Make: Hole a shot.
Makeable: Shot with a good chance of being holed.
Mallet: Putter with a wide head.
Mark: To indicate the position of the ball with a small, round, flat object, such as a coin, usually on the green.
Marker: Small, round object, such as a coin, placed behind the ball to indicate its position when you lift it. Or the person keeping score.
Marshal: Person controlling the crowd at a tournament.
Mashie: Old term for a 5-iron.
Mashie-Niblick: Old term for a 7-iron.
Masters: First major tournament of each calendar year. Always played over the Augusta National course in Georgia.
Match of Cards: Comparing your scorecard to your opponent’s to see who won.
Match Play: Game played between two sides. The side that wins the most holes wins the match.
Matched Set: Clubs designed to look and feel the same.
Medal Play: Game played between any number of players. The player with the lowest score wins (can also be called stroke play).
Metal Wood: Wooden club made of metal.
Mid-Iron: Old term for a 2-iron.
Miniature Course: Putting course.
Misclub: To use the wrong club for the distance.
Misread: To take the wrong line on a putt.
Miss the Cut: To take too many strokes for the first 36 holes of 72-hole event and be eliminated. I did this once or twice.
Mixed Foursome: Two men, two women.
Model Swing: Perfect motion.
Mulligan: Second attempt at a shot, usually played on the first tee. This is illegal.
Municipal Course: A course owned by the local government and thus open to the public. Generally has lower greens fees than a privately owned public course.