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Golfing Terminology starting with "I"
Interlocking grip: grip style where (for right-handed
players) the pinkie finger of the right hand is hooked around the index
finger of the left. Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods use the interlocking
Inward nine: the back nine holes, so named because older
links courses were designed to come back "in" toward the clubhouse
after going out on the front nine.
Impact: The point of your swing at which your club has
reached maximum velocity and you strike the ball, sending it soaring across
the fairway toward the green; at least we all hope this is the case.
Impediments: Natural objects lying on the course, such
as leaves, sticks, twigs, and pine cones, are referred to as “loose
impediments,” and if not growing or embedded in the ground can be
moved. If there is any doubt, do not remove such obstructions. These are
different from “loose obstructions” (unnatural artifacts,such
as bunker rakes, moveable trash cans, etc.), which can be moved without
fault. While you can remove these items, take great care as if moving
them causes your ball to move, you can be faulted a one-stroke penalty
while on the fairway. On the green, the rules allow you to move the impediments
even if they move your ball, without penalty, so long as you replace your
ball in its original spot immediately.
In: When a ball is in play within the legal boundaries
of the course, as opposed to “out.” Also the last nine holes
of an 18-hole course.
Inside-to-Out: A swing path in which the clubhead approaches
the ball from inside the target line and, after contact, continues to
the outside of the target line before turning back to the inside of the
Intended Line of Flight: The direction a player plans
for his ball to begin after impact.
Iron: Club used for long and middle-distance shots, opposed
to the “woods” used for driving.
Inside-to-In A description of the swing path that, all things being equal,
will produce the greatest percentage of solid, straight and on-target
shots. It refers to a path in which the clubhead travels from inside the
target line, to impact, and then back inside the target line.
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