Golf Glossary - 'D'
dance floor - (aka: "green" or, "putting
green" or, "putting surface") slang term
for the green or putting surface. Example: "Wow!
That's gonna be a tough putt, but at least you're on
the dance floor."
depth charge - a putt that is lagged ever so
softly down a slope towards the hole allowing gravity
and the angle of the green to work the ball towards
the green rather than the force of the putt itself.
Example: "John was on the second tier of the green,
8 feet above the hole, so he just threw a depth charge
towards the hole hoping for the best."
deuce - a score of 2 on any hole. Example: "He
one putted for his deuce on the third hole."
dimples - the small circular indentations on
all golf balls designed to improve flight, distance
dip - 1.
the act of a golfer lowering his/her head during the
process of making a golf swing. 2. an area on a golf
course (often the green area) in which there is a gradual
depression within the ground surface. Example: 1. He
had a pronounced dip in his downswing and as a result
frequently shanked the ball. 2. If you're not left of
the pin on the fifth green your ball will roll right
back to the front because of a large dip on the left
side of the green.
divot - the portion of turf that is ripped out
of the ground by the head of the club during a swing
(regardless of whether the ball is contacted or not).
Also, the hole that is left after a portion of turf
is torn out of the ground as above. Example: "Rita
took a six inch divot but she picked it up and replaced
it afterwards." Also, "My ball rolled close
the edge of fairway as I had planned but ended up in
dogleg - any hole designed with a significant
turn along the fairway either right or left. Derived
from the similar shape of a dog's rear leg. Example:
"The par 4 9th hole is a 465 yard dogleg left."
dog track - (aka: "goat path") a derogatory
term for a golf course that is poorly maintained, lacks
expected landscaping or creativity in design. Example:
"Q: What do you think of that course? A: It's a
dog track - especially for $85!"
dormie - (aka: "dormy") a term used
exclusively in match play when a player is ahead by
the same number of holes that remain. As a result the
best that the opposition can expect is a tie. Example:
"Our match was dormie/dormy by the time 15th hole
and we won it on the 16th."
double bogey - a score of two more than par
on any hole.
double bogey golf - shooting on average
two over par on every hole. Example: "I used to
shoot in the low nineties but now I play double bogey
double break - (aka: "double breaker")
a putt or a potential putt that will break to both the
left to the right (in either order) as it travels towards
the hole. Example: "On the fifth green Doug sized
up his putt and determined that it was a double breaker.
First left and then right."
double cross - (aka: "double-cross")
when a shot curves in the opposite direction to that
which was intended. Example: "Cheryl aimed over
the lake anticipating a strong hook onto the fairway
but was disappointed as she was double crossed and the
ball splashed down out in the middle of the lake."
double eagle - (aka: "albatross")
a score of 3 less than par on any hole. Example: "Adrian
hit a monster drive on the par 4 fourth hole and put
it in the hole for a double eagle/albatross.
double sandy - (aka: "double sand save")
a shot that travels from one sand trap to another, regardless
of whether the first was a fairway bunker or green side,
and is then holed one shot after exiting the second
bunker (i.e. two bunker shots and one (usually a) putt).
Example: "I couldn't believe that I made par on
the eighteenth with a double sandy."
down - meaning that you are behind in score
to an opponent. Counted by the number of holes in match
play and by strokes in medal play. Example: "I
was down by four strokes to my brother on the 12th hole
but managed to win by two as he blew up on the 17th
and 18th holes."
downhill lie - when the position of the ball
in on the down slope of a hill relative to the direction
of the intended target.
downswing - (aka: "downward swing",
"forward swing") the portion of the swing
immediately following the backswing in which the club
begins its downward motion towards the ball and continues
until impact at which time the follow through begins.
drain - the act of sinking a putt into the
cup. Example: "Geddy drained a thirty five foot
putt for birdie."
draw - (aka: "slinger", "turn
over") a shot that curves gently from right to
left (for a right-handed player). A very aggressive
or uncontrolled draw might be considered a hook. Example:
"You can score really well on the third at St.
Andrews if you can play an effective draw."
drive - a shot played off of a tee with a driver
or other wood. sometimes with a low iron (i.e. #1, #2
or #3). Typically distance is desirable whenever you
are driving the ball. Example: "After his drive
Sid had only an 8 iron into the green."
driver - the number 1 and largest wood. Usually
the first club used on a hole other than a par 3, and
usually hit off of a tee in the tee area.
driving iron - (aka: "1 iron" sometimes
a "2 iron") an iron that is used by some instead
of a wood to promote additional control while still
providing adequate distance off of the tee.
driving range - (aka: "practice range",
"practice tee", "range") a location,
either at a golf course or separate where players can
practice by hitting balls provided with their various
clubs in order to improve or warm up.
drop - the action of dropping the ball from
shoulder height with an extended arm such that the ball,
as it comes to a rest, is back in play. a drop is required
under specific situations covered by the Rules of Golf.
Example: "As her ball was on the cart path she
was permitted to drop the ball no closer to the hole
with no penalty strokes."
duck hook - (aka: "snap hook", "snapper",
"quacker") a shot that curves abruptly and
severely right to left (right-handed player). Example:
Timothy tried to kill his drive on the first hole and
ended up with an ugly duck hook/snap hook/snapper/quacker.
duff - (aka: "dub", "top")
a shot that is so badly misplayed that it travels only
a very short distance or is even missed entirely.
duffer - (aka: "hacker") a golfer
who lacks any real skill or who is likely to have a
number of duffs throughout the course of a round of