- to scrape (the ground) with the head of the club just before impact with the ball.
- to sclaff the ground with the club.
- a sclaffing stroke.
Origin of sclaff
1890–95; special use of Scots sclaf to shuffle
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Historical Examples of sclaff
When, as often happens, this is done too suddenly, a sclaff is the result.The Complete Golfer 
Sclaff: Hitting the ground behind the ball first, thus not getting a clean stroke.
- Also: duff to cause (the club) to hit (the ground behind the ball) when making a stroke
- a sclaffing stroke or shot
Word Origin for sclaff
C19: from Scottish sclaf to shuffle
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