Golf Glossary

Advanced and Basic Golf Terms and their Meanings

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Welcome to the Golf Glossary. Here you'll find common (and some uncommon) golf terms and their definitions.

Golf Glossary Categories

One way to utilize this Golf Glossary is to browse several categories of similar or related golf terms. Click into one of the following categories to browse:

Golf Equipment Terms
This glossary category gathers terms relating to golf equipment, such as bounce angle, cavity back, forgiveness, launch angle, toe-balanced and many more.

Golf Tournament Formats and Betting Games
Do you know your scramble from a shamble? What is Bingo, Bango Bongo? Or best ball, Chapman System, money ball or Peoria System? This section of the Golf Glossary provides explanations of popular golf tournament formats along with betting games or side games that groups of golfers often play.

Golf Course Terms
On this page you'll find terms related to golf courses - features of courses (architectural terms), definitions related to golf course setup and maintenance.

Golf Slang
This is a fun category, with definitions of golf slang terms and expressions. Do you know your chicken stick from a foot wedge? How about Army golf or banana ball?

Golf Glossary: The Full List of Terms and Definitions

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1-2-3 Best Ball
2-2-2
2-Man No Scotch
2-Man Scramble
2-Person Best Ball
3 In 1
3 Little Pigs
3-Putt
32
4BBB
4-Man Cha Cha Cha
40 Balls
90-Degree Rule

A
Abnormal Ground Conditions
Above the Hole
Ace
Aces and Deuces
Acey Ducey
Address
Adjusted Gross Score
Advice
Aeration
Aircraft Carrier
Air Mail
Air Presses
Air Shot
Albatross
Alfred S. Bourne Trophy
Alignment
All Square
Alternate Fairway
Alternate Greens
Alternate Shot
Alternate Tees
Am-Am
Amateur
Amateur status
Ambrose Competition
American Ball
Amen Corner
Angle of Attack
Appearance Fees
Appearances
Approach
Approach Course
Approach Wedge
Apron
Arizona Shuffle
Army Golf
Arnies
Arnold Palmer Award
Attack wedge
Auto Win
Away
A-Wedge

B
Back Door (back door putt)
Back Nine
Back Side
Backspin
Backswing
Back Tees
Backweight
Baffie
Bag Raid
Bail Out
Bail-Out Area
Balata
Ball in Play
Ball Mark
Ball Marker
Ballmark Tool
Ball Retriever
Ball Striker
Ballstriking
Ball Washer
Banana Ball
Barkie
Barranca
Battlefield Promotion
Beach
The Bear
Beat the Worst
Belly Putter
Below the Hole
Ben Hogan Award
Ben Hogan Tour
Bentgrass
Bermudagrass
Best At Something
Best Ball
Best Nines
Better Ball
Biarritz
Big Dog
Bingo Bango Bongo
Birdie
Bisque
Bisque Par
Bisque Stroke
Bite
Blades
Blast
Blast Out
Blind Bogey
Blind Nine
Blind Shot
Blue Tees
Bo Derek
Bogey
Bogey Golfer
Bogey Rating
Bore-Through
Borrow
Bounce
Bowmaker
Bramble (format)
Brassie
Break
Bridge
British Ball (British Open Ball)
Broomstick Putter
Buggy
Bump and Run
Bunker
Burn
Buy.com Tour
Buzzard
Byron Nelson Award

C
Cabbage
Cablinasian
Caddie
Calcutta
Callaway System
Camber
Canadian Foursomes
Cape Hole
Captain's Choice
Captain's Pick
Carry
Cart Fee
Cart Jockey
Cart Path
Cart Path Only
Casual Water
Cat Box
Cavity Back
cc
Center cut
Center of Gravity
Center shafted
Championship Course
Championship Tees
Chapman System
Characteristic Time
Chicago
Chicken Run
Chicken Stick
Chili Dip
Chip or Chip Shot
Chip-in
Chippies
Choke
Choker Tournament
Chunk
Church Pews bunker
Circle on the Scorecard
Claret Jug
Cleek
Closed Face
Closest to the Pin
Club
Clubface
Clubhead
Clubhead Speed
Clubhouse
C.O.D.


Coefficient of Restitution
Collar
Collection Area
Committee
Compression
Conceded Putt
Concession
Condor
Contour
Contoured Greens
Cool-Season Grasses
Coring
Country Club
Course
Course Furniture
Course Handicap
Course Management
Course Rating
Criers and Whiners
Criss Cross
Cross Bunker
Crown
Crowned Green
CT
Cup
Cut
Cut Line
Cut Shot
Cut Throat

D
Daily Fee Course
Dance Floor
Dawn Patrol
Daytona
Defender
Demo Day
Derby
Desert Course
Desert Swing
Devil Ball
Dew Sweeper
Die in the Hole
Dimple Pattern
Dimples
Disaster
Divot
Divot Tool
Dogleg
Dog Track
Dormant
Dormie
Dots (or dot game)
Double Bogey
Double Cut
Double Eagle
Double Green
Downswing
Draw
Drive
Driver
Driving Iron
Driving Range
Duck Hook
Duffer

E
Eagle
Eclectic
Effective Playing Length
Elevated Green
Eliminator
English
Equitable Stroke Control
Even/Even Par
Executive Course

F
Face Angle
Face-Balanced Putter
Facing
Fade
Fairway
Fairways & Greens
Fairways to Heaven
False Front
Fat (or Fat Shot)
Favorite Holes
Ferrule
Fescue
Finishing Hole
First Cut
Fish
Fishies
Five of Clubs
Flags (or Flags Competition)
Flagstick
Flange
Flatstick
Flex
Flyer/Flyer Lie
Flight
Flop Shot
Florida Scramble
Flush
Footgolf
Footprinting
Foot Wedge
Forced Carry
Fore
Forecaddie
Forgiveness
Forgiving
Fort Lauderdale
Four Ball
Fourball Alliance
Four-Man Cha Cha Cha
Four-Point Game
Foursomes
Frequency Matching
Fried Egg
Fringe
Frog Hair
Front Nine
Front Side

G
GHIN
Gap wedge
Garbage
Gimmie
Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden
Goat Track
Golf Buggy
Golf Car
Golf Cart
Golf Club
Golf Club without Real Estate
Golf Tee
Golf Town
Good-good
Gorse
Grain
Grass Bunker
Grass Club
Great Triumvirate
Green
Green Fee
Green Grass (or Green Grass Shop)
Greenies
Green in Regulation (GIR)
Greensomes
Gross (Gross Score)
Ground Under Repair
Gruesomes

H
Hacker
Halve or Halved
Hammer (or Hammers)
Handicap
Handicap Differential
Handicap Index
Hand Wedge
Hanging Lie
Hangman
Hardpan
Hate Em
Hazard
Heather
Heathland Course
Hit It Flush
Hog
Hogans Alley
Hogies (Hogans)
Hole
Holed
Hole in One
Hole-in-One Contest
Hole-in-One Insurance
Hole Locations
Hole Out
Honest John
Honey Pot
Honors (order of play)
Honors (betting game)
Hood - Hooded - Hooding the Club
Hook
Hosel
Hosel Rocket

I
Immovable Obstruction
Indio effect
Inside the Leather
Interlocking Grip
In the Bucket
Invitational
Irish Four Ball
Irons
Island Green

J
Jack and Jill
Jack Nicklaus Award
Jack Nicklaus Trophy
Joe Pesci
Jokers Wild

K
Kick
Kickpoint
Kitty Litter
Knockdown Shot
KP

L
Ladder Tournament
Ladies Tees
Ladies Playday
Lag (Lag Putt)
Last Man Standing
Las Vegas
Las Vegas Scramble
Lateral Water Hazard
Launch Angle
Lay Up
Leading Edge
Lie
Lie Angle
Line of Play
Line of Putt
Links
Lip
Lip Out
Lob Shot
Loft (or Loft Angle)
Lone Ranger
Long and Short
Longest Yard
Long Putter
Loop
Looping
Loose Impediments
Low Ball-High Ball
Low Putts
Luck of the Draw
Lunch Ball

M
Make the Cut
Maltby Playability Factor
MAP
Maraging Steel
Mark the Ball / Marking the Ball
Marshal
Mashie
Mashie Iron
Mashie Niblick
Match Play
MDF
Medalist
Medal Play
Miami Scramble
Mid Iron
Mid Mashie
Miss the Cut
Modified Pinehurst
Modified Stableford
Moment of Inertia
Monday Qualifying
Money Ball
Mouth Wedge
Movable Obstruction
MSRP
Mulligan
Mulligans (format)
Municipal Course
Muni
Murphy
Muscleback
Mutt and Jeff

N
Nassau
Nasties
Nationwide Tour
Nearest Point of Relief
Net/Net Score
Niblick
Nicklauses
Nike Tour
Nine Points
Nines
No Alibis
No Putts
N.O.S.E. Tournament

O
Obstacle Stroke Value
Obstruction
Odds and Evens
Offset
One Club
One Person Captain's Choice
Oozles and Foozles
Open
Open Face
Opposite-Field Tournament
Out
Out of Bounds
Overlapping Grip
Over Par
Overseeding
OWGR

P
Par
Par 3 / Par-3 Hole
Par 4 / Par-4 Hole
Par 5 / Par-5 Hole
Par 6 / Par-6 Hole
Parkland Course
Par Is Your Partner
Par 3 Course
Par or Out
Payne Stewart Award
Peoria System
Perfecto
Perimeter Weighting
Pick Up Sticks
Pin
Pinehurst (Pinehurst System)
Pin High
Pink Lady
Pinnie
Pin Placement
Pin Sheet
Pitch or Pitch Shot
Pitching Niblick
Pitch Mark
Play Club
Play It Again, Sam
Play Through
Poa
Polee
Pot(hole) Bunker
Powerball
PowerPlay Golf
Preferred Lies
Press (or Pressing the Bet)
Primary Rough
Private Course
Pro Shop
Progressive Offset
Provisional Ball
Proxy (or Proxy Contest)
Proxy Marker
Public Course
Pull
Punch (Punch Shot)
Punchbowl Green
Punched Greens
Push
Putt for Dough
Putting Cleek
Putting Green

Q
Q-School
Quadruple Bogey
Quota tournament

R
Rabbit
Rainmaker
Range Ball
Ready Golf
Reciprocals
Redan / Redan Hole
Red Tees
Red, White and Blue Tournament
Resort Course
Reverse Scramble
Rolex Rankings
Rota
Rough
Round
Round Robin
Routing
Rub of the Green

S
Sandbagger
Sandie (Sandy)
Sand Trap
Scotch Foursomes
Scramble
Scratch Golfer
Scruffy
Scuffies
Selected Score
Semi-Private Course
Seve
Shamble
Shank
Shazam
Shoot Out
Short Side
Shotgun Start
Signature Hole
Sixes
Skins/Skins Game
Skirts
Skull (Skulled Shot)
Skyball
Skymarks
Silly Season
Slice
Slope Rating
Small Ball
Smash Factor
Snowman
Snake
Snap Hook
Sod
Spade Mashie
Splashies
Split Fairway
Split Sixes
Split Tees
Sponsor Exemptions
Spoon
Spring-Like Effect
Square Face
Stableford
Stadium Course
Stance
Stealies
Step Aside Scramble
Stimp
Stimpmeter
Stinger
Stony
Stop the Bleeding
Street Price
Strike Three
String It Out
Striping
Stroke
Stroke Play
Stymie
Sunday Ball
Sundowner
Swat Tournament
Swing Speed
Swingweight
Switch
System 36

T
Takeaway
T and F
Target Line
Taylor Made Golf
Tee
Tee Ball
Tee Box
Teeing Ground
Tee Time
Texas Scramble
Tee Shot
Texas Wedge
Thin (or Thin Shot)
Thirty-Two
Three Ball
Three Blind Mice
Three Club Monte
Three Little Pigs
Three-Putt
Three-Putt Poker
Threesomes
Through Line
Through the Green
Tiger Tees
Tight Lie
The Tips
Toe-Balanced Putter
Toe-Down Putter - see Toe-Balanced Putter
Toe Flow - see Toe Hang
Toe Hang
Toe-Weighted Putter - see Toe-Balanced Putter
Tombstone
Topdressing
Topped Shot (or Top)
Torque
TPC
Track
Trailing Edge
The Train
Trap
Triple Bogey
Triples
Trouble
Two-Man No Scotch

U
Uglies
Umbrella (or Umbrella Game)
Up and Down

V
Vardon Grip
Vardon Overlap
Various Pars
Velcro

W
Waggle
Warm-Season Grasses
Waste Area
Waste Bunker
Water Ball
Water Hazard
Water Hole
Weekend Hacker
Whack and Hack
Whiff
White Tees
Winter Rules
Wolf
Wolfman
Wormburner
Wraparound Schedule

X
X-Out

Y
Yardage Book
Yellow Ball
Yellowsomes
Yips