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Swivel golf tee

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Title: Swivel golf tee.
Abstract: A swivel golf tee includes an anchoring device for fastening to the ground, and a bracket pivoted to the anchoring device and having two arms disposed at two opposite lateral sides and terminating in a respective ball cup for holding a golf ball. The bracket is turned about the anchoring device when the user drives the golf ball away from one ball cup, avoiding reaction force production against the golf club. ...


USPTO Applicaton #: #20100160088 - Class: 473390 (USPTO) - 06/24/10 - Class 473 
Games Using Tangible Projectile > Golf >Tee >Plural

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20100160088, Swivel golf tee.

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US 20100160088 A1 20100624 US 12340681 20081220 12 20060101 A
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63 B 57 00 F I 20100624 US B H
US 473390 Swivel Golf Tee Tan Fu-Hsing
Lu Chu TW
omitted TW
TROXELL LAW OFFICE PLLC;Suite 1404
5205 Leesburg Pike Falls Church VA 22041 US

A swivel golf tee includes an anchoring device for fastening to the ground, and a bracket pivoted to the anchoring device and having two arms disposed at two opposite lateral sides and terminating in a respective ball cup for holding a golf ball. The bracket is turned about the anchoring device when the user drives the golf ball away from one ball cup, avoiding reaction force production against the golf club.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to golf tees and more particularly, to a swivel golf tee that avoids production of reaction force against the golf club when the user drives the golf ball.

2. Description of the Related Art

When playing golf, as shown in FIG. 5, a tee A is normally used and fastened to the ground to support a golf ball B for the first stroke of each hole. When driving the golf ball B with a golf club, the golf club will hit the golf ball B at first and then the upper part of the tee A without interruption. When the golf club hits the tee A, a reaction force is produced against the golf club, causing the golf club to bais. At this time, the gall ball B may be not driven toward the expected direction. To lower this reaction force, wooden materails having a relatively lower density may be used for making tee A. However, this method cannot completely eliminate the production of a reaction force when a user drives a golf ball away from a tee.

Therefore, it is desirable to provide a golf tee that eliminates the aforesaid problem.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention has been accomplished under the circumstances in view. It is one object of the present invention to provide a swivel golf tee, which avoids production of reaction force against the golf club when the user drives the golf ball.

To achieve this and other objects of the present invention, the swivel golf tee comprises an anchoring device for fastening to the ground, and a bracket pivoted to the anchoring device. The bracket has two arms disposed at two opposite lateral sides and terminating in a respective ball cup for holding a golf ball for hitting.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an elevational view of a swivel golf tee in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the swivel golf tee in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a schematic top view of the swivel golf tee in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a schematic side view showing an application example of the swivel golf tee according to the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a schematic side view showing a status of use of a conventional golf tee.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, a swivel golf tee comprises an anchoring device 1 and a bracket 2.

The anchoring device 1 comprises a stem 11, which has a top pivot 111 vertically upwardly extended from its top side and a locating hole 112 on the center of the top side of the top pivot 111, a locating member 12, which has a center through hole 121, and a fastening member 13, which is inserted through the center through hole 121 and fastened to the locating hole 112 to affix the locating member 12 to the top side of the top pivot 111.

The bracket 2 comprises a base 21, a coupling hole 211 cut through the top and bottom sides of the base 21, a first arm 22 and a second arm 23 respectively transversely extended from two opposite lateral sides of the base 21 and respectively smoothly covered upwards and terminating in a respective ball cup 221 or 231.

During installation of the swivel golf tee, couple the coupling hole 211 of the base 21 of the bracket 2 to the top pivot 111 of the stem 11 of the anchoring device 1, and then insert the fastening member 13, through the center through hole 121 and fasten the fastening member 13 to the locating hole 112 to affix the locating member 12 to the top side of the top pivot 111 The height of the base 21 of the bracket 2 is slightly smaller than the height of the top pivot 111 of the stem 11 of the anchoring device 1. Therefore, when fastening member 12 fastens the locating member 12 to the top side of the top pivot 111 by the, the bracket 1 is secured to the top pivot 111 of the stem 11 and can be turned about the top pivot 111 of the stem 11.

Referring to FIGS. 3 and 4, by means of the stem 11, the swivel golf tee can be fastened to the ground, keeping the ball cups 221 and 231 upwards. At this time, the user can put the golf ball 3 on one ball cup 221 or 231 of the swivel golf tee. When the user uses a golf club 4 to drive the golf ball 3 away from the ball cup 221 or 231 toward a far place, the bracket 2 will be forced to turn about the top pivot 111 of the stem 11, avoiding reaction force production against the club 4, and therefore the user can swing the golf club 4 smoothly to drive the golf ball 3 toward the expected direction.

Further, the first arm 22 and the second arm 23 can be configured to have the ball cups 221 and 231 be disposed at different elevations, allowing the user to select either ball cup 221 or 231 for supporting the golf ball 3 subject to the type of the golf club 4 used. By means of controlling the upward curving length of the first arm 22 and the second arm 23, the ball cups 221 and 231 can be disposed at different elevations. Alternatively, the first arm 22 and the second arm 23 can be made identical but affixed to the base 21 at different elevations.

Further, before swinging the golf club 4, the user can turn the bracket 2 about the top pivot 111 of the stem 11 of the anchoring device 1, adjusting the angular position of the ball cup 221 or 231 that carries the golf ball 3. If the golf club 4 touches the ball cup 221 or 231 that does not carry the golf ball 3 during a swinging action, the user immediately knows the incorrect golf club swinging action and can make a proper correct.

Although a particular embodiment of the invention has been described in detail for purposes of illustration, various modifications and enhancements may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is not to be limited except as by the appended claims.

What the invention claimed is: 1. A swivel golf tee, comprising: an anchoring device, said anchoring device comprising a stem for fastening to the ground; and a bracket pivoted to said anchoring device for holding a golf ball, said bracket comprising a base pivoted to said anchoring device, a first arm extending from one lateral side of said base and terminating in an upward ball cup for holding a golf ball, and a second arm extending from an opposite lateral side of said base and terminating in an upward ball cup for holding a golf ball. 2. The swivel golf tee as claimed in claim 1, wherein said stem comprises a top pivot vertically upwardly extended from a top side thereof; said base of said bracket comprises a center coupling hole rotatably coupled to said top pivot of said stem. 3. The swivel golf tee as claimed in claim 1, wherein said anchoring device further comprises a locating hole formed on a top side of said top pivot, a locating member attached to the top side of said top pivot and spaced above said base of said bracket to keep said bracket at said top pivot, and a fastening member inserted through said locating member and fastened to said locating hole to affix said locating member to the top side of said top pivot.


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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20100160088 A1
Publish Date
06/24/2010
Document #
12340681
File Date
12/20/2008
USPTO Class
473390
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
63B57/00
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