Here Are All The Golf Terms You Will Ever Need To Know

Here Are All The Golf Terms You Will Ever Need To Know

Get ready, because there’s a whole lot of them. Don’t worry, if you play golf for long enough, you’re bound to pick up the terms but if you want to really dive into the sport or up your knowledge, it doesn’t hurt to do a little learning off the green. Grab some flash cards and start jotting these down because the more you know, the better your game will grow.

 

Duck Hook:

When right-handed players hit a shot that flies quickly from right to left. It’s hard to control and usually hit by mistake.

Example: After hitting a duck hook, the ball flew in the wrong direction.

 

Alignment:

How the body is positioned in relationship to the tee and to the target.

Example: He plays well because his alignment is always correct.

 

Vector:

The measure of both force and direction that will determine where and how fast the ball travels.

Example: The vector of the ball is important for understanding the success of the swing.

 

Bump and Run:

When a player hits the ball into a slope in order to slow its speed before it hits the green and rolls towards the hole.

Example: The amount of mounds on the green that day caused many players to hit bump and run shots.

 

Aiming:

This is the act of lining up the club with the target. It’s no different than aiming for the net, goal, or basket in other sports.

Example: She was great at aiming, so she always got a hole in one.

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Whiff:

An instance when the ball is completely missed when trying to hit it.

Example: She wasn’t paying enough attention to her swing and whiffed the ball.

 

Balata:

Similar to rubber, it is a material used to cover golf balls. It makes the ball softer and increases the spin of it.

Example: Most players prefer balata-covered balls when they play.

 

Carry:

How far of a distance the ball will fly in the air after being hit.

Example: The carry of the ball was pretty significant for how lightly he hit it.

 

Waggle:

One or multiple motions in which a player tries to stay relaxed and achieve a smooth swing.

Example: His favorite player had a relaxing waggle and he wanted to achieve the same.

 

Angle of Attack:

The angle of the golf club when it hits the ball. This angle helps determine how far and which way the ball will travel after being hit.

Example: You need to hit the ball with a descending angle of attack if you want it to fly higher.

 

Cambered:

When the sole of the club is rounded to help reduce drag.

Example: That club had a cambered sole to help it with performance.

 

Dormie:

The point in the match when one of the players is up the same amount of holes that are required to finish the game.

Example: She had her rivalry dormie three so it looked like she was going to win.

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Borrow:

When hitting a breaking putt, the borrow is the amount of break that the player allows to happen.

Example: New players must learn how to borrow on their putts to be successful.

 

Weak Grip:

When the hands are turned to the left on the club, even when the golfer is right-handed.

Example: He weakened his grip which caused the ball to fade.

 

Bunker:

A portion of the green that is hollowed out and comprised of sand or grass. They sometimes can pose a hazard.

Example: He practiced how to avoid the bunkers when hitting onto the green.

 

Axis:

This refers to the straight line that the upper body makes when rotating through a golf swing.

Example: If you keep your axis in a consistent position, you will hit the ball more successfully.

 

Uncock:

When the wrists are released from being straight at the downswing.

Example: She uncocked her wrists too soon.

 

Bladed Shot:

This kind of shot is achieved when the top portion of the ball is hit with the bottom half of the club. It usually achieves a shot that is low-running.

Example: He bladed his first shot to set himself up for a birdie.

 

Approach:

A shot that was taken towards the green or a hole.

Example: His approach for the 5th hole fell short.

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Shank:

The hosel side of the club hits the ball which causes it to send off to the right.

Example: When she hit the shank at the 8th hole, the ball almost flew into the pond.

 

Plumb-bob:

Players use this method to understand how much a putt will break. To do this, the player will position themselves behind the ball and vertically hold the putter so that the ball is covered.

Example: She usually plumb-bobs her putts.

 

Center of Rotation:

The axis of the swing that the body winds around during the movement.

Example: Having a strong and stable center of rotation is vital for a proper swing.

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Birdie:

When a score is one under the par on a given hole.

Example: She got a birdie on the 10th hole.

 

Upright:

When the swing plane is steeper than usual. Or, when a club’s shaft is placed at an angle that is steeper than usual.

Example: He used an upright swing to avoid the rough.

 

Balance:

How a golfer distributes their weight at the beginning and throughout a swing.

Example: He has the balance of a yogi, which is why his swings are always perfect.

 

Topped Shot:

When the shot is low bouncing because the bottom of the club hits the top of the ball.

Example: She topped her shot on the 2nd hole and wasn’t able to recover.

 

Casting:

When during the downswing, the wrist becomes prematurely un-cocked which causes loss of control and power.

Example: He always would cast the club at the top of the swing which set him up for failure in the beginning of the game.

 

Bowed:

When the top wrist is bowed inward during the backswing.

Example: She had a bowed wrist for many years until she learned to straighten it out.

 

Texas Wedge:

A shot that is played using a putter, far from the green.

Example: She played a Texas Wedge to ensure her win.

 

Square:

Used to talk about the stance of a player before hitting the ball.

Example: His hips, shoulders, and feet were all square to the target line.

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Cavity-back:

This is a kind of iron that has a part of its club head hollowed out and a distribution of weight around the outside edges of it.

Example: He wanted to buy a new cavity back iron to see if it improved his game.

 

Break:

The degree in which a putt curves to the side because of grain, slope and wind, which affects the way the ball moves.

Example: The strong winds caused a tremendous break during his final shot.

 

Yips:

It is technically a psychological condition that makes a player lose control of the club and his hands. It usually affects people when hitting a tee shot or putting.

Example: She has dealt with the yips since she was young.

 

Double Bogey:

When a hole has a score of two over par.

Example: She could no longer defend her title after hitting a double bogey on the hole.

 

Backspin:

The spin of the ball after the club makes contact with it. If the backspin is greater, the ball will spin more and fly higher. Sometimes, it will stop or even spin backwards once it hits the ground.

Example: The ball had so much backspin that it bounced into the woods once it hit the turf.

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Chicken Wing:

A flaw while swinging which consists of a bend in the lead elbow, pointing away from the body. This flaw causes a pushed or blocked shot.

Example: He lost power of the swing due to the chicken wing position of his arm when hitting the ball.

 

Pushed Slice:

When a shot starts at a target’s side and curves away further.

Example: During the first hole, he pushed slice which set up the tone for the match.

 

Iron Byron:

This device tests balls and clubs. It was named after Byron Nelson’s swing.

Example: The new balls were determined to be longer after an Iron Byron test.

 

Backswing:

The motion of the club when pulling it back from the ball, getting it into position, and making impact with the ball during the hit.

Example: My backswing is longer than most peoples’.

 

Visualization:

Imagining a shot or swing that would be ideal.

Example: When she started to visualize her shots, her game got better.

 

Bogey:

A one over par score on a hole.

Example: The bogey on the last hole is what cost her the game.

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Supination:

When a player is standing in a position where the palms are facing the body and the hands are positioned in an outwards rotation from the center of the body. This is the motion of the right-hand rotation during the backswing and the left-hand rotation on the forward swing.

Example: The supination of the forearm and wrist is the difference between an average shot and an amazing shot.

 

Centrifugal Force:

While the body rotates, moving mass away from the center area, you feel a force occur in the downswing. This pulls the clubhead swing both out and down.

Example: Her swings usually create a strong centrifugal force.

 

Eagle:

When the score is two-under-par at any given hole.

Example: He got an eagle on the 16th hole which made victory seem probable.

 

Lag:

A shot that is meant to land short of the target. Usually a putt, chip or pitch.

Example: He hit a lag chip since the green was really sloped.

 

Baseball Grip:

When all 10 fingers are used to hold the golf club.

Example: You can be a successful golfer even if you use a baseball grip.

 

Calcutta:

An event, similar to an auction, where teams and players are bid on during a tournament.

Example: Calcuttas were a popular occurrence at many tournaments in the past.

 

Mulligan:

When a player can hit a second ball at a hole with no penalty. This usually occurs at the first tee.

Example: Mulligans are not usually allowed in golf.

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Block:

A type of swing in which the forearms are prevented or delayed from being rotated while hitting the ball. This causes the ball to fly right at the target.

Example: He blocked his shot to prevent the ball from flying into the nearby lake.

 

Bobbing:

Raising and lowering the center of the swing throughout the swinging motion.

Example: His bobbing actually caused his swings to be inconsistent.

 

Swing Plane:

This refers to the surface that describes the angle and the path of a club throughout the swing.

Example: The swing plane for tall players is usually different.

 

Stroke Play:

A competition based on the number of strokes taken over one or several rounds.

Example: Majority of professional tournaments are stroke play events.

 

Off-green Putting:

When a player decides to putt from off the green instead of trying to chip.

Example: She was better at off-green putting so she did that more often.

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Hooding:

When the player places their hands ahead of the ball during impact and address. This reduces the loft of the club that is actually effective.

Example: She hooded a 9-iron and drove the ball onto the green.

 

Center of Gravity:

This refers to the area in the human body where the body’s weight and mass are evenly balanced. This is usually in the pelvic region.

Example: Shorter golfers have a lower center of gravity than the taller ones.

 

Fried Egg:

A term for a lie that is buried in the sand.

Example: She was quite disappointed when she realized she was facing a fried egg lie.

 

Lie:

The position of the ball when it stops moving.

Example: The trajectory of the ball didn’t look good but he ended up with a nice lie.

 

Carryover:

When a hole is tied during a game so that the bet has to be carried over to the next hole.

Example: He won the carryover to everyone’s surprise.

 

Half of golf is learning the language and with these terms and examples, it won’t be long before you know exactly what is going on. There are so many terms that it’s difficult to learn them all at once, so take your time, let the terminology sink in and do your best! You can follow golfing pages on social media to increase your general knowledge of the game. When you’ve got the lingo down, you can go on a golf holiday to celebrate!

Spotlight on Luxury in the Algarve

This week’s blog is a guide to the luxury that awaits you with a holiday to the Algarve. Summer is fast approaching us and in order for you to get some guaranteed sunshine as well as all of the other fabulous things the Algarve has to offer you then take a look at these luxury resorts and start planning your next luxury golf break to the Algarve

First up, we have the five-star Lake Resort situated in Vilamoura, just two minutes’ walk from the beach and easy access to the fantastic town of Vilamoura. This hotel offers its guests the height of luxury with three lovely pool areas and a private sandy beach solely for use of the guests here. The hotel has been recently refurbished and its rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious, asides from the hotel rooms, there are apartments in which you can stay in here which have fully-fitted kitchens giving you the option of self-catering. The resort boasts two restaurants: the Fusion restaurant where you can enjoy Oriental cuisine and the Marenostrum restaurant in the gardens where you can taste delightful fresh fish. The location of this resort is unbeatable, with easy access to the Oceanico courses, Vilamoura town and just 20 minutes’ drive from Albufeira. With a great location, great golf within close proximity and luxurious facilities it is no surprise that this is a recommendation by us, to you.

Next up, set amongst green pine forests in Castro Marim, just a five minute drive from Monte Gordo and a stone’s throw away from the stunning Praia Verde beach is the four-star Praia Verde boutique hotel. The suites here are all fitted with a fully functional kitchenette, giving you the option of self-catering here. They also all feature a private balcony, Wi-Fi and a separate lounge area to enjoy. If you are looking to take a break from cooking you can enjoy the homemade cuisine served at the À Terra restaurant or venture into Monte Gordo. Here, you can enjoy a few rounds at the Quinto do Vale golf course and spend time relaxing on the fantastic beach or by the pool making it a luxury destination and somewhere that you can enjoy some peace and quiet. The hotel is very close to the Spanish border where you can take a trip into Spain just for the day if you wish and when it comes to accessibility to airports, you are just under 40 miles from Faro meaning that this can be a perfect luxury golfing getaway even if just for a long weekend!

Another fantastic and luxurious resort for your next golf break to the Algarve is the five-star Quinta do Lago. All of the villas and townhouses here are fully-fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating and are in close range of the fantastic Quinta do Lago golf courses. You are also within nine minutes’ walk of the beach, where you can enjoy the privacy and tranquillity that Quinta do Lago’s private area on the beach has to offer you. If you are not so much into playing golf every day, then you will not be disappointed with the alternative facilities that are offered here like the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and the well-equipped spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments. Whilst staying in the villas gives you that all important self-catering option, you can enjoy delicious Algarvian cuisine or Venetian cuisine at one of the resort’s restaurants. This is considered to be one of the most sophisticated destinations on the Algarve and it really isn’t hard to see why.

The five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort in Vale do Lobo is one of the finest resorts in the Algarve and offers its guests top-class services and facilities. Whilst you are staying here, you have the opportunity to pre-book your tee times at the Algarve’s premium course, San Lorenzo which is just a ten minute drive from the resort. Whilst you are not playing at the fabulous San Lorenzo course, you can enjoy your luxurious golf break relaxing by the pool, on the beach or at the spa. Vale do Lobo’s plaza boasts a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops for you to mooch around and choose your destination for that evening! This resort is the height of luxury and it is no surprise that it made our list of recommendations for luxurious golfing destinations on the Algarve…

Last, but not least, we have the four-star Pestana South Beach which only opened in 2014 and is located just a few steps away from the beach. The rooms are all decorated with a modern and contemporary theme and feature Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. With Alvor just a five minute walk away you are never far from a great restaurant or bar to enjoy but there are also dining options on-site too where you can enjoy traditional dishes. Whilst you are not relaxing on the beach, spend time relaxing by one of the three outdoor swimming pools or in the spa and outdoor fitness centre. The Pestana golf courses are all within easy reach of the hotel so you can golf whilst staying here until your heart is content! This is a beautiful destination which offers all of its guests a luxurious stay in a superb location.

An added bonus to booking any of these superb hotels on the Algarve at the moment is our fantastic ATA promotion. This means that with every booking you will receive a J. Lindeberg golf shirt to enjoy and if your mind wasn’t already set upon one of these luxurious destinations then we are sure that it is now.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are looking forward to your next luxurious golfing getaway to the Algarve…

The Best Golfing Experiences for Couples

This week’s blog is the first part of two on the best destinations for your next couples golf break. Whether you are both golfers or not, these resorts are all ideal for your next golf break and each offer you something unique and interesting to provide you with the best holiday experience. Whether the trip is only for a long weekend or a full-blown two week holiday take a look at these resorts and we are sure that you wont’ be disappointed…

First up we have the four-star Doubletree by Hilton Acaya Golf Resort which is situated in Puglia, Italy and is just a 20 minute drive from the historical town of Lecce and only five minutes’ drive from the stunning Salento seaside. The rooms here are all elegantly decorated with all the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard, the views from the rooms either overlook the gardens, the golf course or the Puglia countryside. For those of you that are more interested in relaxation than playing golf on the fantastic course here there is a wonderful spa area which includes a Turkish bath, a whirlpool and a sauna as well as a range of different treatments. There are also two outdoor swimming pools for you to enjoy and the hotel is situated just under two miles from the Cesine Nature Reserve where you can take long walks. The hotel boasts a range of different restaurants and bars, the fantastic regional dishes that are served are cooked by none other than a Michelin star chef. This is a beautiful hotel with everything that you could want for your next golf break away for two and with the golf course on-site here, even if only one of you is a keen golfer there is no travelling to be done away from the hotel!

Acaya Golf Club is a challenging course set in a beautiful location amongst Mediterranean vegetation, olive trees and maquis. There are many water hazards on this course, especially on the back nine, where five of the holes are routed around lakes! The challenges aren’t only limited to water-based hazards though, there are many strategically placed bunkers throughout the course which are lying in wait for any errant shots. Although this is a challenging course, at just over 6,100 yards, it is suitable for all golfers and boasts some incredible views of the Italian countryside so it is perfect for your next golf holiday!

Next up we have the five-star Hilton Vilamoura which boasts a fantastic location just a two-minutes’ free shuttle ride down to Vilamoura as well as being a short free shuttle ride from the fabulous Oceanico golf courses. This hotel is beautifully designed with contemporary rooms with private balconies, large swimming pools and stunning architecture. Being so close to Vilamoura means that you can enjoy walking around the marina in the evenings and try some of the fantastic restaurants there but if you prefer to dine at the hotel then you definitely will not be disappointed. There are three different restaurants for you to choose from with Mediterranean dishes being served at the Cilantro restaurant, international cuisine served on the terraced Moscada restaurant and grilled delicacies in Aquarela restaurant. If you haven’t taken a trip down to the marina then you will probably find yourself sipping on homemade cocktails and liqueurs at the Rubi bar. If you are not that into golfing then you can spend your days relaxing by the pools or in the spa and gym areas. This is an ideal destination for your next couples golf break to the Algarve and the golf is just as good as the hotel…

Oceanico boasts four stunning golf courses that you can get the chance to play and enjoy whilst staying at the Hilton Vilamoura. Each of them offer a different round of golf with new challenges and with four courses to choose from you definitely won’t be bored here! Pinhal boasts spectacular, panoramic views over the sea as well as wide fairways and strategically placed bunkers lying in wait for you. Despite the fact that there are many water hazards as well as the bunkers and trees, this is a fair course and providing you play well, you should be able to match your handicap. Millennium is the most recent addition to the Oceanico courses, the first nine are set amongst pine trees which you have to be wary of and the back nine has larger greens and more hazards – this is a course on which you need to keep your cool! Laguna has a Links style feel about the course and when the wind is blowing this can be a hard course to score well on, especially with its many water and sand hazards. Despite this, it is the perfect holiday course as it is great for those with a higher handicap but still a challenge for the better golfer. Victoria is the longest course in Portugal but with five sets of tees, it can be played by even those golfers with a high handicap. This is a well-manicured, challenging course but definitely not one to miss out on.

Last, but not least, we have Hotel Thanos Almyra which is a stunning, five-star hotel in a great location, just five minutes’ walk to the beach and from Paphos Harbour. The rooms here are decorated with a contemporary theme and feature beautiful views of either the sea or the gardens. Spend your days relaxing by one of the four freshwater pools or on the fantastic Minthis Hills Golf Course. You can also enjoy relaxing in the spa where you can choose from a range of holistic treatments, relax in the sauna or workout in the gym. There are four restaurants at the hotel, where you can enjoy delicious local and traditional food or international dishes. Depending on the season, you can also dine alfresco on the terrace. Of course, being so close to Paphos Harbour you have many options for bars and restaurants and the opportunity to walk around the old town. This is a tranquil, beautiful hotel – perfect for a couples golf escape!

Minthis Hills can accommodate golfers of all abilities and it is a stunning course with its fairways lined with fruit trees and grapevines. The fairways are far from flat here, with many of them being uphill, downhill or sloped which means that you have to think carefully about where to place your next shot. Each hole is unique on this course and each is memorable for different reasons so you won’t get bored playing this course for certain. This is a great holiday course and one that is a perfect compliment to your stay at Hotel Thanos Almyra.

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are thinking about where to book next for your couples golfing getaway

The Insider’s Guide to Monte Rei

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the world-class Monte Rei golf course which is widely considered to be the best course in the Algarve, and more impressively is considered to be the best course in the whole of Portugal. If you want to play Monte Rei, the best option is to stay at the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club which is a stunning five-star resort…almost as impressive as the golf course! A great thing about the Monte Rei resort is that it boasts a fantastic location just 20 minutes from the beautiful town of Tavira. This is a super resort and we hope that after reading this you can see why…

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club features stunning, spacious one, two, three and four bedroom villas that guests can enjoy staying in whilst here. All of the villas are built in a traditional Portuguese style and decorated beautifully, they are also all fitted with a living room, a TV and a DVD player as well as a modern kitchen for you to do as much self-catering as you wish to! If you don’t wish to cook for yourselves, the resort features a great restaurant – Vistas Restaurant – which is a lovely dining experience with fabulous high ceilings and stunning views across the 18th hole of the Monte Rei course. Along with the restaurant, the hotel boasts a lovely bar area, swimming pools and tennis courts. Also, if you are less into golfing and more into relaxation, there is a fully-fitted spa and gymnasium where you can enjoy a range of different treatments as well as a great workout if you feel up to it! The location of the Monte Rei resort is a main reason to choose to stay and play here (asides from the world-class golf course!) as it is just 12 minutes drive to beautiful sandy beaches and just 20 from the town of Tavira.

Tavira is considered to be the gem of the Algarve and is a traditional Portuguese fishing town with cobbled streets, a beautiful riverside harbour and ancient churches for you to enjoy. Surrounding Tavira, are some of the most unspoilt, sandy beaches you will ever have the opportunity to go to and enjoy. There are many excellent restaurants here for you to enjoy, many of them with al fresco dining so you can enjoy the beautiful weather here that is experienced for most week of the year on the Algarve, there are also a range of different bars so you should make sure that you get a taxi if you are hoping to fully enjoy Tavira! If all of this isn’t enough for you then you can always take the train to another beautiful town or city from here for only a small price!

On to the main attraction… the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Monte Rei which was opened in 2007 and quickly rose to be one of the most popular and sought after courses on the Algarve and it really isn’t hard to see why. Everything about this course is high-class from the conditions of the greens to the clubhouse and the service that you can expect to experience here. The course is set amongst the mountains which gives it a special backdrop with some simply stunning views right from when you arrive at the clubhouse, this just sets the scene of the course for what is a fantastic round of golf on a course with an unforgettable layout and breathtaking scenery.

You open with a par-4 hole from an elevated tee onto the fairway which then doglegs to the right and from then on you are tackling a large amount of strategically placed bunkers and water hazards whilst trying to navigate round the course! There are so many fantastic holes here, each with different and unique layouts and challenges that are beautifully presented to you on this well-kept course. The 13th hole is a downhill par-4 which has bunkers waiting for you at the bottom which you have to navigate around before attempting to get your shot to land on the undulating lakeside green. This is followed by the 14th hole which can arguably considered to be the prettiest hole on the course, where your tee shot determines how you score on the hole as if you don’t manage to place it correctly then your ball will end up in the water. Like most great golf courses, the 18th here is a fabulous finishing hole which is a great one for you big hitters but make sure that you watch out for the lake! There is no doubt about it that this is certainly a golf course for the bucket list for any discerning golfer.

This is just one of the fantastic hotels and golf courses that are on offer if you decide to book a trip to the Algarve where you can definitely expect to experience great weather, superb golf and lovely hotels for many weeks of the year (unlike here in the UK!). Something that makes booking to the Algarve even more of a good idea is the fact that at the moment, there is a promotion with which, courtesy of Golf Escapes and the Algarve Tourist Board, you receive a free J. Lindeberg golf polo shirt with every booking…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you can see what is on offer from this beautiful region of Portugal, not only in terms of hotels and golf courses but also in terms of golf polo shirts!