Player Manipulated Turf Repair Tool Patents (Class 473/408)
  • Patent number: 9114289
    Abstract: A golf ball mark repair tool having the advantage of promoting the proper technique for repairing a ball mark on a green is provided. The ball mark repair tool generally includes a body member and a plurality of prongs extending from the body member. The prongs have an arcuate shape and project forwardly from the body member to facilitate pushing the edge of the ball mark towards the center. A method of using the ball mark repair tool is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Team Effort, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 8939852
    Abstract: A putting alignment tool includes a pair of spaced, telescoping arms each having an upper end and a lower end. The upper ends are joined with a horizontal bubble level having a divot-repair fork hingedly attached thereto. Magnetically attached to the divot-repair fork is a ball marker. The lower ends of the arms are joined with a weighted ball that maintains the tool in a vertical orientation when the tool is suspended. Accordingly, a golfer extends the arms to a desired length and suspends the tool by grasping the upper end. The bubble level allows the golfer to verify that the weighted arms are indeed vertical. Then, the ball and cup are framed between the two arms to determine the optimum putting path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Waggoner
  • Patent number: 8920265
    Abstract: A ballmark repair tool. In one embodiment, the device comprises a handle assembly to allow the user to stand upright when repairing a ballmark on a putting green and a twistable prong assembly. The twistable prong assemble may include a plurality of planetary gears and a pinion gear that is engaged with the planetary gears. The result is a device and method of repairing a putting green that allows uniform and properly repaired ballmarks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Paul W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20140349783
    Abstract: A golf utility tool that may be attachable to a golf club. The golf utility tool may include a clip that may be used to clip to a putter. The golf utility tool may further include a divot tool prong and a ball marker that is removably attached. The golf utility tool may further include a loop cutout for carrying other devices, such as a towel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Haley
  • Patent number: 8882611
    Abstract: A divot repair tool includes a blade member coupled to a handle disposed relative to the blade at an angle advantageous to ball mark repair. The blade member may be movable with respect to the handle between an open position and a closed position. The tool can include one or more indentations or other indicia to indicate how to properly grip the handle, as well as indicia indicating proper use of the divot repair tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Philip J. Schaaf
  • Patent number: 8882605
    Abstract: A golf tool kit comprises a casing having a through hole, a reel fixed in the casing, a divot repair tool detachably attached to the casing, a ball marker magnetically attached to the divot tool, a belt clip rotatably attached to the casing opposing the divot repair tool, a flexible material retractably extending via the through hole from the reel, a holder having a hole, a first towel extending from the holder, and a second towel extending from the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Sun Young Lee
  • Patent number: 8764587
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: George Sinanis, John Turcotte
  • Patent number: 8641546
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable media for changing and controlling settings for adjustable golf clubs are described. Such setting adjustment systems may alter one or more of: lie angle, loft angle, face angle, shaft stiffness, shaft kickpoint location, weighting, weight positioning, face flexibility, maximum face flex location, etc. These systems and methods may use various types of information to determine the appropriate settings, such as: ball launch monitor data, swing path data, weather input data, course condition input data for a location of play, course design input data for a location of play, daily course layout input data for a location and a time of play, golfer past performance data (e.g., recent past performance, past performances at the location of play, past performance during an ongoing round of golf (i.e., on earlier played holes), etc.), current adjustable club setting information, and information indicating specific holes to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 8641547
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable media for changing and controlling settings for adjustable golf clubs are described. Such setting adjustment systems may alter one or more of: lie angle, loft angle, face angle, shaft stiffness, shaft kickpoint location, weighting, weight positioning, face flexibility, maximum face flex location, etc. These systems and methods may use various types of information to determine the appropriate settings, such as: ball launch monitor data, swing path data, weather input data, course condition input data for a location of play, course design input data for a location of play, daily course layout input data for a location and a time of play, golfer past performance data (e.g., recent past performance, past performances at the location of play, past performance during an ongoing round of golf (i.e., on earlier played holes), etc.), current adjustable club setting information, and information indicating specific holes to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Rauchholz, James A. Niegowski
  • Publication number: 20130267351
    Abstract: A golf accessory device that combines a cigar punch, a ball mark repair tool and a cigar/cigarette holder into a single compact device. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the golf accessory device is comprised of a stake portion for insertion into the ground and/or repairing a ball mark or divot, a channel that is supported by said stake portion and that is useful for supporting a lit cigar or cigarette, and a punch for puncturing the end of a cigar to prepare the cigar to be enjoyed. The device enables a golfer to prepare his or her cigar during a round of golf, temporarily store the same in an elevated position above the surface of the ground to avoid contamination and repair ball marks in the surface of the putting green.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Nazelrod
  • Patent number: 8529381
    Abstract: Embodiments of divot tools having ball markers and methods of making divot tools are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Solheim, Eric V. Cole, Jake Fife
  • Publication number: 20130217518
    Abstract: A retractable golf divot tool with detachable ball marking disc is an apparatus that is provided as a dual combination golfing accessory that incorporates a retractable mechanism to extend and retract a divot tool while additionally offering a convenient storage mount for a slightly over-sized marker. The present invention comprises a rounded housing, a divot tool, a retractable mechanism, and a marking disc that detaches. The rounded housing provides a cylindrical shape, convenient overall sizing, and allows for facilitated storage in a plurality of common and frequently utilized compartments. The divot tool and retractable mechanism provide an operative coupling, enabling the tool's forks to be extended when needed and retracted after use. The ball marker is provided with a detachable coupling and rounded housing that secures the marking disc in place, but permits facilitated detachment and re-attachment as necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Eric Martin MILLER
  • Patent number: 8512163
    Abstract: A golfing accessory having a golf club handle holder, a divot repair tool, and a golf ball marker retainer. The accessory has a pair of prongs attached to each end of its body. The first end having prongs that form a U-shape adapted to cradle a golf club handle. The opposite end of the accessory has a second set of prongs attached thereto that form a V-shape, divot repair tool. When the second end of the accessory is planted into the ground, a collapsible stand may be extended and a golf club handle may be laid upon the device to provide a stable way to hold the club aloft above the soil. The middle portion of the accessory's body contains a round cut-out for storing a golf ball marker of predetermined size and shape. This cut-out is lined with a magnetic material to facilitate retention of a marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Ulysses McDowell, Larry McDowell
  • Patent number: 8512169
    Abstract: A golf accessory for retaining a marker therein, the accessory having a body, the upper end thereof including a semi-circular recess dimensioned to receive a removable metallic ball marker fixedly retainable within the recess. The accessory includes a pair of spaced prongs contiguous with and extending downward from the lower end of the body to prong tips, a first plurality of magnets embedded in the body adjacent the semi-circular recess, and a second plurality of magnets embedded in the spaced prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Frogger, LLC
    Inventor: Jeremiah Bohannon
  • Publication number: 20130203525
    Abstract: The present invention provides a golf tee souvenir, comprised of: a flat support form, supporting unassembled golf tee components. The unassembled tee components are planar and lie parallel to the surface of the flat support. The golf tee components are removable from the flat support form and may be assembled to form a golf tee adapted to support a golf ball thereupon. The flat support form may resemble one of: a postcard, a business card, a keychain ornament, a membership card, a tournament card, and a memento. Printing may be displayed on any part of the invention. Additional golf aids may be included, such as a planar ball marker, and a planar pitch-mark repair tool. The invention additionally provides planar golf aid tools without an underlying support, such as a planar golf tee, a planar ball marker, and a planar pitch-mark repair tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Efrat Toov Ward, Christopher Rhys Ward
  • Patent number: 8480509
    Abstract: The golf swing enhancement device provides advantages to a golfer in order to improve a golf swing. First and foremost, a proper golf swing is almost impossible without a proper grip. Ideally, the leading thumb is positioned by the device directly atop the handle, but all physical makeups and traits and talents of individuals differ, so the handle device is adjustably fitted to a club handle. Due to the flexibility of the handle device, it can be positioned as chosen on the handle, including the option of rotating the handle device from directly atop the handle to a more effective position of the clock, depending upon the golfer. Additionally, the handle device may be used to overcompensate a position, for example, and thereby employed as a learning or a swing adjustment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Chris B. Wright
  • Patent number: 8454457
    Abstract: A golf tool system generally comprising a divot tool, a brush and a ball marker, the divot tool having a pair of spaced tines, a pocket formed in the body for holding the brush, a ball marker recess and a magnet cavity in the recess for holding and securing a magnet to releasably support a ball marker, the brush having a brush body with at least one thumb indent for enhancing the gripping of the brush body and bristles projecting from the lower end of the brush. Alternatively, the golf tool system comprises a divot tool and brush designed to hold the ball marker and mount to the bill of a baseball cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Delane M. Woods, Ronald S. Woods
  • Patent number: 8439768
    Abstract: A golf tool comprises a body having an upper portion and a lower portion, an outwardly facing surface and an inwardly facing surface, at least first and second prongs depending from the body for repairing a golf ball pitch-mark, an s-shaped serpentine structure extending from the upper portion of the body, the serpentine structure having a first end connected with and generally in vertical alignment with the body and a second end connected to a multi-purpose holder, the second end being offset from the body, the serpentine structure having a segment opposite the body defining a clip for clipping the golf tool to a golf bag, the multi-purpose holder having a shaft holder which is generally U-shaped and vertical in orientation, the multi-purpose holder separated from the body by the s-shaped serpentine structure, a channel having an axis which is generally horizontal and transverse to the shaft holder, wherein the golf tool is capable of a first position clipped to the golf bag and a golf shaft held in vertical
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Sarmad Shah
  • Publication number: 20130095958
    Abstract: Embodiments of divot tools having ball markers and methods of making divot tools are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: John A. Solheim, Eric V. Cole, Jake Fife
  • Patent number: 8414416
    Abstract: A golf accessory system having a main shaft, a divot repair tool, and a beveled or pointed cover removably attached. A shaft extension is removably attached to the first end, and a ball retriever component is disposed on the first end of the extension. A divot-pressing component is on the top end of the ball retriever. The system also features first and second scooper shafts, wherein the first ends are pivotally attached to the main shaft via a hinge and the second ends are curved towards the first end of the main shaft. The scooper shafts can pivot between at least a vertical and horizontal position. Scoops on the second end of the scooper shaft which are half-pipe in shape with an apex, wherein the apex is attached to the second end of the scooper shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Edwards
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130065710
    Abstract: A divot repair tool includes a blade member coupled to a handle disposed relative to the blade at an angle advantageous to ball mark repair. The blade member may be movable with respect to the handle between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Philip J. Schaaf
  • Patent number: 8382615
    Abstract: A golf device is provided for turf repair and holding golf tees and a ball marker. The device utilizes the golf tees themselves to do turf repair and firmly holds the tees in place during the repair function. The device includes a body having a cap section and base section which are slidable held together so that the cap section is positioned immediately atop the base section to hold golf tees in place and prevent them from sliding upward during repair. Inserts are provided to magnetically attract the cap section to the base section and to removably hold a ball marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin R. Carsey
  • Patent number: 8348787
    Abstract: A golf tool having a plastic body with a two prong divot repair tool that protrudes from a first end of the body for repairing golf course divots. Located within the body is an integrated lighting device or, in the alternative, a waterproof empty chamber adapted to receive a lighting device or any item that can fit within the empty chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Jay Halsey, Dean Sexton
  • Patent number: 8342986
    Abstract: A multi-purpose spring-loaded divot repair tool comprising, in one embodiment, a forked end containing two prongs, a round ball marker, a concave recession, a handle, and a belt clip. The two prongs extend from one end of the handle and are used to repair divots. The round ball marker is located on the handle and is distally positioned to the forked end. Furthermore, the concave recession is proximally located to the round ball marker and distally located to the forked end, such that the concave recession faces upward when the forked end is inserted into the ground. The tool is manufactured from high quality materials. In a further embodiment, a dual acting spring loaded actuation system including spring action in both the deployment and return directions for actuating the forked end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: James Rourke
  • Publication number: 20120264543
    Abstract: The present invention provides a golf tee souvenir, comprised of: a flat support form, supporting unassembled golf tee components. The unassembled tee components are planar and lie parallel to the surface of the flat support. The golf tee components are removable from the flat support form and may be assembled to form a golf tee adapted to support a golf ball thereupon. The flat support form may resemble one of: a postcard, a business card, a keychain ornament, a membership card, a tournament card, and a memento. Printing may be displayed on any part of the invention. Additional golf aids may be included, such as a planar ball marker, and a planar pitch-mark repair tool. The invention additionally provides planar golf aid tools without an underlying support, such as a planar golf tee, a planar ball marker, and a planar pitch-mark repair tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Efrat Toov Ward, Christopher Rhys Ward
  • Patent number: 8241151
    Abstract: A golf accessory device includes a divot tool having a pair of spaced apart prongs at one end for repairing divots in a golfing surface. The tool also has an opening adjacent another end for receiving a ball marker assembly. A magnet is positioned in and circumscribes the opening. The ball marker assembly includes a ball marker and a support plate with the ball marker being magnetically attached to a first surface of the plate. A clip is attached to an opposite surface of the support plate. The marker and plate fit within the opening in the tool with an outer edge of the plate seated on the magnet. The ball marker assembly can be removed from the divot tool and attached to an item of clothing by the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: I Gotcha Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Albert James Light
  • Patent number: 8231483
    Abstract: A multi purpose golf tool adapted for repair for pitch mark type depressions in turf of a golf course. The tool employs an angled engagement of a handle and forks to a body to obtain mechanical advantage for forcing turf upward to repair turf depressions. A bottle opener and pop top opener are also provided. The device is also adapted to hold a cigar and to maintain a club shaft in an elevated position above the turf using an arched engagement of a handle end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Ryan Douglas Gill
  • Publication number: 20120165133
    Abstract: A combination divot repair tool and groove cleaner device includes a groove cleaner having a pointed tip for cleaning grooves on golf club faces. The device also includes a divot repair tool having one or more prongs for use in repairing divots. The groove cleaner is rotatably mounted on the divot repair tool, and can be moved between a stowed position (in which the pointed end is generally aligned with the prongs of the divot repair tool) and a use position (in which the pointed end is accessible and can be used to clean the grooves of a golf club).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Emilio Maiorano
  • Patent number: 8206236
    Abstract: A golf tool retention clip attaches to a brim of a hat and retains the golf tool where the wearer of the hat has ready and easy access to the golf tool during play of the game of golf. The golf tool retention clip also retains a ball marker for ready and easy access to the ball marker during play of the game of golf. The golf tool retention clip is inconspicuous to the player and does not interfere with play of the game of golf. The golf tool retention clip has opposing panels with are coupled together and which side onto the brim of the hat with the golf tool positioned on the upper surface of the brim while the ball marker positioned on the lower surface of the brim. The golf tool has features to perform multiple functions associated with the game of golf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth Neu
  • Publication number: 20120149499
    Abstract: A turf maintenance device (12) for maintaining a section of turf (10) comprises a plurality of bristles (26) that form a bristle array (546) having an array length (AL) and an array width (AW). In certain alternative embodiments, the ratio of the array length (AL) to the array width (AW) can be at least approximately ten to one, or at least approximately thirty to one. Further, the plurality of bristles (26) have a bristle length (BL). In certain alternative embodiments, the ratio of the bristle length (BL) to the array width (AW) can be at least approximately three to one, or at least approximately five to one. The turf maintenance device (12) can further comprise a handle (222) that is coupled to the plurality of bristles (26). The handle (222) can include a plurality of handle members (228) that move relative to one another between an extended configuration and a contracted configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Eben W. Dobson, III
  • Publication number: 20120135824
    Abstract: A golf accessory for retaining a marker therein, the accessory having a body, the upper end thereof including a semi-circular recess dimensioned to receive a removable metallic ball marker fixedly retainable within the recess. The accessory includes a pair of spaced prongs contiguous with and extending downward from the lower end of the body to prong tips, a first plurality of magnets embedded in the body adjacent the semi-circular recess, and a second plurality of magnets embedded in the spaced prongs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Jeremiah BOHANNON
  • Publication number: 20120115630
    Abstract: Prongs of a divot repair tool that is secured to a golf club are repeatedly inserted into the turf and removed from the turf surrounding a ball mark to repair the turf without requiring the user to bend over. The divot repair tool includes a base portion having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a top, and a bottom opposite the top. At least one prong extends from the first end. A vertical portion extends from the base and is substantially perpendicular to the base. A magnet is secured within the base portion to secure the divot repair tool to the golf club.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Robert K. Hughes, SR.
  • Patent number: 8162778
    Abstract: A combination turf repair tool and golf club adjustment tool is disclosed herein. One embodiment of the combination tool comprises a turf repair portion connected to a golf club adjustment portion, and a cover portion or cap that is sized to cover at least part of the golf club adjustment portion. The cap or cover portion may be a separate, removable piece, or may be pivotally attached to another part of the tool. Another embodiment of the combination tool comprises a turf repair portion and a golf club adjustment portion, wherein the golf club adjustment portion is pivotally attached to the turf repair portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Augustin W. Rollinson, Craig E. Abbott, Bradley C. Rice
  • Publication number: 20120065002
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a turf repair tool having a base member with first and second portions. The first portion has a pair of prongs for inserting into the turf. The second portion is oppositely disposed on the base member from the extension. A spinning wheel, aided by ball bearings is integrated into the tool o provide rotational movement of the first and second portions. Additionally, an angle is disposed between the first and second portions such that the two portions are not co-planar and therefore leverage is increased during the turf repair process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Don T. Cameron
  • Patent number: 8123625
    Abstract: An apparatus for sporting equipment includes a housing. An inlet orifice is disposed on a first side of the housing for enabling a volume of air to enter the housing in response to the housing being passed through the air generally about a plane defining a swing. An exhaust orifice disposed on a second side of the housing for enabling the volume of air to exit the housing to produce a sound indicative of a path of the housing about the plane. Means joins the housing to the sporting equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas J. Martovitz, Barbara A. Martovitz
  • Publication number: 20120046122
    Abstract: A multi-purpose golf accessory that incorporates various golfing related functions is disclosed. The golf accessory may comprise a retractable divot fork, a ball marker, a level, a cleaning pad, a nylon brush, a stroke counter, or any combination thereof. The divot fork may be attached to a brush head that comprises one or more brushes, an abrasive brush, an abrasive surface for maintaining golf balls, or any combination thereof. The brush head may be attached within a brush head cover that comprises a counter, tee holders, therapeutic magnets, or any combination thereof. The multi-purpose golf accessory and the brush cover are configured to be attachable to a golfer's belt, other piece of clothing, or a golf bag for convenient carry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Yeonwook KWON, Woojoo Kwon
  • Publication number: 20120040779
    Abstract: Tool (1) for engagement in the ground including a holding portion (9) for turning of the tool around an axis of rotation (3), wherein an engagement portion (2) has a plurality of cutting blades (4) extending in directions from the holding portion (9) and being distributed around the axis of rotation (3) for pressing down into and engagement with the ground, said cutting blades each having a proximal end (5) and a distal free end (6). The cutting blades (4) have a respective front edge (7), for cutting action against the ground and a respective rear edge (8), wherein points on the front edges (7) are positioned at a greater distance from the axis of rotation (3) than points on the rear edges (8), and the cutting blades (4) are angled such that a distal portion of each rear edge is positioned in front of as seen in the turning direction (v), and essentially at the same distance from the axis of rotation (3) as a proximal portion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Hans Lindh
  • Publication number: 20110312447
    Abstract: A golf accessory device includes a divot tool having a pair of spaced apart prongs at one end for repairing divots in a golfing surface. The tool also has an opening adjacent another end for receiving a ball marker assembly. A magnet is positioned in and circumscribes the opening. The ball marker assembly includes a ball marker and a support plate with the ball marker being magnetically attached to a first surface of the plate. A clip is attached to an opposite surface of the support plate. The marker and plate fit within the opening in the tool with an outer edge of the plate seated on the magnet. The ball marker assembly can be removed from the divot tool and attached to an item of clothing by the clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Albert James Light
  • Publication number: 20110300973
    Abstract: A divot tool to repair damage to a golf green may include a body portion, and the body portion may include a first tine and a second tine which extends outwards from the body portion. The body portion may be circumferentially shaped. The divot tool may include a connection section to connect to a handle. The connection section may include a cylinder portion. The connection section may include a inclined portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Leland Craig Sharp
  • Publication number: 20110287870
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a green repair device for golf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Ra-Hyun Kim
  • Publication number: 20110244976
    Abstract: An apparatus for sporting equipment includes a housing. An inlet orifice is disposed on a first side of the housing for enabling a volume of air to enter the housing in response to the housing being passed through the air generally about a plane defining a swing. An exhaust orifice disposed on a second side of the housing for enabling the volume of air to exit the housing to produce a sound indicative of a path of the housing about the plane. Means joins the housing to the sporting equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas J. Martovitz, Barbara A. Martovitz
  • Publication number: 20110230281
    Abstract: A golf device is provided for turf repair and holding golf tees and a ball marker. The device utilizes the golf tees themselves to do turf repair and firmly holds the tees in place during the repair function. The device includes a body having a cap section and base section which are slidable held together so that the cap section is positioned immediately atop the base section to hold golf tees in place and prevent them from sliding upward during repair. Inserts are provided to magnetically attract the cap section to the base section and to removably hold a ball marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Kevin R. Carsey
  • Patent number: 8007377
    Abstract: A golf ball turf repair tool preferably includes a handle member, a fork member and a pivot pin. The fork member includes a pivot base, at least one fork and a support projection. The at least one fork extends from one end of the pivot base and the support projection extends from the other end of the pivot base. The handle member preferably includes a substantially concave top surface, a pivot base slot and a support projection pocket. A pivot pin is inserted through an end of the handle member and pivot base. The fork member of the turf repair tool is inserted into the turf adjacent a ball crater. If the user attempts to rotate the turf repair tool clockwise relative to the turf, the turf repair tool will collapse and fold. If the turf repair tool is rotated counterclockwise, the turf repair tool will repair the ball crater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Frank G. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20110207558
    Abstract: A multi-purpose golf accessory tool for repairing divot holes on golf greens, and for removably securing a ball marker in a outwardly-exposed location. The golf accessory tool includes a housing having a frontside, a back side, a surrounding perimeter edge, and an internal cavity with an access opening in a bottom portion of the perimeter edge. The housing also includes an extendable cord positioned within the cavity having a bound end secured to a spring-loaded winding means and a free end extending through the access opening, a belt clip coupled to the backside of the housing, and a outwardly-exposed ball marker recess formed into the frontside of the housing and having a magnet mounted into the bottom thereof. The golf accessory tool further includes a divot repair tool having a tool end for repairing divot holes on golf greens and a handle end coupled to the free end of the extendable cord, wherein pulling on the divot repair tool causes the extendable cord to spool outwardly from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Terry Huffman
  • Publication number: 20110201456
    Abstract: A divot repair tool includes a blade member coupled to a handle disposed relative to the blade at an angle advantageous to ball mark repair. The blade member may be movable with respect to the handle between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Philip J. Schaaf
  • Patent number: 7935005
    Abstract: A golf assistance device for aiding golfers while playing golf is provided. The golf assistance device comprises a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side, a second side, a first end, and a second end with the top surface and the bottom surface creating a space and the second end being open. An elongated slot is formed in the top surface of the housing. A divot repair tool is receivable within the space. A protrusion is formed on the top surface of the divot repair tool with the protrusion receivable within and slidable along the elongated slot formed in the housing. A tensioning mechanism tensions the divot repair tool in either a retracted position or an extended position. A money clip is secured to the first end of the housing. A golf ball placement marker system is secured to the money clip. A marking coin is releasably securable to the golf ball placement marker system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Curtis M. Botsford
  • Patent number: 7922596
    Abstract: A putter and golf ball deformity measuring apparatus is described. A putter head comprises a front portion, a rear portion, a bottom portion defining an oblong through hole, and a containment area above the oblong through hole sized and shaped to surround at least a portion of a golf ball without gripping the golf ball, the containment area defined between the front portion and the rear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Stanley Andrew Brothers LLC
    Inventors: Essay Anne Vanderbilt, Gerolin Jordan
  • Publication number: 20110081994
    Abstract: A multi-purpose spring-loaded divot repair tool comprising, in one embodiment, a forked end containing two prongs, a round ball marker, a concave recession, a handle, and a belt clip. The two prongs extend from one end of the handle and are used to repair divots. The round ball marker is located on the handle and is distally positioned to the forked end. Furthermore, the concave recession is proximally located to the round ball marker and distally located to the forked end, such that the concave recession faces upward when the forked end is inserted into the ground. The tool is manufactured from high quality materials. In a further embodiment, a dual acting spring loaded actuation system including spring action in both the deployment and return directions for actuating the forked end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: James Rourke
  • Publication number: 20110039639
    Abstract: A golf device having a repair function and which is adapted to hold golf tees and a marker is provided. The device is a solid structure with annular channels that extend throughout the entire length of the device for insertion of golf tees. The structure facilitates its manufacture as the golf device and can be formed from a single, solid block of material. The annular channels are adapted to position the golf tees so that the ends of the golf tees can be used for scraping, as part of the turf or divot repair function. In one embodiment, the one-piece body is a metal, for example, brass, and the means for which a ball marker can be attached is via a magnet. The magnet can be located within the structure, attached to the surface of the structure, or recessed within the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Kevin R. Carsey