American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To scrape or strike the ground with a golf club behind the ball before hitting it.
- v. To strike (the ground) with a golf club before hitting the ball.
- v. To hit (a ball) in this manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike with the open hand or with anything flat; specifically, in golf, nearly the same as baff. See the extract.
- n. golf a poor golf shot, during which the club hits the ground before it hits the ball
- v. golf to perform such a shot
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Scot. To scuff or shuffle along.
- v. (Golf) To scrape the ground with the sole of the club, before striking the ball, in making a stroke.
- v. (Golf) To scrape (the club) on the ground, in a stroke, before hitting the ball; also, to make (a stroke) in that way.
- n. A slight blow; a slap; a soft fall; also, the accompanying noise.
- n. (Golf) The stroke made by one who sclaffs.
- n. A thin, solid substance, esp. a thin shoe or slipper.
- n. a poor golf stroke in which the club head hits the ground before hitting the ball
- v. strike (a golf ball) such that the ground is scraped first
- v. strike (the ground) in making a sclaff
- Scots, to strike with a flat surface. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When, as often happens, this is done too suddenly, a sclaff is the result.”
“All I remember of the night was that it was flipping cold and Gifton Noel-Williams scored with the flukiest sclaff I have ever seen.”
“In making his correction the man is very likely to overdo it and strike the sand before the ball, causing a sclaff, or, on the other hand, not to correct sufficiently when the only possible result would be a topped ball and probably a hopeless position in the hazard.”
“Still, Sutton may rue that sclaff as the game progresses ...”
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