Are you an aspiring golfer? In the game for quite some time? Maybe it is time you know the funny golf terms, and the serious ones, too, to fit in at the club.
We enumerate some of the crucial and funny golf terms in alphabetical order so you can grasp the meaning more easily.
Golf Jargons and Terminologies from A to Z
+ Ace: When a golfer hits the ball using just one swing of a club. A hole-in-one!
+ Albatross (Aka Double Eagle): A scoring designation representing a score of three-under-par on a single hole.
+ Army Golf: The term pertains to hitting a ball out of bounds and going to the left or right of the golfer. The golfer shot might over-hit and do the same on the next swing mimicking a marching rhythm.
+ Auto-Press: When a new bet is automatically opened-up if a match reaches a certain point.
+ Afraid of the Dark: The phrase describing a putt that seems to refuse to drop. It is when the ball is on the edge of the hole but appears “afraid” to go to a pitch-black cavity.
+ Airmail (or Air Mailed Shot): A shot going out of bounds over the green. Most beginners experience this shot, which goes farther (longer distance) than planned.
+ All square: When golfers have tied scores in a match, they term it as “all square”.
+ Backhander: If you aimlessly tap the ball using the wrong side of the putter to hole it.
+ Banana Ball: When a ball travels curvedly like a banana.
+ Beach: Describing the sand trap.
+ Birdie: It is a score of one-under-par on any given hole.
+ Bite: The backspin provided on the ball makes it suddenly stop rolling.
+ Bogey: A score of one over par in any hole.
+ Bracket: When you need to use additional clubs for a particular situation. The clubs are one lower and one higher, like in a bracket.
+ Barkie: The term describes a hole on which a golfer hit a tree but still manages to recover it for a par.
+ Breakfast ball: Your first ball to hit: during the start of the game.
+ Buzzard (aka Double Bogey): Scoring two over par in any hole.
+ Bag rat: The caddie.
+ Cabbage (aka Spinach): Pertains to a rough that is deemed inescapable like thick foliage. Sometimes, golfers call it green, leafy vegetables.
+ Coast-to-Coast Flight: The ball hit and travels from bunker to bunker: on the opposite side of the putting green. Quite funny, indeed!
+ Chicken Stick: When facing a difficult shot, a golfer prefers playing it safe by choosing a golf club within his proficiency to complete the shot.
+ Chippie: A short shot typically just off the green.
+ Chunk: The term refers to beginners who might take some chunks out of the ground in every swing.
+ Can: It refers to the cup on the green.
+ Carpet: The term used to refer to the green.
+ Casual water: The build-up of pool water within the course that is not a hazard. It might be the cause of heavy rain.
+ Cat Box: A bunker made of sand.
+ Chili Dip (aka Fat/Chunk shot): This happens when you hit the ground first before hitting the ball.
+ Chipping: The swing shot that is just off or around the green.
+ Cuban: When the ball suddenly stops short of one revolution before dropping into the cup.
+ Cup: The golf hole on every green.
+ Cart golf: This is the term used for two players riding in the same golf cart. On the golf course, the golfers frequently hit the ball coextensively (into the rough).
+ Dawn patrol: Golfers who prefer to play as the sun rises.
+ Dew Sweepers: This refers to players in a Professional Tournament playing much earlier in the morning (when the grass is still moist with dews).
+ DNF / DFL: D. N. F. stands for did not finish, referring to a player who did not complete a hole. On the other hand, DFL means did (or dead) fucking last! Need more explanation?
+ Dammit: Do you think it is a curse! Yes! You are right! Golfers used to utter these words when they struggled to make par while avoiding bogeys. Just like in any other sport!
+ Dance Floor: Refers to the putting green where a lot of action happens.
+ Double Cross: If you are trying to curve the ball in a certain way but end up the opposite.
+ Duck hook (aka Snap Hook): A golf ball curves from right to left on a low flight and miss-hits.
+ Dog Track (aka Goat track): Used when a golf course is in bad condition.
+ Dribbler (aka Fat Shot): If the shot goes forward (without getting airborne) only a few feet away.
+ Duffer (aka Hacker): A run-of-the-mill golfer.
+ Deep: The hole or a flagstick on the back of the green.
+ Divot: When a golfer hits the ball: a chunk of soil dislodged from the ground. It is called the divot.
+ Drained: The term used when you sunk a putt.
+ Draw: A golf shot that goes slowly from right to left done by a right-handed golfer.
+ Drive: Slang used to describe the first shot at the teeing ground in every hole.
+ Driver: The golf club with a big head and long shaft. The large head is to make the ball go the farthest distance from the tee.
+ Duff: A bad shot from a miss-hit where the club hits the ground behind the ball and tops it.
+ Double Eagle: It is a golf score of three strokes less than par on a hole. The ball usually falls on the front, right of the green, and slowly rolls into the hole.
+ Double Bogey: It is a golf score of two strokes over par on a hole.
+ Does it open up over there? It is a phrase frequently used on holes with doglegs. Golfers often say this even if they had played in the same golf course many times.
+ Dog track: A poorly maintained golf course.
+ Eagle: A golf score of two under par.
+ Executive course: It is a golf course ideal for beginner or junior golfers. Compared to a regular golf course, the executive golf course has shorter and lower par.
+ Elephant burial ground: The term used to describe a golf course with huge mounds.
+ Elephant's ass: A shot poorly struck described as high and stinky. It pertains to a pop-up shot that goes high and long.
+ Flop shot: It is a shot that is high but short. When the ball touches the green, it usually rolls a little bit then stops. It makes the ball flops on the putting ground.
+ Flyer: A ball that goes farther even after being hit from the rough.
+ Foot Wedge: When a golfer uses his foot when pushing the ball in an ideal position.
+ Fried Egg (aka plugged): Used when your ball becomes half-buried in the sand.
+ Fade (aka Cut Shot): For a right-handed golfer, it is a shot that is the opposite of a draw: it moves from left to right towards the target.
+ Fairway: The area of the golf course with mown grass where the hole is. The fairway is usually in-between the teeing ground and the green.
+ First tee: It is the starting point of every golf round.
+ Fly the green: The shot that goes beyond the green.
+ Fore! It is the word shouted when the ball is going to hit a person/people.
+ Forward tees: It is a teeing ground closer to the green.
+ Flub: A terrible shot that will cause a loss in scoring.
+ Four-jack: If it takes four putts before putting the ball into the hole.
+ Frog Hair: The cut grass that surrounds the green.
+ Flusher: When the ball comes close to the hole and makes a flushing motion (like in a toilet bowl) before sinking in.
+ Fan: A shot that hits nothing but air. What a waste, indeed!
+ Gardening: When you make a divot after a shot, it is better if you put the debris back where it belongs, just like gardening!
+ Grain: The grain directs to the way how the grass grows on the greens. When the turf is newly-cut, the blades of grass point to the Greens: a golfer may determine the speed and direction of the putt to the hole.
+ Greenies: It is slang for the green in regulation (G. I. R.). It is a side game with a bet that pays off in cash or points. The player gets the stake every time he hits a (G. I. R.).
+ Gimme: The term refers to a shot where only a short putt is in need. When the other golfers agree: it automatically counts without playing it.
+ Get up! It is an expression shouted by a player to the ball that seems to descend way too short from the target.
+ Get down! It is the opposite of getting up. However, the shout is always utter in a distressing manner.
+ Grounding: When you set the heel of the golf club on the ground.
+ Golf widow: The wife of an addictive golfer.
+ Grocery money: The cash winnings from the bet, the winner promises to disburse on food and drinks or groceries. The pledge usually occurs at the nineteenth hole.
+ Grow teeth: Players pray for the ball to stop immediately.
+ Halved: If the game finishes without a decision, the hole is half when both parties have the same number of strokes. Both sides will have a half each.
+ Hosel Rocket: The term refers to a ball hit by the heel of the golf club and not by the head.
+ Handicap: It is the rating used by the U. S. G. A. to represent the numerical ability of the golfer.
+ Honours: It is the right given to a player to tee off first before everyone else during the start of a game.
+ Hook: Right-handed golfers do this a lot. It is a golf shot that curves from right to left. The ball lands more likely to the left of the target. The opposite happens for left-handed players.
+ Hot: If you did not expect a shot that goes faster than you intend.
+ Hand Wedge: When a golfer uses a hand to jab the ball into a preferable lie.
+ Inside the Leather: When a player puts the ball closer to the hole for acceptance by the other players.
+ Iffy lie: It pertains to the ball with an unlucky lie. In this instance, the golfer and his partners are uncertain if the ball is hittable for a good shot.
+ James Joyce: A putt having a difficult line to the hole.
+ Juicy lie: A shot offering a clean and satisfying hit.
+ Jungle: The ball lands on a rough, nasty, and deep part of the course.
+ Jail: A ball lying on an unpleasant location in the golf course after a hacker hits it.
+ Jaws: When the golf ball stops right at the edge of the hole.
+ Knockdown: Golf shot where a player causes a lower flight on the ball.
+ Kick (aka bounce): The term pertains to the action of the ball once it hits the ground that bounces further or in another direction than perceived.
+ Knee-knocker (aka Tester): It describes the reaction of a golfer when he has a putt in the three-to-four foot range.
+ Lay the Sod (aka Hairpiece): It happens when your shot misses the ball but instead dislodges a divot landing on top of the ball.
+ Lorena Bobbitt: An inferior slice.
+ Lay up: Thinking the green is a risky shot, you may choose a drive or fairway shot as a better alternative. However, you may have a shot short of the green.
+ Lip out: A putt hits the lip of the hole and spins out.
+ Loop: It pertains to one 18-hole round in the golf course.
+ Lumberjack: When a player continues to hit the ball into a wooded area.
+ Lie: The position of the golf ball on a play.
+ Loft: The degree or angle of the clubface.
+ Leaf rule: A rule allowing a player to hit another ball without having penalized if his earlier shot is lost. Assuming covered by leaves.
+ Mud Ball: When your ball becomes covered with mud.
+ Mickey Mouse course: A golf course with poor maintenance and short holes.
+ Mulligan: The second tee shot, after a nasty first shot.
+ Matchplay: A golf game format. To be a winner: the goal is to win individual holes and not tally total strokes.
+ Modified scramble (aka Shamble/ Texas Scramble): It is a Tournament format where players pick the best shot from the tee. They move all the golf balls to that spot and proceed to single-stroke play for the rest of the hole.
+ Meat and potatoes par four: A par four without water and other hazards.
+ Milk the grip: Find the correct grip on the golf club shaft before a swing.
+ Million-dollar swing: A swing imitating pro golfers that earn million dollars in golf games like Tiger Woods or Tom Purtzer, et al.
+ Muff: Miss-hitting a shot intentionally.
+ Nineteenth Hole (aka 19th Hole, bar): The good times that will happen after the 18th hole (finishing around), such as drinking or visiting a bar or grill for the happy moments.
+ Nip it: When hitting an iron shot without a divot, which good golfers always do to minimize backspin.
+ Nuked: When a golfer hit much farther distance than he used to be.
+ On fire: If what happens on the course looks like what you wanted, you are on fire!
+ On the screws: When a shot is well-executed. It is about an old practice of inserting screws in golf clubs made of wood.
+ Oscar Bravo: It means O. B. or out of bounds. It is the area in the course where play is not allowed.
+ Platypus: When you hit a ball out of bounce but still manage to get a par.
+ Pin seeker: A shot that is heading towards the flagstick.
+ Press: The new stake offered by a player (or team of golfers) during a match.
+ Pin (aka The Stick): The flagstick, which stands in the core of the cup on the green.
+ Playing through: The event if a group of players passes through another group of slower players.
+ Provisional ball: A replacement ball when the original ball is lost or out of bounds.
+ Putting: The strike that lets the ball roll on the green.
+ Par: The number of strokes a golfer should require in completing a hole or round.
+ Pitch and putt: A mocking description of a golf course that is short and can easily overcome.
+ Play 'em down: Playing the ball how it lies.
+ Quick: When you rush your swing and try to hit the ball hard.
+ Quacker: Also known as Duck Hook, Snap Hook, and Snapper. It pertains to a shot that sharply curves from right to left (for right-handed golfers). It is the opposite for left-handed players.
+ Rainmaker: A shot having a higher trajectory.
+ Rush Limbaugh: A swing shot that goes further to the right.
+ Ready golf: Players ready to hit to speed up the pace of the game.
+ Rough: A hazard mostly tall grasses bordering the fairway and green.
+ Reload: Hitting a deviant tee shot while teeing up a second ball.
+ Robbed: Golfers complain and whine when they do not attain the shot they want, the distance they desire, and other interests for a good score.
+ Rope hook: A terrible shot that is low with a hard peg running long distance when the ball hits the ground.
+ Run: The ball is said to be running while moving.
+ Run like a sailor's dick: A phrase used topping their tee shots and hoping to pass the lady tees.
+ Shank (aka lateral): An unsatisfactory miss-hit caused by the hosel of the golf club hitting the ball.
+ Short grass: The spot where you will be when hitting the fairway with your driver.
+ Short stick: The putter golf club. It is the shortest club.
+ Scratch: Zero handicap golfer.
+ Snowman: Refers to scoring an eight (8) in a hole.
+ Skull: A swing made above the middle part of the ball, which is a miss-hit.
+ Sticks: Plural Sticks means the golf clubs and not the flagstick.
+ Stroke play: A golf format. The goal of which is finishing the play with fewer shots.
+ Sandbagger: A golfer who understates his abilities (who is better than his handicap will suggest) to win in a competition.
+ Sandies: Always getting up and down the sand trap.
+ Sharkie: When the ball is hit from the water and manages to make a par.
+ Stiff: A case when you hit the approach shot closer to the pin.
+ Swing Oil: Beer.
+ Tap in: A short and easy Putt.
+ Tester: When testing a golfer with a putt too far for a Gimmie but is short enough that a putting player can hole it.
+ Ted Kennedy: A shot that goes further to the left.
+ That Dog Will Hunt: More of a compliment given to a done correct tee shot.
+ Three Jack: The fearsome 3-putt.
+ Tips: These are the back tees where the P. G. A. professionals play.
+ The Tips (aka Championship Tees/Back Tees): The “tips” are the farthest teeing ground indicated by blue, black, or gold marks.
+ Thin (aka Skinny): A low-flight strike shot hitting the ball near the center.
+ The turn: When you reach the halfway point of a golf round.
+ Texas wedge: If you used your putter off the green.
+ The Jar: The hole
+ Thin, hit it: Hitting the ball at the center using the golf club protruding edge.
+ Throw your purse at it: When your partner left an 8-foot birdie putt 4 feet short.
+ Tight: You will have a tight lie if there is little grass between the ball and the ground.
+ U.S.G.A: It is not the United States Golf Association. It stands for the Ugly Shot Go Again!
+ Up and down: The best description for a short game.
+ U-turn: A putt rolling the edge of the hole then comes out!
+ Ugly: Anything happening to you on the course you do not like.
+ Up shoot (aka ballooning): A hit with a higher trajectory but short of the aim (the target).
+ Valleys: Flat areas in the course with sharp furrows in-between mounds.
+ Victory lap: The circular motion a putt makes before sinking in the hole.
+ Velcro: The pace (speed) of putting green on the course.
+ Whiff: A bad swing that misses the ball.
+ Watery Grave: The resting place of your ball when it dips into a deep water hazard.
+ Worm burner: Also known as Snakeraker or Bughugger. It is a golf shot that ceases to pull out of the ground.
+ Waggle: Moving the clubhead back and forth when starting the takeaway.
+ Weekend warriors: Golfers who play only on weekends or not frequently.
+ Whiff: When you miss the golf ball despite a good swing. It is counts as a stroke.
+ Winter rules: The rules in the game during winter: when the golf course is not maintained.
+ Yanked It: It is one way of saying you pull out a golf shot (good or bad).
+ Yips: When you feel nervous and shaking while taking the shot.
+ You da man: An expression, often shouted and chanted, when the longest P.G.A. hitters tee off.
+ Zone: When you think you do everything right on the golf course, you are in the zone!
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Learning the different things in golf, spoken or not, will make you enjoy the game. So, these notable and funny golf terms will make your day at the golf course more jolly and exciting!