Explanation Of Popular Golf Terms
There are numerous golf terms that are used
in almost every game that is played, yet often it is virtually
impossible for someone who is new to golf or just does not
understand golf to understand the terminology. Some of the most
popular terms are listed below to ensure that you know exactly
what is being said while you are out on the green. Of
course, this list is not absolute, but this list will help you
get started successfully.
Back Nine – This is the last set of 9 holes
that are on the golf course. This is determined by the
order that the course is played in. For example, if you
start playing on hole 1, the back nine would refer to holes
10-18. However if you started playing on the 10th hole it
would actually refer to holes 1-9.
Birdie – This is when a score for a
particular hole comes in one stroke below par for the
particular hole that is being played. This means if the
hole being played is a par -3 then the score must be a 2, if
the hole is a par -5 it must be a score of 4.
Bogey – This is a score that comes in a
single point over the par. For example, if you are
playing a par -3 hole then a score of 4 would be a bogey.
In going further, anything that was a par -5 would need a score
of 6 to be a bogey. This is just an example and is not
restricted to only certain pars.
Bunker – This is what is created as a
depression in the ground that is generally filled in with sand,
which provides a greenside hazard that needs to be
avoided. While the bunker typically shows up in the
greenside, it is possible for them to also along the fairways
or even beside the fairways.
Green – This is what the very end of a hole
is call where the flagstick is located. This is
typically, where you will putt out the rest of the hole.
The shape can vary, however most are either oblong or oval
Handicap – This is an indication of the
overall playing ability that a player has. It is
generally compiled based upon the last several scores that have
been played as well as the course rating and the slop ratings
that accompany the courses that were played. Generally,
someone who has a typical average of 10 over par will have a
slightly better handicap. In terms of handicaps, someone
with a 2 is better than someone with a 3 or higher
Hole – This is the exact area where the
flagstick resides to mark the exact location of the hole on the
green. In addition it is also often referred to as the as
the specific hole on a course – for example a golf course
typically has 18 holes.
Over par – This is the term used to describe
any score that comes over the par for the course or even the
individual hole. An example would be a score that was 5
on a hole that was a par -4. This would result in an over
par. However, while this can refer to just a specific
hole it can also refer to the entire course as a hole as
Par – This is considered the expected number
of strokes in which it takes to actually sink the ball.
To determine the par you should take at least 2 for putts, then
add strokes based upon the length of the green. Very long
greens will require higher values. A very long green
would allow a par of 5 for example, while a short green would
only allow a par 3. The par number is generally added both for
the individual hole as well as for the entire golf course as
well. This allows players to see exactly what they are
looking at distance wise before they even begin playing.