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Golfing Terminology starting with "L"
Lag: a long putt designed to simply get the ball close
to the hole. Or, in the downswing, how far the clubhead "lags"
behind the hands prior to release.
Lay Off: When the swing plane flattens out at the top
of the back swing, it causes the club to point to the side of the target
and the face to close.
Lay-up: to hit a conservative shot intentionally short
of a hazard to maximize your position for the next shot.
Leading Edge: The forward most point of the club face.
Level-Par: A term describing a score of even par.
Lie: the ground that the ball is resting on. "Good
lies" include the fairway and the green, while bunkers, pine straw,
and the rough are examples of "bad lies". Also, the angle between
the center of the shaft and the sole. Incorrect "lie angle"
calibration will result in toe-first or heel-first contact with the ground
when swinging the club.
Lights-Out: A slang term describing an outstanding round
or stretch of holes.
Line: the expected path of the ball to the hole, particularly
on putts. "Stepping in a player's line" on the green is considered
a major golf faux pas.
Line of putt: The intended path of the ball when it is
struck on the green.
Links: a course next to the ocean, usually devoid of
trees and therefore windy. Many courses in the United Kingdom are links.
Lob: A high shot played with a wedge club intended to
land softly with backspin.
Loft: the angle between a vertical plane (usually the
plane of the club's shaft) and the clubface.
Long Iron: Refers to an iron that will send the ball
further in distance towards the hole. For example, a three-iron would
be “long,” and a seven-iron would be longer than an eight.
Looking Up: The act of prematurely lifting your head
to follow the flight of the ball, which also raises the swing center and
can result in erratic ballstriking.
Loop: The shape of the swing when the backswing and forward
swing are in different planes. (Jim Furyk has a distinct loop in his swing
but his swing is very effective). Loop also refers to a round of golf.
Loosened Grip: Any time a player opens his fingers and
loses control of the club. When this happens at the top of the backswing,
it is often referred to as "playing the flute."
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