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Golfing Terminology starting with "F"
Fairway: the short grass between the tee and the green.
Fairway Percentage: A statistic kept on players in the
PGA TOUR. A player is awarded a fairway if, after a tee shot, the ball
comes to rest touching a fairway.
Fairway Wood: Wooden clubs used to supplement the driver
and offer alternatives to the lowest irons, such as the 3 and 5 woods.
The will generally hit the same distances as the 1 and 2 irons, but with
greater loft and less roll, making them ideal for overcoming obstacles.
Most amateur players also find woods easier to use than the low irons.
Fat shot: a poor shot in which the club is slowed by
catching too much grass or soil, resulting in a short and slow ball flight.
Fade: a shot that, for a right-handed golfer, curves
slightly to the right; often played intentionally by skilled golfers.
An overdone fade usually becomes a slice.
Finish: Your stance after completing your follow-through
at the end of your swing.
Flag: The flag marker for the hole on the green, allowing
the golfer to see the location of the hole from a long distance. The flag
should be removed and placed out of the way during putting and replaced
before moving onto the next hole.
Flier: a type of lie where the ball is in the rough and
grass is likely to become trapped between the ball and the clubface at
the moment of impact. Flier lies often result in "flier shots",
which have little or no spin (due to the blades of grass blocking the
grooves on the clubface) and travel much farther than intended.
Float Shot: A lie where grass or other vegetation holds
the ball higher than normal between the ball and clubface at impact, resulting
in a farther than normal shot.
Flop shot: a short shot, played with an open stance and
an open clubface, designed to travel very high in the air and land softly
on the green. The flop shot is useful when players do not have "much
green to work with", but should only be attempted on the best of
lies. Phil Mickelson is a master of the flop shot.
Fluffy Lie: A lie in which the ball rests atop the longish
grass. This can be a tricky lie because the tendency is to swing the clubhead
under the ball, reducing the distance it carries.
Fore: "Fore!" is shouted as a warning when
it appears possible a ball may hit other players or spectators.
Four-ball: A match in which two players ball their better
ball against the better ball of two other players.
Fourballs:In fourballs teams of 2 players compete against
each other. There are four balls in play at any time, one for each player,
with the player with the lowest score among the four competitors winning
the hole for his team. This shouldn’t be confused with the term
‘fourball’, which is often used to describe a casual or social
game with 4 players. Fourballs are the opening matches played on the Friday
and Saturday of the Ryder Cup.
Foursomes:In foursomes teams of 2 players compete against
each other. Players alternate hitting the same ball. The first player
tees off, the second player hits the second shot, the first player hits
the third shot, and so on until the ball is holed. Players alternate hitting
tee shots so that the same player doesn't hit every drive; therefore,
one member of each team will always tee-off on the odd holes and the other
will tee off on the even holes. Only one ball is used by each pairing
in foursomes. If Player A teed off on the first hole and Player B holed
the final putt, Player B would still tee off at the second, even though
this means in effect 2 consecutive shots (over 2 holes) by Player B. The
team with the lowest score wins the hole. Foursomes can be played as stroke
play or match play. As match play, foursomes are the matches played on
the Friday and Saturday afternoon of the Ryder Cup, with 4 ‘foursome’
matches being played on each day.
Fried Egg: The slang term for a buried lie in the sand.
Fringe: The grass edge just off but surrounding the putting
green. Also called “apron” or “collar.”
Front nine: Holes 1 through 9 on a golf course.
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