But while Dad could spot a market a mile away, there was one little thing he overlooked. He never tried to patent Mitchell's Mittens. He was happy just selling them. The idea quickly spread, and when World War II was over, it seemed that every manufacturer in the country was selling "head covers." By that time, Dad realized what he had missed, but it was too late to apply for a patent.
The golf-club head cover is sort of like the peaked cap or the ice cream cone. You never stop to think that somebody had to invent the first one. Whenever I see an item like that, I wonder what the inventor's kids had to suffer through while it was being perfected. If they think they had problems, how about me with no thumbs?