Every week I look through the newly issued patents and newly published patent applications related to golf for interesting inventions. Well, last week one in particular caught my eye because of a rather risqué title. So here it is, the dirtiest sounding golf-related invention!
A patent application published as US Pub. No. 20100087763 titled “Hand-Held Cradle for Ball Massage.” Of course I had to check it out. The application describes the invention as:
A massage implement is provided that incorporates the use of commonly available golf balls, or other objects of similar dimensions and properties. The massage implement comprises a rigid or semi-rigid housing to hold a golf ball, a cavity to allow such golf ball to move freely within the implement, a comfortable and ergonomically balanced shape, finger impressions for greater control and grip, and other built-in utilities essential to a proper massage and other affiliated uses. Massage therapy is beneficial to overall health and wellness. The preferably shaped golf ball is uniquely suited to massage therapy because of its size, shape, weight, and common availability. These dimensions and properties allow the user to properly treat a person throughout the course of rehabilitation after an injury, and for general health maintenance and wellness. Not only does the massage implement provide a beneficial service to the user, it is also customizable for promotional or marketing purposes by standard imprinting techniques.
Interesting, a massage using a golf ball. I’ll pass!
Dave Dawsey – Monitoring Golf Ball Inventions