Golf Glossary - 'G'
gallery - in golf the spectators when they are
grouped together are known as the gallery. Example:
"The gallery around the 18th green roared to life
when Faldo drained the 12 foot putt for the win."
gap wedge - (aka: many other names depending
on the manufacturer) a lofted wedge with loft between
that of the pitching and sand wedge. As such it is designed
to travel distances farther than a sand wedge but less
than a pitching wedge.
gator grip - see "claw
gimme - (aka: "gimmie") a putt of
sufficiently short distance (i.e. 6 to 12 inches) that
the players in a group agree that it would certainly
be holed and as such do not require the player to putt
out (but do count one more on the score card). Permitted
in casual play only and never when a competition in
underway. Example: "Great putt Abby! That next
one (the putt) is a gimme".
go to school - when a player has the opportunity
to see another player make a similar shot to the one
that he/she will have to make next. Usually (but not
necessarily) associated with putts. Example: "John
missed his putt to the left because of a big break that
nobody saw but I went to school on his shot and holed
mine for par."
grain - the direction in which the grass is
grand slam - (aka: "holy grail") the
four major PGA championships are the Masters, U.S. Open,
British Open, and PGA Championship. Winning all of them
in a single year is considered the grand slam of golf.
Some would argue that holding all four titles at the
same time is also the grand slam of golf. Each individual
tournament is known as a "grand slam" event.
Example: "In the 2000 season Tiger Woods won 3
of the 4 grand slam events falling one short of the
green - (aka: "putting green", "putting
surface", "dance floor") one of the 18
closely mown patches of grass in which a hole is cut.
The surface on which putting is the acceptable stroke.
Example: "Mike's approach shot fell short of the
green but bounced on and rolled within 6 feet of the
green fee - the cost or price paid to play a
round of golf at a particular course.
grip - the cover (i.e. rubber, leather or cloth)
that goes on top of the club so that the player is able
to hold on to the club without it slipping out of his/her
hands. Also the method in which one holds the club.
Example: "I got new leather grips on my clubs this
year." and, "The gator grip is rather unconventional
but seems to work well for those who have managed to
groove - (aka: "score line") the lines
on the clubface of all clubs other than the putter.
They are cut into the club to enhance control over the
ball. Example: "Without grooves on your clubs you
would not be able to put any backspin on the ball."
gross score - (aka: "unadjusted score")
the actual score that a player shot on any one hole
or group of holes. The score prior to any adjustments
that are to be made (i.e. handicapping). Example: "Although
he won the tournament with a net 75 his gross score
ground - ("ground the club", "grounding
the club") term used to describe the act of touching
ones club to the ground. Example: "The rules state
that you are not allowed to ground your club in a hazard
under the penalty of two strokes."
ground under repair - (aka: "GUR"
pronounced "Grrrr") any area of the golf course
from which a shot is unplayable because of work being
done. In tournament or competition play the area is
always marked or staked by the committee prior beginning
play. A ball that is in an area marked GUR is entitled
to a drop his/her ball outside the marked area, no nearer
to the hole, with no penalty."