Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ADDRESS, v., n. Sc. usage in Golf; now in St.Eng.:

I. v. refl. To place oneself, esp. the feet and hands, in a proper position for striking the ball with the club; now gen. tr., to position oneself relative to (the ball) before driving it (Sc. 1887 W. G. Simpson Art of Golf 58). Sc. 1773 C. B. Clapcott Rules of Golf (1935) 24:
Every Golfer addressing himself to his Ball.
Sc. 1896 W. Park Game of Golf 67:
In the position for driving, or, as it is technically termed, ‘addressing the ball’ for a drive.

II. n. The position taken up by a golfer in driving the ball. Sc. 1887 W. G. Simpson Art of Golf 53:
The Swing of the golfer may be divided into three parts: 1st, Position; 2nd, Address; 3rd, Swing proper.
Sc. 1939 St. Andrews Cit. (2 Dec.) 3:
My furst ‘address’ to a ‘gutta’ ball on St Andrews Links.

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