Gallery: Spectators at a tournament.
Gimme: A short putt that your opponent doesn’t ask you to hit, assuming that you can’t possibly miss the shot.
G.I.R: Slang for greens in regulation — greens hit in regulation number of strokes.
Glove: Usually worn on the left hand by right-handed players. Helps maintain grip.
Golden Bear: Jack Nicklaus.
Golf Widow(er): Your significant other after he or she finds out how much you want to play!
Go to School: Watching your partner’s putt and learning from it the line and pace that your putt should have.
Good-Good: Reciprocal concession of short putts. (See gimme.)
Grain: Tendency of grass leaves to lie horizontally toward the sun.
Grand Slam: The four major championships: Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship.
Graphite: Lightweight material used to make shafts and clubheads.
Great White Shark: Greg Norman.
Green: The shortest-cut grass where you do your putting.
Greenies: Bet won by player whose first shot finishes closest to the hole on a par-3.
Green Jacket: Prize awarded to the winner of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Greens Fee: The cost to play a round of golf.
Greenside: Close to the green.
Greensome: Game in which both players on a team drive off. The better of the two is chosen; then they alternate shots from there.
Grip: Piece of rubber/leather on the end of a club. Or your hold on the club.
Groove: Scoring along the clubface.
Gross Score: Actual score shot before a handicap is deducted.
Ground the Club: The process of placing the clubhead behind the ball at address, generally touching the bottom of the grass.
Ground Under Repair: Area on the course being worked on by the groundskeeper, generally marked by white lines, from which you may drop your ball without penalty.
Gutta Percha: Material used to manufacture golf balls in the 19th century.