- the slope of the face of the head of a club backward from the vertical, tending to drive the ball upward.
- the act of lofting.
- a lofting stroke.
verb (used with object)
- to slant the face of (a club).
- to hit (a golf ball) into the air or over an obstacle.
- to clear (an obstacle) in this manner.
verb (used without object)
Origin of loft
Examples from the Web for lofting
An interesting case was quoted to me some time since of the success a man achieved in lofting over stymies, and the reason why.The Happy Golfer|Henry Leach
There was no lofting, and both windows were open, so that a cool breeze was blowing right through.Labrador Days|Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Horizontal holes are frequently put in and artificial beds made by "lofting."
- (in golf) the angle from the vertical made by the club face to give elevation to a ball
- elevation imparted to a ball
- a lofting stroke or shot
Word Origin for loft
"an upper chamber," c.1300, from late Old English loft "the sky; the sphere of the air," from Old Norse lopt "air, sky," originally "upper story, loft, attic" (Scandinavian -pt- pronounced like -ft-), from Proto-Germanic *luftuz "air, sky" (cf. Old English lyft, Dutch lucht, Old High German luft, German Luft, Gothic luftus "air").
Sense development is from "loft, ceiling" to "sky, air." Buck suggests ultimate connection with Old High German louft "bark," louba "roof, attic," etc., with development from "bark" to "roof made of bark" to "ceiling," though this did not directly inform the meaning "air, sky." But Watkins says this is "probably a separate Germanic root." Meaning "gallery in a church" first attested c.1500.
"to hit a ball high in the air," 1856, originally in golf, from loft (n.). Related: Lofted; lofting. An earlier sense was "to put a loft on" (a building), 1560s; also "to store (goods) in a loft" (1510s).