Golf Terms: The Complete Golfers Glossary

Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a newcomer to the greens, understanding the language of the fairways is an essential part of the game. From the familiar cadence of "par" and the thrill of a "birdie" to the nuanced intricacies of terms like "line," "break," and "dogleg," our glossary touches every corner of the golfers vocabulary.

While mastering these terms might not miraculously improve your swing, it certainly adds a layer of understanding to your golfing experience. So, join us as we unravel the mysteries of golf terminology.

The 18Birdies team has meticulously curated this glossary to help you effortlessly navigate the language of golf, ensuring you'll be talking the talk on the fairways in no time. Let's tee off into the world of golf terminology together!

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When your ball takes an unexpected flight, often over the green, leaving you to wonder if it’s trying to escape the golf course. In golf, "airmail" is a playful term used when a golfer hits an approach shot with too much power, causing the ball to soar past the green. It's a vivid way to express that you've overhit your intended target, often leading to a challenging recovery.


Golf is all about aiming, and alignment is your secret weapon. It's the art of pointing your club and body in the right direction, like a sharpshooter locking onto the target.

All Square

It's like starting a clean slate in a round of golf betting, where neither you nor your buddy is in the lead, and the game is as level as the fairway. In golf, "All Square" is a terminology predominantly used in match play. It signifies that both sides or players are equal in terms of holes won, resulting in a tied match. The game is in balance, with neither side holding a lead.

Angle Of Attack

The angle at which your clubhead moves into the ball during your swing. It determines whether you'll make contact with the ball on a descending path (for irons) or an ascending path (for drivers and woods). The swing attack path greatly influences the quality and trajectory of your shots. This angle is measured concerning the horizon and varies with different clubs. It plays a significant role in determining the ball's trajectory and is a crucial metric measured when using golf simulators like TrackMan.

Attend The Flag

Often shortened to "tend it," this refers to the act of having someone, such as a caddy or playing partner, hold the flagstick (pin) while you putt. As your ball approaches the hole, this person removes the flag to ensure that it doesn't obstruct the ball's path.


"Automatics" is a term commonly used in golf betting scenarios. It denotes that new bets are automatically initiated at predetermined times during the match, typically when one player falls behind by a specific number of holes. For example, "2 down automatics" means that new bets commence when a player is two holes down in the match.

Back Nine

The part of your round where you realize that the front nine was just the warm-up act. It's where the real drama, heroics, and, let's face it, some disasters happen.


The art of making your golf ball spin backward, creating those mesmerizing, "did you see that?!" moments. It's basically the ball's way of moonwalking.


It's your golfing windup, where you coil your potential energy like a tightly wound spring. The "backswing" in golf marks the initial phase of your swing, extending from the setup position until you reach the top of the swing. It encompasses the motion of taking the club back and setting up the mechanics for the downswing. Use AI Coach to see if you can improve your backswing!

Below The Hole

Leaving a ball below the hole is having your putt end up just downhill of the hole, leaving yourself an uphill putt into the cup. In golf, the term "below the hole" is a strategic reference to the desired ball position on the green. It implies that you aim to leave your ball in a position where you face an uphill putt rather than a downhill one. This choice is made to enhance your chances of making a successful putt. Us3d Greens to never leave the ball above the hole again!

Bladed Shot

A "bladed shot" is golf slang for an unfortunate swing outcome in which the clubhead makes contact with the bottom of the iron instead of the clubface. This typically results in a low-flying shot that travels significantly beyond the intended distance.


In golf, this term doesn't refer to a bird but to your score on a hole when you've lost your way, and the scorecard starts to look like a scavenger hunt happened on the hole. "Buzzard" humorously describes scoring a double bogey on a hole. A double bogey occurs when a golfer scores two strokes over par for that hole. For instance, if you record a 6 on a par-4 hole, you've made a "buzzard."


"Cabbage" is golf slang that characterizes areas of the course covered in tall, dense grass and deep rough. Golfers frequently use this term to refer to troublesome locations where the grass is challenging to escape. It's where your golf ball gets lost, entangled in rough so thick it could have its own reality show. It's like sending your ball to golfing Narnia.

Chilly Dip

"Chilly Dip" is a playful golf slang term denoting an ineffectual chip shot. It's a description typically reserved for chips that come up short of the intended target due to an unfortunate mis-hit, often involving contact with the ground before the ball.


A "chip" signifies a specific type of shot used when you're near the green. It involves employing a wedge club, executing a compact swing reminiscent of a putting stroke, and using the loft of the club to lift the ball onto the green. It's a precision shot for short distances. Keep track of your chips and up and downs to see your progress!


"Compression" in golf refers to the process where the golf ball collides with the clubface during impact. It is this compression that propels the ball forward, and different golf balls exhibit varying degrees of compression. The choice of golf ball often depends on the golfer's clubhead speed and preferences. Typically refers to the action of the golf ball when struck well. The ball will compress and leap off the face of the club.


A score that's 4 under par on a single hole. It could be a hole-in-one on a par-5 or a 2 on a par-6.

Course Rating

Imagine a team of golf sheriffs examining the course with magnifying glasses, measuring tape, and calculators. The result? A numerical verdict on how challenging or forgiving the course can be. "Course rating" in golf is a key factor in calculating a golfer's handicap. It evaluates the expected difficulty of a specific course for a scratch golfer (one with a 0 handicap). Course ratings are available on golf scorecards and guide the calculation of a golfer's handicap index.


It's not a golf trick involving knives; it's when you make the ball slice through the air like it's on a diet, curving gently to the right (for right-handed golfers) like a leaf floating in the breeze. In golf slang, "cut" is used to describe a slight slice, causing the ball to curve to the right for a right-handed golfer. It is a shot that veers off its intended path and produces a minor fade.


"Dormie" is a term in golf match play that indicates one player holds a lead equivalent to the number of holes remaining. For instance, if you're five holes ahead with five holes left to play, you are "dormie." In golf, it's like being in a suspenseful movie where the hero (or villain) is just one step away from victory (or defeat). You're up in the match by the same number of holes left. It's like a golfing cliffhanger.

Double Eagle

Imagine a golf scorecard as a wild safari. A birdie is a common sighting, an eagle is a majestic predator, and a double eagle? That's the stuff of legends, the unicorn of golf scores. "Double eagle" is a synonym for an albatross in golf. It signifies scoring three strokes under par on a single hole, typically accomplished by achieving a hole-in-one on a par-4 hole or scoring a two on a par-5 hole. Keep track of all of your birdies using stats during your round!


Downswing is your swing's power surge, where energy is unleashed to propel the ball down the fairway. The "downswing" in golf denotes the segment of the swing that follows the backswing and leads to contact with the golf ball. It is a pivotal phase of the swing sequence. Make sure you're in the proper position for your downswing with AI Coach!


Often called the "big stick," the Driver is your heavyweight champion, delivering those booming tee shots. Add your driver to your golf bag in 18Birdies today!


A duff is that delightful, albeit embarrassing, oops moment when your club meets the ground before the ball. "Duff" in golf slang describes an unfortunate shot that falls short of the intended distance or quality. It signifies a mis-hit or mishandled shot that doesn't meet the golfer's expectations.

Elevated Green

The green is uphill from where your ball is resting. You will need to adjust for the change in elevation by selecting a club that goes slightly further. Get the exact distance adjustment with Plays Like yardages today!

Even (Even Par)

"Even par" in golf signifies scoring a round that matches the established par value of the golf course. For example, if you complete a par-72 course with a score of 72, you have shot "even par." It's when your scorecard looks like it's balancing on a tightrope, neither ahead nor behind. You're in golfing limbo, a place of peace in a world of bogeys and birdies.

Executive Course

These courses are like the express lanes of golf, shorter but just as much fun. It's golfing's equivalent of a speed run. An "executive course" is a type of golf course that differs from standard courses in two main ways. First, it comprises shorter holes, and second, it often includes more par-3 holes than a traditional course. Executive courses typically have a total par rating of 62 to 65.


In golf slang, "ferret" characterizes making a precise and skillful shot from off the green, usually aiming for par or better. It showcases a golfer's ability to navigate challenging situations and deliver exceptional short game performance. Use 3D greens to know where to land your approach shot for a Ferret!


A putt that circles the entire cup, then goes in. You might need to wipe after that one.


A golf shot that literally flies too far. Usually the result of catching a “flyer lie,” when grass gets trapped between the clubface and ball at impact, impeding the grooves on your club to spin the ball. You can spot a “flyer lie” when you see thick rough growing in the same direction as the intended flight of your ball.

Foot Wedge

A "foot wedge" in golf slang refers to an unethical practice in which a golfer uses their foot to kick the ball rather than executing a proper shot. This action is considered cheating and violates the principles of fair play in golf. It's not an official club; it's your secret weapon when you're in a tricky spot. The club you can't find in any pro shop but always seems to be in your golf bag.


"Footwork" in golf encompasses the movements and positioning of a golfer's feet throughout the swing. Effective footwork plays a vital role in maintaining balance, generating power, and ensuring a stable and consistent swing. Think of it as the secret sauce in your golf swing recipe. Your feet are the chefs, adding just the right ingredients of pivot, balance, and flair to make your swing sizzle.


What golfers yell (hopefully loudly) when they hit a bad shot to alert the golfers in the area where their ball is headed. Generally translated as “duck and cover.”

Forward Swing

The "forward swing" in golf represents the final segment of a golfer's swing, occurring after the point of contact with the ball. It involves the follow-through and completion of the swing sequence, determining the shot's accuracy and direction.

Free Drop

The golf course shows mercy with a free drop, letting you breathe easy when your ball gets into a tight spot. A "free drop" is a golf rule that grants a player the privilege of taking relief without incurring a penalty stroke, typically due to an unfavorable lie or course obstruction. It offers relief to golfers when their ball is in an undesirable position.

Fried Egg

A golf ball buried in the bunker. Upon entering the bunker to hit this shot, we suggest asking your foursome “where’s my side of bacon?”


It's like golf's version of a cliffhanger. Is your ball on the green or not? The fringe is where your golf ball lives life on the edge, literally.

Front Nine

It's like reading the first half of a gripping novel, but you haven't yet reached the plot twists and climax. You're golfing through the introduction, waiting for the story to unfold.

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When you have to fix a divot or repair a ball mark.


Kind of a reverse mulligan. If you're playing with Gilligans, you can use one to erase a shot from your opponent and make then hit from the same spot again.


The kind-hearted rescue of your scorecard when your friend says, "It's good, pick it up."


A putt so short that you wouldn’t miss it, so your golf buddies give it to you. The rule of thumb for measuring gimmie is often “in the leather” which is the length of the grip of your putter.


This isn't just a person who hits a ball with a stick; it's a seeker of the perfect swing, a collector of divots, and a connoisseur of sand traps. Golfers are a rare breed, part athlete, part philosopher.


The direction in which the grass is growing on the greens; putts can be down grain, side grain and/or against the grain all of which affect the roll of your golf ball. Not to be confused with that stuff in your buddy’s flask.

Grand Slam

It's not a baseball feat; in golf, this is the elusive achievement of winning all four major championships. It's like being the conquering hero of golf, collecting all the golden trophies on your epic quest.


The area of finely trimmed grass at the end of each hole (it’s where you want to end up).

Green Fee

It's like the cover charge for the world's most exclusive nightclub, except this club has 18 holes and more sand than a beach party. Pay the green fee and join the golfing party.

Green In Regulation

When you reach the green in two less shots than the par of the hole (1 shot for par 3s, 2 for 4s and 3 for 5s). Improve and track your progress by keeping track of your GIRs!


Hitting a green in regulation. One shot on a par 3, two shots on par 4, three shots on a Par 5. Or the amount of Benjamins you win when you’re playing lights out.


It's not just a job; it's a sacred duty to keep the greens pure and fairways pristine. The greenskeeper is the Michelangelo of golf courses, sculpting the landscape into art.


Can either mean the part of the club that the golfer holds or it can refer to the hand placement on the club.


Indentations on the club face that allow the face to grip the ball when making contact.

Ground Under Repair

It's like a construction zone on the golf course, a place where they're renovating the turf for your playing pleasure.


Grounding the club is letting the sole (bottom) of the club touch the ground. Typically this is okay but if the ball is in a bunker, it will cost the golfer a penalty stroke


Think of it as golf's answer to Indiana Jones, navigating the hazards and traps with daring and sometimes reckless courage. The hacker is on a quest for par, and the journey is the adventure.

Half Shot

Half swing. This shot will not go quite as far or as high as a full swing shot.


In the match play format, when opponents tie a hole or a bet (front nine, back nine or overall), the opponents split the point resulting in each side earning ½ point. Sharing sucks.


Refers to a number given to players that determines their “potential” average score in relation to par, not their day jobs.


The crap golf course architects put in your way like water, sand traps, and tall grass.


The inside portion of the iron face next to the hosel (Picture here)

Hole Out

A common term for when a shot from off the green is made, resulting in 0 putts for the hole.


Hitting it in the hole on your first shot; a moment a golfer, nor their bar tab, will ever forget. Note


When your friends let you go first, it's either a sign of deep respect for your golf skills or a cunning way to see if the golf course is hiding its tricks today. Either way, you're the chosen one, Harry.


A golf shot that moves severely right to left for right-handed hitters and the opposite way for lefties, not to be confused with Peter Pan’s nemesis.


Place where the club shaft fits into the clubhead. (Picture) Think of it as golf's Bermuda Triangle. When your ball disappears into the hosel, it might as well be in another dimension. It's a mysterious place where golf balls fear to tread.

Hosel Rocket

The most violent of shanks where a player hits the golf ball off the hosel (the rounded base of the shaft) instead of the clubface, and it flies off in an unpredictable, and often disastrous, direction.


The hybrid, a club that's part iron, part wood, and a pinch of magic, designed for when golfers can't decide between iron and wood. Add your hybrid to your Golf Bag in 18Birdies today!

Iffy Lie

Not a perfect lie, but not too deep into the cabbage. Use Live Coach to see how an iffy lie will affect your shot!

Impact Position

The position that your body and club are in when you make contact with the ball. Impact Position, the split second in golf where your fate is sealed; it's the point of no return, where your swing meets destiny. Use AI Coach to perfect your Impact position today!

In Play

When your ball lands In Play, the ball is in a place where you can make a shot. It's not OB or in a hazard but it's in play!

In The Leather

The ball is close enough to the hole that if you put your putter head in the hole, the ball would be closer to the hole than the grip. Use 3D greens to leave your putts In The Leather!

Inside the Leather

Refers to the imaginary distance that makes a putt a gimmie or not (it can vary depending on how nice your golf buddies are). The more money you have on the line, the smaller the circle of friendship.

Interlocking Grip

A way to grip the golf club with the pinky on your dominant hand(Right for rightys and left for lefties) interlocking between the index and middle finger of your non-dominant hand.

James Joyce

A putt that’s nearly impossible to read.

Jerked The Putt

It's the golfing equivalent of the wrong turn. Jerking the putt is when your ball takes an unexpected detour away from the hole, leaving you and your putter bewildered.

Juicy Lie

It's like your golf ball found a cozy hideaway and decided to go on a mini-vacation, leaving you with the task of a rescue mission. A juicy lie is your ball's version of a "do not disturb" sign.

Kick In

It's the golf equivalent of a friendly neighbor. A kick in is a putt so close to the hole it's practically the golf ball's way of saying, "I'll let myself in, thanks."

Kick Point

This point on your club's shaft is where the spring-loaded action happens. The "Shaft Kick Point" is the secret to those extra yards on your shot.


A knee-knocker putt can be a high pressure putt. Whether you have a tournament or a side game on the line, the pressure is mounting!


These aren't just golf pants; they're a stylish trip back in time to an era when the fashion was as legendary as your golf game. Wearing knickers is like saying, "I've got class both on and off the fairway."


It's not just a 1 Iron; it's a precision tool in the golfer's arsenal. A knife is for those shots that require finesse and accuracy, turning you into a golfing ninja with every swing.


A golf shot with a lower ball flight, usually played to keep it out of the wind.

Lateral Slide

It's when your golf swing gets a case of the sideways shuffle. Your feet decide they want to boogie, and you end up with a move that's more "Strictly Come Golfing" than a smooth, straight shot.

Level Par

Think of it as the golfing equivalent of a tightrope walker on a calm day. You're walking the line of perfection, with every stroke meticulously balanced, and the gallery holding their breath.


The way the ball has come to rest on the ground. The ball may on a “good lie” in short grass on the fairway or a “bad lie” in deep grass in the rough. You may have a sidehill lie, where the ball is either above or below your feet.


The imaginary path your golf ball will travel along the green on its way to the hole.


Think of it as golf's way of saying, "So close, yet so far." The ball flirts with the hole's edge, but just like a teasing dance partner, it refuses to take the final step. It's a putt that's got commitment issues.

Lob Shot

It's like telling your ball, "Fly, my little friend!" The lob shot is the golfing equivalent of sending a message via carrier pigeon, but instead, your pigeon is a dimpled sphere of joy.


Think of it as golf's secret sauce. Loft is the extra oomph that a club adds to your shot, propelling your ball upwards as if it has dreams of joining the stars. It's the club's way of giving your ball wings.

Long Game

It's not just about distance; it's the part of golf where you channel your inner superhero, sending your ball on an odyssey through the fairway. The long game is where legends are born, one powerful swing at a time.


Think of it as the golfing equivalent of an amusement park ride, with each hole offering a new twist, turn, or surprise. To loop is to experience the golf course in all its unpredictable glory.

Lost Ball

Think of it as golf's version of a disappearing act. A lost ball is like a magician's assistant that vanishes without a trace, leaving you to wonder, "How did it do that?"

Low Handicap

A low handicap is typically someone with a single digit handicap. It's not just a number; it's a symbol of golfing prowess. A low handicap is like having a secret weapon in your golf bag, and every time you tee up, you're a contender for the championship, making high-handicappers envy your skills.


It's not just an acronym; it's the powerhouse of women's golf. The LPGA is where the fiercest, most talented female golfers gather to show the world that they can outdrive, outputt, and outshine anyone on the course.

Made an X

Humorously describes the act of conceding a hole by picking up your ball before completing it due to a frustrating or unplayable situation. It's a casual acknowledgement of defeat for that particular hole. In essence, it means you've given up on completing the hole and have decided to move on without recording a score. Often used when a hole has gone terribly wrong.


It's not just a simple piece of plastic; it's your golfing mentor. A marker is like a knowledgeable caddy, silently pointing you in the right direction and helping you navigate the green with confidence.

Match Play

A one vs. one format where golfers compete against each other on a hole-by-hole basis.

Mixed Foursome

Think of it as golf's version of a well-choreographed routine. In a mixed foursome, men and women team up to conquer the course, where the only gender that matters is "golfer."

Mud Ball

A devilish situation where mud has caked itself onto your golf ball making it nearly impossible to tell which direction it will go.


Think of it as golf's answer to a rain dance. A mudder is the golfer who doesn't let a little precipitation dampen their spirits or their scorecard. They're the ones who embrace the mud, knowing that it's just part of the game.


An unofficial “re-do” or “re-hit” that is undoubtedly a golfer’s best friend.

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It's not a tropical getaway; it's a golfing adventure with twists and turns. The Nassau format is like a three-act play on the course: front nine, back nine, and a thrilling finale. It's where golfers make bets, friendships, and sometimes, their legendary comeback stories. Play Nassau with your friends in 19Birdies today!

Net Score

It's not just math; it's the golfer's version of secret sauce. The net score is your chance to shine because it's your raw score minus your handicap, revealing your true golfing prowess. It's the number that turns bogeys into birdies, at least on paper. Get your free 18Birdies Handicap today!

Nineteenth Hole

It's not just a number; it's the ultimate golfing destination. The nineteenth hole is where golfers recharge, refuel, and retell their round with embellishments that turn bogeys into eagles. It's the place where you toast to the game and to camaraderie that's as smooth as a well-putted birdie.

Nip It

Think of it as golf's version of surgery with a sand wedge. When you "nip it," you're not just making contact; you're performing a delicate operation on the golf ball, sending it soaring with grace and precision.

OB (Out Of Bounds)

It's not just two letters; it's a golfer's sigh of disappointment. Going OB is the golfing equivalent of hitting a brick wall on the course, and all you can do is wave goodbye to your ball and hope it enjoys its off-course adventure.

Open Face

It's not just a description; it's a golfing confession. An open face is when the golf ball becomes an independent traveler, going wherever it pleases, often leading to conversations like, "I didn't mean to hit it there!"

Open Stance

It's not just a pose; it's a golfing statement. An open stance is like an exclamation mark on the golf course. It says, "I'm going this way, and you better be ready, golf ball!"

Out of Bounds

Golf’s point of no return; white stakes designate an area that is out of play for golfers.


It's not just a word; it's a golfing metronome. The right pace is like the perfect song on the course - it keeps you in harmony with the game, and when it's off, you'll find yourself swinging to a different tune.


The number of strokes the powers that be determined a golfer should take to complete the hole.

Penalty Stroke

It's not a gentle tap; it's the golfing slap on the wrist. A penalty stroke is like the golf course's way of saying, "Oops, you messed up!" It's an extra shot for those moments when the golf ball decides to explore the wild beyond.


It's not just three letters; it's golf's Mount Olympus. The PGA is where golfers ascend to legendary status, and if you ever find yourself on its hallowed fairways, you'll know you're in the presence of golfing greatness.


Think of it as golf's North Star. The pin is the shining light at the end of every fairway, guiding your shots and your ambitions. It's what you aim for, pray to reach, and cheer when you do.

Pin High

Think of it as golf's goldilocks zone. Being pin high is when your ball is just where it should be, not too long and not too short. It's like finding the perfect temperature for your golf round.

Pin or Flag

The object used on the greens to give you hope


When your golf shot never leaves the pin.


Hitting a ball out of bounds and still making par. Platypuses aren’t normal and neither is making par after hitting one O.B.

Playing Through

It's golf's version of granting passage. When you let someone "play through," you're saying, "After you, dear golfer, I insist!" It's an act of golfing chivalry, or maybe it's just a sneaky way to admire their swing.

Plugged Lie

It's not just a predicament; it's a golfing challenge. A plugged lie is what happens when your golf ball decides to make its own bunker hotel. It's like a vacation spot for golf balls, but not one you want to visit.


When a golfer chooses to open a new bet if they are down two or more holes on a current bet. If the golfer starts playing better after they press, the bets will cancel out and he or she will lose less money. Only used in match play formats, like Nassau.

Provisional Ball

It's not just a backup plan; it's golf's safety net. When you hit a provisional ball, you're basically saying, "I think I lost my ball, but just in case, here's another one!" It's like golfing with a spare key.


For right-handed hitters, it’s when a shot goes immediately to the left after you hit it (opposite direction for lefties).

Punch Shot

Think of it as golf's escape artist. A punch shot is how you say, "I might be in a tight spot, but I'm not giving up!" It's a low-flying, obstacle-dodging masterpiece that defies gravity and reason.


Think of it as golf's way of testing your patience. A push is when your swing and your ball have a minor disagreement, resulting in a trip to the right side of the fairway, the trees, or possibly another time zone.


It's not just a club; it's a golfing counselor. The putter is there to soothe your nerves, offer sage advice (usually in the form of alignment tips), and help you coax the golf ball into the hole. It's your trusted companion for the most delicate part of the game.


It's like the golfing Hunger Games, where aspiring golfers battle it out for a coveted spot on the pro tour. Think of it as the ultimate exam in golfing. If you survive Q-School, you've earned your place in the golfing arena.

Quadruple Bogey

Think of it as golf's way of keeping you humble. A quadruple bogey is your golf game's way of saying, "Don't get too cocky; I can bring you back to Earth in just a few strokes." It's a humbling experience, to say the least.

Quintuple Bogey

Think of it as golf's way of saying, "We all have bad days." A quintuple bogey is that round where you become friends with every bunker and pond on the course. It's the score that turns your golf partners into emergency therapists.

Range Finder

It's not just a tool; it's a golfing oracle. A range finder is your crystal ball for golf. It's like having a fortune teller whispering, "You will hit that 7-iron precisely 164 yards," saving you from the anguish of coming up short or overshooting the green.


The woman or man who drives around in the cart monitoring the speed of play. You do not want to be visited by the ranger, that means you are a slowpoke which will not win you fans on the golf course.


It's not just a do-over; it's a golfing declaration of intent. When you "re-load," you're announcing to the universe, "I demand another attempt, and this time, I'm going to nail it." It's the golfing equivalent of a second chance in the spotlight.

Reading The Green

It's not just a skill; it's golf's secret code decryption. When you're "reading the green," you're essentially becoming a golfing detective, deciphering the mysteries of slopes, breaks, and hidden secrets.

Ready Golf

It's not just a strategy; it's golf's way of saying, "Let's keep this show moving." In the world of "ready golf," you don't wait for an engraved invitation to hit your ball; you seize the moment, make your shot, and keep the pace brisk.

Reverse Pivot

Think of it as the golfing version of a "Twilight Zone" episode. During a reverse pivot, your body seems to have forgotten the fundamental rule of "weight shift," leaving you in a strange golfing dimension where the ball and your balance play tricks on you.

Road Hole

"Road Hole" is the endearing nickname for the 17th hole at the historic St. Andrews Links in Scotland. This famous hole is known for its distinctive features, including an old road and a formidable stone wall situated just next to the green. The road and wall often come into play, posing a considerable challenge to golfers attempting to navigate this iconic hole.


The areas of longer grass that line the fairway (it’s where you don’t want to be).

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Sand Trap

The sand-filled pits of despair that line fairways and guard the greens. Slang for bunker.

Sand Wedge

Think of it as your secret weapon for sandy situations. The sand wedge is the magical wand that turns beach-like bunkers into mere inconveniences. It's the club that says, "Sand, meet your match."


Refers to a golfer who is better than his or her handicap would suggest. Beware of thieves.


It's not just a game; it's a golfing brainstorming session. In a scramble, you and your teammates put your heads together to outsmart the course. It's like having a golfing think tank on every hole, strategizing for birdies.


It's not just a word; it's a golfing badge of honor. Achieving "scratch" status means you're basically a golfing superhero, a par-crushing machine, the golfing equivalent of a unicorn. You're so good, they should make a statue of you on the course. Start tracking your handicap for free with 18Birdies!


Feared by all golfers, this is one of the most dreaded shots in golf. Produced by hitting the ball on the hosel of the club.


Hitting the ball in the water, and still managing to make a par. The great white ain’t scaring you.

Short Game

In golf, the "short game" refers to the delicate art of chipping and putting. It's the part of the game where finesse, precision, and a gentle touch are your best friends. It encompasses the skillful execution of chip shots and putts, where every move is critical in bringing your golf ball closer to the hole. While the long game may get you to the green, the short game is what brings you home.

Sink A Putt

Think of it as golf's version of a mic drop. When you "sink a putt," you're delivering a performance that leaves your playing partners in stunned silence. It's the golfing equivalent of a standing ovation.


A golf shot that moves severely left to right for right-handed hitters and the opposite way for left, which also happens to be the most common shot shape in golf.

Slope Rating

Slope rating is used to describe the difficulty of the course for bogey golfers. Think of it as golf's fortune teller. The Slope Rating is that mystical number that predicts how many challenges the course has in store for you. It's like a crystal ball, but instead of seeing the future, it reveals the golfing obstacles you're about to face.


When you make an 8 on a hole (because the 8 looks like a snowman, get it?).


It's not just the bottom of your club; it's the club's fashion statement. The sole is that stylish part of your club that decides how it dresses up for the turf. Will it be a sleek tuxedo, ready to dance across the fairway, or a work boot, digging deep for a solid shot?


It's not just about angles; it's about hitting the golfing bullseye. Being square is like sinking a hole-in-one in the world of clubface orientation. It's the alignment equivalent of a high-five from the golfing gods.


Think of it as the golfing playground. In Stableford, the more points, the merrier. It's where you can have a bad hole and still be the life of the golf party. It's golf's way of saying, "Let's have fun, no matter the score."


It's not just standing; it's striking the perfect pose. Your stance is like your red carpet moment in golf, where you get to show off your golfing grace and tell the ball, "Prepare to be impressed."


The woman or man stationed at the first tee who makes sure you tee off on time.


When you hit your approach shot very close to the pin, you’ve stiffed it. Stiffing an iron is applauded, stiffing the cart girl is not.


What you have when you miss a short putt; just kidding, refers to the act of making a swing.

Stroke Play

A format in golf where players count all their strokes to determine a final score (the common format of professional tournaments).

Strong Grip

In golf, a "strong grip" is when the player's left hand (for right-handed players) is twisted to the right on the club's grip. This grip configuration encourages a clubface that is inclined to close, making it a crucial element in controlling shot direction and trajectory.


This is the golf course's guardian angel. The superintendent is the green whisperer, the bunker guru, and the fairway fairy godparent, all rolled into one. They make sure the course is a golfer's paradise.


It's the golfing dance of rhythm and grace. Your swing is like a waltz on the fairway, where the club leads, the ball follows, and together, they create a symphony of flight.

Swing Arc

Think of it as the club's orbit around the ball. The swing arc is where the clubhead takes its majestic journey, crafting the golfing symphony. It's like the Earth circling the sun, but with a lot more style.

Swing Oil


Swing Plane

It's not just a path; it's the club's flight plan. The swing plane is like a pilot's chart, guiding your club to its golfing destiny. It's where you become the captain of the fairway skies.


It's not just a movement; it's the golfing handshake. The takeaway is where you and the club make a pact to work together. It's the first chapter of your golfing journey, and every golfer loves a good story.

Tap In

The golfing freebie that's almost too easy, a "tap-in" is the shortest of short putts where you could sink it while blindfolded. It's like a gentle nudge for your ball, a polite way to say, "Please, just go home."


The golfing pedestal that turns your ball into the superstar of the show. Made from wood, plastic, or bamboo, a tee is like the ball's own red carpet, elevating it to celebrity status before the paparazzi (your driver) takes its picture.

Tee Box

The designated area that marks the beginning of each hole (It’s where you tee off from).

Tee Time

It's like a date with destiny, but for golfers. Tee time is the appointed hour when you and the fairway have a rendezvous. It's when your golfing adventure begins.


It's the golfing heartbeat. Tempo is the rhythm of your swing, where grace and power do the tango. Find the right tempo, and you'll waltz your way to golfing success.

Tending The Flag

It's golf's version of being the knight in shining armor. Tending the flag is your chivalrous duty to protect the hole, so that the golfing royalty can putt with confidence.

Texas Wedge

A golf shot played using a putter from off the green. It is typically employed when the ball is positioned on the fringe of the green or just off the green itself, and there is a considerable distance between the ball and the hole on the putting surface. The term "Texas Wedge" is believed to have originated in Texas in the early 20th century, where golf courses often had hard, dry turf. Golfers in Texas found it challenging to make clean contact with the ball when it was just off the green, so they began using their putters to strike the ball instead of wedges or irons. The flat face of the putter made it easier to handle the dry turf, and over time, this technique earned the nickname "Texas Wedge."

That Dog Will Hunt

A complement given to a well-struck tee shot.

The Beach

Another name for the bunker/sand trap. Pass the sunscreen.

The Turn

In golf, "the turn" marks the halfway point of an 18-hole round. It's the moment when you transition from the front 9 to the back 9, which can feel a bit like intermission during a theatrical performance. Golfers often take advantage of this pause to grab a quick bite, such as a hot dog and a refreshing drink, to recharge for the next act on the course.


When you hit the golf ball too low on your clubface.

Three Jack

The dreaded 3-putt. Hey, it beats a four jack.


When it takes you three putts to get your golf ball in the hole; also the quickest way your putter earns a trip to the time-out closet


The back tees, where the PGA pros play from and where your alter ego thinks it plays from.


When you the hit golf ball at the lowest point on the clubface, producing a rolling shot that doesn’t catch much air.

Topped Shot

A frustrating mishit where the clubhead strikes the upper part of the ball, leading to a feeble shot that scurries along the ground rather than taking to the air. It's like intending to soar and ending up with a flat tire, leaving you far from your destination on the course.

Triple Bogey

In the golf universe, a "triple bogey" is like taking a three-stroke detour into the land of golfing misadventures. Used to describe a score of three strokes over par on a single hole. Par is the expected number of strokes an expert golfer should take to complete a hole, and it is typically represented as a single-digit number (par-3, par-4, or par-5). For instance, a par-4 hole should ideally take four strokes to complete. When a golfer scores a triple bogey, it means they required three additional strokes beyond the par to finish that particular hole. This is a score frequently seen among recreational golfers but is considered a suboptimal performance among highly skilled players.


Not to be confused with the United States Golf Association, this stands for “ugly shot, go again.”


It's when you locate your precious golf ball, but there's no escape route other than calling for a drop and a penalty stroke. "Unplayable" is golf's way of saying, "You've entered the Bermuda Triangle of golf balls."

Up And Down

Golf's version of the elevator ride to success, "up and down" is when you chip your ball onto the green, and with the grace of a ballet dancer, you sink the next putt. It's like saying, "Two please!" and the golfing gods delivering a swift ride from chip to cup.

Uphill Lie

The golfing conundrum where your ball decides to rest on a hillside like it's found the coziest recliner on the course. It's as if your ball said, "I'll take the high ground, please," and now you're faced with an uphill battle to reach the green.


United States Golf Association. They're the folks who write the laws of the golfing land.

Vardon Grip

The "Vardon Grip," also known as the overlap grip, is a widely-used method of holding a golf club. It involves placing the left hand on the club first, with the thumb pointing down the shaft. The right hand is then positioned so that the pinky finger overlaps the index and middle fingers of the left hand. Named after the legendary golfer Harry Vardon, this grip has been popular for over a century and is one of the three main techniques for gripping a golf club.

Victory Lap

Golf's version of a nail-biting finish, a "victory lap" is when your putt decides to take a leisurely stroll around the cup before making a triumphant entrance. It's the putt that knows how to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.


The golfing warm-up dance, "waggle" is the little pre-swing shimmy that golfers do to get into the groove. It's the club's way of saying, "I'm ready to boogie down the fairway."

Weak Grip

A "weak grip" in golf refers to the way a golfer holds the club. Specifically, it is characterized by the V-shaped space between the thumb and forefinger of the lead hand (usually the left hand for right-handed golfers) pointing to the left of the golfer's head. This grip promotes a less closed clubface at impact and often results in an out-to-in swing path.


This is no ordinary kitchen utensil. It's your trusty sidekick when you're within 100 yards of the green. Pitch, chip, or bunker shot, your wedge has got your back. Different types for different vibes: pitching, gap, sand, lob. Each brings its own loft party to the golf course.


Ever tried to swat a fly and missed? That's a whiff in golf terms. You swing, the ball doesn't budge and the ball mocks you by staying put.. Welcome to the whiff club.


A golf shot that never leaves the ground. Also known as a Snakeraker or Bughugger.


These are the golf balls with a beauty mark. They might have an imperfection, but hey, they are way cheaper than their flawless cousins.


It's like a wild horse pulling your shot off track. You aim straight, but it insists on going left (for right-handers). That's a yank for you.

Yanked It

Another way to say you pulled a golf shot.


The golfing equivalent of a GPS. Yardage tells you the length of a hole, a shot, or the entire course. Be it yards or miles, yardage has got you covered. (1 Yard = 3 Feet = 0.9 Meters)


The golfing hiccups, a "yip" is the involuntary flinch that turns a short putt into a jigsaw puzzle. It's that heart-pounding moment when your body decides to rebel against your putting ambitions, making even tap-ins feel like high-stakes drama.


A word that should be avoided at all costs; however, if you must talk about it, the yips refer to a sudden loss of fine motor skills that prevents golfers from stroking a putt, hitting a chip shot or even getting off the tee. The believed medical cause of the yips even sounds scary, “focal dystonia.” There should be a cream for that!


The "zinger" is the shot that makes your hands feel like they've just experienced an electric shock therapy session. It's the golfing equivalent of ringing the dinner bell, announcing to the world that you've just sent a low-flying messenger to the next county.


When golfers talk about "zip," they're not discussing their jacket zippers; they're talking about the supernatural power of backspin. It's the delightful phenomenon where your ball dances on the green, spins back towards the hole, and flirts with the cup.


"Zoomie" is when any golf shot goes farther than expected. Your ball suddenly decides to channel its inner superhero and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

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