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Visual golf shot alignment




Title: Visual golf shot alignment.
Abstract: Provided are, among other things, systems, methods and techniques for setting up a golf shot. According to one embodiment, a visual-alignment tool is placed at an identified position that is along a line between (i) a first location corresponding to at least one of a position of a golf ball to be hit and a position from which a golfer is to hit the golf ball and (ii) a target location. The visual-alignment tool also is aligned with the line between the first location and the target location. After sighting with the visual-alignment tool from the position from which the golfer is to hit the golf ball, the golf ball is hit. According to this embodiment, the identified position of the visual-alignment tool is at least 4 feet from the first location. ...

USPTO Applicaton #: #20100273584
Inventors: Wen Sun Hou


The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20100273584, Visual golf shot alignment.

This application is a continuation in part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/428,379, filed on Apr. 22, 2009, and titled “Audio Alignment of a Golf Shot”, which application is incorporated by reference herein as though set forth herein in full.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

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The present invention pertains to the sport of golf and, more particularly, concerns systems, methods, apparatuses and techniques for lining up a golf shot through the use of a visual-alignment tool located an appropriate distance away from the golfer.

BACKGROUND

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Golf is a very challenging sport, partly because even slight variations in technique, body alignment and club speed become magnified over the distances typically involved, making it extremely difficult to consistently hit a golf ball to a desired location, or even reasonably close to the desired location. With respect to the body alignment problem, during practice golfers sometimes lay down a marker on the ground indicating the direction to the desired target and then align their bodies relative to the marker in order to achieve better accuracy during their swings.

SUMMARY

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OF THE INVENTION

The present inventor has discovered that when playing or practicing golf, the conventional use of visual markers placed on the ground to allow a golfer to align his or her body to the direction of a desired target often does not result in sufficiently accurate alignment. In certain embodiments of the present invention, this problem is addressed by sighting through a visual alignment tool that is located several feet (or more) away from the golfer.

Thus, according to one specific embodiment of the invention, a golf shot is set up as follows. A visual-alignment tool is placed at an identified position that is along a line between (i) a first location corresponding to at least one of a position of a golf ball to be hit and a position from which a golfer is to hit the golf ball and (ii) a target location. The visual-alignment tool also is aligned with the line between the first location and the target location. After sighting with the visual-alignment tool from the position from which the golfer is to hit the golf ball, the golf ball is hit. According to this embodiment, the identified position of the visual-alignment tool is at least 4 feet from the first location.

The foregoing summary is intended merely to provide a brief description of certain aspects of the invention. A more complete understanding of the invention can be obtained by referring to the claims and the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments in connection with the accompanying figures.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

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In the following disclosure, the invention is described with reference to the attached drawings. However, it should be understood that the drawings merely depict certain representative and/or exemplary embodiments and features of the present invention and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention in any manner. The following is a brief description of each of the attached drawings.

FIG. 1A is a flow diagram illustrating a method of using an audio cue to line up a golf shot according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 1B is a flow diagram illustrating a method of placing and aligning an audio-emitting device for the purpose of lining up a golf shot.

FIG. 2 is a conceptual perspective view of the use of an audio-emitting device during a golf shot.

FIG. 3 is a conceptual side view of the use of an audio-emitting device during a golf shot.

FIGS. 4A and 4B illustrate examples of audio patterns that are emitted by an audio-emitting device according to representative embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a conceptual side view illustrating the use of a pair of alignment markers to align an audio-emitting device platform according to a representative embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a conceptual top plan view illustrating the lateral adjustment mechanism of the stand for an audio-emitting device according to a representative embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a conceptual side view illustrating the preparation of an audio-emitting device assembly for operational use according to a representative embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 8A-C are top plan views illustrating an initial placement and verification of an audio-emitting device assembly.

FIGS. 9A-C are top plan views illustrating a final placement and verification of an audio-emitting device assembly.

FIG. 10 is a conceptual perspective view of the use of a visual-alignment tool during a golf shot.

FIG. 11 is a lateral cross-sectional view of a visual-alignment tool according to a representative embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 12 is a lateral cross-sectional view of a visual-alignment tool according to an alternate representative embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 13 is a dead-on front perspective view of a hollow cylinder-shaped visual-alignment tool.

FIG. 14 is a perspective view of a hollow cylinder-shaped visual-alignment tool from a position just below and to the right of dead-on center.

FIG. 15 is a flow diagram illustrating a process for using a visual-alignment tool according to a representative embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 16 is a side elevational view of a removable assembly that includes visual-alignment tool.

FIG. 17 is a side elevational view of a removable assembly that includes both a visual-alignment tool and an audio-emitting device.

FIG. 18 is a side elevational view of a visual-alignment tool assembly.

FIG. 19 is a side elevational view of a visual-alignment tool assembly according to an alternate embodiment of the present invention with the visual-alignment tool oriented horizontally.

FIG. 20 is a side elevational view of a visual-alignment tool assembly with the visual-alignment tool rotated upwardly.

FIG. 21 is a top plan view of a visual-alignment tool assembly with the visual-alignment tool oriented in a first direction within the horizontal plane.




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Application #
US 20100273584 A1
Publish Date
10/28/2010
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File Date
12/31/1969
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20101028|20100273584|visual golf shot alignment|Provided are, among other things, systems, methods and techniques for setting up a golf shot. According to one embodiment, a visual-alignment tool is placed at an identified position that is along a line between (i) a first location corresponding to at least one of a position of a golf ball |