Golf Glossary - 'U'
underclub - when the club used to hit a shot
does not provide adequate distance to reach the intended
target when a another club would have provided enough
distance to make a successful shot. Example: "You
don't what to underclub your shot into the third green
with the water all along the front edge."
under par - (aka: "sub-par") Completing
a hole or group of holes in fewer strokes than indicated
by the established par. Example: "To win money
on the PGA Tour you need to regularly shoot under par."
undue delay - (aka: "slow play") playing
at a pace less than that of general play as determined
by the committee. Example: "Because of the amount
of time Garcia takes in addressing the ball and reading
his putts he was finally penalized two strokes for undue
uneven lie - (aka: "sidehill lie",
"uphill lie", "downhill lie") the
situation where the ball lies in a location causing
the player to have to place his/her feet with either
the ball above or below the feet, and/or one foot higher
than the other. Example: "I hit the ball well off
the tee but ended up with an uneven lie making the shot
into the green harder than was deserved."
unplayable lie - when the ball lies in a location
deemed not to be reasonably playable. Example: "Sometimes
it worthwhile to take the one stroke penalty for declaring
your ball unplayable in order to get out of a particularly
up - relating to the score of participants indicating
that one is ahead of the other. Example: "After
only two holes I was up on Ruby by three strokes"
up and down - to put the ball into the hole
in two strokes with the first one taking place from
off of the green. In particular when getting the ball
in the hole within two strokes will result in the player
making par. Example: "Trevor's approach shot was
way left of the green but his short game is excellent
so he should be able to get up and down from there."
uphill lie - when the ball lies on an uphill
slope such that if an imaginary line were drawn directly
from the ball to the target the first part of the line
would travel up a hill or incline. Example: "I
find it very difficult not to lose my balance during
my backswing when faced with an uphill lie."
upright - either a steep or relatively vertical
swing plane, stance, or lie angle. Example: "Taller
players usually have a more upright swing plane than
do players of shorter stature."
USGA - an acronym for the United States Golf
Association, an organization hat governs golf and makes
rules for golf particularly in the USA and along with
the R & A (Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews
in Scotland). Example: "The golf rules of the USGA
are subject to copyright."
utility wedge - (aka: "third wedge")
a wedge carried in a golfer's bag in addition to the
pitching wedge and sand wedge. Example: "My utility
wedge is 60° - and its my favourite club!"