Tee Setting Device Patents (Class 473/386)
  • Patent number: 9005054
    Abstract: A golf ball teeing tongs comprising a pair of levers, spring hinged in an end pivot point, their free ends adaptable to receive and hold a golf ball and tee, an adjustable pressure disk attached to the end of two connectively moving swing arms, which are fastened inside the members to move in concert with their opening and closing, thus exerting a straight back and forth movement on the adjustable pressure disk, causing a clamping force to be exerted, when manually closing the members, so as to hold a golf ball and tee in a rigid grip for positioning into the ground, at which point the spring pressure is manually released to open the members, which action lifts the adjustable pressure disk from the golf ball to allow removal of the tongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Anders Harald Flater
  • Publication number: 20150080152
    Abstract: A golf ball teeing tongs comprising a pair of levers, spring hinged in an end pivot point, their free ends adaptable to receive and hold a golf ball and tee, an adjustable pressure disk attached to the end of two connectively moving swing arms, which are fastened inside the members to move in concert with their opening and closing, thus exerting a straight back and forth movement on the adjustable pressure disk, causing a clamping force to be exerted, when manually closing the members, so as to hold a golf ball and tee in a rigid grip for positioning into the ground, at which point the spring pressure is manually released to open the members, which action lifts the adjustable pressure disk from the golf ball to allow removal of the tongs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Anders Harald Flater
  • Patent number: 8974321
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an elongated body comprising a top end, a bottom end, a chamber extending away from the bottom end, a hole extending through the bottom end into the chamber, and a door to expose the chamber and an interior of the hole. The chamber retains a golf tee with the door in a closed position. The hole enables only a bottom portion of the golf tee to extend beyond the bottom end. An adjustment mechanism adjusts a depth of the chamber to position the golf tee to protrude a desired length out of the hole during placement of the golf tee into a tee ground. A retention mechanism urges the door into the closed position and enables the door to open with an upward movement of the apparatus after the golf tee has been placed into the tee ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Phil Schlamp
  • Patent number: 8968118
    Abstract: A golf teeing device. The golf teeing device preferably engages with a surface, such as an artificial golf mat, such that the user may conveniently place a golf ball to be hit. The golf teeing device is preferably comprised of a base and a top, wherein the base has extensions or hooks that extend in a substantially downward and sideways manner. These hooks, when rotated, grip into the artificial golf mat and hold the invention in place on the mat. The top of the golf teeing device is configured to engage with a golf ball and/or golf tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tee-Claw LLC
    Inventors: John Luther Black, Jr., John Efrin Candias
  • Patent number: 8961052
    Abstract: A golf tee insertion depth marking system includes a measurement tool and a marking tool. The marking tool includes a housing having first and second surfaces. Bores extend into the housing from the first surface. Windows are disposed in the second surface of the housing that provide openings into the bores at various distances from the first surface. Each of the windows is of sufficient size to receive the tip of a marking pen to mark the shaft of a golf tee inserted into the bore. The measurement tool includes a base portion and a stem portion. The stem portion extends upwardly from the base portion and has spaced-apart apertures extending there through. The apertures are used to measure the height of the striking face of a golf club, which height is used to determine which window in the marking tool to use to mark the golf tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: TeeCorrect, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel R Schumaier
  • Patent number: 8951149
    Abstract: A device for setting a consistent ball height on the golf tee for driving is disclosed. Additional features include an incorporated ball marker and putting green divot repair tool, each of which is held in place with a small magnet for easy access and use. The device comprises a cylindrical body made of hard material, such as plastic or wood, with an open lower end and a closed upper surface. The tee is inserted into the open end and rests against the concave head of an internal adjustment screw that the golfer has positioned to the desired ball height. The tee is then pushed into the ground to the meet the bottom of the device. The device is then removed and the ball placed on the tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Michael G. Gorman
  • Patent number: 8926442
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable and ergonomic instrument for storing golf balls and tees and for automatically positioning a tee in the ground at a predetermined height and a ball in balance thereon, by means of a movement of one hand on the part of the player in the standing position. Said instrument consists primarily of a main body (10) serving as a storage unit (12) for balls (Bn), a multi-purpose shuttle (20) and a retaining clamp (P). After setting the desired height of the ball on the thumbwheel (50), the alternating movement of the shuttle (20) from abutment to abutment, using the knob (21), first upward, then downward and finally upward, enables the result to be achieved. Any golfer who has difficulty bending down or squatting, and those who do not wish to bend down or squat, may be interested in owning such an instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Gérard Dubois
  • Publication number: 20140371006
    Abstract: A golf teeing device. The golf teeing device preferably engages with a surface, such as an artificial golf mat, such that the user may conveniently place a golf ball to be hit. The golf teeing device is preferably comprised of a base and a top, wherein the base has extensions or hooks that extend in a substantially downward and sideways manner. These hooks, when rotated, grip into the artificial golf mat and hold the invention in place on the mat. The top of the golf teeing device is configured to engage with a golf ball and/or golf tee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: John Luther Black, JR., John Efrin Candias
  • Patent number: 8870686
    Abstract: A golf tee placement apparatus for inserting golf tees and setting up of golf balls from a standing position. The apparatus comprises a tube with an upper end having a hand grip assembly for holding and operating the apparatus. The tube allows loading and moving a golf tee and golf ball downward to a ball holder assembly which retains the golf ball in place above the golf tee. The handle assembly includes a trigger release mechanism which opens and closes the ball holder assembly to release the golf ball and golf tee, leaving a set up golf ball on a golf tee behind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Jerome G. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8864400
    Abstract: A golf tee insertion depth marking device includes a housing having a first surface and a second surface. A plurality of bores extend from the first surface into the housing. Each bore has a diameter sufficient to receive the shaft of the golf tee when the shaft is inserted therein and a depth that is different from depths of other of the bores. A plurality of windows are disposed in the second surface of the housing. Each window provides an opening into a corresponding one of the bores. Each window is of sufficient size to receive a tip portion of a marking pen inserted therein, whereby the tip portion of the marking pen may make contact with and mark the shaft of the golf tee inserted into one of the bores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: TeeCorrect, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel R Schumaier
  • Publication number: 20140274474
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an elongated body comprising a top end, a bottom end, a chamber extending away from the bottom end, a hole extending through the bottom end into the chamber, and a door to expose the chamber and an interior of the hole. The chamber retains a golf tee with the door in a closed position. The hole enables only a bottom portion of the golf tee to extend beyond the bottom end. An adjustment mechanism adjusts a depth of the chamber to position the golf tee to protrude a desired length out of the hole during placement of the golf tee into a tee ground. A retention mechanism urges the door into the closed position and enables the door to open with an upward movement of the apparatus after the golf tee has been placed into the tee ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Phil Schlamp
  • Patent number: 8795104
    Abstract: A hand-held golf tee tool which ensures a consistent vertical placement of a golf tee comprises a “T”-shaped body. The body includes a recess which mimics the shape of a golf tee in order to retain the golf tee via friction fit for placement in a desired ground area. Height adjustment segments are removably attached to a lower surface of the body to increase the height of the golf tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventors: Velvet Hice, Danny Ivy, Mark Gibson
  • Patent number: 8790034
    Abstract: A golf tee insertion depth marker comprises a reservoir having a fluid container. Over the reservoir is a cover having a series of spaced apart openings, each sized to receive a shaft of a golf tee. In the fluid container is an ink-impregnated sponge having wells that are sized to receive the shaft of the tee. Each well is axially aligned with a corresponding one of the openings in the cover. The bottom of the reservoir has ledges configured in stair step fashion that are aligned with the openings in the cover. When a golf tee is inserted through any of the openings, the shaft of the tee rubs against the inner surface of the well of the sponge which marks the shaft with ink. The height of the marking is determined by the height of the ledge below the tip of the tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel R. Schumaier
  • Publication number: 20140155196
    Abstract: An insertion tool having a hub and a mandrel extending from the hub and including a tip that is configured to be inserted into a teeing ground to create a depression for insertion of a golf tee, wherein the mandrel is configured to receive a golf tee. The insertion tool may also have a second mandrel that is also configured to be inserted into the teeing ground to create a depression for insertion of a golf tee. The insertion tool may also include a further golf tool coupled to the hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Lon KLEIN
  • Patent number: 8602917
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved device for manipulating objects on the ground, and more specifically, but not exclusively, to an improved device for teeing a golf ball. A hand operated device is disclosed for manipulating an object on the ground from a standing position, comprising a manipulator, shaft, control mechanism and a stabilizer. The manipulator is carried at one end of the shaft and the stabilizer comprises a ground engaging foot and a resilient member to urge the foot to an extended position. The manipulator and stabilizer are arranged such that the foot engages with the ground, and as the manipulator is moved towards the ground against the urging of the resilient member, the foot remains engaged with the ground to stabilize the device while the control mechanism is operated to manipulate the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Northcroft Golf Limited
    Inventor: John H. Bennett
  • Patent number: 8529379
    Abstract: A grabbing system uses a typical first grabber located on a main shaft to grasp golf tees for setting into and retrieving them from the ground. A secondary shaft slidably passes through the main shaft of the device and has a second grabber such that the first grabber and the second grabber are simultaneously controlled by a single trigger mechanism. This allows a tee and ball to be grasped and released together such that setting the position of the secondary shaft with respect to the main shaft allows for precise penetration placement of the tee into the ground. A clipping system allow for easy carrying of the device, while optional support legs allow the device to free stand upright on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Faircloth
  • Patent number: 8512168
    Abstract: A device (10) for inserting a tee (T) into the ground so a golf ball placed on the tee is consistently at a desired height. A post (12) of the device extends vertically when set on the ground and a tee holder (14) fit on the device moves vertically relative to it. A tee is inserted into the holder for insertion into the ground. A stop (16) installed on the post is vertically movable to adjust the depth to which the tee is inserted into the ground. The stop is locked in place once a desired depth is determined and the holder is then pushed down the post until further movement is blocked by the stop. Movement of the holder presses the tee into the ground to the desired depth with a golf ball subsequently set upon the tee now being at a desired height above the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Martin G. Hanley
  • Publication number: 20130190107
    Abstract: An insertion tool having an upper section and an insertion section coupled to the upper section and configured to be inserted into a teeing ground to create a depression for insertion of a golf tee. The upper section and insertion section may be a unitary body or may be coupled via a threaded connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Lon Klein
  • Publication number: 20130150187
    Abstract: A device (10) for inserting a tee (T) into the ground so a golf ball placed on the tee is consistently at a desired height. A post (12) of the device extends vertically when set on the ground and a tee holder (14) fit on the device moves vertically relative to it. A tee is inserted into the holder for insertion into the ground. A stop (16) installed on the post is vertically movable to adjust the depth to which the tee is inserted into the ground. The stop is locked in place once a desired depth is determined and the holder is then pushed down the post until further movement is blocked by the stop. Movement of the holder presses the tee into the ground to the desired depth with a golf ball subsequently set upon the tee now being at a desired height above the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Martin G. Hanley
  • Publication number: 20130130842
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved device for manipulating objects on the ground, and more specifically, but not exclusively, to an improved device for teeing a golf ball. A hand operated device is disclosed for manipulating an object on the ground from a standing position, comprising a manipulator, shaft, control mechanism and a stabiliser. The manipulator is carried at one end of the shaft and the stabiliser comprises a ground engaging foot and a resilient member to urge the foot to an extended position. The manipulator and stabiliser are arranged such that the foot engages with the ground, and as the manipulator is moved towards the ground against the urging of the resilient member, the foot remains engaged with the ground to stabilise the device while the control mechanism is operated to manipulate the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: NORTHCROFT GOLF LIMITED
    Inventor: Northcroft Golf Limited
  • Publication number: 20130079180
    Abstract: A multi-use golf device is able to be used as a golf tee and as a divot repair tool. The multi-use golf device includes two portions that move relative to one another to change a configuration of the multi-use golf device. In a first configuration the multi-use device is generally extended and can hold a golf ball above a ground level. In a second configuration two portions of the multi-use golf device can be positioned near each other to repair a divot in a golf course putting green.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: George Sinanis
  • Patent number: 8353790
    Abstract: A golf ball and golf tee retrieval device for eliminating the need to squat or bend. A shaft has two ends: One for ball retrieval and the other for ball and tee setting. The ball retrieval end includes a cup that is sized and adapted to retrieve or pick-up a ball. The setting end includes a housing unit, a wing portion and a boss connector. The boss connector engages the shaft. The housing unit includes six walls adapted to substantially house a golf ball and golf tee. The wing portion is adapted to provide a pivot point to assist in tee placement and easy disengagement from the golf tee and the golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Kilfeather
  • Patent number: 8231478
    Abstract: A golf facilitating device (sometimes herein referred to as a “golf club” or a “Gimme Club”) is disclosed. The golf club may include a shaft, a club head coupled to the shaft, and a rotatable guiding mechanism coupled to at least one of the shaft and the club head. The guiding mechanism may include at least one guardrail, and a receptacle coupled to the at least one guardrail, wherein the rotatable guiding mechanism facilitates guiding a golf ball between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Michael A. Cox
  • Publication number: 20120122615
    Abstract: A golf tee gauge has a hollow cylindrical form with a first end and an opposite second end. The first end receives the head of a golf tee. Away from the first end and towards the second end, the gauge has a stiffener that spans the internal diameter gauge. The stiffener has a thickness along the length of the gauge that resists impact and axial forces applied to the head of a golf tee. The cylindrical form of the gauge has a wall with its own thickness. In alternate embodiments, the gauge has a plurality of scribes that allow a golfer to select the embedment distance of a tee when used with the gauge. The scribes permit a golfer to cut, or to manually snap off, portions of the gauge, matching the desired height of the tee above the ground for customizing a golfer's tee height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Robert H. Lynch, Lou Ann Lynch
  • Patent number: 8152657
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling a ball and tee may include a body, a clamshell retainer, a biasing assembly, a drive assembly and a handle assembly. The body may include a first opening, a second opening and a chamber, and a handle assembly associated with the second opening of the body. The biasing assembly may be capable of being actuated by the handle assembly. The drive assembly may be capable of being actuated by the biasing assembly. The clamshell retainer may be associated with the second opening of the body. The clamshell retainer may have a pair of clasping members movable between an open position and a closed position to selectively carry the golf ball and a portion of the golf tee between the pair of clasping members. The pair of clasping members may be moved between the open position and the closed position based on actuation of the drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Charles W. Green
  • Patent number: 7850550
    Abstract: There is provided an improved pocket golf tool comprising a golf tee angle adjuster, together with one or more of the following components: golf tee leveler, a golf tee height adjuster, a divot repairer, a club face cleaner, a ball marker, and an object rest. In a preferred embodiment, all of these components are incorporated in the golf tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventors: John J. Nania, Philip Dinato
  • Patent number: 7841096
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a depth or height-marking device for golf tees, which will allow golfers to mark golf tees at a desired location on the golf tee, relative to the height at which the golfer wants the ball to sit on the golf tee above the ground. The device is comprised of a device body and measurement scale. The unique design of the device body allows for the marking of golf tees of various lengths without having to change the size of the device body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Bryant Moses Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20100292032
    Abstract: A tee support includes a tubular body having a ball-support end, a lower end, and a longitudinal hole extending from ball-support end to the lower end. The tee support includes a first leg extending from the tubular body. The tee support includes a second leg extending from the tubular body, the second leg having a length substantially the same as a length of the first leg. The tee support includes a third leg extending from the tubular body, the third leg having a length substantially the same as the length of the first leg. The first leg, second leg and third leg may extend to a plane below the lower end. Furthermore, in such a tee support, the longitudinal hole may extend substantially along a vector normal to the plane, the plane defined by a cylindrical wall having a diameter within a tolerance of a tee body width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Glen Bowen
  • Patent number: 7806786
    Abstract: A golf tee stopper having a center aperture of material and design so as to slide over a golf tee while creating enough friction with the tee to act as a stop against the ground when teeing a golf ball using the method as described herein and providing the capability to repeatedly insert a golf tee to essentially the same depth to thereby allow the golf tee to hold a golf ball at a height preferred by a user. A set of calibration indicia on the golf tee stopper can be used to mark a golf tee in a manner that assists in the repeatable placement of the golf tee at a substantially consistent height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Scott M. Joffe
  • Patent number: 7780553
    Abstract: Golf training apparatus comprises a base having an opening through which an anchor member passes for embedding in the ground. The anchor member and the base have engageable and disengageable retainers which respectively enable and prevent separation thereof. The anchor member is coupled to a ball support in such manner as to enable the ball support to provide support for a golf ball and to rock relative to the anchor member in response to the striking of the ball or its support by a golf club. The coupling between the ball support and the anchor member is resiliently elastic, thereby enabling automatic recovery of the ball support member to its ball-supporting condition following the execution of a stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew D. Palmer
  • Patent number: 7775897
    Abstract: An automatic tee-up device including a golf ball reservoir, a platform with a groove for a golf ball to travel from the reservoir to a tee, and a ball ejector disposed to eject golf balls one at a time from the reservoir onto the groove. The tee is movable from below a level of the golf ball in the groove to above the level of the golf ball in the groove. After the golf ball is ejected by the ejector, the golf ball travels on the groove to the tee and is raised by the tee into a position suitable for striking with a golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Donald R Jones
  • Publication number: 20100130310
    Abstract: A device which positions a golf tee to a predetermined height above the ground. The cup of a standard golf tee fits into a circular recess within the head of the device while the shaft of the tee is held against a groove along the body of the device. The device is a rigid, unitary piece with the vertical distance from the circular recess to the bottom of the body equal to the desired height of the tee above the ground. With the tee held in place within the device, a length of the tee's shaft extends past the bottom of the tee-setting device. The golfer applies pressure to the top of the tee-setting device to push the point of the tee into the ground until the bottom of the tee-setting device meets the ground. Upon removal of the tee-setting device, the tee remains positioned at exactly the desired height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Dale Osterberg
  • Publication number: 20100125007
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling a ball and tee may include a body, a clamshell retainer, a biasing assembly, a drive assembly and a handle assembly. The body may include a first opening, a second opening and a chamber, and a handle assembly associated with the second opening of the body. The biasing assembly may be capable of being actuated by the handle assembly. The drive assembly may be capable of being actuated by the biasing assembly. The clamshell retainer may be associated with the second opening of the body. The clamshell retainer may have a pair of clasping members movable between an open position and a closed position to selectively carry the golf ball and a portion of the golf tee between the pair of clasping members. The pair of clasping members may be moved between the open position and the closed position based on actuation of the drive assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Charles W. Green
  • Publication number: 20100113188
    Abstract: The present invention is a golf ball support and height adjustment device. Embodiments can include a divot repair tool, a golf ball cleaner, a ball marker, a bottle opener and can include a tapered end that can be used as a golf club groove cleaner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Lance Lee Prickett
  • Patent number: 7699721
    Abstract: A golf tee setting device includes a generally cylindrical body having a top portion, a bottom portion, and a passage extending between the top portion and the bottom portion. The passage is sized to allow a golf tee to pass therethrough. The body has at least one opening therein between the top portion and the bottom portion. The opening defines a surface such that a line extending through the passage traverses the surface at two locations. A kit having a plurality of the devices of different lengths is also provided. Additionally, a method of manufacturing the device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: TZ, Golf, LLC
    Inventor: J. Carlton Godlove, II
  • Publication number: 20100087265
    Abstract: The ball collector has a form similar to a golf club head and is used for collecting golf balls and positioning them on the tee. The ball collector comprises a body having a concavity in its base leading to a pair of arms at one end. The pathway between the concavity and the arms includes a summit onto or over which the ball passes to hold the ball in the arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: Eddy Louis Cyril Rolando
  • Publication number: 20100075782
    Abstract: A golf tee apparatus and placement system may include a replaceable resilient flexible golf tee mechanically secured to an anchor to reduce the risk that the tee will move during play. And, like the legendary multi-function “Swiss Army Knife” the golf tee apparatus and placement system may further include a protective carrying sleeve and cover that does triple duty by also functioning as a high leverage tool and handle to ease placing tees on a grassy area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Craig Allan Stiles
  • Publication number: 20090325734
    Abstract: There is provided an improved pocket golf tool comprising a golf tee angle adjuster, together with one or more of the following components: golf tee leveler, a golf tee height adjuster, a divot repairer, a club face cleaner, a ball marker, and an object rest. In a preferred embodiment, all of these components are incorporated in the golf tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: John J. Nania, Philip Dinato
  • Patent number: 7549937
    Abstract: A golf ball and tee setting apparatus allows a golf tee to be set in the ground and a golf ball placed thereon without the golfer having to bend over. An elongated shaft has two end portions and a ball supporting member on one end portion of the shaft and a bore on the other end of the elongated shaft. A golf tee is releasably held in the shaft bore for insertion into the earth. The shaft can then e rotated to a golf ball supporting end and a golf ball placed on the tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Larry J. Irwin
  • Publication number: 20090093322
    Abstract: A device which positions a golf tee to a predetermined height above the ground. The cup of a standard golf tee fits into a circular recess within the head of the device while the shaft of the tee is held against a groove along the body of the device. The device is a rigid, unitary piece with the vertical distance from the circular recess to the bottom of the body equal to the desired height of the tee above the ground. With the tee held in place within the device, a length of the tee's shaft extends past the bottom of the tee-setting device. The golfer applies pressure to the top of the tee-setting device to push the point of the tee into the ground until the bottom of the tee-setting device meets the ground. Upon removal of the tee-setting device, the tee remains positioned at exactly the desired height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventor: Dale Osterberg
  • Publication number: 20090017942
    Abstract: A tee inserter includes a housing and an adjusting body, which is movable in the housing. The lower side of the housing has a surface against which the tee head is applied and the lower side of the adjusting body has a surface for placement on the ground or, in the alternative, the lower side of the adjusting body has the surface against which the tee head is applied and the lower side of the housing has the surface for placement on the ground. With the aid of this inserter, a golfer can readily push a tee into the ground to the same depth in accordance with a setting for the inserter. The upper side of the tee head, for supporting the ball, is always at the same optimum height above the ground, so that the player can tee the ball off from the best position for the player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Alfons Guldenring
  • Patent number: 7468008
    Abstract: In combination with a golf tee having a top portion for supporting a golf ball, a neck portion, a shaft section and a pointed end, a device adapted to assist in penetrating the golf tee into the ground to ensure a pre-determined height for the golf ball comprising a generally tubular sleeve having a hollowed cylindrical cavity through its longitudinal center to receive the golf tee shaft therethrough, a generally annular end portion adapted to be positioned back from the pointed end, the end portion also having an inner diameter and two or more circumferentially spaced segments with leading edges adapted to outwardly flare when engaged by a shaft section having a larger outer diameter than the inner diameter of the end portion. Also provided is an enlarged tubular top section diverging upwardly from the generally tubular sleeve to engage and abut the golf ball support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Inventor: Phillip B. Shin
  • Publication number: 20080305892
    Abstract: A golf tee setting device includes a generally tubular body defining a bore adapted to receive the head and shank of a golf tee, and a plunger within the bore with an axial face selectively positioned to a predetermined distance from a first end of the bore. A flexible membrane disposed in the bore proximate to its first end defines a plurality of generally radially-inwardly projecting fingers whose tips nominally radially engage the shank of a golf tee that has been inserted into the bore, whereby the shank of the received tee is radially stabilized within the bore. The membrane's fingers resiliently flex axially within the bore to permit the passage of the head of the tee, both as the tee is first received in the bore and thereafter when removing the device from a tee that has been set into the ground using the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: JOHN W. AULEPP, JR.
  • Publication number: 20080287219
    Abstract: A golf tee support apparatus for protecting a golf tee is disclosed. The golf tee apparatus comprises a partially hollow sleeve having a closed first end and an open second end. The first end is pointed and adapted for being inserted into the ground during use and the second end is open and adapted for receiving a golf tee wherein at least part of the golf tee is inserted through the second opening and into the hollow sleeve. At least one raised ridge on an inside surface of the hollow sleeve provides a frictional force on part of the golf tee to hold the tee in a desired position when the tee is at least partially inserted into the hollow sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: John Gyorgyi
  • Publication number: 20080280700
    Abstract: A golf tee setting device including an elongated body and a retaining bracket affixed to the bottom of the elongated body. The retaining bracket includes a tee retaining foot for supporting the enlarged head at the top of a golf tee. The foot is provided with a keyhole slot for snugly receiving therein the enlarged head of the golf tee. A tee retaining shoe is positioned below the foot. The shoe has a channel aligned with the keyhole slot for loosely engaging the tapered bottom end of the golf tee. A retaining arm is slidably secured to the elongated body above the retaining bracket. The arm has a cup at its bottom for selectively pressing a golf ball, positioned atop a tee in said keyhole slot, toward the bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: John I. Ritchie, JR.
  • Patent number: 7422530
    Abstract: A golf ball and tee placing aide for permitting a golfer to place a tee and ball into a teeing position without having to bend over includes an elongated tubular housing having a tee placement end and a ball placement end. The tee placement end includes a retaining assembly that automatically releases the golf tee upon insertion of the tee into the ground. A ball retaining assembly extends through the tubular housing to permit release of a golf ball by manipulation of a trigger mechanism remote from the ball placement end to permit placement of a golf ball on a golf tee while in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: James Olaveson
  • Publication number: 20080188328
    Abstract: A golf tee stopper having a center aperture of material and design so as to slide over a golf tee while creating enough friction with the tee to act as a stop against the ground when teeing a golf ball using the method as described herein and providing the capability to repeatedly insert a golf tee to essentially the same depth to thereby allow the golf tee to hold a golf ball at a height preferred by a user. A set of calibration indicia on the golf tee stopper can be used to mark a golf tee in a manner that assists in the repeatable placement of the golf tee at a substantially consistent height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Scott M. Joffe
  • Publication number: 20080146367
    Abstract: A portable golf caddy for a golfer includes a pole adapted to be inserted into the ground that has various removable attachments or accessories adapted to enhance a golfer's comfort and convenience while on a golf course. The golf caddy optionally includes one or more or a combination of the following attachments; a telescopically extended suction cup adapted to retrieve and to retain a golf ball; a range scope support; a laser device useful for stroke alignment; a measuring device for measuring the distance from a ball to a hole; a golf handle holder; a tee setting device; a cigar holder; and a beverage holder. Additional accessories may be provided as attachments to the caddy such as an umbrella or a scorekeeper. The caddy is lightweight and may be easily carried from one location to another to assist a golfer while golfing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Robert M. Cruz
  • Publication number: 20080135444
    Abstract: A combination golf tool apparatus that includes a case for receiving an adjustable shaft member. The adjustable shaft member including a helical groove for receiving a protrusion disposed within the case that guides and controls the linear positioning of the shaft member within the case. The adjustable shaft member further includes a convex surface opposite a head, the convex surface defines an upper end of a cavity defined within the case. The cavity is for insertion of an upper golf tee portion, such that rotating the shaft member adjustably positions the shaft member in the case thereby defining a distance in the cavity. The head includes a magnet disposed in a recess for receiving a metallic ball marker. The case further includes a divot tool clearance and means for storing a divot tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: George E. Malcom
  • Publication number: 20080132360
    Abstract: In combination with a golf tee having a top portion for supporting a golf ball, a neck portion, a shaft section and a pointed end, a device adapted to assist in penetrating the golf tee into the ground to ensure a pre-determined height for the golf ball comprising a generally tubular sleeve having a hollowed cylindrical cavity through its longitudinal center to receive the golf tee shaft therethrough, a generally annular end portion adapted to be positioned back from the pointed end, the end portion also having an inner diameter and two or more circumferentially spaced segments with leading edges adapted to outwardly flare when engaged by a shaft section having a larger outer diameter than the inner diameter of the end portion. Also provided is an enlarged tubular top section diverging upwardly from the generally tubular sleeve to engage and abut the golf ball support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventor: Phillip B. Shin