Golf Glossary - 'W'
waggle - the movement of a player and his golf
club prior to or during the address position. A waggle
is specific to each individual golfer and may involve
the back and forth movement of the club head in an attempt
to get comfortable or stay loose prior to making the
waste area - an area of the golf course that
is in play but is relatively unkempt such that it acts
as a hazard area but is not necessarily played under
the strict rules of a hazard.
water hazard - any sea, lake, pond, ditch, etc.
whether or not there is any water in it. Usually marked
with either red or yellow stakes (sometimes lines) (see
also "lateral hazard"). Example: "The
course had numerous water hazards and they were all
in very difficult locations."
wedge - (aka: "pitching wedge", "sand
wedge", "lob wedge", "third wedge",
"utility wedge") one of the shortest clubs
in a players bag. An iron with greater than 48 degrees
loft causing much higher loft than when the ball is
played with other irons. As a result a wedge is typically
used to play shorter distance shots. Example: "On
the third hole Jo-anne played driver , 3 iron, and a
wedge to get on the green in regulation but proceeded
to make a bogie."
whipping - a very thin waxed string type substance
similar in strength and texture fut thinner than fishing
line used to assist in the attaching of a golf shaft
into a wooden clubhead. Given that most woods are now
constructed of metal, whipping is seldom seen anymore.
Example: "The whipping on Adrienne's old driver
is coming unraveled and she doesn't know where to get
windcheater - (aka: "wind cheater")
a shot hit on a particularly low trajectory and as such
avoids being negatively impacted by the wind, irrespective
of whether the trajectory was intended or not. Example:
"By the time we got to the 18th tee the only way
to hit the ball further than 150 yards off the tee was
to hit a windcheater as hard as you could."
winter rules - (aka: "preferred lies",
"improved lies", "bumping it") a
local rule under which a player can improve his lie
wood - Originally used to differentiate the
clubs with wooden heads from the irons which were constructed
of metal. In modern day golf more often used to describe
a club whose clubhead is particularly large and shaped
like a driver. The term metal wood is now often used
instead of wood as it more accurately describes the
type of material and the particular club in question.
Example: Phil has only one [metal] wood in his bag and
prefers to use his two iron off the tee."
wormburner - (aka: "worm burner")
a shot with such a low trajectory that it skims the
ground such that the ball would be burning up any
worms on the surface of the ground. The result
of striking the ball particularly thin. You can usually
hear a wormburner and although the shot may be effective
it is never intentional. Example: "Looking at Joe's
swing you would think he hit the ball a mile but he
hit a wormburner that ended up about 75 yards down the