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Pop, snake, big dog, gimme, caveman, and alice are a few of the myriad terms golf has to describe its players, equipment, rules, courses, and shots. Even seasoned players have been known to scratch their heads in bewilderment when asked, for instance, how they feel about "scoring by rolling off the low." In Golf A to Z, LPGA national education instructor Chris Burkhart defines more than 1,000 golf terms and phrases, organized into five sections that reflect the natural path a golfer takes during an entire round of play--from pro shop to tee to fairway to green to clubhouse. Writing with the "clueless" in mind, Burkhart provides clear, concise, jargon-free explanations that leave no doubt as to meaning and usage.

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Did you know a looper is just another name for a caddie? That a finnigan is like a mulligan, only better? That a greenkeeper may also be a golf course superintendent but that a superintendent is not always a greenkeeper? That clubs called woods are made of metal? And that irons are not made of iron at all? Sometimes the language of golf seems more daunting than the sport itself! Learn how to talk a great game of golf with the help of Golf A to Z. From the pro shop to tees, through fairways and greens, and back to the clubhouse, this all-inclusive glossary explains more than 1,000 terms and phrases commonly used on and around the golf course, written in clear, everyday language that is accessible for everyone, from the armchair golfer to the seasoned golf veteran.

Divided into five chapters that follow the path players take in a round of golf, Golf A to Z defines everything from the simplest terms (stroke, hole, and round of golf) to the most obscure (Sherman tank, in the log cabin, and chili dip), including:

  • Forecaddie: A person whose role is to find or spot golf balls when they have landed and signal the ball's location
  • Gap wedge: Club used to lessen the distance gap between the pitching wedge and the sand wedge
  • Buying a game: When golfers purchase anything new--gimmicks or equipment---hoping these items will help lower their score
  • Vardon grip: the most common way to grip a golf club, made popular by Harry Vardon, an important amateur golfer in the 1940s
  • Waggle: The body movement designed to help loosen and relax the golfer that is made just prior to hitting the ball
  • Bogey train: When a golfer makes a score of one over par on a series of holes
  • Dialing in clubs: A golfer's ability to hit each club the specific distance needed
  • Stimpmeter: a handheld device used by tournament officials and course staff to determine the speed of a course's greens

Even if you can't discern the difference between tea time and tee time, Golf A to Z covers the gamut of this highly popular sport's rich and colorful language to teach you all the jargon you need to play with the pros!

Learn the jargon of a good stick with this all-inclusive source to the language of golf

Is it better to have laced a shot or airmailed the green? Is a toilet flusher good or bad? Should you be offended or flattered by the comments "Ugly but useful" or "Can it"? Who are Finnigan, Mulligan, and Murphy, and why are they so commonly referred to on the green? Is it better to score a buzzard or a double bogey? Do you know the difference between a good lie, a bad lie, and the fifteen lies in between? Find the answers to these and many other questions in Golf A to Z. Here you'll discover over 1,000 golf-related terms, written in a language and style that's both fun and accessible. With the help of this all-encompassing glossary, you'll discover the meaning of such colorful expressions as: Let the big dog eat; Grip it and rip it; Hit it, hunt it, hole it; Trees are 90 percent air; and When it's breezy, just swing easy.

Written for both amateur golfers and seasoned pros by a top-ranked golf instructor, Golf A to Z helps clarify the game's distinctive lexicon.

Only practice will turn you from a duffer to a good stick, but Golf A to Z will have you talking the game in no time at all!

About the Author:

Chris Burkhart is a LPGA teaching professional and is ranked as a top 50 instructor by Golf for Women magazine.

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