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Golf speak

Malegolfers    

Golf has a language of its own. Here’s a brief introduction to some of its terms:

Par The allocated number of strokes given to each hole and to the full round
Birdie Scoring one under par on a hole
Eagle Scoring two under par on a hole
Bogey Scoring one over par on a hole
Air shot When you try to hit the ball and miss
Draw A shot which curves gently from right to left, when played by a right-handed player. It’s the opposite for left-handers.
Hook A shot which curves sharply right to left, when played by a right-handed player. It’s the opposite for left-handers.
Fade A shot which curves gently from left to right, when played by a right-handed player. It’s the opposite for left-handers.
Slice A shot which curves sharply left to right, when played by a right-handed player. It’s the opposite for left-handers.
Tee box The starting point for a hole
Fairway The well mown grass from tee to green
Rough Taller grass that lines the fairway
Green The putting surface on a hole
Through the green All of the area of the course with the exception of the teeing ground, the green and any hazard
Water hazard Any sea, lake, pond, river, ditch, surface drainage ditch or other open water course (doesn't have to contain water) - defined by yellow stakes or lines
Casual water A temporary accumulation of water on the course where you may take a free drop
Out of bounds When your ball goes over a boundary of the course
Handicap An allowance of strokes allocated to each player based on thier ability
Net Score A player's score after subtracting thier handicap from the gross or actual score
Marker Someone appointed to record your score
Honour The right to play first from the teeing ground. It's determined by the lowest score on the previous hole or on the first tee by the flip of a coin
Lost ball When you can't find your ball within five minutes of starting to look for it
Provisional ball Another ball that is played when you think your ball might have gone out of bounds or is lost