Common Golf Terms Listed Below
I’ve composed a list of common golf terms to help ensure that even new golfers will know what they are doing on the golf course!
1) Back Nine: Ths black nine consider as an in the golf course is the last nine Hole.
2) Birdie: A birdie occurs when you finish any hole one shot below the par rating for that hole. For example, if you are on par 5 and you only take 4 shots to get your ball in the hole, then you have scored a birdie on that hole.
3) Bogey: A bogey is the opposite of a birdie. A bogey occurs when you hit the ball into the hole using one more strike than par. So if you are on par 5 and you take 6 shots to get your golf ball in the hole, then you have scored a bogey.
4) Cup: In golf terminology, a cup is a plastic inside of each hole that holds the flag up and also traps the ball once it has rolled inside.
5) Divot: A divot is a piece of turf that is lifted as a result of swinging your golf club. Golf etiquette states that the turf should be repaired or replaced when this occurs.
6) Dog Leg: A dogleg is a left or right bend in the fairway.
7) Double Bogey: A double bogey occurs when you score two over the par on a hole. For example, if you are on par 5, you would score a double bogey if you take 7 swings to get your ball in the hole.
8) Draw: If you are a left-handed golfer, a draw describes the intentional flight of a ball that moves from the left to the right. For right-handed golfers, a draw is a shot that moves from the right to the left.
9) Eagle: In golf terms, an eagle occurs when you hit the ball into the hole using two fewer strokes than par. For instance, on par 5 you can score an eagle if you get the ball in the hole with 3 strokes.
10) Fade: A fade is basically the opposite of a draw. A fade occurs in golf when the ball is moved from the left to right for right-handed golfers and right to left for left-handed golfers.
11) Fairway: The fairway is the playing area between the tee and the green. This does not include hazards.
12) Flagstick: A flagstick is a movable marker that shows the location of the hole.
13) Fore: Golf players yell the word ‘Fore’ to warn other players that a ball is heading in the direction of another golfer.
14) Front nine: Front nine refers to the first nine holes of a golf course.
15) Green: The green typically refers to the putting surface.
16) GUR: GUR stands for Ground Under Repair in golf terminology.
17) Handicap: A handicap is a system of adjustments to the scoring method that enables golfers of different skill levels to compete with each other on equal terms.
18) Hazard: A hazard is a bunker, sand trap or water on the golf course that may cause golfers difficulty.
19) Hole in one: Just as it sounds, a hole in one is when you hit the ball into the hole with only one swing.
20) Hook: A hook is a golf ball that is hit in a way that causes it to move right to left with right-handed golfers and left to right with left-handed golfers.
21) Iron: The term iron refers to a golf club that has a metalhead.
22) Match Play: Matchplay is a type of competition in which each hole is a separate game. The winner of a match play game is whoever wins the most holes.
23) OB: OB stands for Out Of Bound. When a ball is OB, it should not be played.
24) Par: One of the most basic golf terms, par is the number of strokes assigned to each hole. This can range from anywhere between 3 to 6 strokes.
25) Pin: A pin is a movable marker that shows the location of the hole. This is also known as a flagstick.
26) Putting: Putting is the act of hitting the golf ball when on the green.
27) Putting Green: The putting green is the area around the hole that is specifically prepared for putting.
28) Rough: According to golf language, the rough refers to the high grassy area close to the fairway and green.
29) Stroke: A stroke is a contact, or an attempt at contact, with the golf ball. A stroke is the forward movement of a golf club that aims to hit the golf ball.
30) Stroke Play: Stroke play is a competition that is based upon the number of strokes each golfer takes for a given round.
31) Tee: A tee is a small peg in the ground onto which the golf ball is placed.
32) Wedge: A wedge is a club specifically designed to be used for short shots.