PGA – THOSE GUYS ARE GOOD

I am not a morning person.

Some days, I’m not even coherent until after I’ve had coffee, worked out, and showered.

That’s the reason I could never become a professional golfer.  Not that I’m anywhere near good enough.  I’m just learning to play the game.  But, I have noticed that some players are scheduled to tee off by 7:00am during tournaments.

Me at 3 yrs old early in the morning.

To me, an early start time in golf is insane when you take into consideration the mindboggling amount of elements one needs to have knowledge of and have mastered in order to play a decent game.  Sometimes, I feel like I’m going to explode when I step up to the tee box.

So, after a recent game in which I played badly, I came home and jotted down the following impromptu list of golf terms that either my coach has given me guidance on, or which I’ve become aware of online or in books.  It’s no wonder I struggled:

Club selection

Irons

Drivers

Fairways

Hybrids

Wedges

Putters

Pitching

Putting

Chipping

Slicing

Hooking

Pushing

Pulling

Slicing

Swaying

Sliding

Fat Shots

Thin Shots

Lobs

Draws

Fades

Breaks

Divots

Chunka

Shanks

Blast

Gimme

Mulligan

Approach Shot

Bump and Run

Knock Down

Tap In

Lay Up

Up and Down

Flop Shot

Stymie

Misread

Hole in One

Worm Burner

Whiff

Zinger

Short Game

Sand Game

Scrambling

Unplayable

Driving Distance

Driving Accuracy

Backspin

Ball Flight

Ball Direction

Distance

Head Position

Shoulder Turn

Shoulder Alignment

Anterior Posture

Lateral Posture

Spine Angle

Torso Twist

Elbow Placement

Elbow Release

Wrist Action

Grip

Hip Turn

Foot Position

Takeaway

Backswing

Swing Plane

Weight Shift

Stance

Shaft

How to Address the Ball

Teeing the Ball

Follow Through

Club Finish

Club head Speed

Swing Speed

Ball Speed

Swing Plane

Downswing

Angle of Approach

Aim

Lag

Open Face

Impact

Club Face

Club Release

Target Line

Finish

Solid Contact

Rhythm

Balance

Tempo

Waggle

Tee box

Fairway

Fringe

Bunkers

Rough

Water Hazards

Putting Green

Greens in Regulation

Pin

Cup

Flagstick

Hole

Rounds

Strokes

Scores

Rules

Etiquette

Back Nine

Front Nine

Par

Birdie

Eagle

Ace

Albatross

Bogey

Penalties

Handicap

Scratch Golfer

The Cut

Weather

Wind

Trees

The Lie

Dogleg Left

Dogleg Right

Speed of Greens

Links

Golf Balls

Velocity

Launch Angle

Spin Rate

Trajectory

Dimples

Fitness

Golf Bag

Clothes

Proper Shoes

Hats

Gloves

Mental Toughness

Pace of the game

Playing partner

Caddies

Whew… How on earth do professional players keep it all straight and play under par, even when it’s first thing in the morning?

Yeah, those guys are good.

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