very best golf you can play. A phenomenon seldom experienced by normal golfers,
the A game is what Greg Norman used to bring to the golf course every dayŚ
except Sunday, and Tiger Woods does bring every day.
Ace - A
hole in one. Like an ace in a deck of cards, though not quite so common.
Completion of a hole
in a single stroke. The odds against this happening are about 45,000 to 1-somewhat
worse than the odds of finding a brand-new ball lost in the rough (27,000 to 1)
but considerably better than the odds of hitting a perfect drive off a crowded
first tee (1,195,000 to 1). See HOLE-IN-ONE.
Ball - 1. Assuming the correct stance and placing the head of the club on
the ground behind the ball prior to hitting it. 2. Directing statements to the
ball before it is hit or while it is in flight, such as: "If you go into
that trap, I'll never wash you again" or "In a way, I hope you miss
that cup-I've always wondered what's inside a golf ball."
According to the rules of golf, advice is "any counsel or suggestion made
by one golfer to another about the choice of club, method of play or making of
a shot, which contains no more than five errors of fact, contradictory statements
or harmful recommendations. Six or more such pieces of misinformation or misinstruction
shall constitute a formal golf lesson."
Afraid of the
Dark What a putt is when it won't go in the hole.
- Accomplished golfers who have recorded one of two equally unusual golfing achievements:
playing a round of 18 holes at the end of which they had a score equal to their
age, or playing a round of 18 holes during all of which they acted their age.
hit a shot much farther than planned (most commonly over the green). Amateur golfers
frequently airmail approaches to greens fronted by hazards.
name for a double eagle, a score of three under par on a hole. The most famous
albatross in golf's history was recorded by Gene Sarazen on the fifteenth
hole at Augusta National Golf Club during the 1935 Masters Tournament. A term
generally not used by the amateur golfer.
- A term used in match play to indicate that both teams or individuals have cheated
on an equal number of holes. See DORMIE.
- One who plays golf for pleasure.
Derisive term for the low side of the hole when putting. Amateur golfers often
miss their putts short, or come out on the low side of the hole, meaning the ball
hasn't been struck boldy enough to have a chance of falling in. Although a missed
putt counts one stroke no matter where it stops, balls that run by the hole are
apparently more "professional."
- Psychiatric specialist who treats individuals suffering from the delusion that
playing golf is a form of pleasure.
- Shot A shot which, if it had not caught the lip of the bunker and dropped back
into the sand, would have rolled across the green and gone into the water. See
CHIP SHOT and PITCH.
Fringe of low grass, or "frog hair," surrounding the green from which
a tricky, easily flubbed shot that is half pitch and half putt is made. It is
called a "chupp," a "putch" or, simply, "chin!"
Army golf Phrase
used to describe the inconsistent, wayward shots of amateur golfers, that is,
"left-right, left-right" (like the drill sergeant's call during an army
Name given to the legions of loyal fans who flock to tournaments to follow
Arnold Palmer, golf's "king." Arnie has always been a fan favorite,
and dozens of times his fans have kicked, blocked, or thrown a wayward Palmer
shot back onto the fairway or green to help their hero.
Away - The
player whose ball lies farthest from the hole is "away" and is required
by the rules of golf to make the first shot. If, after the stroke is taken, the
ball still lies farthest from the hole, the rules permit the player to kick the
first bag and throw the first club.