RELATED APPLICATION DATA
This application is a continuation of co-pending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/450,834 filed April 19, 2012 in the names of Carl L. Madore, Marci S. DuChene, and Darien Curl and entitled “Securing Systems for Gloves or Other Objects.” U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/450,834 is entirely incorporated herein by reference.
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
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One aspect of the present invention relates to the field of magnetic engagement or securing systems, e.g., for use in holding two components together. Some more specific examples of aspects of this invention relate to magnetic engagement systems for attaching a golf ball marker to another object, such as a golf glove, other golf equipment, articles of apparel, etc. As other examples, aspects of this invention may be used for magnetic closure mechanisms, e.g., for containers; as a replacement for buttons, snaps or other connectors; etc. Still additional aspects of this invention relate to gloves or other objects having hook-and-loop fastener type securing systems.
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Many golfers wear at least one golf glove, for example, to protect the hand, to enhance the player's grip on the golf club, and/or to provide protection against the elements. Typically, at least the front surface of such gloves is made of a leather material (e.g., cabretta leather) or other suitable material that exhibits grip enhancing properties.
During play, many golfers find the need to reach into their pockets to remove various items, such as tees, ball markers, etc. Reaching into one's pocket with a gloved hand, however, can cause difficulties because the material of the golf glove also tends to grip the fabric of the interior pocket material and pull that material outside the pocket as the gloved hand is removed from the pocket. This action can spill the contents of the pocket, causing delays, potential loss of the pocket contents, and/or other difficulties. Constantly donning and doffing the golf glove also is inconvenient for the player, causes delays, and/or can lead to loss or misplacement of the glove.
Additionally, inserting and removing the gloved hand from the pocket can cause the securing mechanism of the glove to get caught and loosened, thereby requiring the golfer to again secure the glove on the hand. Such action also is inconvenient and causes delays.
Accordingly, advances in the golf glove art that help address at least some of these issues and alleviate at least some of these problems would be welcome.
Additionally, easy to use securing systems, closure systems, and the like would be welcome advances in those arts, including securing systems and closure systems that are capable of being manipulated and operated with one hand.
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OF THE INVENTION
This Summary is provided to introduce some general concepts relating to this invention in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the invention.
Aspects of this invention relate to housings for releasable magnetic securing systems, e.g., for closure systems; for securing golf ball markers to golf gloves or other golf equipment, articles of clothing, etc.; and the like. Such housings may include, for example: (a) a base member including an outer perimeter; (b) a mount area defining a first base surface located at or within the outer perimeter of the base member, wherein the mount area includes at least one feature selected from the group consisting of: (i) the mount area defines a first receptacle for receiving a magnet or a ferromagnetic material, (ii) the mount area is at least partially made from a magnet, and (iii) the mount area is at least partially made from a ferromagnetic material; (c) at least two retaining walls (e.g., three, four, or even more walls) extending from or above the mount area above the first base surface and located at or within the outer perimeter of the base member. Interior surfaces of the retaining walls and the first base surface define a releasable member receptacle having an inner perimeter (e.g., a phantom line extending from, along, and interconnecting the interior surfaces of the retaining walls) for receiving a releasable member (e.g., a golf ball marker, a securing element for a closure system, etc.) to be held by magnetic force. In such housings, a combined total perimeter length of the interior surfaces of the retaining walls around the inner perimeter may be less than 50% of a total length of the inner perimeter and/or less than 50% of a total length of the outer perimeter of the object being releasably held, and in some examples, less than 40% of these total lengths or even less than 30% of these total lengths. The first base surface may include a planar portion that extends less than an entire interior area defined within the inner perimeter such that the planar portion does not extend all the way to at least some portion of the inner perimeter. A releasable connector, e.g., a golf ball marker, may be engaged with the housing by magnetic attractive forces.
Such assemblies may be incorporated, for example, into apparel (e.g., golf apparel, including clothing and shoes), sporting equipment (e.g., golf gloves, golf grips, and other golf equipment), closure systems, bags, containers, etc.
Additional aspects of this invention relate to gloves that include: (a) a glove member including an opening for receiving a wearer's hand; and (b) a closure system engaged with the glove member. This closure system may include: (i) a flap component including a first portion of a hook-and-loop fastener, wherein a first edge of the flap component is engaged with the glove member on a first side of the opening, and wherein the flap component further includes a free edge located opposite the first edge, and (ii) a base component including a second portion of the hook-and-loop fastener engaged with the glove member on a second side of the opening. An edge of the base component includes a notched area free of the second portion of the hook-and-loop fastener, wherein the free edge of the flap component extends over the notched area when the first and second portions of the hook-and-loop fastener are engaged together.
Closure systems of this type may be included on other types of objects, including articles of clothing, articles of footwear, sporting equipment, bags, containers, and/or other objects secured, engaged, or closed by a hook-and-loop fastener element.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
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The foregoing Summary of the Invention, as well as the following Detailed Description of the invention, will be better understood when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which like reference numerals refer to the same or similar elements in all of the various views in which that reference number appears.
FIGS. 1A through 1H illustrate various views of a golf glove and/or various components of a releasable golf ball marker assembly in accordance with examples of this invention;
FIGS. 2A through 2C illustrate cross sectional views of an alternative golf ball marker assembly in accordance with examples of this invention;
FIG. 3 illustrates an overhead view of another example golf ball marker assembly in accordance with examples of this invention;
FIG. 4 illustrates an overhead view of still another example golf ball marker assembly in accordance with examples of this invention;
FIG. 5 illustrates a view of an example golf ball marker assembly incorporated into a hat in accordance with one example of this invention;
FIG. 6 illustrates a view of an example golf ball marker assembly incorporated into a pocket edge in accordance with one example of this invention;
FIG. 7 illustrates a view of an example golf ball marker assembly incorporated into a belt in accordance with one example of this invention;
FIG. 8 illustrates a view of an example golf ball marker assembly incorporated into a shoe in accordance with one example of this invention;
FIG. 9 illustrates a view of an example golf ball marker assembly incorporated into a divot repair tool in accordance with one example of this invention;
FIGS. 10A and 10B illustrate cross sectional views of a securing system assembly in accordance with other examples of this invention;
FIGS. 11A and 11B illustrate an example container having a closure flap with a securing assembly in accordance with still other examples of this invention;
FIGS. 12A through 12C illustrate example gloves including closure systems with a notched grasping area in accordance with some examples of this aspect of the invention; and
FIG. 13 illustrates another example closure system with a notched grasping area in accordance with this aspect of the invention.