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Golfers around the world have Scotland to thank for inventing this great game, but the term “birdie” is actually an all-American term. Specifically, Atlantic City Country Club is where the fluttery phrase for shooting one under par came to be—and boy, do they let you know about it.

The origins of this conception vary slightly, but the gist is that during a round in 1903 Abner “Ab” Smith launched a long approach shot on ACCC’s par-4 12th hole (now No. 2) that wound up within kick-in range of the cup. The result caused one of the group’s members (Ab’s brother William and Pine Valley architect George Crump rounded out the threesome) to exclaim it was a “bird of a shot!” At the time, “bird” was slang for something pretty swell or really neat or whatever else they said at the turn of the 20th century.
Also of note was that the group was playing for a few bucks (obviously). According to Scottish Golf History, Ab said he should get double the money for an under-par score and somehow his playing partners agreed to these ad-hoc terms and a tradition was born.

As time went on, the story got better—as stories often do. Ab claimed it actually happened in 1899 and that he both made the birdie and said, "That's a bird of a shot!" No self-esteem problems there! According to "The Book of the Birdie" by William Kelly, The Atlantic City Press added a fourth golfer to the group, A.W. Tillinghast, and legendary golf writer Charles Price wrote that Smith's shot had "first struck a bird in flight." So this tale about a bird also became a big fish story. Amazing.

In any event, the term "birdie" was coined, which, according to Price was an "abomination in the eyes of the British." And more than a century later, like bird poop to the windshield of my car every time I park outside, it has stuck.

Source: GolfDigest

 The short game can be overlooked by golfers when they talk about improving their overall game. As impressive as it is to hit a long drive, golfers can easily miss a birdie because of their short game. That’s why working on chipping and putting helps golfers improve their scores.

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Here are 30  signs that you're obsessed with golf:

 

  1. You use an umbrella to work on your takeaway
  2. When buying a carpet, you don’t care about color or material, only “Can I putt on it?”
  3. You can’t remember all your fiancé's friends, but can roll-call every Masters champion
  4. You have an unusually strong opinion on white belts (or the interlocking grip)
  5. The first week of April is your favorite holiday
  6. You can’t explain Einstein’s theory of relativity but do know the Stableford equation
  7. Deem only one word an expletive: “Shank”
  8. Think Will Smith was robbed of an Oscar in “The Legend of Bagger Vance”
  9. You constantly find yourself thinking, “This would make a great par 3”
  10. You have some serious year-round tan lines
  11. You’ve got annoying grass stains on all your shorts pockets
  12. You’ve tried to put ball markers in vending machines
  13. You watch "Tin Cup" every time it’s on TV
  14. You know how many days it is until your next golf trip
  15. You’d sacrifice one of your children to play Augusta National
  16. Your first question when planning a vacation is "What good courses are nearby?”
  17. You’re that guy being chased by the course employees when it gets too dark to play
  18. To you, Adam Scott is a handsome golfer, not handsome actor
  19. You find old tees in every pair of shorts
  20. You tend to measure time in relation to the golf calendar
  21. You always have an uncanny grasp of the 10-day forecast
  22. You have a life-sized painting of Rich Lerner in your foyer at home.
  23. The screensaver on your phone is a photo of some great golf course you’ve played or visited
  24. When a car stops to let you cross the street, you wave to them like you’re Rory McIlroy after making a birdie at a golf tournament
  25. The pro you take lessons from is your emergency contact
  26. You name your pets after famous golf clubs
  27. Your Pebble Beach polo is the nicest piece of clothing in your closet
  28. You own both of John Daly’s country music albums
  29. You ask “Where were you when Tiger hit the hydrant?” the way some people ask “Where were you when Armstrong landed on the moon?"
  30. You refer to a successful job of parallel parking as a “green in regulation”

 

Source: Golf Digest

 

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