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Número de publicaciónUS20120111747 A1
Tipo de publicaciónSolicitud
Número de solicitudUS 12/942,654
Fecha de publicación10 May 2012
Fecha de presentación9 Nov 2010
Fecha de prioridad9 Nov 2010
Número de publicación12942654, 942654, US 2012/0111747 A1, US 2012/111747 A1, US 20120111747 A1, US 20120111747A1, US 2012111747 A1, US 2012111747A1, US-A1-20120111747, US-A1-2012111747, US2012/0111747A1, US2012/111747A1, US20120111747 A1, US20120111747A1, US2012111747 A1, US2012111747A1
InventoresEric W. Reimers
Cesionario originalSun Mountain Sports, Inc.
Exportar citaBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
Enlaces externos: USPTO, Cesión de USPTO, Espacenet
Integral multi-handle golf bag collar system
US 20120111747 A1
Resumen
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).
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Reclamaciones(10)
1. A collar system for a golf bag, comprising:
a circumferential collar formed about the upper end of a golf bag, said collar member including a plurality of circumferentially spaced vertical handles, each said handle including a vertical aperture extending therethrough.
2. The collar system of claim 1, wherein:
each said vertical aperture is bounded by a semi-rigid rim portion on its upper edge, such that said aperture and said rim portion together form a grasping handle.
3. The collar system of claim 1, wherein:
said circumferential collar includes a pair of opposingly arrayed side handles.
4. The collar system of claim 1, wherein:
said circumferential collar includes a rear handle and at least one side handle.
5. The collar system of claim 1, wherein:
said circumferential collar includes a rear handle and a pair of opposingly arrayed side handles.
6. A multi-handle collar system for a golf bag, comprising:
a circumferential collar member extending about the top of a golf bag, said collar member having a plurality of vertical apertures formed therein to serve as handles.
7. The multi-handle collar system of claim 6, wherein
at least a pair of opposing side apertures are provided.
8. The multi-handle collar system of claim 6, wherein
a rear aperture and two side apertures are provided.
9. The multi-handle collar system of claim 6, wherein
each said vertical aperture is provided with a semi-rigid rim portion extending above said aperture to serve as a gripping location for a user's hand.
10. The multi-handle collar system of claim 6, wherein
said collar system is further provided with interior dividers to facilitate separate compartments in the interior thereof.
Descripción
  • [0001]
    The following claims priority from design patent applications, Ser. No. 29/361,345, filed 10 May 2010 and Ser. No. 29/368,388, filed 23 Aug. 2010 by the same inventor.
  • TECHNICAL FIELD
  • [0002]
    The present invention relates generally to accessories for golfers and particularly to golf bags used by golfers.
  • BACKGROUND ART
  • [0003]
    Golf is a sport which its practitioners often take very seriously. Golfers are always looking for ways in which they can improve their shot making and scoring and general enjoyment of the game. Often these advances take the form of “improvements” in the equipment used to play the game (clubs and balls). Others relate to accessories which improve the quality of the experience, such as golf bags, carts and head covers.
  • [0004]
    The golf bag for carrying clubs, balls and accessories is a principal element of any golf experience. Golf bags can often be high weight and cumbersome items which can cause difficulties when carried on the shoulders or even just in moving them from the vehicle to the golf cart. Therefore, it is desirable to find ways to improve the balance and weight distribution.
  • [0005]
    Applicant and Applicant's company, Sun Mountain Sports, Inc. has developed many improvements over the years which aid golfers in handling golf bags, both for carry bags and for bags adapted for use with golf carts. Among these improvements are carrying strap system and golf bag collar structures. Notwithstanding these improvements, room remains for further advances in methods of achieving comfort and handling utility to golf bag users.
  • DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION
  • [0006]
    Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a golf bag collar system which provides multiple accessibility options for carrying and lifting to the user.
  • [0007]
    Another object of the invention is to provide a golf bag collar system which provides gripping locations higher on the bag than conventional handles.
  • [0008]
    Yet another object of the invention is to provide multi-functional apertures which may be gripping handles or locations to hang accessories such as towels or golf gloves during use.
  • [0009]
    A further object of the present invention is to provide a golf bag collar system which facilitates loading on a golf cart in any rotational alignment.
  • [0010]
    Briefly, one preferred embodiment of the present invention is integral multi-handle golf bag collar system for a golf bag, including a golf bag with a generally tubular body having a longitudinal axis, a collar formed at one end of said tubular body, the collar being open for receiving golf club shafts therethrough to extend into said tubular body. The preferred collar member is provided with a plurality of vertical apertures around its circumference, bounded on the upper edge thereof by a semi-rigid rim portion, with each vertical aperture and associated rim portion being capable of serving as a handle for lifting, manipulating and carrying the golf bag. In one preferred embodiment the collar member includes a rear handle aperture and a pair of opposingly arrayed side handle apertures.
  • [0011]
    An advantage of the present invention is that it provides multiple gripping and lifting options for the user when loading and unloading the golf bag on a golf cart or removing the bag from a vehicle trunk or the like.
  • [0012]
    Another advantage of the invention is that it provides a variety of easily accessible apertures for purposes such as hanging a towel therethrough, with the towel being easily removable.
  • [0013]
    An additional advantage of the invention is that the golf bag collar is generally symmetrical about at least one vertical plane.
  • [0014]
    A further advantage of the invention is that additional gripping and lifting options are provided to the user without adding additional weight to the golf bag assembly.
  • [0015]
    Yet anther advantage of the present invention is that stress on the golf bag body may be reduced by facilitating lifting along the axis of the bag, rather than from externally situated handles.
  • [0016]
    These and other objects and advantages of the present invention will become clear to those skilled in the art in view of the description of the best presently known mode of carrying out the invention and the industrial applicability of the preferred embodiment as described herein and as illustrated in the several figures of the drawings.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0017]
    The purposes and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following detailed description in conjunction with the appended drawings in which:
  • [0018]
    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the top portion of a golf bag provided with the collar system of the present invention;
  • [0019]
    FIG. 2. is a front perspective view of another embodiment of the invention, showing the collar portion only;
  • [0020]
    FIG. 3. is a side elevational view of one embodiment; and
  • [0021]
    FIG. 4. is a top view of the invention.
  • BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION
  • [0022]
    The present invention is golf bag collar system adapted to be used with carry bags for golf clubs and accessories. The golf bag collar system is referred to by the general reference character 10 in the drawings and description. The golf bag collar system 10 may be incorporated into various golf bags and embodiments.
  • [0023]
    In the preferred embodiments of the invention, the golf bag collar system 10 is installed upon a typical golf bag, in each case shown and described herein, a carry bag from Sun Mountain Sports, Inc. of Missoula, Mont. Two slightly different embodiments of the invention are illustrated in the drawings, with FIGS. 1 and 4 showing one embodiment and FIGS. 2 and 3 showing an equally preferred embodiment. Both embodiments share the salient features of the invention.
  • [0024]
    The illustration of FIG. 1 shows the components of the golf bag collar system 10, installed upon a golf bag 12. The golf bag 12 is intended to enclose and support a plurality of golf clubs 13 (not shown). The collar system 10 includes a circumferential collar member 14 which extends about the periphery of the golf bag 12 at the upper open end thereof. The collar system 10 also includes any of a variety of internal collar divider structures 16 which separate the clubs 13 into groups. The internal collar dividers 16 are not a part of the present invention.
  • [0025]
    In all preferred embodiments, the collar system 10 is provided with a plurality of circumferentially spaced vertical apertures 18 with semi-rigid rim portions 20 defining the upper edges of the vertical apertures 18. The semi-rigid rim portions 20 and the vertical apertures define handles 22 spaced about the collar 14.
  • [0026]
    Although the number and precise arrangement of the handles 22 is variable, the preferred arrangement includes at least two handles 22 arranged opposingly on the sides of the circumferential collar member 14. This arrangement facilitates easy grasping and lifting of the golf bag 12, particularly to and from vertical locations, such as those found on riding golf carts.
  • [0027]
    In the embodiments shown the circumferential collar 14 includes a rear handle 24, a left side handle 26 and a right side handle 28. It is also envisioned that a front handle could be utilized, but this is often inconvenient on some golf bags because a putter slot or similar compartment is frequently provided at that location.
  • [0028]
    The vertical alignment of the apertures 18 and handles 22 is important in that it facilitates easy grasping by the user and vertical lifting when required. The vertical apertures 18 also provide a convenient location for threading a towel or the like therethrough.
  • [0029]
    The shape of the vertical apertures 18 and the rim portions 20 may vary with the golf bag model. The vertical apertures 18 of FIGS. 1 and 4 are more arcical with apexes while the apertures of FIGS. 2 and 3 are more angular. The important aspects of the apertures 18 are that they be of sufficient size to permit the user's fingers to fit therein to facilitate a good grip.
  • [0030]
    Similarly, the semi-rigid rim portions 20 must be comfortable to grasp and strong enough to easily bear the weight of the bag 12 and its contents. The rim portions 20 may be provided with textured gripping surfaces or covered with fabrics for additional comfort or aesthetic aspects.
  • [0031]
    Many other modifications to the above embodiments may be made without altering the nature of the invention. The dimensions and shapes of the materials may be modified for particular bags or categories of user. Alternate arrangements of the multiple handles 22 may be provided for special purposes and the sizes and shapes of the vertical apertures 18 may be greatly varied.
  • [0032]
    While various embodiments have been described above, it should be understood that they have been presented by way of example only, and not as limitations.
  • INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY
  • [0033]
    The integral multi-handle golf bag collar system 10 of the present invention is intended for use primarily by golfers who desire maximum comfort and optimal weight distribution while carrying a golf bag. It particularly intended to be used whenever the bag is to be frequently utilized on riding carts.
  • [0034]
    The manner of use of the present invention will be very much at the discretion of the user. The multiple vertical handles 22 spaced around the circumferential collar 14 give the user a variety of options on how to carry or lift the bag. Often the built in handles and straps of conventional golf bags are spaced apart form the collar 14 and may not be conveniently accessible when the user wishes to lift or manipulate the orientation of the bag. In these instances the user can simply grasp whichever one of the handles 22 (or combination thereof) presents itself as being most accessible. In addition, the multiple vertical apertures 18 provide opportunities for attaching items such as club brushes and bag tags which a golfer may acquire, as well as a place to store or dry a golf glove between shots. As previously indicated, the apertures 18 also provide a location for releasably securing a towel in a location convenient to the golfer during a round, without the necessity of a hook or other fastener on the towel.
  • [0035]
    For the above, and other, reasons, it is expected that the integral multi-handle golf bag collar system 10 of the present invention will have widespread industrial applicability. Therefore, it is expected that the commercial utility of the present invention will be extensive and long lasting.
  • [0036]
    While various embodiments have been described above, it should be understood that they have been presented by way of example only, and not limitation. Thus, the breadth and scope of a preferred embodiment should not be limited by any of the above described exemplary embodiments, but should be defined only in accordance with the following claims and their equivalents.
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Clasificaciones
Clasificación de EE.UU.206/315.6, 220/772
Clasificación internacionalA63B55/00, B65D25/22
Clasificación cooperativaA63B55/00
Eventos legales
FechaCódigoEventoDescripción
9 Nov 2010ASAssignment
Owner name: SUN MOUNTAIN SPORTS, INC., MONTANA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:REIMERS, ERIC W.;REEL/FRAME:025337/0155
Effective date: 20101108