Golf Glossary

 
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Fade
A shot that flies slightly from left to right.
Fanning
An exaggerated opening of the clubface as the backswing begins.
Fat Shot
A description of a shot when the clubhead strikes the turf behind the ball, resulting in poor contact and a shot that comes up well short of the target.
Flange
A portion of the sole of a club such as a sand wedge or putter.
Flat Swing
A swing that is more horizontal and less vertical in plane than is typical.
Flier
A shot from the rough or in wet conditions that reduces the amount of backspin on the ball, causing it to fly lower and farther than it might under normal conditions.
Flip Shot
A shot, usually played with a wedge, that involves a wristy swing designed to hit the ball a short distance but with a lot of height.
Floater
A golf ball struck from the deep grass that comes out slowly and travels a shorter distance because of the heavy cushioning effect of the grass between the ball and the clubface.
Flop Shot
Similar to a flip shot except that it involves a long, slower swing.
Fluffy Lie
A lie in which the golf 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.
Fly
The distance the golf ball carries or a shot that carries over the intended target.
Follow-through
That part of the swing that occurs after the ball has been struck. (His powerful follow-through was the result of his long backswing.)
Footwork
The coordinated action of the lower body during the golf swing. (Tom Watson has some of the best footwork of any player in history).
Forward Press
A slight movement of the hands and arms (and occasionally the legs) that initiate the golf swing.
Forward Swing
The downward motion of the hands, arms and golf club from the top of the backswing to impact. Another terms for downswing.
Fried Egg
The slang term for a buried lie in the sand.
 
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