Rabbit: A beginning player.
Rake: Device used to smooth the sand after you leave a bunker.
Range: Practice area.
Range Ball: Generally a low-quality ball used on a driving range.
Rap: To hit a putt firmly.
Read the Green: To assess the path on which a putt must travel to the hole.
Regular: A shaft with normal flex.
Regulation: Par figures.
Release: The point in the downswing where the wrists uncock.
Relief: Where you drop a ball that was in a hazard or affected by an obstruction.
Reverse Overlap: Putting grip in which the little finger of the right hand overlaps the index finger of the left hand.
Rhythm: The tempo of your swing.
Rifle a Shot: To hit the ball hard, straight, and far.
Rim the Cup: See Lip Out.
Ringer Score: Your best-ever score at each hole on the course.
Road Hole: The 17th hole at St. Andrews — the hardest hole in the world.
Roll: On wooden clubs, the curve on the clubface from the top to the bottom of the face.
Rough: Unprepared area of long grass on either side of the fairway.
Round: Eighteen holes of golf.
Royal & Ancient Golf Club: The organization that runs the British Open.
Rub of the Green: Luck.
Run: The roll on the ball after landing.
Run Up: A type of shot to play when the ground is firm. You bounce the ball onto the green and let it roll to the hole.