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This is a list of common golfing terms. Contents: Top - 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z This article is about the sport. ...


A

  • Ace: A hole in one whether it be on a par 3, 4 or 5.
  • Action: To impart backspin onto the ball.
  • Address: The act of taking a stance and placing the clubhead behind the ball. If the ball moves once a player has addressed the ball, there is a one-stroke penalty.
  • Aim: Generally, the direction in which your target lies and the direction you intend for your ball to go.
  • Aimline: The imaginary straight line, extended level with the hole, on which the player INTENDS to initially strike his putt. After reading the green, an aimline is chosen to allow for all the breaks or curves which are expected to take place before the ball falls in the hole.
  • Airmail the green: When a player overpowers a shot aimed at the putting green, and the ball flight carries it completely over the green.
  • Albatross: a hole played three strokes under par. Statistically speaking, it is more difficult to get on a par 5 than it is to get a hole in one on a par 4.
  • Alignment: The position of a player's body relative to the target line of the ball.
  • All Square: in match play, a match is all square (tied) when both players or teams have won the same number of holes. It is abbreviated "AS" on the scorecard.
  • Ambrose: A system of team play whereby each player takes a tee shot, after which the most favourable ball position is chosen. All the team's players then take a shot from this new position, and so on. (Also known as a Texas Scramble)
  • Angle of Attack: Also referred to as "Angle of Approach". The angle at which the club head strikes the ball. This affects the trajectory the ball will travel and spin.
  • Approach Shot: A shot intended to land the ball on the green.
  • Apron: The grass surface on the perimeter of the green that separates it from the fairway.
  • Attend (the Flagstick): When a player holds and removes the flagstick for another player.

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B

  • Back nine: Holes 10 through 18 on a golf course.
  • Backspin: The spin imparted to a ball when struck with a sloping clubface, a wedge for instance. In the air, backspin generates aerodynamic lift causing the ball to follow a higher trajectory than would otherwise be the case, often resulting in a significantly longer carry. On landing, backspin causes the ball to stop more quickly, even to spin backward. Also called bite or action.
  • Ball: A small sphere used in playing golf, which is intended to be struck by a club and soar in the general direction of the green for a particular hole, if one is playing on a regulation golf course. The important thing is to be able to identify your ball and distinguish it from the balls used by other players. Normally this is done by noting the brand and number of a ball, though some players will often add personalized markings to further differentiate their own sphere of choice.
  • Ball-marker: any small object used to indicate where a player's ball is on the green. Coins are common ball-markers.
  • Ballmark Tool: tool used to repair an indentation on the green caused by the ball on an approach shot (often inaccurately called a Divot Tool).
  • Banana-ball: an extreme slice.
  • Bare Lie: When the ball lies directly on hard ground without any grass to buoy the ball up - ie where there is no grass creating a gap between ball and the ground. Applicable when practicing off hard mats.
  • Barkie: achieving a score of par or better on a hole after the ball hits a tree on the same hole.
  • Baseball grip: grip style with all ten fingers on the club. Also known as the "Ten-Finger Grip".
  • Best ball: where a single player plays a match against a team consisting of either two or three players.
  • BIGGA: The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association is the professional association dealing with all matters of golf management from a greenkeeper's viewpoint.
  • Birdie: a hole played one stroke under par.
  • Bite: heavy backspin applied to a ball that causes it to stop quickly instead of rolling when it lands.
  • Blade: term used to describe the type of iron made by forging the metal rather than from a cast mold. Also, describes a shot struck "thinly" with an iron in the middle of the golf ball.
  • Blind: A shot that does not allow the golfer to see where the ball will land, such as onto an elevated green from below.
  • Block: a shot played severely to the right; as opposed to slices, which curve from left to right, a blocked shot goes directly right. Similar to the "push".
  • Bogey: a hole played one stroke over par.
  • Bounce: technically, the measure of the angle from the front edge of a club's sole to the point that rests on the ground when addressing the ball. Clubs (usually wedges) with a higher bounce angle will resist digging into the turf.
  • Break: the amount of lateral slope one must account for on a putt. In the United Kingdom, it is known as "borrow".
  • Bump and run: a low-trajectory shot that is intended to get the ball rolling along the fairway and up onto the green. Similar to a chip shot, but played from a greater distance.
  • Bunker Fairway: Hazard of bare earth or sand usually in a recessed depression. Grass and wooden walls or banks are not part of the hazard.

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C

  • Caddie: A person paid to carry a player's clubs and offer advice. Players are responsible for the actions of their caddies.
  • Carry: How far the ball travels through the air. Contrasted with "run."
  • Cart: 1) The four-wheeled electrical vehicle for use in transporting players from hole to hole. 2) A hand-pulled cart for carrying a bag of clubs, also now available in powered versions controlled by remote.
  • Casual water: Any temporary standing water visible after a player has taken his stance. Snow and ice can also be taken as casual water, as well as water that overflows the banks of existing water hazards.
  • Chip: a short shot (typically played from very close to and around the green), that is intended to travel through the air over a very short distance and roll the remainder of the way to the hole.
  • Chunk: a swing that results in the clubhead hitting the ground several inches before the ball, resulting in a large "chunk" of ground being taken as a divot. Also called a "fat" shot, or "chili-dipping".
  • Clone: An umbrella term for generic brand golf clubs.
  • Closed Face: When (in relation to the target-line) the clubface is angled toward the player's body, ie angled left for right-handed players.
  • Closed Stance: When a player's front foot is set closer to the target-line. Used to draw the ball or to prevent a slice.
  • Club: a tool for the player to hit the ball. 14 clubs are allowed by the rules.
  • Clubface: The surface of the club head which is designed to strike the golf ball. Players should strive to hit the ball with the center of the clubface to maximize distance and accuracy.
  • Clubhouse: This is where play begins and ends. The clubhouse is also your source for information about local rules, the conditions of the course, upcoming events and other essential information for the avid golfer. Normally, you can also purchase balls, clubs, clothes, and other golfing equipment at the clubhouse.
  • Come-backer: a putt required after the previous putt went past the hole.
  • Compression: The measurement for expressing the hardness of a golf ball, normally 90 compression. Harder balls (100 compression) are intended for players with faster swings but may also be useful in windy conditions.
  • Condor: a four-under par shot, a hole-in-one on a par 5 . This has occurred on a hole with a heavy dogleg, hard ground, and no trees. Might also be called "a triple eagle".
  • Course: a designated area of land on which golf is played through a normal succession from hole #1 to the last hole.
  • Cross-handed: putting (and, occasionally, full-swing) grip in which the hands are placed in positions opposite that of the conventional grip. For right-handed golfers, a cross-handed grip would place the left hand below the right. Also known as the "left-hand low" grip, it has been known to help players combat the "yips".
  • Cut or the cut: after the first two rounds of a stroke play tournament, a select number of players will have earned the right to play the rest of the tournament for a chance to win the championship, by having a score at or lower than this number. The cut is usually a fixed number of players (e.g. 70), plus anyone tied for that place. In some tournaments, anyone within a fixed number of strokes (e.g. 10) of the leader are also included in the cut. Those missing the cut earn no official money for the tournament.
  • Cut Shot: same as a fade, a cut curves from left to right, but is generally higher in trajectory and more controlled than a standard fade. The "high cut" is a staple among PGA Tour players.

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D

  • Dance Floor: slang term for the green.
  • Dead: TV-broadcaster slang for a shot in which there is no favorable outcome possible. Variations include "Get the body bags!" A favorite of Gary McCord.
  • Divot: the chunk of grass (either fairway or rough) displaced when an iron or wedge shot is played. The indentation on the green caused by the ball on an approach shot is called a pitch mark, not a divot.
  • Dormie: in match play, a player is dormie when leading by as many holes as there are holes left to play (i.e. 4 up with 4 holes to play is called "dormie 4"). The player who is down must then win every remaining hole to save the match and force its continuation into extra holes (if a winner must be determined) or halve the match (in a team competition such as the Ryder Cup).
  • Double Bogey: a hole played two strokes over par.
  • Double Cross: a shot whereby a player intends for a slice and hits a hook, or conversely, intends to play a draw and hits a slice. So called because the player has aimed left (in the case of a slice) and compounds this with hitting a hook, which moves left as well.
  • Double Eagle (or Albatross): a hole played three strokes under par.
  • Dogballs scoring an 'eight' on any single golf hole. The origin of the term is in reference to what the number 'eight' looks like on its side.
  • Draw: a shot that, for a right-handed golfer, curves slightly to the left; often played intentionally by skilled golfers. An overdone draw usually becomes a hook.
  • Drive: a tee shot of great length, usually done with a driver (a type of golf club)
  • Duck Hook: see snap hook.

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E

  • Eagle: a hole played in two strokes under par.
  • Explosion: a bunker shot that sends the ball, and accompanying sand, (hopefully) onto the green. Also known as a "blast".

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F

  • Fade: a shot that, for a right-handed golfer, curves slightly to the right; often played intentionally by skilled golfers. An overdone fade usually becomes a slice.
  • Fairway: the short grass between the tee and the green. Also, "fairway percentage" is a statistic kept on players in the PGA Tour. A player is awarded a fairway if, after a tee shot, the ball comes to rest touching a fairway.
  • False front: a green that has such a significant slope at the front that approach shots are likely to roll back off. A false front is best avoided; wiser shots played to more level portions of the green are more likely to "hold" (i.e., eventually come to rest on) the green.
  • Fat shot: a poor shot in which the club is slowed by catching too much grass or soil, resulting in a short and slow ball flight.
  • Flier: a type of lie where the ball is in the rough and grass is likely to become trapped between the ball and the clubface at the moment of impact. Flier lies often result in "flier shots", which have little or no spin (due to the blades of grass blocking the grooves on the clubface) and travel much farther than intended.
  • Flop shot: a short shot, played with an open stance and an open clubface, designed to travel very high in the air and land softly on the green. The flop shot is useful when players do not have "much green to work with", but should only be attempted on the best of lies. Phil Mickelson is a master of the flop shot.
  • Fore: "Fore!" is shouted as a warning when it appears a ball may possibly hit other players or spectators.
  • Fourballs: In matchplay, a contest between two sides each consisting of 2 players, where every individual plays their own ball throughout. (Fourballs are the opening matches played on the Friday and Saturday mornings of the Ryder Cup.) In strokeplay, a fourball competition is played between several teams each consisting of 2 players, where for every hole the lower of the two player's scores counts. The term ‘fourball’ is often used informally to describe any group of 4 players on the course.
  • Foursomes:In foursomes teams of 2 players compete against each other. Players alternate hitting the same ball. The first player tees off, the second player hits the second shot, the first player hits the third shot, and so on until the ball is holed. Players alternate hitting tee shots so that the same player doesn't hit every drive; therefore, one member of each team will always tee-off on the odd holes and the other will tee off on the even holes. Only one ball is used by each pairing in foursomes. If Player A teed off on the first hole and Player B holed the final putt, Player B would still tee off at the second, even though this means in effect 2 consecutive shots (over 2 holes) by Player B. The team with the lowest score wins the hole. Foursomes can be played as stroke play or match play. As match play, foursomes are the matches played on the Friday and Saturday afternoon of the Ryder Cup, with 4 ‘foursome’ matches being played on each day.
  • Front nine: Holes 1 through 9 on a golf course.

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G

  • Gimme: is a shot that the other players agree can count automatically without actually being played (under the tacit assumption that the putt would not have been missed). "Gimmes" are not allowed by the rules in stroke play, but this is often practiced in casual matches. However, in match play, either player may formally concede a stroke, a hole, or the entire match at any time, and this may not be refused or withdrawn. A player in match play will generally concede a tap-in or other short putt by his or her opponent.
  • Goldie Bounce: when the ball strikes a tree deep in the rough and bounces out onto the fairway.
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  • Green or putting green: the area of specially prepared grass around the hole, where putts are played
  • Greensomes: is a variation of foursomes, where each side consists of 2 players. Both players play one tee-shot each from every tee. A choice is then made as to which is the more favourable of the 2 ball positions, the other ball being picked up. Thereafter the players play alternate shots. So if A's tee-shot is selected, the playing order from the tee will be A-B-A-B etc until the ball is holed out. If player B's tee-shot is selected, the playing order will be B-A-B-A etc. The team with the lowest score wins the hole.
  • Green in regulation (GIR): a green is considered hit "in regulation" if any part of the ball is touching the putting surface and the number of strokes taken is 2 less than par, i.e. with the first stroke on a par-3 hole, second stroke on a par-4, etc. Greens in Regulation percentage is a statistic kept by the PGA Tour.
  • Grounding the club: to place the clubface behind the ball on the ground at address. Grounding the club is prohibited in bunkers or when playing from any marked hazard.
  • Ground Under Repair (GUR): An area of the golf course that is being repaired. A free drop is allowed if the ball lands in an area marked "GUR"

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H

  • Halved: in match play, a hole is halved (drawn) when both players or teams have played the same number of strokes. In some team events, such as the Ryder Cup (though not in the Presidents Cup), a match that is level after 18 holes is not continued, and is called "halved", with each team receiving half a point.
  • Handicap: A calculation that makes all golfers equal on the playing surface
  • Hardpan: a lie consisting of very hard turf.
  • Hazard: any bunker or permanent water including any ground marked as part of that water hazard. Special rules apply when playing from a hazard.
  • Hole In One (or ace): getting the ball directly into the cup with one shot.
  • Hook: a poor shot that, for a right-handed golfer, curves sharply to the left (may occasionally be played intentionally but is difficult to control). Hooks are often called the "better player's miss", thanks to the fact that many of the game's greatest players (Ben Hogan, for instance) have been plagued by the hook at one time or another in their careers.
  • Hosel: the crooked area where the clubhead connects to the shaft. Hitting the ball off the hosel is known as a "shank".

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I

  • Interlocking grip: grip style where (for right-handed players) the pinkie finger of the right hand is hooked around the index finger of the left. Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods use the interlocking grip.
  • Inward nine: the back nine holes, so named because older links courses were designed to come back "in" toward the clubhouse after going out on the front nine.
  • Iron: a club with a flat-faced solid metal head generally numbered from 1 to 9 indicating increasing loft.

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J

  • For the Car Bounce: Any ball that is advanced toward the green by virtue of the ball striking a cartpath, or highway running alongside a fairway, and remains or returns in bounds.

K

  • Knock-down: a type of shot designed to have a very low trajectory, usually employed to combat strong winds.

L

  • Lag: a long putt designed to simply get the ball close to the hole. Or, in the downswing, how far the clubhead "lags" behind the hands prior to release.
  • Lay-up: to hit a conservative shot intentionally short of a hazard.
  • Lie: the ground that the ball is resting on. "Good lies" include the fairway and the green, while bunkers, pine straw, and the rough are examples of "bad lies". Also, the angle between the center of the shaft and the sole. Incorrect "lie angle" calibration will result in toe-first or heel-first contact with the ground when swinging the club.
  • Line: the expected path of the ball to the hole, particularly on putts. "Stepping in a player's line" on the green is considered a major golf faux pas.
  • Links: a course on the ocean, usually devoid of trees and therefore windy. Many courses in the United Kingdom are links.
  • Loft: the angle between the club's shaft and the club's face.

M

  • Mickey Mantle: making a score of 7 on a hole.
  • Medal play: style of scoring in which the player with the fewest strokes wins. Most professional tournaments are medal play. Also known as "stroke play".
  • Member's bounce: any favorable bounce of the golf ball that improves what initially appeared to be an errant shot.
  • Mis-read: when a player takes an incorrect line on a putt.
  • Mulligan: a do-over, or replay of the shot. It is not allowed by the rules and not practiced in tournaments, but is common in casual rounds in some countries, especially the United States.
  • Mashie Niblick: Term used for a 6/7 iron in the early 1900's.
  • Moose: making a score of 10 on a hole. Use of this term is largely limited to Canadian golfers with limited skill and is accompanied by placing ones thumbs above each ear and wiggling your fingers, simultaneously signalling your score to your playing partners and imitating the antlers of a moose.

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N

  • Nassau: a type of bet between golfers that is essentially three separate bets. Money is wagered on the best score in the front 9, back 9, and total 18 holes.

O

  • Open Face: When (in relation to the target line) the clubface is angled away from the player's body, ie angled right for right-handed players.
  • Open Stance: When a player's front foot is drawn backwards further from the target line. Used to fade the ball or to prevent a hook.
  • Ostrich: a hole played five strokes under par. This is widely considered impossible, requiring a hole in one on a par six.
  • Outward nine: refers to the first nine holes, so named as links golf courses were set up where the first nine holes went "out" away from the clubhouse.
  • Out-of-bounds: the area designated as being outside the boundaries of the course. When a shot lands "O.B.", the player "loses stroke and distance," meaning that he/she must hit another shot from the original spot and is assessed a one-stroke penalty. Out-of-bounds areas are usually indicated by white posts.

P

  • Pace: the speed at which a putt must be struck to get to the hole. Pace and break are the two components of green-reading.
  • Par (apocryphally an abbreviation for "professional average result"), standard score for a hole (defined by its length) or a course (sum of all the holes' pars).
  • PGA: any Professional Golfers' Association, especially the Professional Golfers' Association of America.
  • Pin-high: at the same level as (distance to) the hole.
  • Pitch: a short shot (typically from within 50 yards), usually played with a higher lofted club and made using a less than full swing, that is intended to flight the ball towards a target (usually the hole) with greater accuracy than a full iron shot.
  • Pitch mark: another term for a divot on the green caused when a ball lands. Players must repair their pitch marks, usually with a tee or a divot tool.
  • Plugged Lie: a bad lie (typically in a bunker) where the ball is at least half-buried in sand. Also known as a "buried lie" or a "fried egg".
  • Pop-up: a poor tee shot where the top of the clubhead strikes under the ball, causing it to go straight up in the air. In addition to being bad shots, pop-ups frequently leave white scuff-marks on the top of the clubhead, or dents in persimmon clubs. Also known as "sky shots".
  • Pro: a professional is a golfer or person who plays or teaches golf for financial reward, may work as a touring pro in professional competitions, or as a teaching pro (also called a club pro).
  • Punch shot: a shot played with a very low trajectory, usually to avoid interference from tree branches when a player is hitting from the woods. Similar to the knock-down, it can also be used to avoid high winds.
  • Push: a shot played severely to the right; as opposed to slices, which curve from left to right, a pushed shot goes directly right. Similar to the "block". Also, term used in match play where neither competitor wins the hole.
  • Putt: a shot played on the green, usually with a putter.
  • Putter: a special golf club with a very low loft that makes the ball roll.

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Q

  • Q-School: PGA or LPGA Tour Qualifying School, a week-long, six-round tournament in which the Top 30 finishers (of nearly 200 entrants) earn their "Tour Cards", making them exempt for the following year's tour. Aside from the major championships, Q-School may be the most pressure-filled tournament in golf.

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R

  • Release: the point in the downswing at which the wrists uncock. A late release (creating "lag") is one of the keys to a powerful swing.
  • Rough: the grass that borders the fairway, usually taller and coarser than the fairway.
  • Rub of the Green: when the ball is helped or hindered by a third party/object e.g. if the ball is going out of bounds and is bounced back in bounds by hitting a spectator or a tree.

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S

  • Sandbagger: a golfer that carries a higher official handicap than his skills indicate, eg, carries an eight, plays to a two. Sandbaggers usually artificially inflate their handicaps with the intent of winning bets on the course, a practice that most golfers consider cheating.
  • Sand Save: when a player gets up and down from a greenside sand bunker, regardless of score on the hole. Sand Save percentage is a player statistic kept by the PGA Tour.
  • Sandy Same as a Sand Save. Alternatively may refer to a par score which includes a bunker shot.
  • Sand Trap: a greenside sand filled bunker as opposed to a grass or waste bunker.
  • Sand Wedge: a lofted club designed especially for playing out of a bunker. The modern sand wedge was invented by Gene Sarazen.
  • Sandie: a Sand Save (see above) that results in a score of par or better. Sandies are counted as points in some social golf games.
  • Scotch foursomes:In scotch foursomes teams of 2 players compete against each other. Players alternate hitting the same ball. The first player tees off, the second player hits the second shot, the first player hits the third shot, and so on until the ball is holed. To this point, the definition of ‘scotch foursomes’ is the same as that of ordinary ‘foursomes’; however, players do not alternate hitting tee shots as they would in foursomes. If Player A teed off on the first hole and Player B holed the final putt, Player B would not tee off at the second, meaning that Player A could, in theory, play every tee shot on the round. The team with the lowest score wins the hole. In some countries, both A and B tee off and they have a choice of which drive to play and its then alternative shots. For instance if they chose B's ball then A takes the next shot.
  • Scramble: when a player misses the green in regulation, but still makes par or better on a hole. Scrambling percentage is a player statistic kept by the PGA Tour. Also a two or four man format, similar to Best Ball, except in a scramble, each player strikes a shot, the best shot is selected, then all players play from that selected position.
  • Scratch golfer: a player's whose handicap equals zero.
  • Shank: a severe mishit in which the golf ball is struck by the hosel of the club. On a shank, a player has managed to strike the ball with a part of the club other than the clubface. A shanked shot will scoot a short distance, often out to the right, or might be severely sliced or hooked.
  • Short game: comprised of shots that take place on or near the green. Putting, chipping, pitching, and bunker play are all aspects of short game.
  • Skin: a skins game pits players in a type of match play in which each hole has a set value (usually in money or points). The player who wins the hole is said to win the "skin," and whatever that skin is worth. Skins games are often more dramatic than standard match play because holes are not halved. When players tie on a given hole, the value of that hole is carried over and added to the value of the following hole. The more ties, the greater the value of the skin and the bigger the eventual payoff.
  • Slice: a poor shot that, for a right-handed golfer, curves sharply from the left to the right (may occasionally be played intentionally but is difficult to control). 9 out of 10 golfers suffer from slicing the ball.
  • Snap Hook: a severe hook that usually goes directly left rather than curving from right to left. Also known by the somewhat redundant term "Pull-Hook".
  • Stableford Scoring System: a scoring system using points, where the winner accumulates the highest number of points over the course of a round. Stableford points are awarded as 1 point for one stroke over a fixed score, perhaps par, on a hole; 2 points for the fixed score; 3 points for one stroke under the fixed score; 4 points for two strokes under the fixed score; etc. There are "modified" Stableford scoring techniques, like that used in the International Tournament on the PGA Tour, which award points (or loss of points) for various scores over or under a fixed score.
  • Snowman: An eight on a hole.
  • Sit: Telling the ball to drop softly, and not roll after landing.
  • Sweet-spot: The location on the clubface where the optimal ball-striking results are achieved.
  • Swing: The movement a golf player makes with his/her club to hit the ball. A golf swing is made up of a series of complex mechanical body movements. A perfect golf swing is regarded as the "holy grail" of the sport, and there are many approaches as to how to achieve "perfection". One of the classic approaches is that offered by Joe Dante's Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf.

Some golf clubs Golf clubs are used in the sport of golf to hit a golf ball. ... A bunker or sand trap is a hazard in the game of golf. ... Gene Sarazen (born Eugenio Saraceni) (February 27, 1902 – May 13, 1999) is one of the few golfers to win all the Major Championships in his career, including 1922 US Open 1922 PGA Championship 1923 PGA Championship 1932 US Open 1932 British Open 1933 PGA Championship 1935 The Masters Winner of... This is a list of common golfing terms. ... A golf handicap is a numerical measure of an amateur golfers playing ability. ... Look up Hook in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ...

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  • Tap-in: a ball that has come to rest very close to the hole, leaving only a very short putt to be played. Often recreational golfers will "concede" tap-ins to each other to save time.
  • Target-line: the straight line from the ball to its intended target, also extended backward past the golfer's rear foot.
  • Tee (part of the course): the specially prepared area, usually grass, from which the first stroke for each hole is made (teeing ground in official terminology).
  • Tee (piece of equipment): a small peg - made of wood or plastic - placed in the teeing ground, upon which the golf ball may be placed prior to the first stroke on a hole.
  • Tempo: the duration of a player's swing from first movement to ballstrike. Ideally, the swing should be like a metronome, with an evenly paced transition from backswing to downswing. Ernie Els's tempo is the envy of many professionals.
  • Thin shot: a poor shot where the clubhead strikes too high up on the ball, resulting in a shallow flight path. Also known as "skulling" or "blading" the ball.
  • Through line: When putting, the imaginary path that a ball would travel on should the putted ball go past the hole. Usually observed by PGA players and knowledgeable golfers when retrieving or marking a ball around the hole.
  • Topped: an errant shot where only the upper half of the golf ball is struck, causing the ball to roll or bounce rather than fly.

Golf (gowf in Scots) is a sport where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... In golf, the teeing ground is the rectangular area at the beginning of a hole from which the players first stroke is taken. ... Look up tee in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A golf ball is a ball designed for use in the game of golf. ... A mechanical wind-up metronome in motion A digital metronome set to pulse at four beats per measure at a tempo of 130 BPM A metronome is a device that produces a regulated pulse, usually used to keep a beat steady in musical compositions. ... Theodore Ernest Ernie Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. ...

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  • Up and down: when a player holes the ball in two strokes starting from off of the green. The first stroke, usually a "pitch", a "bunker shot" or a "chip", gets the ball 'up' onto the green, and the subsequent putt gets the ball 'down' into the hole. (var.) "up and in"

Golf (gowf in Scots) is a sport where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ...

V

  • Vardon grip: grip style in which (for right-handed players) the right pinkie finger rests on top of the left index finger. Also known as the "overlapping grip," most golfers grip with this style. It is named for Harry Vardon, a champion golfer of the early 20th century.

A 2002 collection of Harry Vardons golf writing. ...

W

  • Wedge: a type of metal headed golf club with more loft than a number 9 iron
  • Whiff: an attempt to strike the ball where the player fails to make contact with the ball.
  • Wood: a type of club where the head is generally bulbous in shape except for the clubface

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Y

  • The yips: A tendency to twitch during the putting stroke. Some top golfers have had their careers greatly affected or even destroyed by the yips; prominent golfers who battled with the yips for much of their careers include Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, and, more recently, Bernhard Langer.

Samuel Jackson Sam Snead (May 27, 1912 – May 23, 2002) was an American golfer who was one of the top players in the world for most of 4 decades. ... Personal Information Birth August 13, 1912 Stephenville, Texas Death July 25, 1997 Fort Worth, Texas Height 5 ft 7 in (1. ... Bernhard Langer (born August 27, 1957 in Anhausen near Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany) is a professional German golfer. ...

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