Golf seems like an expensive and complicated hobby. The sport also has its jargon that makes the novice intimidated. These complicated matters can be straightened out by knowing the basics.
First, let us understand the aim of this sport. The primary objective of golf is to strike the ball with your chosen golf club and shoot it to the holes around the course in chronological order. The number of holes in a golf course could either be 9 or 18.
Now, let’s learn the basic jargons that you hear in golf. It is easy once you hear it often. Here is the list of the commonly used terms in golf.
- Birdie – It means your score is one point below par.
- Bogey – It means your score is one point above par.
- Bump and Run – It means that the player hit the ball to a slope to slow down its speed and let the ball roll towards the hole.
- Bunker – It is a hazard consist of sand, grass, or both.
- Caddie – It is a person hired to carry your clubs. But they do more than carrying bags. They can offer you good advice on your golf game, too.
- Chip and Run – This is a low-running shot where the ball is on the ground more.
- Double Bogey – This means that your score is two points higher than the par.
- Double Eagle – This means that your score is three points below par.
- Eagle – This means your score is two points below par.
- Heel – This is the part of your club nearest the horsel.
- Horsel – This is the part of your club which connects the shaft to the club head.
- Level Par – This means that your score is even with the par.
- Par – This is the score a golf player is expected to make on the hole.
- Tee Box – This is the starting area of the game.
A glossary of golf terms is available on the PGA website http://www.pga.com/.
Next thing we need to know is the scoring in golf. Unlike most sports, the player with the lowest score wins. Here’s how it works. The player gets one point each time he hits the ball. So the goal is to get the ball into the hole with the least number of hits.
It might seem like a walk in the park, but each golf courses offer a different challenge to the game. The course is riddled with obstacles that make the game challenging. Every golf course has the following essential parts.
- Fairway – This is the trimmed part of the course between the tee box and the green.
- Rough – This is the untrimmed part located on the sides of the golf course.
- Putting Green or Green – The hole is located in this area of the fairway.
- Hazards – These are the sand traps and the bodies of water around the golf course. It is strategically placed around the golf course to add challenge to the game.
Another confusing part of the sport is the number of golf clubs each player has. The various golf clubs are like your weapons when going to a battlefield. Each club has a purpose, and it is the player’s job to know which club to use in every situation of the game. The right selection of the golf club adds the challenge to the game, too. Here are the basic golf clubs used in this sport.
- Wood – This is usually called “driver” because it is used for long distance drives of the ball. The club is made of wood or lightweight metal and has a broad head.
- Iron – This type of club is used for medium and short-range shot. It is narrower and heavier than the wood.
- Putter – This type of club is used on the greens because they give the player a precise control of the shot. This club is lightweight and small.
We hope that this made golf simple to understand to the newbies. The next thing to learn is to swing and manage the course. For starters, you may watch tutorial videos on the net. If you find it interesting, sign-up for a golf lesson so that you can start to do the real thing on the golf course.