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Golf Range
A facility where people can practice their full golf swings and, in some cases, their short games.
Grain
The direction which the blades of grass grow, which is of primary importance on the greens (particularly Bermuda grass greens) as this can affect how much and in which direction a golf putt breaks.
Grand Slam
The Modern (or Professional) Grand Slam describes winning the four professional Major Championships -- the PGA Championship, the Masters and the United States and British Opens - in a calendar year. The Career Grand Slam describes winning each of these events once in a career. No one has ever won the Modern Grand Slam. The PGA of America's Grand Slam of Golf is a late-season event that features the winners of that year's four Professional Major championships.
Greenkeeper
An older, outdated term for a golf course superintendent.
Grip
The placing and positioning of the hands on the club. The various types include the Vardon or overlapping, the interlocking and the 10-finger or baseball grip. (The Vardon grip is the most popular grip today). There is also the reverse-overlapping grip, in which the index finger of the left or top hand overlaps the smallest finger of the right or bottom hand. This is primarily used in putting, although some players use this grip when chipping the ball.
Grip (Equipment)
That part of the golf club where the hands are placed.
Groove
A description of a golf swing that consistently follows the same path, time after time.
Groove (equipment)
The horizontal scoring lines on the face of the club that help impart spin on the ball.
Ground
When referred to in the Rules of Golf, it means the point when the club touches the ground (or water) prior to playing the shot. It is against the Rules of Golf to ground your club in a hazard.
Group Lesson
A teaching session in which several pupils work with one or more golf professionals. This type of lesson is particularly effective for beginners, especially juniors.
 
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