DICTIONARY OF GOLF TERMS
with Italian translation
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- Takeaway – When the clubhead is moved back from the ball at the start of a swing.
- Tee – A small peg stuck into the ground on which a golf ball is placed. Also area where golfers play first stroke of any given hole.
- Tee Marker – Boundary on the tee behind which a drive must be made. The ball must be placed onto the tee within two club lengths of the tee marker. Battitore.
- Tee Time – Scheduled start time. Orario di partenza.
- Teeing ground – Area from which players start each hole. Area di partenza.
- Tempo – The speed of a golfer’s swing.
- Temporary green – A green used when the normal green is under repair or when the club wish to preserve the permanent green. Green provvisorio.
- Tending the Flag – To hold the flagstick such that a player may aim for it and then remove it as the balls approaches. Custodire la bandiera.
- Texas wedge – Name given to putter when used anywhere other than the green.
- Thin Shot – To strike the ball above it’s centre causing it to skip and bounce along the ground rather than rise through the air. Toppata.
- Thread – To coax the ball through a tight gap.
- Three ball – A group of three golfers playing their own ball. Flight da tre.
- Three Jack – To three putt a green.
- Threesome – A group of three golfers.
- Through the Green – Any part of the course which is not ‘out of bounds’ except the tees, greens and hazards.
- Tiger tee – The tees used in a pro competition.
- Tight fairway – A Fairway (the cut grass area between tee and green) that is only a few yards across. Fairway stretto.
- Tip – Instruction on how a ball should be played. Only partners and caddies may be consulted without penalty. Consiglio.
- Toe – That part of the club head at the opposite end to the heel.
- Top – To strike the ball above it’s centre causing it to skip and bounce along the ground rather than rise through the air. Toppare.
- Torque – How far a shaft twists during a swing.
- Tour – A series of tournaments over a season.
- Tournament – An organised competition for both amateurs and professionals.
- Tournament Score – Your gross score for each round added together.
- Track iron – Old fashioned club with metal head used to lift balls from tracks and carriageways.
- Trap – Sand or grass hazard. Trappola.
- Trolley – A two wheeled device used to aid the carrying of a golf bag around the course. Carrello.
- Trouble shot – Having to play a ball that is in deep rough, behind on object (such as a bush or tree) or from a bad lie. Colpo complicato.
- Turn – The midway point on a golf course, the end of the 9th hole. Giro di boa.
- Two Piece Ball – A ball made from a core of rubber, metal or other wrapped in strands of rubber encased in a surlyn or balata shell.
- Twosome – A group of two golfers. Coppia.
- Waggle – The movement of the club head as the golfer prepares to swing.
- Water Hazard – Ponds, lakes, rivers or ditches on the course, always marked by yellow or blue posts. Ostacolo d’acqua.
- Water hole – A hole where the approach necessitates hitting the ball over a water hazard. Buca con acqua.
- Wedge – A metal club designed to give loft rather than distance. Used for high shots into the green.
- Whiff – Missing the ball during a swing. Colpo a vuoto.
- Whins – Heavy Rough.
- Whipping – The straps used to re-inforce the join between the club head and shaft.
- Whippy – A shaft with greater than normal flex.
- Winter Green – A temporary green used in winter to protect the permanent green. Green invernale.
- Winter Rules – Local rules which apply during the winter season only. Regole invernali.
- Wood – Clubs used for long range shots. Traditionally made with wooden head they are now mostly made with metal alloy heads. Legno.
- Woodie – When the ball hits any part of a tree and the golfer still completes the hole with a par.
- Worm Burner – A shot which rolls along the ground. Rattone.
- Wrong Ball – Any ball which a golfer plays that is not the ball they began the hole with or which was brought into play after losing their original. Palla sbagliata.
- Yardage Chart – A printed card detailing the layout and yardage of each hole on the course. Mappetta.
- Yardage Rating – The stroke index of the hole, Index 18 being the easiest on the course, 1 the most difficult. Indice di difficoltà.
- Yips – To miss simple putts because of nerves.
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