Funny Golf Dictionary -
Golf Dictionary - What
golf terms really mean
Face - this is what you see
when you look in the mirror and it is
also the part of the clubhead that makes
contact with the ball.
- 1. (Right-handed golfers) A shot that
curves from left to right. 2. (Left-handed
golfers) A shot that curves from right to
Fairway - this is the area on
the golf course, which lies directly
between the tee box and the green and is
cut really short and maintained really
nice. You want to hit from this area if
at all possible.
Fairway Wood - A club with a medium
loft that is used to get a ball out of a
good lie on the fairway and into position
for a shot from a slope, a bunker, a water
hazard or in back of a tree.
Pro golfer's term for the annual PGA
Tour Qualifying Tournament, also
known as Q-School. Each year young journeyman
pros, and fading veterans attend the Fall
Classic in an attempt to win a membership
card that will allow them to compete on
the prestigious and lucrative PGA Tour.
Because of the all-or-nothing nature of
the competition, the pressure is incredible,
enough at times to reduce the participants
To miss the ball completely. The air moves,
but nothing else does.
Shot, Hit To hit the ground behind the ball
first so that the shot has no spin and does
not achieve the desired distance. Results
often resemble an elephant's ass. (See also
lay the sod over if.)
To hit a controlled shot with a full
swing. By slowing down the club-head speed,
the golfer hits a shot that travels
less distance than a full club would normally
allow, causing the ball to land softly like
a feather. The shot is popular in match
play because it can confuse an opponent
into thinking that more club is needed to
hit a certain shot.
To struggle with a particular golfing
flaw. If all your poor shots are slices,
you're said to be fighting a slice. If all
your misses are hooks, you're said to be
fighting a hook. If you miss all your short
putts, you're said to be fighting a balky
putter. If your rounds resemble boxing matches,
take up tennis.
syndrome The fear of hitting the first
tee shot of the day, a devastating malady
known to overcome many amateur golfers.
Also known as first-tee jitters.
15th Holes - See Rain.
Shot - Any non-standard shot used to
get a ball out of an awkward or impossible
lie by bending, twisting or stretching the
rules or by hitting it directly through
First Tee - See Fluff, Hook, Sclaff,
Shank, Slice, Top and Whiff.
- Long, flexible metal pole with red-and-white
markings along its length and a numbered
flag at its top, which, had it not been
left lying on the green by the previous
foursome, would have indicated the position
of the hole.
description of a drive that is hit hard
and far. (As in a Whopper, just like at
The younger, thinner golfers on the
PGA Tour Coined by golfing legend Lee Trevino.
A shot that flies farther than normal because
of the way the ball is lying
on the ground. Fliers often occur when the
ball is sitting in light rough, where the
blades of grass are growing toward the intended
target, or when the ball is lying in clover,
or when the ball is lying in wet grass.
All of these scenarios eliminate backspin
from the ball, thereby allowing it to fly
through the air with less resistance. The
term can also be used to describe the lie
of the ball, as in a flier lie.
A high, delicate shot that travels only
a short distance and then rolls very little
once it lands on the green. Essentially,
it is flopped onto the green. Not to be
confused with a dropped cat.
- A shot that is too weak to register on
conventional scorekeeping equipment.
- A shot in which the Club Head strikes
the ground behind the ball before hitting
it, causing it to dribble forward one or
two yards. A more widely used term for this
type of stroke is "practice swing." See
Description for a lie where the ball
is sitting on top of the grass leaving room
for the club face to travel under the ball.
This lie allows for little spin to be imparted
onto the ball. Chips and pitches hit from
fluffy lies are often left short as the
club goes under the ball rather than making
solid contact with it.
When the right
elbow (for a right-handed golfer) is far
away from the body on the downswing, usually
meaning that the club is Approaching the
ball on an out-to-in path, thus causing
the ball to slice. It was thought that anyone
with a flying elbow could not play good
golf until Jack Nicklaus flapped his way
to being the greatest golfer in the history
of the game.
- The part of the swing that takes place
after the ball has been hit but before the
club has been thrown. See Swing.
- The first of several four-letter words
exchanged between golfers, the term
yelled when one hits a shot toward
another person on the golf course to
alert him/her of impending doom from
being hit by the ball.
- A match in which two pairs of players
each play their better ball against the
other. Additional golf matches include:
best-ball, in which one player plays against
the better ball of two or the best ball
of three players; three-ball, in which three
players play against one another, each playing
his or her own ball; and no-ball, in which
two, three or four players, all of whom
have lost all their balls, go to the clubhouse
and play gin rummy.
To take four putts on a hole. Only tolerable
for those who can drive the green on a par
five. When asked how he four-jacked a hole
at the Masters, Seve Ballesteros replied,
"I miss. I miss. I miss. I make." Well said.
- To take four strokes of the putter to
put the ball into the hole after driving
it onto the green. See One-Putt.
- Four golfers playing a round together.
Three golfers are a threesome, and two form
a twosome. Four ladies playing slowly are
a "gruesome." Four men playing after a long
lunch at the 19th hole are a "fearsome."
A single attractive woman playing alone
is a "toothsome." A husband and wife playing
together are a "quarrelsome." A group of
golfers who give advice while watching another
group tee off is a "meddlesome." A single
player with a large number jokes is a "tiresome."
And two younger men playing a fast, sub-par
round are a "loathsome."
Drop - a drop that you don't have to
pay for, really that is correct, you get
to drop the ball and don't have to add a
stroke to your score. This can happen
when there is casual water on the course
or ground under repair.
egg A ball buried in the sand, with
a ring around it created on impact. Too
many fried eggs will make you lose your
appetite for the game.
- the closely cut area just around the
edge of the green.
The short grass at the edge of the green.
Also known as the collar or the fringe.
Nine - The first half of an 18-hole
golf course. A golfer who, by the end of
the 9th hole, has shot within a few strokes
of par for 18 is entitled to skip the second
half of the course and head directly for
the 19th hole.
Nickname for the score of eight on a
hole. Synonymous with snowman because the
figure eight resembles a snowman and Frosty
is the most famous snowman of all.
Description for the condition of greens
that haven't been mowed recently. Putting
on fuzzy greens is more like putting in
the fairway—slow! Also a nickname for PGA
Tour golfer Frank Urban Zoeller.