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Afraid of the Dark * Golf Ball Won't Go in Hole

Afraid of the Dark * Golf Ball Won't Go in Hole
Afraid of the Dark is what a putt is when it won't go in the hole from the Fierce Golf Country Club and Pro Shop, home of Fierce Golf Gear for the modern golfer.

Airmail * hit a shot much farther than planned

Airmail * hit a shot much farther than planned
To hit a shot much farther than planned (most commonly over the green.) Amateur golfers frequently airmail approaches to greens fronted by hazards.

Albatross * Double Eagle-3 Under Par

Albatross * Double Eagle-3 Under Par
Another name for a double eagle, a score of three under par on a hole. The 'Albatross' is a term generally not found in the amateur's vocabulary.

Bag Rat * Golf Caddie

Bag Rat * Golf Caddie
Let people know that you are a Golf Caddie, an attendant who carries the golf clubs for a player.

Banana Ball * Curvaceous Slice

Banana Ball * Curvaceous Slice
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Bogey Train * series of consecutive bogies

Bogey Train * series of consecutive bogies
A Bogey Train is a series of consecutive bogies. For professional golfers, the Bogey Train is a one-way ride to a job at a driving range.

Boss of the Moss * proficient on the green

Boss of the Moss * proficient on the green
Boss of the Moss is a golfer who is especially proficient on the green. On the PGA Tour, Loren Roberts is commonly called "The Boss of the Moss" because of his putting prowess.

Butterfly with Sore Feet * shot lands softly

Butterfly with Sore Feet * shot lands softly
Butterfly with Sore Feet is an expression used by more poetic golfers to describe a shot that lands very softly on the green.

Cart Girl * Lovely Lady Who Operates Beer Cart

Cart Girl * Lovely Lady Who Operates Beer Cart
The Cart Girl is the lovely young lady who operates the beer cart for golfers on the course. The refreshments typically cost a fortune, which probably explains why golf courses hire beautiful women.

Down and Dirty * playing the ball as it lies

Down and Dirty * playing the ball as it lies
Playing the ball "as it lies." No rolling the ball over or sitting it up. The way the game is meant to be played; your score is meaningless unless you play it Down and Dirty.

Four-Jack * Four Putts to the Hole

Four-Jack * Four Putts to the Hole
To take four putts on a hole. When asked how he four-jacked a hole at the Masters, Seve Ballesteros replied, "I miss. I miss. I miss. I make."

Fried Egg * Ball Buried in Sand

Fried Egg * Ball Buried in Sand
A ball buried in the sand, with a ring around it created on impact. Too many Fried Eggs will make you lose your appetite for the game.

Get Down * ball to cease flying

Get Down * ball to cease flying
A message from golfer to ball asking it to cease flying--now! Usually heard after a ball is hit too far or off line; almost always uttered with great agitation.

Golf Widow

Golf Widow
Let everyone know that you are the wife of an obsessive golfer. You don't know who Jack Nicklaus is, and you don't care. Your husband will remember Jack's birthday before he remembers yours.

Grocery Money * Spend Winnings

Grocery Money * Spend Winnings
Winnings from a golf bet that the winner pledges to spend on food and drink, or groceries, usually at the nineteenth hole.

Grow Teeth * Ball Stops Quickly

Grow Teeth * Ball Stops Quickly
A golfer's plea for the ball to stop quickly.

Hacker * Terrible Golfer

Hacker * Terrible Golfer
A terrible golfer. A person who hacks it around the golf course.

Hung it Out * hits straight shot

Hung it Out * hits straight shot
A golfer who attempts to play a draw but hits a straight shot instead is said to have hung it out.

In His Bag * pull off a certain shot

In His Bag * pull off a certain shot
Expression used by a golfer who is confident in his ability to pull off a certain shot. The shot is in his bag.

In the Hunt * winning a tournament

In the Hunt * winning a tournament
Term describing any player who has a chance of winning a tournament heading into its final stages. Alternatively, describes any Hacker looking for his errant tee shot.

in the Leather * Putt Close to Cup

in the Leather * Putt Close to Cup
Phrase meaning a putt is close enough to the cup (a distance no greater than the length of the putter grip) to be conceded.

Is that any good? * career-best shot

Is that any good? * career-best shot
Rhetorical question posed to stunned opponents by a golfer who has just hit a career-best shot.

Juicy Lie

Juicy Lie
A Juicy Lie is a lie in the rough where the ball is sitting atop the grass, offering a clean approach. Get your Fierce Golf Gear at the Golf Slang Pro Shop and Country Club.

Knee-Knocker * emotional and physical problems

Knee-Knocker * emotional and physical problems
A putt in the three-to-four foot range that causes emotional and physical problems for the golfer.

Leak Oil * game falls apart

Leak Oil * game falls apart
What a golfer does as his game begins to fall apart. For Duffers this process often begins at the first tee. Pro Golfer who is leading a tournament but gives away shots as his game disintegrates.

Million-Dollar Swing * flawless swing

Million-Dollar Swing * flawless swing
A flawless swing a' la Tom Purtzer, Steve Elkington or Tiger Woods.

Muff * Miss hit a shot

Muff * Miss hit a shot
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Mulligan * takeover shot

Mulligan * takeover shot
Mulligan is a "takeover shot", used when a player muffs his first attempt.

OB * Out of Bounds

OB * Out of Bounds
OB is the abbreviation for the three saddest words in golf--out of bounds. You don't want to go there.

One a Side * give opponent a stroke

One a Side * give opponent a stroke
You give your opponent a stroke on the most difficult hole on each nine to make your match even.

On Fire * work out as planned

On Fire * work out as planned
You're on fire when everything you do on the course seems to work out just as you planned.

On the Screws * hit a well-executed shot

On the Screws * hit a well-executed shot
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Open the Door * allow opponent back into match

Open the Door * allow opponent back into match
To misplay a shot that allows your opponent back into a hole, a match, or the tournament.

Overcook It * hit a shot too hard

Overcook It * hit a shot too hard
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Paint Job * putt lipped out

Paint Job * putt lipped out
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Pigeon * easy mark

Pigeon * easy mark
An easy mark--the golfer that everybody wants to play against. If you hear anyone refer to you as a pigeon, take up chess.

Play em Down * play ball as it lies

Play em Down * play ball as it lies
To play the ball as it lies. The only way to fly.

Scratch * zero handicap

Scratch * zero handicap
Term to describe a golfer who has a zero handicap. Dream on.

Skull * hit top half of ball

Skull * hit top half of ball
To hit the top half of the ball with the bottom edge of an iron. This shot comes out low and fast and usually runs much farther than desired.

Slam Dunk * hit ball hard in hole

Slam Dunk * hit ball hard in hole
To hit the ball into the hole with great force. This usually happens when a put or chip that is moving much faster than the ideal speed slams into the back of the cup, pops into the air, and falls int

Snowman * eight for a hole

Snowman * eight for a hole
A score of eight for a hole, so named because the digit resembles a snowman.

Spraying * shot pattern is all over the place

Spraying * shot pattern is all over the place
Warn everyone that you have a shot pattern that is all over the place and your misses are about as predictable as the weather.

Stake It * knock ball close to hole

Stake It * knock ball close to hole
To knock the ball really close to the hole.

Stand on it * swing your hardest

Stand on it * swing your hardest
What you do when you swing your hardest, to get maximum distance out of your club.

Stop the Bleeding * less than stellar holes

Stop the Bleeding * less than stellar holes
Let everyone know that you finally made a par or birdie after several less than stellar holes.

Texas Wedge * putter from off the green

Texas Wedge * putter from off the green
When you use your putter from off the green, that club becomes a Texas Wedge, so named because the shot became popular in Texas, where dry conditions make it less risky to putt from off the green.

That Dog Will Hunt * hit a good shot

That Dog Will Hunt * hit a good shot
Expression golfers use after they've hit a good shot. It is derived from hunting, where certain dogs are better hunters than others. So it is with golf shots.

Ugly * Poor Shot

Ugly * Poor Shot
Anything bad that happens to you on the course, especially when you hit a poor shot, is ugly. So when you hit an incredibly bad shot, don't curse, just say, "Man, that was ugly," and everyone will nod

Victory Lap * Putt Circles Rim of Cup

Victory Lap * Putt Circles Rim of Cup
The circle a putt makes around the rim of the cup before falling in.

Watery Grave * Water Hazard

Watery Grave * Water Hazard
Where your disobedient golf balls go every time you try to carry a water hazard.

Whiff * Miss the Ball

Whiff * Miss the Ball
When you swing at the ball and miss.

Woodpecker * Ball Bounces Off Tree

Woodpecker * Ball Bounces Off Tree
An errant shot into the woods that bounces off a few trees and makes a noise similar to the bird.

Work the Ball * Hit the Ball on Demand

Work the Ball * Hit the Ball on Demand
To hit the ball high, low, right to left, or left to right on demand. Corey Pavin can Work the Ball any way he wants. Jack Nicklaus prefers to Work the Ball left to right and has made a damn good livi

Worm Burner * Hit Ball Low & Hard

Worm Burner * Hit Ball Low & Hard
A low shot that buzzes along just inches from the ground and the worms.

You Da Man!

You Da Man!
A popular expression among golf's great unwashed, generally heard in the millisecond after a shot has been struck and well before the outcome of the shot can be determined.


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