a golfer that carries a higher official handicap than his skills indicate, eg, carries an eight, plays to a two. Sandbaggers usually artificially inflate their handicaps with the intent of winning bets on the course, a practice that most golfers consider cheating. Also known as a bandit.
PGAT says - There are a multitude of four letter terms for these people, too many to list here.
when a player gets up and down from a greenside sand bunker, regardless of score on the hole. Sand Save percentage is a player statistic kept by the PGA Tour.
PGAT says -
a greenside sand filled bunker as opposed to a grass or waste bunker.
PGAT says - Hopefully your golf club uses sand traps, not waste bunkers - money making initiatives by entrepreneurial diversifying golf course owners, who rent out their hazards for landfill.
a lofted club designed especially for playing out of a bunker. The modern sand wedge was invented by Gene Sarazen.
PGAT says - Isn't that kick ass, "Yes I was looking for a better way to play out of bunkers so I invented the sand iron" - You rock Gene Sarazen. Wasn't he in KISS too...
Sandy (or Sandie)
a score of par or better that includes a bunker shot. Sandies are counted as points in some social golf games.
PGAT says - Also the name of the Scot who shall ne'er captain the Ryder Cup, despite really, really wanting to...
In scotch foursomes teams of 2 players compete against each other. Players alternate hitting the same ball. The first player tees off, the second player hits the second shot, the first player hits the third shot, and so on until the ball is holed. To this point, the definition of ‘scotch foursomes’ is the same as that of ordinary ‘foursomes’; however, players do not alternate hitting tee shots as they would in foursomes. If Player A teed off on the first hole and Player B holed the final putt, Player B would not tee off at the second, meaning that Player A could, in theory, play every tee shot on the round. The team with the lowest score wins the hole.
PGAT says -Not to be confused with the unofficial form of Scotch Foursomes, which involves the use of hip flasks.
when a player misses the green in regulation, but still makes par or better on a hole. Scrambling percentage is a player statistic kept by the PGA Tour. Also a two or four man format, similar to Best Ball, except in a scramble, each player strikes a shot, the best shot is selected, then all players play from that selected position.
PGAT says -Making the best of a bad situation - absoultely essential in the game of Golf.
a player's whose handicap equals zero.
PGAT says -Don't be fooled though, zero ain't the best you can acheive - Rory McIlroy was on -4 by the time he went pro...
a format, similar to a scramble, where every player hits from the tee, the best tee-shot is selected, and each player holes-out from the selected tee-shot.
PGAT says - Handy in a group where only one of you can drive for toffee
a severe mishot in which the golf ball is struck by the hosel of the club. On a shank, a player has managed to strike the ball with a part of the club other than the clubface. A shanked shot will scoot a short distance, often out to the right, or might be severely sliced or hooked.
PGAT says - It really does happen to the best of us
a condition in which a golfer suddenly cannot stop shanking the ball; novice and experienced golfers can be affected.
PGAT says - Notably, Ian Poulter seems to get afflicted wth mild cases of the shanks, it's been his undoing at a couple of majors now...
a severe hook, named because it resembles the shape of a shrimp.
PGAT says - It depends which side the shrimp is lying on surely....
Shooting your age
A round of 18 holes where a given player has a score equal to, or less than, a player's age. For example, an eighty-year-old man who scores an 80 has shot his age.
PGAT says - I reckon Tom Watson'll do it in a few years time... Who's the oldest buy to do it?
That would be 103-year-old Arthur Thompson of Victoria, British Columbia. Thompson was playing the Uplands Golf Club in Victoria when he accomplished the feat in 1972. Gary Player will surely beat that when he gets to 104...
Shoot your (my) temperature
usually an uncomplimentary term meaning to shoot a score of 98.
PGAT says - I once shot my temperature - in celcius! Oh yeah, that's right I'm that good! I did have an extremely high temperature that day mind...
Shots that take place on or near the green. Putting, chipping, pitching, and greenside bunker play are all aspects of the short game.
PGAT says -The bit that most people overlook as it's less fun than ripping a drive - it's guaranteed to have the biggest effect on your score though...
a skins game pits players in a type of match play in which each hole has a set value (usually in money or points). The player who wins the hole is said to win the "skin," and whatever that skin is worth. Skins games may be more dramatic than standard match play if it is agreed by the players that holes are not halved. Then, when any two players tie on a given hole, the value of that hole is carried over and added to the value of the following hole. The more ties, the greater the value of the skin and the bigger the eventual payoff.
PGAT says - Freddie Couples is know as Mr Skins - which sounds a bit creepy but it's due to his dominance of the Skins game
a poor shot that, for a right-handed golfer, curves sharply from the left to the right. A shot that follows the same direction but to a lesser degree is referred to as a 'fade' or a 'cut' and is often intentional. The curved shape of the flight of the ball is a result of sideways spin. For that reason "slice" does not refer to a putt which "breaks".
PGAT says -
Slope Rating is a number, from 55 to 155, used to determine the level of difficulty of a golf course for a bogey golfer. An "average" course has a slope rating of 113.
PGAT says -
a severe hook that usually goes directly left as well as curving from right to left. Also known by the somewhat redundant term "Pull-Hook".
PGAT says -
To score an eight on a hole. So-named because an eight (8) looks similar to the body of a snowman.
PGAT says - You can get away with a snowman, it's when you start hitting legs eleven and two fa ducks that it's time to really worry
Telling the ball to drop softly, and not roll after landing.
PGAT says - Once the ball has left the club face you have absolutely no control over it any more, talking to it then is pointless. But talking to it before you hit it, that might just work - so make sure to threaten it good and proper before you take your shot. Work it into your routine and then just enjoy watching it fly.
An organised group of golfers, usually not affiliated to any individual golf course. Members are often drawn from the same workplace, profession, alma mater or other association.
PGAT says -This is not a golf term... it's a sociological one.
Move your marker when in the way of another persons line of putt.
PGAT says - Move it back mind, it's not a cheeky opportunity to get a few inches closer to the hole.
a term used to describe the pace of a putt. Proper 'speed' of a putt will either hole the putt or leave it about 18 inches beyond the cup.
PGAT says -Christ if I need to explain that if the balls going too fast int might not drop in the hole... Oh, I see, you didn't know that did you. That's right, forgive me, you're reading a Golf Glossary, you big eejit.
play badly, Scottish term.
PGAT says - I'm Irish, I'm pretty good on Scottish slang too, never heard of this as a golfing term. I have heard it used as a term for falling down though...
Stableford Scoring System
a scoring system using points, where the winner accumulates the highest number of points over the course of a round. Stableford points are awarded as 1 point for one stroke over a fixed score, perhaps par, on a hole; 2 points for the fixed score; 3 points for one stroke under the fixed score; 4 points for two strokes under the fixed score; etc. There are "modified" Stableford scoring techniques, like that used in the International Tournament on the PGA Tour, which award points (or loss of points) for various scores over or under a fixed score. See full article at Stableford* Stroke Play: see Medal Play
PGAT says -much better when it steps up the rewards for birdies and eagles, gets people to attack
To block another player's putting path to the hole with one's own ball. Now an anachronism since the rules of golf permit marking the spot of the ball on the green, thus allowing the other player to putt into the hole without obstruction.
PGAT says - Aye, now you just Span. Putting terms we learnt earlier to good use there, that's edumacation...
The location on the clubface where the optimal ball-striking results are achieved. The closer the ball is struck to he sweet-spot, the higher the Power transfer ratio will be.
PGAT says - That's why your irons have cavity backs and your drivers head may resemble a frying pan - to increase the size of the sweet spot so you just might hit it!
The movement a golf player makes with his/her club to hit the ball. A golf swing is made up of a series of complex mechanical body movements. A perfect golf swing is regarded as the "holy grail" of the sport, and there are many approaches as to how to achieve "perfection".
PGAT says - Some people do strive for swing perfection, others less so. Yes Jim Furyk, I'm thinking of you....