Disc Golf: A Glossary of Terms

Every sport or hobby has its own unique and interesting glossary of terms. I’m sure you’ve been out playing disc golf and heard some saying that you didn’t quite understand.

To help newer players and to keep up with the lingo myself, I created this simple and full list of all disc golf terms.

I’ll be sure to keep this glossary updated since the slang in disc golf is always changing. Hopefully, this is a place that you can come back to check in on when you need a little more info on what other players say during a round.

Scroll down below and explore this complete Disc Golf Dictionary to find the common slang and jargon that’ll be heard out on the course!

Disc Golf bag and discs

Disc Golf Terms



Hole-in-one. Throwing your disc in the basket on the first throw

Air Ball

To miss the basket completely on a putt attempt


Shooting three under par on a hole


A throw where the outside of the disc is pointed upward


A throw that lands close enough to the basket to putt


Back of the box

The last player to take the tee


A throw where the disc is pulled across in front of your body

Bag Tag

Tag showing membership to a club attached to a disc golf bag


Top circle around the basket


The target for each hole on a course


Ridge on the bottom of a disc, mostly found in putters

Beat In

A disc that has been used for so long that the flight pattern has changed over time


A throw that comes close to landing in the basket


Shooting one under par on a hole

Birdie Fest

A string of birdies in a row

Black Ace

An ace shot that goes in the wrong basket

Bonus Birdie

A birdie that is very difficult, feels like an eagle


Landing around 5 ft away from the basket



A group of players paired together. During tournaments your given card is the other players on the same scorecard


A measurement of 10 meters around the basket. Used to determine rules for putting.

Come Back Putt

An attempted putt after throwing long on the basket


A drive that goes your maximum distance (5 Tips to Increase Distance)

CTP (Closest To Pin)

Determining whose throw landed closet to the basket


Dirty Ace

An ace that goes into an unexpected place such as a trash can or bottle holder


The circular object that is thrown while playing disc golf

Double Bogey

Shooting 2 strokes over par on a hole


A throw from the tee pad or in hopes to reach the maximum distance of the disc


The disc used to throw a drive. Usually they have higher speeds for longer flights


A very easy putt that can be dropped in the basket from the lie

Drop Zone

A marked area where the player must throw from if they miss a mandatory or go out of bounds



Shooting two strokes under par on a hole

Escape Shot

A shot that gets the player out of a tough situation. Often used when stuck behind trees or bushes



The natural direction the disc will fly when it reaches the end of the flight


The surface in between the tee pad and the basket on a hole

Fairway Driver

A disc slower than the distance driver and faster than a midrange

Flex Shot

The flight pattern that occurs when throwing an overstable disc on an anhyzer release


A forehand or sidearm throw where your wrist snaps out as if you’re slapping in front of you

Flight Path

The natural way the disc will fly when released at the correct speed


A throw where the disc is thrown from the side of the body (Best Forehand Discs)



The area around the basket where putts most often occur


A backhand throw that is released an an extreme angle so that the disc goes straight up and down

Grip Lock

When a player has a strong grip and releases too late causing an inaccurate throw



Wind that is pushing and blowing towards you. This can cause the front of the disc to lift up


A release angle where the disc is angled down and away from your body



An area on a hole that the disc must land in to avoid getting a penalty stroke


Jump Putt

A putt that is only allowed outside of the circle(10 meters) in which a player jumps up from the ground while releasing the disc


Kick Out

When the disc hits the target area perfectly but doesn’t stay in the basket


Lay Up

A throw where the goal is to put yourself in a good position to attempt a putt


The mark of where your disc has landed and where you will throw from next


The path that you are trying to get your disc to hit



A designated area that your disc must go within. This is often a tree or sign that you must go around or inside


Small disc that indicates the lie. Usually used to know what spot to putt from (What are mini discs for?)


Small disc that indicates the lie. Usually used to know what spot to putt from (What are mini discs for?)


A disc that has a slower flight and better accuracy and consistency



The front of the disc that is used to determine the angle of a throw

Nose Down

When the nose of the disc is pointed slightly towards the ground. This will often times result in a shorter distance throw

Nose Up

When the nose of the disc is pointed slightly towards the sky. This will result in a shot that loses speed quickly


Out Of Bounds

A marked area that a disc can not be played from. Landing in an out of bounds area usually results in an additional stroke count or moving to a dropzone area


A stability level that causes the disc to pull from the release angle (Best Overstable Putters)


A throw that is released above the shoulders, often called a tomahawk



Shooting even on a hole


Shot that is executed perfectly and lands where planned

PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association)

This is the membership for disc golfers, allowing people to play in sanctioned tournaments (PDGA Site)

Penalty Stroke

When an additional stroke is added to a player on a hole because of a mistake like going out of bounds or missing the mandatory

Play Through

This is when a group lets you skip ahead of them on a hole. This happens if one group is moving much quicker than another (Complete Guide to Disc Golf Etiquette)

Power Grip

A grip that is used to maximize the distance achievable for a player. The grip has four fingers tucked away under the disc with the thumb on top for a backhand


A compliment given after a great drive. “Hey nice pull!”

Push Putt

A type of putt where the disc is throw with very little spin and comes downward towards the basket (Putting Tips)


The slowest speed disc that is primarily used for putting action (Best Throwing Putters)



When a lie is adjusted slightly because of an obstacle that isn’t supported. In certain holes you can move the disc slightly forward if you are near the water or an object like a trash can


A second throw from the previous lie. Players can often choose to re-throw with a penalty if there other shot landing in a worse position


A compliment when throwing a great shot. “Wow great rip!”


A type of throw where the side of the disc is rolling along the ground


A complete game of disc golf. When 18 holes have been played you have completed a round



Throwing style where the disc is upside down and thrown high and from in front of the body


A throw that occurs adding +1 to your shot total of a hole


Type of throw in which your palm is facing the sky


A competition where players compete to win money on each individual hole


A throw with the maximum hyzer angle that spikes down vertically

Spin Putt

A putt attempt that produces a high spin rate towards the basket (Best Putting Games)

Spit Out

When the disc hits the target area perfectly but doesn’t stay in the basket


Stability level that causes the disc to stay on the angle it was released on


How the disc will fly when released at a certain nose angle

Straddle Putt

A putt attempt where the player stands will feet spread shoulder width pointing at the basket


A throw that occurs adding +1 to your shot total of a hole



Wind that is pushing and blowing away from you. Causes the front of the disc to push down


The goal of a hole, referred to as the basket (Best Portables Baskets)

Tee Pad

Area that starts each hole. Usually a longer hard material that provides good footing for a drive


An overhead throw where only the thumb is inside the disc rim. Travels from left to right in the air


An overhead throw where four fingers are inside the disc rim. Travels from right to left in the air

Tournament Director

The person who plans, puts on, and controls all tournament decisions

Triple Bogey

Shooting 3 strokes over par on a hole

Turbo Putt

A putting grip where all fingers are on the outside of the disc rim. Thrown from the shoulder position with a spinning motion (Best Innova Putters)



Stability level that causes the disc to stray from the angle it was released on


A shot that is throw close enough to the basket for a putt attempt



The crossing pattern of feet used to open up the hips and generate more power on a backhand throw