Monday, 18 August 2008

The Letter "A" - From an Ace in the hole in one, to Attending the Flagstick for your mate...

Ace
when a player hits the ball directly from the tee into the cup with one shot. Also called a hole in one.
PGAT says- Almost always a bad shot which got lucky and dropped right in the hole, otherwise it would have gone miles past, your jammy mate will get five in his life, all when playing you
Address
The act of taking a stance and placing the clubhead behind the ball. If the ball moves once a player has addressed the ball, there is a one-stroke penalty.
PGAT says - The first bit of the swing that everyone gets wrong, convinced they're aiming straight when the whole world can see they're aiming for water.
Aggregate
Refers to a score made over more than one round of play, or by two or more players playing as partners.
PGAT says - the sum of some rounds
Aim
Generally, the direction in which your target lies and the direction you intend for your ball to go.
PGAT says - The thing you're trying to acheive each time you swing a club, but never quite succeed
Air shot
an attempt to strike the ball where the player fails to make contact. Counted as a stroke. See also Whiff.
PGAT says - The event where you get punished for looking like a complete tit, a cruel sport...
Albatross
a hole played three strokes under par.
PGAT says - An awesome name for a very rare event, never use the american term "double Eagle", it's not a double eagle, that would be four under par, come on America, two plus two is....?
Alignment
The position of a player's body relative to the target line of the ball.
PGAT says - You won't hit it straight if you nipples ain't in line, this is why Brandt Snedeker's prominent nipples are such a boon.
All Square
in match play, a match is all square' (tied) when both players or teams have won the same number of holes.
PGAT says - This is the target of any American Ryder Cup player and a shameful one for a European.
Ambrose
A system of team play whereby each player takes a tee shot, after which the most favourable ball position is chosen. All the team's players then take a shot from this new position, and so on. (Also known as a Texas Scramble)
PGAT says - A useful system if your mate can hit it 300 yards...
Angle of Approach
The angle at which the club head strikes the ball. This affects the trajectory the ball will travel and spin.
PGAT says - Far too technical for anyone reading this to comprehend, or for anyone writing this to say something witty about
Approach Shot
A shot intended to land the ball on the green.
PGAT says - The road to hell is pathed with these intentions, the road to embarressing shots rolling back to your feet too
Apron
The grass surface on the perimeter of the green that separates it from the fairway. Also known as froghair.
PGAT says - Froghair? I've never had the need to make reference to the "Apron", are you telling me someone has gone to the bother of making up another name for it? And that name was froghair?
Attend (the Flagstick)
When a player holds and removes the flagstick for another player.
PGAT says - This is a job for caddies, don't be holding it for your mate, how the hell will you beat him if you're giving him aid? That said, it gives you the excuse to stand in their eyeline and make the appropriate abrupt motion at the crucial moment...

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