If you’ve ever found yourself watching a game of golf on TV or out on the course, you will most likely have heard the many golfing terms that players use to describe a certain action performed in the sport. These are terms that are steeped in history, and have been developed over many decades to what they are today.
Some of them may seem outright strange, and don’t provide a direct narrative of what’s happening on the course at any given time, but for those that learn what they mean and how they work on the course, they can allow you to understand what’s going on second by second.
Short Sided – This is when a player hits an approach shot on the side of the green where the pin is set.
Fried Egg – A fried egg is an uncommonly used term that is used when a ball lands in a bunker and gets covered by the sand.
Block – This is when a golfer hits a shot directly to their right, if they’re a right-handed player.
Shank – A shank is when a golfer makes direct contact with the hosel of the club, which tends to send the ball to the right. It’s a term that isn’t used often in the golfing world.
Albatross – Another term for a double eagle, or when a player scores three under on a hole. An albatross can only occur if the golfer is able to make a hole in one while playing on a par 4, or a hole out on the second shot in a par 5.
Press – A betting term used for golf exclusively, and is used when you decided to take out a second bet on a game, which is often the same amount as the original stake, and can be found on most golf betting sites.
Chunk – This means that the golfer made contact behind the golf ball, and their club has been pushed into the ground too deeply. It’s also known as hitting it fat.
Bogey – This is when a player scores one stroke above par, making a five on a par is a good example of a bogey.
Double Bogey – A double bogey is when a player scores two strikes above par, and is avoided at all costs by players as it can often mean an end to the round.
Birdie – When the player scores one stroke under par during the whole round. Scoring three on a par 4 or a two on a par 3 would be known as a birdie.
Green in Regulation – When any part of the golf ball is touching the surface, and the number of strokes that it takes to remove it is two or less. If, while playing on a par 4, the player reaches the putting surface with their first or second stroke, then they have hit the green in regulation.
Sandbagging – This is a term that a golfer will use when they claim that they have a handicap that is higher than their actual playing ability.