Com­mon phrases and words used in the game of golf

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By PAUL MCCAR­RAGHER

TEE­ING Up: The ball is usu­ally teed up so that max­i­mum height and dis­tance can be achieved from the stroke. A rule of thumb is when us­ing the driver to tee the ball so that when the driver head is on the ground the ball sits half way above the top of the club head. For an iron shot off the tee it varies, but usu­ally as low as pos­si­ble but al­low­ing just a bit of height again to use the loft of the club to full ad­van­tage.

The Lie: Not the porkies that we tend to em­bel­lish back at the 19th hole but where the ball ac­tu­ally sits on the fair­way, whether it’s sit­ting high on the grass or in a hole or you will be stand­ing with feet above the ball or below the ball and whether you have an unim­peded swing to hit the ball will de­ter­mine the choice of club and the stance you will adopt.

Air swing: This is when the player, af­ter lin­ing up the shot, takes his or her swing and misses the ball by swing­ing over the top of the ball.

I ac­knowl­edge that I must hold the record for the largest air swing in club his­tory, miss­ing the ball by a good 150mm and in the process rick­ing my back, twist­ing my knee as I nearly swung my­self off my feet and do­ing some­thing to my shoul­der that added a whole new per­spec­tive to the word pain. Em­bar­rass­ing to say the least and some­thing that is re­marked upon for years to come by your so-called friends and play­ing part­ners ev­ery time you step up to the tee, thanks guys.

There is a close rel­a­tive to this that has the player miss­ing the ball, but un­der­neath the ball with the tee go­ing 20m and the ball drop­ping on the ground where the tee used to be.

It’s not as com­mon as the air swing but is a source of amuse­ment for the other play­ers as they re­mind the player that the ob­ject is to hit the ball, not the tee, down the fair­way.

Top­ping the ball: A close rel­a­tive of the air swing, but the player some­how man­ages to hit on top of the ball, driv­ing it down into the ground just a few inches in front of the tee or where the ball lay on the fair­way.

This usu­ally re­sults in the ball trick­ling a few me­tres and adds to the score and the frus­tra­tion at the end of the day.

Drop kick: No, it’s not where you drop the ball on the ground and kick it to­wards the hole, which in some cases is prefer­able when hav­ing a bad day, but where you hit be­hind the ball tak­ing a divot but also col­lect­ing the ball on the fol­low through.

Quite com­mon for week­end play­ers and the only up­side is that a drop kick usu­ally re­sults in the ball go­ing straight down the fair­way al­though not quite as far a one would ex­pect or in some cases the divot that you dis­lodged.

It is some­times found that one sand bucket is not enough and reg­u­lar re­fills are re­quired dur­ing the course of the game if this per­sists.

The fade: See­ing the pro­fes­sional use this method to swing a ball around an ob­sta­cle is a de­light. A right han­der will fade to the right and vice versa for the left han­der.

Many a week­end player thinks he has this al­most un­der con­trol al­though there is al­ways that mar­gin of er­ror as the ball swings around in the de­sired di­rec­tion but keeps go­ing at an alarm­ing rate and ends up not on your fair­way, but the next fair­way or in the rough, on the road or in the wa­ter.

When a fade does this it’s then re­ferred to as a slice and not a stroke that should be in one’s arse­nal. One of the com­mon ex­cuses is that the player hit the ball off the toe of the club.

The draw: Sim­i­lar to the fade but in the op­po­site di­rec­tion and as with the fade if taken to the ex­treme is then called a duck hook and also not rec­om­mended to have in your game.

A shank, or hit­ting the ball off the heel of the club, will also give this ef­fect and add to the re­marks about one’s abil­ity from your play­ing part­ners.

One of the main prob­lems with the fade or the draw is that many play­ers do it with­out re­al­is­ing what they are do­ing, re­sult­ing in frus­tra­tion, the say­ing of naughty words and ask­ing of one’s de­ity “Why Me?”

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