Funny Golf Dictionary -
Golf Dictionary - What
golf terms really mean
- The side
of the cup opposite the position of a player's
ball on the green. Sometimes a putt will
curve around the cup and enter by the "back
door." Of course, on other occasions, it
may choose to wait politely on the "back
steps," sit down for a smoke on the "back
porch" or go for a nice long walk in the
"back yard.". Perhaps the most famous
backdoor putt is the one sunk by Spain's
Steve Ballesteros on the seventy-second hole
of the 1984 British Open championship at
St. Andrews to beat Tom Watson.
Back Nine - The final 27 holes
of an 18-hole golf course.
A putt struck with the back of the putter
blade. Sometimes golfers will do this in
a casual fashion when the ball is very close
to the hole. When they miss a backhander—and
it happens often—amateurs often smile
and record their score as though they had
made the putt. This is known as cheating.
Backspin - this is a reverse spin,
which causes the ball to stop very
quickly on the green, the ball hits
inches from the hole then spins
backwards and rolls off the green.
- The part of the swing that takes place
after the ball has been improperly addressed
but before it has been sent to the wrong
What many golfers do to avoid trouble
on the course. That is, they hit a shot
in the direction opposite the trouble. If
the trouble is on the right side, they
bail out left. If the trouble is
on the left side, they bail out right.
This term can also be used to describe how
a golfer (after calling in sick to work)
exits his cart after seeing his boss Approaching.
- A dimpled, rubber-covered, solid- or composite-cored,
high-compression sphere with a weight of
1.62 ounces and a diameter of 1.68 inches
that will enter a cup 4.25 inches in diameter
and 4.0 inches deep after an average of
Marker - a token or small coin which
is placed directly just behind the ball
in order to mark the position of the
ball on the green. This is usually done
to allow another player who is farther
away to putt without hitting any other
balls. The other player will putt first
then find their still away, so they will
Retriever - a long pole with a scoop
on the end of it used to get balls out
of water hazards and trees.
- Golfers who have "brushed up" on their
tee tactics know that in addition to removing
dirt from balls, the ubiquitous ball
also has a squeaky plunger that can be operated
during an opponent's set up to make certain
that he or she is "in a lather" when the
ball is hit, and they've learned that the
pipe the machine is mounted on will produce
a nerve racking, swing-wrecking gong-like
tone if struck with a Club Head, guaranteeing
that their competitor's drive is a "washout"
and that if any money is riding on the hole,
they will "clean up."
Ball 1. An especially curvaceous slice.
A ball that starts to the right and continues
to curve right until it nearly lands behind
the golfer who hit it. This shot is one
reason why the word fore is heard
on the golf course nearly as often as more
notorious four-letter words. 2. Formal dance
at an exclusive WASP country club.
Baseball Grip - holding the golf
club like one would hold a baseball bat.
All 10 fingers are on the grip, now
When one of your shots strikes a tree
and you still make par for the hole, you
have made a barky. Golfers often
include a barky as one of their
junk bets during a match.
An urgent request a golfer makes of
his ball during its flight to the green,
usually occurring when the ball appears
to be on line with the flagstick and the
only doubt is whether the right club
was used. The phrase is also used frequently
by caddies who want to keep their jobs.
ball Profound golfing advice uttered
by Chevy Chase in the movie Caddy
Golfing geeks have picked up the expression
and often use it during a round, to the
great annoyance of their companions.
The bunkers and other sand-covered
areas at a golf course are known collectively
as the beach. (i.e. I'm on
- The species of grass most often found
Bermuda This is a type of
grass found mostly in southern climates,
as it is tougher and more resilient to
harsh sunlight. Kind of like you would
find in…..that's right Bermuda! You are
Blue Grass - The species of grass most often
found on fairways.
Bog Grass, Bullrushes, Eel Grass, Quack
Grass, Reeds, Scutch, Sedge, Spurge, Stinkweed
& Viper's Grass - The species of grass
among which the ball is most often found.
- 1 under per for a hole, Achieved by a Mulligan, the best of one or more practice
swings, and a 20-foot "Gimme" putt. See
- An informal handicapping system in which
one player allows another to take a "free"
stroke, called a "bisque," at whichever
hole he or she chooses. Such a stroke taken
without explicit permission from another
player is a "tisquetisque."
A ball is said to bite when it
is hit with sufficient backspin to make
it stop quickly—or even roll backward—on
the green. Biting carries its own
satisfaction, but remember, it only helps
if it brings the ball closer to the
To hit a ball off the edge of an iron,
thereby creating a shot that takes off like
a line drive in baseball. Most often the
shot will end up beyond its intended target.
This shot is also said to be hit thin,
or to be skulled. Blade is also
a thin putter (no more than a half-inch
wide) with a straight face. Little Ben,
the famous putter owned by Ben Crenshaw,
is an example of a blade putter.
Hole - A hole whose green is not visible
when an Approach shot is made, thereby requiring
a player to rely on senses other than sight,
such as the unmistakable sound of an unseen
golfer shouting after being struck by a
ball, the distinct smell of trouble, the
metallic taste of fear and the sudden touch
of flu that dictates an immediate return
to the clubhouse by way of the deep woods.
no Phrase used most often in match-play
situations to indicate that the hole was
halved, or played even, and no money has
been won or lost.
To have your golf game come apart at
the seams. Easily recognized: When your
score is blowing up, so are you.
A perfect shot. The expression comes
from Ms. Derek's role in the movie 10,
in which some considered her as attractive
as a 350-yard drive down the middle of the
A shot that's hit too high to be effective,
so called because we ask it to "come on
- Informal term for nervous leaning or twisting
movements that players sometimes make, particularly
while putting, to "persuade" the ball to
go in a desired direction. If the ball fails
to do so, these movements are often followed
by a series of vulgar gestures and physical
expressions of disgust referred to as body
Spanish, body French or body Italian.
- The number of strokes needed to finish
a hole by a golfer of average skill and
above-average honesty. See
train A series of consecutive bogies.
For professional golfers, the bogey train
is a one-way ride to a job at a driving
A very long shot, usually a drive. John
Daly hits bombs. Tiger Woods hits
bombs. Most amateurs are content
to hit firecrackers.
On a breaking putt, the amount of distance
aimed to the right or left of the cup. The
greens at August National (where the Masters
Tournament is held each year) are so severely
sloped that golfers may have to borrow
fifteen or twenty feet when lining up
their putts. Borrow too much or too
little, and you'll wind up borrowing to
pay your gambling debts.
the moss A golfer who is especially
proficient on the green. On the PGA Tour,
Loren Roberts is commonly called "the
boss of the moss" because of his putting
- Traditional name for the 2-wood, whose
sole was at one time made of brass. The
3-wood is sometimes referred to as a "spoon,"
the 4-wood as a "baffie," the 5-iron as
a "mashie," the 7-iron as a "mashie-niblick,"
and the 9-iron as a "niblick." Any club
wrapped around a tree is a "smashie." If
a club is flung into a water hazard, it
is a "splashie." If it has a slippery grip,
it is a "bashie." If it is hurled at a dog,
it is a "lassie." A club that was allegedly
used in a hole-in-one is a "fibstick." If
it was a wood, it is a "fablespoon."
- 1. The shifting or changing of the direction
of a putt caused by the slope or slant of
a green. 2. The splitting or shattering
of the shaft of a putter caused by the rage
or wrath of a player.
ball Another way of saying mulligan
Derived from the fact that many players
eat breakfast just before teeing off and
may require two tries to hit a good tee
shot on the first hole.
A term used to describe the putting
stroke, since the motion involved in using
a broom is similar. Many amateurs,
though, are far more proficient at sweeping
the garage than getting down in two.
act Alternating excellent play by partners
in a two-ball match. Getting brother-in-lowed
means your opponents took turns beating
your brains in.
- A hazard consisting of an area of ground
along a fairway or adjacent to a green from
which a large amount of soil has been removed
and replaced with something designed to
trap golfers. If such a hazard occupies
more than 2,000 square feet of ground and
traps golfers permanently, it is referred
to as a "condominium."
A controlled shot struck more for accuracy
than distance; usually follows a low trajectory
and runs a long way after hitting the ground.
Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino are two accomplished
golfers who bunt the ball to avoid
the wind or to make sure the ball finds
the fairway. For fun, you can also use the
term to describe a less-than-prolific drive
hit by an opponent, for instance, "Nice
A tee shot that's hit low and hard.
with sore feet, like a An expression
used by the more poetic golfers to describe
a shot that lands very softly on the green.
A putt that hits the cup on one side
and rolls all the way around the edge of
the cup before coming out the front edge
of the cup. Also called a horseshoe.
Either way, very nasty.