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Mario Golf: Advance Tour Golf Dictionary FAQ

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                     Mario Golf Advance Tour Golf Dictionary FAQ
                                By: Chris/BostonFuse51
                            For the Game Boy Advance platform
                         Copyright 2005 Chris. All Rights Reserved
                                    Version 1.2

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1. Version History
2. Frequently Asked Questions
3. Letters A-C
4. Letters D-F
5. Letters G-I
6. Letters J-L
7. Letters M-O
8. Letters P-R
9. Letters S-U
10. Letters V-Z
11. Legal/Illegal Information
12. Credits

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Version 1.0 January 3rd, 2005: Started and finished the guide.

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Version 1.1 January 10th, 2005: reformatted the guide a little.

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Version 1.2 March 4th, 2004: Just added in some more stuff to the guide.

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In this section I will put in all the questions I get asked in help e-mails. If
you would like to send me a help e-mail, e-mail me at
bbeltchris92@netscape.net, and I will gladly answer it, and add in to this
section in this guide. Ask Away.

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Question: How many holes are there on a golf course?

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Answer: Typically, a golf course consists of 18 holes, a front nine and a back 
nine. 

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Question: Who is currently the best golfer? 

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Answer: In my opinion, it is Vijay Singh, if not him than Phil Mickelson 

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The Letter A
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Address - Taking a stance and preparing to hit the ball. In a hazard, your club
may not touch the ground.

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Against - Refers to hitting the ball into the wind. The ball won't go as far,
so use a more powerful club or hit the ball low.

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Air Ball - A ball with a trajectory much higher than the golfer intended.
Usually results in a short shot.

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Albatross - A score of three strokes under par on a hole. An albatross is
tougher to get than a hole in one.

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Alternate - A game in which two players on a team take turns hitting the same
ball.

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Approach - A short-distance shot to the pin, usually sixty yards or less. Chip
and pitch shots are often used for approaches.

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Approach Shot - A shot aimed at the pin from off of the green.

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Approach Wedge - This club, abbreviated to AW has good loft and falls between
the PW and SW for distance. Requires an accurate sense of distance and
direction.

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Apron - Refers to the greens edge.

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Average - The average number of a set of statistics. Average scores and other
shot data are saved under story status.

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Average Drive - A golfer's average distance off the tea box.

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Average Putts - The average number of putts a golfer takes on a hole.

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Average Score - The average of all your scores in 18-hole rounds.

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AW - Abbreviation for approach wedge.

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The Letter B
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Back Tee - A tee box from which golfers hit the first shot of a hole. Farther
from the hole than the closer tee box.

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Backspin - A front-to-back spin on the ball that causes it to rise and float in
the air. Makes the ball bite on impact.

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Backswing - During the swing, the backward movement of the club from rest to
the set position. A smooth backswing halting at the set position is important.

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Baffy - Another name for the 4-wood.

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Ball - The round, white thing you hit with a club.

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Ball Mark - The dent or hole your ball makes when it hits the green. You should
always repair your ball marks.

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Bare Ground - A spot where the grass is thin and dirt is visible. Missing on
bare ground can have terrible repercussions, so watch your timing!

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Baseball Grip - A method of gripping the club, using all ten fingers on the
grip with no overlapping.

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Beach Bunker - A bunker that neighbors a water hazard.

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Bent Grass - A fine, smooth grass used on some greens. Bent greens are much
more difficult to read.

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Best Drive - The longest tee shot that you have ever had.

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Best Gross - This is the best true total score, not including a handicap. It is
a true measure of a golfer's skill.

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Best Position - The best, most strategic spot to aim for on a golf hole. Hit
best positions consistently and you will score well.

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Best Score - The lowest number of strokes you've ever taken to play a full
round.

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Bet - A wager on holes won, score, etc.

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Birdie - A term for holing out in one stroke less than par.

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Bite - The act of the ball stopping quickly as a result of backspin.

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Blind - A state where the pin or green can't be seen from the tee due to a
dogleg or shadows.

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Blowup Hole - Any hole where you miss several shots, making a decent score for
that hole, an impossibility.

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Bogey - A score of one stroke over par on a single hole.

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Break - To score under par for a hole or a round. Usually a result of playing
good, aggressive golf.

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Break Ratio - The percentage of holes on which a golfer breaks par.

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Bump and Run - A low, short chip shot, which stresses the roll after landing.

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Bunker - A hazard made of sand, also known as a sand trap. There are various
types of bunkers, and you should try hard to avoid all of them.

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The Letter C
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Caddie - A caddie helps a player by carrying clubs and offering shot advice,
and other assistance.

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Caddie Master - Caddie masters oversee caddies deal with foursome or group
formation, and set start time.

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Carry - The distance the ball travels from the time it's hit until it first
touches the ground.

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Cavity Back - A type of iron with a hollow backside and thicker edges, which
give it a larger sweet spot. These clubs take away a little distance, but they
also reduce the number of missed shots.

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Champion Tees - The longest and most difficult tee box on a hole. Also referred
to as black tees.

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Chili Dip - When a short chip or pitch shot is hit fat, causing the ball to go
much shorter than intended.

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Chip - An approach shot where the ball is hit high, lands on the green, and
rolls slowly toward the cup.

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Chip in - To sink the ball in the cup from a short distance off the green.
Usually done with a club other than a putter.

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Cleek - You don't have one in this game, but it's roughly equivalent to a 1-
iron or a 5-wood.

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Club - The stick used to hit the ball.

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Club Champion - The winner of a club championship. Also referred to as "club
champ" for short.

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Club Championship - A championship tournament sponsored by a country club.

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Club Face - The grooved part on the front of a club head that directly impacts
the ball.

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Club Number - The number listed on the bottom of a golf club. Generally
corresponds to the loft of a club.

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Club Set - The clubs carried in the caddie bag during play. Rules permit up to
14 clubs per set.

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Clubhouse - A country club's main building, where the lounge and locker rooms
are located.

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Collar - A green's edge.

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Competition Golf - Competing against other golfers in competitions such as
tournaments.

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Concede - When a player recognizes that his or her opponent will hole out on
the next shot and gives up. Don't forget to add one stroke for conceded shot.

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Course - The venue where golf is played. Normally even par is 72. A course
generally has 18 holes, a front nine and a back nine.

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Course Layout - The shape of the course, including the locations of cups,
greens, and hazards. Use it to plan a strategy or manage your plan of attack.

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Course Management - Using strategy to make the wisest, not longest, shots to
post the best possible score.

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Course Rating - A means of expressing course difficulty for a scratch player.
By comparing ratings, you may find a par 73 course to be tougher than a par 71
course.

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Creek - A water hazard that flows through a course or hole. Landing in one will
cost you a penalty stroke.

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Cross-bunker - A bunker that cuts across the fairway.

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Cup - The hole in the green that you aim for. Marked by a flag, or "pin," to be
visible from afar.

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The Letter D
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Dance Floor - A slang term for a green. See the definition for "green."

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Dead Aim - Aiming for the pin rather than in front of it when attacking the
green.

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Deep - Refers to a drive that's hit really far.

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Deep Rough - An area of grass that's longer than rough and even harder to
escape. If your ball lands here, your first priority should just be to get it
out.

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Defending Champion - A golfer in a tournament who won the last time it was
played.

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Dimple - An indentation on a golf ball. Dimples affect ball control and air
resistance.

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Divot - A chunk of grass the club pulls up when it makes contact with the ball.
Always replace your divots.

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Dogleg - A hole whose fairway turns sharply between the tee and the green. The
shape of the hole is reminiscent of a dog's leg, hence the name.

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Dormie - In match play, the moment when a player can win the round by tying his
or her foe on the next hole.

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Dormie Hole - In match play, a hole on which player can win the round by tying.

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Double Bogey - Two strokes over par. On a par 4 hole, a double bogey would be a
score of 6.

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Double Eagle - Same as an albatross. The chances of hitting a hole in one are
better than hitting an albatross.

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Double Par - Refers to two times a hole's par. If you take 8 strokes on a par 4
hole, you score a double par.

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Double Sandy - Hitting from a fairway bunker into a greenside bunker and holing
out in two from there.

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Doubles - When two players on one team compete against other double teams.

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Doubles Cup - A tournament in which players on teams of two alternate hitting a
single ball.

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Downhill Lie - When a golfer addresses the ball and the back foot is higher
than the front foot.

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Downswing - The part of the swing where the club begins its downward motion and
then strikes the ball.

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Draw - An outside-in shot where the ball starts to the outside then draws back
in toward the target.

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Dribble - A terribly missed shot that only rolls the ball ahead a tiny bit.

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Drive - A shot hit with a driver from the tee box.

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Driver - The wood with the longest drive distance. A good drive will help you
win long drive contests.

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Drives-in-fairway Ratio - The percentage of holes on which the tee shot lands
properly in the fairway.

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Driving Contest - A competition to see who can drive the farthest off the tee
on a given hole. In these competitions, the ball must land on the fairway.

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Driving Iron - An alternate name for a 1-iron, which is an uncommon club.

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Driving Range - A practice facility where golfers can practice a variety of
different shots. Good shots are easier to hit at the range.

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Drop - To physically drop a ball in a playable area after hitting into a hazard
or unplayable lie.

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Duff - To miss a shot by hitting the ground behind the ball before hitting the
ball itself. Duffing the ball ruins shot distance.

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Eagle - A score of two strokes under par on a hole.

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Edge - The edge of a green.

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Even - A score of par on a hole or a course.

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Even (square) - When players in match play have won the same number of holes.

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Even Par - Playing a hole or course in the number of strokes established as par
for that hole or course.

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Explosion - A technique of scattering sand or dirt to free the ball from a
hazard. The sole of the sand wedge has a projection designed for this purpose.

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Fade - An inside-out shot that starts to the inside and fades outside on its
way to the target.

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Fairway - The tended grass that stretches from the tee to the green. It's
easier to hit from the fairway than it is to hit from the rough.

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Fairway Bunker - A bunker located beside or in a fairway.

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Fairway Wood - An oversized club similar to a driver. Used for hitting balls
long distances from the fairway.

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Fat - Hitting the ground before the ball, resulting in the ball not going as
far as intended.

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Flag - An alternate term from the pin.

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Flat - A more shallow or horizontal swing. Typically inside-out.

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Flier - A shot that flies farther than desired because of decreased backspin.
Usually the result of grass between the ball and clubface upon impact.

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Follow-through - The continuation of the swing after the club hits the ball.
It's important to have a good follow-through on all shots.

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Fore! - A warning shouted to golfers who may be in danger of getting hit by a
golf shot.

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Forged Irons - Unlike cavity back clubs, forged clubs have a thin, solid face.
They have a smaller sweet spot but travel further and feel smooth when hit
well.

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Foursome - A group of four golfers playing together.

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Fried Egg - A bunker lie in which the ball is half-buried and thus resembles a
fried egg.

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Fringe - Also called the apron, the short grass that separates the putting
green from rough or fairway.

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Full Swing - A swing that uses maximum backswing and follow-through.

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Gallery - The spectators at a golf match.

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Gamble Shot - A risky shot through difficult terrain.

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Gimme - When an opponent thinks you'll make your next putt and permits you to
skip taking it. If you lie 3 and get a gimme your score will be 4.

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Give Up - To quit trying to sink the ball. In Mario Golf, you automatically
give up if you score triple par.

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Golf Bag - The bag used to hold clubs and other equipment while playing a
round.

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Golf Club - A place where on plays golf, in addition to the stick used to hit
the ball.

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Golf Shoes - Special shoes with cleats or spikes on their soles to keep the
feet steady during the swing.

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Golf Student - A member of a particular club in training to enter a competitive
golf circuit.

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Gooseneck - An iron with a bent neck between the shaft and head.

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Grass Hazard - A grass-covered hollow in the ground, similar to a bunker. Not
considered a true hazard.

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Green - The area of short grass surrounding the cup where the ball is putted.
You can mark, pick up, and clean your ball once it is on the green.

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Green Edge - The thin strip of grass around the green's edge. Also called the
apron, collar or fringe.

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Greenside Bunker - A bunker that borders the green.

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Greens-In-Regulation-Ratio - The percentage of holes on which a golfer gets on
the green in regulation. A high ratio should ensure many pars, and birdies.

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Grip - The end of the club you grab. Also refers to the way a player holds his
or her club.

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Grip's Length - The length of a club's grip. Used as the length you can improve
your lie under winter rules.

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Grooves - The lines carved in the face of a golf club. Used to place spin on
golf shots.

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Gross - A player's total score for a round before handicap is calculated in.

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Hacker - An erratic golfer characterized by a jerky swing.

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Handicap - The number of points you subtract from your score to match your
skill to a scratch player's.

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Hazard - An obstacle such as a bunker or water hazard. The rules don't count
grass bunkers as hazards.

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Head - The part of the club that hits the ball. It's connected to the shaft.

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Heath - An area of untended land scattered with low bushes.

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Heavy Rough - Also called deep rough, this grass is much thicker than normal
rough. Just hitting the ball can be very difficult.

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Heel - The end of the club head nearest the shaft.

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Hole - The cup in the green that you aim for. Also refers to one of the 18
areas between the tea and cup.

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Hole in One - Getting the ball into the cup in just one stroke. Usually, this
only happens on par 3 holes.

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Hole Out - To sink your ball in the cup, completing the hole.

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Home Hole - The 18th hole. Called this because once it's done, your on your way
home!

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Honors - Hitting first off of the tee. After the first hole, the winner of the
previous hole has honors.

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Hook - For righties, its when the ball flies far left of its intended path. For
lefties, its vice versa.

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Impact - The moment the club hits the ball and trajectory is determined. Impact
timing is vital because it affects left and right shot direction.

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Impact Zone - Line up this area on the power gauge to hit the ball correctly.
Also called the hitting zone.

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In - A term sometimes used to refer to the last or back nine holes of a course.
Also called the "back"

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Inside-out - A swing that starts inside, finishes outside, and makes the ball
spin to the inside. The inside spin makes the ball break toward the golfer, or
"draw."

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Intentional - Purposely hooking or slicing the ball left or right to avoid an
obstacle and get on the green.

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Interlock Grip - Gripping the club with the index finger of the top hand hooked
on the pinky of the bottom hand.

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Iron - A metal club used to hit the ball. The lower its number, the greater its
distance.

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Iron Shot - Any shot made with an iron club.

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Island Green - A green that is completely surrounded by water.

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Sorry folks but there are no terms in golf that begin with the letter J.

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Sorry folks but there are no terms in golf that begin with the letter K.

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Lag - A putt intended to stop close to the hole, not be holed.

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Lateral Water Hazard - A water hazard that allows you to drop your ball two-
club lengths from where it landed. All of Mario Golf's water hazards are
lateral.

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Lay Up - To play a short, straight shot to avoid danger. Often used to avoid
landing in water hazards.

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Layout - A shot played to a specific spot to avoid too much distance or set up
for an easier subsequent shot.

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Leading Edge - Also called the "blade," the lowest edge of a club's head, where
the sole and face meet.

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Lie - The quality, manner, or position relative to level in which a ball rests
on the ground.

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Line - The path of the ball, used mostly in reference to putting, as in: "I can
see the line!"

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Links - Originally a term for a seaside course, this is now slang for any golf
course.

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Lip - The top edge of the hole.

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Lob Shot - A shot that slowly flies high in the air. An advance technique with
disastrous miss-hit results.

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Loft - The angle of a club's face.

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Long Drive Contest - A side contest which takes place in a golf tournament
whereby participants compete to hit the longest drive on a particular hole.

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Long Hole - Another name for a par 5 hole. "Long" is also used to describe a
hole, like a long par 4.

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Long Irons - The 2-, 3-, and 4-irons. Long, middle, and short irons are named
for their drive distances.

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Lost Ball - A ball that can't be found! In Mario Golf, you will always find
your ball.

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Marker - The object used to mark ball position on a green. Also someone who
checks competition scores.

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Match Play - A competition between two players to see who can win the most
scores. The match ends as soon as a winner is decided, even if unplayed holes
remain.

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Member - Someone who belongs to a country club. A good club takes excellent
care of its members.

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Middle Hole - Another name for par 4 holes.

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Middle Irons - The 5-, 6-, and 7- irons. They're called this because of their
midrange drive distances.

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Mis-Hit - A poorly hit shot that does not do what the golfer intended.

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Mound - A place where the ground rises like a tiny hill.

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Mulligan - A second attempt, or do-over, on a shot when you didn't like the
result of the first.

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Nassau - A three-part bet based on scores on the front 9, the back 9, and
finally all 18 holes.

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Near-Pin - A contest to see whose tee shot can get closest to the pin on a
short hole.

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Neck - The area where a golf club's head meets its shaft.

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Net - A player's gross, or overall, sore minus their handicap.

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Normal Water Hazard - A water hazard, which requires the ball to be dropped
behind the hazard. Not used in this game, but in real golf, don't forget the
one stroke penalty!

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QB - QB stands for out-of-bounds. You get a one-stroke penalty, and you must
re-hit from the same spot.

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Obstacle - An obstacle between your lie and the pin. Usually a result of a poor
shot or bad management.

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On - To be at rest on the green. If the green is reached in one stroke that is
"on in one."

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On in regulation - Reaching the green in two strokes under par for the hole. On
a par 4 hole, it's on in two.

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One-Putt - To take only one putt on the green to hole the ball.

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Out - A term sometimes used to refer to the first or front nine holes of a
course. The back nine is sometimes called the "in."

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Outdrive - When a player hits a tee shot farther than another player.
Outdriving opponents feels great. Being outdriven feels awful.

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Outside-in - A swing that starts outside, finishes inside, and makes the ball
spin to the outside. The outside spin makes the ball break away, or fade," from
the golfer.

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Over Par - Scoring higher than par on a hole or course.

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Overlap Grip - Gripping the club with the pinky of the bottom hand atop the
index and middle fingers of the top one.

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Pair - A team of two golfers.

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Par - The standard number of strokes needed to play a hole or course. A typical
course is a par 72.

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Par Save - When you score par or better without being on in regulation.
Basically, a par under duress.

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Par-save ratio - The percentage of holes on which a golfer saves par.

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Partner - Refers to a member of your foursome or a player on a doubles team.

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Penalty Stroke - A stroke added to your score for dunking your ball or hitting
it Out-of-bounds.

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Pin - The flagstick that marks the cup.

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Pin High - When the ball travels the correct distance and is even with the
hole, but off to one side.

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Pin Position - Also referred to as "pin placement" the exact location of the
hole and flagstick.

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Pitch Mark - Also known as a "ball mark," the dent a ball makes when it hits
the ground: usually the green.

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Pitch shot - A short approach shot where the ball is lofted into the air and
lands with a quick stop.

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Pitching Wedge - A club with good control that easily lofts the ball into the
air. Similar to the AW and SW.

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Play Through - To pass the group in front of you while they wait.

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Playoff - A competition used to break a tie at the match's end. Sudden death is
common, but rounds can also be replayed.

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Poley - A put that is longer than the flagstick or pin.

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Pot Bunker - A small, round, pot-shaped bunker often found in fairways and
around greens on links courses.

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Private Course - A course where only members and their guests can play golf.

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Public Course - A course that anyone can play without having to be a member.

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Push - A shot that goes to the right of the intended line for a right-handed-
player.

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Putt - To hit the ball with a putter. A stroke using the putter off the green
doesn't count as a putt.

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Putt Out - An alternate term for" finish," to complete play by holing out.
Also, to putt your ball into the hole whether you're away or not.

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Putter - A club with a flat vertical head used to roll the ball across the
green.

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Putting Line - The path a putt travels once hit. If you can read putting lines,
it takes fewer putts to hole out.

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PW - Abbreviation of pitching wedge.

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Sorry folks but there are no terms in golf that begin with the letter Q.

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Rake - A tool used to smooth out the sand in a sand bunker.

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Read - To assess or survey the line of a putt to determine its break and
behavior.

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Recovery - A comeback from a missed shot or bad lie as in: "Nice recovery!"

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Registration - Entering a golf tournament. You must not forget to register
prior to the beginning of the tournament.

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Regular Tees - The tee box used by golfers of average skill to hit their first
shot. Also called the white tees.

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Relief - A rules term meaning to legally move your ball away form some trouble,
or hindrance.

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Rough - Areas of the fairway where the grass is longer. The grass makes it
harder to swing.

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Round - 18 holes of golf.

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Run - After you hit the ball, the distance it moves from its first bounce until
it stops.

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Safe Zone - Areas with no hazards that players can aim for without fear of
taking penalty strokes.

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Sand Wedge - A club used to get a ball out of a bunker. It has a sole that's
used for explosion shots.

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Sand-save-percentage - The percentage of balls holed out at par or better after
landing in a bunker.

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Score - The number of strokes taken to finish a hole or the total tally on a
round of golf.

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Scorecard - A card usually made of stiff paper used to record and tally scores
during a round of golf.

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Scratch Golfer - A golfer with zero handicap.

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Semi-rough - A strip of grass separating the rough and fairway. Longer than
fairway and shorter than rough.

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Set position - The point where the backswing ends and the club sets just before
beginning to downswing.

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Shaft - The rod that connects a club's head to its grip. Shafts are now made of
both steel and graphite.

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Shank - To hit the ball with the base of the club head, sending it way off
base. Usually caused by hitting the shot fat (ground first).

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Short - Refers to an approach shot that doesn't reach the green. Results from
poor club selection or a missed shot.

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Short Game - The part of golf that consists of short-range shots aimed at the
pin. A good short game is vital for scoring well.

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Short Hole - This is another name for a par 3 hole. "Short" can also describe a
hole, like a short par 4.

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Short Irons - Irons used for hitting short distances, such as the 8, 9, PW, AW,
and SW.

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Shortcut - The path straight across the bend in a dogleg, instead of the safe
path along the fairway.

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Shot - The act of hitting the ball.

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Shot Maker - A skilled golfer that can execute well-planned shots.

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Side Bunker - A bunker on either the left or right side of a fairway.

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Slice - For righties, a shot where the ball turns far to the right of its
intended path. For lefties, a shot where the ball turns far left.

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Slow Play - Playing slowly isn't against the rules, but its terrible etiquette
and causes backups.

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Sole - The bottom of the club head where the club number is written.

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Spike Mark - A mark made on the green by the cleats of a golf shoe.

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Spin - When the ball rotates in flight. Spin can change shot trajectory.

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Spoon - Another name for the 3-wood.

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Stance - The position of your feet when you address the ball. A bad stance
results in a bad shot.

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Starter - The person who sets the order of play from the first tee to keep the
course flowing smoothly.

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Starting Hole - The number one hole on the golf course. Everyone wants to tee
off well on the starting hole.

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Steady - Consistent, precise play during which you aim for the green in front
of the cup, not the pin.

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Stick Shot - A shot that drops and sticks hard and fast right next to the hole.

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Stroke - The number of times you address and swing the club to hit the ball are
your strokes. Don't wiff! Those count as strokes too.

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Stroke Play - A competition in which the total number of strokes for one round
determines the winner. Can also be played for a predetermined number of rounds.

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Sudden Death - A tiebreak situation in which victory is decided on the next
hole. In match play, if no winner has been determined by the last hole, a
sudden death playoff is held.

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Sunny-side up - When a ball gets halfway buried in a bunker, resembling an
over-easy egg. Very difficult to hit.

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SW - Abbreviation for sand wedge.

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Sway - Turning the body from side to side during the swing. To much sway causes
erratic ball flight.

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Sweet Spot - The dead center of the face of the club. Hitting this spot is
important for getting the appropriate distance out of a club.

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Sweet-spot ratio - The percentage of shots that you hit in a club's sweet spot.

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Swing - The act of pendulating a club to hit a ball.

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Tailwind - A wind that comes from behind. It carries the ball.

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Tap-in - A short, simple putt that doesn't require concentration.

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Teaching Pro - A trained instructor who teaches golfers the finer points of the
game. Novices should listen up.

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Tee - The wooden peg that the ball rests upon for the first shot on a hole.

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Tee Box - The designated area from which each player hits the first shot of
every hole.

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Tee Marker - A mark that specifies from where in the tee box you should take
your tee shot.

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Tee Off - To hit the first shot on the starting hole.

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Tee Shot - The first shot on a hole. Taken from the tee box.

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Tee Time - The assigned time for a group to begin play on their first hole.

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Tee Up - To set the ball on the tee for the tee shot. If it falls off, there's
no penalty to replace it.

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Tend The Flag - To hold the pin so a player can see the hole and to remove it
after the player has putted.

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Texas Wedge - A shot made with the putter from off the green.

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The Turn - "Making the turn" refers to finishing the front nine and moving on
to the back nine.

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Tight - A descriptive term for a course or hole that is very narrow.

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Title Holder - A player that wins a championship tournament and therefore holds
that particular title.

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Toe - The far end of the club head, away from the neck and shaft.

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Tool - An instrument used to fix a ball mark on the green.

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Top - To hit the top of the ball, resulting in a low missed shot.

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Topspin - A back-to-front spin on the ball that causes it to drop faster, yet
roll further.

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Touch - An abstract term that refers to having a feel or sensitivity for
playing good golf shots.

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Tournament - A competition among many golfers for a prize, trophy, or title.

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Tournament Green - For use in tournaments, this green is harder and faster than
a normal green. It's hard to make the ball stop on a tournament green.

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Trajectory - The flight path of the ball.

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Trap - See "bunker"

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Triple Bogey - A score of three strokes over par. On a par 4 hole, a triple
bogey would be a score of 7.

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Trouble Shot - When the ball is in a difficult position to hit, like behind a
tree or under a bush.

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The Letter U
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Under Par - Scoring less than the par score for hole or course.

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Undulation - The ups and downs of the terrain. It's important to study since
the ball always rolls downhill.

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Unplayable - A ball that cannot be played due to terrain. There's a one-stroke
penalty to drop the ball.

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Up and Down - To hole out in two shots from off the green. Usually a chip or
pitch followed by one putt.

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Uphill - Refers to any up-sloping shot. Down-sloping shots are referred to as
"downhill."

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Upright Swing - A term for a swing in which the club's path is vertical.

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The Letter V
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Visitor - A guest playing at a course that he or she does not belong to.

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The Letter W
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Waggle - The back-and-forth club motion at address meant to loosen the wrists
and arms.

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Waste Area - Terrain covered in pebbles and rocks. Like deep rough, these areas
are hard to hit far from.

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Water Hazard - An obstacle made of water. If you dunk your ball, you have to
take a one-stroke penalty.

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Wedge - A short-range club used to loft the ball into the air. Sand, pitching,
and approach wedges are the most coming.

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Wet Ball - A shot that lands in any water hazard on the course. Also called
water balls.

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Whiff - A swing that attempts to hit the ball, and missed.

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Wood - A distance club once made of wood but now often made of metal. 1-, 3-,
and 4-woods are in Mario Golf.

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Worm Burner - A shot with an extremely low trajectory that skims or appears to
skim the ground.

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Yard - On yard equals three feet. That's about the same as 90 cm.

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Yardage - The unit used to measure distance outside of the green.

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Yardage Marker - A landmark indicating yardage to the green. Usually measured
to the center of the green.

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Yips - The inability to play well due to nerves. Yips are most common to, but
not limited to, putting.

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Sorry folks but there are no terms in golf that begin with the letter Z.

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Me - I wrote this guide for Mario Golf Advance Tour.

You - you read this guide for Mario Golf Advance Tour.

Jeff - For posting this guide.

To Mario Golf Advance Tour - I used the glossary in there to make my
definitions.

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