Including Means For Separating Club Shafts Patents (Class 206/315.6)
  • Patent number: 10327570
    Abstract: A product display and product display system is disclosed comprising a generally planar top panel and a side panel, the product display intended to comprise or be positionable over a hard, raised generally planar surface having a first size and shape, the generally planar top panel having a second size and shape substantially corresponding to the first size and shape, the product display further comprising on the side panel a plurality of generally vertical longitudinal sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: David Hunter, Eli Miller, Chris Beck
  • Patent number: 9950226
    Abstract: A small golf bag assembly having a small golf bag detachably connected to a main golf bag with connection devices, where the small golf bag has an opening with an interior cavity and a strap attached to its exterior. The small golf bag has a stake and one or more legs for stabilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Steve Meyer
  • Patent number: 9833671
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, an apparatus comprises: a golf equipment holder comprising a top component and a bottom component; a plurality of tubes disposed between and coupled to the top component and bottom component, wherein at least one of the tubes is configured to removably hold a golf club; wherein the top component comprises a plurality of apertures, wherein each of the plurality of apertures is vertically aligned with a corresponding one of the plurality of tubes; a handle pivotally attached to the top component, wherein the handle comprises an attachment component for removable mounting to a golf cart; and a club slide-lock mechanism configured to securely lock the golf club in the one of the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy Bryant
  • Patent number: 9789373
    Abstract: The invention provides a head frame for golf bag and comprises an annular frame and a separator. At least one inserting part is fitted at inner side of the frame body with a slot with open side up and a guide block at one side of the slot. This separator has an annulus and a separating frame connected at the inner side of the annulus. The annulus can be inserted in the slot in a demountable way, while, the separating frame divides the inner side of annulus into several compartments for golf club placement. Whereby, users can select separators with different compartment quantities and assemble them on the head frame according to individual requirements for a good elasticity and light weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Kai-Lun Cheng
  • Patent number: 9480892
    Abstract: A golf bag including a body defining a housing adapted to receive one or more golf clubs, and extending between a bottom portion and a top portion. The golf bag includes a fastener coupled to the body. The fastener includes a first end coupled to the body, a second end opposite the first end, and a locking member. The golf bag also includes a first gripping member coupled to the body and a second gripping member coupled to the fastener. The first gripping member and the second gripping member are configured to receive a cart strap therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: John H. Loudenslager, David A. Higdon, Ryan J. Bruce
  • Patent number: 9227119
    Abstract: An insert for a golf bag having a generally open top and a generally closed bottom includes a golf club supporting structure in the bag. The insert also includes a compartment for each club. A closure structure is included at the generally open top of the bag and includes an opening for each compartment and a closure member having deflectable closure sections adjacent to each opening at the top of each compartment for each club. A movable tab included in the tubular compartment is deflected by a golf club inserted into the tubular compartment, the deflection is resisted by a cylindrical sheath surrounding the tubular compartment, thereby applying a holding force to the golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: GUARDIAN GOLF PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Clifford Desmond Jones
  • Patent number: 9108093
    Abstract: An apparatus for carrying golf clubs and a beverage while practicing allows ease of movement with only a few clubs and a beverage for quicker and more productive practice. The apparatus has self-supporting aspects to allow the apparatus to be used in all areas of a practice range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Practice Club Caddy LLC
    Inventor: David Wayne Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150122678
    Abstract: A modular golf bag assembly and method of assembly are disclosed. The assembly includes: a golf bag body; a top collar attached to a top portion of the golf bag body; a bottom collar attached to a bottom portion of the golf bag body; a plurality of stays contained within the golf bag body and securely attached at respective ends to the top and bottom collars. In further embodiments, the assembly also includes a top divider configured for ratcheted attachment to the top collar and a base member configured to screwed onto the bottom collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher ENGEL
  • Publication number: 20150114860
    Abstract: A golf bag having a golf club collar, said collar comprising: at least a first layer defining a plurality of golf club holders, wherein at least some of the said holders include a supporting surface configured to be at least partially moved by a force exerted thereon by insertion into the bag of a golf club shaft having a diameter larger than a preselected diameter, said supporting surface configured to provide an opening sufficient for insertion of the shaft into the bag, said opening having a diameter which is at least equal to a diameter of the portion of the shaft passing through said first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Yotam Shlomay, Amiram Kohen
  • Publication number: 20150114859
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf bag with a detachable carrying strap system and methods to manufacture such golf bags are generally described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: John H. Loudenslager
  • Patent number: 9004274
    Abstract: Described is a fishing rod storage container comprising a lid pivotally connected to a container housing by one or more hinges. The container housing comprises a pair of elongated sides and an interior volume adapted to store fishing equipment. The container housing further comprises a plurality of lower half supports extending between the pair of elongated sides that are adapted to support several fishing rods. The lower half supports are elevated above the bottom of the container housing so as to provide clearance for equipment stored on the bottom of the container housing. The lid comprises upper half supports that are positioned so as to align with the lower half supports, such that the lower and upper half supports are complementary halves of a fishing rod support. In this way, a fishing rod can be secured in place between the upper and lower half supports when the container is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Calvin Thornberg
  • Patent number: 8991598
    Abstract: A system for storing a device having an elongated shaft and a shank portion. The system having a body portion and a cover portion. The body portion having a sidewall portion defining an opening there-through. The cover portion having a generally open-ring shape. The cover portion having an open position and a closed position, where the cover portion closes at least a portion of the opening when in the closed position, and where the cover portion is spaced apart from the opening when in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Casey C. Whitworth
  • Publication number: 20150076019
    Abstract: The invention provides a head frame for golf bag and comprises an annular frame and a separator. At least one inserting part is fitted at inner side of the frame body with a slot with open side up and a guide block at one side of the slot. This separator has an annulus and a separating frame connected at the inner side of the annulus. The annulus can be inserted in the slot in a demountable way, while, the separating frame divides the inner side of annulus into several compartments for golf club placement. Whereby, users can select separators with different compartment quantities and assemble them on the head frame according to individual requirements for a good elasticity and light weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: KAI-LUN CHENG
  • Publication number: 20150014196
    Abstract: Golf bag divider accessory and method of manufacturing same. One exemplary embodiment of the golf bag divider accessory comprises a shell mountable on an upper rim portion of a conventional golf bag. The shell defines a plurality of spaced-apart openings therethrough for receiving respective ones of a plurality of golf clubs. The golf clubs are maintained in a spaced-apart relationship while the golf clubs are received in the respective ones of the plurality of openings. This arrangement of the golf clubs provided by the shell prevents the golf clubs from impacting each other and becoming damaged. This arrangement of the golf clubs also minimizes the likelihood that the golf club shafts will become entangled while in the golf bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Novis Gene Hargis
  • Publication number: 20150014195
    Abstract: A short game bag for cooperating with a mother bag is disclosed. The short game bag may have a tubular body enclosed at a bottom end and open at a top end; the tubular body having a outer side and an attachment side, wherein the outer side comprises a handle and an extendable set of at least two legs attached by a hinge proximal to the top end. Further, the attachment side has a fastening mechanism for attachment to a mother bag along a substantially longitudinal axis of the mother bag, wherein the short game bag can attach in a substantially parallel manner to the mother bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: KIWI GOLF, LLC
    Inventor: Glen Bowen
  • Patent number: 8905230
    Abstract: A golf bag having an internal strap channel is disclosed herein. The strap channel is affixed to a top collar, is located proximate a rear portion of the golf bag body, and extends from one side to the other side of the bag body. In some embodiments, the strap channel includes a center portion and two openings, which may further include rims made of rubber or another lightweight polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Brian S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140346066
    Abstract: Golf bags may include a main compartment for holding golf clubs and a flip pocket attached with the golf bag body but movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position. The bag may further include: (a) a releasable connector system for releasably holding the flip pocket at the engaged position; (b) an anti-slip element for preventing movement of the golf bag body with respect to a securing strap; and/or (c) a divider to help keep the golf clubs separated from one another when stored in the main compartment. Optionally, an outer perimeter of the divider may be symmetric about a first axis extending in a front-to-rear direction, symmetric about a second axis extending in a side-to-side direction, and/or symmetric about a third axis extending in a top-to-bottom direction (when the golf bag is oriented in an upright manner). Methods of making and using such golf bags also are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Heather L. Herron, Jeffrey W. Wear, Pierre Pactanac
  • Patent number: 8893882
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for securing golf clubs stored in a golf bag so that their tendency to bounce and collide with one another, and thereby produce an undesirable chattering noise, is greatly reduced or eliminated while the golf bag is being carried. The system includes one or more lines or other extended items that make a serpentine path over the top of the golf bag, winding through the golf club shafts. One end of each of the one or more lines is attached to the carrying strap of the golf bag. When the golf bag carrying strap is raised to lift the golf bag off the ground for carrying, tension is placed on the lines and they are caused to retract, securing the clubs against the dividers so that they do not move around and collide with one another as the golf bag is being carried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Mark S. Hicks, Charles Scott Hicks
  • Patent number: 8887908
    Abstract: One embodiment of a golf bag base that securely seats the multi-sized grip ends of golf clubs within a golf bag for storage. The base is located at the bottom interior of a golf bag and has upon it a plurality of shaped partitions. Each partition is wider at its bottom end and extends upwardly and inwardly at an angle to terminate at a narrower apex end. The partitions define volumes of space between each set of adjacent partitions that are sized for both narrow and wide diameter golf club grip ends. The surfaces of the partitions frictionally secure and release the grip ends of the golf clubs with a simple twist by the user. The apex end of each partition has a rigidly flexible deflecting tip that helps to guide a golf club grip end to an adjacent available empty space within the storage base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Steven Sugarek, Alan Sugarek
  • Publication number: 20140332421
    Abstract: An insert for a golf bag having a generally open top and a generally closed bottom includes a golf club supporting structure in the bag. The insert also includes a compartment for each club. A closure structure is included at the generally open top of the bag and includes an opening for each compartment and a closure member having deflectable closure sections adjacent to each opening at the top of each compartment for each club. A movable tab included in the tubular compartment is deflected by a golf club inserted into the tubular compartment, the deflection is resisted by a cylindrical sheath surrounding the tubular compartment, thereby applying a holding force to the golf club.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: GUARDIAN GOLF PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Clifford Desmond JONES
  • Patent number: 8869981
    Abstract: A golf bag having adjustable dividers is disclosed herein. The golf bag of the present invention allows a user to arrange the adjustable dividers to create the size, configuration, and number of golf club compartments desired by the user. The dividers of the present invention are composed of interlocking, structural material to prevent golf clubs from getting tangled within the golf bag, and are assembled into an adjustable divider cartridge comprising a base retainer that is inserted into a golf bag. Once the divider cartridge is disposed within the golf bag, top retainers are added to retain the divider cartridge and prevent it from moving around within the golf bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Larry G. Tang, David W. Cary, Hector D. Santana
  • Publication number: 20140312056
    Abstract: A golf bag includes at least one pouch for containing at least two golf clubs, each club having a shaft of length Lcg, a cross-section having an area of a given value, and a club head secured to one end of the shaft, the pouch being of oblong shape defined along a longitudinal axis and including a bottom and an opening situated at the end of the pouch remote from the bottom, substantially centered on the axis, the opening having a rim of given shape and an area greater than the sum of the two areas of the cross-sections of the two shafts, the depth of the pouch defined along the axis from the opening having a value that is not less than Lcg; a bearing surface; and elements for mounting the bearing surface in the pouch at a distance from the opening that is less than the value Lcg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: BAGOLF Limited
    Inventor: Bertrand JACQUELOT
  • Patent number: 8807336
    Abstract: A golf bag that includes a main bag and an accessory bag coupled to the main bag. The main bag is formed to include a bag-receiver chamber that is configured to accept the accessory bag. The accessory bag is coupled to the main bag by posts that engage a retention slots formed in the side walls of the bag-receiver chamber. The accessory bag is supported by the main bag and includes a foldable leg assembly that permits the accessory bag to be set up in a tripod configuration when separated from the main bag. The golf bag also includes a slot formed in the side walls of the main bag to allow the main bag to be secured to a golf cart by a retaining strap provided on the golf cart while still allowing the accessory bag to be separated from the main bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Mulligan 7, LLC
    Inventor: Robert McGuire
  • Patent number: 8739970
    Abstract: A mechanism cooperable with the stand mechanism in a stand golf bag secures the clubs in position when the bag is not on the ground and releases the clubs when the bag is set on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Alan M. Kagen
  • Publication number: 20140076752
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for securing golf clubs stored in a golf bag so that their tendency to bounce and collide with one another, and thereby produce an undesirable chattering noise, is greatly reduced or eliminated while the golf bag is being carried. The system includes one or more lines or other extended items that make a serpentine path over the top of the golf bag, winding through the golf club shafts. One end of each of the one or more lines is attached to the carrying strap of the golf bag. When the golf bag carrying strap is raised to lift the golf bag off the ground for carrying, tension is placed on the lines and they are caused to retract, securing the clubs against the dividers so that they do not move around and collide with one another as the golf bag is being carried.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Mark S. Hicks, Charles Scott Hicks
  • Publication number: 20140061076
    Abstract: A golf bag having an internal strap channel is disclosed herein. The strap channel is affixed to a top collar, is located proximate a rear portion of the golf bag body, and extends from one side to the other side of the bag body. In some embodiments, the strap channel includes a center portion and two openings, which may further include rims made of rubber or another lightweight polymeric material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventor: Brian S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140034528
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward golf bags, golf bag top members and golf bag top member coverings. Golf bags typically comprise a top member that defines at least one aperture for receiving at least one golf club. The top member is covered by a flexible covering material to protect clubs from damage during use, transport, and storage. An embodiment of the golf bag top member comprises a peripheral structure and the flexible covering material, wherein the flexible covering material covers at least a portion of the peripheral structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: DYNAMIC BRANDS, LLC
    Inventor: Doug Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140034527
    Abstract: Golf bag kits including various components that may be selected and assembled to provide a finished golf bag. An embodiment of the golf bag kit comprises a golf bag shell or a golf bag shell sub-assembly, a bottom member capable of being permanently connected to the bottom portion of the golf bag shell, and a top member comprising top connectors capable of being permanently connected to the top portion to the golf bag shell. The golf bag kit may be shipped to the customer, distributor, and/or retailer as separate components for assembly. The golf bag shell sub-assembly may include an enclosure, a top collar, a bottom collar and stays extending between the top collar and the bottom collar. Alternatively, the golf bag kit may include a golf bag shell sub-assembly, a top member sub-assembly and a bottom member. The components may be selected from a plurality of component configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: DYNAMIC BRANDS, LLC
    Inventor: Doug Anderson
  • Patent number: 8640866
    Abstract: A golf club holding assembly includes a panel that has a perimeter edge including top edge, a bottom edge, a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a front side and a back side. A plurality of club pockets is attached to the front side. Each of the club pockets is vertically orientated and is laterally aligned with each other. The club pockets each have an upper end form an access opening configured to receive a golf club handle. The plurality of club pockets includes at most four club pockets and at least two club pockets. A coupler is attached to the panel and is configured to releasably secure the panel to a golf bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: William S. Dow
  • Publication number: 20140008254
    Abstract: A golf club bag frame includes an upper portion, lower portion and central portion. The upper portion, lower portion and central portion are generally defined by a pair of side frame members joined by multiple horizontal members. The side frame members each include a curved section forming the central portion. A separator is attached to one or more of the horizontal members and includes three vertical walls and several horizontal cross-members which define multiple golf club receptacles. A handle is connected to the side frame members and/or horizontal members. A skin formed of a single piece of material which fits onto, and attaches to, the golf bag frame. Upper flaps of the skin fold over arms of the side frame members and attach to an underside of the skin using hook and loop fasteners (e.g., Velcro), buttons, snaps, zippers or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Weinmeier
  • Patent number: 8561794
    Abstract: Devices for securing a junior golf bag to a golf cart and methods of use thereof are shown. A golf bag insert device and a tilted golf bag securing device each provide junior golfers to have better access to their clubs (both visually and physically) without worries of their clubs or bag becoming dislodged from the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Fredy Mize
  • Patent number: 8544642
    Abstract: Provided is a multipurpose golf club container that can be used as a golf club travel container, a carrying container, pull along cart, or can be easily mounted onto a powered golf cart. The multipurpose golf club container is comprised of multiple compartments that can be closed to provide a rain proof enclosure. The multipurpose golf club container in some embodiments has a rain cover that can be easily deployed to keep the golf club grips dry during play in foul weather. In addition, in some embodiments the multipurpose golf club container is designed to retain the golf clubs in the head down position, and club restraints allow for quick and easy removal and replacement of the golf clubs from the container in a lateral motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Frank Lytle, James B Eldon, III, David D McClanahan
  • Publication number: 20130213837
    Abstract: A knockdown golf bag for being component size self-compensating. The knockdown golf bag includes a bag, an upper frame, a lower frame, rods, and a partition. The bag is collapsible, and as such, has a collapsed mode and an uncollapsed mode. The upper frame is replaceably attached to the bag. The lower frame is replaceably attached to the bag. The rods extend from, and between, the upper frame and the lower frame to maintain the bag in the uncollapsed mode thereof, and when removed, allow the bag to achieve the collapsed mode thereof. The partition extends within the bag, from the upper frame to the lower frame, and is elastometrically attached to the lower frame so as to allow the golf bag to be component size self-compensating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Young Suk
  • Publication number: 20130146490
    Abstract: One embodiment of a golf bag base that securely seats the multi-sized grip ends of golf clubs within a golf bag for storage. The base is located at the bottom interior of a golf bag and has upon it a plurality of shaped partitions. Each partition is wider at its bottom end and extends upwardly and inwardly at an angle to terminate at a narrower apex end. The partitions define volumes of space between each set of adjacent partitions that are sized for both narrow and wide diameter golf club grip ends. The surfaces of the partitions frictionally secure and release the grip ends of the golf clubs with a simple twist by the user. The apex end of each partition has a rigidly flexible deflecting tip that helps to guide a golf club grip end to an adjacent available empty space within the storage base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: Steven Sugarek, Alan Sugarek
  • Publication number: 20130105341
    Abstract: A system for storing a device having an elongated shaft and a shank portion. The system having a body portion and a cover portion. The body portion having a sidewall portion defining an opening there-through. The cover portion having a generally open-ring shape. The cover portion having an open position and a closed position, where the cover portion closes at least a portion of the opening when in the closed position, and where the cover portion is spaced apart from the opening when in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Casey C. Whitworth
  • Patent number: 8424678
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club bag bottoms and methods to manufacture golf club bag bottoms are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas W. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20130092574
    Abstract: A modular golf bag having an external frame is provided. Poles connect a frame top capable of receiving golf clubs to a frame bottom. A pliable bag body extends between the frame top and the frame bottom such that a cavity capable of receiving golf clubs through the frame top is formed. Poles may be affixed to the pliable bag body using internally positioned pole sleeves, one or more slits in the pliable bag body, or a combination thereof. Also, storage compartments may be detachably connected between the poles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre A. Pactanac, Heather L. Herron, Jeffrey W. Wear
  • Publication number: 20130075290
    Abstract: A golf bag includes a collar and a container selectively attached with the collar. The collar defines first and second ends at two opposite ends thereof and two side ends disposed between the first and second ends. The collar includes an outer wall and an interior wall disposed opposite to the outer wall. The container is flexible. The container includes an interior surface defining a first segment and a second segment. The container further includes a first joint portion formed on the second segment and a second joint portion formed on the first segment. The first and second joint portions can be selectively coupled with each other to provide the container selectively attached with the collar without using tools or fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Kuang-Wei Chang
  • Publication number: 20130043153
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf bags, top dividers for golf bags and methods of making top dividers are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: John H. Loudenslager, Brian J. McGuire
  • Publication number: 20120325700
    Abstract: Golf bags may include a main compartment for holding golf clubs and a flip pocket attached with the golf bag body but movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position. The bag may further include: (a) a releasable connector system for releasably holding the flip pocket at the engaged position; (b) an anti-slip element for preventing movement of the golf bag body with respect to a securing strap; and/or (c) a divider to help keep the golf clubs separated from one another when stored in the main compartment. Optionally, an outer perimeter of the divider may be symmetric about a first axis extending in a front-to-rear direction, symmetric about a second axis extending in a side-to-side direction, and/or symmetric about a third axis extending in a top-to-bottom direction (when the golf bag is oriented in an upright manner). Methods of making and using such golf bags also are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Heather L. Herron, Jeffrey W. Wear, Pierre A. Pactanac
  • Patent number: 8299921
    Abstract: A golf club storage and protection device comprising an elongated member and a sensing device. The elongated member houses the golf club shaft and grip and protects the shaft and grip from wear and damage. The sensing device is housed within the elongated member and includes a motion sensor that senses movement of the elongated member beyond a motion threshold level, and an alarm. The sensing device contacts the grip when the golf club is present in the elongated member and the alarm is kept deactivated. When the golf club is removed from the elongated member for at least a predetermined time period and the elongated member is moved beyond the motion threshold level, the alarm will activate until either the golf club is returned to the elongated member or the device is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony F. LaSala
  • Publication number: 20120248165
    Abstract: A bifurcatable golf and rod bag and bicycle rack system for facilitating easy transport of a golf bag and contents by a human on a bicycle. The golf and rod bag includes a first section that is separable from a second section, wherein each of the first and second sections provide storage for a plurality of golf clubs, the first and second sections being attachable to form a multi-compartment golf bag that includes at least two independent compartments for storing golf clubs. The storage for a plurality of golf clubs items includes a top opening that is divided into a plurality of apertures for receiving a golf club handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Charles Logan Godfrey
  • Publication number: 20120211381
    Abstract: A mechanism cooperable with the stand mechanism in a stand golf bag secures the clubs in position when the bag is not on the ground and releases the clubs when the bag is set on the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Alan M. Kagen
  • Publication number: 20120187011
    Abstract: A golf bag having adjustable dividers is disclosed herein. The golf bag of the present invention allows a user to arrange the adjustable dividers to create the size, configuration, and number of golf club compartments desired by the user. The dividers of the present invention are composed of interlocking, structural material to prevent golf clubs from getting tangled within the golf bag, and are assembled into an adjustable divider cartridge comprising a base retainer that is inserted into a golf bag. Once the divider cartridge is disposed within the golf bag, top retainers are added to retain the divider cartridge and prevent it from moving around within the golf bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: Larry G. Tang, David W. Cary, Hector D. Santana
  • Patent number: 8186507
    Abstract: A mechanism cooperable with the stand mechanism in a stand golf bag secures the clubs in position when the bag is not on the ground and releases the clubs when the bag is set on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Alan M. Kagen
  • Publication number: 20120111747
    Abstract: A multi-handle collar system (10) for a golf bag (12) is provided for providing multiple grasping and handling options for a golfer. The system (10) includes a circumferential collar member (14) provided with a plurality of circumferentially arrayed vertical apertures (18) bounded on the upper edges thereof by semi-rigid rim portions (20) in order to provide handles (22). A preferred embodiment includes a rear handle (24), a left side handle (26) and a right side handle (28) arrayed opposite said left side handle (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: Sun Mountain Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric W. Reimers
  • Patent number: 8157089
    Abstract: A height adjustable top frame for a golf bag has a base, at least one locking rod mounted slidably through the base, a holding bracket mounted securely on an upper end of the at least one locking rod and a locking mechanism mounted between the base and the holding bracket and selectively engaging the at least one locking rod. Despite being different lengths, golf clubs can be supported by adjusting the holding bracket to allow heads of the golf clubs to rest on the holding bracket. The golf bag with the height adjustable top frame does not have to be lengthened and the golf clubs with different lengths are appropriately and stably mounted in the golf bag without colliding or damaging each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Kun-Lin Shiao
  • Publication number: 20120074004
    Abstract: A golf club carrying case has first and second elongated shells connected along a first longitude edge by one or more hinges. At least one closing mechanism is used to hold the first and second elongated shells together, along a second longitude edge, to form an elongated housing. A number of restraints are used to restrain golf clubs within the elongated housing. The first and second elongated shells are shaped such that one end of the elongated housing is large enough to accommodate the heads of driver clubs and the lengths of the first and second elongated shells are sufficient to accommodate the maximum length of a driver club.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Scott E. Andochick
  • Publication number: 20120024730
    Abstract: A kit is provided for carrying golf clubs. The kit comprises a golf club carrier and a user interface. The golf club carrier includes two receptacles each for receiving a golf club. The golf club carrier further includes a club selection aid comprising a highlighting means, wherein the highlighting means is controlled to highlight the golf club stowed within either the first receptacle or the second receptacle. The club selection aid highlights the club by drawing a user's attention to the club. The club selection aid includes a receiver for receiving a control signal. The receiver controls the highlighting means to highlight the desired club.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: James Pittman
  • Publication number: 20120012482
    Abstract: A golf club bag is formed in two compartments and attached to form essentially an X shape at approximately midpoint on each compartment. The connection point may vary. Shoulder straps attached to each compartment allow the golfer to carry the bag with the weight proportionally distributed on each shoulder and across the back. The bag may also have a detachable connection to allow the bag to be separated to allow a single compartment to be carried or arranged in such a way that is convenient for storage or transit, and a stand that can be repositioned depending on the golf bag configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Koepnick