Advice for millennials: What I learned from my quarter-life crisis. (Yes, I had one)

Still I was lost. Two months later, I scrapped all my plans and moved to the U.K.  That was 18 years ago.

The final score? Anything in D.C. was better than what I would do anywhere else.  “I think this is pretty clear. We need to move to Washington,” Peter said. Follow her on Twitter@DanaPerino.

2. But I often advised young people to consider moving to a new place to take on more responsibility and gain more experience.  Jumping to Capitol Hill or one of the federal agencies would allow them to get some valuable on the job training that was relevant to the White House and put them in a better position to return to the administration and climb the ladder.

- Are you able to pay for it? Can your employer help?

I realize that not everyone is going to meet the love of their lives during their quarter life crises  (which I used to think were mostly experienced by young women, but having done a lot of mentoring in recent years I’ve realized that young men go through similar feelings of “what the heck am I doing with my life” moments), so here are some additional ways to manage that anxiety and make some positive changes:

- Most important: Are you thinking about grad school because you don’t really know what to do? Or are you bored in your job and looking for an escape?

I felt like everything I’d visualized for my early adulthood wasn’t coming true, even though I had an enviable career path, good friends, no debt and a supportive church group. To Keep Going to School or Not to Go to School? 

- Does your profession respect or even require an advanced degree?

And then something totally unexpected happened. Perino joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.

I know when you work for the best, it’s sometimes very difficult to leave it behind because you worry that nowhere else will measure up. She previously served as Press Secretary for President George W. The White Board Incident

That’s the tough question facing many young people today.  As you weigh the decision to enter graduate school, ask yourself some of these questions:

Around that time, I finally confided in a woman in her 40s at my church’s singles’ group who reminded me that God says “Fear not.”  I needed to hear that and even wrote it down on a piece of paper and carried it with me in my purse.  Eventually, after a couple of months, I started to pull through it.  I still worried about my upcoming career choices, but i didn’t agonize.

- Is there something that you really want to study?

I had a quarter-life crisis at 25.  I was racked with anxiety, filled with fear, and totally confused about what I was going to do with my life. Having the courage not to fear such radical changes led me to the best decision of my life. Click here for more information on Dana Perino. It’s OK to Leave a Big Dog Employer, Too. And so that’s exactly what he did.  You might try this practical approach to finding your own path to happiness.

1. And don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears open for love.

- Will an advanced degree increase your chances of getting a job that you want?

Dana Perino currently serves as co-host of FOX News Channel’s “The Five” (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). She is the author of the new book “And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side” (Twelve, April 21, 2015). Bush.

Bottom line? A quarter life crisis is like a modern right of passage. —  I was assigned seats on an airplane next to a British man and fell in love. Ms. Everyone gets through it. I didn’t tell anyone about my feelings, but I thought it made me sound fairly pathetic.

3. Choosing to be loved was not a career limiting decision for me. 

When I lived in San Diego, I wasn’t satisfied professionally and my husband Peter knew it.  So one evening he had me sit in our living room with a white board and dry-erase marker.  He told me to list everything I wanted to do in a job as well as everything I DID NOT want to do in a job. When I finished, I handed him my list and he tallied the results. 

- Do you have the flexibility in your life to leave work and study full-time?

I felt like everything I’d visualized for my early adulthood wasn’t coming true, even though I had an enviable career path, good friends, no debt and a supportive church group. That was certainly true at the White House. I felt like everything I’d visualized for my early adulthood wasn’t coming true, even though I had an enviable career path, good friends, no debt and a supportive church group.  It’s important to be willing to move and it also applies to leaving your employer to pursue a new opportunity.  This is even true of companies or organizations considered the gold standard in their industry. 

Golf Terminology – Glossary of Golf Terms

Here, players get rotational partners at every 6th hole.

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

Attack Wedge: Attack Wedge is the same as gap wedge or approach wedge. At each hole, a golfer is competing with the other two.

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

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.

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

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. 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. The winner here is the one who has the lowest number of putts.

Slice: Here, interestingly, the ball curves similar to the shape of a banana. Blast Out is another name for blast.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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

Ready Golf: This without any complexities, means when you are ready, hit. It is also called the Mulligan.

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.

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

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.

Whack and Hack: Whack and Hack is a four-person teams’ tournament format. 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.

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.

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

Foursomes: This is another name for alternate shot.

Dance Floor: This is a slang term for putting green. This is also called the skulled shot.


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

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.


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.

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

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.

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



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. It is basically the angle where the face of the club is, in relation to a perfectly vertical face.

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. So he or she is ‘in the bucket.’

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

Wolf: Wolf is a name for a betting game best played among groups of four players. It then moves to the left of the target before gently turning or rather curving back towards right. Vardon Overlap is interchangeably used with Vardon Grip.


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

Front Nine: The first nine holes of a golf course are the front nine holes of the golf course. One plays the other’s drive and vice versa.

Golf Club: It has the same meanings as club.

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.

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. It is really embarrassing for the golfer as it might appear that he or she does not know how to hit a golf ball.

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

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.


Modified Pinehurst: It is a golf format for two player teams. It is vice versa for a left hander.



Peoria System: A one day handicapping system where majority of golfers are not given actual handicap indexes. Las Vegas is a betting game played amongst two teams having two members each. 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.

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

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

Advice: Well, this does not have any ‘golf’ connotation. The other meaning refers to the edge or rim of the hole or cup.

Golf Buggy: This is the same as Buggy.

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.

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

Hate ‘Em: These are ‘problem holes’, which are hated by golfers and that’s why it is called hate them. So its like the ball is in jail.

Tombstone: Tombstone is better known by the name of Flags, a tournament format. This is best played by partners who have similar level of expertise or golfers who use full handicaps.



System 36: This is a single day handicapping method or rather system, resembling in character and operation to Callaway and Peoria. The golfer’s job is done post this situation.

Bingo Bango Bongo: This is one of the very common formats of the game and is a point based game. Crowned green slopes down from its middle to its edges.

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.

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

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.

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

Albatross: Three under par on any hole is called a double eagle in the USA. It is also called the ‘Divot Tool’.


Scotch Foursomes: Most of the time, Scotch Foursomes is just a synonym for Foursomes. Basically it is the name of a golf tournament, rather a tournament within a tournament.

Quacker: A shot curving abruptly and sharply from right to left with regards to a right-handed golfer. Then, out of them, the best is selected and the players carry on until the ball is holed.

Vardon Grip: This is another name for the overlapping grip. Losses and wins add up very fast in this game so those whose pockets are full, prefer this betting game .

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

Pinehurst (Pinehurst System): This is the same as chapman system which is a 2-person golf tournament format. This is system basically for tournaments.

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

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

Crisscross: This serves as either a tournament format or a betting game. 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.


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.

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. It is basically a collection of side bets.

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. It is a scheduled event.

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

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.

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

Step Aside Scramble: Florida scramble is also known as step aside. Those putting greens with a lot of contour are called Contoured Greens.

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.

Honest John: This in golf terms refers to a side bet which puts at stake your prediction powers. A great ball striker is a golfer who is excellent at full swing.

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.

Inside the Leather: This refers to a measurement employed to determine whether the putt is a gimmie. This can be a tournament format or a betting game.

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

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.

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.

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. The proper way to decide the hitting order has been prescribed in the rules of golf and golf etiquette. This format permits golfers without handicap index to participate in golf tournament and contest to win low net prizes or titles.

Strike Three: This is a betting game or a tournament format. But if there are bad shots or the likes, the points are cut. Golfers in this format are awarded points depending on their performance on each hole with the winner being the one having highest point total. This is also a betting game for groups of four.

Duffer: Simply put, duffer means a bad golfer.

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

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.

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


One Club: This is precisely the meaning of the golf tournament. It is also called a tester.


Push: Push is the opposite of pull. Dimples are indentations covering a golf ball. It is also sometimes called ‘Acey Ducey’. He also responds to a golfer’s queries.

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. They have varying lofts, with thin and grooved faces.

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

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.

Flange: This refers to a part of a clubhead jutting out from the rear. In other words, that one player plays against the other 3.

Through the Green: Every area of the golf course with the exception of teeing grounds, hazards and greens. It’s basically a long pole with a scoop.

Hood – Hooded – Hooding the Club: This is a tricky one. This is for a right-handed golfer.


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

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. 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. Then the best of them is chosen. It is vice versa for a left hander.

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.

The Train: This is a betting game best played in groups where points are given for good shots. 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.

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.

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


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.

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.

Fairway: An area that usually runs between the tee box and green of a golf hole which is closely mowed. This is because the points are given on the basis of their scores in linkage with a fixed score at each hole.

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

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

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

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

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

Am-Am: Well, this is for the new or upcoming kids on the block. 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.

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. The thumb of the lead hand ideally in this situation should fit snugly in the lifeline of the hand placed lower on the club. It also means the score registered by a golfer for those 18 holes.

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.

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 meant to putt or roll the ball on ground.

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. Front Nine is also referred to as Front Side.

Amen Corner: The mecca of golf lovers and golf players- Augusta National Golf Club has holes 11, 12 and 13. It is basically the angle where the face of the club is, in relation to a perfectly vertical face.

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.

Rabbit: It is again, a side bet,named after the situation where someone runs ahead in a mile off the field, setting the pace. This is one of the most basic golf terms.

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

Ace: When a ‘hole in one ‘ is scored, or a player has scored 1 on any hole, it is an ‘Ace’. The crux of a redan is greens and green complex. Here, the golfer will putt out, culminating the end of the hole.

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.

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

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. Such a player usually bets getting up and down in a couple of strokes.

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

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

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.

Hole: In very easy terms, hole is where the golfers aim to putt the golf ball. 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. In the manner of usage, they are most akin to contemporary wedges.

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

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

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.

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

Grass Bunker: This is a depression on the golf course which is filled up with grass instead of sand. Here, two-member teams hit the same ball alternately.

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

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

Triples: This is the name of the competition amongst players in teams of three. Starting off with 36 holes, the players then compare their scorecards. Here, the golfer will putt out, culminating the end of the hole.

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

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

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.

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

Dimple Pattern: Simply put the pattern of the dimples on the cover of the golf ball is called dimple pattern. So the name odds and evens.

Amateur status: Amateur status simply means that the player is a rookie and is yet to be a professional. Honey pot refers to a tournament’s prize fund or bonus pool.

Divot: It refers to the scraping off the turf top as a result of shots from the fairway using an iron. The high score is the deuce here and the person staking it loses an amount of money to other three.

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.

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

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

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

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

Green: Green is the completion of a golf hole, at the spot of the location of the flagstick and the cup. 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.

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

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

Ball Striker: Each golfer is a ball striker. The male scratch golfer hits his tee shots an average of 250 yards and can reach a 470-yard hole in two shots. This is also a side bet in a competition of Three Ball.

Under Par: Under par simply means not up to the par. However, this is different from the set of points than the rule book norms.

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

Coring: The method through which golf course is aerated is called coring. It is the distance from the bottom of the grip till the clubhead of the putter.

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.

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

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

Murphy: It is a kind of bet which can be invoked or initiated by a golfer chipping to the green. Here the team handicap plays an important role.

Divot: It refers to the scraping off the turf top as a result of shots from the fairway using an iron. Am-Am simply means a game where there is a pair of a couple of amateurs- Am-Am, with ‘Am’ meaning short for amateur.

Line of Putt: After putting, a golfer expects the ball to travel on a particular path. Then add the remaining and the person who has the lowest score is the winner.

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

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.

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.

Golf Town: Golf town is a golf term which is used to describe retail outlets or cities which are very much into golf. A golfer is allowed to use putter along with the three chosen golf clubs, but no golf clubs.

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. 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.



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

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

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.

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

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

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 works thus- after finishing a round, identify the 3 highest individual hole scores and then eliminate them. This is a general understanding of the term, but it is also used as to refer to a game opposite of No Alibis.

Switch: Switch as a tournament format has 2-person teams where the players switch balls after the tee shots. In reverse scramble it is the opposite, the worst of the tee balls is chosen.

Away: The player whose ball is the farthest from the hole whether in a fairway or a green is called being ‘away’. Then the ball is hit once again from the same spot. It is also called a snapper, duck hook or snap hook.

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

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.

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


Green: Green is the completion of a golf hole, at the spot of the location of the flagstick and the cup. 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.

Texas Wedge: When a putter is used to putt off, from the green, it is called a Texas Wedge. This is for a right-handed golfer.

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

Quota Tournament: Quota Tournament is a game which has a structure similar to Chicago. On the other hand, some golfers and golf instructors consider shutting the club face as hooding.


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.

Die in the Hole: This is one of the important golf words and phrases. This leads to low and sometimes slicing shot, which could travel a long distance.

Lie: Lie refers, firstly to the stationary condition of a golf ball. This golf club is located in Augusta, Georgia.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Polee: Polee refers to a sidebet with different meanings. It is imperative for a golfer to be considered at his or her address to ensure that the club is grounded..

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.

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. One of the golf side bets is also called honors.

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.

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

Waste Bunker: Not a hazard under rules of golf, unless specified, a waste bunker refers to a sandy area, normally expansive. In a scotch foursome, it might mean that the alternate shots are considered and carried over from a hole to another.

Flight: It is a term which is used for division of golfer’s during a golf tournament. A-wedge is another name for gap wedge or approach wedge.

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

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.

Lateral Water Hazard: It is impossible to drop behind this hazard because it runs alongside the playing area ad not across it. The winner is decided after this final score.

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

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.


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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.


Alternate Shot: This is basically a golf competition format, also called the Foursomes. It then moves to the left of the target before gently turning or rather curving back towards right. If you do not include this in golf terms, then the whole glossary of golf terms is useless.

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.

Modified Stableford: A golf format, which is a modification of the original format called Stableford. 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. What’s more, this golfing term was popularized by none other Ben Hogan.

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.

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


Round Robin: It denotes a game of golf played best when there are groups of four golfers. They specialize in great golf clubs, and their components.

Putter: A club which has a slight face or very little loft, is called a putter. Basically a stadium golf course will have greens giving something like an amphitheater effect.

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.

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.

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.

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


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. But advice which could prohibit other player’s choices is not allowed unless he or she is your partner.

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

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


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

Handicap: It is the numerical representation of a golfer’s skill and ability. It starts moving in the left of the target, eventually bending very sharply back to the right of the particular target. The side to which the hole is cut on the green is the short side.


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.

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

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.

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



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


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

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.

Course: Of course, it is the golf course, but according to the technical definition, it also means the whole area where play is permitted. So for instance a golfer with a handicap of 5 is better than one with a handicap of 20.

Lie: Lie refers, firstly to the stationary condition of a golf ball. The pattern and shape of these dimples affects the flight of the ball.


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

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.

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. 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.

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. You had a great swing and you are elated. 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.

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.

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

Skull or Skulled Shot: To skull the ball means to have the impact of the ball with the leading edge of the iron. 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.

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. It is a target for majority of golfers on all holes except par 3s.

Yips: When the golfer is nervous or anxious, it leads to nervous twitching during putting stroke, leading to an inaccurate shot. 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.

Scramble: Primarily a very popular golf tournament format, scramble is played with either 4-person teams or 2-person teams. The nicknames of these holes is Amen Corner. The value of ‘nasties’ is decided before the commencement of the round.

Pick Up Sticks: Bag Raid, which is another name for pick up sticks is a game contested by two players. 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.

Three Club Monte: In a golf tournament where a golfer is allowed to use only three clubs during their round is Three Club Monte. Another meaning of Sandie means in a couple of strokes, a player gets out of the bunker in the hole. Here the ball is struck and is played back into the player’s stance.

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. 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. In case of cities, the cities with a whole gamut of golf courses is a golf town.

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.

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.


Taylor Made Golf: This is the world’s most popular and one of the foremost manufacturers of golf equipment. Then the ball is played from the spot it has come to rest, without any penalties.

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

Track: The layout or the way the holes on the course are routed is called track. So in short it means the fairways and the rough.



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

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

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 positioned so to face a player making an attempt to play out of the bunker onto the green or towards it.

Play Club: The vintage counterpart of the modern-day driver is the play club. It also refers to the trajectory of a golf ball which has been struck and is in mid air.

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.

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.

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

Flush: This is one of the golfing terms all the golfers yearn to hear. In addition to this, a county-owned golf course is also termed as municipal course. It is also a side bet.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Defender: Betting Game or points game in which a member of the group for each hole is labeled as the defender of that hole. While the golfer is struggling with his shots, it is called bleeding.


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

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

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 command is yelled by a golfer with regards to his golf ball in mid air. They follow this by playing out the hole with these balls.

2-Man No Scotch: A golf tournament format, in 2-Man No Scotch, the members of a team tee off. A machine leads to removal of plugs from the green,which leaves a hole which ensures that the roots get air and moisture.

Sixes: This another name for Round Robin, a game for groups of four golfers. Here the players have tee off and the best out of them is selected. Another meaning of divot is the chipped off area in the fairway, where the turf existed.

Mulligan: Mulligan is nothing but a lunch ball with a different name. In slang, it is called ‘club’.

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

­The putting green beckons, you call your caddie, and off you go to tee for a par. A stymie was supposed to occur in a condition when another ball was placed straight in the putting line of a golfer’s ball.


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

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

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

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

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.


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.

Three Ball: Three Ball means that each player has two matches to play in a round of golf. Ben Hogan is a golf hall of fame player.


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

Aeration: Aeration basically is a golf terminology hinting towards the aeration of soil. 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.

Crowned Green: A green which has center higher than its sides, is called the crowned green. In the rule book it is flagstick, but with amateurs, flagstick is better known as pin.

Signature Hole: It is mostly a marketing gimmick used by golf courses to entice golfers. The bet is on the possibility that a competitor will three-putt a green.

Scratch Golfer: A scratch golfer is the one who shoots par or better. It is imperative for a golfer to be considered at his or her address to ensure that the club is grounded..

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

Here are the A to Z of terms used in the game of golf. This prevents the chance for a golfer to putt out of the bunker. Flange is the thin strip of metal sitting along the ground.

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.

Shotgun Start: This is one of the methods to start off a tournament where all the players tee off at the same time. Although the purists prefer bunker, some also call it trap.

Lip: This has two meanings when it comes to golf terms and golf phrases. ‘Away’ player plays first.

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

Foot Wedge: When a golfer cheats his way out of trouble using a club, it is in slang called foot wedge. This continues till the ball gets holed. 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.

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.

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

Kick: Kick is a golfing terminology used interchangeably with golf phrase ‘bounce’, like bouncing ball. That is the line of putt. The ball is then played from the spot it is according to the best shot.


Fringe: A closely mowed area surrounding the green and just off the putting surface is called the fringe. 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. Well. Hooding the club has two different meaning for different golfers. 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.

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

Ballmark Tool: This is a two-pronged tool which is used to repair putting green ball marks. After you are done reading this, you will never be left wondering on the golf course.

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. It is either a match play tournament or betting game.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Play It Again, Sam: This refers to another name for No Alibis were the initial handicaps are converted into mulligans. 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.

Army Golf: Army golf is a slang amongst the golf terms. It is basically par 3.

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

Ballstriking: Ball striking means the full swing abilities of a golfer. For cricketers, this is something close to the phrase ‘middle of the bat’.

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.

Thin or Thin Shot: Sometimes it happens that a ball is struck too high, near the midpoint or perhaps slightly lower. All scores on each of those three holes are tabulated and then that score is eliminated from the total score. Like a golfer can say to another- ‘Your ball is on the dancing floor’.

All Square: All square refers to a tied match as a result of the tied scores between the players. It is also called the flex point or bend point.

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.


Pin: This is a synonym for flagstick. But in quota, the players begin with points matching their handicap.

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

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

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

String It Out: A tournament format or a betting game, string is best suited when the players have partial handicaps. 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.

Pot (hole) Bunker: This is a type of bunker which is small, but is very deep and has steep faces and is round. It refers to the golfer’s ability in full swing.

Low Putts: It is a popular side bet in addition to being a tournament format. These are a regular feature of links-category of golf courses.

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. Interestingly, these are sold at a rate with a huge discount than the regular price of that brand.

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

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

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.

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

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


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.

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

Wormburner: This is a kind of shot which is unintentional and it just grazes the ground, it has such low trajectory. 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.


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

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

Hacker: Hacker is another name for duffer, although, hacker applies to an individual golfer as an insult. 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.

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

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

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

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


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

Ball Retriever: It is a tool, which is by default carried by players who hit their ball in the water a lot of times. It happens because the clubhead slips below the teed ball.

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 is a one-day handicapping system.

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. It also is a betting game. Named after great Harry Vardon, this is one of the most well-known golf grips. They are called counterparts on account of their loft and the purpose of swing they serve.

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

Approach Wedge: Another name for gap wedge, approach wedge is a name for a golf club which has a high loft. The lower the handicap, the better a

Rain likely to make Kentucky Derby wet and wild | Reuters

Curlin is the early 7/2 favorite in the opening jewel of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

“Whatever the conditions of running the race are, all 20 will have to do it,” said Curlin trainer Steve Asmussen, seeking his first Derby triumph at his sixth attempt.

Bwana Bull, a 50-1 longshot in the morning line, could receive unexpected backing if the track is sloppy for the 133rd edition of the Run for the Roses.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky Predictions of thunderstorms on Saturday could have Kentucky Derby handicappers scrambling to figure out who runs well in the mud.

The chestnut colt by the champion Holy Bull, who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, had a frisky gallop on the wet Churchill Downs racing strip on Friday morning.

“Like with Unbridled, I like everything I have seen this week,” he said. “There will be no excuses.”

“The winner’s going to deserve to have won the Derby because he did it when it mattered.”

A 20-horse race for three-year-olds which would be wide open on a dry day could become chaotic if the steady rain that has fallen on Churchill Downs this week continues.

“He gets through it here really well,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer told reporters after the workout. A win by the dark bay by Street Cry would give trainer Carl Nafzger his first Derby winner since Unbridled in 1990.

His best chance to end his 0-for-14 streak at the Derby will probably come from Circular Quay (8-1 odds) or Scat Daddy (10-1).

Three-times Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher will have a record-tying five horses in the race as he tries to win his first Triple Crown race in 21 attempts.. “He’s been on (wet tracks) plenty of times training in Northern California.”

Street Sense (4-1) will try to become the first Breeders Cup Juvenile champion to win the Derby