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Letter T - Golf Definitions, Terms, Vocabulary and Slang
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Used to refer to a good golf shot. Usually a tee or fairway shot that is long and on target.
Takeaway
The start of the backswing.
Talking Golf
When the group all agrees to not stop the conversation that occurs as the round is played, provided that the conversation is not intended to interfere with the player actually playing his ball. Therefore players must concentrate a little more, and good conversation and "talking golf" can ensue.
Tap In
A short putt; to hole a short putt.
Target Golf
A style of golf played on the preponderance of American tournament courses where the golfer is required to hit a high, lofted, approach shot that allows for very little roll to the ball after it lands. This is in contradiction to "Bump and Run" style golf found commonly on British-style, traditional courses.
A type of golf competition played at practice ranges wherein golfers compete while shooting to specific targets.
Target Line
The straight line from the ball to its intended target, also extended backward past the golfer's rear foot.
Tee
The wooden or plastic implement on which a ball is placed prior to the play of the first shot on a hole (tee peg). The term "Tee" may also be used to describe the Teeing Ground (The area of a hole from which you play the first shot.).
Tee Marker
Wooden, metal, plastic or other material objects between which the ball is teed prior to playing a hole. There may be several sets of tee markers on each hole, each designed to identify the tees suggested for a particular ability group. For example, black tee markers may indicate the longest, most difficult (pro) tees, blue tees are for low handicap players, white tees are for average player, gold tees are for seniors and red tees are for ladies.
Tee peg
You can put the ball on this device for your first shot to help raise the ball off the ground. It is then much easier to attain height.
Tee Time
Specific time slot allotted for play on a given day. Tee times are assigned by the golf course, usually in 8-10 minute intervals, and are acquired by calling or signing up in advance of when play is desired.
Tee Up (tee it up)
To place a golf ball on a tee (tee peg).
Teeing Ground
The area where the play of a hole starts. It is defined by a pair of markers between which play begins.
Ten-Finger Grip
Grip style with all ten fingers on the club. Also known as the "Baseball Grip".
Tempo
The timing and rhythm of your swing, which should be even and smooth throughout. Ideally, the swing should be like a metronome, with an evenly paced transition from backswing to downswing.
Tester
A putt that's long enough so that it's not a gimme but short enough so that a decent player should hole it, so called because it tests a golfer's skill.
Tetrahedral
Dimple pattern on a ball consisting of four large triangles.
Texas Scramble
A system of team play whereby each player takes a tee shot, after which the most favourable ball position is chosen. All the team's players then take a shot from this new position, and so on. (Also known as an Ambrose)
Texas Wedge
Slang term given to a putter. The term evolved due to players in Texas, among other dry areas, using a putter to run the ball up to the greens due to the hard ground.
Also a marketing term used by some manufacturers in association with giant, over sized, sand wedges meaning "Texas-sized".
Thin (Shot)
To hit the ball in the center with the club's leading edge, instead of sliding under it. Chances are your shot will fly lower and farther than you intended.
Third Cut
A section of rough, generally found on tournament courses that borders the second cut (See "Second Cut.") The third cut is very severe and may not be found on all but the most difficult courses.
Three Ball Match
A match play situation in which three players play against one another, each playing his own ball. Each player is playing two separate matches.
Three off the tee
If a ball is lost, out of bounds, or unplayable from the tee shot, the player is penalized one stroke and tees off again - the third shot.
Threesome
Type of match in which one player plays against two, with each side playing one ball. The term threesome is often mis-applied (according to the Rules of Golf) to a group of three golfers playing in the same group.
Through Line
When putting, the imaginary path that a ball would travel on should the putted ball go past the hole.
Through the Green
A Term given to all areas of the course, except for the teeing ground, putting green and hazards.
Tiger
Someone who is playing unusually well.
Tight
If there is very little cushion (grass) between the ball and the ground (dirt), you have a tight lie.
Tip Stiff
A shaft with a tip stiffer than the rest of the shaft. Tip stiff shafts are generally designed with harder swinging players in mind.
Toe
The end of the club head most far away from the shaft.
Also the term used when a player hits the ball on that area of the club, usually resulting in a shorter shot than desired as well as one going to the right of the intended target, i.e., a "toed" shot (assuming a right-handed golfer.)
Toe Iron
The name of a club used in the early 1800's that was an iron with a loft of about 18 degrees.
Top
Shot that does not get airborne as a result of a player hitting the top of the ball. A "topped shot" is most often a result of a player moving his head and not looking at the ball.
Topline
The top part of an iron blade, running from heel to toe visible to the golfer at address.
Tournament Score
A tournament score is a score made in a competition organized and conducted by a committee in charge of the competition. The competition must identify a winner(s) based on a stipulated round(s), and must be played under the principles of the Rules of Golf.
Using the above definition as a guideline, the committee in charge of the competition shall determine in advance if these conditions are met, and announce in advance whether the score shall be identified by the letter "T" when posted.
Routine events, such as regular play days, normally are not to be designated as T-scores because they are not significant in the traditions, schedules, formats and membership of the club. Nine-hole scores are not to be designated as T-Scores.
Examples of inter-club competition scores that should be posted as tournament scores when they meet the above conditions are: team matches, competitions restricted by age, member-guest competitions, qualifying rounds for city, state and national competitions, and competitions conducted by golf associations.
Examples of intra-club competition scores that should be posted as tournament scores when they meet the above conditions are: low gross-low net competitions, four-ball match- or stroke-play competitions, Stableford competitions, and club championships which are stroke or match play, scratch or with handicap.
Topdress
Fertilizer, soil and sand mix applied to greens after they are aerified in order to provide nutrients to the green.
Track
The term given to the layout of a golf course; for example, that was a "good" track.
Track 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 an iron at about 43 degrees or about 9 iron loft.
Tracking
A term given to a putt as it rolls toward the hole; for example, a putt that is heading for the hole is "tracking."
Trailing Edge
The back edge of the sole.
Trap
Generic term given to a bunker that contains sand. Also called a sand trap or sand bunker.
Trend Handicap
A trend handicap is an unofficial estimate of a handicap, which may include unreviewed scores since the previous revision and might not be based on the current scoring record. The trend is not an official handicap and should not be used in formal competition. Use of trend is not recommended by the USGA.
Triple Bogey
A score of three over par on a hole. For example a score of 7 on a par 4 hole.
Trouble Club
Clubs used to play the ball from a difficult lie. Trouble clubs often have unusual sole construction - perhaps rails - that lower the center of gravity. Trouble clubs may be irons, woods or hybrids.
Turn
The halfway point of an 18 hole round. A player "makes the turn" after playing #9 and heading to #10 tee.
Type 1 Golf Club
The members of a Type 1 club are located at a single specific golf course with a valid USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating where a majority of the club's events are played and where the club's scoring records reside.
Type 2 Golf Club
The members of a Type 2 club are affiliated, or known to one another, via a business, fraternal, ethnic, or social organization. The majority of the club members had an affiliation prior to organizing the club.
Type 3 Golf Club
The members of a Type 3 club had no prior affiliation and a majority of the recruiting and sign up of the membership is done by solicitation to the public (e.g., newspaper, Internet).