A golf clap
is a quiet form of clapping performed by lightly and rapidly clapping the fingers of one hand against the palm of the other. It is patterned after the sound of distant clapping heard during televised golf
tournaments (during a golf tournament
, a golf clap is an audience's normal show of appreciation via clapping, but done quietly to not disturb people golfing at other nearby fairways
, hence the intentionally subdued sound level).
Occasionally the "golf clap" is employed as a sarcastic form of applause, used to show indifference or disdain, just as the the 'slow handclap' may be used.
The term "golf clap" was popularized by the movie Men at Work (1990). It has gained popular use on online forums such as fark.com.