Golf Glossary

 
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Pace
The speed of the golf swing or the speed of the greens.
Paddle Grip
A putting grip with a flat surface where the thumbs rest.
Par
The score an accomplished golfer is expected to make on a hole, either a three, four or five.
Path
The direction the golf club travels during the swing or the putting stroke. This is best observed from an overhead view.
Pendulum
Stroke In putting, a stroke that moves the clubhead back and forth on a constant line, without deviation.
Pinch Shot
A golf shot played around the green in which a player strikes the golf ball with a crisp, clean descending blow.
Pistol Grip
A grip, usually on a putter, that is built up under the left or top hand.
Pitch-and-Run
A shot from around the green, usually with a middle or short iron, where the golf ball carries in the air for a short distance before running towards the hole.
Pivot
The rotation of the golfer's body around a relatively fixed point, usually the spine.
Plugged Lie
The condition when the golf ball comes to rest in its own pitch mark, usually in a bunker or soft turf.
Plumb-bob
A method many golfers use to help them determine the amount a putt will break. It involves positioning yourself behind the golf ball and holding the putter vertically so it covers the golf ball. In theory, the shaft of the putter will indicate the amount the golf ball will break. It does not, however, measure the speed of the green, which is an important element is reading a putt.
Pre-Shot Routine
The actions a golfer takes from the time he selects a golf club until he begins the swing.
Press
To try and hit the ball harder than usual. This also describes an extra effort to play well. In betting terms, it's an additional bet made after a player falls behind in a match.
Private Lesson
Generally speaking, when a golf professional gives a lesson to a single pupil.
Pronation
An inward rotation of the hands towards the body's centerline when standing in a palms-facing-forward position.
Pulled Hook
A golf shot that begins to the side of the target line and continues to curve even further away.
Pulled Shot
A relatively straight shot that begins to the side of the target and doesn't curve back.
Pulled Slice
A golf shot that starts well to the side of the target but curves back to the target.
Punch Shot
A low-flying golf shot played with an abbreviated backswing and finish. The key to the shot is having the hands slightly ahead of the clubhead at impact, which reduces the effective loft of the golf club.
Pushed Hook
A golf shot that begins to the side of the target but curves back to the target.
Pushed Shot
A golf shot that starts to the side of the target and never curves back.
Pushed Slice
A golf shot that starts to the side of the target and curves further away.
 
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