Golf is a fairly easy sport. Although it is physical, it does not require strenuous physical movements like other sports. But if you are a newbie to the sport and you are just developing an interest for golf, it may be hard to watch a game on television or on a golf course because of the terms used in the game.
For beginners, golf equipment are made up of a golf ball, a tee, and a set of Callaway golf clubs. But if your knowledge of golf ends in what equipment are being used, then you are in for a treat: there are the shots that you have to learn, and of course the terminologies that golf enthusiasts, players and officials use. It may be nerve-wracking at first to decode the weird words used in golf, but when you have learned their meanings and have gotten used to them, it will be easy for you to follow the game.
- Golf came from a Dutch word ‘kolve’, meaning club. It was believed that the sport originated in Scotland in the 15th century where a group of men holding sticks with bent and angled bottoms strike a ball from one point to another. The one with the least strikes to get to the other point wins. But there is a debate about where the sport really came from. Some say that as early as the 13th century, a sport of similar kind was already being played in Holland, that’s why the word golf was derived from the Dutch terminology.
- Fore is a term that golfers use when they hit a bad shot. It is short for ‘before’ where players are warned to look forward and ahead before striking their Callaway golf club to avoid doing a wrong shot.
- Links has a very Scottish origin. In Scotland in the old ages, a links referred to a patch of land that was not suitable for farming, and where sports such as golf were played because of the availability and scarcity of the land of trees, body of water, etc.
- Birdie was first introduced as an acceptable terminology in golf in the 19th century when the sport’s popularity reached the United States. It is used to mean a very good score in golf. If a golfer scores a birdie, it means that he hit the ball into the hole 1 under par, like if he plays on a par 4 hole, he finishes the shot in 3 strokes.
- Eagle is a far better score than a birdie. An eagle is made 2 under par, meaning the golfer shoots the ball in the hole with two more remaining strokes in the game.
- Par is the number of shots that a golfer makes to take the Callaway golf ball into the hole. A hole can be par 3, par 4 or par 5, meaning a golfer should make three shots in a par 3 hole, and so on.
- Handicap pertains to a golfer’s ability to play the game in any given time. Handicaps are described in numbers, with the lowest number being the best handicap, and the highest number being the worst handicap.
- Hole in one is a very simple term which means that a golfer hits his Callaway golf club and shoots the ball in the hole in one stroke. A hole in one does not happen very often, especially for longer holes.
It was said in the past that golf meant Guys Only Ladies Forbidden, because it was a sport played only by gentlemen. But if you watch golf tournaments on television these days, you will see women dominating the sport and wowing the men with their expert skills in golf.