Golf Glossary - 'J'
jack and jill event - an event where men and
women play together. Usually on the same team (i.e.
teams are made up on two men and two women).
jail - a term used to describe an extremely
difficult shot or one that is nearly unplayable. Especially
when the ball is deep in the trees where the trees themselves
look like the bars of a jail cell. Example: "Jim,
looking around helplessly from behind a number of trees,
exclaimed, 'I'm in jail.'"
jaws - a slang term for the edge of the cup/hole
or more specifically the front edge of the hole facing
the golfer. Usually used when a putt is left short of
the hole. Example: "After a great approach shot
he left his birdie putt right in the jaws."
jelly legs - (also see: "knee knocker")
a person is said to have jelly legs when they are facing
a particularly hard putt or may be under significant
pressure to make a shot (especially a putt). Usually
brought on by extreme nervousness. Example: "Stephanie
always develops a case of jelly legs on the first tee
when people are watching."
jerk - (aka: "pull") a shot that is
hit left of the intended target. Often used to describe
a putt that missed to the left of the hole (for the
right handed golfer) due to an outside-in swing path.
Example: "I would have made par but jerked the
three footer for bogey."
jigger - a seldom used term for an old fashioned
short iron wedge that was used to extract the ball from
juice - (aka: "backspin", "english",
"junk") the imaginary substance applied to
the ball that causes it to roll or bounce in a direction
other than that in which it was struck. Especially when
hitting a ball into a green. Example: "Q: How did
you pull the ball back towards the hold like that? A:
I just gave it a little juice!"
juicy lie - a preferable lie off of the fairway.
A lie where the ball is sitting up nicely on some grass
or is easily accessible. As though it was sitting up
on a short tee. Example: "I was only able to get
to the green from that rough because I had a juicy lie."
jump - When a ball is contacted and comes off
of the clubface faster than expected/intended.
jump on it - to strike the ball with extra force
so that it travels farther than would otherwise the
be case. Example: "After duffing his drive, Ivan
jumped all over it with his three wood and left it just
short of the green - 265 yards away."
jungle - (aka: "jail") a term used
to describe a lie in the middle of many trees or overgrowth
(fescue, thick rough, etc.) as it might be in the jungle.
junior - any golfer who is younger than 18 years
of age. Most golf clubs will offer junior golfers memberships
or green fees at a discount to the standard rate.
junk - (aka: "backspin", "english")
see "juice" above.