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Daily Double
A wagering term describing the selection of the first place finishers in consecutive designated races.
The mother of a greyhound.
Dance Floor
The putting green.
Darrell Survey
Organization that counts and publishes equipment usage on professional golf tours. The Survey counts club and ball type and brand, type of clothing and shoes used, etc. The information is published and is made available to equipment companies and golfers by subscription only.
Dawn Patrol
Golfers who tee off early to avoid the heavy traffic.
A game for 4 players divided into 2 sides. The scores of a side for each hole are combined to form a number of points; if one plyaer has a score of par or better then the lower score of the team is placed first - if the scores on a par 3 are 3 and 4 then the team score is 34. But if the best score for the hole is over par then the higher must be placed first - if scores on a par 3 are 4 and 5, the team score is 54. The side with the lower number of points for the round wins.
Descriptive of a shot that stops immediately when it lands.
Dead Ball
A ball that is so close to the hole that there's no doubt it will be sunk with the next putt.
Dead Heat
An exact tie between two or more greyhounds in a single race.
Process of removing any rough edges or surfaces from the inside of a hosel or from the inside of a shaft prior to installing a shaft into a head.
Deep Bore
A model of wood or iron whose hosel bore depth exceeds 1 1/2”.
Deep Face
A club face that measures higher than average from the sole of the club to the crown. This is a relative measure; no specific measurement dimension is applied to the term deep face. Deep face clubs tend to have a higher CG and thus will launch the ball on a lower trajectory.
Pertaining to a clubface and meaning having a club face that is relatively thick from top to bottom.
The comparative measure of the relative stiffness of a shaft as measured by securing a weight toward the tip of a shaft (club) and relating this to a known stiffness scale.
Dimple patter on a ball characterized by 24 triangular rows of dimples.
Despite Trouble
Overcame traffic problems to compete.
A patented device invented by True Temper to measure how a player “loads” a shaft. The readings from the Determinator are then used in recommending a True Temper Shaft.
A hole made in two strokes. Primarily used in the United States.
Dew Sweepers
The first groups of golfers on the course in the morning.
Diamond Face
Popularized by the Purespin™ Golf Company, a face coating utilizing fine diamond crystals to produce more backspin and a longer wearing face surface.
Die Cast
Process of club head production (primarily used with zinc or aluminum) in which heads are formed through the injection of material into a pre-formed die. This process is generally used on lower-priced heads.
1.) Depression on the cover of a ball providing lift, leading to distance and/or accuracy. Deeper dimples generally cause a lower ball flight; while shallow dimples add to trajectory. Large diameter dimples tend to make the ball stay in the air longer than do smaller diameter dimples. 2.) To Dimple: The mechanical process of “punching” two or more places on a shaft tip in order to make it fit more securely into a hosel. See “Crimp.”
Dimple Pattern
Arrangement of dimples on a ball. Various dimple patterns provide added lift, accuracy and/or distance. Patterns vary greatly from one manufacture to another.
Machine used to dimple a shaft. See “Crimper.”
Discrete Flex
A shaft having a specific flex designation. For example, True Temper’s Dynamic Gold™ S300 is a discrete flex shaft, while the company’s parallel tipped Dynamic™ shaft is not.
Distance Standard
USGA parameter for conforming balls that limits their overall carry and roll to 280 yards or less (+/-6%).
The piece of turf sometimes cut from the ground when you hit the ball. The turf should be replaced and filled with sand to promote regrowth.
Roprietary grip compound, characterized by its soft feel, developed by the Lamkin Grip Corporation.
Did not finish.
Dimple pattern that arranges the dimples into 12 pentagonal arrays.
A left or right bend in the fairway
The situation, in match play, in which a golfer is ahead by as many holes as are left to play. If that golfer wins just one of the remaining holes, the match is over.
Dot Punch
A series of circular indentations or dots on the face of an iron head in place of lines. Dot Punch patterns may be arranged much like lines or may be in a more circular pattern. They are most common on wedges.
Double Bogey
A score of 2 over the designated par for a hole.
Double Eagle
A score of three under par for a single hole. Same as "albatross"
Double Sided Tape
Also known as “two-way tape” or “grip tape”, special tape (3/4” or 2” wide) that is adhesive on both sides. Applied to the shaft, one side holds the tape to the shaft; the other, when activated with solvent, secures the grip to the shaft.
Double-Cover Ball
A ball with a large central core surrounded by two thinner materials, one of them being the cover. The purpose of the additional cover is to add spin on shorter shots for control and to reduce spin on longer shots for distance.
Two race performances in the same day.
Wooden rod used to add length to a golf shaft. A dowel is inserted into the butt of the shaft, epoxied in place, and cut to a desired length to increase the overall length of a club a recommended maximum of 1 ½”.
The number of holes, in match play, or the number of strokes, in stroke play, that a player is behind an opponent.
Downhill Lie
When addressing the ball and your right foot is higher than your left (for right-handed players).
The motion of swinging a club from the top of the swing to the point of impact.
Slang for a golfer being disqualified.
Wind resistance as a golf ball flies.
To sink a putt.
A method of pairing opponents for a match-play tournament; as a verb, to hit a draw shot.
Draw Shot
A controlled "hook" used to get in position for the next shot or get out of trouble. A shot that curves from left to right. To play a shot so that it curves owing to sidespin from right to left with a right-handed player. Conversely from right to left for a left-handed player.
Drilling Oil
Lubricating fluid (also known as cutting oil) used to reduce heat when boring steel hosels.
Usually, to hit the ball from the tee; also, to hit the ball with a full swing and maximum force.
The type of hole on which the green can be reached with a drive and a pitch. Could also refer to a course where all holes are of this type.
Term given to the club that is typically used to hit the ball for the first shot on a par 4 or par 5 hole. It is the longest hitting club in the set.
Running at top speed.
Driving Iron
Another name for the number one iron. Formerly one of various iron clubs used for shots through the green.
Driving Mashie
Obsolete club with less loft than a mashie iron and used for driving and long shots through the green.
Driving Plug
Steel rod, with a recessed section, slightly smaller than a shaft butt, placed into the shaft butt and then struck with a hammer in order to seat the shaft to the bottom of the hosel when assembling a club.
Driving Putter
Obsolete wooden club used primarily for low shots into the wind.
Driving Range
An area or building used for the purpose of practicing tee-shots and other strokes.
Droop (Shaft Droop)
The movement of a club head, toe down, as caused by the club being swung and the shaft bending perpendicular to the ground line.
To deposit the ball on the course after which you put the ball back in play after it has been declared unplayable or after the ball has been lost.
Dropping the Ball
Hold the ball at shoulder height and arm's length to drop it correctly. The ball can be redropped if it still infringes the rules. If it still infringes the rules after being dropped a third time, then it must be placed on the spot it landed on the third drop.
Drove Thru
Made persistent effort thru traffic or between leaders.
Dry(Ing) Box
Enclosed container, usually made of wood, that contains a light bulb(s) or other source of heat. Used to accelerate the curing time of finishes and epoxies.
Dsfi (Dynacraft Shaft Fitting Index)
The industry’s first “apples-to-apples” method of shaft classification. The DSFI is a comparison of shaft characteristics under exact conditions in an effort to determine the particular playing characteristics of a shaft. A DSFI “number” is given to each shaft tested in order to best match the shaft to a given player. Developed by Jeff Summitt of Dynacraft Golf Products, Inc., Newark, Ohio.
A missed or poorly-hit shot.
Duck Hook
An exaggerated hook that curves sharply and rapidly to the left.
To mishit a shot by hitting the ground behind the ball and then top the ball.
Somebody who needs golf lessons. Also known as a hacker.
A fat hit from a claggy lie. British origin.
To hit your ball into a water hazard.
Dynamic Fitting
The preferred method of fitting in which the golfer undertakes a series of fitting tests while actually hitting balls.
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