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United States Patent Application 20180042316
Kind Code A1
Wiseman; Matthew Nicholas ;   et al. February 15, 2018

GOLF GLOVE WITH CLEANING MEMBERS

Abstract

A golf glove employing a cleaning member includes a palm portion and an opposing back portion. The cleaning member may be fixedly or detachably connected to the back portion of the glove. A flap member attached to the back portion of the glove is positionable between a closed position, in which the flap member overlays at least a portion of the cleaning member, and an open position in which the flap member is displaced from the back portion of the glove to provide access to the cleaning member.


Inventors: Wiseman; Matthew Nicholas; (Farmington Hills, MI) ; Hayman; Staci Lynn; (Farmington Hills, MI)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

RMS Glove, LLC

Farmington Hills

MI

US
Family ID: 1000002973155
Appl. No.: 15/657998
Filed: July 24, 2017


Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent Number
14037524Sep 26, 2013
15657998
14274451May 9, 20149713757
14037524
14037524Sep 26, 2013
14274451

Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: A41D 19/0037 20130101; A63B 71/146 20130101; A63B 57/60 20151001; A41D 19/0024 20130101; A41D 2300/32 20130101
International Class: A41D 19/00 20060101 A41D019/00; A63B 57/60 20060101 A63B057/60; A63B 71/14 20060101 A63B071/14

Claims



1. A glove comprising: a palm portion and an opposing back portion; a cleaning member attached to the back portion of the glove; and a selectively detachable flap member attached to the back portion of the glove, the flap member positionable between a closed position, in which the flap member overlays at least a portion of the cleaning member, and an open position, in which the flap member is displaced from the back portion of the glove to provide access to the cleaning member.

2. The glove of claim 1, wherein the cleaning member is selectively detachable from the back portion of the glove.

3. The glove of claim 2, wherein the cleaning member comprises: a liquid retaining member; and a liquid barrier positioned adjacent the liquid retaining member; and a drying member positioned adjacent the liquid barrier, wherein the liquid barrier is positioned between the liquid retaining member and the drying member.

4. The glove of claim 3, wherein the cleaning member further comprises a scrubbing member, the liquid retaining member positioned between the scrubbing member and the liquid barrier.

5. The glove of claim 1, wherein the cleaning member includes a liquid retaining member.

6. The glove of claim 5 further comprising a liquid barrier attached to an interior surface of the flap member, wherein the liquid barrier overlays at least a portion of the liquid retaining member.

7. The glove of claim 1, wherein the cleaning member comprises: a liquid retaining member; and a scrubbing member positioned between the liquid retaining member and the flap member.

8. The glove of claim 7 further comprising a liquid barrier positioned adjacent the liquid retaining member, wherein the liquid retaining member is positioned between the scrubbing member and the liquid barrier.

9. The glove of claim 1, further comprising a drying member attached to an interior surface of the flap member.

10. The glove of claim 9, wherein the drying member includes at least a first portion and a second portion selectively positionable adjacent the first portion in overlaying fashion when the flap member is arranged in the closed position.

11. The glove of claim 1, wherein the back portion includes an opening for receiving the cleaning member.

12. The glove of claim 11, wherein the cleaning member is accessible from outside the glove through the opening in the back portion of the glove.

13. The glove of claim 1 further comprising a drying member attached to an exterior surface of the flap member.

14. The glove of claim 1 further comprising a drying member attached to the back portion of the glove.

15. The glove of claim 1 further comprising a releasable fastener connecting the cleaning member to the glove, wherein at least a portion of the releasable fastener is attached to an inside surface of the back portion of the glove.

16. A cleaning member adapted for selective attachment to a glove having a palm portion and an opposing back portion, the cleaning member comprising: a liquid retaining member; and a fastener attached to the liquid retaining member and engageable with a corresponding fastener on the glove.

17. The cleaning member of claim 16 further comprising a scrubbing member positioned adjacent the liquid retaining member and a liquid barrier positioned adjacent the liquid retaining member, the scrubbing member and the liquid barrier positioned on opposing sides of the liquid retaining member.

18. The cleaning member of claim 17, wherein the cleaning member further comprises a drying member positioned adjacent the liquid barrier, the liquid retaining member and the drying member positioned on opposite sides of the liquid barrier.

19. The cleaning member of claim 16, wherein the fastener extends beyond an outer perimeter of the liquid retaining member.

20. The cleaning member of claim 16, wherein the corresponding fastener on the glove is attached to an inside surface of the back portion of the glove.
Description



CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 14/037,524 filed Sep. 26, 2013 and U.S. patent application Ser. No. 14/274,451 filed May 9, 2014, now U.S. Pat. No. 9,713,757, which is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 14/037,524 filed Sep. 26, 2013, which are herein incorporated by reference in their entireties.

BACKGROUND

[0002] It is common for golf equipment, including golf balls and clubs, to accumulate dirt and debris during use. Accumulated dirt and debris may adversely affect the performance of the equipment. This may be avoided by cleaning the equipment at various times during a round of golf. A towel may be used to remove the accumulated dirt and debris from the equipment. To provide convenient access, the towel may be attached to the user's golf bag or some other conveniently accessible location, such as a golf cart. While this may make the towel accessible for cleaning a golf club after a golf shot, it may not be particularly convenient in instances where it may be desirable to clean a golf ball that is in play on a green. In that situation the golfer must remember to remove the towel from the bag or cart and carry it with them to the green. As can be expected, that does not always occur, causing the golfer to return to their bag to retrieve the towel or use other means to clean the ball, including rubbing the ball on the ground or the golfer's clothing, neither of which may be particularly effective or desirable.

SUMMARY

[0003] Disclosed herein is an exemplary golf glove employing a cleaning member for cleaning debris from golf equipment, such as golf clubs and a golf ball. The golf glove may include a palm portion and an opposing back portion having an opening for receiving the cleaning member. The cleaning member may be fixedly connected to the back portion of the glove. A flap member attached to the back portion of the glove may be selectively moved between a closed position, in which the flap member overlays at least a portion of the cleaning member, and an open position, in which the flap member is displaced from the back portion of the glove to provide access to the cleaning member.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0004] The various features, advantages and other uses of the present apparatus will become more apparent by referring to the following detailed description and drawings in which:

[0005] FIG. 1 is a top view of an exemplary golf glove employing a cleaning member;

[0006] FIG. 2 is a partial cross-sectional view of the cleaning member of FIG. 1;

[0007] FIG. 3 is a partial cross-sectional view of the cleaning member of FIG. 1 with a flap member of the glove arranged in a closed position;

[0008] FIG. 4 is a top view of an alternately configured exemplary glove including a detachable cleaning member;

[0009] FIG. 5 is a top view of the glove of FIG. 4 with the detachable cleaning member removed from the glove;

[0010] FIG. 6 is a partial cross-sectional view of the cleaning member of FIG. 4;

[0011] FIG. 7 is a partial cross-sectional view of the cleaning member of FIG. 4 with a the flap member arranged in the closed position;

[0012] FIG. 8 is a top view of an alternately configured exemplary glove employing a detachable cleaning and drying member;

[0013] FIG. 9 is a top view of the glove of FIG. 8, with the detachable cleaning and drying member removed from the glove;

[0014] FIG. 10 is a partial cross-sectional view of the glove and detachable cleaning and drying member of FIG. 8;

[0015] FIG. 11 is a partial cross-sectional view of the detachable cleaning and drying member with the flap member arranged in the closed position;

[0016] FIG. 12 is a top view of an alternately configured exemplary glove employing a drying member attached to the flap member of the glove;

[0017] FIG. 13 is a is a partial cross-sectional view of the glove and drying member of FIG. 12;

[0018] FIG. 14 is a top view of an alternately configured exemplary glove employing a drying member attached to an outside surface of the glove;

[0019] FIG. 15 is a top view of an alternately configured exemplary glove employing a drying member attached to an interior surface of the flap member;

[0020] FIG. 16 is a partial cross-sectional view of the drying and cleaning members of FIG. 15 with the flap member arranged in the closed position;

[0021] FIG. 17 is a top view of an alternately configured glove employing an extendable drying member attached to the interior surface of the flap member;

[0022] FIG. 18 is a partial cross-sectional view of the expandable drying and cleaning members of FIG. 17, with the flap member arranged in the closed position;

[0023] FIG. 19 is a top view of an alternately configured golf glove employing an exemplary detachable cleaning member attached to an inside surface of the glove;

[0024] FIG. 20 is a partial cross-sectional view of the golf glove and detachable cleaning member of FIG. 19;

[0025] FIG. 21 is a partial cross-sectional view of the golf glove and detachable cleaning member of FIG. 19 with a flap member of the glove arranged in a closed position; and

[0026] FIG. 22 is partial cross-sectional view of the golf glove and detachable cleaning member of FIG. 19 with the cleaning member removed from the glove.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0027] With reference to FIGS. 1-3, a golf glove 10 may include an exemplary cleaning member 12 for removing dirt and debris from golf equipment, and in particular, golf balls. The golf glove 10 may include an anatomically contoured cover 14 that generally conforms to a user's hand. The glove 10 may include four finger covers 16,18,20,22 and a thumb cover 24. Although illustrated as including complete finger covers 16,18,20,22 and thumb cover 24, one or more of the finger and thumb covers may include a partial cover. The glove 10 may include openings 26 in the cover 14 to provide ventilation.

[0028] The glove 10 may further include a palm portion 28 and an opposing back portion 30 that connects to the palm portion 28. The back portion 30 extends along a back of a user's hand when worn. The back portion 30 may include a slit 32 that separates a first back section 34 from a second back section 36. For purposes of discussion, the slit 32 is illustrated positioned near an edge of the back portion 30, but may also be positioned at other locations on the glove 10. The slit 32 enables a hand opening 38 of the glove 10 to be enlarged to allow a user's hand to more easily be inserted into the glove.

[0029] With continued reference to FIGS. 1-3, a flap member 40 may be provided to secure the glove 10 around the user's hand and wrist. The flap member 40 may be attached to the first back section 34 on one side of the slit 32 using various permanent or detachable connection techniques, such as sewing, snaps, hooks, adhesives and zippers, as well as other techniques. The flap member 40 includes an exterior surface 42 and an interior surface 44 (see FIG. 3). A releasable fastener 46 may be employed for connecting the flap member 40 to the second back section 36 on the other side of the slit 32. The releasable fastener 46 may include a first fastener member 48 attached to the flap member 40. A corresponding second fastener member 50, which cooperates with the first fastener member 48, may be attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10.

[0030] The releasable fastener 46 may have any of a variety of configurations, including but not limited to, hook-and-loop fasteners, zippers, snaps, hooks, and magnets, to name a few. Other configurations of releasable connectors may also be employed. An example of a releasable fastener configuration may include a hook-and-loop fastener having a loop portion and hook portion that cooperatively engages the loop portion and which enables the two fastener portions to be repeatedly connected and disconnected from one another. When utilizing a hook-and-loop type fastener, the first fastener member 48 may include the loop portion of the fastener and the second fastener member 50 may include the hook portion. The arrangement of the hook and loop portions may alternately be reversed, such that the first fastener member 48 includes the hook portion and the second fastener member 50 includes the loop portion. An advantage of a hook-and-loop style fastener is it enables the flap member 40 to be attached to the second back section 36 of the glove in various positions, thereby providing the user greater control over the "fit" of the glove.

[0031] With the flap member 40 detached from the back portion 30 of the glove (i.e., in an open position), for example, as shown in FIG. 1, the edges of the slit 32 may be spread apart to allow the user to place the glove 10 on their hand. The first back section 34 may then be drawn toward the second back section 36 by pulling the flap member 40 away from the first back section 34 and toward the second back section 36. This adjusts a "fit" of the glove 10 about the user's wrist and hand. To maintain the desired fit, the flap member 40 may be attached to the second back section 36 of the glove, for example, as illustrated in FIG. 3, by engaging the first fastener member 48 with the second fastener member 50.

[0032] Continuing to refer to FIGS. 1-3, the cleaning member 12 may be attached to the back portion 30 of the glove 10 in the footprint of the flap member 40 or otherwise in a location that enables the flap member 40 to at least partially cover the cleaning member 12 when the flap member 40 is attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10, for example, as illustrated in FIG. 3. This arrangement provides protection for the cleaning member 12 and helps retain liquids that may be present in the cleaning member 12. The cleaning member 12 may be fixedly attached to the second back section 36 of the glove using any of a variety of connection techniques, including but not limited to stitching and adhesives. The second fastener member 50 may be positioned along an outer perimeter 52 of the cleaning member 12, but need not extend around the entire perimeter. The second fastener member 50 may be configured as a single uninterrupted fastener, or may consist of multiple fasteners positioned at various locations around the perimeter 52 of the cleaning member 12. A portion of the second fastener member 50 may extend under the cleaning member 12 and between the second back section 36 and the cleaning member 12.

[0033] The first fastener member 48 may be positioned along the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40 so as to generally coincide with the second fastener member 50 when connecting the flap member 40 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10. Although the first fastener member 48 is illustrated as a continuous strip extending along a perimeter 53 of the flap member 40, the first fastener member 48 may alternately be configured to extend over a larger portion of the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40, and may cover the entire interior surface. Rather than being configured as one continuous uninterrupted strip, the first fastener member 48 may also include multiple discrete fastener members arranged along the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40 at locations appropriate for engaging second fastener member 50 when attaching the flap member 40 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10.

[0034] The cleaning member 12 may include various elements depending, at least in part, on the design and performance requirements of a particular application. For example, with particular reference to FIGS. 2 and 3, the cleaning member 12 may include a liquid retaining member 54 capable of absorbing and temporarily retaining a liquid, such as water or an aqueous solution. The liquid retaining member 54 may consist of a porous or semi-porous material made from any of a variety of materials, such as cellulose wood fibers, sodium sulphate crystals, hemp fibers or foamed plastic polymers, as well as other materials, and may include low-density polyether, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), and polyester. The liquid retaining member 54 may be constructed from interwoven fibers or may have another construction. The precise configuration and material formulation of the liquid retaining member 54 may be varied so long as the resulting material is capable of absorbing and at least temporarily retaining a liquid. Applying pressure to the liquid retaining member 54 will cause at least a portion of the absorbed liquid to be released from the liquid retaining member 54.

[0035] The cleaning member 12 may also include a liquid barrier 56 positioned between the liquid retaining member 54 and the second back section 36 of the glove 10. The liquid barrier 56 provides a barrier to generally prevent liquid from passing between the liquid retaining member 54 and the back portion 30 of the glove 10. The liquid barrier 56 may be sized to generally conform to the shape of the liquid retaining member 54, such that an outer perimeter 58 of the liquid barrier 56 generally corresponds to an outer perimeter 59 of the liquid retaining member 54. Alternately, the liquid barrier 56 may be sized larger than the liquid retaining member 54.

[0036] To enhance the cleaning capability of the cleaning member 12, a scrubbing member 60 may be positioned adjacent the liquid retaining member 54 along a side opposite the back portion 30 of the glove 10. The scrubbing member 60 may have a generally porous configuration to allow liquid to pass through the scrubbing member. The scrubbing member 60 may have various configurations, which may include, for example, generally upstanding bristles arranged to form a brush or multiple strands woven together to form a pad. The scrubbing member 60 may be constructed from any of a variety of materials that are generally resistant to wear and tear that the cleaning member may encounter. Although illustrated as having the same general size as the liquid retaining member 54, in practice the scrubbing member 60 may also be sized larger or smaller than the liquid retaining member 54.

[0037] It is not necessary that the cleaning member 12 include each of the retaining member 54, liquid barrier 56 and scrubbing member 60, and may include fewer than all three components. The cleaning member 12 may also include additional components.

[0038] With particular reference to FIGS. 1 and 3, the glove 10 may include a liquid barrier 62 located along the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40. Similar to liquid barrier 56, liquid barrier 62 may be configured to generally prevent liquid from passing between the liquid retaining member 54 and the flap member 40. The liquid barrier 62 may be sized to generally conform to the size and shape of the liquid retaining member 54. The liquid barrier 62 may be attached to the flap member 40 using a variety of techniques, for example, stitching and adhesives. The liquid barrier 62 may alternately be sized larger than the liquid retaining member 54. At least a portion of the first fastener member 48 may be positioned outside an outer perimeter 63 of the liquid barrier 62 so as to be accessible for connecting to the second fastener member 50 attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10. The liquid barrier substantially configured as liquid barrier 62 may be employed with any of the disclosed glove 10 configurations.

[0039] With reference to FIGS. 4-7, the glove 10 may include a detachable cleaning member 64. A fastening mechanism may be provided for detachably connecting the cleaning member 64 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10. The ability to selectively detach the cleaning member 64 from the glove 10 enables the cleaning member 64 to be cleaned or replaced, as may be required, without having to replace the entire glove. The cleaning member 64 may be similarly configured as the cleaning member 12, but also includes a releasable cleaning member fastener 66 that cooperates with corresponding fasteners attached to the second back section 36 of the glove and the flap member 40.

[0040] For example, the cleaning member 64 may include the liquid retaining member 54 positioned between the liquid barrier 56 and the scrubbing member 60. It is not necessary that the cleaning member 64 include each of the retaining member 54, liquid barrier 56 and scrubbing member 60, and may include fewer or more than all three components. The liquid retaining member 54, liquid barrier 56 and scrubbing member 60 may be configured as previously described.

[0041] The cleaning member fastener 66 may be configured similar to releasable fastener 46 used to releasably connect the flap member 40 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10 (see FIGS. 1-3). The cleaning member fastener 66 may include any of a variety of configurations, including but not limited to, hook-and-loop fasteners, zippers, snaps, hooks, and magnets, to name a few. Other configurations of releasable connectors may also be employed. For purposes of discussion, the illustrated exemplary configuration utilizes a hook-and-loop style connector for releasably connecting the cleaning member 64 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10 and the flap member 40.

[0042] The cleaning member fastener 66 may include a first cleaning member fastener 68 that cooperatively engages the second fastener member 50 attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10, and a second cleaning member fastener 70 that cooperatively engages the first fastener member 48 attached to the flap member 40. The first cleaning member fastener 68 may include the loop portion of the connector and the second cleaning member fastener 70 may include the hook portion. The arrangement of the hook and loop portions of the cleaning member fastener 66 may alternately be reversed, such that the first cleaning member fastener 68 includes the hook portion of the connector and the second cleaning member fastener 70 includes the loop portion. In this latter configuration, the first fastener member 48 attached to the flap member 40 will include the hook portion of the hook-and-loop connector and the second fastener member 50 attached the second back section 36 of the glove 10 will include the loop portion.

[0043] The first cleaning member fastener 68 may at least partially extend under the cleaning member 64 and may be attached to a backside 74 of the cleaning member 64. The first cleaning member fastener 68 cooperatively engages the second fastener member 50 attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10. The second cleaning member fastener 70 may extend beyond an outer perimeter 72 of the cleaning member 64 to enable to the second cleaning member fastener 70 to releasably connect to the first fastener member 48 attached to the flap member 40 when attaching the flap member to the second back section 36 of the glove 10.

[0044] The cleaning member 64 may be selectively detached from the back portion 30 of the glove 10 by pulling the cleaning member 64 away from the back portion 30 to disengage the first cleaning member fastener 68 from the second fastener member 50 attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10. Similarly, the flap member 40 may be selectively detached from the cleaning member 64 by pulling the flap member 40 away from the cleaning member 64 to disengage the first fastener member 48 attached to the flap member 40 from the second cleaning member fastener 70.

[0045] With reference to FIGS. 8-11, an alternately configured cleaning member 76 may include a drying member 78 for drying an article being cleaned, for example, a golf ball. The cleaning member 76 may be similarly configured as the cleaning member 12, but also includes the drying member 78 attached to a backside 80 of the cleaning member 76. The drying member 78 may be accessed by detaching the cleaning member 76 from the glove 10.

[0046] With continued reference to FIGS. 8-11, the cleaning member 76 may be similarly configured as the cleaning member 12, and may include the liquid retaining member 54 positioned between the liquid barrier 56 and the scrubbing member 60. The drying member 78 may be positioned adjacent the liquid barrier 56, such that the liquid retaining member 54 and the drying member 78 are arranged on opposite sides of the liquid barrier 56. The drying member 78 may have any of a variety of configurations, and may generally be constructed of a liquid absorbent material that absorbs moisture through direct contact. The drying member 78 may be constructed from various natural and synthetic materials.

[0047] It is not necessary that the cleaning member 76 include each of the liquid retaining member 54, liquid barrier 56 and scrubbing member 60, and may include fewer than all three components. The cleaning member 76 may also include additional components. The liquid retaining member 54, liquid barrier 56 and scrubbing member 60 may be configured as previously described.

[0048] The cleaning member 76 may include a releasable cleaning member fastener 82 for attaching the cleaning member 76 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10. The cleaning member fastener 82 may be attached to an outer perimeter 84 of the cleaning member 76. The releasable cleaning member fastener 82 may include any of a variety of configurations, including but not limited to, hook-and-loop fasteners, zippers, snaps, hooks, and magnets, to name a few. Other configurations of releasable connectors may also be employed. For purposes of discussion, the illustrated exemplary configuration utilizes a hook-and-loop style connector for releasably connecting the cleaning member 76 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10.

[0049] The cleaning member fastener 82 may include a first cleaning member fastener 86 that cooperatively engages the second fastener member 50 attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10, and a second cleaning member fastener 88 that cooperatively engages the first fastener member 48 attached to the flap member 40. The first cleaning member fastener 86 may include the loop portion of the connector and the second cleaning member fastener 88 may include the hook portion. The arrangement of the hook and loop portions of the cleaning member fastener 82 may alternately be reversed, such that the first cleaning member fastener 86 includes the hook portion of the connector and the second cleaning member fastener 88 includes the loop portion. In this latter configuration, the first fastener member 48 attached to the flap member 40 will include the hook portion of the hook-and-loop connector and the second fastener member 50 attached the second back section 36 of the glove 10 will include the loop portion.

[0050] The cleaning member 76 may be selectively detached from the back portion 30 of the glove 10 by pulling the cleaning member 76 away from the back portion 30 to disengage the first cleaning member fastener 86 from the second fastener member 50 attached to the second back section 36. Similarly, the flap member 40 may be selectively detached from the cleaning member 76 by pulling the flap member 40 away from the cleaning member 76 to disengage the first fastener member 48 attached to the flap member 40 from the second cleaning member fastener 88.

[0051] With reference to FIGS. 12 and 13, the glove 10 may include a drying member 90 attached to the exterior surface 42 of the flap member 40. The drying member 90 may be fixedly or releasably attached to the exterior surface 42 using various permanent or detachable connection techniques, such as sewing, hook-and-loop connectors, snaps, hooks, adhesives and zippers, as well as other techniques. For purposes of discussion the drying member 90 is illustrated fixedly attached to the exterior surface 42 of the flap member 40, but may also be releasably attached to the flap member. The drying member 90 may be similarly configured as drying member 78. The glove 10 may employ any of the previously described cleaning members 12, 64 and 76, as illustrated, for example, in FIGS. 1-11. Glove 10 is illustrated in FIGS. 12 and 13 as including cleaning member 76, but may also employ cleaning member 12 and 64.

[0052] With reference to FIG. 14, the glove 10 may include a drying member 92 attached to the back portion 30 of the glove. The drying member 92 may be fixedly or releasably attached to the back portion 30 of the glove 10 using various permanent or detachable connection techniques, such as sewing, hook-and-loop connectors, snaps, hooks, adhesives and zippers, as well as other techniques. In the illustrated exemplary configuration the drying member 92 is fixedly attached to back portion 30 of the glove 10, but may also be releasably attached. The drying member 92 may be similarly configured as drying members 78 and 90. The glove 10 may employ any of the previously described cleaning members 12, 64 and 76, as illustrated, for example, in FIGS. 1-11.

[0053] With reference to FIGS. 15 and 16, the glove 10 may include a drying member 94 attached to the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40. The drying member 94 may be fixedly or releasably attached to the interior surface 44 using various permanent or detachable connection techniques, such as sewing, hook-and-loop connectors, snaps, hooks, adhesives and zippers, as well as other techniques. In the illustrated exemplary configuration the drying member 94 is fixedly attached to the interior surface 44, but may also be releasably attached. The drying member 94 may be similarly configured as drying members 78, 90 and 92. The glove 10 may employ any of the previously described cleaning members 12, 64 and 76, as illustrated, for example, in FIGS. 1-11. Glove 10 is illustrated in FIGS. 15 and 16 as including cleaning member 64, but may also employ cleaning members 12 and 76.

[0054] With reference to FIGS. 17 and 18, the glove 10 may include an extendable drying member 96 attached to the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40. The extendable drying member 96 may be fixedly or releasably attached to the interior surface 44 using various permanent or detachable connection techniques, such as sewing, hook-and-loop connectors, snaps, hooks, adhesives and zippers, as well as other techniques. For purposes of discussion the extendable drying member 96 is illustrated fixedly attached to the interior surface 44, but may also be releasably attached.

[0055] The extendable drying member 96 may include a first portion 98 and a second portion 100 extending from the first portion 98. The first and second portions 98 and 100 may be configured as a single uninterrupted component, or as separate members interconnected, for example, along a common edge 102. The first and second portions 98 and 100 of the extendable drying member 96 may be similarly configured as drying members 78, 90, 92 and 94.

[0056] To provide compact storage when not in use, the second portion 100 of the extendable drying member 96 may be folded onto the first portion 98 in overlaying fashion, for example, as illustrated in FIG. 18. FIG. 17 illustrates the extendable drying member 96 arranged in an open or extended position, and FIG. 18 illustrates the extendable drying member 96 arranged in a folded or stored position. An extendable drying member fastener 104 may be provided for securing the first portion 98 to the second portion 100 when the extendable drying member 96 is arranged in the folded position, as illustrated, for example, in FIG. 18. The extendable drying member fastener 104 may include any of a variety of configurations, including but not limited to, hook-and-loop fasteners, zippers, snaps, hooks, and magnets, to name a few. Other configurations of releasable connectors may also be employed. In the illustrated exemplary configuration a hook-and-loop type connector is utilized for releasably connecting the first portion 98 of the extendable drying member 94 to the second portion 100.

[0057] The extendable drying member fastener 104 may include a first drying member fastener 106 positioned adjacent the first portion 98 of the extendable drying member 96 and a second drying member fastener 108 positioned adjacent the second portion 100. One or more of the first and second drying member fasteners 106 and 108 may be attached to the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40. The first drying member fastener 106 may releasably engage the second drying member fastener 108. The first drying member fastener 106 may include the hook portion of the connector and the second drying member fastener 108 may include the loop portion. The arrangement of the hook and loop portions of the fastener may alternately be reversed, such that the first drying member fastener 106 includes the loop portion of the connector and the second drying member fastener 108 includes the hook portion.

[0058] With particular reference to FIG. 18, the glove 10 may employ any of the previously described cleaning members 12, 64 and 76, as illustrated, for example, in FIGS. 1-11. By way of example, glove 10 is illustrated in FIG. 18 as employing cleaning member 64, but may also employ the cleaning members 12 and 76, as well as other differently configured cleaning members.

[0059] The flap member 40 may be releasably attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10 in a similar manner as previously described, depending in part on the configuration of the cleaning member being employed. Various releasable fasteners may be used to connect the flap member 40 to the second back section 36, such as hook-and-loop fasteners, zippers, snaps, hooks, and magnets, to name a few. For example, when employing cleaning member 12, which may be fixedly attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10, a connector similar to releasable fastener 46 (see FIGS. 1-3) may be employed. Alternately, when using the detachable cleaning members 64 and 76, connectors similar to releasable fasteners 66 (see FIGS. 6 and 7) and 82 (see FIGS. 10 and 11) may be employed.

[0060] In the exemplary configuration illustrated in FIG. 18, hook-and-loop type connectors are used for attaching the cleaning member 64 and the flap member 40 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10, although other configurations of releasable connectors may be used. In the illustrated exemplary configuration a first releasable connector 112 may be connected to the second back section 36 of the glove 10 and may include the hook portion of the connector. A cleaning member fastener 114, which includes the loop portion of the connector, is attached to the cleaning member 64 and may detachably engage the first releasable connector 112. Attached to the flap member 40 is a second releasable connector 116 that includes the hook portion of the connector and which detachably engages the cleaning member fastener 114. Other combinations of releasable fasteners may also be employed.

[0061] With reference to FIGS. 19-22, the glove 10 may include an exemplary cleaning member 118 attached to an inside surface 120 of the glove 10. The cleaning member 118 may be positioned within an opening 122 formed in the second back section 36 of the glove 10. The cleaning member 118 extends through the opening 122 in the glove 10 so as to be accessible from outside the glove when the glove is attached to the user's hand. The opening 122 in the glove 10 may be configured to have a similar shape as an outer perimeter 124 of the cleaning member 118. The opening 122 may be sized larger than cleaning member 118 to enable generally unobstructed positioning of the cleaning member 118 within the opening 122.

[0062] The cleaning member 118 may be positioned on the glove 10 in the footprint of the flap member 40 or otherwise in a location that enables the flap member 40 to at least partially cover the cleaning member 118 when the flap member 40 is attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10, for example, as illustrated in FIG. 21. This arrangement provides protection for the cleaning member 118 and helps retain liquids that may be present in the cleaning member 118. The user may access the cleaning member 118 by selectively detaching the flap member 40 from the second back section 36 of the glove 10.

[0063] The second fastener member 50 may be positioned adjacent opening 122 in the glove 10, but need not extend around an entire perimeter 126 of the opening 122. The second fastener member 50 may be configured as a single uninterrupted fastener, or may consist of multiple fasteners positioned at various locations around the perimeter 126 of the opening 122.

[0064] The first fastener member 48 may be positioned along the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40 so as to generally align with the second fastener member 50 when connecting the flap member 40 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10. Although the first fastener member 48 is illustrated as a continuous strip extending along a perimeter 128 of the flap member 40, the first fastener member 48 may alternately be configured to extend over a larger portion of the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40, and may cover the entire interior surface. Rather than being configured as one continuous uninterrupted strip, the first fastener member 48 may also include multiple discrete fastener members arranged along the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40 at locations appropriate for engaging the second fastener member 50 when attaching the flap member 40 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10.

[0065] The cleaning member 118 may include various elements depending, at least in part, on the design and performance requirements of a particular application. For example, with particular reference to FIG. 22, the cleaning member 118 may include a liquid retaining member 130 capable of absorbing and temporarily retaining a liquid, such as water or an aqueous solution. The liquid retaining member 130 may consist of a porous or semi-porous material made from any of a variety of materials, such as cellulose wood fibers, sodium sulphate crystals, hemp fibers or foamed plastic polymers, as well as other materials, and may include low-density polyether, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), and polyester. The liquid retaining member 130 may be constructed from interwoven fibers or may have another construction. The precise configuration and material formulation of the liquid retaining member 130 may be varied so long as the resulting material is capable of absorbing and at least temporarily retaining a liquid. Applying pressure to the liquid retaining member 130 will cause at least a portion of the absorbed liquid to be released from the liquid retaining member 130.

[0066] The cleaning member 118 may also include a liquid barrier 132 positioned along an inside surface 134 of the liquid retaining member 130. The liquid barrier 132 provides a generally waterproof barrier between the liquid retaining member 130 and the user's hand. The liquid barrier 132 may be sized to generally conform to the shape of the liquid retaining member 130, such that an outer perimeter 136 of the liquid barrier 132 generally corresponds to an outer perimeter 138 of the liquid retaining member 130. Alternately, the liquid barrier 132 may be sized larger than the liquid retaining member 130.

[0067] To enhance the cleaning capability of the cleaning member 118, a scrubbing member 140 may be positioned along an outside surface 142 of the liquid retaining member 130. The scrubbing member 140 may have a generally porous configuration to allow liquid to pass through the scrubbing member. The scrubbing member 140 may have various configurations, which may include, for example, generally upstanding bristles arranged to form a brush or multiple strands woven together to form a pad. The scrubbing member 140 may be constructed from any of a variety of materials that are generally resistant to wear and tear that the cleaning member may encounter. Although illustrated as having the same general size as the liquid retaining member 130, in practice the scrubbing member 140 may also be sized larger or smaller than the liquid retaining member 130.

[0068] It is not necessary that the cleaning member 118 include each of the liquid retaining member 130, liquid barrier 132 and scrubbing member 140, and may include fewer than all three components. The cleaning member 118 may also include additional components.

[0069] With particular reference to FIGS. 19 and 21, the glove 10 may include the liquid barrier 62 located along the interior surface 44 of the flap member 40. The liquid barrier 62 may be configured to generally prevent liquid from passing between the liquid retaining member 130 and the flap member 40. The liquid barrier 62 may be sized to generally conform to the size and shape of the liquid retaining member 130. The liquid barrier 62 may be attached to the flap member 40 using a variety of techniques, for example, stitching and adhesives. The liquid barrier 62 may alternately be sized larger than the liquid retaining member 130. At least a portion of the first fastener member 48 may be positioned outside the outer perimeter 63 of the liquid barrier 62 so as to be accessible for connecting to the second fastener member 50 attached to the second back section 36 of the glove 10.

[0070] With reference to FIGS. 21 and 22, a releasable cleaning member fastener 148 may be provided for detachably connecting the cleaning member 118 to the inside surface 120 of the second back section 36 of the glove 10. The ability to selectively detach the cleaning member 118 from the glove 10 enables the cleaning member 118 to be cleaned or replaced, as may be required, without having to replace the entire glove.

[0071] The releasable cleaning member fastener 148 may be configured similar to releasable fastener 46 used to releasably connect the flap member 40 to the second back section 36 of the glove 10 (see for example, FIGS. 19, 21 and 22). The releasable cleaning member fastener 148 may include any of a variety of configurations, including but not limited to, hook-and-loop fasteners, zippers, snaps, hooks, and magnets, to name a few. Other configurations of releasable connectors may also be employed. For purposes of discussion, the illustrated exemplary configuration utilizes a hook-and-loop style connector for releasably connecting the cleaning member 118 to the inside surface 120 of the glove 10.

[0072] The releasable cleaning member fastener 148 may include a first cleaning member fastener 150 attached to the cleaning member 118 that cooperatively engages a second cleaning member fastener 152 attached to the inside surface 120 of the glove 10. The first cleaning member fastener 150 may include the loop portion of the connector and the second cleaning member fastener 152 may include the hook portion. The arrangement of the hook and loop portions of the releasable cleaning member fastener 148 may alternately be reversed, such that the first cleaning member fastener 150 includes the hook portion of the connector and the second cleaning member fastener 152 includes the loop portion.

[0073] The first cleaning member fastener 150 may be attached to a backside 154 of the cleaning member 118, or another other portion of the cleaning member 118. For example, the first cleaning member fastener 150 may be attached to the liquid barrier 132. The first cleaning member fastener 150 may at least partially extend along the backside 154 of the cleaning member 118, and may be integrally formed with the liquid barrier 132.

[0074] The first cleaning member fastener 150 cooperatively engages the second cleaning member fastener 152 attached to the inside surface 120 of the glove 10. The second cleaning member fastener 152 may be positioned adjacent the opening 122 in the glove 10, but need not extend around the entire perimeter 126 of the opening 122. The second cleaning member fastener 152 may be configured as a single uninterrupted fastener, or may consist of multiple fasteners positioned at various locations around the perimeter 126 of the opening 122.

[0075] The cleaning member 118 may be selectively attached to the glove 10 by inserting the cleaning member 118 through the hand opening 38 and guiding the cleaning member 118 into the opening 122 in the back portion 30 of the glove 10. The cleaning member 118 may be attached to the glove 10 by engaging the first cleaning member fastener 150 with the second cleaning member fastener 152.

[0076] The cleaning member 118 may be selectively detached from the glove 10 by pulling the cleaning member 118 away from the inside surface 120 of the glove 10 to disengage the first cleaning member fastener 150 from the second cleaning member fastener 152 attached to the inside surface 120 of the glove 10. The cleaning member 118 may then be removed from the glove 10 through the hand opening 38.

[0077] It is intended that the scope of the present methods and apparatuses be defined by the following claims. However, it must be understood that the disclosed systems and methods for a golf glove employing a cleaning element may be practiced otherwise than is specifically explained and illustrated without departing from its spirit or scope. It should be understood by those skilled in the art that various alternatives to the configurations described herein may be employed in practicing the claims without departing from the spirit and scope as defined in the following claims. The scope of the disclosed systems and methods should be determined, not with reference to the above description, but should instead be determined with reference to the appended claims, along with the full scope of equivalents to which such claims are entitled. It is anticipated and intended that future developments will occur in the arts discussed herein, and that the disclosed systems and methods will be incorporated into such future examples. Furthermore, all terms used in the claims are intended to be given their broadest reasonable constructions and their ordinary meanings as understood by those skilled in the art unless an explicit indication to the contrary is made herein. In particular, use of the singular articles such as "a," "the," "said," etc., should be read to recite one or more of the indicated elements unless a claim recites an explicit limitation to the contrary. It is intended that the following claims define the scope of the device and that the method and apparatus within the scope of these claims and their equivalents be covered thereby. In sum, it should be understood that the device is capable of modification and variation and is limited only by the following claims.

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