Golf Glossary

 
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Lag
A golf shot, usually a pitch, chip or putt, designed to finish short of the target.
Lateral Slide or Shift
A movement early in the forward golf swing in which the hips begin to slide to the target and rotate while, at the same time, weight begins to shift from the trail side to the target side. The timing of this motion is crucial to a proper golf swing.
Lay Off
When the golf swing plane flattens out at the top of the back swing, it causes the club to point to the side of the target and the face to close.
Learning Center
A complete practice and instruction facility, which may or may not be on the site of a golf course.
Level-Par
A term describing a golf score of even par.
Lever System
The skeletal system is composed of numerous bones which, in mechanical terms, act as levers. The two primary levers in the golf swing are: 1) the target arm, comprised of the radius and ulna of the lower arm and the humerus in the upper arm, and 2) the club when the target wrist becomes cocked.
Lie
As it relates to the golf ball, the position of the golf ball when it has come to rest. As it relates to the golf club, it is the angle of the sole of the golf club relative to the shaft. As it relates to the golfer, it is the act of telling an untruth about the golfers game or score.
Lights-Out
A slang term describing an outstanding round or stretch of holes.
Line
The intended path of the golf ball, usually referred to in the context of putting.
Line of Flight
The actually path of the golf ball.
Links
The term for a course built on linksland, which is land reclaimed from the ocean. It is not just another term for a golf course.
Lob Shot
A short, high shot, usually played with a wedge, designed to land softly.
Loft
The degree of angle on the clubface, with the least loft on a putter and the most on a sand wedge. (Tom Kite popularized the sand wedge with 60-degrees of loft.) It also describes the act of hitting a shot. (Kite lofted his approach over the pond).
Long Irons
The 1-4 irons.
Looking Up
The act of prematurely lifting your head to follow the flight of the ball, which also raises the swing center and can result in erratic ballstriking.
Loop
The shape of the swing when the backswing and forward swing are in different planes. Loop also refers to a round of golf. Loop is also a device used for examining jewellery.
Loosened Grip
Any time a golfer opens his fingers and loses control of the club. When this happens at the top of the backswing, it is often referred to as "playing the flute."
 
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