There are a lot of terms thrown around in the golf world. Those in the industry sometimes assume the general public knows exactly what they are talking about. Unfortunately for the golf consumer, one of the characteristics to being an elitist (oops I was only supposed to think that) is to develop lingo in the interest of: (A) appearing superior, (B) maintaining an aura of exclusivity, (C) further intimidating the new golfer, or (D) other.
Not here, not now.
It's time for enlightenment. Like a modern day Socrates, I will help inform the masses! I will pass along golf trivia and insight you never dreamed possible, in bi-weekly installments — in the interest of keeping things short and easy to comprehend. And if you already know all of this then just pretend you are watching Jeopardy and start each answer with, "What is?".
- Best Ball Format vs. Scramble Format — It is often thought that "Best Ball" means each team member hits their shot, chooses the best one of those shots and then the rest of the team hits from the chosen shot. Survey says: "BUZZ!" This is the format known as a "Scramble". Best Ball is the format of team play where each player in the team plays his or her own ball for the entire hole until completion. The team then records the score of the person whose score was lowest for that hole.
- Cart Path Only vs. 90 Degrees — Pay attention! Cart Path means one thing and one thing only. Keep the cart on the path all the time. The rule of 90 degrees means that you are entitled to drive along the cart path until you are at a 90-degree angle (perpendicular) to your ball. Then you may drive in a straight line to your ball along the grass. After you hit your shot, you are to travel back along the same path that you took to get to your ball. (Remember this rule and you will make friends with Rangers everywhere)
I encourage you to re-read this as pop-quizzes may be forthcoming!