Golf Terms Defined Part 4
These golf terms defined are part of
sports gamerisms, Define Your Game!
Part 4 completes golf gamerisms provided for golf players and fans who
wish for zingers and to play fantasy golf.
Golf Terms Defined: P - Q
Golf Terms Defined: R
- Pair or
Partner: 2 golfers are assigned to play together in
refers to the set number of strokes it should take to reach the hole
from the tee box for an experienced golfer. Total par figures for all
holes=par for a course. Examples are approximate for men and women, Par
3=250 yards or 210 yards for women.
Stroke: 1 more stroke added to a player's score due
to a violation.
Up: in this situation, the player who picks up the ball is
out of the
game or in competition and that hole goes to the opponent.
golf terms defined for the flags.
- Pin Placement:
refers to the location of the hole on a
game official who monitors pin placement.
a short swing shot, normally high in the
air that doesn’t use a full swing.
- Pitch and Run:
golf shot with a decreased arc and no
backspin resulting in a roll towards the pin.
Wedge: term for the iron that is ideal for pitch
golfer's swing motion involving shoulders,
mid-section and hips.
- Play Off:
extra holes played to decide a winner after a tie
- Play Through:
it's just good golf manners to allow the
speedier players to move ahead of a slower group.
- Plugged Lie:
a situation where the ball is half
- Plus Handicap:
refers to player with a plus handicap who
then adds strokes to gross score to calculate the net.
- Pot Bunker:
jargon for a steep-sided sand trap—a golfer's
challenger to be sure.
or pro golfer who either earns a living
playing tournaments or giving lessons.
both pros and amateurs play in competition here.
- Pro Shop:
get your golf equipment and supplies here.
Ball: substitute golf ball played after one is
declared out of bounds or lost.
shot that is not straight but wanders off to the left
or right depending on the golfer's use of right or left hands.
golf ball that is low and hit into the wind.
opposite of pull shot.
short shot on the green made with a putter.
- Putting Green:
close kept area around the hole.
club with a flat face used to knock the
ball into the hole from a short distance.
- Quail High:
refers to a distance shot hit low and flat.
Golf Terms Defined: S
jargon for a pro who is required to qualify for
to hit a putt decisively.
- Read the
Green: analyzing the area to decide the putt
technique required to sink the ball.
- Recovery Shot:
you got out of the rough or hazard and are
now back on the right course.
chief game official who monitors and calls rule
violations for tournaments and matches.
Overlap: refers to placement of fingers overlapping
for a type of grip.
whoa—beautiful shot hit with the right distance and
term for the upper edge of the cup where the ball will
often roll before —yes, going in!
- Rim Out:
golf terms defined for the situation where the ball did
not drop in—oh no!
- Range Finder:
tool used to determine the distance
between objects on a golf course.
grass adjoining the fairway, kept longer
making for a more difficult shot.
a completed game on the course that can be 9 or 18
- Round Robin:
golf tournament where the winning player is
declared based on of the most matches won versus other golfers.
refers to how long that ball rolls and then lands.
golf shot hit near or trails along the ground upon
approaching the hole.
Golf Terms Defined: T
- Sand Trap:
hazard or bunker full of sand,
typically close to the hole.
- Sand Wedge:
club used to knock the ball out of
jargon for the area where the head and shaft meet on
a wood club.
very skillful golf player with a 0 (as in zero)
occurs when the course turf is hit with a club
before the ball.
refers to all the clubs and now you are golf-ready.
golf terms defined for section of the club joined to the
- Shag: lingo
for gathering the balls shot from the practice
- Shag bag:
term for practice balls holder.
striking the ball with the hosel, ending
with a bad shot.
- Short Game:
term for a game focusing more on accuracy than
refers to playing partners for the game.
- Sidehill Lie:
positioned above or below the player's feet,
this ball is on a hill.
match that consists of 2 golfers in competition.
jargon for a hit above the golf ball center,
resulting in a long shot.
this shot is hit under the ball resulting in a high,
a weak shot wherein the club head circles
resulting in a shank.
- Slice or
Banana Ball: poor shot traveling left to
right, usually hit with the wrong angle of club.
lingo for a low shot with a 'crazy' bounce.
shot hit down resulting in a short-distance ball.
- Snap Hook:
refers to a shot that bends right to left or
with a left-handed player from left to right.
jargon for a hook shot that drops rapidly.
scoring 8 strokes on one hole, referring
to the shape of the number resembling a snowman.
located in the area of the iron neck where the
term for the bottom of the club head.
- Spot Putting:
occurs when a golfer uses a spot on the green
as an aiming point.
golf terms defined for golf ball hit way off line.
term for a tied golf match.
refers to the feet position during the address.
- Starter: game
official who monitors tee-off times and
correct playing sequence.
- Stick: refers
to the flagstick.
Round: golf played in the correct order from
number 1 hole to 18.
golf terms for a close hit near the flagstick.
refers to a swing and hit of the golf ball.
- Stroke and
Distance: refers to player's loss of a stroke
and distance on a penalty that must be replayed.
- Stroke Play:
contest based on number of strokes and rounds
with the win going to the lowest score.
- Stymie: lingo
for an obstruction between the ball and
- Sudden Death:
the first golfer to sink a hole is the winner
and the game is over.
- Swale: term
for a dip in the course.
- Sweet Spot:
spot on the club where it is optimal
to hit the ball.
the act leading up to striking the ball.
Golf Terms Defined: U - Z
refers to the start of a backswing as the club
comes off the ground.
- Tap In: occurs
when the ball just requires a tap of the
putter to go in the hole.
small piece of wood where the ball is placed to strike
with the driver.
- Tee Box:
the beginning of a hole where the golfer
tees off, usually with his driver.
- Teeing Ground:
marked section of the course where golfers
must tee off.
- Thin: shot hit above ball center—not a good thing!
sending that shot right between the trees.
- Three Ball:
refers to 3 golfers=1 contest.
golf terms defined for the tip of the club.
shot hit above the ball center resulting in a hop.
ball movement forward.
skillful player who can place shots accurately—the
- Touch Shot:
refers to a challenging shot hit with precise
golf contest that is either match or stroke
- Triple Bogey:
jargon for a score that is 3 over the par for
- Trouble Shot:
a shot from a tough position and lie.
moving on to the last of the 9 holes, this player is
at the 10th.
2 golfers playing a round.
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choosing a club that won't go the distance
refers to backspin.
- Unplayable Lie:
can't be done, resulting in a 1-stroke
penalty for the unfortunate player.
tally of strokes/holes that a player is ahead of
- Upright Swing:
occurs when the club swings back and up from
the ball directly.
golf terms defined for club head motion behind and over the
- Water Hole:
jargon for that water hazard up ahead.
high angled club used to hit short, high,
missing the ball completely with a full
lingo for a flexible shaft.
- Wind Cheater:
golf shot that carries backspin into the wind.
a club used to hit the ball a greater distance, although typically made
of some sort of light metal now, instead of wood as they were
- Worm Burner:
hard shot hit at a low trajectory.
Rating: calculated by the distance from tee to
a shot hit very hard and with great
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