ace (US)a hole in one air shot or fresh air shota shot that misses the ball completely but counts as a stroke albatrossa score of three strokes under par for a hole approach shota shot made to or towards the green after a tee shot apronthe part of the fairway leading onto the green back nine mainly US)the holes of a golf course numbered 10 through 18, regarded as a unit backswingthe movement of a club, bat, or racket backwards, away from the intended point of contact, in preparation for making a stroke banditbetter-ballbirdiea score of one stroke under par for a hole bladethe striking surface of a bat, club, stick, or oar bogeya score of one stroke over par on a hole borrowa deviation of a ball from a straight path because of the slope of the ground bunker, trap, or (esp U.S. & Canad.) sand trapan obstacle on a golf course, usually a sand-filled hollow bordered by a ridge caddiean attendant who carries clubs, etc, for a player caddie cara small light two-wheeled trolley for carrying clubs carrythe distance travelled by a ball, etc, esp (in golf) the distance from where the ball is struck to where it first touches the ground casual waterchipa shot, kick, etc, lofted into the air, esp over an obstacle or an opposing player's head, and travelling only a short distance cluba stick or bat used to strike the ball in various sports, esp golf clubhousethe premises of a sports or other club, esp a golf club coursean area or stretch of land or water on which a sport is played or a race is run cupthe hole or metal container in the hole on a green divota piece of turf dug out of a grass surface, esp by a golf club or by horses' hooves dormiedownswingthe downward movement or line of a club when striking the ball drawdrivea hard straight shot or stroke drivera club, a No. 1 wood, with a large head and deep face for tee shots driving rangea practice area for the practising of golf swings and shots duffto bungle (a shot) by hitting the ground behind the ball eaglea score of two strokes under par for a hole fadefairway(on a golf course) the areas of shorter grass between the tees and greens, esp the avenue approaching a green bordered by rough flufffoozleforefour-ballfoursomea game between two pairs of players, esp a form of golf in which each partner in a pair takes alternate strokes at the same ball front nine mainly US)the holes of a golf course numbered 1 through 9, regarded as a unit gimmea short putt that one is excused by one's opponent from playing because it is considered too easy to miss golfgolf ballgolf cartgolf clubgolf coursegolfergolfer's elbowgolfianagolf linksgolf widowgreen green feegreen keepergreensomea match for two pairs in which each of the four players tees off and after selecting the better drive the partners of each pair play that ball alternately grip the style or manner of grasping an object, such as a golf club halfan equal score on a hole or round with an opponent half shothandicapthe number of strokes by which a player's averaged score exceeds the standard scratch score for the particular course: used as the basis for handicapping in competitive play hazardan obstacle such as a bunker, a road, rough, water, etc heelthe back part of a golf club head where it bends to join the shaft holeeach of the divisions of a course (usually 18) represented by the distance between the tee and a green hole in onea shot from the tee that finishes in the hole honourthe right to tee off first hooka shot that causes the ball to swerve sharply from right to left hoselthe socket or hollow part of the head of an iron golf club into which the shaft is fitted ironany of various golf clubs with narrow metal heads, numbered from 1 to 9 according to the slant of the face, used esp for approach shots ladies' teelagliethe position of the ball after a shot linkslocal rulesloft(in golf) the angle from the vertical made by the club face to give elevation to a ball long ironmarkera person or object that keeps or shows scores in a game match playscoring according to the number of holes won and lost medal playmedal teemidirona club, usually a No. 5, 6, or 7 iron, used for medium-length approach shots nine-hole coursenineteenth holethe bar in a golf clubhouse paran estimated standard score for a hole or course that a good player should make pin the flagpole marking the hole on a green pitch and runpitching wedgea club with a face angle of more than 50°, used for short, lofted pitch shots pitch shotplay throughplus foursmen's baggy knickerbockers reaching below the knee, now only worn for hunting, golf, etc plus twospractice swingpullthe act of pulling the ball in golf, cricket, etc putta stroke on the green with a putter to roll the ball into or near the hole puttera club for putting, usually having a solid metal head putting green(on a golf course) the area of closely mown grass at the end of a fairway where the hole is rabbitrecoverya stroke played from the rough or a bunker to the fairway or green roughthe part of the course bordering the fairways where the grass is untrimmed rounda playing of all the holes on a golf course rub of the greenrun the distance that a ball rolls after hitting the ground Royal and Ancient or R & Asand wedgea club with a flanged sole and a face angle of more than 50°, used in bunker shots to cut through sand, get under the ball, and lift it clear sclaffa sclaffing stroke or shot scorescore carda card for recording the score of a game, match, etc., as in golf scratcha competitor or the status of a competitor who has no allowance or receives a penalty shafta rod or pole forming the handle of a hammer, axe, golf club, etc shankto mishit (the ball) with the foot of the shaft rather than the face of the club short ironsinglea game between two players slice(in golf, tennis, etc) a the flight of a ball that travels obliquely because it has been struck off centre slow playspoona former name for a No. 3 wood Stableford systemstancethe posture assumed when about to play the ball, as in golf, cricket, etc strokea single complete movement or one of a series of complete movements stroke playscoring by counting the number of strokes taken stymie(formerly) a situation on the green in which an opponent's ball is blocking the line between the hole and the ball about to be played: an obstructing ball may now be lifted and replaced by a marker sweetspotswing take-awayteea support for a golf ball, usually a small wooden or plastic peg, used when teeing off or in long grass, etc thintigerthreesomea match in which a single player playing his own ball competes against two others playing alternate strokes on the same ball topa stroke that hits the ball above its centre trolleywagglewedgea club with a face angle of more than 50°, used for bunker shots (sand wedge) or pitch shots (pitching wedge) wooda long-shafted club with a broad wooden or metal head, used for driving: numbered from 1 to 7 according to size, angle of face, etc yipsa tense, nervous feeling affecting a golfer's ability to putt smoothly and effectively ▷ See golf
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Word List of Golf terms from the Collins English Word Lists