Golf Glossary - 'M'
mark - (aka: "spot") the action of
precisely marking the position of your ball so that
it can be picked up and identified/cleaned etc and then
replaced. Usually accomplished with a ball marker. Example:
"In order to ensure that Anita would not hit my
ball I marked it until she finished putting."
marker - see "ball
markers - (aka: "tee markers", "blocks",
"tee blocks") the blocks/markers used to indicate
the tee area from which the first shot is taken on any
hole. Example: "The Rules of Golf allow you to
tee your ball up within two club lengths of the tee
blocks, but not ahead of them.".
marshal - (aka: "marshall", "ranger")
With respect to tournaments or competitions that marshal
is appointed by the committee to assist in controlling
and policing the spectators. During regular public play
a marshal is responsible for ensuring that the golfers
are adhering to the golf course's rules and often encourages
a reasonable pace of play. Most marshals have the authority
to eject a player from the course.
match play - golf played and scored on a per
hole basis. The player/team scoring lowest on a hole
wins that hole. If the players/teams tie than neither
wins the hole and play continues to the next hole. Example:
"The winner of a match play competition is the
player who has won the most holes, not necessarily the
player with the fewest total strokes."
medallist - (aka: "medallist") the
winner of a medal (stroke) play competition.
medal play - (aka: "stroke play")
a seldom used term to describe a game of golf scored
on a stroke by stoke basis (as most people are familiar)
rather than match play which is by hole. Example: "The
PGA Championship used to be decided by match play, but
now it is a medal play competition."
member bounce - (aka: "member's bounce",
"lucky kick") a favourable yet unexpected
bounce. As though a member of the club would know how/where
to get these bounces or the course is paying back the
member for treating the course well over the year(s).
miss club - (aka: "misclub") playing
the wrong club. Usually when the ball was struck well
but flew either too far or too short resulting in the
player to realize that he/she should have hit a different
club. Example: "I must have misclubed! I hit that
well but it fell a good 30yards short."
miss hit - when the ball is contacted during
a swing as intended but solid contact is not made. Usually
associated with a ball that traveled shorter than the
intended distance. Example: "Frank hit the right
club but he mishit it into the lake."
miss read - (aka: "misread") to read
the break of a green incorrectly. Especially on a putt
or a chip shot. Example: "Wow! I sure misread that
- it broke the other way to what I was expecting."
mulligan - (aka: "lunch ball", "Sunday
ball", "do-over") allowing a golfer to
take a second shot without counting the first stroke.
Example: "Archie said that we could take as many
mulligans as we wanted on the first tee but after that
we had to count every stroke."
muscle memory - a technical term used to describe
the body's ability to remember or repeat movements automatically/consistently.
Usually the result of a significant amount of practice.
Example: "In order to develop a consistent swing
you have to create muscle memory so that your body can
replicate the swing time and again."