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Yardage: Generally speaking, the official "yardage" of a hole is the distance from a designated point on the Tee Box to the center of the green. It is not necessarily the yardage from the tee marker to the hole! So be careful. The hole may be closer or farther than the center of the green. And the tee markers may be ahead of or behind the point on the tee box from which the measurement is made. A monument or sign at the Tee Box indicates the point from which the measurement is taken.

Yardages: A game where the winner of a hole wins as many points as the yardage of the hole, regardless of par. Generally speaking, handicaps are ignored.

Yardage Book: Basically a blue print of the entire course laid out in gory detail, one page per hole. Of most utility are the yardage notations. All landmarks (such as notable bushes or trees, rocks, sprinklers, monuments, paths, hazards) are diagrammed along with their distances to the center of the green. These books are small enough to stick into a bag pocket and are valuable to caddies and to anyone who seriously competes at one of these courses. But for the rest of us, common yardage markers are good enough.

Yardage Marker: Usually a stake, painted a special color that demarks the boundary of a hazard, out-of-bounds, or the distance to the center of the green. Yardage markers are usually placed in the center of the fairway on par four and par five holes. Red typically denotes 100 yards. White is 150 yards. Blue means 200 yards. But these color codes can vary from course to course. Remember: they indicate the distance to the center of the green, not the distance to the flag!

Yellow: See teemarker. Synonymous with GOLD.

You Da Man!: An obnoxious chant shouted by certain individuals in American galleries when the PGA's longest hitters tee off. Originally intended as encouragement, perhaps. But the shouting became a way for spectators to announce their presence to friends watching on television. It got so bad that voices could be heard even before ball contact had been made. This had to be a distraction to the competitors. Fortunately, the practice has tapered substantially.

You Da Woman!: A humorous variation of "You Da Man!" uttered when Annika Sorenstam launched her tee shots at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas in May of 2003. Her appearance at the Bank of America sponsored tournament (sponsor's exemption) marked the first time a woman had played an event on the men's tour since Babe Zaharias did it 58 years earlier. The back cover of New York's Daily News indicated the attention that Annika drew.

Yips (The Yips): 1)A tendency to twitch during the putting stroke. Some top golfers have had their careers greatly affected or even destroyed by the yips; prominent golfers who battled with the yips for much of their careers include Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, and, more recently, Bernhard Langer. NBA player Charles Barkley is also known for having developed a bad case of the yips 2) The golfing disease called "The Yips" afflicts many a nervous putter. Makes your legs kinda wobble and the cup appears smaller than the ball. Don't know if he coined the term, but Lee Trevino uses it a lot when he's behind the broadcast microphone.


Zen Golf: Subscribers to the Zen Golf philosophy believe that relaxation is key to achieving the focus necessary to perform consistently. Actually, it's more than simple relaxation. Zen Golf describes the attempt to attune one's mind to the surroundings and the club... trying to acquire a feeling that the club is an extension of the body, a longer "limb". Zen Golf is inclusive of several concepts, not the least of which is cleansing the mind of all distracting thoughts, caricatured by actor/comedian Chevy Chase in the motion picture Caddy Shack with his mantra "Be The Ball"

Zinc: It finds itself used in golf clubs where a soft metal is required. But where aluminum would be too light. Zinc is also used to galvanize steel on certain golf equipment, like those cheap, steel tube hand carts you find at public courses. Galvanizing means that steel is hot-dipped into molten zinc so as to make a thin, but thorough coating. This coating protects the steel.

Zoo: The madhouse that is known as the professional golf circuit.

Zoomie: A drive that goes further than most drives ever hit by the golfer who smacked it.

Zoysia: A fine-bladed (almost "needly") hardy lawn grass that can survive drought because its roots grow quite deep where groundwater is more resistant to evaporation. It's also quite tolerant of temperature changes. That's the good part. The drawbacks are that it takes a long time to root (upwards of two years), can be difficult to mow and will discolor in the fall. It grows slowly which can be both a drawback and an appealing characteristic if used on fairways. Though it is associated with golf, its low-maintenance attributes make it more attractive to highway landscapers than it does course architects. Because it grows quite densely, it tends to be resistant to weeds, which simply can't compete for the moisture.

Zylin: Spalding's version of Surlyn, an inexpensive, durable synthetic polymer plastic used as a cover (shell) material on certain Top Flite and Strata golf balls.

All golf term definitions are taken from Wikipedia

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Golf terminology can be off-putting for a beginner golf player. Some can be downright confusing for the uninitiated. This is why it's best to visit the nearest available Golf Dictionary for a quick peek at what "putt", "bogey" and "tee" might mean on the greens.

Featured Golf Word


The shot made on the putting green. From a Scottish term meaning to push gently or nudge.

Other terms:

putt out To hole the ball with a putt.

putter A short-shafted club with a straight face for putting.

putting green The surface area around the hole that is specially prepared for putting.

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