Net Patents (Class 473/197)
  • Patent number: 10154663
    Abstract: A bird capture net which allows the use of quickly adjusting the height for capture and release is described, which includes height adjustable poles attached to bird netting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Meridian Wildlife Services, LLC
    Inventors: David Henry Brugh, Brian Chandler Burke
  • Patent number: 10080948
    Abstract: A self-contained, portable and retractable apparatus is described that transforms a sufficient smaller space into a suitable place, either indoors or outdoors, where a large space is unavailable, into a practice facility for sporting activity skills. This backdrop apparatus allows practice of hitting or throwing of a ball or other object in a contained environment and may also be used for virtually playing at any famous location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph Manieri, James Wickstead
  • Patent number: 9682305
    Abstract: An apparatus for correcting a golf address to be adhered to the body of a user, including: an input module in which the user pushes an input button to set a target azimuth while looking at a target point in a user setting mode; an azimuth calculation module comprising an accelerometer for measuring gravity direction, a gyroscope for measuring the x-axis, y-axis and z-axis directions of a golf club face, and a calculation processor for calculating the address azimuth of the user with respect to the target azimuth set in the input module by using the values measured at the accelerometer and the gyroscope when the user is in an address posture in a user execution mode; and an output module for outputting the address azimuth calculated at the azimuth calculation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: KRS ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong Hun Kim
  • Patent number: 9604112
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a feeding net including a backstop net affixed to a frame connected to a base that may be mounted on wheels. The net includes a plurality of drop pockets which can catch lacrosse ball. The drop pockets can be numbered sequentially with indicia, as desired. The wheeled base can include a removable plastic drop bucket for retaining lacrosse balls that are not caught inside the drop pocket or that bounce off the backstop net. The wheeled base can also include an integral deflector shield situated across the backstop net. The deflector shields helps ensure that balls that bounce of the net can be deflected into the drop bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: MARTY GILMAN, INC.
    Inventors: Neil Gilman, Craig Wanner
  • Patent number: 9289673
    Abstract: A golf cage system that uses the customer's garage door tracks as the frame for the cage. The cage is oriented to transfer loads from ball impact through the tracks to the frame of the door in a perpendicular direction to minimize track twisting. The cage has a ball striking drop panel suspended from a shaft mounted on rollers or end caps that ride in the tracks and fastened to the tracks in their active position. Side panels and a top panel are also supported on the rollers at their forward ends and supported on another set of rollers in the tracks at the distal ends of the tracks. Low profile tie-downs are epoxied to the concrete garage floor to facilitate unobstructed foot and tire traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Dillis V. Allen
  • Publication number: 20150024860
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for catching a golf ball is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses a compact golf ball catching apparatus having a first energy absorbing layer located at a frontal portion of the apparatus, a second energy absorbing layer located at a rear portion of the apparatus, and a frame adapted to connect the first and second energy absorbing layer as well as provide structural integrity to the first energy absorbing layer; wherein the first energy absorbing layer slows down the speed of a golf ball as it enters and penetrates the apparatus and hinders the golf ball's ability from exiting the apparatus post impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Yosup Lee
  • Patent number: 8894511
    Abstract: A portable and easily foldable sport net 50 includes a ball return system wherein balls 930 or other projectiles are stopped and gently rolled back to the user. A frame system 200 may include spring steel or fiberglass and may further includes front frame members 210, rear frame members 220 and lower lateral frame members 230. An inside net 100 is attached or integrated into the front frame members 210 and the inside net 100 has little contact or attachment to the rear frame members 220. The judicious use of netting material and other components result in a lightweight and easy to assemble sport net. Embodiments feature two lateral voids 250 and a rear void 240 which provide an economy of construction and efficiency of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Renan Lore, Huaimian Zhang
  • Patent number: 8876619
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for catching a golf ball is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses a compact golf ball catching apparatus having a first energy absorbing layer located at a frontal portion of the apparatus, a second energy absorbing layer located at a rear portion of the apparatus, and a frame adapted to connect the first and second energy absorbing layer as well as provide structural integrity to the first energy absorbing layer; wherein the first energy absorbing layer slows down the speed of a golf ball as it enters and penetrates the apparatus and hinders the golf ball's ability from exiting the apparatus post impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Yosup Lee
  • Patent number: 8800157
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for measuring the drop Y of sports netting (10) strung between opposed posts (14, 16), wherein a datum point (28) is provided on each post, a datum line (42) is provided between the datum points and the distance Y between the datum line and a specified part (38) of the net measured; the height X above ground (40) of the net is extrapolated by providing the datum points (28) at a known height Z above ground (40) and subtracting the measured drop Y from the datum point height Z: the datum line (42) may be a light-weight cord strung between the datum points or a beam of visible or invisible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Satian Industries Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Sarun Lorhpipat
  • Patent number: 8805558
    Abstract: A method for conducting and scoring a golf video game, comprising determining the number of strokes it takes a team to complete a golf hole, wherein the team comprises of a plurality of players collectively playing one ball, allowing at least one player to take a strategic position further down the golf course ahead of where the ball is being played, and basing a score on the number of strokes the team collectively takes to complete the golf hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Isaac S Daniel
  • Patent number: 8672755
    Abstract: A net or barrier has strategically located pocket(s) attached to the net over holes(s) in the net/barrier in order to catch a ball or projectile that passes through the hole(s). A computer-assisted method displays information, more particularly advertisement, onto a net or barrier. The computer-assisted display is viewable by a TV or video audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: David W Guthrie, George Baumgardner
  • Patent number: 8651981
    Abstract: A pitching screen which provides a support structure having an arcuate support element which defines the boundary of the pitching screen and about which a ball can be pitched toward a pitching target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Morrow Sports, LLC
    Inventor: William David Morrow
  • Publication number: 20130130818
    Abstract: The methods and apparatuses of the present invention provide golfers with improved training and simulated golf game opportunities, particularly when practiced in conjunction with the innovative scoring targets disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: LLOYD C. PECK
  • Patent number: 8403330
    Abstract: A ball net of box type comprises a front loop, a rear loop, and first and second side loops. The enclosing net portion are for covering a top hole formed by top portions of the loops, two side holes formed by the side loops, and a rear hole formed by the rear loop, so as to enclose the box-type space from four sides. The vertical side straight portions of neighboring loops are hold together by fabric holder portions. The top curved portion of the front loop protrudes above the top straight portions of the other loops, such that a front opening defined by the front loop provides a receiving area larger than the other holes defined by the other loops especially in a upper portion of the receiving area. The front loop has a larger area than the other loops in a lower portion of the receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Patent number: 8388471
    Abstract: A pitching screen which provides a first pitching lane and a second pitching lane in a single pitching screen configuration to allow both left-handed pitchers and right-handed pitchers to pitch without repositioning the pitching screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Morrow Sports, LLC
    Inventor: William David Morrow
  • Publication number: 20130045815
    Abstract: A ball net is provided, which includes two poles, a top net, a tilting bottom net, a decelerating catcher, and a collecting sack. Each of the two poles are bent and crossed at a zenith point forming four side openings, one of which provides a target opening portion configured for hulling a ball. The tilting bottom net is provided at a low portion of the space surrounded by the zenith point and the four ends of the two poles, and the tilting bottom net is tilted toward a front of the ball net. The decelerating catcher is provided inside the target opening for reducing speed of, stopping, and dropping the ball. The collecting sack is disposed at a front portion of the tilting bottom net for receiving the ball rolling down on the tilting bottom net and keeping inside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Kwang Han CHO
  • Publication number: 20130035173
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for catching a golf ball is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses a compact golf ball catching apparatus having a first energy absorbing layer located at a frontal portion of the apparatus, a second energy absorbing layer located at a rear portion of the apparatus, and a frame adapted to connect the first and second energy absorbing layer as well as provide structural integrity to the first energy absorbing layer; wherein the first energy absorbing layer slows down the speed of a golf ball as it enters and penetrates the apparatus and hinders the golf ball's ability from exiting the apparatus post impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Yosup Lee
  • Publication number: 20120322567
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting in the training of various sporting pursuits, such as golf, is described. In some examples, the training apparatus is a retractable apparatus configured to attach to a ceiling of an indoor space in order to move a net into a suitable position via a rotatable support bar or other similar mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: JOSEPH MANIERI
  • Patent number: 8333384
    Abstract: A self-deploying game device, which is intended to receive an object. It includes a bowed structure with a basic loop that includes a front part in a horizontal plane and a rear part, and a goal loop, with a rear part in a horizontal plane, and a front part in a plane forming a non-zero angle with the horizontal plane. It also includes a flexible structure with a first part stretched inside the goal loop, and a second part stretched inside the rear part of the goal loop. In the deployed position, the front part of the basic loop rests on the ground, and the tension of the flexible structure is such that the basic loop, the goal loop, the flexible structure, and the ground, form a capture volume for the object, the entrance of which is bounded by the front part of the goal loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Decathlon
    Inventor: Yoann Simon
  • Patent number: 8322725
    Abstract: Disclosed is a half moon type net for catching balls or flexibly stopping the flight of balls, comprising a half-moon-shaped or arch-shaped loop and a fabric retainer to better support the net structure, maintain a bigger net in shape, and reduce the chance of missing balls. More specifically, the net comprises: a main member forming a substantially half-moon-shaped closed loop; a base member forming a closed loop, wherein the straight front section of the base member is connected to the straight bottom section of the main member; a fabric retainer comprising two bottom sections formed adjacent to each of the two corners of the main member and an arch section along the top section of the main member so as to maintain the main member in shape; a fabric member covering the loop of the main member to flexibly stop the flight of projectiles; and a supporting member to sustain the main member against the base member while maintaining a substantial angle between the main and base members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Patent number: 8308166
    Abstract: A single loop net includes a loop member, triangular holders, side straight edge portions, two propping poles, two holding straps, a first opening, a catching net, net deploying straps, and a second opening. The triangular holders are for holding two neighboring straight portions. The side straight edge portions are fixed to one of the side straight portions. Each of the propping poles extends from two side straight portions of the loop member. Each of the holding straps extends from a lower portion of the loop member. The first opening is enclosed and defined by the triangular holders and the side straight edge portions. The catching net covers the first opening and configured to catch balls flying into the first opening from a frontal direction. The second opening is disposed in a bottom one of the side straight edge portions. The second opening is disposed so as to return balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Patent number: 8282509
    Abstract: A foldable device for use in supporting sports nets or the like, the foldable device including: a) a selectively foldable support ring including pivotally secured substantially arcuate sections; and b) a foldable support stand for engaging the ring and having a first open position and a second closed position; and c) at least a part of the ring forming at least one handle when said support stand is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Golf, Gifts and Gallery, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Ward Michaelson, John Cummings
  • Patent number: 8216083
    Abstract: A golf practice apparatus comprises a chipping mat and a target assembly. The chipping mat comprises a surface from which a user strikes golf balls. The target assembly comprises a frame and a target mat. The frame is further comprised of a lightweight, collapsible framework for supporting a target mat further comprising various markings indicated targets for a user. In a preferred embodiment, the frame is comprised of pipe segments, connecting joints, and a plurality of common fasteners. The target mat is suspended from the frame and attaches via corresponding common fasteners. The target assembly is disposed of various segments to allow a user to simulate short game aspects of golf by choosing a target based upon the desired angle and velocity that the user desires to emulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: G. Thomas Masucci
  • Publication number: 20120088593
    Abstract: A ball net of box type comprises a front loop, a rear loop, and first and second side loops. The enclosing net portion are for covering a top hole formed by top portions of the loops, two side holes formed by the side loops, and a rear hole formed by the rear loop, so as to enclose the box-type space from four sides. The vertical side straight portions of neighboring loops are hold together by fabric holder portions. The top curved portion of the front loop protrudes above the top straight portions of the other loops, such that a front opening defined by the front loop provides a receiving area larger than the other holes defined by the other loops especially in a upper portion of the receiving area. The front loop has a larger area than the other loops in a lower portion of the receiving area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Publication number: 20120088594
    Abstract: A single loop net includes a loop member, triangular holders, side straight edge portions, two propping poles, two holding straps, a first opening, a catching net, net deploying straps, and a second opening. The triangular holders are for holding two neighboring straight portions. The side straight edge portions are fixed to one of the side straight portions. Each of the propping poles extends from two side straight portions of the loop member. Each of the holding straps extends from a lower portion of the loop member. The first opening is enclosed and defined by the triangular holders and the side straight edge portions. The catching net covers the first opening and configured to catch balls flying into the first opening from a frontal direction. The second opening is disposed in a bottom one of the side straight edge portions. The second opening is disposed so as to return balls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Kwang Han CHO
  • Publication number: 20110256945
    Abstract: A swing training apparatus includes an upright target portion and a ball capturing net. The target portion has a hit surface to be hit by golf balls. The hit surface has at least one ball inlet to receive the golf balls and a ball outlet at a lower section of the target portion. The ball capturing net is fastened to a side of the target portion to form a ball collection space therebetween. The ball collection space communicates with the ball inlet and ball outlet. The ball capturing net includes a ball guide slope leading to the ball outlet to direct the golf balls to leave the ball collection space through the ball outlet. Hence once the golf balls enter the ball inlet they can be retrieved easily for swing practice again without users going to the swing training apparatus to fetch the golf balls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Hua-Lu HSIANG
  • Patent number: 7744089
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ball practice device, which comprises a frame, a net, a base bracket and a supporting assembly. The supporting assembly is interposed between the frame and the base bracket, and is configured for supporting the frame together with the base bracket. The net is attached to the frame and is connected to the frame by a connecting member which the net can be disassembled from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Husheng Huang
  • Patent number: 7731198
    Abstract: A ball returning tent net includes a frame that is supported on the ground on three or four contact points, and a ball-catch enclosure that is supported by the frame. The ball-catch enclosure includes an aperture that is adapted to pass a ball through, and a rear wall that is adapted to catch the ball and a bottom net. The frame includes a front frame member that supports the aperture and a rear frame member that supports the rear wall. The bottom net is inclined downward toward the front frame member. The ball-catch enclosure further includes an anti-sagging device that prevents sagging of the bottom net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Patent number: 7691003
    Abstract: A method for performing projectile-based sport simulations. A striking apparatus is used to strike a projectile with striking means, the striking apparatus being configurable to alter its strike properties. The strike results from the strike are measured and are entered into a data base along with the corresponding strike properties. The process is repeated for a variety of strike properties. A sports practice device is then provided having a simulation projectile mounted to a flexible tether and sensor means. The striking apparatus is then used to strike the simulation projectile of the sports practice device using the same strike properties as entered into the database. A user strikes the simulation projectile of the sports practice device and sensor readings are measured. The strike results for the user's strike are calculated by correlating the sensor readings with the information entered into the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Anees Munshi
  • Publication number: 20100081513
    Abstract: A target is provided for hitting or throwing balls and other objects for sport practice sessions or games. The target includes a plurality of foldable arms with a connected net which can be moved between open and closed positions by pulling and pushing a handle connected to the arms. In the open position, the target forms an inverted umbrella. A front face is attached to the net and has a plurality of openings through which the balls or objects can pass forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: PRO PERFORMANCE SPORTS
    Inventor: RICHARD T. LA POINTE
  • Patent number: 7651098
    Abstract: A screen net includes a front member with an opening, a base member, a catch member and a wall member. The base member is placed on the ground. The catch member is adapted to catch a ball that passes through the opening of the front member. The wall member is positioned above the opening of the front member. The wall member comprises a wall fabric member and a wall pole member. The wall fabric member comprises a sleeve through which the wall pole member passes. The wall fabric member is attached to the front member. The ends of the wall pole member are supported by the base member. The screen net further comprises straps that connect the front member and the base member. The straps are under tension provided by the elastic pole segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Patent number: 7648421
    Abstract: A chipping net comprising a resilient but flexible rod formed into a figure eight and folded at a crossing of the figure eight, thereby forming a base loop for placement on a surface below the crossing and a main loop above the crossing. The main loop and the base loop are angled relative to each other, with the angle being less than 90 degrees. The chipping net also includes a net connected to the main loop for receiving golf balls. The force of the rod trying to expand into a circle out of the figure eight forces the main loop away from the base loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: William Young Yoon
  • Patent number: 7641566
    Abstract: A golf exercise device is disclosed that can be used for stretching the shoulder and back muscles. The device expands to a length that allows the user to place the device behind the user's head and grasp each end with the user's hands. The device collapses to a size small enough to easily fit into a golf bag. The center portion of the device is padded for comfort while the user is stretching. Clips can also be included to secure the device to the external portion of the golf bag. The device can hold golf balls in one end, and a net for retrieving golf balls from water hazards in the other. Zippered pockets can be attached to the device to hold personal items such as mobile phones, PDA's, sunglasses, car keys, or the like. Net-type bags with drawstring closures can also be included with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventors: Maureen O'Connor, Alfred O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20090280922
    Abstract: A golf swing practice target panel or impact device is provided. The impact device may be or may include a panel made of a type of material such that there will be a temporary mark where a standard or non-standard golf ball impacted the panel. An aiming reference point may be provided on a lower portion of the panel. In addition, lines may be printed on the panel to depict launch or elevation angles and off-center deviation angles. A golfer can examine how accurate the strike was after the swing. Also, the panel material may possess proper friction that enables the spinning direction of a golf ball to be determined when a golf ball bounces off from the panel. Judging from where the ball landed relative to the temporary ball mark on the panel, the golfer is able to know how the ball was spinning after striking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Ke Zhou
  • Publication number: 20090062026
    Abstract: A ball returning tent net includes a frame that is supported on the ground on three or four contact points, and a ball-catch enclosure that is supported by the frame. The ball-catch enclosure includes an aperture that is adapted to pass a ball through, and a rear wall that is adapted to catch the ball and a bottom net. The frame includes a front frame member that supports the aperture and a rear frame member that supports the rear wall. The bottom net is inclined downward toward the front frame member. The ball-catch enclosure further includes an anti-sagging device that prevents sagging of the bottom net.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Patent number: 7462115
    Abstract: A pitching screen which provides a first pitching lane and a second pitching lane in a single pitching screen configuration to allow both left-handed pitchers and right-handed pitchers to pitch without repositioning the pitching screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Morrow Sport, LLC
    Inventor: William David Morrow
  • Publication number: 20080194350
    Abstract: A chipping net comprising a resilient but flexible rod formed into a figure eight and folded at a crossing of the figure eight, thereby forming a base loop for placement on a surface below the crossing and a main loop above the crossing. The main loop and the base loop are angled relative to each other, with the angle being less than 90 degrees. The chipping net also includes a net connected to the main loop for receiving golf balls. The force of the rod trying to expand into a circle out of the figure eight forces the main loop away from the base loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: William Young Yoon
  • Patent number: 7363932
    Abstract: A collapsible structure has a first end panel and a second end panel, with each end panel having a foldable frame member having a folded and an unfolded orientation, and a fabric material covering the frame member to form the respective end panel when the frame member is in the unfolded orientation. The structure also has a side wall having at least one panel, a first side and a second side, with the panel having a foldable frame member having a folded and an unfolded orientation. The first side of the side wall is stitched to the fabric of the first end panel at a location away from the periphery of the first end panel, the second side of the side wall is stitched to the fabric of the second end panel at a location away from the periphery of the second end panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Patent Category Corp.
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 7270608
    Abstract: A collapsible net for stopping flying balls and for installing on a floor includes a collapsible center coil loop, collapsible first and second side coil loops, a vertical fabric portion, top and bottom fabric portions, and top and bottom straps. The collapsible center coil loop includes a top part, a bottom part, and first and second side parts. Each side coil loop includes a top part, a bottom part, and inner and outer side parts. Each inner side part is connected to each side part of the collapsible center coil loop. The vertical fabric portion covers the openings of the coil loops for stopping the flying balls. The opening angle of the side coil loops are controllable. The propping device includes pecks and strings to fix the net to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Patent number: 7198274
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable net device comprising a main member forming a first closed loop, a base member forming a second closed loop and defined by front and non-front sections where a main member bottom section is attached to the base member front section, a fabric member having front and non-front sections where the fabric member front section is connected to the main member, a connecting member to selectively attach the fabric member non-front section to the base member non-front section in a detachable attachment format, and a supporting member to sustain the main member against the base member while maintaining a substantial angle between the main and base members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Patent number: 7153225
    Abstract: A pitching screen which provides a first pitching lane and a second pitching lane in a single pitching screen configuration to allow both left-handed pitchers and right-handed pitchers to pitch without repositioning the pitching screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Morrow Sports, LLC
    Inventor: William David Morrow
  • Patent number: 7131789
    Abstract: An object retrieval system providing an expanse of flexible material variably configured by travel of a material support element between a first position and a second position which generates movement in objects that collect on the material surface for retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Derek Elliott Walton
  • Patent number: 7118487
    Abstract: A sport ball arresting structure may be characterized in one aspect as including an inflatable quadra-pod mounted on a substantially rectangular flexible planar base for placement on the ground. The quadra-pod includes four legs formed, when the quadra-pod is inflated, by two criss-crossed inflatable tubes forming a dome. The tubes are criss-crossed at a vertex of the quadra-pod. Lower ends of the four legs are mounted to the four corners of the base, one lower end per corner. A flexible net is mounted within the dome so as to drape completely across the interior of the dome and parallel to an entrance to the structure defined by a front pair of legs and a front edge of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Daniel Turcot
  • Patent number: 7066824
    Abstract: The golf practice apparatus has a large target supported by two supports connected at diametrically opposed areas on the large target. For stability, the two supports are connected to one another by a cross member and ground stakes engaging the supports can be inserted into the ground. Successively smaller targets are connected to the larger target. The smaller targets are connected to the large target by a pair of straps. Each pair of straps consists of two sections. The straps are sewn to the middle sized target and have two ends extending radially in each direction from the large target. The straps are wrapped around and secured to both the large target and smaller target. Once wrapped around the respective target, the strap is secured to itself by such conventional means as snaps. In this manner, the smaller target can be removed from the middle target and the middle target can be removed from the larger target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Dorson Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Wenzler
  • Patent number: 7052408
    Abstract: The golf net assembly for adapting an existing golf net assembly to an improved practice net includes a non-collapsing light framework for providing a shape; fabric assembly with a center target sheath secured to the light framework, and flexible connectors fixedly attached to the non-collapsing light framework for engaging an existing golf practice frame and wherein the flexible connectors can accommodate a variety of existing golf practice frame sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Willie Burt Leonard
  • Patent number: 7021630
    Abstract: A portable ball retriever comprises a first member forming a first closed loop, a second member forming a second closed loop with the first member foldably attached to the second member, supports fitted between the first and second members to sustain the first member against the second member, a fabric cover attached to the first member to substantially cover the first closed loop with a central portion of the cover severed along a line to secure a first opening and a drapery corresponding to the first opening, a fabric catch partially attached to the fabric cover to communicate with the first opening, and straps connecting a rear portion of the fabric catch to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Patent number: 6974390
    Abstract: A golf practice and exercise system having a practice ball and a target assembly, using either a conventional or practice golf club. The practice ball is any generally spherical shape made of a flexible material and having an internal pressure of approximately atmospheric, for example an uninflated soccer ball. The weight of the practice ball is sufficient to provide muscle development, but is limited to allow the golfer to complete the follow-through of the golf swing. The target assembly has an energy absorbing surface attached to a rigid frame held in place by a frame support structure. Alternatively, the target assembly is a flat surface made of a hard material. The practice golf club has a substantially oversized club head with a peripheral rim defining a large opening through the club head. The club head may be selectively weighted. The grip of the club has alternating annular ridges and recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Shioda
  • Patent number: 6969068
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting sport practice targets includes an elongate container having a sidewall defining an interior cavity with an elongate access opening extending through the sidewall to the interior cavity. A roll of flexible sheet material is disposed within the interior cavity of the container. The sheet material displays one or more graphics depicting sport practice targets. The sheet material has an extended position in which the sheet material extends through the access opening so that the graphics of sport practice targets are visible and a retracted position in which all but a remote peripheral edge of the roll of sheet material is retracted within the container. The sheet of material can be rapidly moved to the extended position for use and just as rapidly moved to the retracted position for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Retract-A-Sport Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Lorne Pollon, Timothy Dale Stewart
  • Patent number: 6939241
    Abstract: A quick chipping net comprises a first flexible ring having a first buckle at one end thereof; a second flexible ring pivotally connected to another end of the first flexible ring so that the first flexible ring is turnable on the second flexible ring; and a third flexible ring having a receiving net; the receiving net being formed as a concave cambered shape for receiving a golf ball; one end of the third flexible ring being pivotally connected to the second flexible ring so that the third flexible ring is turnable on the second flexible ring; the third flexible ring having a second buckle. Furthermore, a plurality of cloth fasteners are formed on an edge of the third flexible ring for installing a target net; and the target net serves to indicate a falling position of a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Wen I Chang
  • Patent number: 6905418
    Abstract: A Golf Short Game Training, Practice and Contest Game assemblage, which is easy to assemble, disassemble and transport from location to location (in, for example, the provided carrying bag) and which includes a main frame which is assembled from various steel pipes and connecting parts, a netting which is supported by the frame and which includes an inclined chute-shaped floor net which is affixed to or integral with the bottom floor of the netting, the front side of which is lower than the back portion of the netting; and a target which is suspended from the top portion of the netting and has at least one hole in it which is larger than a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventor: Yong Su Rhee