Golf Glossary - 'R'
rake - (aka: "trap rake") just alike
a garden rake. Usually placed in sand traps for convenience
so that a player (or hi/her caddy) can "rake the
trap" after taking a shot out it such that it is
smooth for the next player who might be so unfortunate
to land in the bunker. Example: "After blasting
out of the trap I used the rake to fix the trap. When
I was done you couldn't tell that I had ever even been
in the trap."
range - see "driving
range ball - (aka: "practice ball")
the golf balls that are used on a driving range. Usually
marked with a stripe or oddly colored (yellow and black)
to identify them as range balls and discourage theft.
ranger - see "marshal".
read - the act of studying the terrain (usually
the green) to discern the direction in which a ball
will roll/bounce based on the undulations evident. Example:
"I can get to the green alright but I am totally
unable to read the green and so I don't generally score
all that well."
recovery - (aka: "recovery shot",
"trouble shot") a shot that is taken to get
oneself out of a difficult situation (including, sand
traps, weeds, rough, trees etc.) including mental stress.
Example: "Tim scored very well although he wasn't
on the fairway all day. His recovery skills are excellent".
release - with respect
to 'the swing' it is a term used to 1. (aka: "let
it go") generally thought of as the act of allowing
the centrifugal force of the swing (body/arms/ hands/clubhead)
to take its course on the downswing rather than holding
on or inhibiting it. or 2. the moment when a
ball stops spinning backwards and begins spinning forwards.
Often used around the green when a player is looking
to get more roll out of a shot. Example: "He
was afraid of hooking the ball, so he wasn't releasing."
or "The ball bounced onto the front fringe and
Vicky started yelling, "Release! Release!"
in an attempt to make it roll to the back of the green
where the pin was."
relief - a term meaning that you may remove
the ball from the present situation into a new location
as dictated by the rules. a penalty stroke(s) may or
may not apply. Example: "My ball rolled to a stop
on the cart path and so I took relief from the cart
path and was not required to count a penalty stroke."
reload - a slang term meaning that the player
is going to hit a second (or third or fourth or...)
shot from the same location as he/she just did. Often
used on the tee and even more often when the first shot
was hit out of bounds. Example: "Curtis, that shot's
long gone. You might as well reload."
reroute - a term used to describe the swing
path of a club that is dramatically different on the
downswing as compared to that on the backswing. Example:
"You paused nicely at the top of your swing but
then you rerouted your club coming down at the ball."
reverse overlap - (aka: "reverse overlap
grip") the most common grip used for putting -
a method of placing the hands on the club such that
the index finger of the top hand rests on top of the
fingers of the bottom hand.
reverse pivot - (aka: "reverse weight transfer")
a term used to describe the incorrect pivot or weight
transfer during a golfers swing. The weight is in the
reverse/opposite position to what it should be. When
the golfer is in his back swing the weight shifts to
the front foot and when the golfer swings though the
ball and follows through the players weight shifts to
his/her back foot. This is the opposite to the weight
transfer that is considered ideal. Golfers generally
do not try to reverse pivot.
rough - grass that is cut at a higher length
than that on the fairway, tees and greens. Usually surrounding
the golf hole. Example: "A drive that lands in
the rough usually doesn't roll as far as it would have
on the fairway."
round - 18 holes of golf. Example: "Do
you want to get out and play a round on Thursday?"
rub of the green - bad luck or a bad break.
Usually with the ball in a particular position for which
there is no relief under the rules. Anywhere on the
golf course and not necessarily on the green. Example:
"Player A - 'I think that the ball bounced off
of a sprinkler head and went out of bounds!' Player
B - 'That really sucks but its the rub on the green.
You might as well hit another one.'"