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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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