Monday, 6 July 2009

The Letter "L" - Lagging up close to a Loose impediment

Lag
a long putt designed to simply get the ball close to the hole. Or, in the downswing, how far the clubhead "lags" behind the hands prior to release.
PGAT says - The long putt which makes you look good but sets up the tiddler you're going to miss and break your heart with
Lay-up
choosing to hit a shot shorter than you are capable of in order to avoid a hazard or to position the ball in a certain spot. For example, on a par 5, on the second shot, instead of going for the green and being under GIR, a player may lay-up which he hits his second shot short of the green and then hits his 3rd shot on the green and gets GIR.

PGAT says - code for being a wuss - you've seen Tin Cup, be a man, go for the green!
Lie
the ground that the ball is resting on. "Good lies" include the fairway and the green, while bunkers, pine straw, and the rough are examples of "bad lies". Also, the angle between the center of the shaft and the sole. Incorrect "lie angle" calibration will result in toe-first or heel-first contact with the ground when swinging the club.

PGAT says - This is where all those shots on the driving range go out the window, unles you've taken your own thick clump of grass to practise out of, in which case you're a dedicated person...
Line
the expected path of the ball to the hole, particularly on putts. "Stepping in a player's line" on the green is considered a major golf faux pas.

PGAT says - for an eaxmple of stepping on someones line see the end of the 1999 Ryder cup
Links
a course on the ocean, usually devoid of trees and therefore windy. Many courses in the United Kingdom are links.

PGAT says - The Open courses are links courses (don't call it the British Open, a fairy dies every time you do...). They don't don't suit Phil Mickelson one bit
Loft
the angle between the club's shaft and the club's face.

PGAT says - where you store the christmas decorations - no, right, I remember, the more loft you have the higher the ball flight
Loose impediment
A small natural item, which is not fixed or growing, solidly embedded, or stuck to the ball. Players can generally move them away but if they move their ball while doing so, there is a one-stroke penalty.

PGAT says - just be careful that the small twig you're trying to move away from your ball isn't connected to a large stick directly beneath it!

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