Chip, hook, kill? Golfing terminology and slang explained

When venturing into a new activity or task, you want to look good, knowledgeable and dapper. If you are planning to go on a golfing holiday or simply play the sport for the first time, the terminology used can be quite mystifying. You don’t want to look like a deer caught in the headlights whilst all the pros are shouting out all these insider terms. You want to play it smooth and act like you know what they are talking about. So to give a helping hand, here are some of the terms frequently used:

Ace – A hole in one (refer below to find out what a hole in one is)

A hole in one – when a player hits the ball from the tee into the cup with one shot.

Afraid of the Dark – When the ball just refuses to fall into the hole.

Air mail – This is when the balls travels a lot further than you had planned.

Birdie – One under par score on a hole (refer to P for par)

Bogey – One over par score on a hole

Cabbage – When you end up hitting the ball into very deep and ensnaring think grass or as they would refer to it, rough.

Chilli Dip – When you hit the ground behind the ball

Divot – When you embarrassingly remove some of the turf when hitting a shot. (If you do end up doing this, at least you can impress them with the right terminology.)

Eagle – As a ‘birdie’ is one under, an eagle is two under par score on a hole.

Fore – A warning term. It is usually shouted out when a shot made is potentially endangering another player.

Flub – A really poor shot. It does nothing but cause certain loss in score.

Grain – The direction in which the grass has grown. This will have influence on the speed of the ball.

Green – The area that is around the hole where the grass is typically very short.

Half shot – A less powerful swing usually used for short distance shots.

Hook – A shirt that curves strongly either from right to left or left to right depending on which hand you play with.

In play – The opposite of out of bounds. The shot comes to rest just within the boundaries.

Jungle – A slang term used to refer to the deepest and coarsest part of the course.

Knee knocker – A short putt which you should not really miss but inevitably do.

Kill – To hit the ball with great force.

Lip – refers to the edge of the hole.

Lip-out – When the ball tragically catches on the lip and makes its way around the hole without falling in.

Mixed – Simply refers to men and women playing together.

Nobble – When you end up hitting the top half of the ball. This typically causes a weak and low shot.

OB – Out of bounds. The area beyond the course which is usually by white lines or some form of boundary.

Par – Standard number of strokes for each hole which always includes two putts.

Pin – The flagstick.

Quick – When you rush to make you swing and end up hitting the ball too hard, resulting in a bad shot.

Range – Refers to the practice area.

Sandie – When you play for money and make a bet against an opponent.

Unplayable lie – When the weather or ground conditions are poor that you cannot play a shot.

Waggle – When golfers move their club back and forth before making the shot. (You can always throw this in to look like an expert.)

Yips – When you fear missing short putts and signs of this can be nervous twitching.

By Akash Valand

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