Golf Glossary - 'L'
lag - (aka: "lag putt", "approach
putt") a long putt that the player do not really
expect to be holed. Rather, it is intended to finish
close to the hole so as to enable a second putt that
is much easier that the first. Example: "I was
just lagging it up there. I never expected for it to
lateral water hazard - a water hazard positioned
such that it is very difficult of impractical for a
player to drop a ball behind it. The lateral
hazard should be marked by red stakes or red lines.
Other hazards such as environmentally friendly areas
can be declared by the Committee to be lateral water
hazards in spite of the fact there may or may not be
any water in the area so marked. The USGA official rules
of golf deals with lateral water hazards in rule #26.
lay up - (aka: "lay back", "play
for position") A shot that is purposefully hit
short of a particular hazard requiring another shot
to circumvent the hazard. Often a player will lay up
rather than 'go for it' when a steam or other water
hazard crosses in front of the green. Example: "I
can't got on that green in two I have to lay up in front
of the bunkers."
let the big dog eat - to use the driver (#1
wood) which is also known as 'the big dog' as it is
the largest club in the bag. This phase was made popular
by the movie Tin Cup. Example: "The next hole is
a long par five but it is wide open so you can let the
big dog eat."
lie - a term used in golf to mean the ball is
stationary in a particular spot. Usually used to describe
the quality of the spot in which the ball sits (i.e.
how difficult it will be to hit the ball out of the
location in which it 'lies'. Example: "I can't
believe that I have such a good lie after that drive!"
lie angle - the angle
that the shaft of a golf club makes at the point where
it intersects the ground. This is measured correctly
when the golf club is set down in, in the address position,
with the leading edge forming a parallel line with the
ground. Example: I had the lie angle of all my clubs
adjusted because my divots were noticeably deeper in
line - (aka: "target line", "intended
line", "putting line") the intended direction
in which the golfer plans on hitting his/her ball. Most
often used on the green. Example: "Should I mark
my ball? Is it in your line?" also "No. I
think that I have a pretty good line through these trees
right to the green."
line up - (aka: "align") to look at
a potential shot and choose the direction in which to
play the next shot. Also to align oneself with an intended
target. Example: "Alan waited quietly as Norm lined
up his putt.
links - First used to describe a golf course
adjacent to the ocean. In common current day use it
is used as a synonym for golf course. Also largely used
to describe courses with particular characteristics
such as lacking trees, large mounds, rolling narrow
fairways, pot bunkers, small greens the ninth hole does
not necessary come back to the clubhouse, rocky terrain
and significant rough/fescue. Example: "You wanna
hit the links this weekend?" also, "Angus
Glen is a links style course."
lip - (aka: "rim") the top rip or
edge of the hole in which the flagstick is placed. Example:
"I left my second put on the lip of the cup."
or simply, "I left my put on the lip."
lip out - (aka: "rimmer') a putt (or occasionally
an approach shot) that hits the lip of the cup but does
not go in. Typically the the ball will change direction
fairly dramatically. Example: "My par putt lipped
out -so mark me down for a bogey."
lob - (aka: "lob shot") a short high
flying shot that is intended to land softly and roll
very little. Almost always played into the green with
a highly lofted club. Example: "I lobbed one from
about 30 yards to within six feet of the cup".
lob wedge - a wedge typically lofted between
58°-61°. Usually used to execute a 'lob shot'.
loft - the angle of the face of the club as
compared to flat ground. Example: "Most drivers
have between 9.5 and 11 degrees loft."
long game - the part of the game that does not
take place around the green. The shots in a golf game
that travel the farthest. Encompasses all shots taken
with any wood and most shots taken with the 1to 4 or
5 irons. Example: "Naki's long game is awesome
but he can't putt to save his life!"
long iron - the irons that are used to hit longer
distances. Or the irons with the longest shafts. Typically
thought of as the 1 through 4 irons.
loose impediment - any naturally occurring object
whether alive or dead that is not embedded, fixed in
place or growing any natural object that is not fixed
or growing (e.g., rocks, twigs, leaves, apple core,
etc.). Example: "The Rules of Golf stipulate that
loose impediments can be removed/moved by the player
unless he/she is in a hazard."
lost ball - any ball that cannot be found within
5 minutes of beginning a search. Example: "The
rules of Golf stipulate that any player who declares
his/her ball lost is assessed a 2 stroke penalty and
the next shot must be played from as close to the location
of the last shot as possible (i.e. the shot itself,
an additional penalty stroke, and the ball must be replayed
from its original position).