Golf Dictionary



Glossary of golf terms


Online Golf Dictionary A - Z  

Our Golf Dictionary covers the main terms used in the game of golf. The first step in demystifying what golf is about, is to understand the language and terminology that golfers commonly use.


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aceA hole-in-one.
actionBackspin on the ball, also referred to as "bite".
addressing the ballA player is said to have addressed the ball when the he/she has taken his/her stance and adopted the position from which the backswing is started.
adviceThe provision of instructions or help on how to play a shot. In competition only a player's partner or caddy can give advice without penalty.
aeration[See Hollow tining].
air shotOccurs when a player intends to hit the ball but misses it completely.
albatrossBritish term for a score of three under the par for a hole, e.g. a two scored on a par-5 hole. In the US it is known as a double eagle.
Alfred S. Bourne TrophyPresented annually to the winner of the US Senior PGA Championship.
ALPG TourEstablished in 1972, the ALPG (Australian Ladies Professional Golf) is the governing body for womens' professional golf in Australia and coordinates the ALPG Tour. The organisation started out in 1972 as the LPGAA (Ladies Professional Golf Association of Australia) and launched a tour for professional women golfers in 1973. The name change to ALPG came in 1991. [Website: alpgtour.com].
amateurA golfer who does not receive money for playing the game, i.e. this applies to the vast majority of people who play the game.
anti-shankGolf club design that attempts to eliminate the possibility of striking the ball with the hosel of the club.
approach Shot played to the green from the fairway or rough
apronThe short grass surrounding the green, which separates it from the fairway.
Arnold Palmer AwardPresented each year to the leading money-winner on the US PGA Champions Tour.
ASGCAAmerican Society of Golf Course Architects
Asian TourIn January 2004 the tournament playing professionals of Asia formed a new player representative body named the Asian Tour to ensure control over the development of professional tournament golf in Asia. The Asian Tour's principal role is the sanctioning, management, marketing, technical administration, development and promotion of professional golf tournaments in the region. [Website: asiantour.com].
attend the flagTo hold the flagstick while another player makes a putt towards the hole.
Australasian TourSee PGA Tour of Australasia.
awayThe away ball is that which lies furthest from the hole when more than one golfer is playing; it is usually played first
 

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