Despite the popularity of the Super Bowl and certain soccer matches, the term chili dip does not refer to the favored halftime meal of football fans around the globe.
Rather, this scornfully used phrased means a short chip or pitch that you “chunk” or “hit fat,” resulting in a ball that embarrassingly trickles only a few inches.
Why chili dip instead of onion or bean dip? No one really knows for sure, but it may refer to the “feeble scooping motion” of loading up a taco with a southwestern hors d’oeuvre, according to The Historical Dictionary of Golfing Terms.
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This article first appeared in the February 2011 edition of GottaGoGolf Magazine.