Patent Number: 6,170,088

Title: Article of clothing with attachable magnetic ball marker

Abstract: A ferrous object is attached to or embedded within an article of golf clothing so that it is subject to the force of magnetic attraction of a magnet in a ball marker. A magnetic ball marker according to the invention has a body that can be stamped, painted, machined, or otherwise provided with surface embellishments, such as tournament logos, golf course crests, corporate logos, and other visual indicia that are favored by golfers. Unlike conventional golf ball markers, however, a ball marker according to the invention is provided with a thin, flat, permanent magnet that is attached to or embedded within the body of the ball marker. When the ball marker is moved into the proximity of an article of golf clothing modified according to the invention by the incorporation of a ferrous object therein, the ball marker will be attracted to the ferrous object and will cling to the article of golf clothing until purposely removed therefrom. The invention has particular applicability to golf headgear, such a hats and visors. The ferrous objects employed may be configured as thin metal sheets, discs, wafers, or strips attached to or embedded within the bill or a golf hat or visor. The magnet ball marker of the invention is then simply placed in contact with or even in near proximity to the area of the hat at which the ferrous object has been permanently attached. The magnetic ball marker will thereupon cling to the article of golf clothing until removed therefrom for use.

Inventors: Tate; John R. (Garden Grove, CA)

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International Classification: A45F 5/02 (20060101); A45F 5/00 (20060101); A42B 1/24 (20060101); A42B 1/06 (20060101); A42B 1/00 (20060101); A42B 1/04 (20060101); A01K 97/06 (20060101); A63B 57/00 (20060101); A61F 9/04 (20060101); A63B 55/00 (20060101); A63B 71/08 (20060101); A63B 71/14 (20060101); A42B 001/24 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018