Pairings: Groups of two players.
Par: The score a good player would expect to make on a hole or round.
Partner: A player on your side.
Persimmon: A wood from which many wooden clubs are made.
PGA: Professional Golfers’ Association.
Piccolo Grip: A very loose hold on the club, especially at the top of the backswing.
Pigeon: An opponent you should beat easily.
Pin: The pole placed in the hole.
Pin-high: See hole high.
Pin-Placement: The location of the hole on the green.
Pitch: A short, high approach shot. Doesn’t run much on landing.
Pitch and Putt: A short course. Or getting down in two strokes from off the green.
Pitch-and-Run: Varies from a pitch in that it flies lower and runs more.
Pitching-Niblick: Old term for an 8-iron.
Pivot: The body turn during the swing.
Plane: The arc of the swing.
Playoff: Two or more players play extra holes to break a tie.
Play Through: What you do when the group in front of you invites you to pass.
Plugged Lie: When the ball finishes half-buried in the turf or a bunker.
Plumb-Bob: Lining up a putt with one eye closed and the putter held vertically in front of the face.
Pop-Up: High, short shot.
Pot Bunker: Small, steeply faced bunker.
Practice Green: Place for working on your putting.
Preferred Lies: Temporary rule that allows you to move the ball to a more favorable position because of wet conditions.
Press: You’ve lost your match, but you want your money back. This new bet takes place over any remaining holes.
Private Club: A club open to members and their guests only.
Pro-Am: A competition in which professional partners team with amateurs.
Professional: A golfer who plays or teaches for his or her livelihood.
Pro Shop: A place where you sign up to start play and can buy balls, clubs, and so on.
Provisional Ball: You think your ball may be lost. To save time, you play another from the same spot before searching for the first ball. If the first ball is lost, the second ball is in play.
Public Course: A golf course open to all.
Pull: A straight shot that flies to the left of the target.
Punch: A shot hit lower with the ball back in the stance and a shorter-than-normal follow-through.
Push: A straight shot that flies to the right of the target.
Putter: A straight-faced club generally used on the greens.