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less common spelling of bogie entry 1

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Word History

probably alteration of bogle

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

1948, in the meaning defined above

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  • American English : bogey / ˈboʊgi /
  • Brazilian Portuguese : espectro
  • Chinese : 担心之事
  • European Spanish : temor
  • French : bête noire
  • German : Schreckgespenst
  • Italian : spauracchio
  • Japanese : 悩みの種
  • Korean : 이유없이 두려운 것
  • European Portuguese : espectro
  • Latin American Spanish : temor

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a score of one stroke over par on a hole.

par 1 (def. 4) .

bogy 1 (defs. 1-3) .

Also bo·gy, bo·gie . Military . an unidentified aircraft or missile, especially one detected as a blip on a radar screen.

Golf . to make a bogey on (a hole): Arnold Palmer bogeyed the 18th hole.

Origin of bogey

Words nearby bogey, other definitions for bogey (2 of 3).

a swim; bathe.

to swim; bathe.

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How to use bogey in a sentence

The friendship is such that even in his disappointment after a bogey at 18 on Monday, even after riding out an interminable week interrupted by a hurricane, Rahm was waiting to congratulate Finau after he won in a playoff.

He then bogeyed two of the final four holes to miss a playoff with Finau and Cameron Smith by two shots.

The Spaniard had a chance to force a three-way playoff with Finau and Smith but made a bogey at No.

Much of the fun came from other people’s reactions to landing bogeys or particularly clean shots.

That day in Louisville was the day Rickie Fowler really thought he could win and felt the sting of nibbling closely and a 45-year-old Phil Mickelson wound up bemoaning that bogey on No.

The last two sentences quoted above seem to me needlessly bogey -hunting.

Note: This article has been corrected to note that bogey passed away in 1957, four years before The Jockey Club opened in 1961.

So dies the invasion of England bogey which, from first to last, has wrought us an infinity of harm.

"Bery good," said bogey , as he instantly disappeared through the gate.

Glancing up, he espied the black face of bogey looking down upon him.

bogey heard it also, and involuntarily put his hands on big stomach and made a comically wry face.

Just at this crisis bogey , with his eyes glaring and his white teeth fully exposed, thrust his black face from the foliage.

British Dictionary definitions for bogey (1 of 2)

/ ( ˈbəʊɡɪ ) /

an evil or mischievous spirit

something that worries or annoys

a score of one stroke over par on a hole : Compare par (def. 5)

obsolete a standard score for a hole or course, regarded as one that a good player should make

slang a piece of dried mucus discharged from the nose

air force slang an unidentified or hostile aircraft

slang a detective; policeman

(tr) golf to play (a hole) in one stroke over par

British Dictionary definitions for bogey (2 of 2)

to bathe or swim

a bathe or swim

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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bogey noun ( GOLF )

  • approach shot
  • better ball
  • putting green

bogey noun ( FEAR )

  • agoraphobic
  • arachnophobia
  • break out in a cold sweat
  • hydrophobic
  • Islamophobia
  • xenophobically

bogey noun ( NOSE )

  • bodily fluid

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Bogey to Blow-Up

There is quite a history behind the golfing terms bogey, par, birdie, eagle and albatross.

Bogey and par were central to the development of handicapping, pioneered by the LGU . The modern meaning of three of the terms - bogey, birdie and eagle - comes from their use in USA.

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"Bogey" was the first stroke system, developed in England at the end of the 19th Century. The full history is given in Robert Browning's History of Golf 1955 .

In 1890 Mr Hugh Rotherham Secretary of the Coventry Golf Club conceived the idea of standardising the number of shots at each hole that a good golfer should take, which he called the 'ground score.'

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A 'bogle' was a Scottish goblin as far back as the 16th Century and a Bogey-man was a widely used term for a goblin or devil. Golfers of the time considered they were playing a Mister Bogey when measuring themselves against the bogey score. This allowed the introduction of bogey competitions, which we would call handicap competitions or stablefords. 

On 2nd January 1892, The Field reported that 'a novelty was introduced in the shape of a bogey tournament for a prize. ... Fourteen couples started but the bogey defeated them all.'

In 1892, Colonel Seely-Vidal, the Hon Secretary of the United Servic es Club at Gosport, also worked out the 'bogey' for his course. The United Club was a services club and all the members had a military rank. They could not measure themselves against a 'Mister' Bogey or have him as a member, so 'he' was given the honorary rank of Colonel. Thus the term 'Colonel Bogey' was born. 

Later, in the middle of 20th century, bogey was used as the term of one above par.

Par is derived from the stock exchange term that a stock may be above or below its normal or 'par' figure. In 1870, Mr AH Doleman, a golf writer, asked the golf professionals David Strath and James Anderson, what score would win 'The Belt', then the winning trophy for 'The Open', at Prestwick, where it was first held annually from 1861 to 1870. Strath and Anderson said that perfect play should produce a score of 49 for Prestwick's twelve holes. Mr Doleman called this 'par' for Prestwick and subsequently Young Tom Morris won with a score of two strokes 'over par' for the three rounds of 36 holes.

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In 1911, the United States Golf Association (Men) of the day laid down the following very modern distances for determining par:

As golf developed, scores were coming down, but many old British courses did not adjust their courses or their bogey scores, which meant good golfers and all the professionals were achieving lower than a bogey score. This meant the US had an up-to-date national standard of distances for holes, while the British bogey ratings were determined by each club and were no longer appropriate for professionals. The Americans began referring to one over par as a bogey, much to the British chagrin.

By 1914, British golf magazines were agitating for a ratings system similar to the US. However the Great War 1914-18 intervened and it was not until 1925 that a Golf Unions' Joint Advisory Committee of the British Isles was formed to assign Standard Scratch Scores (SSS), to golf courses in Great Britain and Ireland. Today, this committee is known as the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU). It is the Golf Unions of each country (and not the Royal and Ancient) who determine pars and handicaps.

"Birdie", meaning a score of one stroke under Par, comes from the early 20th century American slang term "bird", meaning anything excellent. The September 1911 edition of Maclean Magazine described a golf shot as - '"bird" straight down the course, about two hundred and fifteen yards.'  

The Country Club in Atlantic City lay claim to the first use of the word 'birdie' itself, as mentioned on the USGA website. In 1962 the US greenkeepers' magazine reported a conversation with A B Smith. He recounted that, in 1898/9, he and his brother, William P Smith, and their friend, George A Crump, who later built Pine Valley, were playing the par-four second hole at Atlantic City, when Ab Smith's second shot went within inches of the hole. Smith said "That was a bird of shot" and claimed he should get double money if he won with one under par, which was agreed. He duly holed his putt to win with one under par and the three of them thereafter referred to such a score as a "birdie". The Atlantic City Club date the event to 1903.

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Ab Smith ( see Birdie above ) said that his group referred to two under as an 'eagle'.

By 1919 the term was being introduced to Britain, as when Mr H D Gaunt's explained the use of 'birdie' and 'eagle' that he met in Canada . For many years, eagle was always introduced as American terms, as in 1922 when  Cecil (Cecilia) Leitch described a putt for a 3 on a par-5 hole as 'securing what is known in American golfing parlance as an "eagle"' (Golf XII 1922 p 202). 

  Albatross

Albatross is the term for three under par and is a continuation of the birdie and eagle theme, but is in fact a British term. Ab Smith said his group used the phrase 'double eagle' for three under ( see Birdie above ), which is still the term most Americans and the name for their Double Eagle Club  (membership by invitation only).

Three under par is a very rare score and an albatross is a very rare bird. The exact origin is unclear but the first known reference in 1929 indicates that it had been in use for some time before then.  John G Ridland, who scored an 'albatross' in India in 1934 , theorized that it was the introduction of steel shafted clubs in 1920s which made this score common enough to necessitate a name for it. 

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Durban Country Club 18th Hole site of first recorded albatross, a hole-in-one on 271 yard par-4

The first ‘albatross’ score reported as such in the press is from South Africa when E E Wooler scored a hole-in-one in the summer of 1931 on the 18th hole of the Durban Country Club which is a par-4. It cost £40 in drinks but, had he known that he was making history, he would not have minded. 

More details of the first albatrosses, are given in   The Albatross has Landed  in News section. 

A 'condor' in golf is a score of four (4!) under par. This can be achieved by scoring a hole-in-one on a par-5 hole, or by taking two strokes on a par-6 hole, which are themselves as rare as hen's teeth. Until recently, the idea of a condor was not considered to be possible and certainly few people were aware that anyone had scored one.

Golfing condors have been recorded six times around the world over the last 60 years in the USA, the UK and Australia. Until 2020, they were all par-5 'aces'.   More details can be found here .

The Whaup and Double Bogeys

No standard terms for 2 or 3 or more over Par have emerged. They are just double and triple Bogeys. Depending upon how good you are, anything over 7, 8 or 9 will be a ‘Blow-up’ or a ‘Disaster’.

Joyce Wethered once suggested that a hole-in-one should be called a Curlew, known in Scottish as a 'Whaup', which, though fitting, did not catch on. 

It seems that golfing terms came into popular use in much the same way as you find new words being invented and used on the Internet. If they sound good, people start using them. What we do not hear about are all the terms, such as beantops , that never made it because they did not catch on. Only the future can tell which of the terms that we create will still be in use in a hundred years time.

Updated to add Condor 18th July 2023

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What Does Bogey Mean? – Meaning, Uses and More

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What Does Bogey Mean?

The term bogey in golf refers to a score that is one stroke over par. Par is the predetermined number of strokes it should take to complete a hole on a golf course. This term is commonly used in golf, especially by average players who struggle to achieve scores similar to more skilled players. The term originated in the late 19th century and has since become widely recognized in the golfing community. Here are some examples of how to use the term bogey in conversation:

“My short game is terrible.” “Mine too. I can get the ball to the green, but I struggle with my putter.” “Yeah, I often should have a birdie or par, but I end up with a bogey because I can’t read the green.”

“I played a round of golf yesterday and got a bogey on the first hole.” “Not bad! At least you didn’t get a double bogey like me.”

“I need to improve my accuracy off the tee. I keep hitting the ball into the rough, and it’s resulting in bogeys .”

“I had a chance for a birdie, but I missed the putt and ended up with a bogey .” “That’s frustrating, but at least you didn’t get a double bogey.”

“I played a really challenging course yesterday and ended up with a lot of bogeys .” “Sometimes that’s just how it goes. Golf can be a tough game.”

It’s important to clarify that the term bogey does not have any sexual connotations. It is simply a golf scoring term used to describe a score that is one stroke over par. It has no relation to any sexual acts or innuendos.

What Does Bogey Mean From a Girl?

When a girl uses the term bogey , it is important to note that she is most likely referring to the golfing term and not using it in any other context. Girls use the term bogey similarly to everyone else, as it is a widely recognized term in the golfing community.

Here are some key points to consider:

  • Specific meaning from a girl : When a girl uses the term bogey, she is most likely talking about a score that is one stroke over par in golf.
  • How girls use it : Girls may use bogey in conversations with their friends who are also golf enthusiasts or when discussing their own golfing experiences.
  • How to reply : If someone mentions bogey in a conversation with you, you can respond by sharing your own golfing experiences or discussing strategies for improving your game.

It’s important to remember that bogey does not have any specific meaning from a girl beyond its golfing definition. Girls use it similarly to everyone else and do not have any unique interpretations or uses for the term.

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What Does Bogey Mean From a Guy?

When a guy uses the term bogey , it can have the same meaning as when a girl uses it. Guys use the term bogey in the context of golf, referring to a score that is one stroke over par. However, there may be some additional nuances or ways that guys use the term compared to girls.

Here are some possible ways that guys might use “bogey” and how to interpret it:

Talking about their own golf game : Guys might use “bogey” to describe their own scores or experiences on the golf course. They may discuss their frustrations with getting bogeys or share stories of times they missed out on better scores.

Competitive banter : Guys might use “bogey” in a playful or competitive way when talking about golf with their friends. It could be used to tease each other about their scores or to engage in friendly banter about who is the better golfer.

As a compliment : In some cases, guys might use “bogey” as a compliment towards someone’s golf skills. They might say something like “You really know how to bogey that hole!” to acknowledge someone’s ability to consistently score one stroke over par.

In other contexts : While the primary meaning of “bogey” is related to golf, guys might also use it in other contexts as a slang term. For example, they might say “That party was a total bogey” to mean that it was disappointing or not as fun as expected.

Overall, guys use “bogey” similarly to girls when it comes to its golfing meaning. It is a term used to describe a score that is one stroke over par. However, guys may also incorporate it into their banter and conversations in different ways, using it as a compliment or in other non-golfing contexts.

  • Guy 1: Just finished a round of golf and got a bogey on the 18th hole.
  • Guy 2: Nice job! Ending with a bogey is still a solid score.
  • Guy 1: I need to work on my putting. I keep missing easy shots and ending up with bogeys.
  • Guy 2: Yeah, putting can be tricky. Practice makes perfect though!
  • Guy 1: Played a really tough course today and had a lot of bogeys.
  • Guy 2: Hey, at least you didn’t give up! Bogeys happen to the best of us.
  • Guy 1: I hit a great drive off the tee, but then I messed up my approach shot and got a bogey.
  • Guy 2: Ah, the dreaded approach shot. It can be a game-changer. Keep practicing!
  • Guy: Just finished a golf lesson and learned some new techniques for avoiding bogeys.
  • Girl: That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see your improved game on the course.

Origin of Bogey

The term “bogey” in golf refers to a score that is one stroke over par. Par is the predetermined number of strokes it should take to complete a hole on a golf course. This term is commonly used in golf, especially by average players who struggle to achieve scores similar to more skilled players.

The term originated in the late 19th century and has since become widely recognized in the golfing community. It does not appear to be a derived word or a popular typo. The origins of the term are not clear, but it has been in use for many years and is well-established in golf terminology.

Frequently Asked Questions

Slangs similar to bogey.

Par plus one, over par, one over, subpar, and below average are similar to “bogey” because they all refer to scores in golf that are higher than par or the expected number of strokes. These terms are used to describe below-average or less-than-ideal performance in the game of golf.

Is Bogey A Bad Word?

No, “bogey” is not a bad word or vulgar word. It is a golf scoring term that means one stroke over par. It is commonly used in the sport of golf to describe a score that is slightly worse than average.

Is Bogey a Typo or Misspelling?

No, “bogey” is not a misspelling or typo. It is a golf scoring term that refers to a score that is one stroke over par. It is commonly used in the golfing community to describe a specific score on a hole.

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You better watch out or the Bogey Man's gonna get you! The Bogey Man must have been a golfer, because he lent his name to a golf score of 1-over par .

At least, that's what the golf scoring term "bogey" means today: the definition of bogey is a stroke total on a single gole that is one stroke higher than that hole's par rating. If the hole is a par-4 , and you make a score of five, that's a bogey. ("Bogey" has sometimes, in its history, been spelled "bogie," but that is considered a misspelling today.)

But the origins of "bogey" include the fact that it was originally used by golfers similar to the way that we use "par" today. Par and bogey were not necessarily interchangeable terms, but a golf hole's par rating and bogey rating were often the same.

We must go back to British golf in the late 1800s to see how bogey emerged as a golf term.

Yes, Golf's Bogey Is Related to 'the Bogey Man'

According to the USGA Museum, the "Bogey Man" was a character in a British dancehall song of the late 19th Century, a song titled Here Comes the Bogey Man . And yes, that was the bogey man (many today pronounce it "boogie man"). He lived in the shadows and said in song, "I'm the Bogey Man, catch me if you can."

British golfers by at least the 1880s developed a way of rating golf holes: how many strokes should it take to play the hole? This is what we call "par" today, but at that time, when scores were much higher throughout golf than they are today, the number was originally called the "ground score." And "ground score" wasn't what a great golfer playing the hole well would score, but rather what a skilled amateur would be expected to make playing the hole without any large mistakes.

So British golfers of that era tried to match or beat the "ground score" for a hole. Around 1890, according to The Historical Dictionary of Golfing Terms , a certain Charles Wellman, playing golf at Great Yarmouth in England, exclaimed one day on the links that the ground score was "a regular Bogey Man," referring to the song.

As the lyrics of the song said, "I'm the Bogey Many, catch me if you can," golfers, thanks to Mr. Wellman, began thinking of a hole's ground score as "chasing the bogey man."

Hello, Colonel Bogey

In very short order after "bogey" replaced "ground score" in the golfer's lexicon, golfers invented an imaginary character to personify the golf score. That character was "Colonel Bogey." The Historical Dictionary of Golfing Terms cites an 1892 newspaper article that refers to Colonel Bogey, so the character was well-known within just a year or two of the origins of "bogey" itself.

Golfers trying to beat the bogey score were trying to "beat Colonel Bogey." That character appeared in song in the Colonel Bogey March , published in 1913, and, as the photo on this page shows, appeared on golf products.

(The Colonel Bogey March , by the way, was later made instantly recognizable as the famous music in the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai .)

When the Meanings of Bogey and Par Diverged

While that was happening in British golf in the late 1800s and early 1900s, in American golf the term "par" was just entering the golf lexicon in the early 1900s. The USGA began officially using par to rate golf holes and golf courses in 1911.

But golf scores had improved in the years since "bogey" first appeared. The USGA thus defined "par" as the score an expert golfer, playing the hole well, should be expected to achieve. So in the first years in which par and bogey were both in use in the United States, their meanings began to diverge. There was a brief time when some golf courses listed both a hole's par rating and its bogey rating, and sometimes those numbers were the same. More commonly over time, however, the bogey rating began being listed as one stroke higher than the par rating.

And that's how we got to where we are today. Par is the score an expert golfer is expected to make on a hole; bogey is 1-over par.

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Also possibly related to Irish bagairt ( “ threat ” ) .

Golf meaning from the devil as an imaginary player.

Noun [ edit ]

bogey ( plural bogeys )

  • ( archaic , often capitalized , usually with definite article ) The Devil . Synonyms: see Thesaurus: Satan
  • A ghost , goblin , or other hostile supernatural creature . Synonym: goblin
  • 2018 November 18, Phil McNulty, “England 2 - 1 Croatia”, in BBC Sport ‎ [2] : England could have been forgiven for believing the fates were against them as they trailed to their League A Group Four opponents, who have become something of a bogey side over the years.
  • 1990 , Peter Hopkirk , The Great Game , Folio Society, published 2010 , page 54 : If one man could be said to be responsible for the creation of the Russian bogy , it was a much-decorated British general named Sir Robert Wilson.
  • ( engineering ) A standard of performance set up as a mark to be aimed at in competition.
  • 1987 , Greg Bear , “ Lacrimosa Dies Illa ! ”, in The Forge of God (science fiction), →ISBN , →OCLC , page 83 : He stood on the sand near the gravel road that passed within two miles of the site of the disintegrated bogey , binoculars hanging on a leather strap from his neck, face streaming with sweat under the brim of his hat... Army and government trucks passed along the road every few minutes, some bearing radiation stickers; many of those outward bound, he knew, carried fragments of the bogey . He was not privy to what they were finding.
  • 1986 , Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr., Top Gun (motion picture), spoken by Cougar: God dammit, Mustang! This is Ghost Rider 117. This bogey is all over me. He's got missile lock on me. Do I have permission to fire?
  • ( golf ) A score of one over par on a hole . Coordinate terms: buzzard , par , birdie , eagle , albatross , condor , ostrich
  • ( UK ) Alternative form of booger : a piece of mucus in or removed from the nostril .

Related terms [ edit ]

  • double bogey
  • triple bogey

Translations [ edit ]

Verb [ edit ].

bogey ( third-person singular simple present bogeys , present participle bogeying , simple past and past participle bogeyed )

  • ( golf ) To make a bogey.

Etymology 2 [ edit ]

  • ( UK , engineering ) A bog-standard ( representative ) specimen taken from the center of production .

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From Dharug bugi- ( “ to bathe, dive ” ) .

  • ( Australia ) To swim ; to bathe . [from 18th c.]
  • 1994 , Rita Huggins & Jackie Huggins , Auntie Rita , in Heiss & Minter, Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature , Allen & Unwin 2008, p. 151: My mother would use leaves from trees to make soap for washing our bodies with, and unfortunately for us kids there was no excuse not to take a bogey .

Etymology 4 [ edit ]

A variant of bogie .

  • Alternative spelling of bogie ( “ one of two sets of wheels under a locomotive or railcar ; also, a structure with axles and wheels under a locomotive, railcar, or semi which provides support and reduces vibration for the vehicle ” )
  • Alternative spelling of bogie ( “ hand-operated truck or trolley ” )

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  • ^ United States Department of Defense Air Land Sea Application Center (May 2020), “Multi-service Brevity Codes”, in Brevity: Multi-service Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Multi-service Brevity Codes ‎ [1] , archived from the original on 2021-06-30 , page 6: “BOGEY: [A/A] [S/A] [SO] A CONTACT whose identity is unknown.”

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  • “ bogey ”, in Lexico , Dictionary.com ; Oxford University Press , 2019–2022.
  • “ bogey ”, in OneLook Dictionary Search .

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From English bogey .

  • IPA ( key ) : /ˈboɡi/ , [ˈbo̞ɡi]
  • Syllabification ( key ) : bo‧gey
  • ( golf ) bogey

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  • Seldom inflected in cases other than genitive singular ( bogeyn ) or nominative plural ( bogeyt ).
  • For other inflected forms use bogi .

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French [ edit ].

Borrowed from English bogey .

  • ( France ) IPA ( key ) : /bɔ.ɡɛ/
  • ( Quebec ) IPA ( key ) : /bɔ.ɡe/ , /bɔ.ɡi/

bogey   m ( plural bogeys )

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What Is A Bogey In Golf? Definition & Meaning

What Is A Bogey In Golf

Golf is a sport that has captivated audiences for centuries. It combines skill, strategy and competition into one beautiful game. But with so much complexity, it can be hard to understand terms and phrases used by golfers everywhere – like “bogey.” What exactly is a bogey in golf?

Well, in this post, we’ll break it down and explain the meaning of this term more clearly. Keep reading to learn how scores are tracked using Bogeys!

Read more: What is a Birdie in Golf?

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What Is A Bogey In Golf? 

The term “bogey” can be confusing for those new to golf. In golf, a bogey score is one stroke over par for a hole. So, if a golfer plays a par-4 hole and takes five strokes to complete it, they have scored a bogey. Example: 4 strokes on a par-3 hole, 5 on a par-4 hole, and 6 on a par-5 hole.

While a bogey is not an ideal score, it is better than a double bogey (two strokes over par) or worse. A bogey can happen for various reasons, such as hitting the ball into a bunker or missing a crucial putt.

So, the next time you hear someone say, “I got a bogey on that hole,” you’ll know exactly what they mean.

What Is A Bogey Competition?

A bogey competitor in golf is a golfer who plays against the course in a bogey competition. This is a type of game where the golfer tries to score better than bogey on each hole. Bogey is traditionally defined as one stroke over par, but in a bogey competition, the bogey score may be set higher or lower, depending on the difficulty of the hole and the golfer’s skill level.

The goal of a bogey competition is to improve one’s golf game by consistently scoring better than bogey. This requires golfers to be strategic and disciplined in their approach to each hole. They must also be able to adapt their game to the ever-changing challenges of the course.

The scoring system for a bogey competition is as follows:

  • If a player scores a birdie or better on a hole, they win the hole.
  • If a player scores a bogey or worse on a hole, they lose the hole.
  • If a player scores a par on a hole, the hole is halved.
  • The player with the most wins at the end of the competition is the winner.

Bogey competitions are a popular way for golfers of all skill levels to compete against each other. They are also a good way to improve your golf game, as you are constantly trying to beat the course’s bogey score.

Here are some of the benefits of playing in a bogey competition:

  • It is a more relaxed and enjoyable format than match play.
  • It is a good way to improve your scorecard management skills.
  • It can help you to identify the holes where you need to improve your game.
  • It is a great way to meet other golfers and make new friends.
  • If you are looking for a fun and challenging way to improve your golf game, then a bogey competition is a great option.

What Is The Meaning Of The Term “Bogey” ?

Golf has a long and storied history, with many unique terms and concepts associated with the sport. One such term is ‘bogey’, originally referring to a score that a skilled golfer would attempt to achieve on a particular hole. This score was distinct from a ‘par’, representing the perfect score for that hole.

Interestingly, the term ‘bogey’ was not originally used for this concept – instead, it was known as the ‘ground score’. The term ‘bogey’ was widely used only later, particularly in the UK. For those interested in golf, understanding the origins of these terms can add depth and meaning to the game.

The Different Types Of Bogey In Golf 

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Types of Bogey: Double bogey, Triple bogey and Quadruple bogey

There are types of bogeys:

Double Bogey – This is the highest score a golfer can get without going over par. It indicates two strokes over the number of strokes needed to complete a hole or two over par.

Triple Bogey – A triple bogey indicates three strokes over the number of strokes needed to complete a hole or three over par.

Quadruple Bogey – A quadruple bogey indicates four strokes over the number of strokes needed to complete a hole or four over par.

Is Bogey Scoring Good or Bad?

Some players consider it a failure and try to avoid it at all costs, while others see it as a natural part of the game. But is bogey scoring good or bad? Well, it depends on your goals and expectations as a golfer.

For the average golfer, a bogey score is a commendable achievement. It means that they have only taken one extra stroke than what is expected on a particular hole, and that is definitely something to be proud of. It also indicates that they are performing better than the average player out there.

However, for the more skilled and experienced golfers, a bogey score is not something to aspire to. They will often aim to score much lower than that on each hole as they push themselves to improve their game even further.

Whether bogey scoring is good or bad depends on the challenge you want to tackle and the personal satisfaction you derive from your golf game.

Bogeys of Average Golfers 

For the average golfer with a handicap of 16-20, maintaining a consistent score can be quite the challenge. According to recent statistics, players at this level averaged 7.3 bogeys, 4.7 double bogeys, and 2.1 triple bogeys or worse per 18-hole round. On the bright side, they also managed 3.6 pars and 0.3 birdies or better on average. Unfortunately, eagles are practically nonexistent at this level.

For golfers in the 21-25 handicap range, the numbers look even more daunting. Averaging 8.9 double bogeys or worse, these players struggle to score better than a bogey on almost half their holes. However, with plenty of room for improvement, there’s always hope for progress on the course.

The Consequences Of Making Too Many Bogeys While Playing Golf

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Bogeys can negatively impact a golfer’s mental game

What happens when you make too many bogeys? The consequences can be frustrating and even detrimental to your overall score. It’s said that bogeys are the most common score for amateur golfers, but if you consistently make too many, it can lead to a high score and a disappointing round.

Additionally, making too many bogeys can negatively impact a golfer’s mental game, leading to frustration and even loss of confidence. It’s important to stay focused, adjust, and improve your game to avoid the consequences of too many bogeys.

Do Pro Golfers Make Bogeys?

Even the most skilled golfers in the world are bound to make mistakes, and the statistics prove it.

According to the PGA, in 2019, the top golfers in the TOUR Championship averaged 2.62 bogeys per round. However, Rory McIlroy, widely considered one of the best golfers in the world, managed to have the fewest bogeys per round. That said, even he is not immune to a bad day on the course.

In the 2019 Open Championship, McIlroy struggled from the start, beginning his round with a quadruple bogey and finishing with a triple bogey.

It’s a reminder that, in golf, anything can happen on any given day.

Tips For Avoiding A Bogey During Your Next Game Of Golf

When it comes to avoiding a bogey during your next game of golf, there are a few key tips that can help you achieve success: 

Warm up properly: It is important to warm up your body before playing a round of golf, as this will help to prevent injury and improve your performance.

Focus on technique: Spend time practicing your swing technique to develop muscle memory for each shot, which should help you avoid bogeys in the long run.

Remain patient: Don’t rush through shots, as this can lead to poor form and result in more bogeys. Stay calm and focused during the game.

Take lessons: If you still need help with your form or technique, consider taking golf lessons from a professional instructor who can help you to improve your skills.

Practice regularly: Make sure you are regularly practicing to keep your skills sharp and reduce the number of bogeys you make when playing.

While bogeys have a fairly straightforward definition, they can be relevant to many areas of golf. Understanding the definition and meaning of a bogey can help golfers make smart decisions in various playing situations. Furthermore, knowledge of this term may help maintain an accurate scorecard and play a game with focused intensity.

Lastly, by being aware of when bogeys occur and why, players – regardless of their amateur or pro level – can learn more about their strengths and weaknesses and develop a greater appreciation for the complexity underlying this beloved sport.

That said, it’s never too late to refine one’s golf jargon; understanding what “bogey” means is essential for any successful round out on the course!

Is A Bogey Score Considered Good?

A bogey score is considered a good score for an average golfer. It is one stroke over par on a hole and indicates that the player has performed better than average. However, a good golfer will usually aim to score much lower than a bogey score on each hole.

Is Bogey Worse Than Par?

A bogey score is considered worse than par because it indicates that a player has scored one stroke over the expected amount on that particular hole. Par is the set amount of strokes that a skilled golfer should be expected to complete a hole in, so any score that is higher than par indicates that the golfer was not able to complete the hole in the expected number of strokes. It is important to note, however, that bogey scores are still considered good scores for the average golfer.

What Score is Worse Than Bogey?

These include Double Bogey (two over par), Triple Bogey (three over par), and even Quadruple Bogey (four over par). Of course, there are also scores that are better than Bogey, such as Birdie (one under par) or Eagle (two under par), but it’s important to know the less desirable scores as well in order to gauge your progress and improve your game.

What Is The Difference Between A Bogey And A Double Bogey?

A bogey is one over par for a particular hole, while a double bogey is a two-over par. Making a double bogey can be considered significantly worse than making a bogey.

What Is The Average Bogey Score?

The average bogey score will depend on the type of course and the player’s skill level. Generally, an average golfer should expect to shoot in the range of one to three strokes over par on each hole. Therefore, a bogey score or better will typically be considered a good score for an average golfer. A skilled golfer, however, should expect to shoot scores much lower than bogey on each hole.

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What does bogey mean in golf?

Confusingly, it has two different golfing meanings, one arising from the other

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What does bogey mean in golf?

Confusingly, the word bogey has two different golfing meanings, the more modern one arising from the older one. But both meanings are still used

The answer to ‘what does bogey mean in golf’ depends upon the context. It also depends upon what period of history you are talking about.

The original meaning of bogey was that it was the score that a very good golfer should aim to make. This was distinct from par, a term which was also around, but which referred to the ’perfect’ score on a hole.

The concept of bogey was invented in the 1890s although it was then known as the ‘ground score’ not ‘bogey’.

Par was the more popular measurement in the US, whereas bogey was in vogue in the UK.

For example, when Dr Frank  Stableford , devised what we now know as the Stableford scoring system, points were awarded against bogey, not par. Thus to get 2pts on a hole you had to match bogey not par under Dr Stableford’s original system

Par as a golfing term dates came into regular use in the early 1900s. Par also assigns a target score to each hole, but par was calculated more scientifically, by dividing up holes by their length.

Bogey was harder to define, as it relied upon an assessment of difficulty by the club themselves, and so its implementation, and the standard required, could vary between clubs.

As scores came down, the better golfers would sometimes aim for par rather than bogey. Bogey scores for the hardest holes were often a shot higher than par. A few of the more traditional golf clubs to this day still have a bogey score and a par score on their scorecard, and the total bogey score will normally be around 5-6 shots higher than the par one.

Although the par and bogey scores of each hole were normally the same, sometimes the bogey score would be one over par. From this came the modern definition that bogey is a score of one over par on a hole.

But the older definition of bogey, as a target score, still lives on in bogey competitions .

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Are you part of a losing team, bad at golf or suffering from a blocked nose? Well, according to Tim Bowen, you could have a triple case of the bogies . Take note of this unpleasant Word of the week or the bogeyman  might get you!

The word bogey has several meanings. Entertainingly, the first meaning given in the Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (and prefaced as ‘informal British English’) is ‘a piece of nasal mucus’.

The other meanings of the word may be less unpleasant but all have negative connotations. Most football clubs have a bogey team , meaning a team that either always beats them or against which they habitually enjoy bad luck, as in ‘Bolton are rapidly becoming Arsenal’s bogey team’. In the sport of golf, a bogey represents a score of one above the expected score (known as ‘par’) for a particular hole. So if the par for a hole is three and it takes you four shots to complete the hole, this is a bogey . In children’s stories the bogeyman is an imaginary evil creature often used by exasperated parents to try to force young children to behave, as in ‘Behave or the bogeyman will get you’. 

The word bogey is commonly thought to be connected to a number of words in different languages that relate to the supernatural. Among these are the Welsh word bwg (pronounced ‘boog’) and the Slavonic bog , meaning ‘god’.

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Understanding Bogey: What It Means In Golf and How to Improve Your Game

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out, understanding the terminology and rules of the game is essential to your success on the course. One term you’re likely to come across is bogey , which refers to a score of one stroke over par for a given hole.

While bogeys may not be as glamorous as birdies or eagles, they can have a significant impact on your overall score and should be taken seriously. In this article, we’ll explore what a bogey means in golf, the different types of bogeys, and how to improve your game to avoid them.

Whether you’re a casual player or aspiring pro, understanding bogeys can help you take your golf game to the next level. So, let’s dive in and explore everything you need to know about bogeys in golf.

What is a Bogey in Golf?

If you’re new to golf, you may have heard the term bogey thrown around on the course, but what exactly does it mean? In simple terms, a bogey is a score of one over par on a specific hole. For example, if you take 4 shots to complete a par 3 hole, you have scored a bogey.

While bogeys are not ideal, they are a common occurrence for golfers of all skill levels. In fact, the majority of amateur golfers will have several bogeys throughout their round. However, for professionals, bogeys are less common and can have a greater impact on their overall score.

It’s important to note that a bogey is not the same as a double bogey , which is two shots over par, or a triple bogey , which is three shots over par.

So, why is it called a bogey? The origins of the term are unclear, but it is believed to have come from the phrase “bogey man”, which was a term used to describe a goblin or ghost in Scottish folklore. In golf, the term was used to describe a golfer who played poorly and had a high score on a specific hole, much like the bogey man was a source of fear for children.

The Definition of a Bogey

In golf, a bogey is a score of one over par on a single hole. This means that if the hole is a par 4, a golfer scores a bogey by taking 5 shots to complete the hole. The term is also used to describe a golfer’s score for an entire round that is one over par.

Bogeys are considered a relatively common occurrence in golf and are often used to measure a golfer’s performance. While they are not ideal, they are not the worst possible score, either.

The word “bogey” is believed to have originated in the late 19th century in England. Some sources suggest that it may have been derived from a popular song of the time, while others believe it may have been a reference to a type of ghost.

How Bogey Fits into Golf Scoring Systems

Bogey is an important part of the golf scoring system . The basic goal of golf is to complete each hole in as few strokes as possible. Each hole has an established par , which is the number of strokes an expert golfer is expected to take to complete the hole. The most common par for an 18-hole course is 7

The number of strokes a player takes to complete a hole is recorded on the scorecard. If a player completes a hole in one stroke less than the par, it is called a birdie . If a player completes a hole in two strokes less than the par, it is called an eagle . On the other hand, if a player takes one more stroke than the par, it is called a bogey.

If a player takes two strokes more than the par, it is called a double bogey . If a player takes three strokes more than the par, it is called a triple bogey . Anything more than a triple bogey is simply called “over par”.

When calculating a player’s total score for a round of golf, the number of strokes taken to complete each hole is added up. The player with the lowest number of strokes wins the game.

The Origin of the Term “Bogey”

Etymology: The word “bogey” has an uncertain origin, but it is thought to have come from the mispronunciation of the Scottish word “bogle” meaning “ghost” or “goblin.”

Early Usage: In the late 1800s, the term “bogey” began to be used in golf to refer to a score of one stroke above par for a particular hole. By the early 1900s, “bogey” had become a term used to describe a golfer’s handicap, or the number of strokes above par that they typically shoot.

The “Bogey Man”: Some believe that the term “bogey” was also influenced by the children’s game of “hide and seek,” where one player is designated as the “bogey man” who chases and catches the other players.

Modern Usage: Today, “bogey” remains an important part of golf terminology, used to describe a score of one stroke above par for a hole, as well as a golfer’s handicap.

Related Terms: Other related terms include “double bogey” (two strokes over par), “triple bogey” (three strokes over par), and “bogey-free round” (a round of golf without any scores of one stroke over par or worse).

The History of the Term “Bogey” in Golf

Bogey is a term that has been used in golf for over a century. The term was first coined in England in the late 1800s, and it quickly spread throughout the world of golf.

Originally, a bogey referred to a score of one stroke over par for a single hole. However, over time, the meaning of the term expanded to encompass an entire round of golf.

Today, a bogey is defined as a score of one stroke over par for a single hole or for an entire round. In contrast, a double bogey is two strokes over par, and a triple bogey is three strokes over par.

The use of the term bogey in golf has evolved over time, but it remains a key part of the sport’s lexicon. In fact, many golfers use the term to describe their own game or to talk about the performance of their favorite players.

The term bogey has become so ingrained in golf that it’s hard to imagine the sport without it. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, understanding the meaning of the term can help you improve your game and enjoy the sport even more.

Types of Bogeys and How They Affect Your Score

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out in golf, bogeys are something you’re bound to encounter on the course. A bogey is when you complete a hole in one stroke over par, and they can have a significant impact on your final score. One of the most common types of bogeys is the 3-putt bogey , which occurs when you take three putts to complete a hole. These can be frustrating, but there are ways to minimize their impact on your score.

Another type of bogey to be aware of is the penalty stroke bogey , which happens when you incur a penalty stroke for something like hitting the ball out of bounds or into a hazard. These can be particularly costly since you not only lose a stroke but also incur a penalty, potentially adding two strokes to your score.

Greenside bunker bogeys can also be a challenge for many golfers, especially those who struggle with their sand shots. If you find yourself in a greenside bunker, it’s essential to focus on your technique to avoid making multiple shots and incurring a bogey or worse.

Finally, the fairway bunker bogey can be a real challenge. Fairway bunkers can be difficult to escape from, and it’s easy to leave yourself in an unfavorable position, making it difficult to get to the green in regulation. It’s crucial to keep your cool and think strategically to avoid incurring a bogey.

The Impact of a Single Bogey on Your Scorecard

Scorecard Impact: A single bogey can have a significant impact on your final scorecard, especially if you incur several of them throughout your round. Even a seasoned golfer can have a bad day and end up with multiple bogeys on their scorecard, which can significantly impact their overall score.

Mental Game: Bogeys can also have an impact on your mental game, as they can be frustrating and lead to negative thinking. One bogey can quickly turn into multiple bogeys if you let frustration get the best of you. It’s essential to stay focused on the next shot and not dwell on the past to avoid letting one bogey turn into several.

Strategy: A bogey can also impact your strategy for the rest of the round. If you’re playing conservatively, you may be more inclined to take risks and try to make up for lost strokes after incurring a bogey. However, this can lead to additional mistakes and more bogeys. It’s crucial to stick to your game plan and not let one bogey dictate your entire round.

Ultimately, the impact of a single bogey on your scorecard depends on how you respond to it. While they can be frustrating and costly, they don’t have to define your round. By staying focused, maintaining a positive attitude, and sticking to your game plan, you can minimize their impact and keep your scorecard in check.

The Difference Between a Bogey and a Double Bogey

When playing golf, the difference between a bogey and a double bogey can make a significant impact on your overall score. A bogey is when you complete a hole one stroke over par, while a double bogey is two strokes over par.

For example, if a hole has a par of four, a player who completes it in five strokes would record a bogey, while a player who completes it in six strokes would record a double bogey. In some cases, a double bogey can be particularly damaging to a player’s score, as it can be difficult to make up for the extra stroke on subsequent holes.

While both bogeys and double bogeys are considered mistakes, double bogeys are generally considered to be more severe. In addition to the impact they can have on a player’s score, they can also be mentally challenging, causing frustration and anxiety.

That said, it’s important not to dwell on a double bogey or any other mistakes made during a round of golf. Instead, it’s important to stay focused and move forward, trying to make up for any lost strokes on the remaining holes.

How to Deal with Multiple Bogeys in a Round

Experiencing multiple bogeys in a round can be discouraging, but it’s essential to keep a positive attitude and stay focused on the game. One way to stay on track is by using a pre-shot routine to help eliminate any negative thoughts and refocus on the next shot. Another technique is to take a deep breath and visualize a successful shot.

Additionally, you can make strategic decisions to avoid getting more bogeys. For example, if you are struggling with a particular club, consider using a different one or a safer shot to avoid trouble. It’s also important to take the time to read the course and make smart decisions based on the conditions, such as wind speed and direction.

Remember, golf is a mental game, and your mindset can have a significant impact on your performance. Keeping a positive attitude and staying focused on the task at hand can help you overcome multiple bogeys and improve your overall score.

How to Avoid Bogeys and Improve Your Score

Every golfer wants to avoid bogeys and improve their score. One way to do this is by practicing consistently. Consistent practice builds muscle memory and helps you develop a better swing. Another way to avoid bogeys is by focusing on your short game. This includes chipping and putting, which are crucial parts of the game. Make sure to practice these skills regularly to lower your score.

Another way to avoid bogeys is by playing smart. This means knowing your strengths and weaknesses and playing to them. Don’t take unnecessary risks, especially when you’re not feeling confident. Instead, aim for a safe shot that keeps you in play. Also, stay patient throughout the round. Golf is a mental game, and it’s important to maintain a positive attitude even when things aren’t going well.

Finally, one of the best ways to avoid bogeys and improve your score is by getting professional instruction. A golf coach can help you identify areas for improvement in your swing and short game. They can also provide guidance on strategy and mental preparation. With their help, you can refine your skills and become a better golfer.

The Importance of Strategy in Avoiding Bogeys

One of the most effective ways to avoid bogeys and improve your score is to develop a solid strategy for each hole. This means understanding the course layout, including the distance, hazards, and potential landing areas. By having a plan in place before each shot, you can make better decisions and increase your chances of hitting a successful shot.

Another key aspect of strategy is knowing when to take risks and when to play it safe. Sometimes, going for a risky shot can pay off and lead to a birdie or par, but other times it can result in a bogey or worse. By assessing the situation and weighing the risks and rewards, you can make an informed decision that will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes.

It’s also important to be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses as a golfer. If you struggle with hitting a particular type of shot, such as a long iron or a short wedge, you may want to adjust your strategy accordingly. For example, you might choose to lay up on a long par 5 instead of going for the green in two if you’re not confident in your ability to hit a long iron accurately.

Techniques for Improving Your Short Game and Avoiding Bogeys

  • Alignment: The first step to improving your short game is ensuring proper alignment. Make sure your feet, hips, and shoulders are all aligned parallel to the target line.
  • Practice: Consistent practice is the key to improving your short game. Set aside time each week to practice chipping and pitching. Try to practice in different conditions and on different surfaces, such as rough or sand, to prepare for any situation.
  • Club Selection: Choosing the right club is critical to a successful short game. Consider factors such as the distance to the hole, the height of the shot, and the amount of spin needed. Also, be sure to experiment with different clubs to see which works best for you.

Improving your short game is a great way to lower your scores and avoid bogeys. By focusing on proper alignment, consistent practice, and club selection, you can improve your skills and gain confidence on the green.

Remember, practice makes perfect. Dedicate time each week to working on your short game and you will see improvement. And, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the process!

By following these techniques and incorporating them into your routine, you’ll be on your way to a better short game and fewer bogeys in no time.

The Role of Mental Toughness in Minimizing Bogeys

Visualize: One technique for building mental toughness is visualization. Before hitting a shot, take a moment to visualize the outcome you want. Imagine the ball landing on the green and rolling towards the hole. This can help you stay focused and confident.

Stay Positive: Another important aspect of mental toughness is staying positive. It’s easy to get down on yourself after a bad shot or missed putt, but dwelling on the negative will only hurt your game. Instead, focus on what you did well and what you can do better on the next shot.

  • Breathing: Deep breathing is a great way to calm your nerves and stay focused. Take a few deep breaths before each shot to help clear your mind and relax your body.
  • Routine: Establishing a pre-shot routine can also help build mental toughness. Develop a routine that works for you and stick to it. This will help you stay focused and in the present moment.
  • Confidence: Finally, confidence is key to mental toughness. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Remember that every shot is an opportunity to succeed and learn.

By incorporating these techniques into your game, you can build mental toughness and minimize bogeys. Visualize success, stay positive, breathe deeply, establish a routine, and have confidence in yourself. Golf is as much a mental game as it is a physical one, so don’t underestimate the power of mental toughness!

What is a Double Bogey?

A double bogey is a term used in golf when a player scores two strokes over the par for a hole. In other words, if a hole has a par of 4, and a player takes 6 shots to complete it, then they have made a double bogey.

Double bogeys can be frustrating for golfers, as they can quickly derail a good round. It’s important to note that while double bogeys are not desirable, they are a common occurrence even among professional golfers.

While double bogeys may seem like a big deal to novice golfers, they are just one part of the game. Golfers must learn to manage their emotions and stay focused even after making mistakes.

It’s also worth noting that there are different levels of golfers, and what may be considered a double bogey for one player could be a good score for another. The key is to focus on improving your own game and not worry too much about what others are doing.

Double bogeys are just one of many terms used in golf to describe a player’s score. Other terms include birdie, eagle, and hole-in-one. Understanding these terms is essential for anyone looking to get into the game of golf.

Overall, double bogeys are a common occurrence in golf that players must learn to accept and move on from. With practice and perseverance, golfers can work to reduce their number of double bogeys and improve their overall game.

The Definition of a Double Bogey

A double bogey is a score that a golfer can make on a hole. It occurs when a golfer takes two strokes more than the par for that hole. For example, if a hole is a par 4 and a golfer takes 6 strokes to complete it, they have made a double bogey.

Double bogeys are not uncommon in golf, and even professional golfers can make them from time to time. However, they can be frustrating for golfers, especially if they occur frequently.

It’s important to note that double bogeys are just one part of a golfer’s overall score. While they may be disappointing, they are not necessarily indicative of a poor round. Golfers should aim to minimize their number of double bogeys, but should also focus on playing consistently and making smart shots.

Double bogeys are typically followed by a sense of disappointment or frustration, but it’s important for golfers to stay focused and move on to the next hole. Dwelling on a mistake can lead to further errors and a higher overall score.

  • Double bogeys are more common among beginner and intermediate golfers than among professionals.
  • Golfers should aim to minimize their number of double bogeys, but not at the expense of taking risks and playing aggressively.
  • Double bogeys can be a good opportunity for golfers to practice mental toughness and resilience.

Overall, double bogeys are a natural part of the game of golf. While they may be frustrating, they do not necessarily define a golfer’s overall score or skill level. By staying focused and practicing consistently, golfers can work to minimize their number of double bogeys and improve their overall game.

How a Double Bogey Can Affect Your Overall Score

If you’re an avid golfer, you know that a double bogey can be a major setback in your game. Not only does it mean that you’ve hit the ball twice as many times as the ideal number for a hole, but it can also have a significant impact on your overall score.

One double bogey might not seem like a big deal, but if you have several in a round, your score can quickly climb. For example, if you have two double bogeys and eight bogeys in a round, your score will be 90, which is ten strokes over par for a typical 18-hole course. However, if you can avoid those two double bogeys and turn them into bogeys instead, your score would be 86, which is a significant improvement.

Another way that a double bogey can affect your overall score is through your mental game. Golf is a mentally challenging sport, and a double bogey can be demoralizing. It’s easy to get frustrated and lose focus, which can lead to more mistakes and even more double bogeys.

Strategies for Avoiding Double Bogeys

As with most things in golf, the key to avoiding double bogeys is practice and preparation. Here are some strategies to help you avoid this frustrating outcome:

Know Your Limitations: Double bogeys often occur when golfers try to hit shots they’re not capable of making. Take an honest assessment of your abilities and play within them. If you’re not confident you can clear a hazard, lay up instead of trying to go for it.

Play Safe: When in doubt, always choose the safer shot. This might mean taking a shorter club off the tee or hitting a layup shot instead of trying to reach the green in two. Avoiding trouble will help you keep your score low and avoid double bogeys.

Keep Your Emotions in Check: Double bogeys can be frustrating, but it’s important to stay calm and focused. Don’t let one bad hole ruin your entire round. Take a deep breath, regroup, and focus on making the next shot count.

Practice Smart: Finally, practice is key to avoiding double bogeys. Work on your short game, as this is where most double bogeys occur. Spend time on the practice green working on your putting, chipping, and pitching. The more confident you are with your short game, the less likely you’ll make a costly mistake on the course.

Bogey vs. Par: What’s the Difference?

If you’re new to golf, some of the terms used in the game can be confusing. Two of the most commonly used terms are bogey and par . Both are used to describe the number of strokes needed to complete a hole, but they have different meanings.

A bogey is when a player completes a hole in one stroke over par. For example, if a hole is a par 4, a player who completes the hole in 5 strokes has made a bogey. On the other hand, par is the number of strokes that an expert golfer is expected to complete a hole in.

It’s important to note that par can vary depending on the difficulty of the hole. For example, a par 3 hole will have a lower par than a par 5 hole. This is because a par 3 hole is generally easier to complete in fewer strokes than a par 5 hole.

The Definition of Par in Golf

Golf is a sport that is all about scoring, and par is a crucial component of that scoring system. In golf, par is the number of strokes a skilled golfer should take to complete a hole. It is typically calculated based on the length and difficulty of the hole.

For example, a par-3 hole is generally shorter and easier than a par-5 hole. On a par-3 hole, a golfer should be able to reach the green in one shot and make their putt in two, taking a total of three strokes. On a par-5 hole, a golfer will need to hit several shots to get to the green and will ideally make their putt in two strokes, taking a total of five strokes to complete the hole.

Par is the standard that golfers use to measure their performance on each hole. A golfer who takes fewer strokes than par on a hole has scored a bogey , birdie , or eagle , depending on the number of strokes they took. If a golfer takes more strokes than par on a hole, they have scored a bogey , double bogey , or worse.

Par is also used to calculate a golfer’s total score for a round. If a golfer completes an 18-hole course with a score equal to par, they have shot a 72 , which is considered a solid performance. However, if they score below or above par, their performance is considered better or worse, respectively.

The Relationship Between Par and Bogey

Par is the standard number of strokes that an expert golfer is expected to take to complete a hole or a round, and it varies depending on the length and difficulty of the course. Generally, par is set at 72 for a standard 18-hole course, but it can be lower or higher depending on the course.

Bogey is a score that is one stroke above par for a hole. For example, if a golfer completes a hole in five strokes when the par is four, they have a bogey for that hole. It is common for amateur golfers to score a bogey on a hole, and for professional golfers, it is often seen as a mistake.

Essentially, a bogey means that a golfer has taken more strokes to complete a hole than an expert golfer would typically need. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as missed shots, poor putting, or simply a challenging hole.

Therefore, the relationship between par and bogey is that bogey is one stroke higher than par, and it represents a less-than-ideal score for a hole. However, a golfer can still play a successful round even if they have a few bogeys, as long as they balance them out with birdies or other lower scores.

How Understanding Par and Bogey Can Help You Improve Your Game

Understanding the concept of par and bogey is essential for any golfer who wants to improve their game. By knowing what par is for a particular hole and setting a target score for yourself, you can set realistic goals and track your progress.

Knowing what a bogey is and how it affects your score can help you avoid taking unnecessary risks and making bad shots. It can also help you stay calm and focused when you do make mistakes, so that you can minimize the damage and move on to the next hole.

By understanding the relationship between par and bogey, you can also learn to manage your expectations and adjust your strategy accordingly. For example, if you’re playing a difficult hole where bogey is a good score, you might choose to play conservatively and aim for the middle of the green rather than going for a risky shot that could result in a higher score.

Ultimately, understanding par and bogey is about setting goals, managing expectations, and making smart decisions on the golf course. By incorporating these concepts into your game, you can improve your overall performance and enjoy the game of golf even more.

Professional Golfers and Their Bogey Averages

Bogey averages are an important statistic for professional golfers. These averages can give an idea of a golfer’s overall performance on the course.

On the PGA Tour, the average number of bogeys per round is typically around 3 to 4, depending on the course difficulty.

Top professional golfers tend to have lower bogey averages, with some averaging less than 2 bogeys per round.

It’s important to note that bogey averages can vary greatly depending on the golfer’s playing style, course conditions, and overall skill level.

How Professional Golfers Handle Bogeys on Tour

Professional golfers face intense pressure when playing on tour, and handling bogeys is a crucial part of their strategy. One key approach is to remain calm and not let the bogey affect their mindset for the rest of the round.

Another strategy is to stay focused on the game plan and stick to their routine, regardless of the outcome of the last hole. Professional golfers also try to avoid taking unnecessary risks that could lead to more bogeys or worse.

It’s essential to have a positive attitude and maintain a strong mental game when dealing with bogeys. Professional golfers often rely on their caddies and coaches for support and guidance during challenging rounds.

Finally, professional golfers understand that bogeys are inevitable, and they don’t let them discourage or distract them from their ultimate goal of winning the tournament. Instead, they use bogeys as motivation to play better and make up for lost strokes.

The Importance of Consistency in Avoiding Bogeys

Consistency is key in avoiding bogeys in golf. Even professional golfers can struggle with the occasional bogey, but it’s important to minimize mistakes by playing consistently and strategically.

Playing it safe can be a smart strategy for avoiding bogeys. Rather than trying to hit a risky shot, choose a safer club or aim for a wider part of the fairway. This can help keep your score low and avoid unnecessary mistakes.

It’s also important to focus on your short game , as many bogeys can be attributed to missed putts or poorly executed chips and pitches. Practicing your short game and improving your putting skills can help you avoid bogeys and improve your overall score.

How Studying Professional Golfers Can Help Improve Your Own Game

Professional golfers are some of the best in the world, and studying their techniques can help amateur golfers improve their own games. By observing how professionals handle different situations, players can learn how to improve their shot-making abilities and avoid costly mistakes such as bogeys.

Technique: One of the most important aspects of golf is technique. Professionals have spent countless hours perfecting their swings, so it’s worth studying their movements and trying to incorporate some of those techniques into your own game.

Mental game: Golf is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. Professional golfers have mastered the art of staying focused and maintaining a positive attitude even when things don’t go their way. By studying their mental approach to the game, you can learn how to stay calm under pressure and avoid costly mistakes.

Strategy: Professional golfers are also experts in course management and strategy. They know when to play conservatively and when to take risks. By studying their approach to different holes and situations, amateur golfers can learn how to make better decisions on the course and avoid bogeys.

Practice habits: Finally, professional golfers are known for their rigorous practice habits. They practice every day, work on their weaknesses, and constantly strive to improve their game. By emulating their dedication and work ethic, amateur golfers can make significant strides in their own games and avoid costly mistakes like bogeys.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a bogey differ from other golf scores.

A bogey is a score of one stroke over par for a given hole, which makes it different from other golf scores like par, birdie, and eagle. Par is the standard score for a hole, and making a birdie or eagle means scoring below par. On the other hand, making a bogey means scoring above par, which is not ideal for a golfer. However, making a bogey is still better than making a double bogey, which is a score of two strokes over par for a given hole.

How does a bogey affect a golfer’s scorecard?

When a golfer makes a bogey, it means they have scored one stroke over par for a given hole. The golfer’s scorecard will show a score of +1 for that hole, indicating that they made a bogey. If the golfer makes a bogey on several holes, their score will be higher than if they had made par on those holes. However, making a bogey is still better than making a double bogey or worse, which would result in an even higher score.

What are some strategies for avoiding bogeys in golf?

There are several strategies that golfers can use to avoid making bogeys. One strategy is to aim for the center of the green on approach shots, rather than trying to go for the flagstick. This reduces the risk of hitting a shot offline and into a hazard or rough. Another strategy is to play conservative shots off the tee, such as hitting a fairway wood or hybrid instead of a driver. This reduces the risk of hitting the ball out of bounds or into a hazard. Finally, practicing short game shots like chipping and putting can help golfers save strokes around the greens and avoid making bogeys.

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Understanding Bogey In Golf: Definition, Origin, And Impact

Brenda draughn.

August 1, 2023

Learn all about bogey in golf – from its and to its on a golfer’s score and psychology. Explore to recover from a bogey and discover its significance in .

Definition of a Bogey in Golf

In the world of golf, the term “bogey” holds a significant place. It is a scoring term that represents a specific score achieved on a hole. Understanding the concept of a bogey is essential to grasp the intricacies of golf scoring and appreciate the sport to its fullest.

Explanation of a Bogey

A bogey in golf refers to a score of one over par on a given hole. In simpler terms, it means taking one stroke more than what is considered the standard score for that particular hole. For example, if a hole is a par 4 and a player completes it in 5 strokes, they have scored a bogey.

Bogeys are most commonly encountered on par 4 and par 5 holes, as these are the longer holes that require more skill and precision to navigate successfully. However, it is also possible to score a bogey on a par 3 hole if a player takes one more stroke than the expected par score.

Origin of the Term “Bogey”

The of the term “bogey” in golf has an interesting history. It is believed to have originated in the late 19th century in Great Britain. During that time, there was a popular song titled “Bogey Man,” which was associated with a mythical creature used to scare children.

In golf, the term “bogey” was initially used to refer to a score that was considered a challenge or difficult to achieve. It was almost like the golf course itself was playing as the bogey man, making it harder for players to achieve the expected score. Over time, the term stuck and became widely used in golf terminology.

Bogey Score in Golf

Scoring a bogey in golf is a common occurrence for both amateur and professional players. It represents a score that is slightly above par and can vary depending on the difficulty level of the hole. While it may not be the ideal score, it is still considered a respectable achievement.

Bogey scores can range from 1 over par to 2 over par, depending on the specific hole. For instance, a bogey on a par 3 hole would be a score of 4, while a bogey on a par 4 hole would be a score of 5. It is important to note that the bogey score can differ between golf courses, as some may have more challenging holes than others.

Scoring a bogey does not necessarily mean that a player has committed a major mistake. It could simply be a result of a slightly errant shot or a missed opportunity. Golf is a game of precision and consistency, and even the best players can make minor errors that lead to a bogey.

In the next section, we will delve deeper into the overall scoring system in golf and explore the different terms used to evaluate a player’s performance. Stay tuned to uncover the fascinating world of golf scoring.

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Scoring in Golf

Overview of golf scoring, comparison of different golf scoring terms, understanding par scores.

Scoring in golf is an essential aspect of the game that determines a player’s performance and success on the course. It involves keeping track of the number of strokes taken to complete each hole and the overall score for the entire round. The objective is to achieve the lowest score possible.

Golf scoring is based on the principle that each hole has a designated par score, which represents the number of strokes an expert golfer is expected to take to complete the hole. The par score varies depending on the length and difficulty of the hole, with par 3 for shorter holes, par 4 for medium-length holes, and par 5 for longer holes.

When talking about golf scoring, several terms come into play, including par, birdie, eagle, and bogey. Understanding these terms is crucial for golfers to assess their performance accurately.

  • Par : As mentioned earlier, par represents the expected number of strokes for a hole. It serves as a benchmark for determining how well a golfer plays each hole. Shooting par on a hole means completing it in the expected number of strokes, while shooting below par is considered a better performance.
  • Birdie : A birdie occurs when a golfer completes a hole in one stroke fewer than its designated par score. For example, scoring a 3 on a par 4 hole or a 4 on a par 5 hole would be considered a birdie. It is an achievement that signifies skill and precision in the game.
  • Eagle : An eagle is an exceptional accomplishment in golf, achieved when a golfer completes a hole two strokes below its designated par score. Scoring a 2 on a par 4 hole or a 3 on a par 5 hole would be classified as an eagle. It is a rare occurrence and often a cause for celebration on the course.
  • Bogey : A bogey, on the other hand, represents a hole completed one stroke over its par score. For example, scoring a 5 on a par 4 hole or a 6 on a par 5 hole would be considered a bogey. While it is not an ideal outcome, bogeys are common among amateur golfers and even professionals on challenging holes.

Par scores are crucial for golfers to evaluate their performance and compare it to the expected standard. Each hole on a golf course is assigned a par score based on its length, obstacles, and level of difficulty. The purpose of par scores is to provide a reference point for players to gauge their success on each hole.

Par scores are typically set by course architects and take into account the average number of strokes it would take a skilled golfer to complete each hole. For example, a par 3 hole is usually shorter and less challenging, while a par 5 hole is longer and may have more hazards.

Understanding par scores allows golfers to set goals for each hole and assess their progress throughout the round. It provides a standardized measurement of performance that can be compared across different golf courses and tournaments.

Types of Scores in Golf

Birdie score.

In the world of golf, a birdie score is something that every golfer aspires to achieve. It is a term used to describe a score on a hole that is one stroke below par. For example, if a hole is designated as a par 4, and a golfer completes it in 3 strokes, they have achieved a birdie. It is a moment of triumph and excitement for the golfer, as they have managed to outperform the expected score for that particular hole.

Birdies are often seen as a sign of skill and precision in the game of golf. They require a golfer to make a well-executed shot, whether it be a powerful drive off the tee or a delicate putt on the green. The ability to consistently achieve birdie scores is a testament to a golfer’s talent and understanding of the game.

When a golfer achieves a birdie, it can have a significant impact on their overall score for the round. Each birdie represents a stroke saved, which can add up over the course of 18 holes. This can make a substantial difference in the final score and potentially determine the outcome of a match or tournament.

To put it into perspective, let’s imagine a golfer who manages to achieve three birdies throughout their round. If each birdie represents a stroke saved, that means they have effectively lowered their score by three strokes. This can be a game-changer, especially in competitive situations where every stroke counts.

Achieving a birdie score not only has a tangible on a golfer’s score but also has a psychological effect. It can boost a golfer’s confidence and morale, providing a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue performing well. It can also create a positive momentum, where one successful birdie leads to another, further enhancing the golfer’s overall performance.

To achieve a birdie, golfers often employ various and techniques. They may carefully analyze the course and plan their shots accordingly, taking into consideration factors like wind direction, hazards, and the slope of the green. They may also focus on improving their putting skills, as accurate and controlled putting is crucial for achieving birdie scores.

In summary, a birdie score is a highly sought-after achievement in the game of golf. It represents a score on a hole that is one stroke below par and requires skill, precision, and strategic thinking. Birdies have a significant on a golfer’s overall score, both in terms of strokes saved and psychological motivation. They serve as a testament to a golfer’s abilities and can make a world of difference in a competitive golfing situation.

Eagle Score

In the realm of golf, an eagle score is the pinnacle of achievement. It is a term used to describe a score on a hole that is two strokes below par. Achieving an eagle is a rare and remarkable feat, reserved for the most skilled and talented golfers.

To put it into perspective, let’s consider a par 5 hole. A golfer who manages to complete the hole in just three strokes has achieved an eagle. This requires a combination of power, accuracy, and strategic decision-making. It is a moment that showcases the golfer’s ability to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

Eagles have a significant on a golfer’s overall score for a round of golf. Each eagle represents two strokes saved, which can make a substantial difference in the final tally. In competitive golf, where every stroke counts, eagles can be game-changers and determine the outcome of a match or tournament.

The psychological impact of achieving an eagle cannot be underestimated. It is a moment of triumph and exhilaration, as the golfer has surpassed expectations and demonstrated exceptional skill. The accomplishment can fuel a golfer’s confidence and motivation, leading to even better performance in subsequent holes.

To achieve an eagle, golfers must demonstrate exceptional skill and strategic thinking. They must carefully analyze the course and plan their shots accordingly, taking into account factors such as distance, wind direction, hazards, and the layout of the green. They must also make precise and controlled shots, ensuring that they maximize their chances of success.

In addition to skill and strategy, luck also plays a role in achieving an eagle. Golfers must seize opportunities when they arise, capitalizing on favorable conditions and making the most of their abilities. It is a combination of skill, strategy, and favorable circumstances that culminate in the achievement of an eagle score.

Double Bogey Score

While birdies and eagles are celebrated in the world of golf, a double bogey score is something that most golfers would rather avoid. It is a term used to describe a score on a hole that is two strokes above par. It represents a moment of frustration and disappointment for the golfer, as they have performed below expectations.

To understand a double bogey score, let’s consider a par 4 hole. If a golfer completes the hole in six strokes, they have achieved a double bogey. This could be the result of errant shots, missed opportunities, or unfavorable course conditions. Regardless of the reasons, it is a score that adds two additional strokes to the golfer’s overall tally.

The of a double bogey on a golfer’s overall score can be significant. Each double bogey represents two additional strokes, which can add up over the course of a round of golf. It can result in a higher overall score and potentially affect the outcome of a match or tournament.

From a psychological standpoint, a double bogey can have a negative on a golfer’s mindset. It can be demoralizing and dent the golfer’s confidence, leading to a decrease in performance in subsequent holes. The frustration and disappointment of a double bogey may linger, affecting the golfer’s ability to focus and make strategic decisions.

To recover from a double bogey and minimize its , golfers often employ various . They may take a moment to regroup and refocus, reminding themselves of their abilities and strengths. They may analyze their shots and identify areas for improvement, making adjustments to their technique or strategy. Additionally, golfers may seek support and encouragement from their caddy or fellow players, using their advice and guidance to bounce back from a disappointing score.

In summary, a double bogey score is an undesirable outcome in the game of golf. It represents a score on a hole that is two strokes above par and can have a significant on a golfer’s overall score and psychological mindset. Golfers must strive to minimize the occurrence of double bogeys through strategic thinking, skill improvement, and maintaining a positive mindset.

Impact of a Bogey on a Golfer

When it comes to the game of golf, every stroke counts. A bogey, which is one stroke over par for a hole, can have a significant on a golfer’s performance and mindset. In this section, we will explore the effect of a bogey on an overall score, the psychological impact it can have on a golfer, and to recover from a bogey.

Effect on Overall Score

A single bogey may not seem like a big deal, but when you consider the cumulative effect it can have on an overall score, it becomes clear that minimizing bogeys is crucial for a successful round of golf. Let’s say a golfer plays a par-72 course and manages to shoot bogeys on five holes. This would result in a score of 77, which is five strokes over par. However, if the golfer had managed to avoid those bogeys, their score would have been a much-improved 72, which is an even par. As you can see, even a single bogey can make a significant difference in the overall score.

Psychological Impact on Golfer

Beyond the numerical , a bogey can also have a psychological on a golfer. Golf is a mentally challenging sport, and a bogey can shake a player’s confidence and focus. It is not uncommon for golfers to experience frustration, disappointment, or even anger after a bogey. These negative emotions can linger and affect subsequent shots, potentially leading to a downward spiral of poor performance.

Furthermore, a bogey can also create a sense of pressure and urgency to make up for the lost stroke. This pressure can lead to rushed decision-making and increased risk-taking, which can further compound the problem. It is essential for golfers to manage their emotions and maintain a positive mindset to overcome the psychological of a bogey.

Strategies to Recover from a Bogey

Recovering from a bogey requires a combination of mental fortitude and strategic gameplay. Here are some effective that golfers can employ to bounce back from a bogey:

  • Stay Calm and Composed : It is crucial to remain calm and composed after a bogey. Take a deep breath, clear your mind, and focus on the present shot rather than dwelling on the past. Remember, golf is a game of ups and downs, and a single bad hole does not define your entire round.
  • Analyze the Mistake : Take a moment to analyze what went wrong on the previous hole. Was it a poor tee shot, an errant approach, or a missed putt? Identifying the mistake will help you make adjustments and avoid repeating it in the future.
  • Stick to Your Game Plan : It can be tempting to try to make up for a bogey with aggressive shots, but this approach can often backfire. Stick to your original game plan and focus on executing each shot to the best of your ability. Remember, consistency and patience are key in golf.
  • Practice Positive Self-Talk : Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Remind yourself of your strengths and past successes. Positive self-talk can help boost confidence and maintain a resilient mindset throughout the round.
  • Take Advantage of Scoring Opportunities : Look for holes where you can recover the lost stroke by aiming for a birdie or par. Identify the strengths of your game and leverage them to your advantage. By capitalizing on scoring opportunities, you can quickly erase the impact of a bogey.
  • Learn from Professional Golfers : Study the employed by professional golfers to recover from bogeys. Watch videos, read articles, and analyze their techniques. Many professional golfers have faced similar situations and have developed effective to overcome setbacks.

Examples of Bogey Scenarios

In golf, bogeys can occur in various scenarios, depending on the difficulty level of the hole and the golfer’s performance. Let’s explore three common bogey scenarios and understand how they can a player’s score and mindset.

Scenario 1: Par 4 Hole

A par 4 hole is one of the most common scenarios where bogeys can occur. A par 4 hole typically requires the golfer to complete the hole in four strokes. However, if a golfer takes five strokes to complete the hole, it results in a bogey.

Imagine a picturesque par 4 hole with a fairway lined with bunkers and a green protected by water hazards. As the golfer tees off, they need to navigate their ball through the fairway, avoiding the bunkers strategically placed to challenge their accuracy. Even if they manage to reach the green in three shots, sinking the putt in one stroke can be challenging due to the undulating nature of the green.

In such a scenario, a bogey can occur if the golfer fails to sink the putt in one stroke. This could be due to misjudging the break of the green or feeling the pressure of the situation. While a bogey may not be an ideal outcome, it is still considered a decent score for a par 4 hole, especially if the hole is particularly challenging.

Scenario 2: Par 3 Hole with Water Hazards

Par 3 holes are shorter in length compared to par 4 or par 5 holes, but they can be equally challenging. One particular scenario that often leads to bogeys is a par 3 hole with water hazards.

Imagine a par 3 hole where the tee shot needs to carry over a large body of water to reach the green. The presence of water hazards adds a psychological pressure on the golfer, as any misjudgment or mishit can result in the ball landing in the water.

In this scenario, a bogey can occur if the golfer’s tee shot falls short and lands in the water hazard. They would then need to take a penalty stroke and play their next shot from a designated drop zone. Even if they manage to avoid the water, the psychological of the water hazard can affect their subsequent shots, making it challenging to sink the putt in one stroke. Thus, a bogey becomes a likely outcome.

Scenario 3: Par 5 Hole with Difficult Greens

Par 5 holes offer golfers the opportunity to make birdies or even eagles, but they can also lead to bogeys if not played strategically. One common scenario where bogeys occur on par 5 holes is when the greens are particularly difficult to navigate.

Imagine a par 5 hole with a fairway that offers tempting opportunities for long drives. However, reaching the green in two shots requires precise accuracy and distance control. The green, in this scenario, is undulating and guarded by bunkers, making it challenging to approach and putt.

A bogey can occur if the golfer fails to reach the green in two shots or if their approach shot falls short and lands in a bunker. Playing from the bunker adds strokes to their score, and the undulating nature of the green makes it challenging to sink the subsequent putt. Despite their best efforts, a golfer may end up taking one or two extra strokes to complete the hole, resulting in a bogey.

In these scenarios, bogeys are a common occurrence, even for professional golfers. The challenges posed by difficult holes, water hazards, and tricky greens can test a golfer’s skills and mental resilience. However, it is important for golfers to understand that bogeys are a part of the game and can be overcome with the right mindset and .

To recover from a bogey, golfers can employ various such as staying focused on the next shot, analyzing their mistakes, and making adjustments. By maintaining a positive attitude and learning from their errors, golfers can navigate through the challenges presented by bogey scenarios and aim for a better score in their next hole.

  • In scenario 1, the golfer faces challenges in navigating the fairway and sinking the putt on a par 4 hole.
  • Scenario 2 involves a par 3 hole with water hazards that add pressure to the golfer’s tee shot and subsequent shots.
  • Scenario 3 focuses on a par 5 hole with difficult greens, where accuracy and distance control are crucial for avoiding bogeys.

Remember, every golfer, professional or amateur, encounters bogeys at some point in their game. It’s how they respond and recover that defines their golfing journey. So, embrace the challenges, learn from your mistakes, and keep swinging towards a better score.

Bogey in Professional Golf

In the world of , bogeys are a common occurrence. Even the best golfers in the world have experienced their fair share of bogeys during their careers. Let’s take a look at some notable professional golfers who have records of bogeys, the of bogeys on professional tournaments, and the used by professionals to avoid them.

Notable Professional Golfers with Bogey Records

While bogeys are seen as a minor setback for professional golfers, there have been some notable players who have had more than their fair share. One such golfer is Phil Mickelson. Despite his incredible career, Mickelson has had his fair share of bogeys over the years. However, his ability to recover and bounce back from these setbacks is what sets him apart as a true champion.

Another notable golfer with a record of bogeys is Sergio Garcia. Known for his aggressive style of play, Garcia has sometimes found himself in difficult situations that have resulted in bogeys. However, his resilience and determination have helped him overcome these setbacks and achieve great success in his career.

Impact of Bogeys on Professional Tournaments

Bogeys can have a significant on tournaments. In a sport where every stroke counts, a single bogey can make a difference between winning and losing. For professional golfers, avoiding bogeys and minimizing their is crucial.

A bogey can not only affect a golfer’s score but also their mindset and confidence. It can create a sense of frustration and disappointment, which can lead to further mistakes and a downward spiral. Additionally, bogeys can also have an on the leaderboard and the overall dynamics of a tournament. One or two unexpected bogeys from the top contenders can completely change the outcome of the competition.

Strategies Used by Professionals to Avoid Bogeys

Professional golfers employ various to avoid bogeys and maintain their competitive edge. One such strategy is course management. Understanding the layout and challenges of a golf course is crucial in avoiding unnecessary risks and potential pitfalls. By carefully selecting their shots and playing conservatively when needed, professionals can minimize the chances of making a costly error.

Another strategy used by professionals is mental resilience. Golf is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. Being able to bounce back from a bogey and stay focused on the next shot is essential. Professionals often work with sports psychologists to develop mental that help them stay calm, confident, and focused, even in the face of setbacks.

Furthermore, professionals prioritize their short game and practice extensively on their chipping and putting skills. By having a strong short game, they can save strokes even when they find themselves in challenging situations. This focus on precision and finesse allows them to recover from potential bogey situations and turn them into pars or even birdies.

In conclusion, bogeys are an integral part of . Notable professional golfers like Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia have experienced their fair share of bogeys, but their ability to recover and adapt is what sets them apart. Bogeys can have a significant impact on professional tournaments, both in terms of individual scores and the overall dynamics of the competition. Professional golfers employ various , such as course management, mental resilience, and a strong short game, to avoid bogeys and maintain their competitive edge. By understanding the challenges and employing these , professionals can navigate the intricacies of the game and achieve success amidst the unpredictability of golf.

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National championship 2024: Five keys to Washington stunning Michigan, winning College Football Playoff title

The huskies are playing for their first national championship since a split crown in 1991.

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No. 2 Washington is set to play in its first national championship game in program history against No. 1 Michigan on Monday night. The Huskies missed a bowl game and went 4-8 two years ago but have been unstoppable since hiring coach Kalen DeBoer. Washington is 25-2 under DeBoer's watch, including a perfect 14-0 in 2023. Still, Vegas considers the Huskies 4.5-point underdogs heading into the matchup. 

The Huskies entered the year outside of the AP top 10 but survived one of the toughest schedules in the country to reach the final stage. Washington now has three wins over top-10 teams after beating No. 3 Texas 37-31 in the Sugar Bowl, while DeBoer earned several national coaching awards for his success. However, Michigan presents a unique challenge. 

Washington and Michigan feature a stylistic clash unlike many in recent memory. The Huskies use their aerial attack to spread defenses and create explosive plays. Michigan uses physicality and a tough run game to grind down opponents. Here are five keys that could determine whether the Huskies come home with the sport's ultimate prize. 

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1. Withstand the run

Washington can lose the game on this one aspect. The Huskies ranked No. 125 nationally in opposing rushing success rate and No. 86 with more than 4.4 yards per carry allowed. Washington gave up 123 yards and two touchdowns to Oregon State's Damien Martinez and 127 yards to Oregon's Bucky Irving in their first matchup this season. 

That said, Michigan's rushing offense is a different kind of animal. The Wolverines rarely break off long rushing plays, compiling just 56 all year, good enough for No. 82 in the country despite playing 14 games. Instead, Michigan simply wants to bludgeon opponents with All-American Blake Corum and a physical offensive line. 

Washington handles physicality fine but will have to get stops and deliver the ball back to its offense. The Huskies might want to take a leaf out of TCU's game plan from last year's semifinal against Michigan and attack with linebackers and safeties from exotic angles. It gave the Wolverines issues. 

2. Spread the secondary

Many teams in college football feature a future NFL wide receiver. Some are blessed with two. Only one has three. Rome Odunze , Jalen McMillan and Ja'Lynn Polk combine as the most terrifying receiving corps since at least 2021 Ohio State , and perhaps 2019 LSU . Michigan has corners to match, led by Will Johnson , but Washington has the personnel to make the Wolverines think. 

Perhaps the most underrated aspect is the return of McMillan, who was limited for stretches by injuries. McMillan is a game-changer from the slot who excels at converting mid-range opportunities. It's an embarrassment of riches that can make opposing defensive coordinator's head spin. 

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr . is recognizing and delivering pinpoint passes at an unbelievable level. Alabama rarely tried to go downfield against Michigan, but had some success when it did. If Penix can hit a deep pass early, it changes the geometry of the game. 

3. Communicate defensively

At one time, Michigan was a team truly built only to run the ball. Since Sherrone Moore was promoted to offensive line coach and coordinator in 2021, the Wolverines have grown tremendously. Michigan uses window dressing and misdirection to confuse opposing defenses, and Alabama had absolutely no clue how to respond. 

Think to the game-tying touchdown against the Tide in the Rose Bowl. Michigan lined up in a tight set with tight end Colston Loveland and wide receiver Roman Wilson seemingly set to block. When the ball was snapped, the entire line sealed right as quarterback J.J. McCarthy ran play-action to Blake Corum, but Wilson sped to the boundary uncovered. Alabama's defense -- filled with the best athletes the sport can offer -- had no idea what to do with all the motion. There's nothing personnel could have fixed. It was coaching and communication. 

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Washington is an exceedingly well-coached unit, especially on the back end. The Huskies' communication will be tested against a Michigan offense that stomps on any opportunities to pull away. Especially when the game gets into the red zone, the Huskies must be prepared. 

4. Find some short game

Washington has not been an efficient team running the ball, but running back Dillon Johnson has done more than enough to earn his keep. The Mississippi State transfer ran for 1,162 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He had a pair of touchdowns and a handful of tough first downs to keep the chains moving for Washington against Texas' elite rushing defense. 

At the end of the game, Johnson aggravated an existing foot injury in a moment that nearly lost Washington the game. Johnson is expected to play but could be limited. Behind Johnson, no player rushed more than 43 times nor boasts the 218-pound frame that made Johnson so valuable. 

If Washington can't run against Michigan, offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb will need to find other ways to convert short yardage. The Huskies could utilize tight end Jack Westover and the short passing game more consistently. Additionally, in a championship game opportunity, don't be surprised to see Grubb call a few quarterback runs. It worked well against Texas. 

5. Protect Michael Penix Jr.

The senior Washington quarterback put together one of the finest games in the history of the College Football Playoff vs. Texas, throwing for 430 yards and two touchdowns. Against Michigan, Grubb must empty the bag. 

Texas got the second-most pressures on Penix of any team this season, trailing only Utah . Ultimately, the Longhorns proved unable to get Penix all the way to the ground and became the sixth team to record zero sacks against the Huskies. 

Michigan presents a different challenge. The Wolverines got five sacks on Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe in the first half. But while UM will get after the passer, Washington is unlikely to suffer the same communication mismanagement of the Alabama unit. Led by Troy Fautanu at left tackle, the award-winning offensive line is one of the best in the nation. If the OL holds its own, Washington wins. 

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What lowering federal restrictions on marijuana could mean

The Biden administration is proposing changes to the federal classification of marijuana. NPR's Michel Martin talks to attorney Howard Sklamberg, who focuses on FDA compliance and policy.

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The Biden administration is recommending the Drug Enforcement Agency significantly lower federal restrictions on marijuana by demoting it from a Schedule 1 to a Schedule 3 drug. Now, the DEA defines Schedule 1 drugs as those with no medical use and a higher potential for abuse, meaning weed was grouped with drugs such as heroin. Joining us now to talk about what these potential changes to federal drug policy actually mean is attorney Howard Sklamberg. He focuses on compliance with Food and Drug Administration policy and served as the agency's top official on a variety of issues, including cannabis. Howard, so legalization advocates have been trying to change the federal classification for decades. What happens if cannabis is approved as a Schedule 3 drug?

HOWARD SKLAMBERG: Good morning. Well, for a lot of purposes, things will not change. In other words, the state programs out there on medical marijuana, the state programs on recreational marijuana will continue. The biggest change is that the tax law will change regarding marijuana companies. And specifically, marijuana companies will, like all other companies, be able to deduct as business expenses items related to marijuana. As right now as a Schedule 1 substance, if you are a marijuana company, you can't deduct as an expense, for example, the costs of the plant and the cultivation and everything else that goes into the business, which is a big effect.

MARTÍNEZ: Do you think the perception would change? I think it's definitely changed in the last few years for sure, but would it make a big difference there?

SKLAMBERG: I think it will continue to change. It has changed, and I think this will accelerate it. It has an important symbolic effect because, you know, what changing from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3 says is the federal government saying, wait a minute, the public health risks regarding cannabis are less than we had thought, you know, for decades. And that does have an important symbolic effect and I think will be used by advocates for further steps in the future.

MARTÍNEZ: Now, recreational use has been legalized in 24 states, and more could join as the issue is expected to appear on a lot of ballots in 2024. How does lowering the federal classification matter if you're driving through a state where marijuana is illegal?

SKLAMBERG: No, it does not. and that's an important thing for people to remember. The overall federal law is still that marijuana is an illegal controlled substance, and the federal government doesn't enforce that, by and large, against possession. But the state laws will remain in effect, and people have to obey the state laws.

MARTÍNEZ: Now, when it comes to the taxes, as you mentioned earlier, does a lower classification mean for national access to study the effects of cannabis?

SKLAMBERG: The ability to do research, clinical research is not really affected by the change in schedule, and the federal government has very much encouraged research into clinical trials and to other uses of marijuana, you know, for years. And I think that's going to continue.

MARTÍNEZ: OK. Now, cannabis business owners are concerned that big pharmaceutical companies might jump in and take over this market. Are we going to start to see maybe gummies and other edibles at our local pharmacies, possibly?

SKLAMBERG: I really do not see that as a risk at all. First of all, the - by changing the scheduling from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3, the overall environment and legal framework for doing research remains the same. And the fact is, for a pharmaceutical company to get an approved drug for cannabis, they have to invest a lot of money into clinical trials, and they have to get an approval for a specific use. So in other words, when you get a drug approved, it's not just, here are gummy bears; use them for what you would like. Our drug approval system is based on evidence related to specific uses of a drug. And the economics did not support that beforehand and I don't think will support that going forward.

MARTÍNEZ: What do you think, Howard, it would take for cannabis to be completely decriminalized? And actually, maybe the first question should be, should it be?

SKLAMBERG: Well, I think it's certainly headed in that direction. And I think that most advocates - and I would agree with them - think you need comprehensive federal legislation on this. I mean, if you take a step back and you were, you know, from a foreign country, and you would say, wait a minute, we have a patchwork of laws. It's illegal federally, but it's not really enforced. There are state laws here and there. There's a need for comprehensive, uniform federal legislation that addresses what is legal and what regulations apply and what safety rules apply.

MARTÍNEZ: Howard Sklamberg is a partner at Arnold & Porter law firm. He focuses on FDA compliance and policy. Howard, thanks.

SKLAMBERG: Thank you very much.

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The secret meaning behind the World Tree Hugging Championships

Virpi from Finland at the World Tree Hugging Championships, Halipuu Forest, Finland

Next summer, the fifth-annual World Tree Hugging Championships will take place in Finnish Lapland. Located around 170km north of the Arctic Circle in the private Halipuu Forest , the event challenges participants to compete in three events: first, to hug as many trees as they can in a minute, with each hug lasting at least five seconds. Second, for a maximum of a minute, to offer their most dedicated hug, showing presence, intention, love and respect to one individual tree. And finally, in the freestyle round, the contestants must give their most creative hug to a tree, however they interpret it, lasting a minute. The judges decide the winner.

Quirky though it undoubtedly is, the story and purpose behind the event has a serious meaning: it was designed to help connect people with nature, and to save a family's forest from being chopped down.

I'm walking through that forest with Riitta Raekallio-Wunderink, who created the event with her husband Steffan. It's winter in Arctic Finland and the sun is low in the sky in the early afternoon. The tree trunks glitter with frost as it sets, causing us to pull out our torches. As we crunch along the snowy paths, reflective silver strips – the type you might wear as a cyclist on a dark night – are wrapped around tree trunks to mark out the path ahead.

People in the beginning found it ridiculous – but not necessarily in a bad way

"People in the beginning found it ridiculous," Raekallio-Wunderink said of the championships, "but not necessarily in a bad way. As Finns, we have a tendency to do silly things, you know, and don't take ourselves too seriously. It's more of a tradition to do crazy stuff because you want to, especially in the countryside and in Lapland. There's space to express yourself in these kinds of ways."

One of the events in the World Tree Hugging Championships is a hug that shows presence, intention, love and respect (Credit: Halipuu)

One of the events in the World Tree Hugging Championships is a hug that shows presence, intention, love and respect (Credit: Halipuu)

We stop often as we walk, to look at tracks in the snow, to feel the relative temperatures of the tree trunks and to look at various growths on the trees, including long dark-brown tendrils of an unusual type of lichen that only grows in very clean air. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, this area, close to the municipality of Kittilä, has some of the cleanest air in the world . As we walk further into the forest, it's clear how connected Raekallio-Wunderink and her family are with it.

"My father started his lumberjack career here in the forest at the age of 12," she said. "His family had moved from the north, from a part of Finland that was lost to Russia in the Second World War, when he was three, and they bought this forest and built a sawmill. He grew up in this forest. It was his playground; it was where his soul belonged. He knew this place inside out and it was really dear to him."

Forestry in this part of the world is not an easy business. In a typical forestry cycle, you might harvest trees at anywhere between 40 and 150 years of age, but with a growing season that lasts just eight weeks in this part of northern Finland, it takes far longer, and requires much more husbandry to develop tall-enough trees. The moose that roam the forest eagerly nibble tender shoots in spring, while in the depths of winter, the sun doesn't even rise for around six weeks. Trees that make it to full size are the ultimate survivors.

Another challenge requires competitors to hug as many trees as they can in a minute (Credit: Eat Shoot Drive)

Another challenge requires competitors to hug as many trees as they can in a minute (Credit: Eat Shoot Drive)

"A few years ago, the forest had come to the end of this cycle," she said. "It was time to cut it down and start again. Only my father didn't want to. It was a feeling in his heart. He wasn't able to look at it as just financial value because it had so much other value for him."

How to get involved

You can only compete if you have won another tree-hugging championship – it’s important to protect the forest from having too many visitors – but the forest is open at other times in the year for the forest café and overnight stays.

The family started to consider how else they could keep the family business going. What other worth can you pull from a forest if you don't extract its wood? Their thoughts drifted to offbeat ideas they'd seen elsewhere: what if they asked people to adopt trees, or even to hug them?

After walking for 15 minutes through the snow, the warm glow of a campfire shines through the trees, announcing another of their ideas: Campfire Barista , a campfire cafe. Along with Raekallio-Wunderink's husband Steffan, we sit around the fire, toasting their home-made cloudberry and blueberry marshmallows on the flames and drinking dirty chai lattes brewed in a pot on the fire and flavoured with birch sap syrup. It's one of the best lattes I've ever tasted.

A few steps from the fireplace, a fleece-lined hammock stretches between two trees, and as snow starts to fall, gently muffling the sounds around us, I climb into it and relax. The hammock is another strand to the forest preservation plan, available to guests as an Arctic Sleepover option where guests can spend the night in hammocks in the forest. The World Tree Hugging Championships were the next step.

Visitors to Halipuu can also spend the night in cocooned in a hammock in the forest (Credit: Meir Schonbrun)

Visitors to Halipuu can also spend the night in cocooned in a hammock in the forest (Credit: Meir Schonbrun)

Following Covid, the family sensed people had a massive craving for nature after so many restrictions and lockdowns globally, and they wanted to help them reconnect. Their tree-hugging contest has been so successful that its rules have been adopted by other independent tree-hugging competitions around the world – including ones in Scotland – and the winners of these other competitions go forward to compete in the Halipuu Forest.

Behind all of it – the quirkiness of the event, the forest cafe, the adoptable trees and the cosy hammock – there's one key driver: finding new ways to get in touch with nature, and new ways to encourage people to bond with it, following the belief that you have to experience something to love it, and love it to protect it.

It's also a good way to get under the skin of the Finnish people: in a recent survey , more than 80% of Finnish people said the forest is important to them: it's a place they feel at home. That's no surprise when you consider that Finland is one of the world's most heavily forested countries, where over 70% of its landmass is forest, and, thanks to its "Everyman's Right" law , anyone can hike, camp and gather berries and mushrooms in a forest, regardless of who owns it.

"We offer people who come into the forest a safe way to immerse themselves in this harsh environment," Raekallio-Wunderink said. "It's a safe way to find the friendly face of Arctic nature – it's quite an incredible environment. At the same time, it takes out the constant babble that people have in their heads."

Steffan and Riitta Raekallio-Wunderink came up with the idea of hugging trees to save the family forest (Credit: Olli Autonen)

Steffan and Riitta Raekallio-Wunderink came up with the idea of hugging trees to save the family forest (Credit: Olli Autonen)

Even with this support behind it, the forest continues to need protection. Though saved from the sawmill, climate change is having an impact, with fluctuating temperatures and unpredictable weather events changing age-old patterns.

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"These days, it's not unusual to have a week of -30C followed by a week of 2C, or to experience unexpectedly heavy snow loads that damage the tree branches," Raekallio-Wunderink said. "In the summer, things get warmer and we expect to see different types of bugs, even ones that can destroy the trees, as they come further north than before."

What makes their tree-hugging project so effective is that it's not just about preserving the forest: the experience gives back in equal ways, just like a hug, to its visitors too.

"In a way, we do it out of selfish reasons," said Raekallio-Wunderink. "I like to take people into the forest and see the change that happens in them. In nature, people drop their masks. They don't have to be something. The trees don't judge them – they just take them as they are. For me, the most joy I get is out of seeing people change through that. I don't think there's enough of that feeling in the world."

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    uk / ˈbəʊ.ɡi / us / ˈboʊ.ɡi / bogey noun (GOLF) Add to word list [ C ] in golf, the act of getting the ball into the hole in one shot (= hit) more than par (= the expected number) for that hole SMART Vocabulary: related words and phrases Golf approach shot best ball better ball birdie bogie bunker caddy carry driver fairway golfing greenside hazard

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    1. an evil or mischievous spirit 2. something that worries or annoys 3. golf a. a score of one stroke over par on a hole Compare par (sense 5) b. obsolete a standard score for a hole or course, regarded as one that a good player should make 4. slang a piece of dried mucus discharged from the nose

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    1 [ boh-gee; for 2 also boog-ee, boo-gee ] show ipa See synonyms for bogey on Thesaurus.com noun, plural bo·geys. Golf. a score of one stroke over par on a hole. par 1 (def. 4). bogy 1 (defs. 1-3). Also bo·gy, bo·gie . Military. an unidentified aircraft or missile, especially one detected as a blip on a radar screen. bogie 1.

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    noun us / ˈboʊ.ɡi / uk / ˈbəʊ.ɡi / bogey noun (GOLF) Add to word list [ C ] in golf, the act of getting the ball into the hole in one shot (= hit) more than par (= the expected number) for that hole SMART Vocabulary: related words and phrases Golf approach shot best ball better ball birdie bogie caddy carry driver fairway golfing greenside hazard

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    Hush! Here Comes the Bogey Man", which was popular at that time. So at Yarmouth and elsewhere the ground score became known as the bogey score. A 'bogle' was a Scottish goblin as far back as the 16th Century and a Bogey-man was a widely used term for a goblin or devil.

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    What Does Bogey Mean? The term bogey in golf refers to a score that is one stroke over par. Par is the predetermined number of strokes it should take to complete a hole on a golf course. This term is commonly used in golf, especially by average players who struggle to achieve scores similar to more skilled players.

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    The Bogey Man must have been a golfer, because he lent his name to a golf score of 1-over par . At least, that's what the golf scoring term "bogey" means today: the definition of bogey is a stroke total on a single gole that is one stroke higher than that hole's par rating. If the hole is a par-4, and you make a score of five, that's a bogey.

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    (informal) a piece of dried mucus from inside your nose (also bogy) a bogeyman (= an imaginary evil spirit that is used to frighten children) (in golf ) a score of one stroke (= hit of the ball) over par (= the standard score for a hole) compare birdie, eagle Topics Sports: ball and racket sports c2 Word Origin

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    Noun [ edit] bogey (plural bogeys) ( Australia) A swim or bathe; a bath. [from 19th c.] 1994, Rita Huggins & Jackie Huggins, Auntie Rita, in Heiss & Minter, Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, Allen & Unwin 2008, p. 151: My mother would use leaves from trees to make soap for washing our bodies with, and unfortunately for us kids ...

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    A bogey competitor in golf is a golfer who plays against the course in a bogey competition. This is a type of game where the golfer tries to score better than bogey on each hole. Bogey is traditionally defined as one stroke over par, but in a bogey competition, the bogey score may be set higher or lower, depending on the difficulty of the hole ...

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    BOGEY meaning: 1 : a score that is one more than the official standard score for a particular hole a score of one stroke over par on a hole; 2 : something that causes fear or worry

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    published August 11, 2015 Confusingly, the word bogey has two different golfing meanings, the more modern one arising from the older one. But both meanings are still used The answer to 'what does bogey mean in golf' depends upon the context. It also depends upon what period of history you are talking about.

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    The word bogey has several meanings. Entertainingly, the first meaning given in the Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (and prefaced as 'informal British English') is 'a piece of nasal mucus'. The other meanings of the word may be less unpleasant but all have negative connotations.

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    This article deciphers the meaning of bogey and how it affects the game. Bogey is a golf term that means a golfer has scored one over par on a particular hole, whereas bogey golf is a scoring system that combines elements of stroke play and match play. Examples of bogeys include: Four strokes on a par-3 hole. Five strokes on a par-4 hole.

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    From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Related topics: Golf, Folklore bo‧gey, bogie /ˈbəʊɡi $ ˈboʊɡi/ noun [ countable] 1 technical when you take one more shot than par (=the usual number of shots) to get the ball into the hole in golf → birdie, eagle 2 a problem or difficult situation that makes you feel anxious bogey of the bogey of r...

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    The bogeyman ( / ˈboʊɡimæn /; also spelled or known as bogyman, [1] bogy, [1] bogey, [1] and, in North American English, also boogeyman) [1] is a mythical creature used by adults to frighten children into good behaviour.

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    Bogey is a term that has been used in golf for over a century. The term was first coined in England in the late 1800s, and it quickly spread throughout the world of golf. Originally, a bogey referred to a score of one stroke over par for a single hole. However, over time, the meaning of the term expanded to encompass an entire round of golf.

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    4. Slang An unidentified flying aircraft. 5. Slang A detective or police officer. 6. Chiefly British Slang A piece of dried or semisolid nasal mucus; a booger. tr.v. bo·geyed, bo·gey·ing, bo·geys To play (a hole in golf) scoring one stroke over par. [Possibly variant of bogle .] American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.

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