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The beginning of the backswing, when the club is taken away from the ground.
The money taken from the betting pool to be divided among the track, the state and the operators.
Tap in
A very short putt; as a verb, to make such a putt.
Taper Tip Shaft
One of a number of shafts manufactured with a tip section that varies in length and thickness below the first step. This type of shaft requires that a specific length, known as a discreet length, shaft be made for each club in a set. Taper tip shafts are more commonly used by OEM’s as compared to custom clubmakers.
An identification number placed inside the ear of a registered racing greyhound.
A disposable device, normally a wooden peg, on which the ball is placed for driving. Also refers to the area from which the ball is hit on the first shot of the hole. Originally a pile of sand used to elevate the ball for driving.
Tee Markers
The colored markers placed on the teeing area to indicate the starting line. -Top
Tee Off
To hit a shot from the tee.
Tee Shot
A shot played from a tee.
Tee Up
To place the ball on the tee, preparatory to beginning play.
A shot played from a tee.
Teeing Ground
The area from which the golfer must tee off on a hole. The ball must be teed up within the markers and no more than two club lengths behind them.
Tempo Trainer
Computerized device, sometimes used in fitting, that determines the pace of a player’s swing. This information is then transferred by the fitter into a shaft/head recommendation for the player.
Temporary Green
A green used in the winter to save the permanent green.
Tensile Strength
Resistance of a material (i.e., epoxy) to being stretched or elongated.
Proprietary insert material used by Titleist™ in many of their Scotty Cameron putters. The material is a mix of many alloys producing a softer feeling insert for putters.
Dimple pattern on a ball consisting of four large triangles.
Texas Wedge
What the putter is called when it used from off the green. Also a shot played with a putter from outside the putting green.
A type of shaft material that once formed may be re-shaped or re-formed. The Phoenixx TPC company, formerly Quadrax™, experienced limited success with this type of shaft.
Thermoplastic Hosel
The hosel of a golf club produced from some type of thermoplastic material, allowing it to be constructed to produce specific lie and face angles. Ping developed this type of hosel for proprietary use in its titanium drivers.
An epoxy based material that, once formed, cannot be re-shaped or re-formed.
Descriptive of a shot in which the ball is hit above center and the head of the club is following too high a line.
To steer the ball through a narrow opening, as between two closely-placed trees.
Three Ball
Three players playing against each other with each playing their own ball.
An iron club used for distances between 165-200 yards for men's clubs. Also called a mid-mashie.
Generic term given to a ball with a center core, rubber windings and a cover. A three-piece ball may also have a center and two “cover” materials, eliminating the windings.
To take three putts on a green.
Three-Quarter Shot
Less than a full shot. A shot made with a reduced swing.
A wood club used for distances between 210-250 yards for men's clubs. Also known as a spoon.
Three golfers playing a round together; also, a type of match in which two golfers take turns hitting the same ball, in competition against a single player.
Through-Bore (Thru-Bore) Plug
Plastic or wooden plug inserted into the shaft tip in through-bore shaft applications to cosmetically finish the shaft tip.
A metallic alloy used for wood heads that contains some titanium. Typically ti-alloy heads are comprised mostly of aluminum and are considered to be of lesser quality than other head materials.
Tiger Tee
A slang expression for the back tee.
Tight Fairway
A narrow fairway.
Tip Diameter
The outside diameter of a shaft tip (in thousandths) as measured at the very tip of the shaft.
Tip Heavy
A shaft whose tip section is generally heavier than a similar length section of shaft butt.
Tip Pin
A short piece of lead (2-8 grams) that is inserted 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.
Tip Size
The outside diameter of a shaft tip as measured at the very tip of the shaft. See also “Tip Diameter.”
Tip Stiff
A shaft whose tip is measurably stiff as compared to other sections of the shaft. Tip stiff shafts are generally designed with harder swinging players in mind.
Tip to First Step
Measurement used by certain companies to assist in shaft trimming. The “Tip To First Step” measurement is simply the distance from the shaft tip to the first step.
Tip Trim
Term given to the process of cutting a shaft from the tip end.
Tip Weight
Same as “Tip Pin”, a short piece of lead (2-8 grams) that is inserted into a shaft from the tip end prior to shaft installation. Tip weights are a means of swingweighting both steel and graphite-shafted clubs, but are more commonly used with graphite shafts.
Tipping (Or Tip Trimming)
The process of trimming a shaft from the tip to increase its stiffness.
Erm given to a club that is made from an alloy of titanium and steel; term applied to a club with a a titanium component as well as a steel component.
Club head material utilized primarily for woods and irons, it has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than most steel alloys. See also Beat-Titanium, Forged Titanium and 6-4 Titanium.
Titanium Ball
The general term given to a ball that has either a titanium based core or that contains titanium as part of its cover material.
The part of the club head farthest from the junction with the shaft. As a verb, to hit the ball with that part of the head.
Toe Job
A shot hit too near the toe of the club.
Toed in
A clubhead having a specialty prominent toe with a slightly turned-in face.
To hit the ball above center, which causes it to roll or hop instead of flying.
The uppermost part of an iron blade, running from heel to toe. It is the part of the iron head that a player typically looks down upon when addressing the ball.
The forward rotation of the ball in motion.
The resistance of a shaft to twisting is its torque. Lower torque shafts twist less than do higher torque shafts and, as a result, may be recommended for stronger players. Torque is also used to define the relationship between the turning of the upper and lower body during the swing.
Total Weight
Also known as overall weight or static weight, total weight is the weight of the entire assembled club as expressed in ounces or grams.
Totalisator Machine
A computerized system that records amounts wagered, prints tickets for bettors and calculates odds.
Tote Board
A board which displays odds and payoffs.
The ability to place shots accurately.
Touch Shot
A delicate shot with extreme accuracy.
A series of tournaments for professionals.
Tour Weighted
The somewhat generic term applied to composite shafts that weigh approximately the same as standard weight steel shafts (@125 grams.)
A competition involving a number of golfers, which may be match play or stroke play. Most professional tournaments are at stroke play over four rounds, or 72 holes. In a match-play tournament, players are paired for matches, with a winner advancing to the next round, until only two golfers remain to play a final match for the championship.
Track Iron
An obsolete club that was used primarily to hit the ball from cart tracks. A rut-iron or a niblick.
Runs far behind the field. Must school back.
Trailing Edge
The most rearward part of a club’s sole.
A kennel employee whose responsibility is preparing greyhounds for racing and caring for them at all times.
The shape and height of a shot in relation to its direction.
Trampoline Effect
See Spring-Like Effect.
The size of a wooden-shafted club head, in-between the size of a bulger and a long nose. Made in the late 1800’s.
A club head comprised of three separate materials. Popularized by Orlimar™, a tri-metal type head may contain 17-4 stainless steel body, a maraging steel face and a copper alloy in sole rails.
A wagering term describing the first three greyhounds crossing the finish line in exact order.
Trim Ring
Small plastic ring found at the top of certain ferrules. Trim rings, decorative in nature, may be any number of colors. Most clubmakers do not use trim rings a great deal due to their lack of durability over time.
Triple Bogey
This term is used when a golfer is 3 over par on a hole.
Compound used in conjunction with a stitched buffing wheel to polish marks from a stainless head. Medium cutting action.
Trouble Club
A category of clubs that is utilized to extricate the ball from a difficult lie. Trouble clubs often have a unique sole construction - perhaps rails - that lowers the center of gravity of the clubs, making them easy to hit from less desirable positions on he course. The club may be an iron, a wood or a hybrid club.
Trouble Shot
A shot taken from a bad lie such as behind trees or in bunkers or rough
True Measure
Club length measuring device, generally placed on a bench, that takes into account the lie of a club when measuring its length. A very accurate way to measure club length.
Tubing (Shaft) Cutter
Hand operated tool used to cut steel shaft tips and butts. Using the tool is very labor-intensive; it is used strictly for small-volume shops.
Tumble Finish
Type of finish applied to iron and metal wood heads via a specialized tumbling machine containing various tumbling media. Finish is characterized by its dull, durable look.
Device used to create a tumble or vibratory finish on a club head. The tumbler works by vibrating heads among various media for a specified time in order to create a the desired finish
A heavy metallic compound used to add weight to a club head, either as a swingweighting material in the shaft or as a defined weight attached somewhere in/on the head.
To begin playing the last 9 holes after having finished the first 9.
Turned in Box
Turns around inside starting box before the break.
Type of ball characterized by a center core surrounded by a cover, usually made of a durable material.
Two-Way Tape
Also known as “double-sided tape” or “grip tape”, special tape 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. Two-Way Tape may is available in 3/4” or 2” widths.
A single; also, two golfers playing a round together.
Eveloped by True Temper, a specialized steel alloy allowing steel shafts to be made under the 100-gram weight range.
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