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Golfing Terminology starting with "G"
Gimme: is a shot that the other players agree can count
automatically without actually being played (under the tacit assumption
that the putt would not have been missed). "Gimmes" are not
allowed by the rules in stroke play, but this is often practiced in casual
matches. However, in match play, either player may formally concede a
stroke, a hole, or the entire match at any time, and this may not be refused
or withdrawn. A player in match play will generally concede a tap-in or
other short putt by his or her opponent.
Goldie Bounce: when the ball strikes a tree deep in the
rough and bounces out onto the fairway.
Grain: The direction in which the grass in growing, determined
by sunlight, wind, and water. Grain can strongly affect your ball’s
direction when putting.
Grand Slam: The Modern (or Professional) Grand Slam describes
winning the four professional Major Championships -- the PGA Championship,
the Masters and the United States and British Opens -- in a calendar year.
Grass: The normal surface of a course on which golf is
played. Grasses are cut to specific lengths depending on their location
within the course, and several different types of grass are commonly used
on golf courses.
Green or putting green: the area of specially prepared
grass around the hole, where putts are played
Greenkeeper: An older, outdated term for the course superintendent.
Greensomes: In greensomes teams of 2 players compete
against each other; greensomes is a variation of foursomes. Players alternate
hitting the same ball on every hole; however, both players tee off on
every hole, with each team selecting the best tee shot on that hole. The
first player becomes the player on that hole with the chosen tee shot
and the second player hits the second shot i.e. the first player’s
ball from its position after the tee shot. The first player then hits
the third shot, and so on until the chosen ball is holed. The team with
the lowest score wins the hole.
Green in regulation (GIR): a green is considered hit
"in regulation" if any part of the ball is touching the putting
surface and the number of strokes taken is 2 or less than par, i.e. with
the first stroke on a par-3 hole, second stroke on a par-4, etc. Greens
in Regulation percentage is a statistic kept by the PGA Tour.
Grip: The position of your hands on the club. Common
grips are the overlapping grip and the interlocking grip.
Gripping Down: Placing one’s grip lower on the
shaft of the club to control the distance of the ball. Also known as choking
up on the club.
Groove (equipment): The horizontal scoring lines on the
face of the club that help impart spin on the ball.
Grounding the club: to place the clubface behind the
ball on the ground at address. Grounding the club is prohibited in bunkers
or when playing from any marked hazard.
Ground Under Repair (GUR): An area of the golf course
that is being repaired. A free drop is allowed if the ball lands in an
area marked "GUR"
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