eagle vs birdie
White tailed Sea Eagle, courtesy of RSPB
By 1913, the term had crossed the Atlantic and Bernard Darwin writing in the September 1913 issue of Country Life of a visit to the USA said
Those (and other terms) are all names for different types of scores on an individual golf hole.
By the early 1910s, the term was used by golfers around the world, but wasn’t yet common outside the United States. Writing in 1913, English golf writer Bernard Darwin said that “it takes a day or two for the English onlooker (in the U.S.) to understand that a birdie is a hole done in one stroke under par” (citation from The Historical Dictionary of Golfing Terms).
“My ball . came to rest within six inches of the cup. I said ‘That was a bird of a shot . I suggest that when one of us plays a hole in one under par he receives double compensation.’ The other two agreed and we began right away, just as soon as the next one came, to call it a ‘birdie.’ “
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Birdie: In the 19th century, the term “bird” was the equivalent of “cool” or “excellent” – golf scholars believe this is where the term came from. An Atlantic City, New Jersey, course claims that the term originated there in 1903. The meaning being a score of one under par.
Sweet spot: The point on your club where you want to impact on the ball, to get it to go where you want. Cavity-backed clubs have large sweet spots and are best for beginners.
Drive: Usually a long tee shot played with a wood or driver.