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Mixing Golf Inventions with Reality TV: Brilliant!

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 18, 2007


Americans love a good invention.  They also love their reality TV.  To capitalize on these interests, the television network ABC had developed the reality television show American Inventor.  Many independent inventors, for better or for worse, have participated in this show.  Even more viewers, including those in the IP blogosphere, watch the show on a regular basis.

Inventions and reality TV . . . what could be better (or worse), you ask?  Well, we happened across a show titled Fore Inventors Only this week on The Golf Channel.  This show narrows down, in full reality-TV glory, a field of individuals who have invented golf-related devices.  A cheap knock-off of American Inventor, or a brilliant concept whose time has finally arrived . . . you be the judge!

They Invented What? (No. 56)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 18, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 5,616,089:  Method of putting. 


What is claimed is:

1. A method of gripping a putter comprising the steps:

gripping a putter grip with a dominant hand;
placing a non-dominant hand over an interior wrist portion of the dominant hand behind a thumb of the dominant hand;
resting a middle finger of the non-dominant hand on the styloid process of the dominant hand;
pressing a ring finger and a little finger of the non-dominant hand against the back of the dominant hand;
pressing the palm of the non-dominant hand against a forward surface of the putter grip as the non-dominant hand squeezes the dominant hand.