The basic terminology involved in golf
Understanding basic terminology is an important part of golf language. You may notice more golf lingo being used by advance golfers that have played the game for years. Whether you are playing golf for fun or you want to become a pro, you need to know basic terms used. You can communicate with other avid golfers and learn how to play the game. Reviewing the basics will help you respect other players. The following terms are a few aspects golfers should know.
- Address: Taking a stance at the ball. When you stand at the ball and get ready to take your shot.
- Ball marker: Used to mark ball placement upon removing the ball. The marker is usually the size of coin. The marker is placed behind the ball before it is removed.
- Birdie: A hole played under par. For instance, a hole is par 4 but a player completes the hole in 2 shots.
- Back nine: Holes of an 18-hole course appearing last.
- Back swing: When the club is hit back toward the body. This is the action that occurs after the ball is hit and the golf club is swung behind the player.
- Ball mark: An indentation made in the green after the ball has been hit. This is an element players are expected to repair while on the course.
- Blading: When the ball is hit with the edge of the golf club instead of the clubface.
- Bogey: Playing a ball past one stroke over par.
- Boundaries: These areas are often marked on the course. If your ball rests in this area penalty strokes may result.
- Bunker: A hollow area or steep hill/depression in the ground at the golf course. They can be filled with sand (known as sand bunkers) and are sometimes considered hazards. They can be around the green and be referred to as bunker grass.
- Casual water: Small puddles on the course as a result from rain. Players are allowed to move their balls from them and place it behind it to keep playing with no penalty.
- Divot: Small piece of ground that gets lose after the ball is hit. Golfers should replace it after taking their shot.
- Drive: From the tee box you hit the ball with most amount of force.
- Fairway: Freshly cut grass considered the greens. This is the nicest part that makes up the golf course.