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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Golfing Gizmo in All Its Glory

Several of my students in my Products Liability course (all of whom were in my very first class three years ago and who are graduating this spring) chipped in and got me a gift of a "Golfing Gizmo," a device from the 1960s and 1970s that is the subject of the Hauter v. Zogarts case (534 P.2d 377 (Cal. 1975)) in David Owen et al.'s Products Liability and Safety casebook and possibly others.  And they even found the same model and manual as is in the case, including the almost-blank-verse notation on the front: "COMPLETELY SAFE BALL WILL NOT HIT THE PLAYER."

The manual (in PDF form) is here: Download Gizmo0001.PDF

For others who teach the case, I present some images you're welcome to use (click on the smaller images to get a bigger one):

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The graphic design of the packaging is really quite good.

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Ah, the famous House of Zog, right up there with the House of Blues and the House of Representatives.

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The key language (which is replicated but with the article "the" added before "player" on the manual, provided above).

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A golf ball on a 20-foot cord attached to an elastic strap -- what could possibly go wrong?

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The device set up.  (Yes, our yard has seen better days, but we're putting on an addition this year and it's going to be dug up anyway, so that's my excuse, this year, for not reseeding.)

The top of the "T" is made of elastic attached to ground spikes.  The longer part is thick non-stretchy cord.

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The full set-up.  The golf ball is attached at the far end of the cord (next to the treehouse post).  And, um, yes, that is a sled on the ground.  Hey, we had snow less than two weeks ago, honest.

Thanks to my students for the very thoughtful gift.

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