golf terms

Learning to play golf is one of the great challenges in all of sports. Learning the game’s golf terms and lingo may be just as difficult.

Golf Terms: Birdie. Bogey. Mulligan.

Golf Terms: Slice. Hook. Shank.

Golf Terms: Driver. Wedge. Hybrid.

What’s a newbie to make of all these baffling golf terms? Heck, even veteran golfers are sometimes stumped by the language that pops up on the course.

There’s one set of words and phrases covering the swing (address, backswing, follow-through), another describing results (fade, draw, fat), still another devoted to different types of shots (chip, pitch, bump-and-run). Then there’s the golf course (fairway, green, bunker) and equipment (putter, perimeter weighting, center of gravity).

You’ve got to know golf’s basic rules (out of bounds, penalty stroke, ground under repair) and its byzantine etiquette practices (honors, away, marking your ball). And you can’t walk a yard on a golf course without hearing a few slang terms (19th hole, chicken wing, sandy) or statistical talk (green in regulation, up-and-down).

That, friends, is merely the tip of a massive linguistic iceberg.

When learning any new language, total immersion in the culture is the best way to go. By playing and practicing often, hanging around the clubhouse, talking to other golfers and watching golf on TV, you’ll pick up the lingo lickety-split. If your golf time is limited, however, you’ll find the Golf-Info-Guide.com Golf Terms Glossary a terrific resource for boning up.

Before long, you’ll be slinging golf slang like an old pro.

“Man, I am loving my new progressive offset irons.”

“Maybe I should try a left-hand-low putting grip.”

“Did you see Bob cut the corner on that dogleg?”

On those occasions when you hear a new golf term, dial up this page and scroll down. You’ll probably find it here. We’re constantly expanding our own vocabulary, adding words and phrases to help all golfers – from novices to old hands – better understand this perplexing game.

Please find below a glossary of golf terms. A dictionary with definitions, and golf terminology of the most popular golf jargon terms used by other golfers, golf web sites, and golf videos.

1.19th Hole, Golf Term
2.Ace, Golf Term
3.Address, Golf Term
4.Aeration, Golf Term
5.Aim, Golf Term
6.Albatross, Golf Term
7.Alignment, Golf Term
8.Alternate Shot Match (aka Foursomes), Golf Term
9.Angle of Approach, Golf Term
10.Approach Shot, Golf Term
11.Approach Wedge, Golf Term
12.Apron, Golf Term
13.Arc, Golf Term, (aka Swing Arc)
14.Army Golf, Golf Term
15.Away, Golf Term
16.Back Weighting Irons, Golf Term
17.Backspin, Golf Term
18.Backswing, Golf Term
19.Bad Lie, Golf Term
20.Bailout, Golf Term
21.Balance Point, Golf Term
22.Ball Core, Golf Term
23.Ball Cover Hardness, Golf Term
24.Ball Cover, Golf Term
25.Ball Dimples, Golf Term
26.Ball Initial Velocity, Golf Term
27.Ball Layers, Golf Term
28.Ball Mantle, Golf Term, (aka Ball Casing)
29.Ball Mark Tool, Golf Term
30.Ball Mark, Golf Term
31.Ball Marker, Golf Term
32.Ball Overall Distance Standard, Golf Term
33.Ball Position, Golf Term
34.Ball Size, Golf Term, (aka Ball Diameter)
35.Ball Speed, Golf Term
36.Ball Weight, Golf Term
37.Banana Ball, Golf Term
38.Baseball Grip, Golf Term, (aka 10-Finger Grip)
39.Beach, Golf Term
40.Belly Putters, Golf Term, (aka Mid-Length)
41.Bend Point, Golf Term
42.Bentgrass, Golf Term
43.Bermuda Grass, Golf Term
44.Best Ball, Golf Term
45.Between Clubs, Golf Term
46.Biarritz Green, Golf Term
47.Bias, Golf Term
48.Birdie, Golf Term
49.Bite, Golf Term
50.Blade Irons, Golf Term
51.Blast, Golf Term, (aka Explosion Shot)
52.Blocked Shot, Golf Term
53.Blocked Shot, Golf Term, (aka Flare, Push Slice)
54.Bogey Golfer, Golf Term
55.Bogey Rating, Golf Term
56.Bogey, Double Bogey etc. Golf Term
57.Bogey, Golf Term
58.Bomb and Gouge, Golf Term
59.Bounce, Golf Term
60.Bowed Wrist, Golf Term
61.Break of a Putt, Golf Term, (aka Green)
62.Broomstick Putters, Golf Term
63.Bulge and Roll, Golf Term
64.Bump-and-Run, Golf Term
65.Bunker Lip, Golf Term, (or Cup Lip)
66.Bunker, Golf Term, (aka Sand Trap)
67.Caddy, Golf Term
68.Camber, Golf Term
69.Cape Hole, Golf Term
70.Carry, Golf Term
71.Casting the Club, Golf Term
72.Casual Water, Golf Term
73.Cavity-Back, Golf Term
74.Center-Line Bunker, Golf Term
75.Center-Shafted Putter, Golf Term
76.Check Up (as in Making the Ball Check Up), Golf Term
77.Chicken Stick, Golf Term
78.Chicken Wing, Golf Term
79.Chili Dip, Golf Term
80.Chip In, Golf Term
81.Chip Shot, Golf Term
82.Chippers, Golf Term
83.Chipping, Golf Term
84.Choke Up on the Golf Club, Golf Term, (aka Grip Down)
85.Chop, Golf Term
86.Chunk the Ball, Golf Term
87.Church Pews Bunker, Golf Term
88.Claw Putting Grip, Golf Term
89.Clear the Hips, Golf Term
90.Closed clubface, Golf Term
91.Closed Stance, Golf Term
92.Club Center of Gravity, Golf Term
93.Club Crown, Golf Term
94.Club Grooves, Golf Term
95.Club Length, Golf Term
96.Club Loft, Golf Term
97.Club Swingweight, Golf Term
98.Clubface, Golf Term
99.Clubhead Swing Speed, Golf Term
100.Clubhead, Golf Term
101.CNC Milled Putters, Golf Term
102.Coefficient of Restitution, Golf Ball Term, (aka COR)
103.Coefficient of Restitution, Golf Club Term, (aka COR)
104.Coil, Golf Term
105.Collection Area, Golf Term
106.Come Up and Out of the Shot, Golf Term
107.Comeback Putt, Golf Term
108.Concede or Concession, Golf Term
109.Conforming Golf Ball, Golf Term, or Club
110.Course Management, Golf Term
111.Course Rating, Golf Term
112.Cross Bunkers, Golf Term
113.Cross-Handed Putting Grip, Golf Term, (aka Left-Hand-Low)
114.Crown (of a club), Golf Term
115.Crowned Green (aka Turtleback Green), Golf Term
116.Cubic Centimeters, Golf Term, (aka cc)
117.Cup, Golf Term
118.Cupped Wrist, Golf Term
119.Curved Shaft, Golf Term
120.Cut Shot, Golf Term, (aka Fade)
121.Decelerate, Golf Term
122.Deck, (as in Hitting Driver Off the Deck) Golf Term
123.Deep-Face Drivers, Golf Term
124.Deuce, Golf Term
125.Die-Casting, Golf Term
126.Dimple, Golf Term
127.Dipping the Shoulder, Golf Term
128.Divot, Golf Term
129.Dogleg Golf Hole, Golf Term
130.Dormie, Golf Term
131.Double Bogey, Golf Term
132.Double Break, Golf Term
133.Double Eagle, Golf Term, (aka Albatross)
134.Double-Cross Golf Swing, Golf Term
135.Down Hill Lie, Golf Term
136.Downswing, Golf Term
137.Drag, Golf Term
138.Drain, Golf Term
139.Draw, Golf Term
140.Drivers, Golf Term
141.Driving Irons, Golf Term
142.Drop Kicking, Golf Term
143.Drop, Golf Term
144.Dub, Golf Term
145.Duck Hook, Golf Term, (aka Snap Hook)
146.Duff, Golf Term
147.Eagle, Golf Term
148.Elevated Green, Golf Term, (aka Push-up, Pedestal Green)
149.Etiquette, Golf Term
150.Even Par, Golf Term
151.Explosion Shot, Golf Term, (aka Blast)
152.Face Angle, Golf Term
153.Face Insert, Golf Term
154.Face Progression, Golf Term
155.Face Tape, (To View Ball Strike) Golf Term
156.Face-Balanced Putter, Golf Term
157.Fade, Golf Term
158.Fairway Bunker, Golf Term
159.Fairway Woods, Golf Term
160.Fairway, Golf Term
161.Fairways Hit, Golf Term
162.Falling Off the Ball, Golf Term
163.Fat Shot, Golf Term
164.Feel, Golf Term
165.Ferrules, Golf Term
166.Finish, Golf Term
167.Flag, Golf Term, (aka Flagstick, Pin)
168.Flat Lie, Golf Term
169.Flat Swing Plane, Golf Term
170.Flex Point, (of a Club Shaft) Golf Term
171.Flier Lie, Golf Term
172.Flop Shot, Golf Term
173.Flub, Golf Term
174.Flush Hit, Golf Term
175.Follow-Through, Golf Term
176.Fore, Golf Term
177.Forgiving Clubs, Golf Term
178.Four-Ball, Golf Term
179.Free Drop, Golf Term
180.Frequency Matching Shafts, Golf Term
181.Fringe, Golf Term, (aka Collar)
182.Gallery, Golf Term
183.Game Improvement Irons, Golf Term
184.Gap Wedge, Golf Term, (aka Attack Wedge)
185.Gear Effect, Golf Term
186.Gimme, Golf Term, (aka Tap-In)
187.Golf Bag, Golf Term
188.Golf Ball Compression, Golf Term
189.Golf Club Alignment, Golf Term
190.Golf Club Fitting, Golf Term
191.Gooseneck, Golf Term, (aka Plumber’s Neck)
192.Grain on a Green, Golf Term
193.Grand Slam, Golf Term, (aka holy grail)
194.Green in Regulation, Golf Term, (aka GIR)
195.Green Speed, Golf Term
196.Green, Golf Term
197.Grip Core Size, Golf Term
198.Grip, Golf Term
199.Gross Score, Golf Term
200.Ground Under Repair, Golf Term
201.Grounding the Club, Golf Term
202.Hacker, Golf Term
203.Handicap, Golf Term
204.Handsy Golf Swing, Golf Term
205.Hardpan Lie, Golf Term
206.Hazard, Golf Term
207.Heel-Shafted Putters, Golf Term
208.Heel-Toe Weighting, Golf Term
209.High Finish, Golf Term
210.Hip Turn, Golf Term
211.Hole High, Golf Term (aka Pin High)
212.Hole In One, Golf Term
213.Hole Out, Golf Term
214.Hole, Golf Term
215.Honors, Golf Term
216.Hood, Golf Term
217.Hook, Golf Term
218.Hosel, Golf Term
219.Hovering, Golf Term
220.Hybrid, Golf Term
221.Impact Bag, Golf Term
222.Inside-to-out swing path, Golf Term
223.Interlocking Grip, Golf Term
224.Ionomer Ball Cover, Golf Term
225.Iron, Golf Term
226.Jerking the Club Back, Golf Term
227.Jump, Golf Term
228.Junior, Golf Term
229.Kick, Golf Term
230.Knock-Down Shot, Golf Term
231.Lag (In a Golf Swing), Golf Term
232.Lag Putt, Golf Term
233.Lateral Water Hazard, Golf Term
234.Lay-Up Shot, Golf Term
235.Laying Off the Club, Golf Term
236.Leading Edge, Golf Term
237.Lie Angle, Golf Term
238.Lie, Golf Term
239.Line, Golf Term
240.Links, Golf Term
241.Lip, Golf Term
242.Lip-Out, Golf Term
243.Lob Shot, Golf Term
244.Lob Wedge, Golf Term
245.Loft, Golf Term
246.Long Irons, Golf Term
247.Long Putters, Golf Term
248.Looking Up, Golf Term
249.Low Finish, Golf Term
250.Maraging Steel, Golf Term
251.Match Play, Golf Term
252.Medal Play, (aka Stroke Play) Golf Term
253.Member’s Bounce, Golf Term
254.Middle Irons, Golf Term
255.Moment of Inertia, Golf Term, (aka MOI)
256.MOT, Golf Term
257.Mud Ball, Golf Term
258.Mulligan, Golf Term
259.Multi-Layered Golf Ball, Golf Term, (aka Three-Piece or Four-Piece)
260.Nassau, Golf Term
261.No Card, Golf Term, (aka NC)
262.Offset Clubhead, Golf Term
263.Open clubface, Golf Term
264.Open Stance, Golf Term
265.Out of bounds, Golf Term, (aka O.B.)
266.Outside-to-in swing path, Golf Term
267.Outward nine, Golf Term
268.Overclubbing, Golf Term
269.Oversize Clubs, Golf Term
270.Pace, Golf Term
271.Par, Golf Term
272.Penalty Stroke, Golf Term
273.Perimeter-Weighted Club Heads, Golf Term
274.Pin High, Golf Term
275.Pinching the Ball, Golf Term
276.Pitch and Run, Golf Term
277.Pitch Shot, Golf Term
278.Pitching Wedge, Golf Term
279.Pivot, Golf Term
280.Play Through, Golf Term
281.Plugged Lie, Golf Term
282.Plunk, Golf Term
283.Plus handicap, Golf Term
284.Postage Stamp Green, Golf Term
285.Practice green, Golf Term
286.Pre-shot routine, Golf Term
287.Premium Golf Ball, Golf Term
288.Pro shop, Golf Term
289.Progressive Offset Clubs, Golf Term
290.Provisional Ball, Golf Term
291.Pull Hook, Golf Term
292.Pull Slice, Golf Term
293.Pull, Golf Term
294.Pulled Shot, Golf Term, (aka Pulling the Golf Ball)
295.Punch Shot, Golf Term
296.Push Slice, Golf Term, (aka Golf Flare, Block)
297.Push, Golf Term
298.Pushed Shot, Golf Term, (aka Pushing the Ball)
299.Putter Insert, Golf Term
300.Ready, Golf Term
301.Recycled Golf Balls, Golf Term, (aka used Golf Balls)
302.Release, Golf Term
303.Rescue Club, Golf Term
304.Reverse Overlap Putting Grip, Golf Term
305.Reverse Pivot, (aka Reverse Weight Shift) Golf Term
306.Rough, Golf Term
307.Run, Golf Term
308.Sand Shot, Golf Term
309.Sandbagger, Golf Term
310.Sandy, Golf Term
311.Scooping the Ball, Golf Term
312.Scratch Golfer, Golf Term
313.Sequence, Golf Term
314.Shaft Flex, Golf Term
315.Shaft Kick Point, Golf Term
316.Shaft Torque Specification, Golf Term
317.Shotmaking, Golf Term
318.Shoulder Turn, Golf Term
319.Slice, Golf Term
320.Slope Rating, Golf Term
321.Smash Factor, Golf Term
322.Spine Angle, (aka Posture) Golf Term
323.Spine Tilt, at Address Golf Term
324.Spring-Like Effect, Golf Term
325.Square clubface, Golf Term
326.Square Face, Golf Term
327.Square or straight clubhead path, Golf Term
328.Stainless Steel Clubs, Golf Term
329.Stance, Golf Term
330.Staying Behind the Ball, Golf Term
331.Stimpmeter, Golf Term
332.Stinger, Shot Golf Term
333.Surlyn Ball Cover, Golf Term
334.Sweet Spot, Golf Term
335.Swing Path, Golf Term
336.Swing Plane, Golf Term
337.Swing Weight Transfer, Golf Term
338.Takeaway, Golf Term
339.Target line, Golf Term
340.Tee Height, Golf Term
341.Tee, Golf Term
342.Tempo, Golf Term
343.Thin Shot, Golf Term
344.Through the Green, Golf Term
345.Tipping a Shaft, Golf Term
346.Titanium Drivers, Golf Term
347.Toe-weighted Putter, Golf Term
348.Tour Golf Ball, Golf Term, (aka Advanced or Performance)
349.Trajectory, Golf Term
350.Transition, Golf Term
351.Trapping the Ball, Golf Term
352.Trigger Finger, Golf Term
353.Turf, Golf Term
354.Two-Piece Ball, Golf Term
355.Underclubbing, Golf Term
356.Unplayable Lie, Golf Term
357.Up-and-Down, Golf Term
358.Upright Lie, Golf Term
359.Upright Swing, Golf Term
360.Urethane Ball Cover, Golf Term
361.Utility Clubs, Golf Term
362.Value Golf Ball, Golf Term, (aka Recreational or Distance)
363.Vardon Golf Grip, Golf Term, (aka Overlapping)
364.Visualizing, (Visualization) Golf Term
365.Waggle, (Pre-Shot) Golf Term
366.Water Hazard, Golf Term
367.Wedge,(s) Golf Term
368.Whiff, Golf Term
369.Wood,(s) Golf Term
370.Working the Ball, Golf Term
371.Worm-burner, Golf Term
372.Wrist Hinge, Golf Term
373.X Factor, Golf Term