Golfers admit they are a ‘fair way’ from understanding the terms of their sport

A study of 1,000 swingers found that 68 percent feel overwhelmed when asked about the sport.

45 percent are unable to tell the difference between a “birdie” – a score one point less than par – and an “ace” – when hitting the ball in one shot.

While 29 percent were unfamiliar with the term “banana ball” – used to describe a very sharp fade shot.

A spokesman for Lotto lan, which this Friday asks readers to guess the famous golfing faces ahead of The Masters, said: “Golf seems to be growing in popularity.

“But it’s interesting to see how many fans don’t know their bogeys from their birdies and even the sport’s most famous faces.

Can you guess the 4 former Masters winners in our scrambled image?


“It seems like a lot of people feel that actually playing golf requires a lot of ‘know-how’, leading them to often be reluctant to get involved, but once you get the basics down it’s actually very easy to do consequences.

“And the Masters is a great place to start playing golf – we’ll all see it here.”

The results also showed that 36 percent knew what a “cat box” was in golf — another term for a sand bunker — but 31 percent had no idea what a “barkies,” a “fried egg,” or a “snowman” was.

It also found that 72 percent found golf jargon confusing and 78 percent found the terminology funny.

But eight out of ten find it relaxing to watch golf and think the Masters is a really interesting tournament.

And 71 percent would name it their first recommendation when it comes to a newcomer watching golf on TV.

The Masters also inspires them to play, with 78 percent of respondents picking up a golf club via OnePoll after turning it on.

When asked how many famous golfers they would know on the street, almost half would recognize Tiger Woods, but only a quarter could say the same of Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus or Rory McIlroy.

The Lottoland spokesman added, “They may not know their fairways from their flyers, but it’s reassuring to know that some people might spot the big ones as they pass them on the road.”

“And for those looking to watch and get in on the action this year, our sportsbook is a great place to start.

“Who knows, if you’re lucky you might buy yourself a set of racquets.”

Top 20 Golf Terms Fans Are Unsure About:

  1. snowman
  2. barkies
  3. Fried egg
  4. Chili dip
  5. buzzard
  6. airmail
  7. banana ball
  8. dance floor
  9. hindquarters
  10. cat box
  11. Carpet
  12. dribbler
  13. albatross
  14. Nineteenth Whole
  15. ace
  16. Eagle
  17. flyers
  18. disability
  19. fading
  20. Bird

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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