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Common Golfing Terms


These are some of the more common golfing terms - additional entries will be added on a regular basis.


Address the Ball

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When a player has grounded their club immediately in front of or immediately behind the ball, whether or not they have taken their stance

Air Shot

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Shot where the player addresses the ball, swings, and completely misses the golf-ball - it still counts as a shot on the scorecard

Albatross

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Three under Par

Birdie

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One under Par

Bogey

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One over Par

Carry

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Distance the ball flies in the air

Chip

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Short shot played around the green intended to travel a very short distance through the air and roll the remainder of the way to the hole

Closed Grip

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Both hands on the grip are turned away from the target - also known as a "strong grip"

Divot

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Turf displaced when the club strikes the ground

Dormie

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Position in match play when one team needs to win all the remaining holes in order to draw level  e.g. "Dormie 2" would be after the 16th hole when a team is 2 holes down with 2 holes left to play 

Double Bogey

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Two over Par

Draw

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Ball initially flies straight then curves slightly to the left in the air towards the end of the trajectory (due to slight spin on the ball)

Eagle

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Two under Par

Fade

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Ball initially flies straight then curves slightly to the right in the air towards the end of the trajectory (due to slight spin on the ball)

Fairway

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The cut grass area between the tee and the putting green

Follow Through

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Latter part of the swing from striking the ball to completion of the motion

Ground

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When the club touches the ground or water in a hazard before playing the shot - results in a penalty shot

Hazard

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Any Bunker or Water Hazard (such as a lake, pond, stream or ditch)

Hook

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Ball curves sharply right to left in the air (more ball spin and more pronounced than a Draw)

Lie

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Position of the ball when it comes to rest.

Lob

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Short, high shot usually played with a wedge

Open Grip

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Both hands on the grip are turned towards the target - also known as a "weak grip"

Par 

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The number of shots an accomplished player is expected to take on a hole

Pitch

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Approach shot usually played with a higher lofted club and using a less than full swing

Pitch and Run

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Short approach shot followed by considerable run

Plugged Lie

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When the ball comes to rest in its own pitch mark

Slice

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Ball curves sharply left to right in the air (more ball spin and more pronounced than a Draw)

Through the Green

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Any part of the course except the tee boxes, putting green and all hazards


N.B. Descriptions of Draw, Fade, Hook, Slice, Closed and Open Grips are described from a right-handed players perspective.






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