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.


Ladie's Tee

The tee's positioned closest to the green or positioned such that an easier shot can be taken. Typically red in colour this bears no resemblance to anything else known to be red ... include the sky at night.

Juniors are also able to use this tee for their initial shot(s).


A term used during those long putts when it falls up short and then drops on the 2nd attempt. If missed on the 2nd attempt this is known as "aaaaaaaaag".

Left-Handed Golfer's

Despite golf being a orientated to right-handers, there are a couple of advantages being left handed:

  • Nobody can borrow your clubs or glove
  • It's more difficult for golfers to offer advice when you muff your drive


Typically a ball is known to have the legs if it reaches the hole on a longish putt, but the couple of ladies holding up the game in front might have a great pair too.


There are two definitions for the term lie:

  • The spot where a ball comes to rest after hitting it
  • The birdie your opponent just got on the previous hole(s)


A type of course, typically near the ocean, that contains several thousand sand hazards for you to land in. Those golfer's who frequent these courses can often be known as "Lawrence".

Local Rules

The rules defined by the club house that are typically ignored by everyone who plays it.


The angle of the club face used to strike the ball which determines the height it should travel. Each weapon will have a different loft value and some are listed below:

  • 12 degrees - Driver
  • 20 degrees - Hybrid
  • 47 degrees - 9-iron
  • 80 degrees - Golf Shoe

Loose Impediments

Movable objects that typically occur naturally, such as a stunned rabbit or swan, flattened shrubbery or severed branches.

Lost Ball

Your opponents missing ball after 60 seconds of searching, or your ball after 20 minutes.


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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