the Ball - Except in a hazard, players may, without incurring a penalty, lift
a ball they think is theirs and clean it for purposes of identification. After
doing so, they must put it back in exactly the same spot from which they took
it. However, most golfers are aware that in the few seconds needed to complete
this manoeuvre, the earth itself has moved in a number of directions, both because
of its own rotation and due to the movements it shares with the solar system and
the galaxy, and they compensate for these motions by shifting the position of
the ball from, say, the muddy divot hole from which it was removed to a point
a few trillionths of an Astronomical Unit away (about a foot) occupied by a nice
tuft of grass.
Iffy lie A
questionable lie, where it is uncertain how the ball will react when struck.
- A ball that is in a position that is both completely obstructed by an immovable
object and continuously observed by an incorruptible player.
In The last
nine holes of the course, also known as the inward half. You're moving
in toward the clubhouse.
In his bag
Expression used by&golfer who is confident in his ability to pull off
a certain shot. The shot is in his bag.
In my pocket
What a golfer tells the other members of his group when he's picked up his
ball and conceded a hole. "I'm in my pocket." As a result, the
other players are likely to be in his pocket, too—to take his cash.
In the hunt
Term describing any player who has a chance of winning a tournament heading
into its final stages. Alternatively, describes any hacker looking for
his errant tee shot.
In the Leather
- A phrase which indicates that a putt is close enough to the hole to be conceded.
A putter is placed on the green with its head in the cup to determine whether
or not the putt in question is even with or below the beginning of the grip, and
if it is, it's a gimme. Many players find this procedure unnecessarily restrictive
and generally agree on a policy of making concessions if a putt is "in the
local dialing area." See GIMME.
In the linen
Equivalent of in my pocket. Used by snappy dressers.
- Golf is virtually impossible to learn from a book, and some personalised instruction
is absolutely essential, but there are a handful of simple admonitions that every
player would do well to commit to memory:
- Don't lock your
- Don't bend your
- Don't loosen
- Don't pick up
- Don't count out
- Don't write in
ink on your scorecard.,
1. Penology. Variously shaped pieces of metal by the use of which individuals
are subjected to torment. 2. Golf. Variously shaped pieces of metal by the use
of which individuals are subjected to torment.
Is that any
good? Rhetorical question posed to stunned opponents by a golfer who has just
hit a career-best shot.