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Letter U - Golf Definitions, Terms, Vocabulary and Slang
U
U-Groove
Used in iron face structure, more pronounced than "V" grooves. pressed, U Grooves are cut, or cast into a "U" shape during club manufacture.
U-turn
A putt that rolls all the way around the edge of the cup before coming out.
Uncock
To straighten the wrists in the down swing. To unbend the wrists or to return the wrists in line with the arms again.
Unplayable
A player can declare his ball unplayable at any time when it is in play (other than at a tee), and can drop the ball either within two club-lengths, or further from the hole in line with the hole and its current position, or where he played his last shot. A penalty of one stroke is applied. A ball declared unplayable within a hazard must be dropped within that hazard.
Unplayable
A player can declare his ball unplayable at any time when it is in play (other than at a tee), and can drop the ball either within two club-lengths, or further from the hole in line with the hole and its current position, or where he played his last shot. A penalty of one stroke is applied. A ball declared unplayable within a hazard must be dropped within that hazard.
Up and down
When a player holes the ball in two strokes starting from off of the green. The first stroke, usually a "pitch", a "bunker shot" or a "chip", gets the ball 'up' onto the green, and the subsequent putt gets the ball 'down' into the hole.
Up and In
Also termed "Up and Down", the situation in which a player misses the green and then makes one chip and one putt to achieve his score.
Upshoot
A shot hit with a higher-than-anticipated trajectory to a point short of the target. Also called ballooning.
Under Par
Term given to stokes a player has taken relative to what hole he is playing. If a player has played the front 9 in 34 strokes and par is 36, he is said to be "2 under".
Uphill lie
When a ball is positioned on ground sloping up ahead of the player.
Upright Lie
A club's lie that is more upright than the standard specification for that particular head.
Unplayable
A ball hit into a position that does not allow a player to hit it is considered to be in an unplayable lie. Examples are balls hit under pine trees, balls hit into rocky areas, etc. A player may choose to deem a ball unplayable, taking a penalty stroke and dropping the ball no nearer the hole. A ball that is unplayable in a bunker must be dropped in the bunker or stroke and distance taken.
USGA Course Rating
A "USGA Course Rating" is the USGA's mark that indicates the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for a scratch golfer under normal course and weather conditions. It is expressed as strokes taken to one decimal place, and is based on yardage and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring ability of a scratch golfer.
USGA Handicap System
The "USGA Handicap System" is the USGA's mark that denotes the USGA's method of evaluating golf skills so that players of differing abilities can compete on an equitable basis.