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