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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 bags!"
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 hitting area.
Deuce: When a player holes out in two strokes on the green.
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 dimples.
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 Cup).
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 under par.
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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