One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The socket of a golf club head which the shaft fits into.
- ‘Seve cut his sticks to length, whittled a point in the slender end and drove it into the hosel - the round socket at the top of the iron head.’
- ‘I recently broke the shaft of my 3-wood at the hosel.’
- ‘The custom-fit hosel optimizes ball flight and reduces shaft stress for improved feel.’
- ‘I've done some testing with impact tape and found that when I shank a shot, I am actually striking the golf ball more than once (the face and then the hosel hit the ball in succession).’
- ‘It's frustrating to see players get near the green in regulation, then start circling it to the right, clanking a bunch of chip shots off the hosel.’
Late 16th century: diminutive of hose, in the dialect sense ‘sheathing’.
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