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Golf Dictionary

Golf is a game that sometimes seems to have a language all its own. If your golf vocabulary isn't up to par, this Golf Dictionary can help. Our dictionary includes hundreds of words from the golf lexicon, including sub-sections on equipment, courses, tournaments, and more. Click on the main index page (top link below) to browse by first letter of the word you're looking for; or click into one of the Golf Dictionary sections listed below.

Bisque Par
Read an explanation of the Bisque Par format, a golf game involving a twist on the use of handicap strokes.

Bisque Stroke
What is a Bisque Stroke in golf? Read this definition to find out when and how this handicap twist is used.

Definition of Wraparound Schedule
What is a wraparound schedule in golf? Read this definition of the term.

3 In 1
3 In 1 is the name of a golf game that can be played by a group of golfers or as a tournament format. Find out how to play it with this definition of the game.

Long and Short
Long and Short is the name of a golf tournament format for two-person teams. Find out how to play it with this definition of the game.

Low Ball-High Ball
Low Ball-High Ball is the name of a game or format for a group of golfers. How do you play it? Read this definition to find out.

Fourball Alliance
Fourball alliance is the name of a golf tournament format. Here is how the format works.

The Bear
The Bear is the name of a golf betting game or competition format for a group of golfers. Find out how to play it with this definition.

Nine Points
Nine Points, or 9 Points, is a golf betting game or competition format for a group of golfers. Read the definition to find out how it is played.

Perfecto
Perfecto is a golf format that can be played by a group of golfers as a betting game or competition format. Find out how to play it with this definition.

Fishies Golf Game
Fishies is the name of a side bet or betting game in golf. How do you play it? What does the term mean? Read this definition.

Scuffies
How do you play the golf betting game known as Scuffies? Find out with this definition of the term.

Hogies
How do you play the golf betting game known as Hogies or Hogans? Read this definition for the explanation.

Golf Terms: Browse the Full Glossary
This is the index page that allows you to browse by first letter of the dictionary term you are seeking, your can simply click through the pages and look for words you don't yet know to read definitions.

Pinnie Golf Bets
How do you play the golf betting game known as Pinnie or Pinnies? Read this definition of the term to find out.

Greenies
What are greenies in golf? Greenie can refer to a type of betting game among groups of golfers, and also has another mean. Read the definition.

Chippies Golf Bet
What are chippies in golf? The term refers to a golf betting game.

Flop Shot
What is a flop shot in golf? Read this definition of the term, and find explanations of how to play this type of pitch shot.

Captain's Pick
What is a captain's pick in golf? Here is an explanation of the term.

Longest Yard
Longest Yard is the name of a golf betting game for a group of golfers. How do you play it? Read this definition to find out.

Water Ball
What is a water ball in golf? The expression has two common meanings used by golfers, depending on the situation.

C.O.D.
What is the C.O.D. format for playing golf, and what do those initials mean? Read the definition to learn how this game works.

Lob Shot
What is a lob shot in golf? Read this definition of the term and explanation of the shot.

Golf Tournament Formats and Betting Games
Find definitions of tournament formats (scramble, best ball, etc.) and betting games (barkies, Arnies, etc.). Lots of fun stuff in this section of our Golf Dictionary (and there is also an option to submit games that you and your buddies play).

Golf Course Terms
Do you need to know the definition of a term related to golf courses? Check out this glossary of golf course terms.

Golf Club Terms
Do you need to look up the meaning of a golf club term? Check this list of definitions relating to equipment.

Golf Slang
This glossary of golf slang terms is part of the About.com Golf Glossary and provides the definitions you need.

Golf Slang Terms from Golfers Around the World
What golf slang terms do you and your golf buddies use when playing a round of golf? Submit them here, and tell us what they mean.

Golf Handicap Terms
Need the definition of term related to golf handicaps? Check our Golf Handicap Terms list.

Golf Terms: Definitions from the Rules of Golf
Find definitions from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the USGA.

Smash Factor
What is smash factor in golf? Read this definition for an explanation of the concept, and how to determine yours.

Air Shot
What is an air shot in golf? It's something no golfer wants to do. Read the definition.

Payne Stewart Award
What is the Payne Stewart Award in golf, and which golfers have won it? Check this explanation for the details.

Balata (Balata Ball)
What is balata in golf? The material was used in the production of golf balls. Read this definition for details about where it comes from, when it was used and more.

Back Door (Back Door Putt)
What does the term 'back door' mean in a golf? Read this definition to learn what a back door putt is.

Arnold Palmer Award
There are several awards in golf named after Arnold Palmer. Find out which golfers, on which tour, win an Arnold Palmer Award, and what each award represents.

Par 6 (Par-6 Hole)
What is a par 6 hole in golf? Read the definition from the About.com Golf Glossary.

Jack Nicklaus Trophy
The Jack Nicklaus Trophy is awarded annually on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. But for what? Read about this trophy and find out which golfers have won it.

Par 4 (Par-4 Hole)
What is a par 4 hole in golf? Read the definition from the About.com Golf Glossary.

Par 3 (Par-3 Hole)
What is the definition of a par 3 hole in golf? Read an explanation from the About.com Golf Guide.

Jack Nicklaus Award
The Jack Nicklaus Award is the name of a major award in college golf in the United States.

Ben Hogan Award
View the list of winners of the Ben Hogan Award, a major award in men's college golf, plus learn more about the award and its criteria.

Byron Nelson Award
The Byron Nelson Award is presented annually on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Find out what it takes for a golfer to earn the trophy.

Tee Shot
What is the definition of the golf term Tee Shot? Here is the meaning from the About.com Golf Glossary.

Split Sixes
Split Sixes is a golf format or betting game for groups of three golfers. Here is how this format is play.

Island Green
What is an island green in golf? Here is an explanation of the term.

Course Furniture
What is course furniture in golf? Read the definition, which includes examples.

Blind Shot
What is a blind shot in golf? Something most golfers don't enjoy facing. Read this definition for an explanation of the term.

Choke (Choke Up/Choke Down)
What do the terms choke, choke up and choke down mean in golf? This entry in the Golf Glossary explains all three.

Borrow: Definition of the Term
What does the term borrow mean when it is used in a golf context? Read this definition for an explanation of the usage of the term.

Desert Swing
What is the Desert Swing in golf, and which tournaments comprise this series of events?

Favorite Holes Side Bet
Want an each golf bet to use with your foursome? Try the Favorite Holes game.

Pin Sheet
What is a Pin Sheet in golf? Read the definition of the term from the About.com Golf Glossary.

Reciprocals (Reciprocal Agreement)
What are reciprocals in golf? Here is an explanation of reciprocal agreements between private clubs.

British Ball
What was the so-called British Ball, or small ball, in golf? It was a smaller golf ball in use under R&A rules. Learn more about it.

Small Ball
What was the small ball in golfer? It was a smaller golf ball that part of the golf world used for decades, while another part of the golf world couldn't use it.

American Ball
The so-called American Ball was the golf ball used in competitions govered by the USGA, and for decades differed in size from one of the balls approved for play by the R&A.

Cart Path Only
Cart Path Only is a term heard at golf courses, and that influences how golfers move around the course. What does the term mean? Here's a definition.

Hole In One
What is a hole in one in golf? Here's the definition, along with some information about odds, unusual aces, and a way for you to share your own hole in one story.

Hole-in-One Insurance
What is hole-in-one insurnce, who provides it, and how does it work? Here's a definition of the term.

Hole Out (Holed Out)
What is the meaning of the golf term hole out or holed out? Read the definition from the About.com Golf Glossary.

4BBB Golf Tournament Format
4BBB Golf Tournament Format

Arizona Shuffle Golf Tournament Format
Arizona Shuffle Golf Tournament Format

MAP
The term MAP is sometimes found in news about new products and merchandise on the retail market. What does it stand for, and what does the term actually mean in regards to the pricing of merchandise? Here is an explanation.

Knockdown Shot
What is a knockdown shot in golf? Here is an explanation of the term from the About Golf Glossary.

Four-Point Game
The Four-Point Game in golf is a betting game or points game for four golfers. How do you play it? Here is the definition.

Q-School
The term Q-School is often used in golf, but what does it mean? It refers to the qualification process for professional golf tours. Read the full definition here.

Ladies Tees
What are the ladies in golf, and why are they called that? Read this definition of the term, which explains.

Red Tees
What does the term 'red tees' mean in golf? Read the definition here for an explanation of this common term.

Hanging Lie
What is a hanging lie in golf? Read the definition of this term from the About Golf Glossary.

Joker's Wild
Read this explanation of the Joker's Wild format to learn how to play this tournament.

Three Little Pigs
Read an explanatio of the Three Little Pigs format to learn how this type of tournament is played.

Ladies Playday
What is a 'ladies playday' in golf? The term now refers to a type of tournament, but used to mean something different. Read this explanation to learn why.

MSRP
What does the acronym MSRP stand for, and how is the term used? It's a term you'll find in news coverage about new products on the marketplace, and on company websites and press releases. Here's an explanation.

Definition: Swat Tournament
What is a Swat or SWAT golf tournament? Read this definition to find out.

Stinger (or Stinger Shot)
A stinger is a type of golf shot, and a term popularized by Tiger Woods. But what does the term mean? Here is the definition.

Garbage Golf Game
How do you play the golf betting game known as Garbage? Decide on the bets that will count and how many points each is worth. Read this definition of the term for the explanation.

Beat the Worst
Beat the Worst is a golf format that can be played by a group of golfers as a betting game or competition format. Find out how to play it with this definition.

One Person Captain's Choice
The One Person Captain's Choice is a golf tournament format. How is it played? Read this definition.

Toe-Balanced Putter
What is a toe-balanced putter in golf? This definition explains, and includes info about what types of golfers benefit from this kind of putter. These putters are also called toe-weighted or toe-down.

40 Balls
How is the golf tournament format known as 40 Balls played? Read this definition, part of the About.com Golf Glossary.

Cablinasian
The word Cablinasian was invented by Tiger Woods. But what does the word mean? Here is the definition.

Hole Locations
What does the golf term 'hole locations' mean? Here's an explanation of how the term is used in golf.

Silly Season
What is the Silly Season in golf? Read the definition here from the About Golf Glossary.

White Tees
What does the term 'white tees' refer to in golf? Here is a definition of the term. Read it for the explanation.

Blue Tees
What does the term 'blue tees' mean in golf? Read the definition of the term here for an explanation.

Bisque (Definition of the Golf Game)
Read an explanation of the Bisque golf game, a competition format involving a twist on the use of handicap strokes.

Rota
What does the term rota mean when it is used in golf? Here is the definition.

Definition of Opposite-Field Tournament
What does the term 'opposite-field tournament' mean in golf? Read this definition for an explanation of these tournaments.

Oozles and Foozles
Oozles and Foozles is a golf betting game. How do you play? Read the definition.

Daytona Golf Betting Game
Daytona is the name of a golf betting game in which points build quickly and winners and losers can change quickly. Here's how it's played.

Punched Greens Definition
What does the term 'punched greens' mean in golf, and why is the process of the punching the greens done? Read this definition.

Amateur (or Amateur Golfer)
What does it mean to be an amateur in the game of golf? Read this definition of the term for an explanation.

Driving Iron Definition
What is a driving iron in golf? Read this definition from the Golf Glossary.

Definition of Good-Good
What does the term 'good-good' mean in golf? It's an expression heard in match play. Here is the definition.

Definition of Yips
What are the yips in golf? The yips is a term for a putting affliction that golfers most definitely do not want. Read the explanation here.

Scramble Tournament
A scramble is a type of golf tournament that is commonly used for club tournaments, charity outings and so on. Here's an overview of how the format works.

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