When you enter into the crazy world of golf, you will continually be hit with golf slogans, sayings, and quotes. There is so much golf lingo out there that you will easily be overwhelmed when you first start playing.

As you get more and more rounds of golf in, your own personal collection of golf expressions will expand and grow.

We have put together 15 of the most popular golf sayings and a definition as to what they each really mean. We highly recommend knowing the meaning behind the words before you use these your next afternoon on the golf course.

1) Grip it and Rip it

Grip it and rip it is a prevalent golf term that essentially means grab the club and swing. The idea here is that many golfers tend to overthink what they are doing on the golf course.

This is kind of a funny way to say, just grab the club and play golf. If you are a golfer that locks up over the ball, this is a perfect swing though for your next round.

2) Play The Course, Not Your Opponent

Even then, you play a match play event; you are really just playing against yourself and the golf course. Golf is an individual sport that is sometimes used as a team format. However, when it comes down to the person who needs to hit the shot, all the pressure rests on you.

When you are playing a serious round of golf, it is most important to shoot as low as you can, regardless of what your opponent is doing at the time.

3) Cinderella Story… out of nowhere

Cinderella story is when a golfer with a really bad day suddenly hits a perfect golf shot or putt. Essentially we have all had those difficult days on the golf course where your clubs are ready to take a flight towards the lake.

The Cinderella Story is the shot that you hit through the trees onto the green about a foot from the pin. These are the ones that keep you coming back to the game week after week.

The saying became popular after Bill Murray’s scene in the golf classic Caddyshack in 1980 discussing the golf game of an unknown and his attempt to win at Augusta National golf course.

4) Championships are won at practice

To become a great player, you need to practice a lot. Ben Hogan once said, “the more I practice, the luckier I get.” This was his funny way of saying that you have to put the work in if you want to play great golf.

Those that are great players are swinging golf clubs and playing golf every single day.

5) Who’s Your Caddy

Who’s your caddy is one of the phrases that is really playing off a more famous saying of, “Who’s your daddy.” Golfers will sometimes use this when they hit a really great shot that they were not expecting.

This is a slogan or saying used in a more informal round of golf when you are playing with friends. Many of these phrases and quotes you have to make sure are a good choice for use when playing with people you don’t know.

6) Go Big Or Go Home

Go big or go home refers to those times when you are trying to hit a 3 wood from the rough 250 yards over water. Chances are you have never hit a 3 wood further than 200 yards in your life, but the idea of pulling off this shot makes it worth it.

Golf can be so much fun and so frustrating at the same time. Ensuring that you give it all you got when you are on the course makes for a much better day.

7) Be The Ball

Be the ball is mostly about the mental game. This means that you need to consider what the golf ball will do as it moves towards the hole.

Hitting a golf ball at the hole is not the only way to be a great player. You need to plan out shots and make sure you are considering slope, break, and difficulty level.

8) Drive For Show Putt For Dough

The drive for show putt for dough saying has to do with the fact that the most important shot in golf is, without a doubt, the putt. If your putter is not working, you will find out quickly that your score cannot be low.

As you start to make more putts, the game becomes much more enjoyable. So although Tiger Woods, or Gary Player, or Jack Nicklaus can drive the ball impressively well, their putting is what has won the events for them.

9) At The Beach

Golf chip shot

At the beach is what you say when you hit your golf shot in the sand trap. Since the beach has sand and is now surrounded by a whole bunch of sand that you will need to escape from, the beach is a great way to describe the sand trap.

10) See You At The 19th Hole

The 19th hole has almost always been thought of like the bar after a round of golf. Whether this bar is used for an adult beverage or a great sandwich, one of the great things about playing golf with friends is getting to socialize with them after a round.

Many golfers will go over their scorecards and sign them if there is a match, or golf will not even be the topic of conversation. However, you should know that the 19th hole in the restaurant or bar at the clubhouse after a round of play.

11) In The Cabbage

Cabbage is the long grass in the rough. When you hit your drive a little to the left or right off the tee, you can wish for it not to wind up in the cabbage.

The cabbage is a term used because the grass is thick, rough and it ends up grabbing onto your clubhead as you try and swing through the shots. In general, this is a funny way of describing an area of the golf course where players would rather not end up.

12) Worm Burner

A worm burner is a shot that never leaves the ground. As you can imagine, a golf shot like this would end up taking out a few worms along the way. Many beginner golfers hit this type of shot; however, the lower handicap players are not immune from the occasional worm burner.

Worm burners typically don’t go all that far; as far as golf sayings go, this is probably one you will hope you don’t have to say all that often.

13) Air Mailed

You know those golf shots where you really get a hold of the ball, and all of a sudden, you hit a 7 iron about 20 yards further than normal. This happens to quite a few players when all the golf swing parts come together and a perfect connection with the golf club is made.

One funny golf saying that players will use is that they air-mailed the green. This typically means that the ball did not even have a chance of stopping on the green; instead, it flew directly over.

14) On The Dance Floor

This is one of the most common golf saying and one that you will likely start to use right away if you are a new player. On the dance floor means that you are on the putting green.

If you are on the dance floor, you are switching to your putter and trying to start holing the ball out. This is one of those positive golf sayings or golf quotes that you will enjoy hearing people say about your game of golf.

15) Fried Egg

Last but certainly not least on our list of golf sayings and golf quotes is the fried egg. The fried egg is a way to describe a lie that you get in the bunker.

Sometimes when golf balls hit a sand trap, they tend to make a small hole with a ring around it. This type of lie is referred to as a fried egg, and it is typically not a favorite shot for most golfers. You will have to spend a bit of time practicing how to hit a fried egg lie.

Got some other popular golf sayings? Please send them to AECinfo.org and we will be sure to include them in our next revision.