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