The Game Of GolfCross

A Glossary of GolfCross Terms


The spin axis of the oval ball is set when it is angled to the right or left in order to determine its flight path.


Expression denoting an easy shot positioned right in front of the goal mouth.

As good as goaled


See goal (ii).

Blocking off

Tactic used in match play to gain turning rights before an opponent enters the yard.

Center pole

The pole which holds the goal above the ground.


A length of light metal chain used to locate the facing position of the goal.

Chain up

To pick the chain up and re-attach it to the eyelet under the crossbar after all players have goaled out in order to ensure that the goal is returned to the facing position.

Championship goals

Narrow goals which make scoring more difficult.

Championship yards

Yards having an additional inner ring of different colored markers which define an alternative smaller yard area used in championship play.


A situation in which the ball is lodged between a stay and the netting on the outside of the goal.


A soft shot with maximum loft designed to stay in the yard if it misses the goal.

Island goal

Country punt

A shot for goal taken from behind the goal. The hardest shot in golfcross.

Country punt


Short for golfcross.


The horizontal bar which connects the base of the two uprights.

Double yards

Two differently configured yards marked out around the same goal position to provide alternative yards on a nine goal course where an eighteen goal layout is required.

Drop the chain

Releasing the chain from the crossbar in order to turn the goal. Requesting a player to ‘drop the chain’ is another way of asking them to tend the goal.


Slang term for the oval golfcross ball.

Spinning ball

Facing position

The fixed position that the goal mouth is facing when a player tees off. (This position is secured by the chain).

Facing position


To reflect the ball when it is also angled ie., to have it leaning forward or back as well as sideways. When the ball is struck in the fangled position its flight is erratic and unpredictable.

Field goal

Ball played into the goal from outside the yard.

Field goal

Field play

‘Good field play’ describes a player’s ability to be able to consistently score field goals.

Fizz box

A battery operated charger attached to the center pole which provides an insulated wire around the goal with sufficient current to deter cattle from rubbing against it. When fitted, players should assume it’s live and avoid touching the wires.

Fully engaged

See Locked.


(i) area between tee and yard.
(ii) The posts and netting into which the ball must be played.


Goal frame

Triangular frame which turns on the center pole and supports the uprights, stays and netting.

Goaling out

Completing a goal.


A ball played into the goal from the tee.

Goal in one

Goal zone

The vector outside the yard from where the clearest shot to the goal may be taken.


Ball position in which the ball lies horizontally with its long, flatter side facing out towards the target.


Ball struck in the torpedo position, usually with a driver, creating the maximum possible amount of top spin and the highest pitch of hum. Each time the ball comes into contact with the ground and ‘dings’ along, its spin rate is reduced together with the pitch of the hum. (It is possible to achieve up to six clearly defined, descending notes as the ball bounces towards its destination).


Ball rotating along its transverse axis (tumbling) which makes a humming sound that is higher in pitch the faster it rotates.

Laying away

In match play, hitting the ball into the yard but keeping it at a greater distance from the goal than one’s opponent’s ball when their ball is outside the yard, in order to gain turning rights and block them off.

Laying on

Hitting onto the yard in order to receive turning rights.


A goal is ‘locked’ when the wheel on the center pole is located in a valley on the position locator fixed to the goal frame.

Locking rod

Ground level rod which stops the center pole from turning.

Position locator

Sprung device uniting a wheel on the center pole with a cog ring on the goal frame. This holds the goal in one of three equidistant positions.


Lofted shot in which the ball enters the goal through the open triangular top of the goal rather than between the uprights.


Ball placed vertically on its sharp end and tilted back so that it ‘reflects’ the club’s loft.


Restricted turning rights

A stroke play option in which only two goal positions are allowed — the facing position and one other.

Shade, In the

See Shadows.


The three sectors of the yard from where only an oblique shot at goal is possible.


Series of sideways bounces taken by the ball on pitching when it has been hit while positioned at an angle to the right or left of the target.


Ball hit in the torpedo position while angled to the left or right. The ball curves one way in the air before pitching and then the other way when bouncing.


Flexible rods which provide a triangular framework for the goal netting.

Tee cup

Hollow rubber cone which enables the oval ball to be held at an angle. It may be used on its own or fitted onto a regular golf tee.

Tending the goal

Turning the goal for another player and ensuring that it is locked.


Ball in horizontal position with its sharp end facing the target.

Turn against

In match play, when the goal is turned against an opponent who is outside the yard. See Blocking off.

Turning rights

A player’s entitlement to turn the goal to one of three locked positions when his ball lies within the yard.


Goal with the chain unattached and therefore probably not in the facing position.


The two vertical poles which define the front edges of the goal.



Ball position in which the ball stands vertically on its sharp end.


An area around the goal designated by markers.

Yard markers

Yard markers

Painted discs or pegs which define the perimeter of the yard.


The longest club in the bag, usually the driver, used to lay between the yard markers as a quick way of determining if a player’s ball is within the yard.

Yard stick


Play within the yard.