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Just for Fun...Learning To Speak Golf

Score: Albatross, Eagle, Birdie, Par, Double Bogey, Triple, Quad or snowman

Albatross: 3 under on a given hole, a 2 on a par 5 or a 1 on a par 4. Most people would want to say hole in one at it is more prestigious

Eagle: 2 under on a given hole. 3 on a par 5 or 2 on a par 4. 

Birdie: 1 better on a given hole. 4 on a par 4 or 3 on a par 4.

Par: the score the hole is designed to be played in

Bogey: 1 worse on a give whole. 5 on a par 4

Double bogey: 2 worse on a given hole. Also a cause for broken clubs, thrown clubs and profanities. Anger usually subsides after two to three holes or a beer.

Swing talk: draws, fades, punch, chunk, hook, slice, flop, pitch, chip, dare i say it, shank (the most dreaded word of all)

Draw: ball flight starts off right and curves back to the left (right handed golfer) Usually rolls out farther 

Fade: ball flight starts off left and curves to the right. Fades are also called cuts 

Punch: low shot, usually half to three quarter swing in the back of your stance. Usually hit when you need to hit it under a tree or low to avoid heavy wind

Chunk or duff: when you hit the ground behind the ball and the ball does not go as far. Usually leaves a big divot

Hook or duck hook: when the ball goes low and left right away 

Slice: starts right and goes more right 

Flop: lofted wedge with open face, take full swing with more wrist hinge to get the ball high and not very far. Mainly only used in precarious positions around the green or you have to go over a tree

Pith: high flying short shot, flies farther than it rolls

Chip: low running short shot, rolls farther than it flies 

Shank: Either caused by standing too close or not swigging on the correct plane and you hit the hosel of the golf club. Instead of hitting in the middle of the club face you hit it closer to where the shaft connects to the club face which is called the hosel

Club: Grip, shaft, shaft flex, heel, toe,

Grip: rubber part of a club

Shaft: what the club head is connected to. has different types of stiffness. make sure to have a shaft stiffness that fits your swing speed. The faster your swing speed the stiffer your shaft should be. For example, most PGA Tour professionals play an double extra stiff to extra stiff shaft. LPGA Tour Professionals play a stiff shaft. Beginners will likely start with a regular shaft and elders will hit a senior flex, which is the least stiff. The  more lofted the club shorter the shaft. The driver will have the longest shaft

Heel: the area on the club face between the middle and the hosel 

Toe: The sport on the club face between the sweet spot or middle and outside part of the club 

Tours: PGA Tour, European Tour, PGA Tour Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, LPGA Tour, Legends Tour, Symetra Tour

PGA Tour: The pioneers of the tour system and the first tier tour in the United States. Professional Golfers' Association Tour

European Tour: The principle golf tour in Europe. The second tier tour in terms of financial earnings

Champions Tour: Professional golf tour for golfers over the age of 50. Based in the United States

Korn Ferry Tour: Second Tier Tour to the PGA. The primary path for those seeking to earn a PGA Tour Card. Formally known as the Tour and Nationwide Tour.

LPGA Tour: Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour based in the United States. The tour for elite female professional golfers

Legends Tour: Ladies Professional Golf Tour based in the U.S. for players over the age of 45. Formally the Women's Senior Golf Tour

Symetra Tour: The official developmental golf tour of theLPGA Tour. Tour membership is open to professional women golfers and to qualified amateurs

Slang: Butter cut, slippery, hitting bombs, crushed it, full send, lip out (lippy), Pro side, amateur side, mulligan, breakfast ball,  when you hit the ground behind the ball and the ball does not go as far. Usually leaves a big divot

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