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Casino-Gaming :: Odds and Odds Movements

Is there something that most of the public wouldn’t know? If the non-favourite team exhibits traits that could help them win (or draw) or if the favourite team has some factors going against them, bet on the underdog just like the bookie, when the betting public is going heavy on the favourites. (This take some experience and study.)

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This is the psychological function of the odds used to the fullest by the bookmakers to fool the public. A check with the odds confirm that prices on Middlesbrough are getting lower. When? When the action is low. Ever notice how top teams quite often (not always) beat bottom ones by small margins? Chelsea won 1-0.

That was the most common scenario.

The bookies met two objectives with this match. Some of them even bet on Palace, evidenced by slightly dropping prices on the underdog, thinking perhaps Chelsea were losing their form.

On the whole, however, it is a very accurate way to predict winners based on the number of winning bets this has produced for some pro-bettors.

We do not know what the bookies know but the final score?

Remember that mastering this is something of an artform and takes some time and experience to get good at.

Sporting Lisbon had won the previous reverse fixture 3-2. This is not for every match so just be on the lookout for unusual activity.

You can tell what the bookie is trying to achieve from the early odds.

The Other Parties Involved

Sometimes, the big odd movements are caused by these parties (less often) and not by the betting public. Also, sometimes the big bookies intentionally let the public have a good week or two (rarer and rarer though) -to let losses wipe out the smaller bookies and throw off anyone who’s on to their game. Some will clear and some won’t most match days.

People tend to bet on teams they know and think of less heard-of teams as not up to par.

Example 3

Valencia vs Getafe 2.00 0 : 1 1.90

When you see odds like these, you first have to recognize certain factors outside the movements of these odds.

Conclusion

Verdict: Bet Valencia

Note: For the study of odds movements, we approach match analysis with a conspiracy theory kind of angle and assume that bookmakers have insider knowledge or are almost able to know outcomes of games based on connections or highly qualified handicappers, researchers etc on their payroll or both.

The bookies need to let the public win sometimes. Check for Class, Form, Motivation and other factors as described in THE GUIDE.

Exploiting the Odds

Well, we do not know the answer to that but we know that when a relatively well-known team is given a 0.5 handicap by a less-popular team, everybody bets on the popular team, confident that they can at least draw with the ‘obscure’ team.

You can tell that most of the public are betting on a team when the price and odds on the team gets less favourable. Punters lapped this up, confident of a sound trashing of WBA by Chelsea and bet on Chelsea despite the high handicap. Study it over two or three days.

Not much movement in the odds (above) to suggest heavy backing of Valencia by the public to warrant such a handicap.

Example 2

How do you make sure that the heavy betting is by these big boys in the know? Check out the forums. The very high and rather rare handicap of 1.75 given by the bookies seemed to confirm this fact. Chelsea was then leading the table with 8 points more than the nearest contender for the title, Man U. When you see little action on popular favourites from the odds movement and the asian handicap is reasonably high against the favourites, you might choose to bet on the favourites then.

There is no such thing as a foolproof method.

Score? Chelsea 4, Palace 1.

UEFA Match Day: 17 Mar 2005

Sporting Lissabon vs Middlesbrough 2.05 0 : 1/2 1.85

Chelsea was giving the same 1.75 handicap to West Brom the previous EPL fixture and won the game 1-0 with a single goal from Didier Drogba. However, there are other parties around – big timers with inside knowledge, betting syndicates, match-fixers, etc who are not necessarily friendly to the bookie.

EPL Match Day: 19 Mar 2005

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 2.05 0 : 1 3/4 1.85

Valencia was 6th and Getafe 13th on the Primera Liga table. Punters were sure Boro would go all out to win this match to avoid disqualification from the UEFA Cup. Take note of heavy action where odds or prices have big movements. If everyone there seems to say they are betting on one team but the betting odds prove that money is being poured on the other, you will know that the heavy betting is not done by the Joe Publics. This was even though they had won their previous game. Expectations was that Chelsea would trash WBA, who was a relegation struggler. Try not to get trapped in this hidden but vicious cycle. Well, if so, why were the bookies so kind as to award Boro a 1/2-ball handicap?

Analysis

Valencia had just lost their last game and Getafe was getting known as a giant-killer, beating Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao and drawing with Deportivo and Real Betis recently the previous four games. Check for large trends once or twice a day for three days and check the odds a last time an hour or two just before the match. This is where the public can lose if they bet on favourites who win by just goal.

As always, when unsure, lay off.

As the public likes to bet on favourites most times and these favourites do not lose or draw often enough for the bookmakers’ appetite, it makes sense that they use this psychological function mostly in Asian Handicap odds.

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Normally, the bookie likes to lay traps on favourites and popular teams which the public likes to bet on. Naturally, punters shied away from backing Chelsea this time, afraid of a similar scoreline with another relegation struggler, Crystal Palace. If the top of the table-team is giving a ½ ball handicap to the number two team in the table, it is usually too high. In this case, go with the flow of the betting. When you see particularly heavy betting on weak teams, check the various factors and if you realise there’s no reason for it, be aware of such ‘big boy’ action going on. The bookie is seducing you to bet on the underdog.

Check match facts against the odds movements. Sometimes, even the bookies/big boys make mistakes or events occur which have not been expected. So look out for favourable opening or early odds on these teams which eventually climb to normal levels when the match is about to start.

We reason, ‘Hey, if they’re that good, I would have heard more of them, right?’

Examples

SPL Match Day 20 Mar 2005

Although the position that bookmakers take in public relations exercises is that they stand to make the most when there is an equal amount of bets on both teams in a match, the reality is that sometimes bookmakers think that a certain outcome is likely and use the odds as a psychological tool to draw the public into betting on the team they think will lose.

How do you tell if people have fallen for the trap?

Odds and their movements present a unique opportunity to gauge what the bookie thinks and how the markets react to them.

Middlesbrough, in that season, was an upper mid-table team in the English Premier League, the most popular league worldwide.

Example 1. There the bookies go again. Sporting Lisbon is a fine team from Portugal but relatively unknown when compared to Middlebrough even though they have produced some of the best known names in football currently like Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo. It is up to you to identify them based on researching the usual factors and the odds.

Knowing that the memory of this was still fresh in the minds of punters, bookmakers posted the same opening handicap for Chelsea the following week at 1.75.

Considering how the bookie always wins from the general betting public in the long run, it is wise to piggyback on the bookies’ predictions by considering how they market the odds.

Take note however, that on any matchday, there is seldom the case that all the favourites fail to clear the handicap, even when the public is betting heavily on them.

Study the movement of the odds. Hone your analytical skills and try to think like the bookie. They confused the public with the same handicap and the same team at different times and the favourites won heavily without much betting on them. That is, bet on those teams which are being bet heavily on. Final Score: Valencia 3 Getafe 1

Valencia vs Getafe 1.975 0 : 1 1.925

You have to question just why Valencia was giving a one-ball handicap when Getafe was in hot form. Punters missed this opportunity to win from betting on their favourites but they noticed the scoreline and regained their confidence in the favourite again. A one-ball handicap was a lot to give for a separation of just 7 places.

Sporting 1 Boro 0.

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Lateral Pelvic Tilt – What it is and How to Get Rid of It?

On the side of the dropped hip, one should stretch the tensor fasciae latae by standing on one foot on a sturdy platform 2-4 inches thick and with the other foot on the floor. In this article, I’m going to be specifically exploring how the pelvis can become fixed in a lateral tilt and what can be done to both identify and correct the problem.

Hopefully, this article has helped clarify the ways to identify and understand lateral pelvic tilt and what can best be done to correct it. As is the case with any joint, a postural abnormality and pain can develop when a muscle is tight while its antagonist is lengthened and weak. Hip abduction exercises from a prone or supine position are recommended initially. Part of the anterior portion can be felt as the bony point of the pelvis situated beneath the oblique while the posterior portion is laterally offset from the base of the spine. Eventually, one should move to standing exercises where one places a leg on a 2-4 inch platform to practice dropping the hip so the foot touches the floor and then hiking it back up to a neutral position by recruiting the gluteus medius.. When walking, one should use a walking stick or a cane in an effort to support the weak gluteus medius. A similar conclusion could be reached by standing on one leg with the opposite leg flexed to 90 degrees at the knee and the hip and then assessing the opposite hip’s position. Progress to a side-lying position once 20 pain-free repetitions with a full range of motion can be performed in the introductory positions. When standing as evenly as possible, one should be able to determine with a mirror or another set of eyes whether or not their iliac crests appear level. The pelvis involves a number of muscles that allow it to tilt anteriorly, posteriorly, and laterally. In other words, practice standing with the weight evenly distributed over the feet and with the pelvis in a neutral position. When compared to a neutral pelvic position, where the iliac crests appear level, hip hiking requires that the hip on one side is raised above a neutral position, while the other iliac crest must drop below a neutral level. If a sizable disparity in those length-tension relationships emerge, then pain ranging from nagging low back pain to something more severe, such as piercing or radiating pain in the buttocks and legs can result. I’m confident that with a little diligence and patience your lateral pelvic tilt will soon become a thing of the past.

Before proceeding, I advise everyone with marked pain to consult a physician before initiating any self-treatment program. This then places the hip adductors in a lengthened and possibly weakened position. With that said, the simplest fix for those with only a slight impairment might only require a subtle alteration in posture and walking mechanics. Next, posteriorly tilt the pelvis and hold for 20-30 seconds. Consequently, the hip abductors, namely the gluteus medius, are likely to be in a lengthened and possibly weakened position.

Another important, albeit indirect, screening method requires scrutinizing the walking gait. But where are these iliac crests, you ask? The iliac crest is a term used to describe the pelvic border that stretches from the anterior superior iliac spine to the posterior superior iliac spine. Those who have experienced some pronounced pain would be advised to start conservatively in their corrective exercise. This should only be necessary in the beginning stages of treatment so as to better manage the pain. If symptoms are a little more pronounced, then some other provisions that include stretching and strengthening will be necessary. If the hip drops then the abductors are likely weak. Another potential contributor to the hip drop could be a tight tensor fasciae latae muscle, which connects the iliac crest to the iliotibial band. Be sure that the knees and feet are facing forward. Now that the typical dysfunctions have been clarified, what is recommended in terms of treatment?

Proper biomechanics demand a lot of things, one of which is a person’s ability to maintain proper muscular length-tension relationships. Corrective exercise is certainly a vital component to eliminating any movement impairment. If necessary, practice tilting the pelvis forwards and backwards with your hands on your hips to determine their respective locations.

On the other side, the dropped hip is likely to have a lengthened quadratus lumborum and a tight gluteus medius, which connects the ilium to the top of the femur. This may seem painfully obvious, but too many people are unaware that they stand in “postural adduction” which is when the hips are shifted outward and the weight bearing leg sits underneath the hiked and shifted hip. If there is weakness in the gluteus medius or the tensor fasciae latae, then the gait is characterized by a lateral shift of the trunk when the opposite leg swings forward. Due to this position, the dropped hip must therefore be in abduction.

First and foremost, for hip hiking to take place one most likely has a tight quadratus lumborum, which is a muscle that connects the lumbar vertebrae to the iliac crest and is primarily used in extension and lateral flexion of the lumbar spine. If sleeping in an adducted position is painful, then a pillow between the knees might be appropriate. As a result, the hiked side must create adduction in the hip, which likely means that the adductors are tight as well. Let’s now take a closer look at some of the common dysfunctions that accompany hip hiking and hip dropping.

So what is lateral pelvic tilt and how is it best identified? Lateral pelvic tilt can best be described as simultaneously involving two motions: hip hiking and hip dropping

Golf Terminology – Glossary of Golf Terms

The first means that around two inches above the level of sand, in a bunker, there is a rim of sod. It is imperative for a golfer to be considered at his or her address to ensure that the club is grounded..

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Auto Win: In the situation where holes are automatically won by player wanting to achieve either of these three – chip-in from off the green, sticking in an approach in the flagstick from 150 yards or more and any par 3, is an auto win. The crux of a redan is greens and green complex. So the name odds and evens.

Postage stamp: A green having a particularly small surface are indicating or posing a demanding target.

Shank: Mis-hit, which is so bad that the golfer makes the contact of the ball with any other part of a golf club other than the clubface.

Grass Bunker: This is a depression on the golf course which is filled up with grass instead of sand. Well, that’s the magic of the game-The Game of Golf.

There are innumerable terms and phrases included in golf jargon, which everyone from Tiger Woods to Phil Mickelson to Jyoti Randhawa to any amateur golfer needs to know.

Under Par: Under par simply means not up to the par. The value of ‘nasties’ is decided before the commencement of the round.

TPC: Tournament Players Club- (TPC) is a designation given to golf courses and courses with this designation are under the ownership of the PGA tour.

Texas Scramble:Teas scramble is different from original in the sense that it has a condition that at least four drives of every member of a team should be used in the course of a round.

Dance Floor: This is a slang term for putting green. It is also sometimes called ‘Acey Ducey’. This is also called the skulled shot.

Fort Lauderdale: This is a synonym for the golf format called scramble.

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Stimp: When you say the stimp of the green, it refers to the measurement of how fast the greens are, with the help of a stimpmeter.

Square Club Face: When you say it is a square clubface, it means that the club face is in a position perpendicular to the swing path.

Golf Town: Golf town is a golf term which is used to describe retail outlets or cities which are very much into golf. For instance, ‘Kick Left’ or ‘Kick Right’.

Kickpoint: A point or spot along the length of the shaft, where it presents the maximum amount of bend when you pull the tip down. The thumb of the lead hand ideally in this situation should fit snugly in the lifeline of the hand placed lower on the club. In the manner of usage, they are most akin to contemporary wedges.

Rabbit: It is again, a side bet,named after the situation where someone runs ahead in a mile off the field, setting the pace. It is basically the angle where the face of the club is, in relation to a perfectly vertical face.

Bounce: The measurement of the angle (in degrees) from the front edge of the sole of a club till the point actually resting on the ground on the spot of address is called bounce.

Sod: It means the grass on the turf and the soil it is rooted in which can be planted as a separate piece on the golf course. A golfer holing a shot from off the green, wins by default.

Umbrella or Umbrella Game: For teams of two under a foursome format, this is either a golf game or a side bet. It is meant to putt or roll the ball on ground.

Fringe: A closely mowed area surrounding the green and just off the putting surface is called the fringe. Basically a stadium golf course will have greens giving something like an amphitheater effect.

Ballmark Tool: This is a two-pronged tool which is used to repair putting green ball marks. This is called a lunch ball. A golfer winning the hole is referred to as having won the skin and the value of that skin.

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Ballstriking: Ball striking means the full swing abilities of a golfer. This can be a tournament format or a betting game.

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Aces and Deuces: This is a betting game, best suited for groups of four golfers. Basically it is the name of a golf tournament, rather a tournament within a tournament.

Lunch Ball: When a golfer has not struck the ball according to his satisfaction and has not got the intended result, he or she takes a second attempt. In case of cities, the cities with a whole gamut of golf courses is a golf town.

Grip: The sheath of leather, plastic or rubber on the shaft is termed as grip.

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Bingo Bango Bongo: This is one of the very common formats of the game and is a point based game. Mulligans, the plural is also a competition format for groups of golfers.

Collection Area: This is a depression on the side of the green and its position, often merged with the contours of the green leads to the collection of many approach shots.

Captain’s Choice: This is just another name for golf tournament format called scramble.

Round Robin: It denotes a game of golf played best when there are groups of four golfers. The ball is then played from the spot it is according to the best shot. They follow this by playing out the hole with these balls.

Center Cut: This term is used to denote the golf shots which are well struck and which traveled very nicely down the middle.

Chunk: This is a kind of shot where the golf club hits the ground before it hits the ball which leads to digging into the turf and it produces a big pit.

Up: This is the distance to the hole from a specific spot.

Out-of-Bounds: The areas outside a golf course from where no one is permitted to play is termed as out of bound in the glossary of golf terms.

Quota Tournament: Quota Tournament is a game which has a structure similar to Chicago. But if there are bad shots or the likes, the points are cut. Here, the golfer will putt out, culminating the end of the hole.

Club: Golf club, the term is used to denote the tool used to strike the golf ball, or a golfing facility or golf course and finally an association or a group of golfers.

Push: Push is the opposite of pull. It is the exact and perfect contact between the club head and the golf ball, while the club is in full swing. It also extends to a fair amount of space on both sides of the expected path and does not extend beyond the hole. This continues till the ball gets holed. The other meaning refers to the edge or rim of the hole or cup.

Teeing Ground: The spot from where the golfers start playing for a hole, from where a golfer hits his tee shot or drive.

Caddie: Caddie is the person who carries the golf bag of a player.

Calcutta: Calcutta refers to a kind of a bid or an auction, where golfers stake claims on the golfer or the team they think will win.

Ball Washer: A device normally kept besides tee boxes to clean the golf balls is called a ball washer.

Toe: The end of the clubhead which is the farthest from the shaft or the hosel or the neck is called the toe.

Foot Wedge: When a golfer cheats his way out of trouble using a club, it is in slang called foot wedge. Sometimes in abbreviated form, a municipal course is called Muni.

Stop the Bleeding: If a player is playing in a pathetic manner with bad shots going all over the park, the golfer needs to hit a fantastic shot to get a grip on the game again. The nicknames of these holes is Amen Corner. It is also called the flex point or bend point.

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Fat (or Fat Shot): A shot where the golfer’s club strikes the ground first and then makes contact with the ball is called Fat or Fat Shot.

Leading Edge: When you look at the golf club, the edge at the immediate front, which leads in a swing is called a leading edge.

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Disaster: It is a points game where the winner is the one who has collected the minimum points as points are given for bad shots.

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Fore: It is a warning call yelled by a golfer in case he or she hits an erratic shot, which could possibly land dangerously close to another player or a group of players.

Defender: Betting Game or points game in which a member of the group for each hole is labeled as the defender of that hole. They are called counterparts on account of their loft and the purpose of swing they serve.

Fade: It is the trajectory of the ball or its flight, on the spot where the golf ball comes off from the face of the club. For a left-handed golfer, it will be the opposite.

Skull or Skulled Shot: To skull the ball means to have the impact of the ball with the leading edge of the iron. So he or she is ‘in the bucket.’

Utility Wedge: This is a kind of a lofted wedge which is different from sand wedge or pitching wedge in either loft and sole aspects or both.

Snake: A betting game which sort of spells doom for that member of the foursome, who has 3-putts just lately.

Biarritz: When a green has a deep gully cutting or dividing its middle, it is called a biaritz or biaritz green.

Offset: The distance from extreme front of the hosel to the extreme front part of the clubhead is the offset.

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Stroke: A swing, of any kind, accomplished with the purpose of striking the ball, getting it into play, is termed as stroke.

Below the Hole: Once the ball is on the green, below the hole describes the position of the golf ball in connection with the cup or hole.

Bail Out: Bail out is playing your ball away from a potential hazard to a safe area

Match Play: A competition format in which the round is played with the aim of winning individual holes.

Marshal: Just like we say marshaling the resources, marshal in golf is a person who manages the crowd and patrols a golf course, while keeping a steady pace of the play. It is a one-day handicapping system.

Par: Basically, it is the standard number of scores which a scratch player is expected to finish a course or a hole.

Heather: This is an all-inclusive golf terminology for tall and thin grasses skirting the primary rough.

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Ball in Play: This just means that the ball has not been holed and you are still having a go at it.

Back Tees: The tees at the extreme rear of a golf course are the back tees.

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Chapman System: Named after Dick Chapman, a great amateur golfer, this is basically a golf tournament format. It is the distance from the bottom of the grip till the clubhead of the putter.

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Aeration: Aeration basically is a golf terminology hinting towards the aeration of soil. Named after great Harry Vardon, this is one of the most well-known golf grips. Another meaning of divot is the chipped off area in the fairway, where the turf existed.

Inside Path: When inside the plane, the corresponding path of the club is referred to as inside path.

Green: Green is the completion of a golf hole, at the spot of the location of the flagstick and the cup. It also is a betting game. The other meaning of lie is the number of strokes consumed by the golfer to get the ball in the position where it is at rest.

Irons: One of the 3 subsets (woods, iron and putter) included in a full golf set, irons are clubs which are most used from the spot of the fairway. For some hooding the club entails pressing the hands forward,that leads to making the club face more upright, which is a way to de-loft the club. Here, the members of each team play their individual golf ball for individual scores and two of those in combination make up the score of team on every hole.

Draw: It is the flight path of the ball where the ball gently curves right to left for a right-hander and vice versa for a left-hander.

Five of Clubs: It is a format of a golf tournament, where each golfer is allowed to use just 5 golf clubs.

Obstacle Stroke Value: The numerical representation of the gravity and playing ability of obstacles and hazards on a golf course, which is a crucial factor in USGA course and slope rating numbers is called obstacle stroke value.

Odds and Evens: Akin to the golf format Alternate Shot, this format has one player hitting shots on holes which are even and the other on odd holes. It is used to refer to putts barely making it to the hole, but eventually they do end up the golf ball in the hole.

Ball Mark: Also called the pitch mark, ball mark is the indentation made by a ball upon landing on the green.

Split Tees: In the condition where half of the field in a golf tournament begins at the tee which is number 1 and the other half begins on the tee no.10.

Divot: It refers to the scraping off the turf top as a result of shots from the fairway using an iron. In case these conditions are having a negative impact on the ball, a player is entitled to relief.

Above the Hole: To describe the position of the golf ball in connection with the cup, or hole, when the ball is on the green, the golf phrase ‘above the hole’ is used.

Waggle: You could call this as a warm up of sorts for the golf club. It is a scheduled event.

Knee Knocker: Knee Knocker refers to a short putt, which somehow, is not at all challenging, but it is also not a ‘Gimme’ at the same time. This basically means that a player is hitting the ball all over the park, in different direction.

Spoon: This is an antique term for lofted wood or 3-wood golf club.

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Stroke Play: It is a round of golf where the score is calculated by addition of cumulative total of the strokes which were needed throughout that round.

Scramble: Primarily a very popular golf tournament format, scramble is played with either 4-person teams or 2-person teams. But advice which could prohibit other player’s choices is not allowed unless he or she is your partner.

Cart Jockey: They are the caretakers of the course’s fleet of golf carts.

Progressive Offset: The quantity or amount of offset which changes from club to club, throughout the sets, especially iron sets, is called progressive offset.

Closed Club Face: When the clubface is rotated slightly counterclockwise in the swing path, which can cause the ball to hook, it is called clubface.

Fairways & Greens: For groups of golfers who have similar handicaps, this is considered to be the best betting game.

Address: When the stance is taken, the club is grounded and the position is taken by the golfer as he or she stands over the ball, it is called that he or she is at address. The winner is decided after this final score.

Equitable Stroke Control: Equitable Stroke Control or ESC is a method for minimizing the effects of disaster holes on handicap indexes and this system is used by the USGA.

Movable Obstruction: An obstruction which can be moved without a herculean effort, sans delaying the play unnecessarily or leading to a damage is called a movable obstruction.

One-Putt: Top hole the ball, when just a single or one putt is taken, it is called one putt.

Scotch Foursomes: Most of the time, Scotch Foursomes is just a synonym for Foursomes. In a scotch foursome, it might mean that the alternate shots are considered and carried over from a hole to another.

Drive: This is the very first shot on a hole which is hit from the teeing ground.

Lie: Lie refers, firstly to the stationary condition of a golf ball. Hooding the club has two different meaning for different golfers. It is positioned so to face a player making an attempt to play out of the bunker onto the green or towards it.

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Eagle: When there is a score of a couple of strokes less to par on any individual hole, it is an eagle.

Eclectic: This is a multi-round golf tournament that ends up with one 18-hole score for each player.

Redan/Redan Hole: Redan hole is one of the most copied golf courses across the globe. It is vice versa for a left hander.

Water Hazard: Any kind of open water source, from lakes to streams to ocean to sea or even drainage ditches on the course are termed as water hazard. This is also a side bet in a competition of Three Ball.

Knockdown: A shot played mostly to control trajectory, spin and distance, but which is short of a full swing.

Skins/Skins Game: This stages players in a kind of match play where each hole is allotted a set value.

Casual Water: Temporary accumulation of water on golf course is termed as casual water.

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Divot: It refers to the scraping off the turf top as a result of shots from the fairway using an iron. It refers to the golfer’s ability in full swing.

Slope Rating: The difficulty of a course for bogey golfers ranging from 55 to 155, in relation to the USGA course rating, is termed as golf slope rating.

Switch: Switch as a tournament format has 2-person teams where the players switch balls after the tee shots. Then add the remaining and the person who has the lowest score is the winner.

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Range Rat: A golfer or aspiring golfer who spends most of his time at the driving range and loves to hone his golfing skills is called a range rat.

Mashie Niblick: It is a vintage or archaic term for a 7-iron- a type of golf club.

Clubface: The clubface is the part of the golf club which strikes the golf ball at impact.

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Reverse Overlap: The most used golf grip for putting which involves holding the club in such a way that the index finger of the top hand is on the top of the fingers of the bottom hand.

Break: The allusion to the amount the path of the ball curves when putt or, the level of curvature or slope of the greens is called ‘Break’.

Skyball: This is a mishit where the driver makes a contact with the teed ball on its crown or at the extreme top of its face. Starting off with 36 holes, the players then compare their scorecards. Then the ball is hit once again from the same spot. The iron one is similar to modern 1 iron and the wooden resembles today’s 4-wood.

Golf Swing or Swing: Swing is to go through the stroke or a considerable jump in a score.

Thirty-Two: A side bet for the golfers focusing on putting, with a challenge from a golfer to another for preventing a three-putt is called thirty two.

Grass Club: It is the ‘by-gone era’ counterpart of the driver.

Invitational: Here, the golfers who are going to compete, be there on an invitation issued to them or they are automatically qualified for an invitation.

Open Club Face: When the club face is slightly in the clockwise direction inside the swing path, causing the ball to slice, it is called open clubface.

Pull: A golf ball’s trajectory in which the ball initially moves towards left of the line of the target and goes on in the same direction, ending up on the left side of the target. It also has a few other specifications like the soil is sandy which is easily drained, rough featuring natural sea side grasses and so on.

Sand Trap: A bunker filled with sand is called a sand trap in vernacular.

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Long Iron: These are long-shafted, steep-faced normally numbering from 1 to 4 long distance irons.

Polee: Polee refers to a sidebet with different meanings. It also means the score registered by a golfer for those 18 holes.

Sweet Spot: It is the exact and perfect spot on the clubface, where the impact is the best one could have on the ball.

Money Ball: Money Ball is another term for Lone Ranger.

Skymarks: Scratches developed on the finish of the crown of a driver as a result of hitting skyballs are called skymarks.

Pink Lady: Pink Lady is also known as Money Ball, Lone Ranger, Pink Ball or Yellow Ball. ‘Away’ player plays first.

Putt for Dough: This is a points game which can be played within a foursome or it also refers to a side bet for a group of golfers.

Inside the Leather: This refers to a measurement employed to determine whether the putt is a gimmie. The proper way to decide the hitting order has been prescribed in the rules of golf and golf etiquette. Basically it involves the use of string by players to get the ball out of the rough or a bunker.

Uphill Lie: There are times when a ball stops moving on an uphill slope which is towards the target. Then the best of them is chosen. This command is yelled by a golfer with regards to his golf ball in mid air. Here the team handicap plays an important role.

Apron: The area which is neatly moved, especially around the putting green and between the putting surface and any kind of undulated ground surrounding the putting green is called apron.

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English: A betting game or a score-oriented competition played between groups of 3.

Bramble: Again, a golf format, it involves golfers teeing off and ultimately the best of the shot or drive is selected.

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Wormburner: This is a kind of shot which is unintentional and it just grazes the ground, it has such low trajectory. All scores on each of those three holes are tabulated and then that score is eliminated from the total score. This is a must know amongst the terms in golf terms glossary.

Three Club Monte: In a golf tournament where a golfer is allowed to use only three clubs during their round is Three Club Monte. It is played amongst 2, 3 or 4 member teams .When it is played amongst 2 member teams, it called ‘Best Ball’.

Here are the A to Z of terms used in the game of golf. That is called pivot.

Toe: The end of the clubhead which is the farthest from the shaft or the hosel or the neck is called the toe.

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Push Slice: This is similar to push, where the ball starts moving right of the target and then bends or curves even more.

Nicklauses: Nicklauses is a side bet in which the long drive on each hole wons automatically, but the drive must be in the fairway.

Ace: When a ‘hole in one ‘ is scored, or a player has scored 1 on any hole, it is an ‘Ace’. This is one of the most basic golf terms.

Closest to the Pin: This contest is a regular and default contest when it comes to charity golf tournaments and events, corporate outings and amateur golf tournaments.

Q School: It is the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour’s yearly qualifying tournament.

Lip: This has two meanings when it comes to golf terms and golf phrases. The aim is to gain highest number of points in a round, but there is a catch. These are normally the tees starting from where the course is the longest to play.

Bail-Out Area: An area designed or meant for serving as the target for shorter or weaker players during the playing of risky shot by stronger players is called bail out area.

Par: Basically, it is the standard number of scores which a scratch player is expected to finish a course or a hole.

Par is Your Partner: This refers to a rule or stipulation in tournament which restricts a team’s or player’s optimum score on every hole to a net par.

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No Putts: No putts is a tournament format where the winner is decided by all strokes except for the putts.

Primary Rough: The most dense, the highest and most dangerous rough for a golfer is the primary rough.

Hog: This is a betting game, akin to Defender, but has an added twist.

One Club: This is precisely the meaning of the golf tournament. The bet is on the possibility that a competitor will three-putt a green.

Medalist: To put it in least complex words, it means the winner of a medal play or stroke play in any golf tournament.

Tombstone: Tombstone is better known by the name of Flags, a tournament format. The pattern and shape of these dimples affects the flight of the ball.

Army Golf: Army golf is a slang amongst the golf terms. Crowned green slopes down from its middle to its edges.

Putting Cleek: It is primarily a golf club used for putting, which is either shallow faced lofted wooden club or narrow bladed iron clubs. What’s more, this golfing term was popularized by none other Ben Hogan.

Selected Score: This is a game of golf or very commonly a bet played over golf holes counting to 36. The male scratch golfer hits his tee shots an average of 250 yards and can reach a 470-yard hole in two shots. It is generally in squares and rolls.

Approach: A shot in the golf green from the fairway is referred to as approach.

Windcheater: A shot that is hardly affected by wind, as it has low ball flight and is penetrating.

Handicap: It is the numerical representation of a golfer’s skill and ability. They have varying lofts, with thin and grooved faces.

Red, White and Blue Tournament: This name of a golf tournament format makes an allusion to the color of tee markers. This is a spot on the green where a flagstick can be seen and the turf has been chipped off to prepare that hole or cup.

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Divot Tool: It is the same as a ball mark tool.

Irish Four Ball: Very well-known in Australia, Irish Four Ball has a team of golfers who play their ball throughout and use a Stableford or a Modified Stableford scoring system.

Double Eagle: A score of three under par on any individual hole is called a double eagle in golf terminology.

Round: Round refers to the completion of 18 holes of golf. Either it is a just-one-time bet while a round is going on or it could be an ongoing bet which will continue all throughout a round.

Yips: When the golfer is nervous or anxious, it leads to nervous twitching during putting stroke, leading to an inaccurate shot. This is also a betting game for groups of four.

­The putting green beckons, you call your caddie, and off you go to tee for a par. In this grip, the little finger (of the hand placed lower on the club) is placed between the index and middle finger of the lead (placed higher on the club). A golfer is allowed to use putter along with the three chosen golf clubs, but no golf clubs.

Stymie: A vintage aspect of golf, which was a part of singles match play till 1952, after which it was removed from the Rules of Golf. After you are done reading this, you will never be left wondering on the golf course.

Stadium Course: Stadium golf course or stadium course is a golf course built with one of its aims being to give golf fans great vantage points. On the other hand, some golfers and golf instructors consider shutting the club face as hooding.

Gruesomes: This is more common as a betting game, but also serves as team formats sometimes where there are 2-member teams.

Punch or Punch Shot: A golf shot, that is fashioned to fly lower than normal.

Wolf: Wolf is a name for a betting game best played among groups of four players. According to the USGA, a scratch golfer is defined as – “An amateur player who plays to the standard of the stroke play qualifiers competing in the United States Amateur Championship. This is followed by exchanging of balls and then each of the player takes his second shot at the spot where their contrasting respective ball lies.

Cart Fee: Cart fee is the amount of fee paid by golfers to use the golf cart, charged by the golf course.

Pin High: The term describing the depth to which a golfer has placed his approach shot on the green is called pin high.

Swingweight: This refers to the feel of the weight of a club when it is being swung.

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Claret Jug: Trophy awarded to the winner of the British Open is the ‘Claret Jug’.

Double Green: A green big enough that it serves as green for two different cups on the golf course.

Course: Of course, it is the golf course, but according to the technical definition, it also means the whole area where play is permitted. This golf club is located in Augusta, Georgia.

Barkie: This is a side bet won by a golfer making par on a hole where he has hit a tree.

Seve: A golfer wins a seve, which is a side bet, only after he accomplishes par by hitting into the incorrect fairway. His job is to achieve the lowest score as possible on the hole, while the others will try to beat him.

Demo Day: An event usually held at a driving range or a practice facility, where the golfers present get the chance to have a go at golf clubs. That is the line of putt. Here an individual golfer or a team can compare scores on their scorecard, while choosing the lower of two scores, leading to 9-hole total score.

Ball Flight: It refers to the trajectory of a golf ball which has been struck and is in mid-air.

Even/Even Par: A score which matches par for a round or a hole is called even.

Torque: The resistance of a shaft towards twisting when a golf club is being swung is the torque.

Carry: This refers to clearing off an obstacle off the golf course.

Mashie Iron: Mashie Iron is an archaic phrase or golf word for a 4-iron.

Gorse: British links courses are often lined with this thick rough, often prickly and similar to shrubbery called Gorse.

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Green in Regulation (GIR): Amateurs and recreational players use this statistical method for rating their rounds.

Forced Carry: A situation which needs a golfer to hit his shot above a hazard to advance his ball is a forced carry.

Heel: The spot where the clubhead is attached to the spot, it is called the heel.

Striping: Striping is nothing but the crisscross pattern of the blades of grass which are mowed in different directions by the course mowers.

Pivot: During the swing the upper body of a golfer turns and coils a bit. The high score is the deuce here and the person staking it loses an amount of money to other three.

Air Presses: Single hole bets amongst individuals which are put claims on when the ball is in mid air are called air presses.

Undulation: The ups and downs and uneven contour in the ground, mainly with regards to putting green and fairways is called undulation.

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Blast: A kind of shot which results in lot of sand flying, along with the ball out of the bunker of a sand trap is called a blast. Hacker is a bit stronger player than a duffer.

Halve or Halved: To indicate that a hole or match is tied, the term halved is used.

Bunker: Filled in with sand, bunker is either a hole or depression and is categorized as a hazard.

Unplayable Lie:This is a situation where the ball is in such a spot that a golfer decides that the existing spot where the ball is, it cannot be played.

Hook: Hook is the flight or trajectory of the ball which commences with the golf ball out to right before sharply curving to the left, while it misses its target to left.

Open Face: The position of the clubface in connection with the target line at the moment of the striking of the ball is called an open face.

Honors: A player is having honors refers to the player hitting first from the tee box. This is for a right-handed golfer.

Loft: Not to go too much into technicalities, loft provides you with a cue as to how high and how far will the golf ball go. Four player teams play scramble, but the player whose ball is selected for both the shots, cannot play the next stroke.

Stealies: A type of golf bet, running parallel to the closest to the pin (kp) bet.

Front Nine: The first nine holes of a golf course are the front nine holes of the golf course. This, however, has a twist. This is called appearances.

Thin or Thin Shot: Sometimes it happens that a ball is struck too high, near the midpoint or perhaps slightly lower. Here the ball is struck and is played back into the player’s stance.

Chicago: This is again a golf game format, based on beginning of rounds by golfers with negative points.

Topped Shot or Top: Such a shot where the golfer almost swings over the ball and the point of contact between the ball and the club is near the crown of the golf ball.

Track: The layout or the way the holes on the course are routed is called track. The lower the handicap, the better a golfer. In other sense, it is a synonym for Barkies or Woddies and Arnies.

Hate ‘Em: These are ‘problem holes’, which are hated by golfers and that’s why it is called hate them. Interestingly, these are sold at a rate with a huge discount than the regular price of that brand.

Punchbowl Green: A green below is fairway level surrounded by a mound, leading the golf balls to be funneled down to the putting surface is called punch bowl green.

Moment of Inertia: The golfing terminology used to describe a clubhead’s resistance towards twisting when the ball is hit.

Three Blind Mice: This refers to a tournament format, where after the scorecards are given, the organizers of the tournament draw three holes at random from the course which has just ended. The small movements of the clubhead back and forth just before grounding the club to get that right momentum for the right swing is called a waggle.

Warm-Season Grasses: The grasses who thrive and experience maximum growth in warmer weather are called warm season grasses.

The Train: This is a betting game best played in groups where points are given for good shots. It is basically a collection of side bets.

Mashie: A pre 20th century golf club, with a wooden shaft closely similar to the contemporary 5-iron is a Mashie.

Flight: It is a term which is used for division of golfer’s during a golf tournament. That’s why probably it is a lateral water hazard.

Split Fairway: A single fairway branching out in a couple of different fairways reaching and opening out in the same green is called a split fairway.

Alignment: It is the position of the hips, shoulders and feet in a proper alignment with each other.

Lag or Lag Putt: A putt which is meant to stop tantalizingly close to the hole but not expected to be holed is a lag putt.

Last Man Standing: This is another name for ‘Flags’ format, where the winner is the one who progresses farthest round the course by the time he or she finishes with their allotted quota of strokes.

Shaft: That part of the club which goes all the way uptill the top of a golf club, into the grip till the clubhead is called a shaft.

Square Face: The position of the clubface in relation to the line of target at the moment of contact where the club strikes the ball is called a square.

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Handicap Index: A numeral, to one decimal place, representing a golfer’s ability to score is called a handicap index.

Backspin: When the ball rotates backward (towards the player)in flight along its horizontal axis, it is called the backspin.

Bite: When a golfer wants a ball in flight to hit the green and stop, he or she is often heard as shouting ‘bite’.

Tight Lie: A lie where the ball is in a place or spot where there is very little grass below the ball, or the ball is on bare dirt, is called a tight lie.

Triples: This is the name of the competition amongst players in teams of three. So for instance a golfer with a handicap of 5 is better than one with a handicap of 20.

Over Par: It denotes any score, be it for a completed round or for an individual hole, which is above the decided par for that round.

Winter Rules: This is nothing but synonym for preferred lies.

Pitch Mark: This is the same as ball mark.

Amen Corner: The mecca of golf lovers and golf players- Augusta National Golf Club has holes 11, 12 and 13. It is especially meant for groups of three players and the targeted player is selected on the basis of the driving performance.

Powerball: Sometimes used a synonym for scramble, it actually refers to the fact that the tournament is a scramble, but with a twist.

Blades: These are types of Irons with a full smooth back along with a thin top line.

Clubhouse: When the golfers arrive at the golf course, they first head to the club house which contains a small food and drink service.

Shank: Mis-hit, which is so bad that the golfer makes the contact of the ball with any other part of a golf club other than the clubface.

Ambrose Competition: Ambrose Competition is a golf tournament format where every player tees off, the best of them is selected. It is imperative for a golfer to be considered at his or her address to ensure that the club is grounded..

Amateur status: Amateur status simply means that the player is a rookie and is yet to be a professional. It is basically par 3.

Ground Under Repair: This means exactly what it implies to be, that the ground is under repair by the maintenance crew.

Pick Up Sticks: Bag Raid, which is another name for pick up sticks is a game contested by two players. The golfer’s job is done post this situation.

Whack and Hack: Whack and Hack is a four-person teams’ tournament format. He also responds to a golfer’s queries.

Rub of the Green: In case a ball is stopped or deflected incidentally an outside factor like a caddie or the likes, it is termed as the rub of the green. Another meaning of divot is the chipped off area in the fairway, where the turf existed.

Maltby Playability Factor: This is a rating system attempting to rank golf clubs on the criteria that how easy or difficult they are for differently skilled golfers to play. In reverse scramble it is the opposite, the worst of the tee balls is chosen.

Slice: Here, interestingly, the ball curves similar to the shape of a banana. He indulges in inflation of his handicap index to enhance his possibilities of winning the bets or tournaments.

Sandie (Sandy): Making par on a hole where you were in a bunker refers to Sandie. This is best played by partners who have similar level of expertise or golfers who use full handicaps.

Cup: Simply put, it is a synonym for a hole on the putting green, where the golfer aims his ball at.

Brassie: Brassie is the closest twentieth century counterpart to modern-day 2-woods.

Course Handicap: Number that tells golfers the number of strokes they are permitted to take during a handicap round.

First Cut: Grass that is just besides a closely mowed fairway is called the first cut.

Double Cut (or Double Cut Green) Double cut refers to mowing of the green which has been done twice.

Uneven Lie: When the ball is on an uneven slope and it is either above the feet or below it, it is called an uneven lie.

Green: Green is the completion of a golf hole, at the spot of the location of the flagstick and the cup. Disaster is another name for Trouble.

X: When a score cannot be determined, because a play on the hole was not finished, it is called X.

X-Factor: The variation in the amount of the rotation between hips and shoulders is called the X-factor. That is called arnie.

Club Face: The clubface is the part of the golf club which strikes the golf ball at impact.

Vardon Grip: This is another name for the overlapping grip. It is really embarrassing for the golfer as it might appear that he or she does not know how to hit a golf ball.

Alternate Fairway: A golf hole offering two fairways is referred to as having an alternate fairway.

Albatross: Three under par on any hole is called a double eagle in the USA. A stymie was supposed to occur in a condition when another ball was placed straight in the putting line of a golfer’s ball.

Play It Again, Sam: This refers to another name for No Alibis were the initial handicaps are converted into mulligans. Golf Cart is the term for golf car most widely used in North America.

Sixes: This another name for Round Robin, a game for groups of four golfers. That means, he swung and it missed the ball. These are not counted as hazards according to the golf rules.

Ball Marker: This object is used to mark the spot where the ball is lifted on the putting green.

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Muscleback: Iron with a full back of the clubhead, rather than a cavity back iron is called muscleback.

Center of Gravity: The point located in the head of the golf club, where it would be perfectly balanced is called the center of gravity.

The Tips: This is a slang term for championship tees or back tees on a particular golf course. For example, if there are 18 groups of 4 in a tournament, each hole on the golf course will be the starting hole for all the different groups.

These terms will help the beginners to know more on golf and will be a kind of beginners guide to golf.

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Driver: One of the standard golf clubs carried by golfers is the driver.

Trailing Edge: The part of a golf club which is at the extreme back of its sole.

Hogan’s Alley: A nickname of two golf courses, accompanied by the official name of one of those golf holes associated with Ben Hogan. Vardon Overlap is interchangeably used with Vardon Grip.

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Backswing: The beginning of the swing as the club moves away from the target.

Ball Striker: Each golfer is a ball striker. A great ball striker is a golfer who is excellent at full swing.

Up and Down: When a golfer just takes a couple of strokes for holing the ball when starting off the green or in a greenside hazard, it is called Up and Down.

Line of Putt: After putting, a golfer expects the ball to travel on a particular path. Front Nine is also referred to as Front Side.

Cut Line: The score indicating the point of division in a tournament between the golfers who will continue and those who will be cut from the field

Bump and Run: Usually played from approximately the same distance you would possibly play a pitch shot, bump and run is an approach shot to the green.

Buggy: It helps carry a golfer’s bag of clubs around the course or it is also referred to as a passenger golf cart. It starts moving in the left of the target, eventually bending very sharply back to the right of the particular target. When on the tee, it is honors and if it is otherwise, its away.

Dimple Pattern: Simply put the pattern of the dimples on the cover of the golf ball is called dimple pattern. In this format, both players from each side tee off and then they exchange the golf balls. It is also a side bet where there is a competition involving groups of four, like in Foursomes or in a fourball.

Committee: It refers to the rules committee or the local committee which lays down the basic rules of golf.

Tee Time: The scheduled, decided time for a particular group or team to begin their round is referred to Tee Time.

Press (or Pressing the Bet): Simply put, it is a second bet, which commences during a round and runs parallel to the original bet.

Aim: The correct position of shoulders, knees and hips, in alignment, in one direction and normally at 90 degree angle is termed as Aim.

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Lateral Water Hazard: It is impossible to drop behind this hazard because it runs alongside the playing area ad not across it. A machine leads to removal of plugs from the green,which leaves a hole which ensures that the roots get air and moisture.

Stableford: This is a format of the golf tournament where the aim is to achieve the highest score. This is a general understanding of the term, but it is also used as to refer to a game opposite of No Alibis.

Dogleg: The direction of the individual golf hole is termed as dogleg.

Play Club: The vintage counterpart of the modern-day driver is the play club. It is either a match play tournament or betting game.

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Effective Playing Length: Effective playing length is the yardage of the golf course and the holes in it but it is adjusted for the terrain. Here, the low score is the ace and the person who wins it, gets a particular amount from the other three players. Such a player usually bets getting up and down in a couple of strokes.

Honey Pot: If you do not this amongst the plethora of golf terms and definitions, you might just think of quitting the game. It is also called a snapper, duck hook or snap hook.

Quail High: Quail high refers to a very low trajectory shot.

Lie Angle: The angle which is developed between the center of the shaft and the ground line of the club during the time when the club is soled in appropriate playing position, is the lie angle.

Interlock or Interlocking Grip: This is a kind of golf grip where hands are locked together by locking or intertwining the little finger of the trailing hand with index finger of the top hand.

In the Bucket: Another name for Eliminator, it is a kind of best ball competition where in every fourth hole, one player’s score must count as the team score. This is because the points are given on the basis of their scores in linkage with a fixed score at each hole.

Arnies: When a golfer makes a par on a hole sans being in the fairway, he wins a side bet. Blast Out is another name for blast.

Pinehurst (Pinehurst System): This is the same as chapman system which is a 2-person golf tournament format. Albatross is the common British golf term for double eagle.

Frequency Matching: The process whereby it is ensured that the shaft vibrations of all clubs in a particular set, when struck, match in frequency, is called frequency matching.

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Waste Bunker: Not a hazard under rules of golf, unless specified, a waste bunker refers to a sandy area, normally expansive. If you do not include this in golf terms, then the whole glossary of golf terms is useless.

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Reverse Scramble: Scramble is a tournament format where the members of a team tee off and the best is chosen and then,the next shot is taken from that spot. The soil on the greens which has been compacted by the traffic of golfers, is opened up by punching of holes and removal of dirt.

Circle on the Scorecard: This term denotes the custom or the ritual of encircling the birdie score when writing the score on the scorecard.

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Quacker: A shot curving abruptly and sharply from right to left with regards to a right-handed golfer. Dick Chapman, one of the great amateur golfers, thought of this format at Pinehurst Resort, so the name.

Advice: Well, this does not have any ‘golf’ connotation. The side to which the hole is cut on the green is the short side.

No Alibis: This refers to a game of mulligans, which can be used from any spot or point on the golf course.

Peoria System: A one day handicapping system where majority of golfers are not given actual handicap indexes. When a golf ball hits this area, it mostly rolls back down in the fairway, so it is called a false front.

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Water Hole: When a hole on the golf course features water, which is in a position that it compels the golfer to play over it for the completion of a hole, it is called a water hole.

Flatstick: It is a slang for putter as putter faces are supposed to be flat compared to other golf clubs.

Nearest Point of Relief: In the condition where there is an hurdle as a result of an immovable obstruction or abnormal ground conditions, the golfers are permitted to drop without penalty a distance equivalent to a club length of the nearest point of relief.

Cart Path: The designated route or the route exclusively to be followed by carts is the cart path.

Mid Iron: Mid Iron is a vintage counterpart of contemporary 2-iron golf clubs.

Range Ball: Those balls which are used only on driving range, marked to distinguish them from the regular balls are called range balls.

Las Vegas Scramble: A modification of the original golf format scramble, Las Vegas Scramble uses a 6-sided die.

Murphy: It is a kind of bet which can be invoked or initiated by a golfer chipping to the green. So its like the ball is in jail.

Knife: This is just another word for a one iron.

Uglies: It is a side bet played amongst a group of golfers and the value of the uglies is always pre-decided before the round. Here, two-member teams hit the same ball alternately.

Compression: The rating of the density of a golf ball is called a compression.

Golf Club: It has the same meanings as club.

Hosel Rocket: A slang term for shank, hosel rocket is a kind of shot where the hosel is the point of contact between the golf ball and the golf club.

Adjusted Gross Score: It is basically a golfer’s stroke round up, or total, with regards to a single round, after being counted for the optimum per-hole scores, as permitted by the United States Golf Association’s Equitable Stroke Control Guidelines.

Birdie: Birdie is a score on an individual hole which is one stroke below par.

Spade Mashie: A pre-20th century golf club, this is closely linked to today’s 6-irons.

Condor: An extremely rare triple eagle is called a Condor.

Flier Lie: When the lie of the ball is on fluffy grass, resulting the ball to pop up more quickly than anticipated, it is a flier lie.

Cut: Cut in relation to golf means a shot which is a controlled fade or reduction of a field where a tournament is going to be played.

Cross Bunker: This is a kind of a bunker which is positioned in such a way that it runs crossing the line of the play in the fairway.

Flush: This is one of the golfing terms all the golfers yearn to hear. It is less than par.

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Executive Course: A golf course which mainly has par 3 and relatively short par 4 holes is called an executive course..

Best Nines: Very commonly called Nassau, it features front nine, back nine and 18-hole scores as separate tournaments or bets.

Downhill Lie: The angle which is caused by a golf ball placed on a sloping hill, mostly downward.

Course Management: The golfer’s decision-making during a round of golf is called course management.

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Taylor Made Golf: This is the world’s most popular and one of the foremost manufacturers of golf equipment. But this condition exists under local rule only.. Ben Hogan is a golf hall of fame player.

Foursomes: This is another name for alternate shot.

Alternate Shot: This is basically a golf competition format, also called the Foursomes. Foot wedge, is specifically speaking a condition when a golfer kicks his ball or probably nudges the ball in a slightly convenient position for the next shot.

System 36: This is a single day handicapping method or rather system, resembling in character and operation to Callaway and Peoria. It is vice versa for a left hander.

Touch: The feel or the sensitivity towards golf shots and the overall flow of a golfer’s stroke play.

Chip-in: A chip shot that ends up dropping in the hole is called a chip in.

Yank: A shot which severely swerves in the left direction of the target line in connection with a right-handed player is called a yank.

Yellow Ball: Yellow Ball is just a different word for Lone Ranger or Pink Ball or Money Ball.

Mutt and Jeff: The side bet or golf tournament format where the spotlight is on par-3’s and par-5’s only, is called Mutt and Jeff.

Shazam: It is a golf bet and an exclusively putting oriented bet at that. The player who is labeled as the wolf opts if hole 1 against 3 can be played. That one player has the onus to come through for the team, so he or she is called the lone ranger.

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Niblick: This is again an archaic golf terminology, denoting a 9-iron. There are essentially three players in this game. Here, players get rotational partners at every 6th hole.

Out: Out in golf terminology is another name for away.

Golf Cart: This is a gas or electrically powered vehicle used to transport golfers and their golf bags on the golf course. This is for a right-handed golfer.

Lay Up: When a golfer opts to go for a shorter hit, to avoid a hazard or position the ball in a specific spot in spite of having the skill and capacity to hit full swing, it is a lay up.

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Chip or Chip Shot: Chip shot is played very close to the green and is normally within a few yards of the putting area. The term signature hole means that there is one hole which is most photogenic and pleasing on the course as decided by the golf course management.

USGA: This is an abbreviation of United States Golf Association.

Draw: It is the flight path of the ball where the ball gently curves right to left for a right-hander and vice versa for a left hander.

All Square: All square refers to a tied match as a result of the tied scores between the players. Like a golfer can say to another- ‘Your ball is on the dancing floor’.

Underclub: When such a club is used which is incapable of providing adequate distance for reaching the target, it is called underclub.

Baffie: It is the name of a wooden shafted pre-20th century golf club.

Die in the Hole: This is one of the important golf words and phrases. The word tract is sometimes used to denote track, but track is the correct word.

Snap Hook: This is another name for quacker.

Blind Bogey: Blind Bogey is type of tournament format, where most commonly golfers are required to play 18 holes of stroke play.

Looping: The way the caddies use the word loop, to give a description of their circuit around a golf course is called looping.

Duffer: Simply put, duffer means a bad golfer.

Face Angle: Face angle is the angle of the face of the club head in relation to the target.

Facing: When there is a grassy incline, coming up out of the bunker in the green’s direction. It is also a side bet.

Medal Play: A round of golf where the score is based on the number of strokes counted is called a medal play.

Lie Angle: The angle which is developed between the center of the shaft and the ground line of the club during the time when the club is soled in appropriate playing position, is the lie angle.

Hand Wedge: When a golfer breaks the rules by picking up the ball and moves it to a better spot for an easier next stroke, it is called a hand wedge. This could include golf tips and related things.

Gap Wedge: Gap wedge is a golf terminology for a golf club with high loft which provides more accuracy and variety when it comes to short shots.

Flags: In flags, which is a competition format, golfers start their round with a certain number of strokes and then until they consume their strokes, they keep on playing.

Bridge: It is a golf game requiring accurate interpretation of your golf skills and limitations.

Hosel:The particular part of a club head wherein a shaft is fixed and secured is called a hosel.

Downswing: It is a part of the golf swing occurring between the end of the back swing and the point of connection with the golf ball.

Unplayable Lie: This is a situation where the ball is in such a spot that a golfer decides that the existing spot where the ball is, it cannot be played.

Alternate Tees: A golf hole is said to have alternate tees when there are two different sets of tee boxes built on that same hole.

Overall Weight: This, also called dead weight, refers to the total weight of the golf club.

Bore-Through: A bore through is termed to the situation where the shaft goes in the club head, penetrating till the sole of the club.

Bowmaker: A golf tournament format, popular in the United Kingdom, bowmaker involves team members playing their own balls and a specific number of the members of the team score count on every hole.

Pro Shop: This is either at the golf course, in the clubhouse where the golfers pay the green fees and golf merchandise is for sale; or a separate entity or to be more specific, business selling only golf merchandise.

Step Aside Scramble: Florida scramble is also known as step aside. It means the same as it generally means. Honey pot refers to a tournament’s prize fund or bonus pool.

Play Through: When a faster group of players is given the permission to pass a slower group of players on golf course, it is called play through.

Through the Green: Every area of the golf course with the exception of teeing grounds, hazards and greens. It also includes all the trees for that particular hole.

Best Ball: This is one of the most popular golf tournament formats, where the low score or the best hit of a team is considered to be its team score. Here, every time, a hole is won by a player, the opponent has the chance to opt for a single club form his bag, which will lead to the elimination of that club from the course of play.

Upright: A steep or a very upright, vertical swing plane, lie angle or stance is referred to as upright.

Eliminator: This is basically a tournament format for teams with 4 members. Those who swear by these golf clubs, say that they provide accuracy and variety when it comes to short shots.

Crowned Green: A green which has center higher than its sides, is called the crowned green. Here, the golfer will putt out, culminating the end of the hole.

Elevated Green: It denotes a green, which is elevated and therefore, it is higher than the area around it.

False Front: The part of the green which slopes downwards in the direction of the fairway is called the false front. This is for a right-handed golfer. While the golfer is struggling with his shots, it is called bleeding.

Texas Wedge: When a putter is used to putt off, from the green, it is called a Texas Wedge. Here both the teams tee off and then the best drive is chosen, followed by alternate shot to the hole.

Barranca: Barranca is a term used to describe a dry pitch, ravine or gully which is filled with rocks.

Driving Range: Just like a shooting range where you practice shooting, driving range is a practice facility found at almost all golf courses.

Alternate Greens: Just like alternate fairway, when a golf hole has two separate greens, it is termed as alternate greens.

Pot (hole) Bunker: This is a type of bunker which is small, but is very deep and has steep faces and is round. So in short it means the fairways and the rough.

Greensomes: It is basically a 2-person game, a variation of scramble, where the players scramble off the tee.

Ready Golf: This without any complexities, means when you are ready, hit. They specialize in great golf clubs, and their components.

Strike Three: This is a betting game or a tournament format. Those putting greens with a lot of contour are called Contoured Greens.

Open: As opposed to Invitational, this is a tournament where participants are not restricted to those who have not been invited.

Push: Push is a ball flight which starts on the right of the line of the target and retains that direction straight ahead and winds up keeping the target well to the right, for a right-hander.

Pitching Wedge: This refers to a lofted short iron, which in the order of golf clubs comes after 9-iron.

Overseeding: When the grass is laid on top of grasses already there, for encouraging new growth or for replacing the existing grass for a new season with a different strain, it is called overseeding.

Holed: This is the situation where the ball is at rest in the cup and it is below the lip of the hole. This is system basically for tournaments.

Three Ball: Three Ball means that each player has two matches to play in a round of golf. The aim in Rabbit is to get the lowest possible score on a hole and the player then gets the honor post 9th and 18th holes.

Rainmaker: It means to strike a pop up or skying the ball.

T and F: If it is a T and F tournament, the T and F denote the first letters of the holes on the course. It then moves to the left of the target before gently turning or rather curving back towards right. Flange is the thin strip of metal sitting along the ground.

Bogey: Bogey is a score of one or more on par over individual hole.

Line of Play: The direction a golfer wants his ball to travel and a distance good enough on both sides of that desired direction is called the line of play.

Loft: Not to go too much into technicalities, loft provides you with a cue as to how high and how far will the golf ball go. It is also called a tester.

Par 3 Course: A course which just has par 3 holes and nothing else is a Par 3 course.

Swing Speed: The speed of the swing of a golfer’s club which is defined by the speed of the club head at the point of impact with the ball.

Approach Wedge: Another name for gap wedge, approach wedge is a name for a golf club which has a high loft. Losses and wins add up very fast in this game so those whose pockets are full, prefer this betting game .

Yellowsomes: Gruesomes is also called Yellowsomes sometimes, and it is 2-person team game which serves as a tournament format as well as a betting game.

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Provisional Ball: In the circumstances where a golfer believes his or her first ball may be lost or out-of-bounds, the golfer can play another ball, which is the provisional ball.

Snowman: A score of 8 on any given individual cup is called snowman in slang because the figure of the digit is similar to the structure of a snowman.

Outside Path: Outside path is that path of the club when the golf club is outside the plane.

X-Out: In golfing terminology, X-outs or X-out golf balls are those golf balls on which the brand name has been distorted, using the symbol X. Am-Am simply means a game where there is a pair of a couple of amateurs- Am-Am, with ‘Am’ meaning short for amateur.

Crisscross: This serves as either a tournament format or a betting game. Or sometimes it is so close to the ground that it appears that it has skimmed the ground.

Clubhead: A part of the golf club which is attached to the end of the shaft is called the club head.

Hole: In very easy terms, hole is where the golfers aim to putt the golf ball. Golfers in this format are awarded points depending on their performance on each hole with the winner being the one having highest point total. Buggy is one of the basic golf terms.

Municipal Course: When a golf course owned by a city has to be indicated, it is called a municipal golf course. It happens because the clubhead slips below the teed ball.

Low Putts: It is a popular side bet in addition to being a tournament format. One plays the other’s drive and vice versa.

Contour: It refers to the undulations in a putting green. Dimples are indentations covering a golf ball. Flange: This refers to a part of a clubhead jutting out from the rear. It works thus- after finishing a round, identify the 3 highest individual hole scores and then eliminate them. It is also called the ‘Divot Tool’.

KP: Well, there is no reason why closest to the pin is abbreviated as KP, but is just that.

Canadian Foursomes: A variation of the original Foursomes, Canadian foursomes is played amongst 2-player teams where players from a single team tee off and the best of the 2 are selected.

Forecaddie: He is the one who does not carry the golf clubs, instead he keeps a group of players moving by telling them individually where his or her ball is.

GHIN An acronym for Golf Handicap and Information Network, GHIN is a service by the USGA allowing golfers and golf clubs to access and post information electronically. Amongst the common golf terms, ace is real music for the ears for a golfer.

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Preferred Lies: Here on certain parts of a golf course, golfers are permitted to get their lies in a better position sans penalty. Even if there is no water, let’s say in a seasonal creek and the ball is dry, it is considered to be a water hazard.

Double Bogey: A score on an individual hole which is a couple of strokes more than par.

Threesomes: This might seem unfair, but this is a golf match where one golfer is pitted against a team of two and each side plays a single ball.

Dots: It is a well-known game of golf played between members of the same grouping. It is also called the Mulligan.

Back Nine: As the name suggests, these are last nine holes of an 18-hole golf course. Las Vegas is a betting game played amongst two teams having two members each. It can have pebbles, rocks, shells and vegetation on it.

Bermudagrass: In the tropical and warm climates, this is the most common turf used by courses.

Trap: A bunker in other words is called a trap.

Ball Retriever: It is a tool, which is by default carried by players who hit their ball in the water a lot of times. Evaluation of golf courses for USGA course rating and slope rating depends on this factor considerably.

Work the Ball: In short, manipulating a ball, and to purposefully curve or shape a shot is called ‘to work the ball’.

Scratch Golfer: A scratch golfer is the one who shoots par or better. It is named after a renowned golf club designer, Ralph Maltby.

Maraging Steel: It is a type of steel alloy, (harder than normal steel) which is sometimes used to make irons.

Splashies: This is a side bet which a golfer wins on accomplishing a par on hole even though he has hit it into water.

Stance: Stance is the way the golfers stand or position their feet before they play a stroke.

Trouble: The game in which the ultimate winner is the one who has collected the least number of points at the end of a round because the bad shots are awarded with points. One of the golf side bets is also called honors.

Lie: Lie refers, firstly to the stationary condition of a golf ball. This is called uphill lie.

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Flier: A shot which travels a distance not needed, which often leads the golfer to overshoot the target considerably is called a flier.

Modified Pinehurst: It is a golf format for two player teams. The other meaning of lie is the number of strokes consumed by the golfer to get the ball in the position where it is at rest.

Trampoline Effect: This denotes the condition where a club’s face contributes force to the shot by bouncing back.

Backweight: Any weight attached to the back of the head of golf club is referred to a back weight.

Transition: The condition where a backswing is converted into a downswing, it is called Transition.

Pull: A golf ball’s trajectory in which the ball initially moves towards left of the line of the target and goes on in the same direction, ending up on the left side of the target. But in quota, the players begin with points matching their handicap.

Hook: Hook is the flight or trajectory of the ball which commences with the golf ball out to right before sharply curving to the left, while it misses its target to left.

Mulligan: Mulligan is nothing but a lunch ball with a different name. In addition to this, a county-owned golf course is also termed as municipal course. It is a target for majority of golfers on all holes except par 3s.

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Honest John: This in golf terms refers to a side bet which puts at stake your prediction powers. Another meaning of Sandie means in a couple of strokes, a player gets out of the bunker in the hole. These are a regular feature of links-category of golf courses.

Tiger Tees: Tee boxes which are used in professional competitions are called tiger tees in slang terms.

Gross (Gross Score): It is the total number of strokes played in around of golf including penalty strokes.

Perimeter Weighting: The distribution of weight in a clubhead, in very uniform manner around the club by adding more weight to the heel, sole and toe.

Pitching Niblick: Primarily a historical golf club, with a short wooden shaft, which lead to it being an obvious choice for short approaches and chipping. For instance, if a golfer scores one double bogey after playing well, he or she loses all the points and has to start all over again.

Big Dog: This is a slang for a ‘driver’.

Putter: A club which has a slight face or very little loft, is called a putter. T and F are of special importance in this kind of a tournament.

Tap In: Tap is another name for ‘gimme’, which refers to a sure shot short putt.

Signature Hole: It is mostly a marketing gimmick used by golf courses to entice golfers. It then moves to the left of the target before gently turning or rather curving back towards right. The winner here is the one who has the lowest number of putts.

Rough: The areas marshaling the boundaries of the fairways featuring thick and high grass or natural, unkempt vegetation is called the rough.

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Slice: Slice is the ball trajectory in which the ball bends towards outside, sharply in connection with the swing.

Flex: Flex is the rating of the ability of shaft to bend while the golf club is being swung.

Abnormal Ground Conditions: Abnormal ground conditions include ground under repair, casual water, holes made by burrowing animals and so on. This leads to low and sometimes slicing shot, which could travel a long distance.

Golf Buggy: This is the same as Buggy.

Kick: Kick is a golfing terminology used interchangeably with golf phrase ‘bounce’, like bouncing ball. It is basically the angle where the face of the club is, in relation to a perfectly vertical face.

Flagstick: This is a stick having a flag and is used to mark the location of a hole.

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Shotgun Start: This is one of the methods to start off a tournament where all the players tee off at the same time. In this format, the tombstone term signifies the object placed in the ground on the spot where the golfer’s round comes to an end.

Pin: This is a synonym for flagstick. In other words, that one player plays against the other 3.

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Shamble: A golf tournament which brings together aspects of scramble tournament format and strokeplay is called shamble.

Links: Links, although is a golf terminology used as an alternative to Golf course, it is a particular type of golf course, which is basically built along sea side. It is primarily a wooden-shafted historical golf club.

Routing: It refers to the path followed by a golf course from the 1 st tee to its final green.

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Wolfman: This is a betting game, akin to a few others like Hog, Defender and so on. In case the golfer has club using different colors, or gets more than 3 tee boxes, the golfer can consider it as Forward, Middle and Back Tournament.

Florida Scramble: It is a variation of the original golf format scramble, where a player from each team sits out each shot.

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Aircraft Carrier: A long, flat and rectangular teeing ground, normally a few feet higher above the level of the turf around, is called an aircraft carrier. Frog Hair is a slang term for fringe.

Hood – Hooded – Hooding the Club: This is a tricky one. A-wedge is another name for gap wedge or approach wedge.

String It Out: A tournament format or a betting game, string is best suited when the players have partial handicaps. You had a great swing and you are elated. Each golfer is allowed to use only a single golf club.

Green Fee: It is the amount a golf club charges to play on its golf course.

Mouth Wedge: The golfers who incessantly talk to their opponents in order to disturb their game are termed as using a mouth wedge.

Handicap Differential: This is numeral used to calculate handicap index.

Target Line: This term describes the line from the ball to its target, or just simply, line of play.

Lone Ranger: Lone ranger is a tournament format where one player in each four is labeled as the lone ranger. This prevents the chance for a golfer to putt out of the bunker. ‘Back Side is another name for ‘Back Nine’.

Backspin: When the ball rotates backward (towards the player)in flight along its horizontal axis, it is called the backspin.

Sandbagger: Normally any golfer who tends to pretend how worse he is at golf (which he or she is actually not) and misleads others is called a sandbagger. It’s basically a long pole with a scoop.

Golf Club without Real Estate: It refers to a golf club sans a home golf course, having a collection of golfers and friends playing together regularly.

Country Club: Country club refers to a social and recreational facility, either private or semi private and has a golf course most of the time.

Jack and Jill: This a type of golf tournament where one woman and one man are paired together to form a two person team.

Jail: It is the position of the ball where it cannot be struck or advanced. Here the players have tee off and the best out of them is selected. In slang, it is called ‘club’.

Belly Putter: This is a type of putter which has a longer shaft as compared to conventional putter.

Approach Course: A golf course having short holes, may be a par 3 distance or shorter and falling short on designated teeing areas is called approach course.

LPGA: Established in 1950, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is an organization which promotes women in professional golf.

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Spring-Like Effect: This is an expression describing what is the subject of measurement in connection with coefficient of restitution.

Mid Mashie: It is the bygone era golf club counterpart of modern-day 3-irons.

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Utility Wood: This is a kind of fairway wood, having varied lofts sole or head shape and has some characteristics similar or related to irons.

Grain: On a golf course, the direction in which the grass, or to be specific every single blade of grass is growing is called the grain.

Cut Shot: A kind of controlled golf shot where a fadeball flight is induced by the golfer.

Nassau: Nassau is a very well-known and most popular name for Best Nines.

Nasties: A side bet for any group of golfers, nasties are won by default by a golfer who holes a shot from off the green. In the rule book it is flagstick, but with amateurs, flagstick is better known as pin.

Hacker: Hacker is another name for duffer, although, hacker applies to an individual golfer as an insult. Well. However, this is different from the set of points than the rule book norms.

Gimmie: A kind of putt, where a player a requests that it be conceded by another player, which then allows the one requesting for that to pick up and move on, as if the putt has been holed.

Weekend Hacker: Hacker is a bad golfer and add weekend to it, means weekend hacker, that is a golfer who plays just on weekends, which means he or she does not play or practice enough to increase the level of their game.

Bogey Golfer: A golfer averaging around 90 or a boogie per hole is termed as boogie golfer.

Hit It Flush: This is as same as Flush.

Pop: A handicap stroke is called Pop sometimes.

Appearances: The side teeing off first on each hole is considered to be an honor and there is a golf side bet according to these criteria. Then, out of them, the best is selected and the players carry on until the ball is holed.

Attack Wedge: Attack Wedge is the same as gap wedge or approach wedge. This format permits golfers without handicap index to participate in golf tournament and contest to win low net prizes or titles.

Loop: A circuit around the golf course, that is 18 holes, means a loop.

Modified Stableford: A golf format, which is a modification of the original format called Stableford. A flight or a division comprises golfers with more or less similar golf skills. Then the ball is played from the spot it has come to rest, without any penalties.

Net/Net Score: A player’s gross score after the consideration of the respective golf course handicap is called net score.

Nines: This is a points based competition played amongst players in group of fours. Push is a ball flight which starts on the right of the line of the target and retains that direction straight ahead and winds up keeping the target well to the right, for a right-hander.

Fairway: An area that usually runs between the tee box and green of a golf hole which is closely mowed. It also involves pushing a putt to a direction or jerking the putt to a side.

Three-Putt Poker: It is a betting game, combining an aspect of poker with the performance of a golfer on the greens.

Pull Hook: This is a ball flight in which the ball initially moves left of the target and curves and bends even sharply.

Fade: It is the trajectory of the ball or its flight, on the spot where the golf ball comes off from the face of the club. Then they select the better scores made on each hole and after adding up, whoever has the lowest score wins.

Golf Terminology for Beginners

Whiff: Any golfer would be embarrassed with a whiff, which means that the golfer swung but to no avail. A golfer can take advice from his partner, his caddie, and his partner’s caddie as well. At each hole, a golfer is competing with the other two.

Par or Out: A game where full handicaps are used involving golfers with low handicap is a par out. For cricketers, this is something close to the phrase ‘middle of the bat’.

Address: When the stance is taken, the club is grounded and the position is taken by the golfer as he or she stands over the ball, it is called that he or she is at address. Although the purists prefer bunker, some also call it trap.

Coring: The method through which golf course is aerated is called coring. It also refers to the trajectory of a golf ball which has been struck and is in mid air.

Bentgrass: This is the favored grass choice in any climate in which it can be grown.

Crown: The top surface of the clubhead, the part you can see when looking down at address, called the crown.

2-Man No Scotch: A golf tournament format, in 2-Man No Scotch, the members of a team tee off. It is the easiest golf bets and is all about how well do you know the game.

Short Side: This makes a reference to the position of the ball in connection to the location or placement of the cup on the green. When used with regards to a PGA tour, sand save percentage, a statistical category implies to a player getting up and down out of a green side bunker.

Four Ball: This is played amongst two teams of two members, hence there are four balls played and better ball scoring is used to determine the players.

Pitch or Pitch Shot: When a shot is played using a highly lofted club, which is precisely made in a way that it goes a short distance with a high trajectory, it is termed as pitch shot.

Shoot Out: It is a tournament format which fields 19 players who are eliminated one by one at each hole, till there is one remaining.

Four-Man Cha-Cha-Cha: Four Man cha-cha-cha is a golf tournament format where every member of a team plays his or her golf ball all the way.

Quit: In this shot, the golfer does not follow through totally with momentum, instead there is de-acceleration through impact.

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Las Vegas: No confusions here, this is not what you thought it is (were you thinking about casinos by any chance?). The female scratch golfer can hit her tee shots an average of 210 yards and can reach a 400-yard hole in two shots”.

Bogey Rating: According to the United States Golf Association, bogey rating refers to the evaluation of difficulty level or rating of the golf course with regards to boogie golfers.

Overswing: This refers to a swing so hard that it affects the result in a negative manner.

Derby: It is a tournament having a field of 19 players and is better known as Shoot Out.

Finishing Hole: It is the last hole a golfer will play in a round of golf.

Callaway System: A kind of golf format, Callaway system is used in events where in maximum golfers do not have real handicap indexes. Here, points are given for an accomplishment out of five and in case a side sweeps all the points, they are said to have scored umbrella, with points being doubled.

Am-Am: Well, this is for the new or upcoming kids on the block. With an amateur status, a player cannot get paid to endorse a product, does not accept appearance fees and does not accept prize money for being a part of a tournament.

Course Rating: Course rating is the evaluation of the difficulty level of the course for scratch golfers.

Hardpan: The areas in rough, fairways, or other areas with an exception of hazards, having hard ground, as a result of compacting of the soil is called hardpan.

Away: The player whose ball is the farthest from the hole whether in a fairway or a green is called being ‘away’

How To Stop Gambling Addiction

At present, the new forms of gambling, such as internet betting, have a certain “trans-socio-economic appeal”, and the same might be said of slot-machines where they are situated within casino complexes. Many people seem to take gambling as a normalized way of being.. Online gambling addiction often leads to problems of debt and these people with debt problems are often referred to specialist debt counsellor. Do not hesitate further. All which possess the element of risks. Most problem gamblers will seek help through counseling and this lens aims to explain how to resolve gambling issues. Unless there is a strong religious belief that creates a barrier to establish a gambling or betting habit, people are often affected irrespective of race, social class or economic situation.

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Some people may be drawn to certain forms of gambling or betting due to their socio-economic situation and that may simply be because of the influence of friends, family and availability. They would want to talk about their debt problems with their counsellor in relation to their other anxieties. No doubt, this is one of the main causes in the rise of online gambling addiction.

“How to stop gambling addiction?” It is important to understand the root causes and symptoms of the addiction in order to deal with it effectively. Online gambling addiction is similar to any other addictive behavior.

The greater the availability, the greater the risk of people becoming addicted to the degree that it has problematic effects on them, and on those closest to them. The type of gambling we are referring to are slot-machines, internet betting, casinos, betting shops and dog racing

Horse Race Betting – 10 Golden Rules by Roger Knight

It also means you won’t have the possibility of a double disappointment if your favourite team loses and you also lose a bet.

In times when everyone is looking for instant gratification there are plenty of times where punters are too easily deceived by a single good performance. Betting should be a pleasure – but not an adrenaline rush. The most successful punters have no emotional involvement in the outcome of a sport. Don’t bet on whims. It infuriates punters, but they only have themselves to blame. Week in week out, favourites that have been beaten last time out come home on their next outing. Keep a check on yourself and always try to be honest if you ever feel that betting is running away with you. Otherwise your betting will go nowhere.

7) Don’t let strange results throw you. . You can start to build up a picture of the bets that work for you and those that don’t. Take time to analyse an unexpected defeat and you may well see that a good opportunity is still just around the corner whilst the less wise majority have given up on him.

8) Look for situations where others are betting emotionally.

When using any horse racing system or horse racing tips, here are ten rules that will put more money in your pocket and keep it out of the hands of the bookies.

5) Don’t bet on emotion

If you place small bets for fun on weekdays then at least try to take your weekend bets as a serious business with heavier wagers. If not then at the very least a dedicated paper notebook should be there to do the job.

If you study probability you will learn that absolutely NOTHING is impossible. Your bets should be guided by the VALUE that you can get from a win. However much you may feel you are on to “a good thing”, only ever commit a small proportion of your available funds to it. An approach that works for one punter may not work for another. Ultimately there’s far more fun in consistently winning than haphazardly losing.

Decide on the maximum wager you feel comfortable with. So you need to make sure you are not thrown by turnarounds you were not expecting. It doesn’t mean you have to be happy to lose it. If you can use a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel or similar then that can help you to easily analyse profitable statistics. So punters will then start backing ante-post on emotion only. Just that you can afford to lose it if the worst should happen. Better still ‘though, cut out the “fun” bets altogether. Of course it’s tough to have to write down those painful losing bets when you’d prefer to forget them, but if you want to make a long-term success of betting you need a record of your failures as well as your successes. Look for horse races or other bets where you think the odds on offer are more than they should be for the true likelihood of winning – call these “Value Horses” – and you’ll have profits to be proud of over the longer term.

As I said in part 1, there is no such thing as a certainty. Often the press will start writing up the chances of a two year old racehorse for the following year’s Derby or Guineas after only one or two good performances. At the same time, however, do not close you mind to other possibilities. The only way to stand a chance of winning over the long term is to have a consistent plan and to use a dedicated betting bank that contains no more money than you would be prepared to lose entirely in the worst of circumstances.

To put it another way – just know when to STOP. Without keeping records you are shooting in the dark. Among the free systems we’ll send you from freehorseracingsystems.com you may well find two or more methods that, when combined together, give you the magic edge.

1) Never bet more than you can afford to lose.

2) Remember there are no certainties.

6) Bet only in situations where you think you have an edge.

On soccer, London teams are often at shorter prices than the should be simply because so many of the country’s fans live in the capital and will emotionally back their home sides. However, there are opportunities when you can see that others are doing exactly that.

Get a strategy and stick to it. If you are following a really good race horse that gives you great expectations and he meets an unexpected defeat, don’t let that one event put you off backing him in the future. When things go wrong – as sometimes they WILL then you will live to fight another day.

3) Be flexible in your approach

If everyone else knows what you know then you can be sure the prices for your “sure bet” will be at their lowest. The odds of winning the UK national lottery are 14,000,000 to one – but almost every week someone wins it. If you ever feel you need councelling help to get back in control, take it sooner rather than later.

Keeping records is ESSENTIAL. No matter how big a cert something looks, never bet your last penny on it. Experiment to find the approaches that work for your betting and then spend enough time with them to let them work over time. On race day however, you may well find better value with other runners.

That should be blindingly obvious – but sadly too many amateur punters just take a risk, hoping that this one will be the big win they need. That doesn’t mean you should be inflexible but do bet in a structured way.

Betting on situations when you have an emotional envolvement is to be avoided at all costs. If you want to watch a race or a match for the enjoyment of the game then do that without betting on it. There are many approaches you can study to back, lay, trade, arbitrage, bet in running, use software to enhance trading or staking. Scientists only talk in probabilities. Be prepared to stop and take stock. It should be obvious, but never bet on your favourite soccer team just because you are desperate to see them win.

10) Enjoy your betting

Once you start staking amounts you can’t afford to lose your judgement will inevitably be affected. A long losing run tells you you should change your system. It is regarded as highly unlikely that the moon will crash into the earth tomorrow – but it is not impossible. Also, there’s no thrill in putting your financeal future, or even your family’s financial future on the line.

9) Plot a strategy

There is more than one way to win in betting. Not just what you think is the likelihood of a win. You can profit from the folly of others.

4) Keep a record of your bets

I said in part one that you shouldn’t bet with emotion. You may make a modest profit this time but betting this way over the longer period will never bring you a consistent profit. If you’ve followed the other rules ‘though you won’t gave got into a situation where you are painfully losing money

“How to Choose the Right Sportsbook!”

This article was posted on October 22, 2004

Well I am in a position to speak from some experience – I did at one time hold accounts with about sixty bookmakers in Europe, UK, Australia and offshore – the latter catering mainly to the US market. I have had at least three online sportsbooks go broke on me – luckily my losses were kept to a few thousand dollars – that may sound a lot but it could have been a lot worse.

Read press articles as opposed to reviews – reviews are usually written by the sportsbook’s marketing team.

Test run the software by joining and playing for free – most sportsbooks offer this facility.

Find out if your funds are insured or separated in ESCROW accounts so that if the sportsbook company goes under – your funds are still safe.

Find out if the sportsbook is independently audited.

How long has the operation been online – three to four years is usually a good marker as a minimum.

Test out the customer services to see if they meet your standards or the standards they promise you.

If you know about betting already, then check some of their odds and lines – are they in keeping with what you would expect? Some less scrupulous sportsbooks offer very attractive prices to lure unsuspecting bettors. It is, therefore, critical that those US customers put in the research before signing up.

So you have decided to start betting online – or maybe you just want to find a new trustworthy sportsbook – what do you need to look out for?

It is not that easy finding a reputable sportsbook – partly because the web is populated by website owners who will sing the praises of a sportsbook or casino simply because they earn revenue from signing up customers via an affiliate program. Therefore you should think of the sportsbook you are considering as a bank – a place that you intend to keep funds long term. . The offshore books with whom I work are top grade but it is in the offshore environment that problems occasionally occur. Options should be available that are ‘free’ or where the sportsbook absorbs the charges. But ask yourself ; “how easy is it to get access to my money and how much does it cost?”

The UK has a number of established books including William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral, and Victor Chandler.

Find out if the sportsbook is part of a larger group of companies. Sometimes this means added solidity.

What are the deposit and withdrawal options and the associated charges. I also like SportingBet (www.SBSportsbook.com) who take US customers and cater for global sports.

Happy betting!

Not all the above are critical – but help towards finding a secure book. King

So what do you look for:

I would say that US bettors are at most risk since they are generally forced to bet at offshore sportsbooks due to legality issues.

“How to Choose the Right Sportsbook!”

 by: Daniel B. These vary quite a bit from book to book. Often these website owners know nothing about betting, do not hold accounts with the sportsbooks they are advertising and have not researched the companies they are involved with.

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If you have already have an account with a sportsbook watch out for lapses in customer service and slowness of payment – these can be signs that the company could be in trouble.

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