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A long putt, on which the object is to get the ball near the hole so that it can be sunk with the next putt. As a verb, to hit such a putt.
Laird Shaft
Rare type of steel shaft seen in clubs produced circa 1900. It is a solid shaft with numerous holes drilled in it to reduce weight. Clubs with such shafts are highly prized by collectors.
Laminated Wood
A type of wooden wood head manufactured by gluing and compressing thin pieces of maple together and forming them into the shape of the head.
A dark wood with a tight grain used as a premium shaft material in the late 1800’s.
Large Butt Shaft
Any shaft with a butt diameter of over .620”.
Late Rush
Picks up speed in the final stages.
Lateral Hazard
A hazard that runs parallel to the line of play, usually alongside the fairway.
Launch Angle
The angle of a ball’s flight immediately after it leaves the club face.
Launch Monitor
Computerized fitting unit used to determine the optimum driver loft for a given player through a series of hi tests..
Lay Up
To play a shorter shot than normally might be attempted. Would be done to achieve a good lie short of a hazard rather than trying to hit the green in one less shot.
The manner in which the holes are placed on the golf course when designed.
Lead Powder
Material used to swingweight steel-shafted clubs after shaft installation, but prior to grip installation. The powder is poured into the hosel until the desired weight is achieved and then is held in place by a cork.
Lead Tip Pin (Tip Weight)
Short piece of lead that is epoxied into a shaft from the tip end prior to shaft installation. Tip pins are a means of swingweighting both steel and graphite-shafted clubs, but are more commonly used with graphite shafts.
Leader Board
A sign on which the scores of the leading golfers are posted during a tournament.
Leading Edge
The forward most point of the club face.
A handler, employed by the track, whose job includes parading racers in front of the public and placing them in the starting box before a race.
Yellowish wood used for shafts in the late 19th century.
The margin equal to the length of one greyhound. Used to denote how far ahead or behind each greyhound is during or after a race. Measuring speed, each length is computed to represent about 7/lOOths of a second.
The position in which the ball rests on the ground. The lie can be good or bad in terms of the nature of ground where is rests, the slope, and the level of difficulty in playing it. The number of strokes a player is to have played during the hole.
Upward force on a golf ball as it flies.
Light Weight Shaft
A weight classification of shaft that falls within 3.80-4.24 ounces in steel or alloy shafts and within 3.20-3.60 ounces related to composite shafts.
All play is allowed to stop legally when storms and lightning occur. Hurry to the clubhouse before your buns get fried.
The correct path of a putt to the hole when putting. Also when on the fairway, the correct direction in which the ball to be played toward the putting green.
Line Scored
On the face of an iron or wood club, the pattern of lines or grooves on the face. Typically the lines are parallel to the ground line, but may be positioned in a variety of ways dependent upon the design of the club.
Line Up
To study the putting surface in order to determine how a putt should be hit.
Linen Belt
Used in conjunction with a belt sander, a belt made of linen fibers used to finish ferrules on woods and irons. May also be called a “ferrule turning belt.”
Originally meaning a seaside course, it is now used to mean any golf course
A golfer.
The top rim of the hole or cup
Liquid Center
Term generically given to three-piece balls as most have a center filled with some type of liquid.
A proprietary combination of metals designed by the Liquidmetal™ Golf Company. The special alloy is designed to feel soft, yet have a high coefficient of restitution.
Element added to the core of a certain balls to promote feel and/or durability. The covers of these balls may be labeled as “lithium surlyn” or “lithium balata.”
Loading (Shaft Loading)
The point of maximum energy buildup in a shaft as it is swung.
Lob Shot
A shot that goes straight up and comes almost straight down with very little spin or forward momentum. Useful when there is not much green to play to
Local Rules
Committees have the right to specify local rules to suit their course. Can change from week to week and should be read before commencing any round.
Locktite Shaft Holder
Type of shaft holder, made of aluminum or steel, used to tightly secure a club in a vise, usually for steel reshaft procedures. It holds a shaft very securely, but may damage the shaft due to the high pressure at which it is designed to work. Not for use with graphite shafts.
The elevation of the ball in the air. Also means the angle at which the club face is set from the vertical and is used to lift the ball into the air. It is measured precisely as the angle between the face and a line parallel to the shaft.
An obsolete highly-lofted club that was the predecessor of the Niblick.
Long Game
That part of the game of golf involving shots in which distance is important.
Long Irons
The irons with less loft, which tend to hit the ball farther.
Long Nose
The shape of a wooden club made in the 19th century. Long nose clubs typically are longer than 4” when measured from heel to toe.
Loose Impediment
Any natural object that is not fixed in place, growing, or adhering to the ball. Among loose impediments are pebbles, leaves, twigs, branches, insects, etc.
Loose Impediments
Any natural object that is not fixed or growing. This can include loose stones, twigs, branches, molehills, dung, worms and insects
Lorythmic Swingweight Scale
A type of swingweight scale that measures swingweight at a point 14” down from the butt end of the club and displays those measurements in letter/number designations (D-1, D-2, etc.)
Lost Ball
A ball is considered lost if: 1) It cannot be found within five minutes after the search begins; 2) The player declares it lost before the search has lasted five minutes; 3) A ball is found within the five-minute period, but the player cannot identify it as his.
Lost Wax Investment Casting
The investment casting process used to produce irons, putters, and metal woods that initially involves making a master model of the club head. A mold is then made from this master. Wax is injected into these molds forming a duplicate of the club head. A ceramic material is then used to coat the waxes. The ceramic is heated after hardening causing the wax to be removed. Metal is then poured into the now empty ceramic pieces to form the actual investment cast club head.
Low Balance Point (Lbp)
A shaft that has a high percentage of its weight toward the tip. Such shafts are designed to assist in positioning more mass toward or behind the hitting area of the club. LBP shafts will tend to create clubs with higher than normal swingweights.
Low Ball and Total
A team bet in which, on each hole, the best ball of each team wins a point and the lowest total score by partners wins another point.
Low Profile Head
An iron or wood head that is smaller from topline to soleline than typical.
Low Spin Ball
Any of a variety of balls designed for less spin. Reduced spin generally yields more distance. Low spin balls may feel harder and are preferred by players in search of maximum distance.
The Ladies' Professional Golf Association.
A mechanical device attached to an arm and electrically driven around the racing oval.
Lure Operator
The person responsible for keeping the lure a uniform distance ahead of the greyhounds during a race.
Designation for the number of shots a golfer has taken on a given hole. For example, "lying three" means that the golfer has taken three shots and is about to hit the fourth.
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