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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Basic Terminology

  • Ace - When the ball enters the cup with it only being hit once. Also called a hole in one.
  • Albatross - Three strokes under par. Also called a double-eagle.
  • Backswing - The part of the swing where the club is coming back from the pall to prepare to hit it. The backswing ends when the club is ready to come forward again.
  • Ball Marker - A small object that is used to show where a ball is on the green. This allows for the ball to be removed for someone else to hit.
  • Ball Washer - A device used to clean the ball. These are located near some tees.
  • Birdie - One stroke under par.
  • Bogey - One stroke over par.
  • Bunker - A hazard that is filled with sand.
  • Chip - A very short shot to the green.
  • Condor - Four strokes under par. Also called a Triple-Eagle.
  • Double-Bogey - Two strokes over par.
  • Double-Eagle - Three strokes under par. Also called an albatross.
  • Eagle - Two strokes under par.
  • Fairway - The surface between the tee and the green that has had the grass cut to be more playable. The grass is not cut as short as the green, but closer to that of a nicely kept lawn.
  • Fore!! - Duck! A golf ball may be coming at your head.
  • Gimme - A shot that you just count and don't hit, since your opponents assume that you can not miss the shot.
  • Hole in One - When the ball enters the cup with it only being hit once. Also called an ace.
  • Par - can refer to the number of strokes for that hole. It is based on some sort of measure from the tee to the green.
    Par can also refer to a score meaning that you got the ball in the hole in the number of strokes that was par for that hole.
  • Putt - Hitting the ball with the ball not becoming airborne.
  • Quadruple-Bogey - Four strokes over par.
  • Slice - A shot with a harsh curve from left to right. Also refered to as a banana ball.
  • Triple-Bogey - Three strokes over par.
  • Triple-Eagle - Four strokes under par. Also called a Condor.

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