8 annoying golf phrases you just never want to hear…

Eight annoying golf phrases that can quickly get under your skin out on the course

A classic NITBY... but whatever you're thinking, don't say it!

However well-intentioned, these 8 annoying golf phrases are guaranteed to rankle in a very short space of time…

Hot on the heels of our '10 Most Annoying Golf Partners' feature, we bring you 8 annoying golf phrases that you just never want to hear out on the course...

“Great strike, though...”

It trips off the tongue so easily, doesn’t it? But the perpetrators of this glib phrase haven’t cottoned on to the fact that virtually every single strike off the face of a monster 460cc titanium driver sounds great.

So they use it, almost unthinkingly, even when your ball is careering wildly off towards the most impenetrable jungle on the course. Perhaps the pick of our annoying golf phrases...

Now is not a good time to pipe up, 'Great strike, though...'

Now is not a good time to pipe up, 'Great strike, though...'

“Good roll”

The putting green cousin of “great strike”. As putting has become more of a science and golfers have lapped up the performance claims of the top putter brands, more of them like to think they know the difference between a good roll and a bad one.

They may well do too, but the last thing you want to hear is “good roll” as your putt pulls up miles short, sails 10ft past, or would have Dickie Bird signalling a wide if he were on the green with you.

'Good roll' is the last thing you want to hear when you've left it well short

'Good roll' is the last thing you want to hear when you've left it well short

“I saw it bounce”

They really are trying to help you as your ball veers away into bandit country, and it may well serve to fill you with renewed hope in your hour of need.

But, “I saw it bounce,” frequently turns out to offer merely false hope. They saw it bounce… then it disappeared again 200+ yards away from where you’re standing!

It’s at its very worst when said with enough conviction to stop you hitting a provisional ball – “I’ll just hit a provisional anyway”; “Don’t bother, mate, I saw it. We’ll get that one.” Cue the long walk back…

“Still you!”

You’ve duffed your chip or hit a woeful putt, while they’re sitting pretty after a particularly good approach.

You know you’ve hit a poor shot - nothing needs to be said. But they just can’t help themselves from rubbing salt into the wound with a slightly smug, “Still you!”

Just about okay sometimes with your best golfing mates, depending on your overall form and mood, but never from someone you’ve only just met on the 1st tee.

“That’s a NITBY”

If you know the phrase NITBY and your chipping is a bit iffy or off-song, it’s the last thing you ever want to hear.

If you don’t know the phrase (Not In The Bunker Yet) it’s even more irritating, although at least that should only happen once unless you have a terrible memory.

A classic NITBY... but whatever you're thinking, don't say it!

A classic NITBY... but whatever you're thinking, don't say it!

Once you do know it though, don’t in any way think it’s a good one to reel off next time someone leaves themselves with a tricky chip or pitch over sand – it isn’t.

“I’m not always this bad”

Usually whittled off as a face-saver by someone you’ve not played with before in the monthly medal after an absolute chop-fest over the opening few holes.

“I’ve got your scorecard in my pocket with your handicap on,” you think, “so I know how good you normally are… unless your handicap is fabricated or hopelessly out of date.”

Yes, I know you're not always this bad... the scorecard tells me so

Yes, I know you're not always this bad... the scorecard tells me so

“Not really enjoying my golf at the moment”

You roll up full of hope and anticipation. You’ve been looking forward to this round all week from the straitjacket of your office desk, and you’re really up for it and ready to go.

Then up he walks: “Hello, I’m Jeff. Not really sure why I put my name down this week, as I’m not really enjoying my golf at the moment.”

“I’m not sure either,” you think, your lifeblood sapping away as it dawns on you just how miserable the next four hours are going to be.

“You take it away quite a bit outside the line, don't you?” (or any other unsolicited technical comment…)

Basically any unsolicited observation or comment on another player’s golf swing is a complete no-no guaranteed to grate instantly.

Never, ever do this... especially with someone you barely know

Never, ever do this... especially with someone you barely know

True golfers know that the first unwritten rule of golfing etiquette is to never, ever proffer uninvited comments on another player’s golf swing even if qualified to do so… and certainly not if unqualified to do so, especially if your own swing resembles an axe murderer in a phone box.

Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf


Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response