Top Funny Golf Lingo Terms
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- Albatross - (aka: "double eagle") a score of 3 under (less than) par.
- Airmail - a shot that carries completely over something. Similar to an 'airball'
in basketball. Example: "I hit driver, 3 wood and then airmailed the green with
- Bag Rat - Caddie
- Beach - (aka: "sand trap" or "bunker") any hazard on the golf course consisting
of sand. Example: "Doug's approach shot fell short of the green and into the beach."
- Beagle - Term used to describe a score of double par on a single hole. "Snowman"
is an acceptable substitute on par 4's.
- Bite - The insane golfer is often found yelling this word at a ball that is
too stupid to know that a bladed lob wedge should not travel 160 yards. Rest assured
that in the vast majority of instances, if a golfer is yelling this word, the final
result will indeed "bite."
- Brazilian - Just shaves the hole
- Cabbage - any type of thick or tall grass, typically found off the fairway or
behind the green.
- Chili Dip - when a chip or pitch shot is hit a much shorter distance than intended/expected.
- Cuban - Needed one more revolution
- Condom - Safe, but didn't feel right
- Dance floor - The Green. Perhaps the term comes from the smooth surface and
relative flatness of the green, to convey the joy that accompanies finally making
it to the green.
- Dawn patrol - The golfers who are the first to play each day, so named because
they start their match around the course at sunrise.
- Depth Charge - a putt that is lagged ever so softly down a slope towards the
hole allowing gravity and the angle of the green to work the ball towards the green
rather than the force of the putt itself. Example: "John was on the second tier
of the green, 8 feet above the hole, so he just threw a depth charge towards the
hole hoping for the best."
- Drain - the act of sinking a putt into the cup. Example: "Geddy drained a thirty
five foot putt for birdie."
- Four-jack - 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, Steve
Ballesteros replied, "I miss. I miss. I miss. I make." Well said.
- Fried Egg - refers to a lie, usually in a sand trap, where the ball appears
to be the yolk of a fried egg and the sand (or ground) around the ball resembles
- Golf widow - The wife of an obsessive golfer. She doesn't know who Jack Nicklaus
is, and she doesn't care. Her husband will remember Jack's birthday before he remembers
- Grocery money - Winnings from a golf bet that the winner pledges to spend on
food and drink, or groceries, usually at the nineteenth hole.
- Grow teeth - A golfer's plea for the ball to stop quickly.
- Jar - Clearly the best term ever used to describe the hole. Proper usage of
this term include such phrases as, "I jarred a forty footer to save double."
- Jail - Where a golf ball usually lies after a hacker hits it. A place from which
escape is nearly impossible. Deep rough, woods, buried lies, and other unpleasant
places represent jail for a golf ball.
- Jigger - an old fashioned short iron wedge that was used to extract the ball
from deep rough.
- Juice - (aka: "backspin", "english", "junk") the imaginary substance applied
to the ball that causes it to roll or bounce in a direction other than that in which
it was struck. Especially when hitting a ball into a green. Example: "Q: How did
you pull the ball back towards the hold like that? A: I just gave it a little juice!"
- Jungle - (aka: "jail") a term used to describe a lie in the middle of many trees
or overgrowth (fescue, thick rough, etc.) as it might be in the jungle.
- Lip out - A putt that hits the lip and spins out.
- Nuked - When you hit a shot that achieves the absolute maximum distance for
that club - "nuked it"
- On fire - You're on fire when everything you do on the course seems to work
out just as you planned.
- Oscar Bravo - These two simple words are often used after your playing partner
has pumped one into someone's backyard and asks, "Where did that go." This sounds
infinitely better than "OB" or "Out of Bounds".
- Peg - (aka: "tee") a synonym for a tee (not the tee box). A small, usually,
but not always, wooden utensil on which a golf ball is set prior to taking the first
shot of any hole. Example: "Patrick preferred not to use a tee on par three holes
on which he used an iron."
- Postage stamp - (aka: "postage stamp green") a green that is particularly small
(i.e. as small as a postage stamp). Example: "All the greens on that course are
postage stamps - Its impossible to score well there!"
- Ready golf - In ready golf each player may "fire when ready," a procedure instituted
to speed up play.
- Reload - a slang term meaning that the player is going to hit a second (or third
or fourth or...) shot from the same location as he/she just did. Often used on the
tee and even more often when the first shot was hit out of bounds. Example: "Curtis,
that shot's long gone. You might as well reload." A term also used each time the
beer cart approaches, as in "Let's reload."
- Robbed - Golfers love to complain about being robbed, usually when a putt doesn't
break when it should have, or when a putt traveling at Mach 2 doesn't fall into
the hole as it should have, or when a tee shot forty yards off line winds up six
inches out of bounds.
- Sandbagger - a golfer who understates his/her handicap with the hope that this
will give him/her an advantage when playing against other golfers in a handicapped
event. Example: "Sean's such a sandbagger! I played against him last week and he
said he was a 14 handicap and proceeded to shoot a 79 gross."
- Shag bag - a container usually made of heavy fabric used to carry balls for
practice. May also be constructed so as to assist with the picking up of practice
balls after they have been hit. Example: "I brought a shag bag full of balls with
me to the practice bunker."
- Snowman - Term use to describe a score of "8" on a single hole.
- Spray - to hit the ball in any direction other than that intended. Example:
"After getting off the tee very well during my last round - I sprayed the ball all
over the place today."
- Sweet spot - (aka: "sweet spot", "screws", "nut") the center of the clubface.
The spot on the clubface where the golfer intends to contact the golf ball and off
of which the ball is expected to fly truest. Example: "It sure felt good to be the
first off the with about 20 colleagues watching and hit my drive right on the sweet
- Victory lap - The circle a putt makes around the rim of the cup before falling
- Waggle - the movement of a player and his golf club prior to or during the address
position. A waggle is specific to each individual golfer and may involve the back
and forth movement of the club head in an attempt to get comfortable or stay loose
prior to making the anticipated shot.
- Watery Grave - Where disobedient golf balls go every time you try to carry a
- Wormburner - (aka: "worm burner") a shot with such a low trajectory that it
skims the ground such that the ball would be burning up any worms on the surface.
You can usually hear a wormburner and although the shot may be effective it is never
- Yips - the either real or imaginary nervous twitching of muscles at the most
inopportune time in a golf swing or putt. Example: "For the past three rounds Stacy's
been missing all her putts to the left. Its the worst case of the yips I've seen
in a while!"
- Zinger - (aka: "zinner") a shot that takes off from the head of the club and
files toward the target reminiscent of a line drive in baseball. Often associated
with a shot hit thin. Example: "Julie hit a great drive over the water but then
on her approach shot hit a zinger over the green."
- Zone, the - When everything you do is right, and you know it's right before
you do it, that's the zone. The number of times you get to visit the zone, and the
amount of time you spend there can vary erratically for most of us.
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