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TheGolfExpert has tried to include a list of terms that you may hear around the golf course and define them in layman's terms as best we can. If we have missed something, if you have heard a new term that you don't recognize or if there is a term that should be added to our list - please
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Short game

The part of the game that consists of short range shots. Specifically pitching, chipping and putting. Example: "Many people consider anything inside of 100 yards as the short game.


Knee knocker

(aka: "tester") a short putt that is, for whatever reason, challenging. For most average golfers a good example of a knee knocker is a 6 foot putt. Example: "His chip shot was well played, but still left him with a knee knocker for par. 


(aka: "recovery shot", "trouble shot") a shot that is played to extricate oneself from trouble after an errant shot. Example: "Megan hit a spectacular recovery shot from the trees to within 6 feet of the cup."  


a portion of turf that is ripped out of the ground by the head of the club during a swing (regardless of whether the ball is contacted or not).  


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