Golf Terminology

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There seems to be a few new players around at the moment, myself as reasonably new. I thought that a useful, (not rhyming slang) dictionary of golf terms would be useful as we all seem to call the same things by different names, and what they mean.

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Do you mean golf terms propper or golf terms made up by people up and down the country and around the world which only really apply to a particular club, area dialect, slang or country?

Anyway heres one you should know to get it rolling.

OH B****CKS! Often used to describe a golfing error. lol
 

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Hitler = When you can't get out of the bunker
Rommel = Gone from one bunker to another
Scargill = A great strike but a poor result
Tarzan = In the trees again
Paula Radcliffe = Messy looking follow-through
Rodney King = Over-clubbed that one
OJ Simpson = Somehow you got away with it
Elephant's arse = It's high and it stinks
Sally Gunnel = An ugly runner
Kate Moss = You thinned it
Taking on the IRA = Hitting a provisional
Maradonna = A nasty little five-footer
Salman Rushdie = An impossible read
Rock Hudson = Thought it was straight but it wasn't
Cuban = It needed one more revolution
Hitler = When you can't get out of the bunker
Elton John = A big bender
Glen Miller = It kept low and didn't make it over the water
Princess Grace = Should have taken a driver
Princess Di = Shouldn't have taken a driver
Robin Cook = It just died going up the hill
Michael Jackson = Gradually fading
Vinnie Jones = Got a nasty kick when you weren't expecting it
Bin Laden = Never to be seen again
Jonthan Aitken = A desperate lie
Jeffrey Archer = Nothing but bad lies
Gordon Brown = It's going to cost you way more than you think
Tony Blair = Way too much spin
Kate WInslet = little fat but otherwise perfect
mick jagger = a bug lip
 

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Ryanair - looked great in the air, landed nowhere near where it was supposed to though.

Dennis wise - nasty four footer

Jonny Vegas - Fat, Short and really very annoying
 

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Jack Cousau(not sure of spelling) = In the water hazard

Hoyked = Sharp hooked shot or pull to the left

Lord Lucan = When a shot has Vanished without trace you'd have expected to find

Saturn Five = Skied shot with driver that is up there for a lot longer than you'd expect

Duglas Barder = a putt left short of the hole (no legs & bailed out)

On the beach = shot hit into the sand trap

Do you want a bucket & Spade = said to anyone you expect to be coaught in the sand trap for a while.

Woody Woodpecker = ball that hits a tree

teddy Bear picnic land = hitting into the trees

Army golf = hitting ball from one side of the fairway to the other all the way to the hole without hitting a fairway.

Commando golf = Playing from the trees to the trees, the rough or even then into bunkers & water hazards ithout ever hitting a fairway
 

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What I really meant was....

We use fat, thin, thick, soft feel, soft hands, flop, knifing, medal, bounce game, etc as terminology on this site. However some of us might not know what you mean, or have it confused with another term.

Therefore.

What do these words mean?

ie. Hitting it fat might mean, catching the ground before the ball. (If that's correct).

We've done the whole Sally Gunnel thing before.

I was looking for a more serious, practical side to this one. (Unusual for me I know, but hey ho!).

Perhaps everyone here knows all the terminology, but I sure don't.
 

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Fat - term used in association with old pros who ain't as good as they used to be - eg Monty and Clarke

Flop - used mainly in association with activities round the back of the Halfway Hut, is better received with 'Soft Hands'

Knifing - pastime of many urban youths

Is that what you meant?
 

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Hitting fat is as you assume before the ball & heavy with deep divot.

A Thin is where you contact the ball with the leading edge of the face, where ground is unlikely to enter the equeasion. the resulting shot is likely to be a lot lower than it should be, it is also known as a skull, or skulled shot

Soft feel, refers to the ball used & tghe feeling off the face of the putter especially &other clubs. The softness of a ball is either in the cover or in the core of the ball, though there is with some balls a third layer called the mantel layer. Hence 2 layer, 3, layer & even 4 layer balls.

Flopshots are high flying soft landing shots often with lofted clubs usually with the face of the club opened up which increases the natural loft of the club, nice shot to master, & very satisfying to see, really is for those who like to show off when a standard shot would have done, though has its place. But not for the faint hearted, as needs lots of practice to avoid thin shots or even the dreaded shank.

Medal play is where you are counting each shot in what is tearmed stroke play, in other words what you generally see on the television.

Shank, a shot caught off the hozel, or in plaininglish the stick where it is moulded into the face of the club.

Loft is the angle of the face of the club

Bounce is the angle of relief on the sole, or underneath of the club & litterally is the bounce the club has. For instance a wedge with 4 degreesof bounce is a lot flatter to the ground & less likely to bounce & more likely to dig into the ground in certain players hands, but great on hard fairways & links courses in summer. High bounce or bounce of say 10degree 12 degree or 14 degree, is where at address the front of the club is likely to sit off the ground & the back of the sole against the ground when the shaft is straight down, though will be lessened where the shaft is angled back in the stance, giving lots of bounce. High bounce clubs are often sand wedges, this is why some people have problems using sand wedges off fairways as the bounce is too great.

Bounce game not sure about that one.

Any others ?
 

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Roof - one of the top of the driver, missing (or nearly) the whole face.

Knife - is the same as a thin. Also referred to as a bit skinny.

A bounce game is any game where you play with friends, not in a comp. May form part of a swinndle or roll up (where a number of players who regularly meet at the same time are randomely drawn into 4s, and play a stableford for a pot of cash), or not.

Top - similar to a thin, but higher up the ball, causing lots of top spin.
 

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Fat is when you contact the ball in a way like slapping it clumsily with your hand and catching the upper area of the club but reduced power due to extra ground contact more or less.

Top is when you strike the top of youre ball with bottom of club

Slice is where (right handed) swing R to L across the ball creating severe right handed spin which turns the ball to the right in flight

I cant go on with this , sorry, but it takes so long to think up simple reasoning for the hundreds of shots out there.
 
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