Golf Terms and Definitions
Golf is a very complicated sport with its own set of terms used within the community. This jargon can be difficult for beginners and those who are not initiated into the ways of the sport. These terms are discussed below. This glossary will help you understand more of the words spoken during games as you progress further into being a golf player.
The opening position before the shot.
Alignment is how the player positions himself or herself relative to the ball before launch.
The grass surrounding a green area on the course.
The line in which the body is rooted even as it turns around for the swing.
This is a type of grip which uses all ten of the player’s fingers.
A bladed shot occurs when the player hits the bottom side of an iron club on the upper half of the ball. This is typically used for achieving a low-altitude shot.
Bogeys refer to a shot that hits hole one under par.
The distance sideways from the hole that you are trying to aim for. This is a technique to adjust to sloping terrains, like greens.
It means hitting the ground with the club before the ball.
Holing out means repeatedly putting the ball until it scores.
A movement in which the player maintains the triangle made by the clubhead and their shoulders until the backswing widens. This takeaway generates a lot of power for the forward swing.
The pattern of the club’s movement during the swing. It’s either inside-to-inside, outside-to-inside, or inside-to-outside.
A method of planning a putt using the shaft of the putter.
The flight of the ball after impact. It has two features –height and angle.
A swing that misses the ball.