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The speed at which a putt must be struck to get to the hole. Pace and break are the two components of green-reading.
Par (apocryphally an abbreviation for "professional average result")
Standard score for a hole (defined by its length) or a course (sum of all the holes' pars).
Any Professional Golfers' Association, especially the Professional Golfers' Association of America.
At the same level as (distance to) the hole.
A short shot (typically from within 50 yards), usually played with a higher lofted club and made using a less than full swing, that is intended to flight the ball towards a target (usually the hole) with greater accuracy than a full iron shot.
Another term for a divot on the green caused when a ball lands. Players must repair their pitch marks, usually with a tee or a divot tool.
A bad lie (typically in a bunker) where the ball is at least half-buried in sand. Also known as a "buried lie" or a "fried egg".
A poor tee shot where the top of the clubhead strikes under the ball, causing it to go straight up in the air. In addition to being bad shots, pop-ups frequently leave white scuff-marks on the top of the clubhead, or dents in persimmon clubs. Also known as "sky shots".
A professional is a golfer or person who plays or teaches golf for financial reward, may work as a touring pro in professional competitions, or as a teaching pro (also called a club pro).
A poor shot played severely to the left; as opposed to hooks, which curve from right to left, a pulled shot goes directly left.
A shot played with a very low trajectory, usually to avoid interference from tree branches when a player is hitting from the woods. Similar to the knock-down, it can also be used to avoid high winds.
A shot played severely to the right; as opposed to slices, which curve from left to right, a pushed shot goes directly right. Similar to the "block". Also, term used in match play where neither competitor wins the hole.
A shot played on the green, usually with a putter.
A special golf club with a very low loft that makes the ball roll.