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- n. An obsolete wooden golf club with high loft.
- n. The 4-wood or 5-wood
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short wooden club having a deeply concave face, seldom used.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as baffy-spoon.
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I got off a good tee-shot straight down the fairway, took a baffy for my second, and ---- But that is not the point.
In fact, at the age of forty-two, Mortimer Sturgis was in just the frame of mind to take some nice girl aside and ask her to become a step-mother to his eleven drivers, his baffy, his twenty-eight putters, and the rest of the ninety-four clubs which he had accumulated in the course of his golfing career.
Golf had fewer admirers than had the other sport, but what there were were fully as enthusiastic, and the coming tournament was discussed until Joel's head whirled with such apparently outlandish terms as "Bogey," "baffy,"
"I fear he doesn't know a bulger from a baffy," he added sorrowfully.
The man with the spoon is coming back again to the links, and this seems to be the most convenient opportunity for a few remarks on play with this club -- the baffy, as it is frequently called.
The baffy with its long face cannot be burrowed into the turf so easily, nor can it nick in between the ball and the side of the cup, but it makes a bridge over it, as it were, and thus takes the ball right on the top and moves it only a few yards.
Therefore, when the lie is not reasonably perfect, the baffy is of little use, though in favourable circumstances it is a useful stick.
The baffy does its work very well in circumstances of this kind, and the ball is brought up fairly quickly upon the green; but the man who is skilled with his irons will usually prefer one of them for the stroke, and will get the coveted
The baffy, or spoon, is a very useful club, which at one time was a great favourite with many fine players, and if it has of late years been largely superseded by the cleek, it is still most valuable to those players who are not so skilful or reliable with this latter instrument as they would like to be.
I have two drivers, one brassy, a baffy or spoon, two cleeks (one shorter than the other), an iron, sometimes one mashie, sometimes two (one for running up and the other for pitch shots), a niblick, and sometimes two putters (one for long running-up putts and the other for holing out).