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Letter B - Golf Definitions, Terms, Vocabulary and Slang
Back nine
The final nine hole on a golf course.
Back Weight
A weight, usually brass or aluminum attached to the back of a wooden, graphite or titanium wood head. The back weight moves the center of gravity toward the back of the club to assist in getting the ball airborne..
The backward rotation of a golf ball in flight around a horizontal axis as caused by the club hitting the ball. The more loft on a club, the greater the backspin.
Backdoor (Back Door)
The part of the cup located opposite the ball on the green. To reach the backdoor, a putt must curl around most of the hole before dropping in.
A putt struck with the back of the putter blade. Sometimes golfers will do this in casual fashion when the ball is very close to the hole.
Baffling Spoon (Baffle, Baffy Spoon or Baff)
The name of a club used in the early 1800's that a wooded club with the loft of a wedge.
Bag rat
Bail out
What many golfers do to avoid trouble on the course. That is, they hit a shot in the direction opposite the trouble. If the trouble is on the left side, they bail out right. If the trouble is on the right side, they bail out left.
Also can be used to describe how a golfer (after calling in sick to work) exits his cart after seeing his boss approaching.
Balance Point
The point where a shaft's weight is evenly distributed in both directions when rested on a single point.
A small sphere used in playing golf, which is intended to be struck by a club and soar in the general direction of the green for a particular hole, if one is playing on a regulation golf course. The important thing is to be able to identify your ball and distinguish it from the balls used by other players. Normally this is done by noting the brand and number of a ball, though some players will often add personalized markings to further differentiate their own sphere of choice.
Ball Mark
Indentation made to the grass/ground on a putting green when a lofted shot lands on the green. Ball marks must be repaired as soon as noticed to properly heal and to maintain a uniform putting surface.
Ballmark Tool
Tool used to repair an indentation on the green caused by the ball on an approach shot
A shot pattern wherein a golf ball accelerates upwards to an unreasonably high trajectory.
Banana Ball
A sliced shot that has a flight pattern shaped liked a banana.
British version of the term Sandbagger. A golfer that carries a higher official handicap than his skills indicate, eg, carries an eight, plays to a two. Sandbaggers usually artificially inflate their handicaps with the intent of winning bets on the course, a practice that most golfers consider cheating. Also known as a bandit.
Bare Lie
When the ball lies directly on hard ground without any grass to buoy the ball up - ie where there is no grass creating a gap between ball and the ground. Applicable when practicing off hard mats.
Achieving a score of par or better on a hole after the ball hits a tree on the same hole.
Baseball Grip
Grip style with all ten fingers on the club. Also known as the "Ten-Finger Grip".
Belly Putter
Type of putter that positions the grip against the player's stomach in order to create a pendulum effect. Most belly putters are about 40" in length.
Bent Grass
Type of grass, characterized by thin blades, found on most courses with varying seasonal climates.
Bermuda Grass
Type of grass found on most courses located in warmer or tropical climates. Characterized by thick blades and "grainy" surface.
Best ball
A match in which one player plays against the better ball of two players or the best ball of three players.
The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association. BIGGA is the professional association dealing with all matters of golf management from a greenkeeper's viewpoint.
A score of 1 stroke less than par on a given hole, for example, a score of 3 on a par 4.
Slang term expressed when a player wants a ball to stop.
Black Numbers
Term applied to over par scores in a tournament.
The striking face of an iron head.
Blade Height
The measurement of an iron head at the center of the face from the ground line to the top line.
Blade Length
The measurement of an iron head from the radius of the crotch of the head to the farthest point of the toe.
Blade Style Head
Blades are also known as muscle-back irons due to a possible concentration of weight directly behind the center of the club face.
A shot made from a bunker that displaces a noticeable amount of sand.
A hole or shot where you can't see your target.
A shot played severely to the right; as opposed to slices, which curve from left to right, a blocked shot goes directly right. Similar to the "push".
A score of 1 over par on a hole, for example a 6 on a par 5.
Bogey Golfer
A male bogey golfer is a player who has a Course Handicap of approximately 20 on a course of standard difficulty. He can hit tee shots an average of 200 yards and reach a 370-yard hole in two shots at sea level. A female bogey golfer is a player who has a Course Handicap of approximately 24 on a course of standard difficulty. She can hit tee shots an average of 150 yards and reach a 280-yard hole in two shots.
Bogey Rating
A "Bogey Rating" is the USGA's mark of the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for the bogey golfer under normal course and weather conditions. It is based on yardage, effective playing length, and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring ability of the bogey golfer.
The measurement (angle in degrees) from the leading edge of the club face to the groundline. Wedges typically have the most bounce in a set of clubs. Bounce helps these clubs go through sand and high grass easily. When looking at the sole of a wedge you will notice the trailing edge hangs beneath the leading edge. This angle in relation to the ground plane is called bounce angle.
Bounce Back
The percentage statistic of how many times a player is over par on a hole and then is under par on the following hole. The formula is (Number of holes under par after above par holes)/(Number of holes over par)
Box Grooves
Face lines or grooves pressed, cut, or cast into a rectangular shape onto the club face.
The name of a golf club that was used in the mid-late 1800's through the early part of the 20th century that was fitted with a brass sole plate with about 15 degrees of loft. The term also applied to various lofted wooden clubs in the 1880s and 1890s. The modern equivalent would be the number three wood.
The amount of curvature of a putt as it rolls on a putting green. The more the green slopes, the greater the break. In the United Kingdom, it is known as "borrow".
The curvature of the face of a wood or metal wood from heel to toe. Bulge helps give corrective spin to shots hit on the toe or heel of the wood face.
Bump and Run
A style of golf shot that is most commonly used on traditional British-style courses. With a bump and run shot the golfers aims well short of the intended target and allows for substantial roll to his shot after its initial landing. The majority of American style courses are designed with "Target" golf shots in mind; ones that allow for higher ball flights and less roll.
A bunker is a type of hazard consisting of a prepared area of ground, from which turf or soil has been removed and replaced with sand or the like.
Buried (Lie)
The lie of a ball, typically in a sand bunker, in which most of it is below the surface. See also "Fried Egg".
Butt (shaft butt)
The grip end of the shaft.
Buy.Com Tour
Male professional golf circuit, new in the year 2000, for players one level below the PGA Tour. The Buy.Com Tour plays events throughout the United States; the better players in a given year earn the right to play on the PGA Tour the next year. Sponsored by Internet site Buy.Com.
A short game played over the remaining holes when the main match finishes early because one player or team has won by a large margin. It serves the joint purpose of adding some competitive meaning to the rest of the holes and also for the losing side to attempt to regain some of the pride lost as a result of their humiliation in the main match.