What does handicap mean in golf terminology

Anyone who rediscovers the sport of golf for themselves increasingly hears terms such as driving range, fairway and out-of-bounds and deals with terms such as handicap, birdie and etiquette - but what exactly is that? Many terms from golf have a lot to offer. The names are mostly English and almost result in a golf language of their own - no wonder, because golf has its origins in Scotland.


So that you get a good overview of the golf language, understand important terms from golf better and have a say in the future, we have created a glossary for you with the most common golf terms. So the next conversation about golf can come!



Golf terms - From A for tee to Y for yardage book

Discount: - the stroke that opens the new golf course in the game

                       - the area from which the ball is brought into play on each golf course


Albatross: three strokes under par


All square: the English term for a tie


Approach shot: the golf swing that hits the ball towards the hole


Address position: the position in which the golfer aligns himself for his swing


Ace: a single stroke that sends the ball straight into the hole


Out: Marked area at the edge of a fairway from which the ball can no longer be played


Backspin: Backward spin of the golf ball


Bag: the bag that holds golf equipment


Serve: Name of the activity to remove the flag so that the other player can pocket


Birdie: one stroke under par


Birdie Book: a manual in which the individual fairways of the golf course are shown


Blind Hole: a hole that the golfer cannot see when golfing


Bogey: one stroke over par


Borrow: the slope of the green


Bunker: a sand hazard on the square


Caddy: the person who supports the golfer, carries his golf bag and advises him


Carry: the distance the ball travels through the air


Cart: a vehicle for use on the golf course


Chip: a short, shallow approach


Chipping area: a practice area on the course where chips and pitches are trained


Condor: four strokes under par


Course: English name for a golf course


Course Rating: the value that determines the difficulty of a golf course


Double Bogey: two strokes over par


Down: - the number of holes a golfer has played in a game

- the first nine holes of a course


Driving Range: a practice area on the course where the long game is practiced with full swing


Eagle: two strokes under par


Iron: a golf club made of iron


Etiquette: a code of conduct for the golf club


Fairway: the area on the square between tee and green


Flop: a very high, short blow


Golf ball: Ball with which golf is played


Golf clubs: Club with which the golf ball is hit


Greenkeeper: the specialist for the maintenance and care of the golf course


Green fee: the fee payable for guests playing golf


Green: the area around the hole that is only putted on


Handicap: the value that indicates the skill level of a golfer


Obstacle: a bunker or pond on the course that makes golf difficult


Hole: - fairway

- Hole on the green into which the ball is to be thrown


Out-of-bounds: Situation in which the ball is hit out and comes to rest there


Par: the number of strokes a golfer should take to complete a hole


Pitch: a short, high approach to the flag


Pitch fork: an instrument used to repair pitch marks


Pitch mark: an imprint of the golf ball on the green


Putt: a hit that just rolls the ball


Range fee: the fee for the use of the practice facility on the course


Rough: the area with long vegetation next to the fairway


Score: the number of strokes required for a hole


Scorecard: a form to document the results of the golf game


Sweet spot: the ideal point of contact for the ball on the club face


Tea: a pen from which the ball can be played when it is teeing off


Triple Bogey: three strokes over par


Up: - the number of holes a golfer is in the lead in a match game

- holes 10 to 18 of a course


Pre-green: the area around the green


Whole in one: English term for pushing the ball straight into the hole with a single stroke


Yardage Book: a manual in which the individual fairways of the golf course are shown



With the explanation of these terms, you are perfectly prepared for the next golf-themed conversation. The terms iron, putt and handicap are no longer a headache for you. In addition, you can now use the terms eagle, tee, chip and score specifically in discussions with golfers. We hope you enjoy your next talk shop!