A golfer who carries a higher official handicap than his skills indicate, e.g. 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.
When a player gets up and down from a greenside sand bunker, regardless of score on the hole. Sand Save percentage is a player statistic kept by the PGA Tour.
Another name for bunker.
Sandy (or Sandie)
A score of par or better that includes a bunker shot. Sandies are counted as points in some social golf games. See Funnies.
Reaching the green in regulation for a birdie opportunity, but then three-putting for a bogey.
Club used to play from a bunker, or for approach shots from a distance of around 30 m.
Card which every player should always carry when on the ocurse and where he or she notes down the number of shots taken to play each hole.
Game where there is no allowancemade for handicaps.
A player's whose handicap equals zero.
A Scottish game of 2 teams of 2 players.Players alternate hitting the same ball. The first player tees off, the second player hits the second shot, the first player hits the third shot, and so on until the ball is holed. To this point, the definition of ‘scotch foursomes’ is the same as that of ordinary ‘foursomes’; however, players do not alternate hitting tee shots as they would in foursomes. If Player A teed off on the first hole and Player B holed the final putt, Player B would not tee off at the second, meaning that Player A could, in theory, play every tee shot on the round. The team with the lowest score wins the hole.
When a player misses the green in regulation, but still makes par or better on a hole. Scrambling percentage is a player statistic kept by the PGA Tour. Also a two or four man format, similar to Best Ball, except in a scramble, each player strikes a shot, the best shot is selected, and then all players play from that selected position.
A full series of irons from Nº 1 to Nº 9.
A format, similar to a scramble, where every player hits from the tee, the best tee-shot is selected, and each player holes-out from the selected tee-shot.
A bad shot in which the golf ball is struck by the hosel of the club. With a shank, a player has managed to strike the ball with a part of the club other than the clubface. A shanked shot will scoot a short distance, often out to the right, or might be severely sliced or hooked.
Comprising shots that take place on or near the green. Putting, chipping, pitching, and bunker play are all aspects of short game.
Telling the ball to drop softly, and not roll after landing.
A skins game pits players in a type of match play in which each hole has a set value (usually in money or points). The player who wins the hole is said to win the "skin," and whatever that skin is worth. Skins games are often more dramatic than standard match play because holes are not halved. When players tie on a given hole, the value of that hole is carried over and added to the value of the following hole. The more ties, the greater the value of the skin and the bigger the eventual payoff.
Many players’ nightmare when it isn’t intentional. The effect a ball has in flight when it travels to far to the right. A Fade is when the ball comes off the clubface moving to the left of the target before curving gently back to the right (for a right-handed golfer; reverse directions for a left-hander).
A severe hook that usually goes directly left rather than curving from right to left. Also known by the somewhat redundant term "Pull-Hook".
A score of eight on a hole.
Position of player when addressing the ball.
The forward movement of the club made with the intention of striking at and moving the ball, but if a player checks his downswing voluntarily before the club head reaches the ball he has not made a stroke
The degree of difficulty of holes on a course.
Type of game in which the player who plays the least shots wins the game.
Little book with description and details on each hole allowing the player to assess the degree of difficulty.
Move your marker when in the way of another person’s line of putt.
A term used to describe the pace of a putt. Proper 'speed' of a putt will either hole the putt or leave it about 18 inches beyond the cup.
Play badly, Scottish term.
Stableford Scoring System
A scoring system using points, where the winner accumulates the highest number of points over the course of a round. Stableford points are awarded as 1 point for one stroke over a fixed score, perhaps par, on a hole; 2 points for the fixed score; 3 points for one stroke under the fixed score; 4 points for two strokes under the fixed score; etc. There are "modified" Stableford scoring techniques, like that used in the International Tournament on the PGA Tour, which award points (or loss of points) for various scores over or under a fixed score. See full article at Stableford* Stroke Play: see Medal Play.
Stroke Some Balls
Hit balls at a driving range or play a relaxed round of golf.
To block another player's putting path to the hole with one's own ball. Now an anachronism since the rules permit marking the spot of the ball on the green, thus allowing the other player to putt into the hole.
The location on the clubface where the optimal ball-striking results are achieved.
The movement a golf player makes with his/her club to hit the ball. A golf swing is made up of a series of complex mechanical body movements. A perfect golf swing is regarded as the "holy grail" of the sport, and there are many approaches as to how to achieve "perfection".