A glossary for golf beginners
If you’re new to the game of golf, there are several golf-related words that you may hear other golfers use, and they may leave you a little baffled. Never fear though, because here’s a glossary for golf beginners for some of the most commonly used golf words and their meanings:
Backswing: This is the process of swinging the club away from the ball, and from a high position, swinging the club downwards to hit the ball. Balata: A substance resembling rubber that covers the golf ball. Birdie: A score of one under the par for the hole played. Bunker: A hollow covered in sand or grass, used as an obstacle. Caddie: Someone who carries the bag of golf clubs for a player, often advising on how to play a shot. Divot: A piece of turf dislodged when the ground is struck by a golf club. Double Bogey: A score of two over par. Double Eagle: A score of three under par. Eagle: A score of two under par (also known as an albatross). Fried Egg: A slang term for a ball buried in sand, usually in a bunker. Hook: A shot that curves sharply to the left or right. Level-Par: A score equal to par. Mulligan: Hitting a ball for a second time without penalty, usually on the first tee. Mulligans are not strictly allowed in the Golf Rules. Par: The number of strokes an experienced player is expected to take on a hole. Round Robin: A type of tournament in which teams play a variety of other teams. Spot: The process of marking the position of a ball so that it can be lifted, usually done to clean the ball on the green. Whiff: A complete miss – something familiar to beginner players! There are many jargon words associated with golf, but you don’t need to know them all to enjoy a round of golf at one our superb Hallmark Hotel golf courses; Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-upon-Avon and Hallmark Hotel Cambridge.
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