Golf Lingo from A-Z




When a player hits the ball from the tee to the in one stroke. AKA a hole in one!


If your husband ever accomplishes this, prepare yourself. His fellow golfers will have showered him with adoration, the guys in the pro shop will take his picture and maybe even give him a plaque, and all lookers on will hail him as a hero.


He’ll likely expect the same treatment from his loving fans at home.

Back Nine

This refers to the second half of the game, since the full round is 18 holes. This is when you want hubby to call you to give you a heads up about his ETA.

Ball Marker

Players use a coin a small token of some sort to mark their ball’s position before lifting it up off the green.


Personal ball markers are a clever way to keep you on your hubby’s mind during the game and make great little gifts or stocking stuffers.


A scoring term that means he played the hole in one stroke UNDER par.


This is a good thing.


A scoring term that means he played the hole in one stroke OVER par.


Not such a good thing.


Non-golfers call this a sand trap. Don’t ever call it a sand trap. If you don’t want to sound like an outsider, call it a bunker or a hazard.


BTW, if he lands in the bunker, it’s a bad thing.


A caddie carries the golfer’s bag around the course. Kind of archaic if you ask me, but that’s the tradition.


Most people use golf carts to get around, but during official tournaments, real golfers walk, and rich golfers hire caddies.


The chip is a short shot that pops up, spins a bit in the air, then hits the green and rolls toward the hole.




When a player’s club head hits the ground before the ball and takes a chunk of grass out called a divot. A little divot is desirable; a big divot is a chunk.


Do I really need to explain this one?


This is where the players begin and end their day, report for their tee time, pay for their round, pick up their scorecard, etc.


Sometimes called the pro shop, it’s also a great place to grab gifts for your golfer.


You might know them as the little indentations that give golf balls their distinctive texture.


While dimples are cute, they also serve the purpose of reducing drag and allowing the ball to fly higher and longer.


Kind of like a chunk only smaller and intentional.

Double Bogey

A scoring term that means he played a hole in two strokes OVER par.

Double Eagle

A scoring term that means he played a hole in three strokes UNDER par.




This is the first shot from each hole from the tee.


A scoring term that means he played a hole in two strokes UNDER par.


A warning shout to other players who may be in the path of a killer drive.


The typical grouping of players in any given round. If your hubby goes with his buddy, they are a twosome and will be paired with another twosome.


Cute, huh?


In casual games, when a player’s ball lands so close to the hole that the next putt can’t possibly be missed, the other players agree to let him tap it in and move on.




The really nice grass surrounding the hole.


Nicely put: an unskilled golfer.

Too many hackers on the course will make your husband late for dinner.


A hazard is any part of the course that traps the ball like the bunker mentioned above or a lake or pond.


AKA the cup


When a right-handed golfer hits a ball that unintentionally curves sharply to the left.


A flat-faced club with varying degrees of loft.

Lay Up

When a golfer plays the ball intentionally short of the goal in order to set up a nice shot.


This refers to how the ball is resting on the ground. Nice lie!


Another term for a golf course, though technically it refers to a course situated along a coastline.


The angle between the club’s shaft and face.


Fancy name for a do-over. No penalty.

As if…


This is the standard score for any given hole, like a 3 par. It refers to the number of strokes a reasonably skilled golfer ought to take to finish the hole.


Since a low score in golf is the goal, anything UNDER par is cool.


Professional Golfers’ Association


You’re DVR is probably jammed with PGA recordings.


Another name for the flag that sticks in the hole.

Pro Shop

It’s a shop. What else do you need to know?


The short shot on the green.


This may look simple, but it takes quite a bit of finesse. My husband and my dad both like to say, “Drive for show, putt for dough.”


The club they use to putt with, duh.


The rough grass that borders the fairway where it’s hard to hit from.


A horrible shot.

Short Game

Shots on or near the green.


When your husband says he needs to work on his short game, he will likely be practicing putting, chipping, and pitching.


The opposite of a hook, but just as embarrassing. This is when a right-handed golfer hits a ball that curves sharply to the right.


That little wooden peg that rattles around in your dryer.


Oh, it’s used to elevate the ball off the ground on the first shot of a hole, also known as the tee shot.