A couple of birds take flight during a good game of golf, as you're about to learn. The difference is that these birds don't have wings or a distinct shape; in fact, they're not real birds at all. They are simply your golf balls in determining whether or not a match goes your way.
Part of golf lessons in Miami involves learning the so-called “bird terms” in the sport. You can thank the golfers and golf experts during the late 1800s and early 1900s for that; the “bird terms” saw first use in golf games in that era. Today, these are still in use, and listed as official terms by the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA). Below are examples of the “bird terms” and their definition.
The term for scoring one under par originated in Northfield, New Jersey in 1899. It means you completed the score with one less the predetermined number of strokes. Say a hole 225 yards from the tee to the pin is a Par 3, which means expect to finish the hole in three strokes. Finishing it in one stroke less is known as a birdie.
An eagle is a more remarkable achievement, which requires you to score two under par or two strokes less than expected. Using the example in the birdie, the only way for you to score an eagle in a Par 3 course is to score a hole-in-one or complete the course in just one stroke. According to historians, the term came from the fact that two under par is a “big birdie,” which Americans use to refer to the eagle.
Albatross (Double Eagle)
An albatross, a three under par on an individual hole, also called a double eagle, is as rare in golf as the handful of pros who have shot one. In golfing history, only five players have scored an albatross in Par 4, which means they had to make a hole-in-one. The first albatross ever recorded was made by Gene Sarzen during the 1935 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. The most recent albatross was by Louis Oosthuizen during the 2012 Masters Tournament.
Miami's golf courses have yet to see a golfer hit an albatross. With training, golf lessons in Boca Raton FL, and a bit of help from nature, you may get the privilege and, with it, prestige. Learn more about the “bird terms” at ScottishGolfHistory.com.
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