Monday, 29 September 2008

The Letter "D" - Rising from the Dead, to finish with a nice long Drive, avoiding Dogballs as you go

Dead
TV-broadcaster slang for a shot in which there is no favorable outcome possible. Variations include "Get the body bags!" A favorite of Gary McCord.
PGAT says - Ah sweet McCord, I might have to start a list of him and Feherty's ramblings, along with those of the king of golfing mutterings, Peter Alliss.
Dimple
the round indentations on the golf ball cover which are scientifically designed to enable the ball to make a steady and true flight.
PGAT says - this innovation came about when early players realised their old, dented scuffed balls flew better than shiny new ones. They are one of the many things that ball makers can subtly change to make you spend more money on their products. They know we're suckers for a new dimple pattern.
Divot
the chunk of grass (either fairway or rough) displaced when club is swung. The indentation on the green caused by the ball on an approach shot is called a pitch mark or ball mark, not a divot.
PGAT says - you should put your divots back in the hole you've made, be a nice golfer. If you land in a divot that was made previously by some other hacker, it is not okay to kick the ball out of it. Karma will sort that person out for you.
Dogballs
scoring an 'eight' on any single golf hole. The origin of the term is in reference to what the number 'eight' looks like on its side.
PGAT says - I'm learning all the time that I do this, this list is full of profane Americanisms it seems, I'd never heard of this term before. I'm not sure, do you say "He shot a dogball on the ninth" or "He shot Dogballs on the ninth", I'm thinking the latter, as a single "dogball" looks nothing like the number eight on it's side. This should not be confused with the term "Dog's bollocks" which is a term meaning the best, as in "He was the Dog's bollocks".
Dogleg
a left or right bend in the fairway.
PGAT says - Holes where you have to navigate your ball around a corner to get at the green.
Dog licence
A defeat in matchplay by the margin of 7&6. Named because the cost of a dog licence in the United Kingdom before decimalisation in 1971 was seven shillings and sixpence (written 7/6, 37½p in new money), commonly known as seven and six.
PGAT says - Ah, a term not made in America but here in good old blighty. A few too many dogballs on your doglegs would be a quick way to obtaining a dog licence
Dormie
in match play, a player is dormie when leading by as many holes as there are holes left to play (i.e. 4 up with four holes to play is called "dormie 4"). The player who is down must then win every remaining hole to save the match and force its continuation into extra holes (if a winner must be determined) or halve the match (in a team competition such as the Ryder Cup).
PGAT says - Dormie is a terrifying word for either player, it means if you're behind you've got a hell of a task to get anything from the match, if you're ahead you realise that you will look like a right plonker if you don't win. Like when Monty won the last four holes to get a half off Mark Calcavecchia in the Ryder Cup in his first singles match.
Double Bogey
a hole played two strokes over par.
PGAT says - It's a terrible score for a pro, an alright one for you.
Double Cross
a shot whereby a player intends for a slice and hits a hook, or conversely, intends to play a draw and hits a slice. So called because the player has aimed left (in the case of a slice) and compounds this with hitting a hook, which moves left as well.
PGAT says - This is where professionals who are getting a little bit too clever in trying to get out of some trouble, leave themselves looking like a complete tool.
Double Eagle (or Albatross)
a hole played three strokes under par.
PGAT says - I really am thinking of starting a petition on this, to get the term "Double Eagle" banished from the game. If you are American, don't say it, say Albatross, it's a far better name. Besides, it's not a double eagle, that would be four under par, can't you people multiply by two?
Downswing
the motion of swinging a club from the top of the swing to the point of impact.
PGAT says - the part where you'll get nervous and try to correct somthing and royally cock it up.
Draw
a shot that, for a right-handed golfer, curves slightly to the left; often played intentionally by skilled golfers. An overdone draw usually becomes a hook.
PGAT says - Not to be worried about by the likes of you, worry about getting the thing into the air and going straight - then you can start thinking about "shaping" the ball.
Drive
the first shot of each hole, made from an area called the tee box, usually done with a driver (a type of golf club)
PGAT says - The first opportunity you get to mess up each hole. It's the greatest feeling in the world when you catch one right though - the reason you'll keep coming back to punish yourself each week, cause sometimes you hit a sweet drive and think, "I could be good at this". What misguided fools we are.

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