Wednesday, 8 October 2008

The Letter "G" - What, no definition for Golf? Gimme, Gimme, Gimme a Golden Ferret...


a shot that the other players agree can count automatically without actually being played (under the tacit assumption that the putt would not have been missed). "Gimmes" are not allowed by the rules in stroke play, but this is often practiced in casual matches. However, in match play, either player may formally concede a stroke, a hole, or the entire match at any time, and this may not be refused or withdrawn. A player in match play will generally concede a tap-in or other short putt by his or her opponent.

PGAT says – Gimmes are usually a nice thing to give, but then there’s another side, where early on in a match, a player may be given lots of short putts, even if they may be missable, meaning the player may lose his feel for the greens and then miss crucial putts later in the match. So early generosity may in fact be a cunning ploy…

Goldie Bounce

when the ball strikes a tree deep in the rough and bounces out onto the fairway.

PGAT says – Sometimes these bounces can be unusually good, sometimes they come when a tree isn’t even anywhere near - Goldie kicks may be more accurate…

Golf club

the equipment used to strike the ball; driver, iron, wedge, or putter
PGAT says – That thing you’re flinging around when you play golf

Green or Putting Green

the area of specially prepared grass around the hole, where putts are played
PGAT says – The parts of the course that have had a nice close shave and have a hole in them for you to put the ball in. If there’s no hole on it, then you’ve hit it onto a tee box.


is a variation of foursomes, where each side consists of 2 players. Both players play one tee-shot each from every tee. A choice is then made as to which is the more favourable of the 2 ball positions, the other ball being picked up. Thereafter the players play alternate shots. So if A's tee-shot is selected, the playing order from the tee will be A-B-A-B etc until the ball is holed out. If player B's tee-shot is selected, the playing order will be B-A-B-A etc. The team with the lowest score wins the hole.

PGAT says – This is a useful game to suggest if only one of you can drive the ball well, then the good driver gets to hit at every hole and you can play his ball each time.

Green in regulation (GIR)

a green is considered hit "in regulation" if any part of the ball is touching the putting surface and the number of strokes taken is 2 fewer than par, i.e. with the first stroke on a par-3 hole, second stroke on a par-4, or third stroke on a par-5. Greens in Regulation percentage is a statistic kept by the PGA Tour.

PGAT says – It’s a good indicator as to how a player’s going if you look at their GIR stats, but if they’re holing chips from off the green then it may not matter that much…

Grounding the club

to place the clubface behind the ball on the ground at address. Grounding the club is prohibited in bunkers or when playing from any marked hazard.

PGAT says – Remember if your club touches the ground in a bunker or hazard it costs you a shot, so if you fall over in a bunker, make sure you keep your club off the ground, just make sure you land on your back, club raised. Like a sniper keeping his rifle dry.

Ground Under Repair (GUR)

An area of the golf course that is being repaired. A free drop is allowed if the ball lands in an area marked "GUR"

PGAT says – You get a free drop, that’s GURRRRREATTT!!!

Golden Ferret

Term used to describe holing out from a greenside bunker.

PGAT says – A great little term for what is usually a great little shot as the ball scootles into the hole from the sand like a spanked ferret.

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