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Golf Slang

Eagle, birdie, par, bogey? These terms might seem strange to the average person, but they are part of average golfer's vernacular. If you plan on hitting the links, we recommend browsing the list below. It includes all the basic golf terms as well as some of informal slang used on the course by those of us not quite at the PGA level.

Slang Term Meaning Popularity
Pin-seekerGolf shot hit straight at the flagstick
Quail highVery low golf shot
Sand baggerA golfer who plays better than he claims
Nip itHit a golf ball cleanly
Abominable snowmanGolf score of 9
Alec GuinnessOut-of-bounds
Back-door puttPutt that spins around a hole and drops in
BotoxPutt that lips out of the hole
Die in the holeGolf shot that makes it to the hole and falls in
James JoycePutt that is hard to read
Joe PesciDifficult five foot putt
ShankTo hit the ball poorly
Tight lieA golf ball laying directly on the ground
Bogey golfLevel of golf play that equals 1 shot over par
Double doglegA golf hole with a fairway that has two bends
Dogleg leftA golf hole with a fairway that has a bend to the left
Dogleg rightA golf hole with a fairway that has a bend to the right
Grand SlamFour major golf tournaments
EagleTwo strokes under par
BirdieOne stroke under par
BogeyOne stroke over par
Double bogeyTwo strokes over par
Triple bogeyThree strokes over par
SnowmanGolf score of 8
Nineteenth holeGolf clubhouse bar
Worm burnerVery low golf shot
RainmakerHigh trajectory golf shot
ReloadTo take another shot after a bad shot
NukedHit a golf ball a great distance
OBOut-of-bounds
HangmanGolf score of 9
Amelia EarhartGolf shot that looks good but you can't find
Afraid of the darkPutt that doesn't go in the hole
Victory lapGolf ball that spins around the hole then falls in
Danny DeVitoFive foot putt
Saddam HusseinGolf shot from one bunker into another bunker
Sunday ballA do-over golf shot
Texas wedgePutt from off the green
SquirrelTee shot into the rough
TesterA putt that tests a golfer's skill
VelcroSlow green
Bare lieA golf ball laying directly on the ground
ChunkA golf shot that makes a divot
Fat shotA golf shot that takes a chunk out of the ground
Double eagleThree strokes under par
ForeWatch out
GimmeEasy golf putt
HandicapNumerical score that represents a golfer's ability
Scratch golferA golfer with a handicap of zero
Ready golfGolfers hit when ready
HonorsHit first from the tee in golf
Shotgun startGolfers are sent to each hole to start at the same time
The turnHalfway point of a round of golf
Outward nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
Inward nineLast nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
AceHole in one
AlbatrossThree strokes under par
CupHole
DoglegA golf hole with a fairway that bends
MulliganRedo
ParNumber of strokes to complete a golf course hole
DivotChunk of grass and soil
DropA ball dropped from a golfer's outstretched arm
Front nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
Back nineLast nine holes of an 18-hole golf course