Golf Glossary - 'F'
face - see "clubface"
fade - a shot that curves or moves gently from
right to left (for a right handed golfer). A very aggressive
or uncontrolled fade may be termed a slice. The opposite
of a 'draw'. Example: "Julie faded her second shot
nicely into the fat part of the green."
fairway - one of the major components to a golf
course. The closely cut grassy area between the tee
and the green. Exclusive of the rough, the green, the
tee and the hazards.
fairway bunker - a large indentation in the
fairway usually, but not necessarily, filled with sand.
fairway wood - any wood other than a driver,
or #1 wood.
fan - (aka: "whiff") the action of
swinging the club with the intention of contacting the
ball but missing entirely.
fat - (aka: "chunky", "fat",
"thick", "heavy", and many more)
when too much contact is made with the ground either
before or after contact is made with the ball resulting
in a shot that does not travel as far as intended.
feel - (aka: "touch") having very
good judgment, or sensitivity for specific shots in
golf. Most applicable on or close to the green. Example:
"Phil had great feel around the green and was seldom
unable to get up and down."
flag - (aka: "flagstick", "pin")
the fabric attached to the top of the flagstick denoting
the location of the hole. Often colour coded to indicate
the location of the hole on the green. Often used interchangeably
with flagstick or its synonyms.
flagstick - (aka: "pin", "stick")
the pin which is inserted into the hold on each green
with a flag attached denoting the location of the hole.
flange - the bottom side of an iron. Most often
in relation to a wedge as the flange on wedges tends
to be much larger than other clubs. Especially with
respect to sand wedges. Also see "bounce angle".
flatstick - a seldom used term to describe a
flat - used to describe a swing plane that a
relatively shallow in relation to the typical or 'perfect
flex - (aka: "frequency") the stiffness
of a particular golf club shaft. Usually measured as
a numerical frequency but indicated on the shaft of
most clubs as: L-Ladies, A-Senior, R-Regular, S-Stiff,
or X-Extra stiff. These examples are listed from most
flexible to least flexible (most stiff). A faster clubhead
speed is required to regularly benefit from the attributes
of a stiffer shaft.
flier - (aka: "flyer", "shooter",
"jumper", "airmail") a shot that
goes farther in the air than intended. Generally as
a result of a poor lie and the inability of the golfer
to apply backspin to the ball. Example: "Josh drove
his ball 250 yards into the rough but then sent a flier
into creek behind the green."
flop shot - a relatively short short (i.e. within
50 yards of the green) that travels very high and lands
very softly with little or no role.
fluffy - (aka: "fluffy lie") used
to describe a lie where the ball is sitting up on either
long grass or large leaves and surrounded by the same.
A fluffy lie presents a difficult next shot as the ball
must be impacted with out any assistance from the ground.
follow-through - (aka: "finish") the
crucial part of the golf swing that begins immediately
following impact and continues until all motion of the
club and body has ceased. Often referred to as the second
half of the swing.
fore - usually yelled loudly to warn golfers
of an incoming ball of which they need to be aware for
forecaddie - (aka: "spotter") non-players
positioned in the general landing area of a hole (off
to the side) whose responsibility it is to spot each
players drive and determine its final resting place.
Example: "PGA events make good use of forecaddies
in order to keep play moving and reduce the number of
unnecessarily lost balls."
forged - (aka: "forged irons") a process
by which iron clubheads are manufactured. Specifically
the heads are stamped or hammered into shape and then
filed and ground into a finished product. The opposite
of 'cast'. Example: "As a general rule forged irons
have a softer feel but smaller sweetspot than do cast
forward press - when used, it is the beginning
of the golf swing. It relates to a slight forward movement
of the hands ahead of the ball and towards the intended
target immediately after which the backswing begins.
foursome - a group of four players playing golf.
Example: "My weekly foursome plays at noon on Monday."
Four-Ball - a competition whereby two 2-person
teams compete against each other using the one best
individual score from each team as the team score on
frequency - (aka: "flex") a measurement
of the relative strength of a golf club shaft as compared
to another. Also see 'flex'.
frequency matched - referring to a set of clubs
that have different shafts but all consistently display
the same flex as determined by a frequency analyzer.
As such the clubs, in spite of their different shafts
are all frequency matched.
fried egg - refers to a lie, usually in a sand
trap, where the ball appears to be the yolk of a fried
egg and the sand (or ground) around the ball resembles
fringe - (aka: "apron", "collar",
"frog hair") the grass that is shorter than
that found on the fairway and longer than that found
on the green that encircles the green and separates
the rough &/or fairway from the green.
frog hair - see "fringe"
front nine - (aka: "front", "front
side") the first 9 holes of any course. The nine
holes before the back nine. Example: "I find the
front nine here much easier than the back."