The Golfer's Dictionary

A dictionary of popular golf terms from the perspective of an amateur golfer, if you have any suggestions then feel free to get in touch and I'll add them.



The small hollows found on a golf ball to regulate their trajectory. This surface is susceptible to the "smiley face effect" caused by a seriously shanked iron shot, often finished off with a set of eyes and a nose, sometimes reflecting the teacher so as to provide that extra distance compared to undecorated balls.


A lump of turf typically taken after striking the ball with an iron. More typically before striking the ball and about the size of tennis racket.


A hole shaped like a dogs back leg, typically contains a 90 degree bend. Dogleg holes with dug up tee areas, unkempt fairways and patchy greens are sometimes referred to as "dogee" or "dogear".

Double Bogey

Two over par or for those with a good marker, par or birdie.


The clothing regulations as laid out by each course. A few pointers to aid you in deciding what to wear are as follows:

  • It should contain at least 8 shades of colours with a minimum of 4 well-known logos
  • It should be visible to any visting aliens orbiting the earth in a ship with windows
  • Socks shound be knee high and fit snuggly over the trousers
  • It should be able to jam radar
  • When scuffed, shoes should be re-painted with Dulux gloss instead of being cleaned and polished


The first shot on each hole, the most crucial shot. It's also the point for most clubs being broken, hence why bins are typically provided.

Driving Iron

The number one iron, typically used instead of the driver but unlike a driver it puts a deeper cut into the ball while driving ensuring that when it lands in the rough no golfer will be able to find it.

Driving Range

The place where golfer's go to use up all of the good shots before going out onto the course.

Dropping a Ball

A recent change in the rules now means that a golfer may drop the ball one arms length in any direction they like when replacing a lost or unplayable ball, whilst still taking a penalty stroke.

Of course, it goes without saying that clandestine drops either via a hole in the pocket or from the bottom edge of the pocket using the thumb and two fingers to "flick" the ball onto the fairway. Again it goes without saying, that these drops do not occur any penalty.


A golfer who's score on any given hole is reported as being half of what they actually got.


Additional Entries

If anyone has any additional entries they would like adding to the dictionary then please let me know either by adding a comment below or by using the contact form. :-)

Written by Matt on 12th May

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