a ball that has come to rest very close to the hole, leaving only a very short putt to be played. Often recreational golfers will "concede" tap-ins to each other to save time.
PGAT says - Make them putt them, they might do this... But then they'll make you hit them too...
the straight line from the ball to its intended target, also extended backward past the golfer's rear foot.
PGAT says - That dotted line that you imagine the ball following before you hit the shot, you know, the one that it never follows...
Tee (piece of equipment)
a small peg - made of wood or plastic - placed in the teeing ground, upon which the golf ball may be placed prior to the first stroke on a hole.
PGAT says -A friend of mine heard that if the tee peg bounces out backwards, you've hit a good shot. He judged each of his tee shots by this rule, regardless of whether it landed in a hedge or not. He's a crap golfer...
The area from which you hit your drive or tee shot. The teeing ground for a particular set of tees is two club lengths in depth. The ball must be teed between the markers, called tees, that define the teeing ground's width, and no further back than its depth. Tees are colored, but there is no standard for colors. The "teeing ground" refers to one set of tees. Most courses have at least three sets of tees, some have more than twice that many. The areas where tee markers are placed are called "tee boxes."
PGAT says -The flat well trimmed areas of the course which have no wee holes to pop a ball into. If you spot they do have a wee hole then you're probably hitting the ball in the wrong direction.
the smooth change of the speed of a player's swing from first movement to ballstrike. Ernie Els's tempo is the envy of many professionals.
PGAT says - It's all about rhythm baby, that's the key. And it's true, many professionals do envy Ernies tempo - doctors, lawyers, teachers, exotic dancers - all sorts of professionals.
Ten finger grip
grip style with all ten fingers on the club. Also known as the Baseball grip.
PGAT says - Well, if it's called a baseball grip and you're playing golf, don't you think you might be better to try, I don't know, some sort of golf grip maybe? Some people can get away with it, most are absolutely rubbish. It may feel weird at first, but learn the Vardon grip and you won't regret it.
a poor shot where the clubhead strikes too high on the ball. When taken to an extreme but still at or below the centerline of the ball it is known "blading" the ball.
PGAT says - You've topped it and it goes scooting along the ground, making you look daft as a brush.
When putting, the imaginary path that a ball would travel on should the putted ball go past the hole. Usually observed by PGA players and knowledgeable golfers when retrieving or marking a ball around the hole.
PGAT says - That dotted line that you imagine the ball would follow before you hit the shot, you know, the one that it never follows... much like the target line...
Through the green
The entire area of the golf course, except for the teeing ground and the green of the hole that is being played. Through the green includes all hazards on the course.
PGAT says - These are exceptionally frustrating, half the time you're struggling to shift the ball forward ten yards, then you connect and it looks great in the air but it keeps sailing over. So next time you try no to hit it so hard and it dribbles forward, about ten yards...
The championship tees on a golf course are known as "the tips."
PGAT says - Also pieces of advice dispensed by every person to ever touch a golf club, whether they have a clue about what they're talking about or not...
an errant shot where the clubhead strikes on top of the ball, causing the ball to roll or bounce rather than fly.
PGAT says -Just remember, when this happens, say "I thought a low running shot might be a better idea here, keep it out of the wind". This works less well when, a)there is no wind b) it was your tee shot on a par 5 c)there was a water hazard between you and the green
Three consecutive birdies during one round of golf.
PGAT says - I've never understood the ornithological basis of all these golf terms... Which came first, this or three strikes in bowling? Answers on a postcard please...