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Jae An Jargon
Golf uses lots of silly words to explain things. Below are some of the more popular ones:

Tee - the small device used to raise the ball for the first shot on each hole
Caddie - the man who carries around the clubs for the golfer
Wood/driver - a heavy club that hits the ball a long way
Irons/wedges - a lighter club that doesn't hit the ball as far, but it is easier to use
Putter - a club only used on the greens to knock the ball into the hole
Fairway - short grass between the tee and green, where golfers want the ball to land
Rough - longer grass that is next to the fairway. It is harder to hit the ball from the rough
Bunkers/sand traps - holes in the course filled with sand that are really difficult to get the ball out of
Green - patch of very, very short grass where the hole is
Par - the number of shots an expert thinks a player should need to get the ball in the hole
Birdie - when a player gets the ball in the hole in one shot less than par
Eagle - when a player gets the ball in the hole in two shots less than par
Albatross - when a player gets the ball in the hole in three shots less than par
Bogey - when a player needs one more shot to get the ball in the hole than par
Double bogey - when a player needs two more shots to get the ball in the hole than par
Triple bogey - when a player needs three more shots to get the ball in the hole than par
19th hole - a nickname for the clubhouse
Handicap - a way to make it possible for really good golfers to play against not so good ones. The less skilled the player, the higher the handicap. At the end of playing a round, any player with a handicap is allowed to subtract their handicap number from their score. The top players in the world don't have a handicap, which is called playing off scratch.

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