I love inventions intended to reduce the number of lost golf balls… primarily because I can’t help asking myself the question… “how many golf balls would this device have to prevent me from losing just to pay for itself?”
This week a patent application published (US Pub. No. 20080000364) with the title “Golf Ball Locating System and Methods of Use,” so I had to check it out. The invention is directed to magnetic ink on the golf ball and a handheld device using modified pulse induction technology and a beat-frequency oscillator. Sounds incredible right? Well, unfortunately the effective range seems to be 20 feet. That’s right… 20 feet! I think I will have to pass on this one, but I encourage you to check out the application because it is fairly interesting. (surely I am not the only one that would feel just a little embarrassed carrying one of these out on the course)
The following drawings come from the patent application.
Dave Dawsey – Tracking Golf Ball Inventions and Patents
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