Friday, November 16, 2007, 12:07 AM - Misc.
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Address: The manner in which a golf player positions his or her body right before hitting the ball. Everyone has a unique address.
Alignment: The alignment describes the manner in which you aim the clubface and line up your body at address.
Amateur: Amateurs are golf players that compete but do not play for price money. In order to earn money from winning golf tournaments, a player must compete as a professional.
Approach Shot: This describes any shot that sends your ball onto the green area.
Away: Away describes when you are the farthest distance from the hole.
Baby Shot: Describes a shot that is much shorter and softer than usual, and from a specific club that is normally used for that shot.
Back Nine: The second half of an 18-hole course (the last 9 holes).
Backspin: A backspin is the reverse spin on the golf ball that has been hit towards a target.
Backswing: The first part of the golf swing, which ends as the club stops moving, right above your head, and before the downswing portion.
Balata: This is a type of tree sap. It used to be used in the making of golf ball covers.
Ball Marker: A small-sized, flat object, that is used to mark the specific location of your ball when it is on the green.
Ball Mark Repair Tool: This is a forked-shaped tool which is used to fix any marks on the green that are left behind by your ball.
Baseball Grip: A specific grip that is used to hold the club. When used properly, all 10 of your fingers will remain in contact with the club grip.
Best Ball: This term describes a golf game that uses the best score to be counted from a 2-person team.
Birdie: This is when you make the ball in one less stroke than the total par of the specific hole you are playing. For example, if the hole is a par-4, and you sink the ball in only 3 shots, you have yourself a birdie.
Blade: The term blade is used in golf as both a noun, and a verb: The first is to describe the club head of an iron. The second is a verb for hitting the ball on its equator with the bottom of the blade.
Blocked Shot: The blocked shot refers to the ball being hit straight ahead but then sweeps to the right of the intended target (right handed golfers).
Bogey: A bogey describes what happens when a golf player hits the ball into the hole in one additional shot higher than the par. For example, if a player gets the ball into the hole in 4 swings on a par-3, he scored a bogey.
Break: When a putt shot is made on the green and starts to turn, the term break refers to the amount of turn that occurs.
Breaking Down: This term refers to the movement of your wrists as they bend during a putt shot.
Bump & Run: As the name insinuates, the bump and run describes a ball is hit into the air flies towards the target, then "bumps" into the ground and rolls rolls the rest of the way.
Bunker: A bunker is a hazard area that is completely filled with sand in his typically near the green or on the fairway.
Caddie: Caddies are men and women who get paid to carry your golf clubs around with you on the course as you play the game. They can also offer advice on how to play the game.
Carry: This term refers to how far a golf ball flies through the air.
Cart: Carts are small vehicles that golf players use to drive around the course with. You have the standard motorized cart that can hold two or more players, as well as a small dolly that travels on 2 wheels and is pulled manually (often referred to as the "pull cart")
Casual Water: Casual water are puddles that have accumulated on the course through rainy weather. These puddles of water are separate from the other standard hazards of the course.
Cavity Back Iron: This is a particular type of iron that has the majority of the club head's weight distributed around its perimeter. This design helps create a bigger head and a larger "sweet spot" area on the face. The back of the club head is basically just a large cavity. This helps reduce the mass in the center of the head, as well as the back.
Certified PGA Professional: A certified PGA professional golf player is any man or woman who has met or exceeded the golf teaching standards that have been created by the Professional Golfer's Association of America.
Check: A check describes the action of the golf ball as it stops rolling because of the amount of backspin on it.
Chip: The chip is a shot that is typically played right from the edge of the green.
Closed Face: A closed face describes a club face that points to the left of the target (right handed golfers).
Closed Stance: This term refers to a stance where your body alignment is facing the right of your intended target (right handed golfers).
Club Face: The club face is the bottom section of the club that makes contact with the golf ball.
Clubhouse: A clubhouse is usually a large indoor area located on a golf course that maintains services such as restaurants, golf pro shops, bathrooms, and conference rooms.
Collar: Similar to a fringe, the collar describes the strip of grass that runs around the green and is typically longer in length than the grass that grows on the putting surface.
Coming Over The Top: Coming over the top is a phrase that describes the direction of the club as it moves through the downswing and into a right-to-left pathway across the ball (right handed golfers). Another term for this direction is the out-to-in blow.
Compression: Compression describes the squeezing in of a golf ball as the result of the force put on it during impact with the club head.
Course Rating: Every golf course has a course rating, which refers to the difficultly level of the course itself. The higher the course rating number, the more advanced and difficult the golf course is.
Crossed Over: Crossed over is a term that describes the club shaft as it faces towards the right of the target when it is at the top of the backswing (right handed golfers).
Cross Handed: Cross handed is a specific putting grip where the left hand is below the right hand (right handed golfers).
Cup: The cup is simply the hole itself which is at the end of each playing hole, and is the intended final target of the golf ball.
Cupped Lead Wrist: A cupped lead wrist describes the backward bend of your lead hand when striking the ball. The lead hand is the one that is closest to the hole after you set up for your swing. For right handed golfers, the lead hand is the left hand.
Cut: A cut is another reference to a shot that bends towards the right (right handed golfers).
Deloft: To deloft is to decrease the amount of loft on the club face by simply tilting your club shaft in the direction of your intended target.
Dimple: Dimples are those hundreds of small holes that every golf ball is designed with.
Divot: A divot is a small chunk of grass and dirt that is removed from the golf course after the ball is hit. These divots should be repaired as basic golf course etiquette prescribes.
Dogleg: A dogleg is in reference to the curved pathway from the tee to the cup has a turns either left or right.
Double Bogey: When you complete a hole with 2 additional shots over the par of that hole, you have yourself a double bogey. For example, if the hole is a par 3, a double bogey would be sinking the ball in 5 shots.
Double Eagle: The double eagle describes the completion of a par-5 hole in 3 shots less than that par.
Downhill Lie: A downhill lie describes your stance in which the front foot is below your back foot at address.
Draw: A draw refers to a shot that bends to the left (right handed golfers).
Drive: The drive is the initial shot taken from the tee.
Driver: The driver is considered to be the longest club in your bag, which sends the ball flying at more distance than any other golf club.
Driving Range: A driving range is a facility that is built specifically for golf players to practice their swings. Each driving range has separate booth-like areas where you can knock a bucket of balls as long and as far as you want. Some driving ranges also have areas where you can practice your short game.
Drop: A drop is when You place a golf ball back into the game after it was considered unplayable.
Duff: To duff is to totally mess up or miss a shot, such as to "screw up" or "ruin" the shot.
By: Andrew Calloway
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