Disc Golf Dictionary – Every Term and Definition You Need To Know in Disc Golf

Have you heard some terms in a disc golf video that you didn’t know what they meant? What about just playing a round with a buddy and they said something that you’re not sure is completely made up?

We’ve got you covered with this Comprehensive Disc Golf Dictionary.


2-meter rule – rule in which a penalty stroke is incurred when a disc settles in a tree 2+ meters off the ground, mainly in effect in California


A-tier – regional tournaments with strict requirements for the overall purse and payouts
Ace – a hole-in-one
Air bounce – a reaction to the wind in which the disc rises in the air as if it is bouncing
Albatross – three under par
Am-side (Weak side) – left-hand side of the chains (RH player). It is the side that “Pros typically avoid” because they know that the spin of their disc has a higher chance of carrying their disc out of the basket on that side
Anhyzer – an angle of release in which the outside edge of the disc is tilted upward
Approach (Up-shot) – throw into the green from the fairway
Arm speed – rate at which the arm pulls the disc
Atta boy rick – catchphrase that is frequently shouted from a member of the gallery on any course where 2X World Champion Ricky Wysocki is playing


B-tier – considered state-level tournament
Back of box – also known as “BOB”. When your score on previous holes is worse than your card mates and you have to tee off last on your card.
Backhand – a throw type in which the player turns their back to the basket with backhand grip
Backhand grip – thumb and palm on the flight plate and/or rim with fingers on the underside of the disc
Bag tag – tags for a players’ disc golf bag, typically to show membership to a club
Band – the top part of the basket that makes a loud doink with hit
Basket – target; the finishing point on the putting green for the hole being played
Bead – a ridge on the bottom of the rim of a disc
Beat-in (Seasoned) – a disc that has hit many trees, has been used for a considerable period of time in which the flight characteristics have changed to be more understable than when the disc was new
Bid (Run) – an attempt at landing a disc in the basket; ex: ace-run, good bid, soft bid, etc.
Big arm – player who can throw very far
Big Sexy – commentary duo of Jeremy “Big Jerm” Koling and Nate “Sexy” Sexton
Birdie – one under par
Birdie alley – a string of holes in which birdie is a likely attainable
Birdiefest – When a player is shooting exceptionally well and they earn so many birdies in a row that they should be selling tickets to the show, aka BirdieFest.
Birdie-out – to finish the remaining holes with a birdie
Birdogey – when the player has a putt for birdie but ends up three putting for the bogey
Black ace – an ace into the wrong basket
Bonus birdie (Feel good two) – a birdie that is exceptionally hard to achieve
Brace – the stopping of all forward momentum in one’s front leg
Brown Ace – a throw off the tee that lands in a trash can or dumpster


C-tier – local tournament
Cage – bottom part of the basket that holds the disc when it settles
Card – group of players playing together
(To) Cash – when a player shoots well and earns actual money in a tournament
Casual Relief – relief with no penalty stroke
Catch cam – the second camera used to catch the discs at the end of their flight
CCDG (Central Coast Disc Golf) – Archnemesis and post production rival of JomezPro. The Yin to our Yang. The Jack in the Box to our Whataburger. The Team Iceland to our Mighty Ducks. Our team has made a vow to stop at nothing until there remains only ONE SUPREME LEADER IN DISC GOLF COVERAGE! Jk..we love and respect the hell out of those guys and totally eat at Jack in the Box pretty regularly.
Ceiling – the maximum height at which a disc can fly due to course obstacles
Chase card – card behind the lead card, attempting to chase down the lead card
Chastity Belt– another name for the basket’s top band, referring to denial of entering the basket
[The] Circle – 10-meter (33 ft) circle around the basket, indicates the putting area in which the disc must come to rest before the player can move beyond their mark
Circle 1 – see circle
Circle 2 – 10 to 20-meter circle around the basket
Circle’s edge – edge of circle 1
Club down (Disc down) – to throw a slower speed disc instead of a higher speed, typically for greater accuracy
Comebacker – a putt in which the player has gone long of the basket and has to “come back”
Condor – four under par
Course – an area set aside and prepared for disc golf, typically 18 holes
Course maintenance – when your disc hits a tree branch so hard that you knock it down and effectively create a bigger gap for other players.
Crosswind – a wind blowing across one’s direction of travel.
Crush (smash/full send) – far throw with a great deal of mustard on it
Crush Boys – the pair of Simon Lizotte and Eagle McMahon
CTP – closest-to-pin
Cut roller – a roller with a sharp angle in which it veers to the left (RHBH), can be intentional or unintentional


DeLa’ed – the occurrence of a disc hitting the basket and rolling very far away, particulary at the famous De LaVeaga Disc Golf Course
Death putt – a putt in which there is OB, hazard, or natural OB directly behind the basket
DFL – Dead “Fudging” Last, this is the absolute worst that a player could finish in their particular division at a tournament. Technically, someone has to finish DFL, but DO NOT be this person in your group of friends. They will never let you forget it.
DGPT – Disc Golf Pro Tour, a tour of professional disc golfers
Disc – a frisbee made specifically for disc golf
Disc golf – a game where the objective is to throw a disc golf disc into a disc golf basket, maneuvering through the trees
Disc golf (Frisbee golf) – the sport we love; throwing discs through the woods and into the basket
Distance driver – high-speed (>10) discs with potential to fly furthest
Distance line – a line that is for maximum distance at the expense of accuracy
DNF – did not finish
Dogleg – a turn in the fairway that when viewed from above looks like a dog’s leg
Dome-y – the flight plate of a disc shaped like a dome as opposed to flat
Drive – first shot from the tee
Drop Zone (Drop/DZ) – a lie, designated by the TD, from which the player must throw after having missed a mando or gone out-of-bounds in certain circumstances


Eagle – two under par
Elevated basket – a basket that is at a higher height than standard
Even – finishing the round at par


Fade – propensity for discs to hook left at the end of the flight given a RHBH throw; low-speed stability
FAF (1)– Flat As Fuuuudge, refers to the flight plate, typically means a disc is more overstable
FAF (2)– A disc that is Flat And Firm
Fairway – area through which the disc is intended to fly
Fairway driver – disc with a thinner rim than a distance driver and used for distances farther than a midrange but shorter than a distance driver
Falling putt – an illegal putt in which the player advances beyond their marker within the circle and before the disc comes to rest in the basket
Fan grip – variation of the backhand grip, fingers are spread out along the underside of the disc
Feature card – card of featured players
Field (Fairway) Ace – a throw-in from long-range; ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgC54XfiaEw
Final Round Lead Card – The last round of a tournament, following the players in the top 4 positions (lead)
Flat-to-hyzer – flight shape in which the angle of release is flat then, mid-flight the angle changes to hyzer
Flick – see “Forehand”
Flippy – the tendency of a disc to have more turn than fade once released
Flight plate – top part of the disc, typically described as flat or dome-y.
Floater – a putting style in which the putter is thrown nose up in order to float into the chains
Flutt – flutter or wobble in the disc, typically on putts
Follow Flight – a shot tracker in which the flight of the disc is followed with a colored line; ex: https://youtu.be/2FymhKa-pyM?t=39
Follow-through – continue one’s movement after the ball has been struck or thrown
Foot fault – a throw in which the player has advanced beyond their marker before release
Force-over – similar to an anhyzer, but the disc is thrown flat and forced to turn
Fore – called out as a warning to people in the path of a bad throw
Forehand (Sidearm, Flick) – a throw type in which the player faces the target with the forehand grip and flicks their wrist
Forehand grip – palm “to the sky” and thumb placed atop the flight plate, typically index and middle fingers are tucked into the rim with remaining fingers along the outside of the rim
Full flight – a shot in which the entire flight possible is realized, typically a flex shot
Full Send – throwing with reckless abandon


Gallery – A large audience or group of spectators
Getting skinny – when a disc flies through a tight gap unintentionally
Glide – the ability for the disc to stay in the air, to stay aloft
Glow round – A night time round of golf where players play with discs that either glow in the dark or have tape / stickers to make them glow
Green – putting area, typically the “circle”
Grenade – shot type in which the disc is thrown upside down at a nearly vertical angle in order to go above the trees and drop straight down
Grip it and Rip it – phrase to grip hard and throw hard
Grip lock – late release of the disc
Ground play – the reaction of the disc once it hits the ground, typically in the form of a skip or curl
Guardian – an obstacle in the fairway that blocks access to the green


Half-go – a prudent attempt at a risky putt (opposite of a Full Send)
Hardpan – hardened ground, prone to large skips
Hazard – out-of-bounds area in which a one stroke penalty is incurred and the player throws from where their disc has settled
Head banger – a putt in which the player may hit their head on the basket when retrieving their marker
Headwind – a wind blowing from directly in front, opposing forward motion
Heart of the chains – dead center of the chains
Hit off the band – When a shot or putt hits the top of the basket
Hole – the part of the course associated with a particular teeing area, putting green and hole. Play of a hole begins from the teeing area and ends when the ball is holed on the putting green; basket
Holing out – the player’s disc is at rest inside the basket (“holed”)
Horseshoe putt – a putting style that resembles playing horseshoes
Hyzer – an angle of release in which the outside edge of the disc is tilted downward
Hyzerflip – when a disc is thrown with a hyzer release angle and “flips up” to flat, typically a long straight shot


Internet distance – distance that players on the internet claim to be able to throw but typically cannot
Iron leaf – When your disc grazes a seemingly innocent leaf, but instead knocks your disc out of the sky with a mystic power comparable to Thor’s Hammer.
Iron man par – all holes are considered par 3
Island – an inbounds area entirely surrounded by out-of-bounds


Jail – when your disc is thrown poorly or redirected off the fairway into thick grass, bushes, or trees and your next throw from that lie feels like you’re in jail with no reasonable throwing options.
Jomez -/joe-mez/ the nickname given to Jonathan Gomez (JomezPro Founder) at a summer camp that he worked at with his brother in 2007. Everyone called his older brother Chris, “Gomez”, so they used it as a way to differentiate the two.
JomezDough – A loyalty program at JomezPro.com where you can earn some sweet merch
JomezPro – Jomez Productions, founded in 2012, a professional media company that is dedicated to the sport of Disc Golf
Jump putt (Jumper) – a putt in which the player jumps from behind marker and lands beyond marker, note: release must be from behind marker


Kick – a redirection from contact with a tree or other object


Landing zone – area in which the player attempts to land for the best angle into the green, typically on par 4s and greater
Land Shark – see Tombstone
Lay-up (Pitch-up) – short throw to the basket in the face of a death putt or an improbable throw-in
Lead card – card comprised of the tournament leaders
LHBH – left hand backhand throw, mirrors RHBH
LHFH – left hand forehand throw, mirrors RHFH
Lie – spot in which the disc comes to rest
Line – shape of flight-path
Local pro – a professional disc golf player who generally plays tournaments in their local area
Local route – a line to the basket that only local’s know
Look – sight at the basket; opportunity to cash a putt


Makin’ minis – refers to a disc landing atop another player’s disc
Mando – an artificial point in which it is mandatory for a disc to fly on the designated side, usually a tree or a pole, and to make the hole safer or more difficult. Missing the mando results in a penalty stroke
McBeast mode – when you do things during a tournament that are impossible to beat (in reference to Paul McBeth and his McBeast nickname)
Meathook – a disc with drastic fade
Midrange – discs that fly further than a putter and not as far as a driver
Mini (Marker) – miniature disc designed to mark a lie
Modified fan grip – variation of the backhand grip, mixture of the fan and power grips
Motto of disc golf – “That was perfect! Except for that tree.”
Moving day – the second day of a three day tournament in which players move positions the most
Mulligan – a second chance to perform an action, usually after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or a blunder; whereby a player is informally allowed to replay a stroke, even though this is against the formal rules
Must-get – opposed to a bonus birdie, a must-get is a birdie that the player must get in order to keep pace with the field


National tour – an event series for the Open and Open Women’s divisions developed by the PDGA and its marketing partners
Natural OB – rough so thick that the player has to pitch out sideways into the fairway with little to no distance gained thereby, essentially an OB stroke
Neg-skip – when a disc skips in an altered or opposite direction than the expected direction (also known as an anti-skip)
Niced – a situation in which someone says “Nice” referring to what looks like a nice shot only to see that same shot take an unfortunate kick or otherwise have a less than ideal result
NoMez – slow-motion replay of a missed putt, brought to you by JomezPro
Noodle arm – a player who does not throw very far
Nose – leading edge; nose-up is when the leading edge is tilted upwards; nose-down is when the leading edge is tilted downwards


OAT – off-axis torque
Out – next to throw; furthest player from the pin
Out-of-bounds (OB) – area in which the disc is not intended to settle, incurs a one stroke penalty, player throws from the spot where the disc traveled out-of-bounds. Typically given 1 meter relief from where the disc traveled out-of-bounds.
Overstable (Beefy) – the propensity of the disc to turn to the left when thrown RHBH


Par – the predetermined number of strokes that a player should require to complete a hole
Par frame – refers to the entire card scoring a par on a hole
Parked – when a disc lands a few feet within the basket on a drive or up-shot
Patent pending – a backwards facing approach shot
PDGA – Professional Disc Golf Association
PDGA Major – include World and National championships with competitors based on invitations and qualification (source: PDGA)
PDGA Player Rating – a number that shows how close your average round scores are compared to the course rating, of the courses you’ve played in competition (source: PDGA)
Penalty stroke – additional stroke added to the scorecard in case of penalty
Perfect round – 18 under par on an 18 hole course; ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=352G0B4OClU
Pin – the pole of the basket underneath the cage
Pin High – a shot that comes to rest at an equidistance from the tee as the basket
Play-through – the act of allowing another, smaller group of players to play a hole before you in order for them to pass through to the next hole
Plays like a river – where cart paths are OB and either side is inbounds as if the cart path was a river
Power grip – variation of the backhand grip, fingers are tucked into the rim
Pro par – a par for the pro-level player but not for a casual player
Pro-side (Strong-side) – right-hand side of the chains (RH player) in which pros predominantly hit and cash the putt
Provisional – an extra throw that is used when the question of whether or not the disc is OB is unclear, to save time and potentially strokes, a player must call a provisional before throwing, the player then plays from two different lies (provisional and OB), the player’s score is resultant from the correct lie
Pull – refers to the act of pulling after a reachback; throw
Push putt – a putting style in which the putter is propelled forward by a push with a low-spin rate
Putt – any throw within 20 meters (66 ft) of the basket
Putter – disc used to putt or for short distance throws



Raptor legs – Ricky Wysocki’s famous run-in
Razz – to tease playfully, usually in the context of a razz round where spectators are encouraged to razz competitors
Reachback – the act of reaching back
Relief – marking of a new lie which is farther from the target that is on the line of play, farther from the target, at the nearest point of relief; no penalty stroke for relief if relief is taken following a penalty stroke taken for a disc out-of-bounds or other special circumstances, penalty stroke incurred otherwise
RHBH – right hand backhand throw
RHFH – right hand forehand throw
Rocking To Brock – A tribute song to pterodactyls by artist Unique Syntax. Also known as a Disc Golf anthem that was popularized by the CCDG YouTube channel before greed and corruption eroded the heart and sole of their operation. (JK! …but not really)
Roller – disc thrown with the intention to roll on its edge
Rough (Shule, Cabbage) – area off the fairway
Round – the activity of playing a course
Rounding – when your body comes between the disc and the line of play preventing a straight pull; a rounded pull
Routine – set of movements before a putt that help the player get in the right state-of-mind and line up the putt


S-curve (Flex) – flight shape in which the disc starts on anhyzer then, due to its stability, flies hyzer (RHBH), looks like an S
Safari – a custom, non-standard layout of a hole or course
Sandbagger – a player who is playing in a division lower than their skill level
Save – see scramble, ex: birdie-save, par-save, bogey-save, etc.
Sawed off – an early release resulting in less power
Schruted it – It’s just this thing people say around the office all the time. Like when you screw something up in a really irreversible way. You Schruted it. See: We’re The Office fanatics
Scooby – an upside down shot
Scorecard – a card in which scores are entered
Scramble – to recover from a poor lie and still save par or better
Sexton golf – smart golf, conservative play
Sexybird – [Nate] Sexton Firebird; Nate Sexton signature disc
Shank – a poor throw, typically leads to a mulligan
Signature disc – a disc stamped with a pro player’s signature, see Sexybird
Simon Line – a throw that does not exist except for the in the mind of Simon Lizotte
Skins match – a round of disc golf in which a “skin” represents a hole, typically cash is awarded to the winner of each skin; a push in a skins match is when a skin is not won and is pushed to the next hole thus increasing the number of skin on one hole
Skip – refers to when a disc bounces off the ground
Skomahawk – shot type that resembles the thumber but is thrown with the same grip as a backhand roller, throw anhyzer line with an extremely understable disc to flip completely on its back
Sky roller – backhand roller that is thrown very high into the sky before landing on angle
SloMez – slow-motion replay brought to you by JomezPro
Slopemez – slow-motion replay in which the player is on a drastic slope facing downwards to the basket
Snap – the point in which momentum is transferred into the disc, imparting spin to the disc; hit
Snowman – carding a score of 8 on a hole and making light of the situation by pointing out the fact that the digit looks like a snowman
Speed – rate at which a disc travels in the air
Speed of play – the rate at which the game is played, sometimes for ensuring a reasonable speed of play players who are out will allow others to play before them
Spike hyzer – a shot with extreme hyzer angle, typically to knife into the ground and reduce skip
Spin putt – a putting style in which the putter is propelled forward with a high-spin rate
Spit-out – a missed putt in which the putt was dead center yet the basket spit it back out
Spit-through – a missed putt in which the putt makes contact near the center and goes out the other side with minimal resistance from the chains
Splash-out – a missed putt in which the putt was on the side, caught a lot of chains yet was pushed out
Stable (Neutral) – the propensity of the disc to fly straight
Stall shot – a shot that is intentionally thrown nose-up in order for the disc to stall in the air
Stamp – design on the flight plate
Starframe – refers to the entire card scoring a birdie on a hole
Step putt (Stepper) – similar to a jump putt but instead of jumping, the player steps
Straddle putt – a putting style in which the player spreads their legs and squats as if straddling a horse
Stroke – a throw
Super-starframe – refers to the entire card scoring a birdie on the card with 1 or more eagles


Taco – a disc that is folded in half, resembling a taco
Tailwind – a wind blowing from behind
Take your medicine – usually refers to throwing a shot that is not fun
Tap-in (Gimme) – a very short range putt
TD – tournament director
Tee (Teebox/Teepad) – starting point for a hole, typically a concrete rectangle
Threasy – an easy three
Three-putt – when a player putts three times on the same hole
Throw-in – a throw (not a putt) in which the disc settles in the basket
Throwler – an attempted throw that accidentally turns into a roller
Thumber – overhand throw in which the thumb is placed inside the rim and all other fingers are on the flight plate; flight: flips, pans out, and will straight down
To cash – to receive cash for placement in a tournament
To pure one – to hit a line perfectly
ToeMez – a failed attempt at Disc Golf Media innovation
Tomahawk – overhand disc golf throw in the grip is similar to the forehand
Tombstone – refers to a disc lodged into the ground at a spike hyzer angle, resembles a shark fin and a tombstone
Touch (Finesse) shot – a floaty, short shot used for accuracy in tricky circumstances
Touring pro – a professional disc golf player that tours the country (or nearby states) playing many tournaments along the way
Tree-direction – When a disc hits a tree and changes course
Tree-love – when you get a favorable kick from a Tree
Tree-nied – when a tree denies an otherwise excellent shot
True par – a par that is a true test to attain
Turbo putt – a putt in which the disc is held like a pizza (thumb underneath and fingers along the rim)
Turkey – three birdies in a row
Turn – propensity for the disc to turn to the right or turnover (RHBH); high-speed stability
Turnover – flight shape in which the disc curves in the opposite direction it naturally wants to curve (fade), ex: RHBH throw naturally curves left, a turnover is when it curves right
Tweener – a hole that plays somewhere between two different pars, whether between a par 3 or par 4, or between a par 4 and a par 5, etc.


UDisc – fellow pioneer in disc golf, provides live scoring for major tournaments
Understable (Flippy) – the propensity of the disc to turn to the right when thrown RHBH
Up and down – the act of taking just two strokes to get your disc into the hole when your disc is resting outside the green; approach
USDGC – United States Disc Golf Championship



Whale Sac – a whale shaped grip bag filled with clay based stone/powder to knead into your hands or rub onto a disc! Available at jomezpro.com/shop
Wing – rim width
Wire-to-wire – leading the tournament from start to finish
World champ love (4-time) – lucky breaks for world champions
Worlds – PDGA World Championships
Worm Burner – a high-speed throw that glides mere inches above the ground
WTF Richard – the saying made famous in a viral YouTube video in which a player is seen teeing off and grip locks so bad that he shanks his disc roughly 90 degrees to the right of him over a highway. As the disc disappears out of sight never to be seen again the cameraman exclaims angrily, “What the (fudge), Richard!” You have every right to shout this at your friend if you ever see them shank a shot this poorly.


X-step – footwork in which the left foot goes behind and in front of the right foot for a RHBH in order to improve weight transfer




Huge shoutout to those that helped us make this glossary. Thank you Hunter P. for putting the leg work in to put together this massive of piece of information, and thank you to our fans for helping it grow.


If you’d like to contribute or see we’re missing something just leave a comment below and we’ll add it to the list!

Comments (108)

  1. This list is awesome! I’d suggest tweaking the definition of Am Side slightly. The Am side isn’t the side that Amateurs typically hit (they can’t aim very well). The Am side is the side that “Pros typically avoid” because they know that the spin of their disc has a higher chance of carrying their disc out of the basket on that side.

  2. Tree-location, tree-nied, flash the ring, puddle-top. Love the idea of this glossary! It’s good clean fun. Is “big wing it”, per josh anthon, too obscure?

  3. maybe some of the plastics and discs often referred to… star and champion/champ might not make sense to the newcomer, although it’s a can of worms to open.

    Ninja Branch
    Iron Leaf
    — both are visibly minor or small but hitting one results in a significant, usually undesirable, impact on the flight path of the disc

  4. Perhaps I’m misunderstanding, but isn’t the definition of cut roller backwards? Cut rollers go hard to the left for RHBH players, right?

  5. For LHFH it says that it mirrors LHFH instead of RHFH.

    Looks like thumber is missing a woed between will and straight.

  6. Just a couple of typos:

    For LHFH it says that it mirrors LHFH instead of RHFH.

    Looks like thumber is missing a woed between will and straight.

  7. I would change shank to be a more extreme case of sawed off, or ‘pushed’ because of a mistake in form like hitting your off arm while throwing. In ball golf a shank would usually have a similar flight pattern to a super early release due to the ball being struck by the heel of the club.

  8. When you throw hard straight into the tree top, and it miraculously goes all the way through….BRANCH DIVIDION.

  9. Sky roller isn’t bolded
    Rocking to Brock should say heart and soul*
    And maybe add Flip-to-flat?
    Not trying to be that guy! Awesome list! Enjoyed reading it.

  10. Half. Or half birdie.

    As in . . .half birdie. When you hit the pole, . . . but miss chains and basket from beyond 50 ft. The old hippies called those “half birdies.” Helps to keep track of “half birdies” in lieu of a tie. Kind of like a
    CTP metric.

  11. Yanked- usually happens when a thrower overpowers a shot and pulls the disc to far to the far side. I’m not great at defining things so if you help me with the wording it would be cool.

  12. I can’t remember the term used, but its used in recreational play when you throw two drives on the first hole.

  13. Chasecard: is actually playing in front of the leadcard;)

    A Kiss: just barely touching a tree so your disc still pretty much stay on line.

    Lefty hole: well, we leftys gets so annoyed by this comment that rarely get the bird on these holes because we don’t complain about the 14-15 other holes righty holes do we?:?

    Parked: is inside 10 ft. ?

  14. Help out please with definition of ‘Flex’ … I usually associate it with putting spin & snap on a slight anheizer so that the disc has a multi angle flight ??? Maybe a better definition to describe that

  15. Add the hook and thumb throw. Overhand throw that you put your thumb on the inside of the rim and the edge of the disc rests in the knuckle of your index finger. Feels like you are throwing a baseball. Flies similar to tomahawk but flips through the air and has a different finish.

  16. The current definition for Follow Through refers to a ball. Probably just a miss during editing, and should refer to a disc and remove the words “struck or.”

    Otherwise, nice list.

  17. Noticed a proof read miss guys but other wise awesome job, great descriptions and comprehensive

    “Hole – the part of the course associated with a particular teeing area, putting green and hole. Play of a hole begins from the teeing area and ends when the ball is holed on the putting green; basket”

    Think it’s meant to be “when the disc is holed”

  18. Local Route is more ‘A shot that completely misses the fairway, but still ends up parked’ or something similar than it is an actual local route.

  19. I prefer “Tree-jected” over “Tree-nial” lol, but this list is Awesome! sharing to all my disc golf nerd friends

  20. There is a huge difference between a “player” and a “1000-rated professional disc golfer.” Duffers are not going to shoot anywhere near par. Par should be a mark of excellence.

    Jomezpro.com says: “Par – the predetermined number of strokes that a player should require to complete a hole.”

    PDGA: “Par is the score that an expert disc golfer would be expected to make on a given hole with errorless play under ordinary weather conditions, as determined by the director.”

    Wikipedia: “In golf, par is the predetermined number of strokes that a scratch (or 0 handicap) golfer should require to complete a hole …The term is also used in golf-like sports such as disc golf, with the same meaning.”

  21. What is it called when you putt with the same driver you teed off with (when you are parked)? I heard it mentioned on a Jomez video once but now I can’t remember what they called it.

  22. How about “G.O.A.T.) Greatest of all time. I know it is used in practically every sport, but it holds true to Disc Golf.

  23. Great list. Probably the best out there. Lets keep it up. This list includes terms defined by the PDGA and non-PDGA terms. I tried to put together a list of non-PDGA terms at http://jq4q.x.rootbsd.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=144&p=487#p487 a few years ago but only got so far. I didn’t come up with as many non-PDGA terms and very few in common.

    Consider Top of the World, Tournament Central, FTP, Freestyle, Ram or Man Ramming, Pancake, Bob or I am Back of the Bus, and Iced.

  24. Hi guys. For your consideration: PBFU (Post Birdie Foul Up) What happens to you on the drive following your birdie on the previous hole. (This of course reads and sounds better with the other ‘F’ word but I’m keeping it family safe.)

    Also, under Mulligan, the real definition of a mulligan is ‘throwing three’, but don’t tell that to the player that claims he needs one.

    Thanks for all that you do.



  25. Cut roller “veers to the left” in the RHBH example given.

    SSA – Scratch Scoring Average is the score that produces a round rating closest to 1000. The higher the SSA, the more challenging the course played in that round.

    Scoring Separation – The more different scores thrown on a hole, the better its scoring separation, although sometimes not correlating with players’ skill levels.

    Auto 3 – A bland hole with minimal scoring separation where most players score 3.

  26. Treesus~ The disc golf God you thank when a tree kicks you in the correct direction to have a better lie. Ex; “Thank you Treesus”

  27. Iron Leaf – hyperbolic explanation for when a discs full flight is abruptly diverted by a single leaf which appears to be made of adamantium. Credit Ken Climo impersonation done by Gregg Barsby

  28. Pured or pure: hitting the best/most optimal or truest flight path? IDK the real definition, but the guys are starting to use it a bunch in commentary

  29. Plinko- throwing a disc high into the treetops surrounding the basket with the hopes it bounce of the branches and settle near the basket.

  30. Only sport where I’ve heard the term ‘shool’ (shule, schule? spelling?) used regularly to describe the rough. Ask Big Jerm, he might know how to spell it.

  31. Since this list is lacking a few letters, here are my nominees for inclusion:

    Q*bert – a shot that unexpectedly hops, bounces or skips by an obstacle to give the thrower an improved lie.

    Vulcan mind meld – a shot whereby the disc becomes deformed and wedges into a portion of the basket.

    Yeti – a great big hairy shot that no one on your card witnesses.

    Xylophone – a hard chain out that hits nearly every chain on the way.

    Zephyr – a nose up putt that sails away on the wind.

  32. Lumberjack – when you smash a tree off of your drive (possibly resulting in a taco)

    Pin-seeker – when you hit the pin/pole of the basket in your drive or approach

  33. Excellent article! But I’m a picky sumbitch, so I made a list. None of these is required for accuracy, just a little clearer, I think/
    “Elevated basket” entry: “Higher height” is a bit redundant. How about, “a basket that is mounted higher than standard”
    Local route: Drop the apostrphe. A local is someone who lives nearby. If there are several, they’re locals, a simple plural.
    Out-of-bounds: accurate, but beginners often don’t know whether a disc can fly OB, but still be good if it lands inbounds. This would be a good spot to clarify that and point out that difference between OB and a mando.
    The Penalty Stroke definition is circular. How about: “an extra stroke added to a player’s score due to a foot fault, missed mando, landing OB or rule violation.”
    Add to “Razz”: Outside of special, informal tournaments or rounds between close friends, razzing a player is considered a courtesy violation and can cost you a penalty stroke.
    Touring pro: replace “that” with “who.” Always use WHO, not THAT, when referring to a human.

  34. Question for you guys: is there such a term as shoole pronounced shoe-ll? My husband swears he’s heard it refered a few times on Jomez broadcasts and wants to know what it means. I thought it was Hebrew for school. Dunno. I have never heard it used in discgolf.

  35. Hi JomezPro
    Great list! Thanks for all you do for our sport.
    Don’t know ud the term “kiss” is being used in The English language regarding Disc golf. But The Danish players use it to describe a very sutle “kick” of a tree, which only, ever so slighty redirect The Disc.
    “The Disc only kissed the tree”

  36. Lake – Generally when your disc lands in a OB water hazard. It has since been adapted to anything, hit a tree, Lake. Lost disc in middle of the fairway, Land Lake. Play a terrible round and make avoidable mistakes, You Laked yourself.

  37. Dad Golf – The idea of playing conservatively with slower, more understable Discs on purpose, eschewing the opportunity to play aggressively with faster Discs because you’re injured or older or both. Happy with making par without too much risk or worry. Especially irksome to younger players with erratic power when this strategy beats them.

  38. Additional definition for “take your medicine” would be a throw just back to the fairway out of a bad rough.

  39. Yes, add some terms for disc plastics, like “premium plastic blend” or “premium plastic”! Keep up the excellent work on the disc golf dictionary:-) Maybe it will make it to print soon with PDGA memberships!

  40. Commentators often use the term ”pured” about a throw without any shenanigans. Could you further explain what it means?

    1. Personally, I don’t like when they use pure as a verb. That was a pure shot? Sure. He pured that shot? Nah, but whatever. It’s most often used to describe a shot that flies the best line for the hole, hits the center of a gap, or an otherwise good shot that is clearly what the player intended.

  41. Bowl Hole. Usually a scenic, comfortable tee area out of sight from other players where card mates share a smoke.
    ed: recognizing the origin and heritage of the game. like it or not disc golf was created as a counter culture free activity popularized by and maintained by a plethora of pot smokers.

  42. I would like to see a definition for ‘Flex’ as well.. I think I’ve heard it in commentary as “flex back”?

  43. Definition of pin high is incorrect. Equidistant means halfway.

    Fighter…a disc that keeps going forward despite hitting a tree or cabbage…as in that disc is a fighter.

    Paper plate…a disc so flippy it flies like a paper plate

    Baby come back…sung to a disc that tuned over unexpectedly

    First available…you hit the first tree

    Flare skip….high, arching skip that can occur when throwing a distance driver

    Ace run…

  44. “The” Turn- space between hole 9 and hole 10 on a typical 18 hole course
    Birdie bag- another term for whalesac

  45. Your Out Still Out – (YOSO) After a drive, approach, or putt comes to rest and is still further away from the basket than other players shots on the hole.

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