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.

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Handicap

A shot allowance that grants golfer's of different skill sets to perform equally bad on the same course. Sometimes referred to as "turning up"

Hazard

A man-made trap somewhere on the course, typically consists of a hole filled with sand or water. The rules state that the head of the club cannot come to rest on the hazard prior to striking the ball, however time permitted a golfer is allowed to rest their own head in their hands or against the nearest tree.

Hickory

A type of wood that used to form the shaft of the golf club before more recently materials such as steel and graphite are used. Those who remember these wooden shafts will tell you there is nothing like the sound of hickory shattering as a club is bent over one's knee and that graphite just doesn't produce the same satisfaction.

Hole

The term "hole" is used in several different contexts, some of which are:

  • The home of the ball described in the addressing and intial shot setup (see addressing)
  • To putt the ball in the hole ... "I holed my putt for a 4 ... whoops I mean 12"
  • One of the 18 targets on a course ... "On that hole I had a sweet drive (into the trees) followed by an awesome approach shot (into a bunker) and 2 putts (maybe 6)"

Hole in One

A shot where the ball is hit from the tee straight into the hole, typically by a golfer playing on his own.

Home Course

The course where a golfer spends most of their time hacking the ground up, where their handicap is that everyone knows what it is.

Honour

The privilege of being the first to be laughed at on the tee (if the first tee then by a large crowd).

Hook & Slice

Known by the pro's as a fade & a draw. The art of bending the ball round an obstacle such as a tree or blade of grass. Golfer's who do one or the other should consider spending a little time down the driving range, golfer's who do both should consider finding an alternative hobby for the weekends.

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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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