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Letter W - Golf Definitions, Terms, Vocabulary and Slang
W
Waggle
Pre-shot movement (moving the club head back and forth before beginning the takeaway) in which a golfer moves the club back away from the ball a time or two, usually to relieve tension.
Waiting List
The number and ranking of individuals waiting to join a private club that has a full membership at the time. Waiting lists at some private clubs can be many years.
Waste Area
An area on a golf course that is similar to a sand trap, but is not declared an official hazard. It is generally not maintained or raked and is often comprised of sea shells or pebbles.
Water Club
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 with a whole in the middle to hit balls out of water. It has about 43 degrees of lolf. Same as a President Club.
Water Hazard
The term applied to any relatively permanent and open area of water (sea, lake, pond, etc.) anywhere on the course. The penalty for hitting your ball into a water hazard is one stroke.
Watery Grave
Where your golf ball has gone when it has gone into a Water Hazard.
Wedge
A club with an extremely lofted face. Most common wedges are the pitching wedge (PW), approach wedge (AW), sand wedge (SW) and lob wedge (LW).
Weekend warriors
Golfers who play infrequently, so called because the only time they can play or practice is on weekends.
Whiff
Term applied to the situation when a player has swung at the ball and missed completely.
Whins
A British term for extremely heavy areas of rough.
Wind Cheater
A shot that flies low into the wind in an effort to achieve less wind resistance and greater distance.
Winter rules
In certain areas where the winters are harsh, golf courses don't receive much maintenance between October and April. To make winter golf more palatable in these areas, many courses enact winter rules, which golfers are, on certain parts of a golf course, allowed to improve their lies without penalty.
"Winter rules" is not codified in any of the 34 rules that make up the Rules of Golf. The practice is only mentioned in an appendix to the rules, where there is also a sample local rule for use by courses, clubs or committees.
Generally, winter rules are put into place during, of course, the winter, when adverse weather conditions can impact the golf course itself. Under the most common winter rules, a player whose ball is in the fairway would be allowed to improve the lie if that ball was, for example, on a bare patch of ground.
Winter rules can differ from course to course; only a course, club or committee can declare winter rules in effect (a player may not declare, in absence of a ruling from the club or course, that he is playing under winter rules).
If you carry a handicap, rounds played under winter rules must be reported for handicap purposes.
Wood
A club normally used for distance shots. It can be made of wood, metal, or graphite.
Wooden Cleek
The name of a golf club that was used in the mid-late 1800's through the early part of the 20th century that had a wooden head club and was lofted at about 18 degrees.
Worm Burner
A poor shot characterized by the ball not getting airborne and simply rolling fast along the ground.