Golf Glossary - 'H'
hack - (aka: "chop") an extreme downward
swing of the golf club that often results in divots
and poor ball flight. Also a poor golfer - see "hacker".
hacker - (aka: "hack", "duffer",
"chop", "chopper") a golfer of very
low skill who scores poorly and likely takes many divots.
A golfer who has little control over his/her shots.
half shot - (aka: "half swing", "knockdown",
"knockdown shot", "punch", "punch
shot") any shot in golf where the player does not
take a full swing at the ball. Regardless of whether
the back swing or follow through (or both) is shortened.
This may be the result of a difficult lie where a full
swing is not possible or it may be used to control a
hammer hands - a player lacking in feel for
the ball. Especially with respect to putting. Example:
"Jill can get regularly get home in regulation,
but she's got hammer hands on the green."
handicap - (related: "handicap differential",
"handicap index", "index") the typical
difference between the rating of a course and a particular
players average score. The calculation to determine
handicaps includes only the better scores of the most
recent games played (i.e. the best ten of the last 20
games). the difference between two players handicaps
is used to determine if one should 'give strokes' to
the other if they play against each other. Example:
"Vince, has a handicap of 12, whereas Darin's handicap
is 18. So Vince needs to give Darin 6 strokes (i.e.
beat him by more than six)"
handicap - (aka: "difficulty")
the rating of the holes on a golf course with 1 being
the hardest and 18 being the easiest. It is required
that the most difficult rated hole be on the back nine
with the second rated hole on the front and rotating
back and forth until the easiest (18th rated) hole is
on the front nine.
hardpan - extremely hard ground. Often associated
with dried dirt very close to the surface or an area
that lacks grass. Almost impossible to take a divot
in. Example: "I didn't hit my drive well at all
but once it got on the hardpan it seemed to roll forever."
hazard - is any bunker or water hazard. Most
hazards are marked with red stakes or a line painted
on the ground (sometime sin yellow).
head - see "club
heel - the part of the club head that is nearest
the hosel. Specifically the part of the clubface that
is nearest the golfer. A ball hit off the hell of the
club generally does not travel as far as intended.
hold - (aka: "check", "grab",
"stick") a ball that does not roll as far
as expected due to the condition of the green or backspin
applied to the ball. To stay on the green after landing.
Example: "I hit a three iron into the par five
6th green but it wouldn't hold."
hole - (aka: "cup") the hole cut in
each green measuring 4 1/4 inches in diameter in which
the flagstick is placed. Also a term used to describe
a particular set of tees, fairway, hazards and green
(i.e. there are 18 holes in a round of golf).
hole out - (aka: "make", "drain",
"sink") the action of making the ball go into
the cup to end a particular hole. Example: "Rob
conceded the hole so I did not need to hole out."
hole high - see "pin-high"
hole in one - (aka: "ace") a score
of 1 on any hole. Golf tradition dictates that the player
who scores a hole in one buys drinks for everyone in
the bar after the round.
home - to reach the green or sometimes to put
the ball in the hole with any shot. Example: "After
I hit my drive into the water and then took three shots
to get out of the fairway bunker I finally got home
honor - (aka: "honour") the person
who has the right to play first on any particular tee.
The Rules of Golf indicate that the person with the
lowest score on the preceding hole has the honor for
the next hole.
hood - to press forward slightly in order to
tilt the club face such that the loft of the club is
hook - a shot that travels from right to left
(for the right handed golfer) at a more dramatic pace
than a draw. Also a shot that curves to the left uncontrollably.
Example: "Tatum can hit the ball a long way off
the tee but has a nasty hook that she is trying to correct."
hosel - (aka: "neck") the part of
the clubhead that attaches to the shaft of the club.