WO2002030524A1 - A golf tee setting device - Google Patents

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WO2002030524A1
WO2002030524A1 PCT/IB2001/000952 IB0100952W WO0230524A1 WO 2002030524 A1 WO2002030524 A1 WO 2002030524A1 IB 0100952 W IB0100952 W IB 0100952W WO 0230524 A1 WO0230524 A1 WO 0230524A1
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Graham Charles Riley
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
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    • A63B57/00Golfing accessories
    • A63B57/0037Devices for inserting or extracting tees

Abstract

A golf tee setting device 10 comprises a tee setting member 12 for setting a golf tee 14 in the ground at a predetermined height. The tee setting member 12 defines a number of recess formations 42 in which the golf tee can be received. The recess formations each comprise a head-receiving cavity 46 for receiving the head 20 of the golf tee and a shank-receiving cavity for receiving an upper part of the shank 18 of the golf tee. The head-receiving cavities are disposed at different heights measured from the bottom of the tee setting member. When received in a particular recess formation, the golf tee is restrained against axial displacement, with a lower end region of the golf tee extending from the tee setting member. A downward force can then be applied to the golf tee for inserting the golf tee into the ground until the bottom of the tee setting member contacts the ground surface.

Description

A GOLF TEE SETTING DEVICE

FIELD OF INVENTION

THIS INVENTION relates to a golf accessory. In particular, the invention relates to a golf tee setting device.

BACKGROUND TO THE INVENTION

In the game of golf, golf tees are used for supporting a golf ball above ground level, where it can be struck by a golf club. A golf tee typically comprises a shank that can be set in the ground and a head having a support formation on which a golf ball can be supported.

For proper striking of a golf ball, there is an optimum height for the ball, above ground level, for each club and for each golfer. The height of the golf tee is determined by the depth of penetration of the shank into the ground. For many golfers, particularly less experienced golfers, the setting of golf tees at the correct height is problematic. Further, in the game of golf, consistency in a golfer's swing is of utmost importance. In order to achieve this consistency, it is important that the golfer sets his tee at the same height each time when using a particular club or club type. The setting of golf tees at uniform heights for particular golfers and clubs, is also problematic for the reasons explained hereinabove.

A further problem experienced by golfers in setting tees in the ground, is that the tees are often not set at a vertical orientation.

It is an object of the present invention to ameliorate the above identified problems with the setting of golf tees.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to the invention there is provided a golf tee setting device for use with and in combination with a golf tee having a shank that can be set in the ground and an enlarged head having an underside and a top side and defining a support formation on which a golf ball can be supported, the golf tee defining a longitudinal axis that extends along the shank thereof, the golf accessory comprising

a tee setting member having a top side and a bottom side, the tee setting member having at least one holding formation for releasably holding a golf tee in an upright arrangement wherein a predetermined length of a lower end region of the golf tee extends from the bottom side of the tee setting member, the holding formation including at least one restraining formation for restraining the golf tee against axial displacement, thereby permitting insertion of the lower end region of the golf tee into the ground until the bottom side of the tee setting member contacts the ground, in use. ln use, it will be appreciated that the depth of penetration of the golf tee into the ground, will determine the height of the head of the golf tee above the ground and thus the height at which a golf ball can be supported on the tee.

The bottom side of the tee setting member may define a planar ground- contacting support face, with a side region of the tee setting member, defining the holding formation, the holding formation being in the form of a recess formation for receiving the golf tee in an arrangement wherein the longitudinal axis of the golf tee extends perpendicularly relative to the plane of the ground- contacting support face of the bottom side of the tee setting member, the recess formation comprising a head-receiving cavity for receiving the head of the golf tee therein and a shank-receiving cavity for receiving an upper part of the shank of the golf tee therein, the bottom side of the tee setting member having an opening through which said lower end region of the shank of the golf tee can extend, thereby permitting insertion of the golf tee into the ground, in use.

The recess formation may have a shape and configuration conforming to the shape and configuration of the head and upper end region of the shank of a golf tee.

The restraining formation of the holding formation, may be in the form of an upper stop portion that defines an upper part of the head-receiving cavity of the recess formation and that restrains the head of the golf tee against upward axial displacement, and a lower stop portion that defines a lower part of the head- receiving cavity of the recess formation and that restrains the head of the golf tee against downward axial displacement, in use. The tee setting member may define a number of holding formations in the form of recess formations having head-receiving cavities that are disposed at different heights measured from the bottom side of the tee setting member, for receiving the heads of golf tee's therein, and shank-receiving cavities for receiving the shanks of the golf tees thereby permitting the setting of golf tee's at different heights in the ground, in use.

The recess formations of the tee setting member may be disposed in an arrangement, wherein the head-receiving cavities thereof are disposed one above the other, with the shank-receiving cavities thereof forming a common shank-receiving cavity.

The tee setting member may be in the form of a block-like member.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Further features of the invention are described hereinafter by way of a non- limiting example of the invention, with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying diagrammatic drawings. In the drawings:

Figure 1 shows a schematic three-dimensional view of a golf tee setting device in accordance with the invention;

Figure 2 shows a schematic sectional side view of the golf tee setting device of Figure 1 ; and

Figure 3 shows a schematic three-dimensional view of the golf tee setting device of Figure 1 , illustrating the manner in which a golf tee can be set in the ground using the device.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

With reference to the drawings, a golf tee setting device in accordance with the invention, is designated generally by the reference numeral 10. The golf tee setting device comprises a tee setting member 12 that is in the form of a moulded plastics block.

The tee setting member 12 is adapted for use with and in combination with a conventional golf tee 14, for setting the golf tee in the ground 16. The golf tee 14 has a shank 18 that can be set in the ground 16 and an enlarged head 20 that defines a cup-shaped support formation on which a golf ball can be supported. More particularly, the head 20 of the golf tee, has an underside 22 and a top side 24. The golf tee defines a longitudinal axis A that extends along the length of the shank 14 of the golf tee.

The tee setting member 12 has a top 26, a bottom 28, a first side 30, a second side 32, a first end 34 and a second end 36. The sides 30 and 32 of the tee setting member, define depressions 38 which assist a user in gripping the tee setting member for manipulating the tee setting member when setting a golf tee in the ground, in use. A central material-saving cavity 40 is provided which extends between the top and bottom of the tee setting member.

The tee setting member 12 defines a number of holding formations in the form of recess formations designated generally by the reference numerals 42.1 , 42.2, 42.3, 42.4, 42.5 and 42.6 that are defined in the ends 34 and 36 of the tee setting member, for receiving a golf tee therein. Each of the recess formations has a shape and configuration which conforms to the shape and configuration of the head and upper region of the shank of the golf tee 14. The bottom 28 of the tee setting member 12, defines a pair of slots 44.1 and 44.2 that are disposed below the recess formations so as to allow the golf tee 14 to extend therethrough for setting the golf tee in the ground. The bottom 28 of the tee setting member 12, defines a planar ground-contacting support face 46 that, in use, is disposed perpendicularly with respect to the longitudinal axis A of the golf tee 14 when it is located in a recess formation.

Each recess formation comprises a head-receiving cavity 46 for receiving the head 20 of the golf tee 14 therein and a shank-receiving cavity for receiving an upper part of the shank 18 of the golf tee 14 therein. With reference to Figure 2 of the drawings, the head-receiving cavities are disposed at different heights measured from the bottom 28 of the tee setting member. More particularly, the head-receiving cavities of the recess formations 42.1 , 42.2, and 42.3 are disposed one above the other, with the shank-receiving cavities of the recess formations, defining a common shank-receiving cavity 48. Similarly, the head- receiving cavities 46 of the recess formations 42.4, 42.5, and 42.6 are disposed one above the other, with the shank-receiving cavities of the recess formations, forming a common shank-receiving cavity 50.

It will be appreciated that when a golf tee is located in a particular recess formation, the golf tee will be restrained from axial displacement, thereby permitting the insertion of a lower end region of the shank of the golf tee into the ground, in use. As such, the head-receiving cavity 46 of each recess formation has a restraining formation in the form of an upper stop portion 52 that defines an upper part of the head-receiving cavity and that restrains the head of the golf tee against upward axial displacement and a lower stop portion 54 that defines a lower part of the head-receiving cavity and that restrains the head of the golf tee against downward axial displacement, in use.

In use, in order to set the golf tee 14 in the ground 16, the golf tee is located in a recess formation wherein the head cavity thereof is disposed at a desired height, with a lower end region of the shank of the golf tee extending through the slot defined in the bottom of the tee setting member. When located in the recess formation, the golf tee is restrained against axial displacement and a force is then applied to the golf tee via the tee setting member until the bottom of the tee setting member contacts the ground. As the ground-contacting support face 46 of the tee setting member 12, extends perpendicularly with respect to the golf tee longitudinal axis A of the tee will be set vertically in the ground when the tee setting member is located flat on the ground.

It will be appreciated that the exact shape and configuration of the recess formations may vary considerably depending on the shape and configuration of the golf tee used. It will also be appreciated that the heights of the heads cavities of the recess formations may vary depending on the particular heights at which at golf tee is to be set. The golf tee setting device in accordance with the invention, thus provides a simple, yet effective device for setting a golf tee in the ground in a vertical orientation and at a consistent height above the ground.

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1 . A golf tee setting device for use with and in combination with a golf tee having a shank that can be set in the ground and an enlarged head having an underside and a top side and defining a support formation on which a golf ball can be supported, the golf tee defining a longitudinal axis that extends along the shank thereof, the golf accessory comprising
a tee setting member having a top side and a bottom side, the tee setting member having at least one holding formation for releasably holding a golf tee in an upright arrangement wherein a predetermined length of a lower end region of the golf tee extends from the bottom side of the tee setting member, the holding formation including at least one restraining formation for restraining the golf tee against axial displacement, thereby permitting insertion of the lower end region of the golf tee into the ground until the bottom side of the tee setting member contacts the ground, in use.
2. A golf tee setting device as claimed in Claim 1 , wherein the bottom side of the tee setting member defines a planar ground-contacting support face, the holding formation being in the form of a recess formation for receiving the golf tee in an arrangement wherein the longitudinal axis of the golf tee extends perpendicularly relative to the plane of the ground- contacting support face of the bottom side of the tee setting member, the recess formation comprising a head-receiving cavity for receiving the head of the golf tee therein and a shank-receiving cavity for receiving an upper part of the shank of the golf tee therein, the bottom side of the tee setting member having an opening through which said lower end region of the shank of the golf tee can extend, thereby permitting insertion of the golf tee into the ground, in use.
3. A golf tee setting device as claimed in Claim 2, wherein the recess formation has a shape and configuration conforming to the shape and configuration of the head and upper end region of the shank of a golf tee.
4. A golf tee setting device as claimed in Claim 3, wherein the restraining formation of the holding formation, is in the form of an upper stop portion that defines an upper part of the head-receiving cavity of the recess formation and that restrains the head of the golf tee against upward axial displacement, and a lower stop portion that defines a lower part of the head-receiving cavity of the recess formation and that restrains the head of the golf tee against downward axial displacement, in use.
5. A golf tee setting device as claimed in Claim 4, wherein the tee setting member defines a number of holding formations in the form of recess formations having head-receiving cavities that are disposed at different heights measured from the bottom side of the tee setting member, for receiving the heads of golf tees therein, and shank-receiving cavities for receiving the shanks of the golf tees, thereby permitting the setting of the golf tees at different heights in the ground, in use.
6. A golf tee setting device as claimed in Claim 5, wherein the recess formations of the tee setting member are disposed in an arrangement, wherein the head-receiving cavities thereof are disposed one above the other, with the shank-receiving cavities thereof forming a common shank-receiving cavity.
7. A golf tee setting device as claimed in any of the preceding claims wherein the tee setting member is in the form of a block-like member.
8. A new golf tee setting device substantially as described in the specification.
9. A golf tee setting device substantially as described in the specification, with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying diagrammatic drawings.
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