inescapable rough. Also called spinach. Green, leafy vegetables are not
good for your golf game.
Individual who carries bags for golfers and assists them in the playing of the
course. Ideally, a caddy should possess the eyes of a big-game hunter, the strength
of a linebacker, the patience of a diplomat and the memory of a Mafia witness.
- Legendary golfer Bobby Jones' nickname for his "straight shooting"
putter. Few contemporary golfers give their putters nicknames, but those who do
usually choose more appropriate sobriquets like "Runaround Sue" and
"Unsink able Molly Brown."
hole. The cup. The place to put your putts. When you sink a putt, you canned
green. Soft, well-manicured fairways are also referred to as being "like
Cart girl The
lovely young lady who operates the beer cart (a motorised vehicle that carries
refreshments to golfers out on the course). These refreshments typically cost
a fortune, which probably explains why golf courses hire beautiful young women
to sell them.
Cart golf Term
for when two golfers riding in the same golf cart repeatedly hit the ball in the
same direction (usually into the rough). An efficient but not necessarily pleasant
way to play.
- A temporary accumulation of water. The rules of golf provide that a ball may
be moved without penalty from any non-permanent wet area, such as a rain puddle.
Tears, however, no matter how copious, do not constitute casual water.
An invisible cover over the top of the hole
A tee shot that lands directly in the centreof the fairway has gone
to Centre City.
A putt that goes directly into the centreof the cup.
putt When a putt needs just one more revolution to fall into the hole. Get
it? One more revolution?
used by golfers who want their ball to stop—now! (See also bite, grow teeth,
An improperly executed chip shot in which the club hits the ground before
hitting the ball, usually resulting in a shot that rolls just a few inches. This
is one shot you have in common with Jack Nicklaus because everyone who has ever
played golf has done it. You've just done it a little more frequently than Jack.
- A short, low approach shot that gets a player into position for one or more
missed putts. See PITCH.
1. Old-fashioned chipping iron. 2. Lateral water hazard on the legendary 8th hole
("The Poisoned Lotus") of the Royal Hong Kong golf course in Fanling.
- There are three ways to measure the weight of a club: its overall weight,
which ranges from about 13 ounces for a driver to just over 16 for a sand wedge;
its swingweight, which is arrived at using a complex calculation of the relationship
between the distribution of mass among a club's components and the length of its
shaft; and its "bringweight," which is an estimate of its apparent heaviness
on the 18th fairway on an afternoon in July and ranges between 21 and 46 pounds.
- The metal or wooden striking surface that is located on the front of a clubhead
above the sole and between the toe and the heel. There is a specific point on
every clubface called the "sweet spot," which, when it connects with
a ball, produces maximum accuracy and power as well as a solid, gratifying feeling
of perfect contact. It is difficult to say exactly where the sweet spot is since
it varies from club to club, but generally speaking it is in the dead centre of
the "bland belt," which is very near the "rotten region,"
in the middle of the "lousy area" and surrounded by the "loathsome
- Wool or leather "mittens" slipped over the heads of woods to keep
them dry. Zip-on coverings that encase the entire club in wetsuit material are
also available and permit the eventual reuse of a favourite club flung into a
water hazard, assuming that blind rage was tempered with foresight.
- Place where the rules are prominently posted.
Just another name for the dreaded score of one over par.
A shot that backs up after hitting the green. Or, for a high-handicapper,
a tee shot that hits one of the tee markers and ends up behind you.
- The duly authorised drafters of the rules.
- Form of play clearly established in the rules.
ranger on the public golf course—the guy whose job it is to make sure the flow
of play is smooth and all golfers are observing the game's etiquette. He's never
around when the fivesome in front of you is too slow, but always around to watch
you hit a tee shot out of bounds or into a lake.
Area of play strictly regulated under the rules.
- Type of conduct specifically mandated by the rules.
pool One of the less endearing names for the game of golf. Senior PGA Tour
pro Robert Landers has given some legitimacy to the term by practising his game
alongside the "meadow muffins" on his dairy farm. Cow pasture
is also used to describe poorly maintained golf courses.
- The rules.
Cup - The
metal or plastic cylinder fitted into the hole in the green. Strictly speaking,
it is only the liner of the hole, but in regular golf usage players will often
say "cup" when they mean "hole," just as they frequently will
say "just in bounds" when they mean "out of bounds," "Oh,
here it is" when they mean "I can't find it" and "five"
when they mean "seven."
lie that's buried in a hole or depression.
Cut A controlled
shot that moves from left to right. Most golfers shout "Cut!" to
their ball after they see it heading well to the left of their target, not realising
that this is not an "on-demand" feature of a golf ball.