Golf Terminology and Definitions

Golf, with its rich history, has developed a unique lexicon that can be puzzling to newcomers. This terminology covers various aspects of the game, from scoring terms like “birdie” (one under par) and “eagle” (two under par), to shot descriptors like “slice” (a shot curving sharply to the right) and “hook” (a shot curving to the left). The “green” refers to the smooth grassy area surrounding the hole, while the “fairway” is the main pathway leading to it. “Bunkers” or “sand traps” are hazards designed to challenge players. Understanding these terms is essential for both playing the game effectively and immersing oneself in the sport’s vibrant culture.