of said inverted 'U~shaped frame
lower ends of the side bars 18, by inserting the latter
member 18-19, and is closed on its three sides, having
within said sleeves 25 and prior to joining the said lower
its bottom side open, as at 35 (FIG. 3). Said case 34
ends of the side bars 18 with the upper ends of posts
is insertable over the upper end of said frame member
17 through the cylindrical connecting members 22 as
18-19 until its upper closed side comes in contact with
aforesaid. In the operative position of said strip 24 upon
the horizontal bar 19 of the said frame member to as
the lower ends of said side bars 18 the said strip is main
sume an operative position therewith shown in FIGS. 2
tained in a stretched, taut condition. The said strip 24
and 3. In that ‘operative position said case 34 de?nes a
and sleeves 25 are formed of canvas or any suitable
forwardly disposed panel 36 and a reaiwvardly disposed
fabric material.
Scoop 23, formed of canvas, netting or any other suit 50 panel 37, with the marginal lower portion thereof, ad
acent its open side, assuming an alined, skirting relation
able fabric material, has a substantially trapezoidal form
‘with strip 24 and sleeves 25, completely enclosing the lat
when in a level spread condition, with its upper, nar
ter in a superimposed relation, as seen in FIGS. 2 and 3.
rower end extending from the lower edge of said strip
Thus, in its operative position upon the said U-shaped
24, with which it is either integrally formed or connected
frame member 18-19, said case 34 remains in an en
thereto by stitches.
sheathing relation therewith and with the said strip 24
Adjacent each side of the trapezoidal sheet, on the un
and sleeves 25. In the operative position of the said case
derface thereof, and in the proximity of the longer,
34 upon the said U-shaped frame member 18-19, the
front end of the sheet, is a pocket, including sleeve 29
front panel 36 of the case functions as a screen capable
and end wall 30, the latter blocking the front end of said
sleeve 29. In effect said sleeve 29 and end wall 30 de 60 of stopping in their trajectories golf balls projected there
against by a golf club.
?ne a cap insertable upon the front end of each scoop
Said case 34 may be made of canvas or similar com
supporting arm 14-15, for thereby supporting the front,
paratively soft fabric material and need not be supported
wider end of scoop 23 in the operative position upon the
upon the said U-shaped frame member 18-19 in ‘a
frame of the device. Pocket 29-30 may be easily dis
engaged from the said supporting arms 14-15, by shift 65 greatly stretched, taut condition thereon so that the front
panel 36 presents a cushioned, non-de?ecting surface for
ing the former in a forward direction until cleared from
golf balls projected thereagainst, depriving impetus there
the front sections 15 of the said supporting arms.
to as they strike the said front panel 36, causing the golf
By virtue of the angular and mutually outwardly di
balls to fall in a downward vertical direction upon scoop
vergent relation of the scoop supporting arms 14-15, in
23 to roll off therefrom as was hereinabove mentioned.
the direction away from the supporting blocks 13, as
Golf balls of lesser trajectories hitting any point of
seen in FIGS. 1 and 2, the nonparallel sides of the trape
scoop 23 will have a tendency to roll in an upward di
zoidal sheet that go into the ‘formation of said scoop 23,
rection. In order to prevent such balls from rolling upon
remain in a mutually divergent relation in the direction
said panel 36 in an upward direction and thereupon un
away from said strip 24, and towards the front ends
of the said scoop supporting arms 14-15, for de?ning 75 controllably falling therefrom, the lower end of panel 36
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may be spaced away from said strips 24 to permit such
latter balls to be directed within said case 34, from which
due to gravity they will roll back in a downward direc
tion and fall back upon scoop 23 through the opening de
?ned by the spaced end of panel 36.
The downwardly ?aring ?aps 31 also present the ball
arresting surfaces for golf balls of low trajectories, espe
cially for golf balls projected at lateral angles when struck
not squarely against the central body portion of scoop 23
upon said sections 15. As is obvious, due to the connec
tion of the front end of scoop 23‘ with said sections 15,
and also due to the spaced relation of the scoop support
ing arms 14-—15 with the ground, the front end of scoop
23 will be supported upon said arms 14—15 in an ‘ad
justed distance from the ground as may be required by
the user of the device and as convenience may dictate.
From the hereinabove description it will be clear that
the device herein disclosed is capable of being set up
or screen panel 36.
10 in limited space quarters for permitting the user to
It is further observed that the rear sections 14 of the
practice various shots in privacy until perfection in proper
scoop supporting arms 14-45, in the assembled condi
ball stroking and club swinging is attained. The practice
tion of the frame, remain in an outward contactual rela
in limited quarters encourages making of easy shots, and
tion with posts 17, as is clearly seen in FIG. 1, by virtue
once these are mastered, expertness in more difficult
of which arrangement any undue ?exing of the front ends 15 shots ‘follows. With the aid of the device herein dis
of the said arms, when weighted by the said scoop 23, is
closed each golf shot can be observed and repeated in
prevented, thereby obviating any undesirable degree of
quick succession, to the end that the well executed shots
may be duplicated or repeated until fully mastered and
tain the front ‘end of said scoop 23 in an elevated position
the improperly executed shots corrected.
from the ground, as is seen in FIG. 3.
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While there are ‘described herein preferred embodi
Golf balls to be shot or projected against the device
unents of the present invention, it is nevertheless to be
may be supported or teed upon a rubber pad or the like
understood that minor changes may be made therein
laid upon a ?oor or any ground surface at any desired
without departing from the spirit and scope of the in
distance from the device.
vention as claimed.
The device is capable of easy and uncomplicated as
What I claim as new is:
sembly or dismounting. To assemble, ?rst the base is laid
1. A golf practicing device comprising a base adapt
upon the supporting ground, including the supporting
ed for positioning upon a supporting surface, an upright
members 10, then crossbars 11 are connected thereto by
frame extending from said base, ‘a pair of arms sup
means of dowel pins -12. Thereupon the scoop support
ported by their rear ends upon said base in a mutual
ing arms l4-—15 are connected with blocks, 13, and posts
spaced relation, said arms being upon an incline grad
17 are set up upon said supporting members 10 by driv
ually diverging in an upward direction from the sup
ing the lower ends of the former within the bores made
porting surface so as to maintain the free front ends of
in said supporting members 10, with the rear sections 14
said arms in a spaced relation with the supporting sur
of the scoop supporting arms positioned outwardly of
face, the front ends of said arms being upon a horizontal
said posts 17, all as shown in FIG. 1. Then the front 35 plane which is in :a spaced relation with the horizontal
sagging of the front end of said scoop 23, tending to main
ends ‘of said scoop supporting arms 14—15 ‘are inserted
within pockets 29—30.
Prior to connecting of the U
plane extended through the upper end of said frame,
shaped frame member 18-19 through the connecting
cylindrical blocks 22 with the upper ends of posts 17,
an oblong sheet of fabric material, means ‘for affixing
the rear end of said sheet to the upper end of said frame,
and means for supporting the sides of said sheet ad
sleeves 25 are engaged with the lower ends of the side
bars 18 by means of dowel pins 28, for positioning strip
24- therebetween. This having been done, the U-shaped
jacent the front end thereof upon the free front ends
of said arms, said front end of said sheet being of great
er length than the distance between said arms so that
frame member 1S—19 is connected with the upper ends
of posts 17, as aforesaid. Finally, case 34 is slipped on
the front end of said sheet depends between said arms
in a substantially arcuate shape, the center of said arcuate
the said U-shaped frame member 18-49. Dismantling
of the device is in the inverse order of the procedure just
shape being tangential to a horizontal plane between
15 in both directions, thereby permitting adjustment of
supporting surface, a pair of vertical posts extending
upwardly from said base, a U-shaped frame member
the arms and the supporting surface de?ning a discharge
described.
area for return of golf balls midway of said base, and
The dismantled parts of the device will constitute a
said arms being limited in movement toward each other
comparatively compact bundle lending itself to easy stor
by said upright frame.
age, packing and transportation.
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2. A golf practicing device comprising a base, said
Optionally, pockets or sockets 29-30 may be substi
base being adapted for positioning upon a supporting
tuted by sleeves, such as sleeves 29, open at both of their
surface, :a pair of arms supported by their rear ends upon
ends, with the front ends of the forward sections 15 of
said base in a mutual spaced relation, said arms being
the scoop supporting arms freely slidable therein. This
upon an incline gradually diverging in an upward direc
arrangement, shown in FIG. 2, will permit a longitudinal 55 tion from the supporting surface so as to maintain the
shifting movement of the sleeves 29 upon said sections
free ends of said arms in a spaced relation with the
the degree of sag or dip of the portion of scoop 23 adja
cent the front end thereof. Due to the weight of the
scoop material, as sleeves 29 are shifted upon sections
15 in a rearward direction, a gerater degree of sag will
result in the portion of the scoop adjacent the front end
thereof, than would ensue when sleeves 29 are shifted
upon said sections 15 in a forward direction. By virtue
of this arrangement, and the resulting regulation of the
sag ‘of scoop 23 ‘adjacent the front end thereof, will regu
late the degree of force or velocity of the downwardly
rolling golf balls, thereby in turn regulating the distance
at which the rolling golf balls will stop upon the ground
in a forward direction with relation to the device.
The two alternative modes of connecting the ‘front end
of scoop 23 with the scoop supporting arms. 14-15 are
for illustration merely, as obviously various other means
having legs releasably connected to the upper ends of
said posts, said U-shaped frame member being upon an
upward incline in the direction of the free ends of said
arms, a scoop, said scoop consisting of a substantially
trapezoidal sheet of fabric, means for supporting the
shorter end of said trapezoidal fabric upon the legs of
said U-shaped frame member adjacent their connections
with said posts in a downwardly depending relation there
from, means for supporting the opposite longer end of
said fabric upon the free ends of said arms, said arms
being spaced apart a distance less than the length of
the longer end of said fabric whereby said longer end
extends in a depending are between said arms, the mid
point of said are being tangential to a horizontal plane
between ‘said arms and said supporting surface, and a
screen panel of fabric material supported by said U
may be employed, such for instance as pairs of tapes
connected with the front end of the scoop to be knotted 75 shaped frame member.
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3. A golf practicing device comprising a base adapted
for positioning upon a supporting surface, a pair of
vertical posts extending from said base, said posts being
in a mutually spaced relation, a U-shaped frame mem
her, said U-shaped frame member including a pair of
vertical side bars and a horizontal bar connected by its
ends to the ends of said side bars, means for rigidly
interconnecting the free ends of said side bars with the
upper ends of said vertical posts, said posts limiting
movement of said side bars towards each other, a strip
of fabric material, means for engaging the ends of said
strip with the lower ends of said side bars for maintain
ing the former in a stretched, taut condition, a scoop,
said scoop being made of a substantially trapezoidal
sheet of material having sides of equal length and an
upper end shorter than the lower end, said scoop having
its upper end connected with said strip whereby said
scoop is supported in a downwardly hanging relation,
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interconnecting the free ends of said side bars with the
upper ends of said vertical posts, a strip of fabric ma
terial, means for engaging the ends of said strip with
the lower ends of said side ‘bars for ‘maintaining the
former in a stretched, taut condition, a scoop, said scoop
being made of a substantially trapezoidal sheet of mate
rial having sides of equal length and ‘an upper end
shorter than the lower end, said scoop having its upper
end connected with said strip whereby said scoop is
supported in a downwardly hanging relation, arms ex
tending forwardly from said base for supporting the
lower end of said scoop, said arms being spaced for
maintaining said lower end of said scoop in an arcuate
shape between said arms with the lowest portion of said
arcuate scoop spaced from the supporting surface, a
substantially rectangular case of fabric material closed
on three sides and open along one side thereof, where
by the free end of said U-shaped frame member is ca
pable of insertion into said case, in the operative posi
arms extending forwardly from said base for supporting
the lower end of said scoop, said arms being spaced for 20 tion of said case upon said U-shaped member, the for
ward marginal portion of the former along the open side
maintaining said lower end of said scoop in an arcuate
thereof overlying said strip and spaced therefrom and
shape between said arms with the lowest portion of said
the back portion of said case being attached to said
arcu-ate scoop spaced from the supporting surface, and
strip for providing means to trap any ball which may
a substantially rectangular case of fabric material closed
be
directed upwardly from said scoop.
on three sides and open along one side thereof, whereby
6. A golf practicing device comprising a ‘base, said
the free end of said U-shaped frame member is capable
base being adapted for positioning upon a supporting
of insertion into said case, in the operative position of
surface,
a pair of arms supported by their rear ends upon
said case upon said U-shaped member, the marginal
said base in a mutual spaced relation, said arms being
portion of the former along the open side thereof over
upon an incline gradually diverging in an upward di
lying said strip in such a manner as to provide a lateral
rection
from the supporting surface so as to maintain
space between the marginal portion of said casing and
said strip.
4. In a golf practicing ‘device comprising a base adapt
ed for positioning upon a horizontal supporting surface,
a substantially rectangular frame supported upon said '
base in a perpendicular relation therewith, a substm
tially trapezoidal sheet of fabric material supported by
the free ends of said arms in a spaced relation with the
supporting surface, a pair of vertical posts extending up
wardly from said base, a U-shaped frame member hav
ing legs releasably connected to the upper ends of said
posts, said U-shaped frame member being upon an up
ward incline in the direction of the free ends of said
arms, a scoop, said arms being positioned outwardly of
its shorter parallel side upon said frame in a transverse
the plane defined by said vertical posts, each of said
relation therewith and in a spaced relation ‘from the
upper end of said frame, a pair of arms connected by elf) arms being in contactual relation with the adjacent ver
tical post for thereby limiting the ?exing of the free ends
their rear ends with said base, said arms being in a
of said arms towards each other when weighted by said
mutually divergent relation and extending forwardly of
scoop, said scoop consisting of a substantially trape
said frame, said arms being limited in movement to
wards each other by said frame, means carried by said
trapezoidal sheet adjacent each lateral side thereof and
in the proximity of its longer parallel side for engaging
the free ends of said arms, the longer parallel side ex
tending between the free ends of said arms in a de
pending arcuate shape de?ning a hammock-like chute
which extends in a downwardly divergent relation with
a plane coextensive with said frame, the lowermost por
tion of said arcuate chute being tangential to a, horizontal
plane between the free ends of the arms and the sup
porting surface, and a panel of fabric material supported
by the upper end of said frame in a coextensive relation
therewith, said panel ?lling the space at the upper por
‘tion of said frame above the shorter parallel side of
said sheet.
5. A golf practicing device comprising a base adapted
for positioning upon a supporting surface, a pair of
vertical posts extending from said base, said posts being
in a mutually spaced relation, a U-shaped frame mem
her, said U-shaped frame member including a pair of
vertical side bars and a horizontal bar connected by
its ends to the ends of said side bars, means for rigidly
zoidal sheet of fabric, means for supporting the shorter
end of said trapezoidal fabric upon the legs of said U
shaped frame member adjacent their connections with
said posts in a downwardly depending relation there
from, means for supporting the opposite longer end of
said fabric upon the free ends of said arms, said arms
being spaced apart a ‘distance less than the length of the
longer end of said ‘fabric whereby said longer end ex
tends in a depending are between said arms, the mid
point of said are being tangential to a horizontal plane
between said arms and said supporting surface, and a
screen panel of fabric material supported by said U
shaped frame member.
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