Golf Glossary - 'O'
ob - (aka: "out of bounds", "Oscar
Brown", "O.B.") out of bounds. Usually
marked with white stakes or noted on the scorecard.
a ball is unplayable out of bounds regardless of whether
or not it can be found. Example: "Uh, oh Megan.
I think that went ob."
offset - a golf club characteristic
in which the face of the club is not 'in line' with
the shaft when the club is held in the address position.
This can be either a forward offset (having the face
ahead of the shaft) or a backward offset (having the
face located behind the club shaft).
one-piece takeaway - the beginning of the backswing
where the hips, arms and hands all move away from the
ball in one motion.
one-putt - an indication that a player required
or requires only one putt to hole out on any green.
Example: "How many one putts did you have on the
open - a tournament or competition where there
are no conditions for a player to attempt to qualify
(i.e. both amateurs and pros will play together). Example:
The US open is the one of the most popular open tournaments."
open - ("open clubface",
"open stance") describes the alignment of
a player who is aligned to the left of the target line
(for a right handed golfer) or whose clubface is lined
up right of the target. Example: "I think that
one of the reasons that you are slicing the ball is
because your stance is so open."
Oscar Brown - see "ob".
out of bounds - see "ob".
outside - (aka: "away") the opposite
of "inside". A relative term meaning that
a golfer is farther away from the hole than somebody
else. Example: "Looking at our balls lying on the
green from way back there I thought that yours was outside
mine but it looks like I am away."
outside-in - describing a swingpath that from
the top of the backswing travels outside of a line drawn
through the target and the ball as it lies and then
finishes through impact and into the follow through
to the inside of this same line. Example: "I think
the reason that you are slicing the ball, Jon is because
you are coming down at it outside-in."
overall weight - (aka: "dead weight",
"swing weight") the weight of a golf club
including the clubhead, shaft and grip.
overlapping grip - (aka: "overlap",
"Vardon grip") used to describe ones grip
of a golf club where the pinky of the bottom hand overlaps
the index finger of the top hand or lies between (but
also on top) of the index and middle finger of the top
hand. All the while both thumbs are pointing down the
length of the shaft. One of the most popular grips in