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|Golf Terms, Letter B
| back door
|| The rear of the hole.
| back lip
|| The edge of the bunker that is farthest from
| back nine
|| The last 9 holes of an 18 hole course
|| A reverse spin placed on the ball to make in
stop short on the putting surface
|| The backward part of the swing starting from
the ground and going back over the head
|| An obsolete term, Scottish in origin, meaning to
hit or graze the ground behind the ball.
|| Previous name given to a 5 wood.
|| A lofted wooden club developed from the baffling-spoon
no longer in use. Also the alternate name given to the 4 wood.
| bail out
|| To avoid trouble, such as a water hazard, in
one area by hitting the ball well into another area.
|| A hard, resilient sap-like substance from the South
American Balata tree that is used to make a cover for rubber-cored
|| The round object which we attempt to hit into the
hole. Prior to the 17th century it was made of wood or wool in a
leather cover. After the 17th century feathers were boiled and compressed,
then sewn in a leather cover. It continued to evolve to a solid
gutta percha (or a mixture with gutta percha other substances) in
the 1850's and strip rubber wound around a core in the 1900's. Presently
made of solid compressed synthetic rubber with hundreds of surface
indentations which aid in the flight of the ball.
| ball at rest
|| The ball has come to a complete stop on the
fairway or green
| ball embedded
|| A techinical term for a plugged ball
| ball holed
|| A ball is holed when it is entirely below the
level of the lip of the hole
| ball in play
|| A ball is in play as soon as the player has
made a stroke in the tee off area. It remains in play until it is
holed out except when it is out of bounds, lost, lifted or when
another ball is substituted in accordance with the rules.
| ball marker
|| A token or a small coin used to spot the balls
position on the green prior to lifting it
| ball retriever
|| A long pole with a scoop on the end which
is used to collect balls from water hazards and other areas.
| ball washer
|| A device found on many tees for cleaning golf
|| See hustler
| banana ball
|| A slice that curves to the right in the shape
of a banana. An extreme slice.
| baseball grip
|| Holding the club with all ten fingers on
|| A sand hazard on the course
|| The curve on a shot created by sidespin.
| bend one
|| To hook or slice a shot by using sidespin.
| bent grass
|| Type of grass seen for the most part on Northern
courses. It is of the genus Agrostis, native to North America and
Eurasia. It is a hardy and resilient type of grass that can be cut
|| Type of grass seen mostly on Southern courses
in North America. Of the type Cynodon dactylon. Originally native
to southern Europe. It was introduced to warmer areas of the world
to be used on courses where bent grass will not grow.
| best ball
|| A match in which one player plays against the
better of two balls or the best ball of three players. Also the
better score of two partners in a four-ball or best-ball match.
| better ball
|| A match play or stroke play gamewhen two players
on a side each play their own ball score the better of their two
scores at each hole against the other side.
|| One stroke under par for a hole. Also possibly
derived from the term "It flew like a bird" to indicate a good shot.
| bird's nest
|| A lie in which the ball is cupped in deep
|| The backspin imparted on the ball that makes the
ball stop dead, or almost so, with little or no roll.
|| 1) The hitting part of an iron clubhead, not including
the hosel. 2) To hit the ball with the leading edge of the blade
of an iron.
| blade Putter
|| A type of putter with an iron head with the
basic form the same as other standard numbered irons.
|| A shot that takes a large amount of sand with it
when hitting out of a sand trap. An explosion shot. An aggressive
shot. A powerful drive.
| blind Bogey
|| A type of competition in which each player
tries to come the closest to a score that has been drawn out of
| blind hole
|| If the putting green cannot be seen by the
player as he approaches, the hole is called blind.
|| To play a shot by delaying the rotation of the wrists
during a swing. This causes the clubface not to be square at the
point of impact resulting in a sliced ball.
|| A score of one over par for the hole. To play a
hole in one stroke over par.
| bogey competition
|| A form of stroke play in which players
play against a fixed score at each hole. Scored as in match play
with the winner being the most holes.
|| A firmly played approach to a well -protected pin.
Also, too strong or long a shot.
|| To play to one side of the hole or the other to
compensate for the slope of the green.
|| The edge of the golf course that defines the
area of play.
|| This refers to a shot that appears to be horrible
and then hits a tree, a rock, a spectator, etc. and bounces back
into play. Sample usage: "I would have bogeyed the fourth hole but
I got a bowker." Pronounced "boughkur".
|| A small molded bump on some types of golf balls
(gutta purcha and rubber core). Intended to give aerodynamic properties
like the dimples on present day balls.
|| Former name given to a 2 wood. A wooden club with
a brass sole plate with more loft than a driver and less than the
than the spoon.
|| To make less than a specified score. Such as when
you finally broke 90.
|| The way in which the ball will roll or bounce. Also
the sideways slope on the green.
| break the Wrists
|| To bend the wrists back during a swing.
| British Ball
|| The type of golf ball specified by the Royal
and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. Diameter is not less than
1.620 inches and the weight is not more than 1.620 ounces. Now used
mainly in amateur play.
| British Open
|| "The Open" - the first one ever held. The
National Championship put on by the Royal And Ancient Golf Club
of St. Andrews, Scotland.
|| The curve across the face of a wooden club.
|| A wooden club with a slightly convex face. Mainly
| bull dog
|| Former name for a 4 or 5 wood.
| bump and run
|| A chip shot including the run of the ball
after landing. Also known as 'chip and run'
|| A depression in bare ground that is usually covered
with sand. Also called a "sand trap". It is considered a hazard
under the Rules of Golf.
|| To hit an intentional short shot
|| The Scottish term for a creek or stream
| burried ball
|| A ball partially buried beneath the sand
in a bunker
|| A score of two strokes over par for a hole.
|| A term used in tournaments. The player who draws a
"bye" is allowed to advance to the next round without playing an
opponent. In match play, it is the hole or holes still left to play
if the match is won before the 18th hole.