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Golfing Terms (Glossary)

Approach � A golf shot that is made from a distance (rough or fairway) towards the green.

Birdie � A score on a golf hole that is one less than Par.

Bogey � A score on a golf hole that is one more than Par.

Divet � This is the piece of grass that is often removed from the turf when a golf shot is made.  It is common golf courtesy to replace the divet when possible.

Driver � This is typically the golf club that is used for the longest distance from the tee.  It has little loft, but can �drive� the golf ball a long distance.

Eagle � A score on the golf hole that is two less than Par.

Fairway � This is the area of a golf hole between the Tee and the Green.  It is closely mown in compared to the Rough making it easier to strike the golf ball cleanly.

Green � This is where the golf hole resides.  The grass is very short and very smooth.  Once the golf ball is on the Green, it is typically putted toward the hole.

Handicap � This is based upon the relative difficulty (sometimes called Slope Rating) of the golf course.  It is the number of golf strokes a player receives.  The Handicap is designed to allow players of different skill levels to compete.

Hole � the target for the golf ball.  There are typically 18 on a given golf course or round.

Iron � A golf club that is made of metal and has a flattened head.  There are different lofts given by numbers for each type of Iron club.  The higher the number the more loft.

Par � This is the score (number of golf strokes) an expert golfer would be expected to make for the hole or golf course.  Holes can have a Par score of 3, 4, or 5.  Par for golf courses vary as well, but tend to be in the area of 72 strokes.

Putter � This is the golf club that is used on the Green.  It is used to strike the golf ball such that it roles into the golf hole.

Rough � An area outside of the Fairway.  The grass is longer here and it is more difficult to strike the golf ball cleanly.

Tee � The start of the golf hole where the first shot is taken.  Also, the name for the wooden peg that the golf ball can be place upon for the first shot.

Wood � A golf club used for longer distance than the iron, but is typically more difficult to control.  The head used to be made out of wood, but today may be any number of materials.
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