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To chop violently at the ball. To make bad shots. To play bad golf.
An unskilled golfer. Same as "duffer"
Used in match play when score is tied on a hole. Each side credited with a half.
Half Shot
A shot played with a less than full swing.
Half Swing
A swing on which the club is taken back only partway.
When a match is played without a decision. A hole is "halved" when both sides play it in the same number of strokes
The number of strokes a player may deduct from his actual score to adjust his scoring ability to the level of a scratch golfer. It is designed to allow golfers of different abilities to basically compete on the same level.
Handicap Certificate
A document issued by the player's home club or golfing association that indicates his current handicap.
Handicap Player
A player whose average score is above par, and who therefore is given a handicap in certain kinds of competition.
Hanging Lie
A lie in which the ball rests on a downhill slope.
Hard Try
Gives excellent effort but does not win the race.
Haskell Ball
Introduced in 1898 by inventor Coburn haskell, this rubber core ball consisted of a solid rubber center around which was wound elastic thread under tension. The cover was made from gutta-percha. This ball, also called the rubber-core ball, is considered to have revolutionized the game.
Any bunker or water hazard designed into a course to create difficulty for the golfer. Roads, tracks, paths, bare patches of ground, and areas containing casual water are not hazards.
The part of the club that makes contact with the ball. Usually made of wood, iron or some substitute material.
Heat Gun
Electrical device producing a flow of heated air that is used to break the epoxy bond between a graphite shaft and a club head. The heat gun is usually used in conjunction with some type of specialized shaft removal device, such as a shaft puller. (See “Shaft Puller.”)
Heating (Hot) Rod
Steel rod, usually with a wooden handle, that is heated and then inserted into a club’s hosel in order to break the epoxy bond between head and shaft.
The part of the head nearest the shaft. As a verb, to hit the ball with this part of the club, which sends it at a right angle to the intended line of flight.
Heel-Toe Weighting
A type of club head design in which weight is positioned toward the heel and toe of the clubhead in an attempt to stabilize the clubhead (and produce straighter shots) on off-center impacts.
Wood from a native North American tree used at the beginning of the 19th century to make club shafts. Use continued until the 1920's.
High Polish Finish
Shiny (mirror) finish applied to stainless steel iron heads through a series of polishing belt operations.
High Spin Ball
Any one of a number of golf balls designed for maximum spin and control. High spin balls are generally soft feeling and are preferred by better players.
High-Modulus Graphite
A shaft material stiffer than standard graphite. The higher the modulus of graphite, the lower its compression strength.
Hip Steel
Ot Isostatic Process. Proprietary stainless steel characterized by soft feel and high tensile strength used by Orlimar and made popular in their driver line.
To play a shot or stroke.
Hit Hard
Knocked from the race by another dog.
Hog's Back
A ridge of ground or a hole having a ridge on a fairway.
To hit the ground and stay in place with little roll or bounce.
A round receptacle in the green, 4 ½" in diameter and at least 4 inches deep, usually lined with a metal cup. Also, one of the nine or eighteen areas that contains a hole, as in, "The ninth hole is a 410-yard par 3."
Hole High
Descriptive of a ball that is at the same distance from the tee as the hole, but off to one side.
Hole in One
Hitting the ball into the hole from the tee with one shot. Every golfer's dream. Usually only happens on par threes but has occurred on par fours.
Hole Out
To complete the play for one hole by hitting the ball into the cup
The ball is considered holed when it lies within the circumference of the hole and is entirely below the level of the lip.
Holing Out
Getting the ball into the hole. -Top
Home and Home Match
A match made up of rounds played on the home course of each participant or group.
Home Green
The green on the last hole of the course.
Home Pro
A professional who holds a position at a golf club, teaches, and plays only in local events
The privilege of hitting first from the tee on a given hole. It goes to the player who won the preceding hole or the last hole that was won. On the first tee, it's usually decided by a coin toss.
To hit the ball in a manner that causes it to curve from right to left in the case of a right-handed player or left to right for a left hander.
Hook Face
A wood that has a face angle that is closed. Hook face woods may help players who slice to hit the ball straight.
Horizontal Flow Weighting
A manner of distributing weight from club to club in a set of irons in which the highest concentration of weight moves from the toe of the longer irons to the heel of the shorter irons.
The hollow part of the head of an iron, into which the shaft is fitted.
Hosel Adapter
Eneric term applied to any type of bushing or replacement hosel for a wood or an iron. The hosel adapter reduces the size of the hosel opening so that a smaller diameter shaft can be installed. Special hosel adapters can also take the place of the Thermoplastic hosel of Ping drivers when reshafting them.
Hosel Boring
The process of enlarging a hosel bore (wood, iron or putter) through drilling.
Hosel Rivet
Aluminum or steel rivet (pin) used in certain models of irons (most notably Hogans, First Flights and older MacGregors) to help secure the shaft in place. A hole was drilled through the hosel and shaft and the rivet pounded into place
Hump Shaft™
Developed by Apollo Golf to move the balance point of the shaft toward the tip. This shaft is identified by a noticeably enlarged area directly above the hosel, extending approximately 5” up the shaft. The shaft is available in both steel and graphite.
A golfer with greater ability who purposely maintains a higher handicap in order to win more bets.
Any one of a number of golf clubs that maintain characteristics of both a wood and an iron. Such clubs are often used in place of long irons in a player’s set.
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