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Golfing Terminology starting with "O"
Off-Green Putting: When a player elects to putt from
off the green rather than chip.
Open face: Caused when the clubface strikes the ball at an open
angle, sending the ball away from the player’s feet for right-handed
players, off to the right.
Open Grip: Also referred to as a weak grip, it is when the hands
are turned counter-clockwise on the club.
Open stance: when a player sets up with their front foot to the
inside of the target line.
Open-to-Closed: A description of the movement of the
clubface when a player fans it open on the backswing and then closes it
Outward nine: refers to the first nine holes, so named
as links golf courses were set up where the first nine holes went "out"
away from the clubhouse.
Out-of-bounds: the area designated as being outside the
boundaries of the course. When a shot lands "O.B.", the player
"loses stroke and distance," meaning that he/she must hit another
shot from the original spot and is assessed a one-stroke penalty. Out-of-bounds
areas are usually indicated by white posts.
Obstruction: Any artificial object or structure on the
course, with the exception of fences, walls, and paths. (also termed “Obstacle”)
Outside-to-In: A description of a swing path when the
clubhead approaches the ball from outside the target line and then continues
to the inside of that line following impact.
Overswing: When a player attempts to gain more distance
or overcome external factors by swinging “extra” hard on a
given stroke, for example, swinging into the wind. Normally, overswing
gives you less control and results in poor shots. In the case above, it
is better to take a longer club and swing less strongly into the wind,
minimizing its effect on your shot and helping you to maximize your control.
Overclub: To pick the wrong club, usually for an approach
shot, causing the ball to go over the green.
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