Golf Glossary - 'I'
improved lie - (aka: "improved lies",
"improving your lie", "preferred lies",
"winter rules", "bumping it", "using
your foot wedge") changing the position of the
ball making either the swing path cleaner or making
it easier to hit the ball. Unless agreed upon by players
before hand or part of local/seasonal rules this is
illegal and penalty strokes may apply.
in - (aka: "back", "back nine",
"back side") the last nine holes of an eighteen
hole golf course. Derived from old Scottish links style
courses where the first nine holes took you out far
away from the clubhouse and the last nine holes brought
you back 'in'. Example: "I shot a poor 48 on the
way out but improved to 41 on the way back in."
in play - anytime the golf ball is considered
'live' or 'playable'. Unless the ball is out of play
the ball must be in play.
inside - a term used to describe the fact that
one ball is closer to the hole than the other. Usually
on the putting surface. Example: "Megan hit a great
shot into the green that looked like it would sew things
up but I got inside her to make it interesting."
inside-out - describing the a golfers swing
where the club begins the downswing close to the body
and finishes further away than usually desired (i.e.
inside and outside the target line). Example: "Often
I find that the reason a person is hooking the ball
is because they are swinging inside-out."
interlocking grip - (aka: "interlock grip")
the standard and most popular grip in golf. The index
finger of the top hand is interlocked with the pinky
of the lower hand while both thumbs point down the shaft
of the club.
intermediate target - a target established by
the in between the ball and the ultimate target. Usually
the intermediate target is relatively close to the ball
so as to assist in properly lining up without lifting
the head too much. Also any time you aim at something
other than what you are really trying to get to (i.e.
a tree that you can see from behind a hill or mound
when you cannot see the flagstick).
iron - a club whose clubhead is typically constructed
of steel although the shaft can be of another substance.
The clubhead of an iron is usually fairly narrow with
a small sole. Typical lofts are between 16° and
65° and the clubs are numbed 1 through a 9 and include
all wedges. Woods and putters are not irons.
Example: "I have three woods and nine irons in
my bag - plus my putter."