US Patent No. 10,987,549

GOLF BALL RETRIEVAL APPARATUS


Patent No. 10,987,549
Issue Date April 27, 2021
Title Golf Ball Retrieval Apparatus
Inventorship Robert Bava, Randolph, NJ (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,987,549

1. A golf ball retrieval apparatus for retrieving a golf ball from a cupped hole or other location, the golf ball retrieval apparatus comprising:an outer tube having an outer surface, an inner surface, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end;
an inner shaft slidably receivable within the outer tube, the inner shaft having an outer surface, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end;
a retrieval mechanism mounted to the first end of the inner shaft, the retrieval mechanism capable of releasably grasping the golf ball; and
a cam system mounted to the second end of the inner shaft for substantially centering the inner shaft within the outer tube and impeding the movement of the inner shaft within the outer tube;
wherein the inner shaft is slidably movable within the outer tube to move the retrieval mechanism in a general direction away from and toward the first end of the outer tube;
wherein interaction of the cam system and the inner surface of the outer tube impedes movement of the inner shaft within the outer tube and releasably, frictionally secures a desired position of the inner shaft relative to the outer tube; and
wherein the cam system has a cam shaft having an outer surface, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end, a first cam member mounted to the first end of the cam shaft, and a second cam member mounted to the cam shaft at a position between the first cam member and the second end of the cam shaft;
wherein golfers are enabled to facilitate expedient retrieval of a golf ball from a cupped hole or other location while remaining in a substantially upright position.