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