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Golfing Terminology starting with "D"
Dance Floor: slang term for the green.
Dead: TV-broadcaster slang for a shot in which there
is no favorable outcome possible. Variations include "Get the body
Dead Hands: A shot in which the hands remain relatively
passive in the hitting area, resulting in a shot that flies a shorter
distance than it normally would.
Deep-Faced Driver: A driver with greater-than-standard
height on its face.
Decelerate: A decreasing of the clubhead speed in the
Deuce: When a player holes out in two strokes on the
Distance: Normally, the amount of distance your ball
will travel when struck by a club, measured in yards. This can also refer
to the total length of the hole, also measured in yards.
Dimple: 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
Divot: the chunk of grass (either fairway or rough) displaced
when an iron or wedge shot is played. Or, the indentation on the green
caused by the ball on an approach shot (also called a pitch mark).
Dog-leg: A hole that angles off about midway to the right
or left. Viewed from above, the fairway seems to bend like the hind leg
of a dog.
Dormie: in match play, a player is dormie when leading
a match by as many holes as there are left (i.e. 4 up with 4 holes to
play). The player who is down must win every hole to save the match and
force its continuation past the last regular hole (if a winner must be
determined) or halve the match (in a team competition such as the Ryder
Double Bogey: a hole played two strokes over par.
Double Cross: a shot whereby a player intends for a slice
and hits a hook, or conversely, intends to play a draw and hits a slice.
So called because the player has aimed left (in the case of a slice) and
compounds this with hitting a hook, which moves left as well.
Double Eagle (or Albatross): a hole played three strokes
Doubles: When a caddie carries two sets of clubs.
Downswing: The swing forward from the top of the backswing.
Drag: Wind resistance as a golf ball flies or resistance
caused when a club contacts the ground or goes through grass.
Draw: a shot that, for a right-handed golfer, curves
slightly to the left; often played intentionally by skilled golfers. An
overdone draw usually becomes a hook.
Drive: a tee shot of great length, usually done with
a driver (a type of golf club)
Driver: The longest clubs for a golfer, both in terms
of overall length and in the distance in which they can hit the ball.
Drivers are normally only used on the tee or from a driving range for
practice. The 1-Wood (or your highest wood) is considered the driver.
Driving Range: A practice course specifically designed
to allow multiple golfers to practice hitting with different clubs and
drivers to improve one’s skill and consistency.
Drop: When a player elects to “drop” a new
ball into play after the original ball is lost in a water hazard or out-of-bounds.
The ball is to be dropped straight down from shoulder height.
Duck Hook: A shot that flies sharply from right to left
for right-handed players. It is usually hit unintentionally, since it
is difficult to control.
Dunk: When your ball lands in a water hazard.
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