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 slight curving of the ball as outlined below:

  • (Right-handed golfers) A shot that curves from left to right, sometimes mistaken for a slice
  • (Left-handed golfers) A shot that curves from left to right, sometimes mistaken for a slice


The narrow strip of mown grass that separates two groups of golfer's searching for their balls.

Fairway Wood

A club with medium loft typically used to propel a ball from a good lie on the fairway into a position for a shot from a bunker, water hazard or behind a tree.

Finesse Shot

A nonstandard shot used to get the ball out of an awkward lie by bending, twisting or stretching the rules in order to reduce the number of shots taken.


A long, flexible pole with a numbered piece of cloth at the top which, had it not been left on the floor by the previous foursome would have indicated the location of the hole.


A shot in which the ground behind the ball takes a beating propelling the ball forward by about a couple of feet. Otherwise known as a "practice shot".

Follow Through

The part of the swing after the ball has been struck but before the club is launched into the nearest lake or tree line.


The phrase typically used to cause other golfers on the course to "hit the deck" before being struck on the head by a wayward shot.


Four golfers playing a round together are known as a foursome. Other numbers are described as:

  • Three golfers are known as a threesome
  • Two golfers are known as a twosome
  • One golfer is known as a lonesome
  • Four ladies playing together is known as a "gruesome"
  • A husband and wife playing together is known as a "quarrelsome"

Four Ball

A type of game where two pairs play against each other causing someone to buy the drinks upon reaching the 19th "Watering Hole".

Front Nine

The first 9 holes of an 18 hole course. If a golfer is under par after the first 9 then they are permitted to walk back to the 19th to wait for their fellow golfers to return.


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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