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Letter M - Golf Definitions, Terms, Vocabulary and Slang
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M Handicap Type
Handicap modified by the Handicap Committee
Major (Championship)
One of four of the most prestigious professional golf tournaments in the world for male golfers. Played every year, the Majors include the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA.
For female players, the Majors include the U.S. Open, The MacDonald's LPGA, the DuMaurier and the Dinah Shore.
Male Bogey Golfer
A male "bogey golfer" is a player who has a course handicap of approximately 20 on a course of standard difficulty. He can hit tee shots an average of 200 yards and reach a 370-yard hole in two shots at sea level.
Male Scratch Golfer
A male scratch golfer is a player who has a course handicap of approximately 0 on a course of standard difficulty and can hit tee shots an average of 250 yards and can reach a 470-yard hole in two shots at sea level.
Mallet
A type of putter head identified by its broad appearance from front to back when positioned at address.
Mark
To identify the spot on the green where a player has picked up a ball for cleaning or to clear the way for another player's putt.
Marker
A person who records a fellow competitor's score in stroke play.
Also, a coin or similar object used to indicate the location of a competitor's ball on a putting green.
"Marker" is also the term used to identify the boundaries of the teeing area.
Marshall
A volunteer, usually at professional tournaments, who job it is to keep the members of the gallery under control so that players can easily play shots, walk from tee to green, and so on.
Mashie
The name of a golf club that was used in the mid-late 1800's through the early part of the 20th century that was a lofted iron club, no longer in use, introduced about 1880 and used for pitching with backspin. The modern equivalent would be the number five iron with a loft of 35 degrees.
Mashie Iron
The name of a golf club that was used in the mid-late 1800's through the early part of the 20th century that was somewhat less lofted than a mashie at about 30 degrees that was used for driving and for full shots through the green.
Mashie Niblick
The name of a golf club that was used in the mid-late 1800's through the early part of the 20th century that was an iron club, having a loft between those of a mashie and a niblick, used for pitching with a loft of 30 to 34 degrees. The modern day equivalent would be the number six or number seven iron.
Match Play
Type of competition, typically among 2 individuals or two teams, in which the score is kept by the number of holes won and lost. The winner of a match play competition is the side who wins the most holes. A match play score may look like this: "3 and 2". This indicates the winning team was three holes up (ahead) with only two to play. "5 and 4" indicates 5 up with 4 to play, and so on.
Meat and potatoes par four
A long, straighttforward par four devoid of water, bunkers, and other hazards that might make the hole more difficult.
Medalist
The golfer with the lowest score in the qualifying round of a tournament.
Medal Play
Type of competition in which the lowest total score (number of strokes) wins. The same as stroke play.
Member's Bounce
Any favorable bounce of the golf ball that improves what initially appeared to be an errant shot.
Mickey Mouse course
A golf course with many flaws, possibly including poor maintenance, too many short holes, and tachy architectural features.
Mickey Mouse course
A golf course with many flaws, possibly including poor maintenance, too many short holes, and tachy architectural features.
Mid-Iron
The name of a golf club that was used in the mid-late 1800's through the early part of the 20th century that was somewhat more lofted than a driving iron. They were lofted at about 25 degrees or slightly stronger than a modern 5 iron.
Mid-Mashie
The name of a golf club that was used in the mid-late 1800's through the early part of the 20th century that was an iron at a loft of about 40 degrees.
Middle Spoon
The name of a club used in the early 1800's that was similar to a long spoon made of wood with more loft at about 18 degrees.
Million-dollar swing
A flawless swing a' la Tom Purtzer or Steve Elkington or Tiger Woods.
Mis-Read
When a player takes an incorrect line on a putt.
Mixed Foursome
Two men and two women playing a round of golf together.
Most Likely Score
A most likely score is the score a player shall post for handicap purposes when he starts but does not complete a hole or is conceded a stroke. The most likely score consists of the number of strokes already taken plus, in his best judgment, the number of strokes that the player would need to complete the hole from that position more than half the time.
Muff
To mishit a shot.
Mulligan
An "agreement" that allows a player to take second shot after a particularly "bad" shot without penalty. Usually only one is allowed per round and is limited to tee shots although the number can be agreed upon by players before the round begins. Mulligans are common on the first tee during friendly matches, but are disallowed under all Rules of Golf.
Municipal Course
Type of golf course, usually city or county managed, allowing play by the public, subject to tee time availability.
Muni
Abbreviated form of "municipal course"
Muscleback Iron
Muscle-back irons are also known as blades irons due to a possible concentration of weight directly behind the center of the club face.