Golf Glossary - 'A'
address - (aka: "set up") the position
of the player and his club as he/she stands over the
ball preparing to take a shot.
albatross - (aka: "double eagle")
a score of 3 under (less than) par.
airmail - a shot that carries completely over
something. Similar to an 'airball' in basketball. Example:
"I hit driver, 3 wood and then airmailed the green
with my wedge."
alignment - the lining up of the body to the
intended target or the position at which the player
addresses the ball. Typically the player is aligned
at ninety degrees to the intended target. This being
said, drawing a straight line from the players toes
(on both feet) towards the target, the players shoulders
and from the face of the club should result in three
parallel lines. and is known as 'parallel alignment'.
It is the usual starting position or address position.
angle of approach - The
direction in which the head of a golf club is traveling
during a golfers downswing. The 'angle' is created between
the line created by the traveling club head and the
target line. Example: a steep angle of approach is more
likely to cause a large divot.
approach putt - see "lag") a long
putt that the player do not really expect to be holed.
Rather, it is intended to finish close to the hole so
as to enable a second putt that is much easier that
approach shot - (aka: "approach")
a shot taken from the fairway with the intention of
landing (and staying) on the green.
apron - (aka: "collar" or "fringe"
or "frog hair") the short grass that separates
the putting green from rough or fairway. Usually fairly
short but longer than the grass on the green.
army golf - a person is said to be playing 'army
golf' when they hit the ball back and forth over the
green. The term is derived from a drill sergeant yelling
at his men "Left! Right! Left! Right!" as
they march. Example: "Robert's drive got him into
the green-side bunker but then he played army golf and
scored a triple bogey."
attend the flag - (aka: "tend the pin/flag")
holding the pin/flag stick while a player makes his
stroke ensuring that once contact is made with the ball
the pin can removed from the hole to avoid any penalty
strokes being incurred.
away - the player in a group who is ball lies
farthest from the hole. Example: John's drive was the
shortest so he was away to hit his second shot.