Golf Term Definitions
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The position of the player at the ball before swinging. Addressing the ball means getting set up to hit the ball. It means making some adjustment to the way you stand with the club in your hand to enable you to be in balance and hit the ball as straight and long as possible. Being out of position at address makes a successful swing quite unlikely.
The area in front of the green. A shot to a green.
The center around which something rotates. The axis or center of your swing is your front shoulder joint.
Reverse spin of a ball when struck. The backspin creates an area of lower air pressure on the top of the ball which gives it lift. If a ball doesn’t have some backspin, it will be a ground ball.
In traditional swing the golf ball position is judged in relation to the feet. That’s a very inaccurate method of measurement due to individual variations in posture and stance width. In Simple Golf, we judge the position of the ball of the ball in relation to the front shoulder (the axis of your golf swing). For more info see http://simplegolf.com/blog/full-swing/basics-full-swing/ball-position-for-symple-swing/
Behind the ball
In the SimpleSwing your head stays over the back knee throughout the swing. Having the head stay behind the ball at impact is a key component of a powerful swing.
When a ball is struck with sufficient backspin to make it stop quickly or backup.
Failure to release or roll the wrists over during the shot. This leaves the club face open causing a slice or push. Some pro golfers hit mostly blocks for their whole careers. Simple Swing is quite similar but much easier than hitting a block with a traditional golf swing.
Casting or hitting from the top caused when you start your backswing by uncocking your wrists. This often creates an outside-to-inside swing.
Closed can refer to the position of the clubface or the position of your feet, hips or shoulders when you are addressing the ball. A closed clubface means the clubface is pointing to the left of the target (for a right-handed golfer. A closed stance generally means your back foot is pulled back away from the ball further than your front foot is. Your hips or shoulders could also be said to be closed if your front should (or hip) is closer to the ball than your back shoulder (or hip).
The surface area of the club that normally strikes the ball. The club’s center of gravity is generally near the center of the clubface.
The amount the clubface is open (or closed) from the target line.
Refers to a deliberate outside-to-inside shot attempting to make the ball curve to the right. It’s a polite name for an intentional slice.
Section of turf cut out by a golf swing. By examining the direction of your divot, you can identify the direction of your swing path. Divots should be replaced and tamped down immediately.
A hole with fairway that bends right or left. If it bends to the right it is a slicer’s dream, to the left a nightmare.
A shot that curves gently to the left.
Initial shot on a par four or five hole. This is usually done with a number one wood although most golfers would be better off hitting their drives with a three wood.
To stand anywhere to the right of a slicer when he is hitting. (right handed golf)
Extended Target line
An imaginary line extending from the target though the ball at address and extending straight back to infinity behind the ball.
A controlled shot that gently curves to the right.
Generally refers to the position of the feet being turned outward away from the target line. For a right handed golfer it means turning the front foot (the left foot) to the left or the back foot (the right foot) to the right. How far the foot is flared (or open) is most offered referred to in degrees. For example, a back foot turn to the 1:30 position (or halfway to straight backwards) would be said to be flared 45 degrees.
Warning cry shouted to players, especially on the right side of the fairway, in danger of being hit by a ball.
At address, a slight pressing motion of the front of the clubhead, sometimes used to begin the backswing.
The closely mown area that contains the hole and flagstick.
A number indicating a golfer’s skill. It is based on an average of lowest ten of the last 20 rounds.
A bunker, water hazard, or lateral water hazard.
Refers to the front elbow bending. If the front elbow is oriented correctly when it bends both the forearm and upper arm (and the club) will remain on-plane.
A shot that curves sharply from right to left. (right handed golfer)
The moment when the clubhead strikes the golf ball.
The area left of the target line.
Clubhead movement across the intended line of flight from left to right at impact.
In The Slot
Refers to getting the club back on-plane during the downswing. Simple Swingers should be “in the slot” (have the club on-plane) during the backswing and the downswing.
The planned path toward the target for a shot.
The degree of slope back from vertical of a clubface.
Striking the ball with other than the center of the clubface.
Angled toward the outside. Generally refers to clubface, stance, or alignment. When referring to the clubface, it can refer to “open to the target” or “open to the swing path.” It is best to define exactly what you mean when using “open” in reference to the swing path.
The area to the right of the target line.
Clubhead movement across the intended line of flight from right to left at impact.
The grip used where the little finger of the right hand overlaps the left forefinger.
A second ball played from the same place as the original when you suspect your first ball may be lost or out of bounds.
A shot that travels left of the intended line but straight. It is caused by an outside-to-inside swing path with the clubface square to the swing path.
A shot that travels right of the intended line but straight. It is caused by and inside-to-outside swing path with the clubface square to the swing path.
The PowerGrip is a new way to hold a golf club. It is not at all similar to a traditional strong grip.
The swinging of the arms and rolling over of the forearms.
A swing where the weight moves in the opposite direction from the club. On the backswing the weight moves to the front foot and on the downswing the weight goes to the back foot. This results in a loss of power.
Area between tee and green that is not fairway or hazard.
A sideways spinning of the golf ball. It works in combination with backspin to produce slices and hooks. The backspin produces the lift the sidespin produces the curve.
A shot that curves sharply from right to left.
The angle the clubface is open to the swing path is known as the “Slice angle.” It is the total of the swing path angle and the clubface angle. The slice angle is actually only a part of the Swing-Face Angle. If the angle is greater than 0º it is called the “Slice Angle.” If the angle is less than 0º, it is called a “Hook Angle.”
A grip with the hands turned further to the right than normal.
A clubface and/or stance aimed down the intended target line
A forward movement of the club with the intention of striking the ball.
The center of the clubface. This is generally the center of gravity for the clubface also.
Swing keys are the thoughts you think just as you begin to setup for your swing. Their purpose is to give you a consistent positive starting point for each swing.
Describes the path the clubhead takes when striking the ball. The desired swing path is inside-square-inside.
Swing path angle
The angle the swing path deviates from the target line. With a slice this is normally the amount the swing path is from outside-to-inside.
A plane defined by three points: 1. the ball 2. the front shoulder 3. the target
An imaginary line extending from the ball at address to the target.
The small wooden peg the ball is set on for a drive. It is also used to refer to the teeing area of a hole.
An off-center shot resulting from striking the ball above it’s centerline.
A grip with the hand turned further to the left than normal.
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