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