Golf Glossary - 'T'
takeaway - after the address the actual swing
motion begins with the takeaway. Thus it is the first
movement of the head of the club away from the ball
and the beginning of the backswing. Example: "A
smooth takeaway is essential in maintaining a consistent
tap in - (aka: "gimme") a golf shot
that takes place on the green. The act, or potential
act of putting the ball in the hole using your putter
with little or no effort as a result of the distance
left to the hole. Often referred to as a 'gimme' in
informal situations because the competitor recognizes
that there is no possible way to miss the shot given
the proximity to the hole (note: a gimme is
not permitted in any competitive stroke or medal play.
The ball must always be holed in order to complete the
golf hole) Example: "My 185 yard 4 iron into the
green left me a tap-in for birdie."
target line - the imaginary straight line between
the ball and the golfer's intended target. Example:
"There was a large oak tree on my target line and
so I needed to play my shot to the right side of the
green and hope to get up and down from there."
tee - 1. (aka: "peg") the short straight
device on which a golf ball is placed prior to hitting
the first shot on any given hole. Usually made of wood
and available in many different sizes and lengths as
well as colors with or without branding. Plastic tees
are also available. There is no rule in golf that a
tee must be used. 2. the act of placing the ball on
the tee is known as "teeing up the ball".
3. (aka: "the tee", "teeing ground",
"tee area", or "tee box") the area
of each hole from which the first shot is meant to be
taken and where the tee blocks are located. The grass
on the tee is usually cut shorter than the fairway but
not as short as the green grass. Example: 1. "As
I arrived at the first hole I realized that I didn't
have any tees in my pocket and needed to borrow one
from John on every hole." 2. "I had the lowest
score on the previous hole so I ahead and teed my ball
up." 3. "The starter was eager to get us on
the tee so that groups behind us would not be late."
tee blocks - (aka: "blocks", "tee
markers", "markers") the indicators placed
on every hole to designate the area from which the first
shot on that hole must be taken. Usually found in pairs
of matching colours. Each tee box typically has a number
of different colours signifying different levels of
play/distances to the green. Example: "As I walked
up to the 6th hole I almost teed by ball up between
the blue markers/tee blocks by mistake."
tee markers - see "tee blocks".
tee off - the act of taking the first shot on
any hole. In particular the first hole. Example: "Andy
was goofing around getting his bag organized so I teed
off even though it was his honour."
tee off time - the time at which a
round of golf is intended to begin. Example: "Peter
and I have a regular tee off time Thursdays at 4:30."
tee shot - (aka: "tee ball", "drive")
the shot resulting from striking the ball off of the
tee. The first shot of any golf hole. Example: "Vince's
tee shot faded left and bounced into the creek."
teeing ground - see "tee" definition
texas wedge - a term used to describe a putter
when used from any location other than on the green.
Example: "I was so close to the green and the pin
was in the front location, so I played my texas wedge
to within about 3 feet."
thin - (aka: "skinny") when the ball
is not contacted in the sweet spot of the face of the
club head, but instead by the leading edge of the flange.
Typical flight path of a shot hit thin is much lower
and produces less spin than intended or than is typical
of a shot with the same club. Example: "I laid
up perfectly but then hit my wedge thin and sailed it
over the green into a bunker."
third wedge - (aka: "utility wedge")
a wedge carried in a golfer's bag in addition to the
pitching wedge and sand wedge. Example: "My third
wedge is a 60° lob wedge - and its my favourite
through the green - 1. a official golf term/description
used in the rules of golf to describe the entire hole/course.
Any location "in play" is considered "through
the green". 2. A ball hit so that it travels onto
and over the green. Example: 1. "Candy stayed through
the green during her entire round on Saturday and didn't
take any penalty strokes at all!" 2. John hit his
three iron 200 hundred yards right at the stick but
it didn't hold and went right through the green."
tight - 1. a term used to describe a particularly
narrow area of play in golf. 2. a slangish term used
to describe two locations in very close proximity. Example:
1. "A lot of people don't like Royal Woodbine G.C.
because it's so tight you often lose a lot of balls."
2. "On the fourth hole Marty hit it his 8-iron
so tight that we thought it was going to drop in for
his second hole in one!"
toe - from a golfer's position at address, the
edge of the club head facing away from the golfer. When
looking a the face of the club face the area of the
club farthest away from the shaft/hosel. Example: "I
hit the ball with the toe of my club and it went almost
directly right into the pond beside the tee."
toe hook - a shot that hooks as a result of
contacting the ball with the toe of the club. Example:
"Melissa toe hooked it right into the woods on
the 8th hole."
top - 1. (aka: "dub" or "duff")
to strike the top half of the ball usually with the
an area on the club face lower than the sweetspot. The
result of a topped shot is that the ball travels directly
to the ground after contact without any meaningful time
in flight and typically travels a much shorter distance
than intended. 2. the point of any golfers swing when
his/her hands are at their highest location. Example:
"I topped my approach shot and had to settle for
a double bogie!" 2. "Pam's wrists were way
too weak at the top of her swing."
touch - (aka: "feel") a per son who
is able to play very sensitive or speed specific shots
is said to have great 'touch'. Touch is particularly
important for shots around/on the green. Example: "Sean
could hit the ball a mile off the tee but he had no
touch around the green so his score was well over one
tournament - (aka: "tourney", "open",
"invitational") a golf competition played
amongst many golfers. Example: "Doug had only played
in amateur tournaments. This was his first tournament
as a professional."
trouble shot - (aka: "recovery", "recovery
shot") a shot taken from any location of particular
difficulty. Example: "Tim was hitting trouble shots
all day but still managed to break 80!"
turn - 1. term used to describe the rotation
of a golfers body during a golf swing. 2. the transition
between the front nine and the back nine (between the
9th and 10th holes) 3. the curve of a shot whether it
be from off of a tee or not. 4. another description
for a break in a putt. Example: 1. "Tiger Woods
isn't a huge person but he has a great turn that gives
him a great deal of power!" 2. "I was one
under par at the turn but finished with an eighty three."
3. "Pam's approach shot turned from left to right
and rolled through the green." 4. "The putt
turned left when the read was that it would go right!"