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Tampa Bay Classic primer

By DARRELL FRY

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 19, 2000


Golf terms

GREENSIDE BUNKER: Sand traps surrounding the green.

GETTING UP AND DOWN: Pitching or chipping onto the green, then sinking a putt with one stroke.

SHORT GAME: A player's skill at pitching, chipping and putting.

GET SOME LEGS: A phrase shouted when it appears a shot might land short of its target, possibly in water or another hazard.

HONORS: Refers to teeing off first on any hole as a reward for having the lowest score of your foursome on the previous hole.

PROVISIONAL TEE SHOT: A second tee shot hit because the initial one may have landed out of bounds or resulted in a lost ball.

APPROACH SHOT: A shot aimed at the green.

DUCK-HOOKED: An errant shot that starts straight, then veers sharply to the left for a right-handed golfer.

THE BIG DOG: A driver.

THE LINE: The path a ball must travel to get to the hole.

KNOCK DOWN SHOT: Any shot purposely hit low, perhaps to avoid wind drag or a low-hanging tree limb.

PIN HIGH: Describes a shot hit the exact distance to the flag regardless of whether it's too far left or right.

CHILI-DIP: Taking a bigger-than-desired divot on a chip shot, severely reducing the distance of the shot.

Golf etiquette

DO's:

After the tee shot, always let the golfer whose ball is farthest from the hole hit first.

Always allow another golfer to putt out if asked.

Always keep pace with the group ahead.

DON'Ts:

On greens, never step in the likely path of another golfer's ball.

Never talk or move dramatically once another golfer is in position to hit his ball.

Never hit out of turn unless everyone agrees to it.

Did you know?

Charles Howell III, who is grouped with Casey Martin and Bill Shriver for today's opening round, has done something Tiger Woods didn't. He won the NCAA individual championship by a record eight strokes with a record 23 under par this year.

Golf officials use an instrument called a Stimpmeter to measure the speed of the greens. The device was invented in 1936 by Edward Stimpson.

The grain of the grass on greens -- meaning the direction the blades grow -- is affected by water. Blades generally grow toward water. That's helpful for golfers trying to determine how fast their ball will roll because putting against the grain slightly slows the ball.

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