To swing the club back and forth in short, sweeping motions above the ball after
addressing it and before beginning the backswing. Another preparatory motion players
often make is a "forward press," a slight shifting of weight to the
left leg accompanied by a partial bending of the right knee just prior to starting
the backswing. In extreme cases, particularly when a crucial stroke is about to
be made, players may, even before setting up for the shot, make an "upward
address" by fully bending both knees until they touch the ground, then tilting
the head forward and clasping the hands together, fingers fully interlocked.
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- Although golf is not as physically demanding as most other sports, it certainly
doesn't hurt to loosen up one's muscles before a round. Here are a few simple
exercises designed to get you ready for the day's play:
- Hold out your
arm, make a fist, and shake it back and forth, then open the fist, palm facing
inward, extend the middle finger, and pump your hand up and down.
- Kick at the ground
then stomp on it, first with your right foot, then with your left, then jump up
- Take off your
hat, grasp it in your hand, throw it on the ground, pick it up, and repeat.
- Raise your arms
over your head, fists clenched, wave them vigorously and let out as loud a scream
as you can, holding it for at least 15 seconds.
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Where your disobedient balls go every time you try to carry a water hazard.
Golfers who play infrequently, so called because the only time they can play
is on weekends.
A stroke that completely missed the ball. The more prevalent term for this type
of shot is "warm-up swing." See FLUFF.
Wind - Natural
motion of the air. There are four basic winds that golfers have to contend with:
a headwind; a wind that blows squarely in their faces; a wind that blows from
the green toward the tee; and a wind that blows from a point directly in front
of them to a point directly behind them.
A low, driving shot that is effective into a headwind. Amateurs often use
this term after they've unintentionally hit a low, straight shot.
A poorly designed hole named after the finishing hole on some miniature golf
- Local rules that permit balls to be lifted, cleaned and replaced in a preferred,
i.e., more favourable lie without penalty during periods when adverse weather
conditions make proper maintenance of the fairways impractical. Most golfers generally
adhere to winter rules from the 1 st of November until Halloween.
Wolf A betting
game for three or four players that allows one player on each hole (the honour
rotates among the players) to go it alone against the others in the group, thereby
getting a chance to win three bets on one hole. This player also has the option
of choosing a partner for the hole. The player who decides to go it alone is the
wolf, a lone wolf.
An errant shot into the woods that bounces off a few trees—and makes a noise
similar to the bird of the same name.
1. Type of golf club used to drive the ball a long distance. 2. Where the ball
lands after being driven a long distance.
Work the ball
To hit the ball high, low, right to left, or left to right on demand. Corey
Pavin can work the ball any way he wants. Jack Nicklaus prefers to work
the ball left to right and has made a damn good living doing just that.
A low shot that buzzes along just inches from the ground—and the worms.
In golfers, the swollen joint that connects a sore hand to an aching elbow and
a painful shoulder.