To the outsider, golf can look like a pretty simple game. But to anyone familiar with this centuries-old sport, golf is so much more than just the act of hitting a golf ball into a hole 18 times. In fact, it can be an incredibly nuanced and complex sport, which is part of why we love it so much at Totally Driven!

In addition to the many rules that beginning golfers have to learn, it’s also necessary to absorb a whole new vocabulary of golf terms. In this post, we’re breaking down some of the most important golf terms you need to know when you’re just getting started in the game. Check out this handy guide and then give us a call to schedule your professional golf lessons today!

●      Bunker/Sand Trap

A sand bunker or sand trap is a type of hazard near the fairway or green. Hitting the ball out of the bunker is difficult. Thus, entering the bunker is considered punitive.

The sand wedge is a special club designed for extracting one’s ball from the bunker. Once a player has finished with the bunker, the player or her caddie needs to rake the area that was disturbed by their play. Types of bunkers include fairway bunkers, greenside bunkers, and waste bunkers.

●      Driver

The lightest and longest club in your golf bag is the driver. Your driver also has the least loft of any of your clubs.

Modern drivers have large heads and are designed to hit the golf ball extremely long distances, typically on par-4 or par-5 holes where several shots are required. A professional driver shaft fitting is an excellent investment if you’re spending a lot of time on the golf course.

●      Golf Clubs

The club you use to hit the ball when playing golf is composed of a club head, a shaft, and a grip. There are five main types of golf clubs including woods, hybrids, putters, irons, and wedges.

A maximum of 14 clubs is allowed in a player’s bag according to the official rules of golf. However, most standard bags include 12 clubs.

●      Green

The green is the well-manicured area where the flagstick and hole are located and is also the location where putting takes place. It is important to be especially careful on the greens as they are a delicate area of play. Avoid leaving marks with your clubs, parking your golf cart near greens, or running on them.

●      Hybrids

Hybrid golf clubs are a fairly new category of golf club, only becoming mainstream around the beginning of the 21st century. A hybrid club head is kind of like a cross between an iron and a wood, which is where it gets its name. Hybrids are meant to replace irons and each hybrid has a number that corresponds to the number of the iron they replace.

●      Irons

Irons are the most common type of golf club. These clubs have smaller clubheads and shorter shafts than woods, and their heads are made of solid iron or metal with an angled, flat, and often scored face. Irons can be used for many types of situations using shorter distances including hazards, the tee box, and the rough.

●      Putters

Putters are highly specialized golf clubs used to make low-speed strokes to roll the ball into the hole at a low speed when the ball is only a short distance away from the hole. A good putter is essential to any golfer’s bag, and many experienced golfers swear by a Ping putter fitting.

●      Rough

Around the fairway and greens, the areas with thick, high natural grass and vegetation that frames the course and defines play corridors are known as the rough. When you miss the fairways, your golf ends up in the rough.

●      Round

A complete round of golf consists of 18 holes which are played in a given order according to the golf course layout.

●      Tee Box

The location where you tee up at each hole.

●      Tee Time

The time a golfer or group of golfers reserves to start playing on the course is known as a tee time. This helps courses maintain an optimum number of players on the course at any given time and promotes a better overall experience for everyone.

Not all golf courses require a tee time, but many do. However, depending on the course, it may be possible to schedule a tee time online or over the phone.

●      Water Hazards

If you know nothing else about golf, you most likely know that bodies of water are bad. Whether it’s a stream, pond, lake, or river, a body of water on the golf course is considered a hazard.

To avoid hazards like sand bunkers and water hazards, it’s a good idea to invest in professional golf lessons.

●      Wedges

Wedges are a type of iron club and are considered a subset of the iron club family. There are several types of wedges including lob wedge, sand wedge, gap wedge, and pitching wedge.

While the heads of wedges are similar to irons, their angle is more severe for added loft. Wedges are used for special circumstances like pitches and chips around greens, playing out of bunkers, and shorter approach shots. At Totally Driven, we offer professional wedge shaft fittings to help you get out of those tight spots!

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