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Golfing Terminology starting with "H"
Hack: A bloke who has limited ability and generally
a swing like a dying octopus.
Half Shot: A shot played with an abbreviated swing and
reduced swing speed. This shot is often played when trying to keep the
ball out of a strong wind.
Halved: in match play, a hole is halved (drawn) when
both players or teams have played the same number of strokes. In some
team events, such as the Ryder Cup (though not in the Presidents Cup),
a match that is level after 18 holes is not continued, and is called "halved",
with each team receiving half a point.
Handicap: A technique for allowing golfers of differing
abilities to play one another on equal terms. A player’s handicap
is determined in relation to the Standard Scratch Score (determined by
the difficulty, length, and par of individual courses). For example, a
golfer with a handicap of 12 will, on average, complete the course with
a score of twelve over the Standard Scratch Score (SSS). A player with
a five handicap, will complete the course five strokes over the SSS. The
lower the number, the better the player. A golfer with a zero handicap
is a “scratch” golfer, and playing better than scratch is
Hardpan: a lie consisting of very hard turf.
Hazard: physical aspects of the course such as sand or
water traps, hills, and bunkers that impede play and add strokes.
Head: The club head, the part that attaches to the club
shaft and is responsible for the weight ofthe club.
Heel: The part of the club head that is closest to the
shaft, and your feet if you are lining up for a swing.
High Side: The side of the hole that a putt breaks from.
Hitter: A player who favors a forceful, aggressive style
Hole In One (or ace): holing out the tee shot.
Hole: Also called the cup or the pin, the hole is the
ultimate goal of every shot.
Hooding: The act of placing the hands ahead of the ball,
both at address and impact, which tends to reduce the effective loft of
Hook: a poor shot that, for a right-handed golfer, curves
sharply to the left (may occasionally be played intentionally but is difficult
Hosel: the crooked area where the clubhead connects to
the shaft. Hitting the ball off the hosel is known as a "shank".
Hybrid: Generic term given to any club designed from
characteristics of a wood and an iron. The TaylorMade Rescue clubs popularized
this type of club also known as an "Iron/Wood."
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