the turn When
you move from the front side of the course to the back nine (tenth hole), you
have made the turn. You probably also tallied your score for the first
nine, which may turn your stomach.
Mark - Any
small object, such as a coin or tee, placed directly behind a ball to indicate
a point on the green that is 5 inches farther from the hole than the spot where
the ball will be replaced.
- Golfing competition whose outcome is determined by calculating which team or
individual had the lowest score on the most holes.
Meat and potatoes
par four A long, straightforward par four devoid of water, bunkers, and other
hazards that might make the hole more difficult.
- Golfing competition whose outcome is determined by calculating which player
had the lowest overall score for 18 holes.
- Golfing competition whose outcome is determined by a fist fight on the 18th
A lucky bounce that creates the illusion that a golfer is familiar with the
course and knows how to play his shots accordingly.
course A golf course with many flaws, possibly including poor maintenance,
too many short holes, and tacky architectural features.
"Left, right. Left, right." (See also army golf!)
Milk the grip
lighten and tighten the grip on a club alternately before beginning a swing.
This enables a golfer to get exactly the correct grip pressure (light) for a solid
flawless swing a la Tom Purtzer or Steve Elkington
- A quartet of golfers composed of two separate grounds for divorce.
Marginal pros who competed on Monday mornings in an attempt to earn
entry into that week's tournament in the dark days before the "all-exempt"
The golfer who seems to make every big putt and come up with a good shot in
every pressure situation.
golf swing. If you like what you see, you say, "He puts a good move on
Saturday—the day in four-day professional tournaments when contenders attempt
to move into position to win.
mishit a shot.
- A second, provisional ball played following a tee shot that may be lost or unplayable.
If the first ball is indeed lost or unplayable, the "Mulligan" is then
played with a one-stroke penalty. If the provisional ball is played, but the player
forgets or declines to add the penalty stroke to his or her score, it's a "Haldeman."
If the player finds the original ball in a playable but inconvenient position,
surreptitiously pockets it and plays the provisional ball, again without penalty,
it's an "Ehrlichman." If a player steals a ball from an opponent's bag
to play as a provisional ball, then counts neither the stroke used to hit it nor
a penalty stroke, it's a "Nixon."