1. a poor golf stroke in which the club head hits the ground before hitting the ball
  1. strike (the ground) in making a sclaff
  2. strike (a golf ball) such that the ground is scraped first
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How To Use sclaff In A Sentence

  • Words of uncertain origin but with a distinct onomatopoeic element include: birl to whirl, daud a thump or lump, dunt a thump, sclaff to slap, skrauch and skreich to shriek, wheech to move in a rush, yatter to chatter.
  • He sclaffed several beauties past the Baron, nonplussed the Nigerian princess by his luscious lobs, and finished off the set and match by a wonderful scoop-stroke which died down like a poached egg. Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 18, 1914
  • Smith made a hash of clearing the corner and Mark McLaughlin's sclaffed effort was hacked off the line by Kevin McBride. The Daily Record - Home
  • 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. Archive 2005-07-01
  • If the shoulder gets in front, a sclaffed ball is almost sure to be the result, the club coming into contact with the turf much too soon. The Complete Golfer
  • The interval offered little respite for United as Celtic stepped up a gear immediately after the restart when Keane lofted in a golden opportunity for Fortune to tap in from six-yards out, but the Frenchman sclaffed the ball at a throng of United defenders. BBC - Ouch
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