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The hitting area or surface of the club head
Face Angle
The position of the club face relative to the intended line of ball flight. A square face angle aligns directly at the target, an open face aligns to the right, while a closed face aligns left. (Assuming right handed golfers.)
Face Balanced
A putter that, when balanced toward the shaft tip, will exhibit the property of the putter face being parallel to the groundline. Face balanced putters tend to be favored by players who employ a straight back-straight through putting stroke.
Face Centerline
An imaginary line intersecting the center of a club face.
Face Insert
The center portion of the face on a wooden, composite, or metal head, typically constructed from epoxy, graphite or some type of fibrous material. Effective with a 1992 USGA ruling, all types of woods, irons and putters may have face inserts.
Face Progression
The measurement from a shaft’s centerline to the front of the club face.
Face Radius Gauge
Four-sided gauge used to measure the bulge and roll of a club face. Each side of the gauge has a particular radius, for example, 9”, 11”, etc. When the side of the gauge matches the radius of the face, the bulge or roll is identified.
Face Screw
Aluminum, brass or steel screw(s) used to help secure face inserts into wooden or graphite wood heads.
A term used to describe the slight turning of the ball from left to right (by a right-handed player) at the end of its flight. From right to left for a left-handed player.
Gradually falling back, giving up ground to other dogs.
The area of the course between the tee and the green that is well-maintained allowing a good lie for the ball
Fairway Wood
A wood club used to hit the ball from the fairway, rather than the driver.
To swing and miss the ball completely.
Fancy Face
Generic term given to antique wooden woods whose faces featured unusual designs, usually constructed from different materials (dowels, pins, etc.)
Fast Track
A firm track on which the greyhound can achieve its best speed.
Fat Shaft
A shaft, designed by Wilson, that utilizes an oversize tip, over-hosel design in an attempt to provide head/shaft stabilization on off-center hits.
Fat Shot
When the club hits the ground behind the ball. This results in high or low shots with a loss of distance
To hit a long, high that drops lightly on the green, with little roll.
An old leather ball stuffed with compressed feathers. Replaced by the gutta percha after 1848. Also spelled feathery.
A 19th century ball constructed by filling a leather pouch with boiled feathers. Featheries were easily damaged and gave way to gutta-percha balls prior to the turn of the 20th century.
The decorative trim ring, usually black (It may have additional trim colors.), that is found directly on top of the hosel on many woods and irons.
Ferrule Depth Setting Tool
Tool (often shaped like an aluminum block) used to help a clubmaker properly locate (set) the ferrule in the proper place on the shaft prior to assembly.
Ferrule Turning Belt
Sed in conjunction with a belt sander, a belt made of linen fibers used to finish ferrules on woods and irons. May also be called a “Linen Belt.”
Grass of the genus Festuca, widely used on for rough on golf courses>
Fiber (Fibre)
Material, usually comprised of layers of a paper or phenolic material used to make inserts for wooden woods.
All of the players in a tournament.
Filament Winding
A method of composite shaft manufacture in which a continuous strand of material (typically graphite fiber) is wrapped around a mandrel to create a shaft. Filament wound shafts are often a bit more consistent than sheet wrapped models.
Finished Fast
Came faster at the finish line than during the race, passing other dogs in the stretch.
Fire Forged
Term given to the forging of a titanium wood head (particularly its face) under extremely high temperatures.
First Step
The step on a steel shaft closest to the tip of the shaft.
Fit Chip
Computerized device attached to the shaft of a club that establishes the proper frequency of shaft for a given player. Used along with a computer during clubmaker shaft fitting.
Fitting Cart
Eneric term applied to any number of club demo programs that include some type of cart allowing clubs to be easily carried to and displayed on the range during a fitting.
An iron club used for distances between 145-180 yards for men's clubs. Also known as a mashie.
Five-Minute Epoxy
Type of epoxy designed to cure very rapidly, in a time of approximately five minutes. Not recommended for shafting applications; see “Quick Set Epoxy.”
A wooden club used for distances between 190-210 yards for men's clubs.
The marker attached to the flagstick.
Flag Competition
A stroke play game in which each player has a flag. When the player has played the number of strokes equal to the par of the course plus his handicap, he places a flag in the course at that point. The winner is the player who goes farthest around the course with the alotted number of strokes.
The marker placed in the hole to show its location.
The part of the club head protruding rearward from the head. Mainly a term used when discussing putters, a “flange” is the part of the putter from behind the face to the very back of the head.
Flare™ Tip Shaft
A composite shaft characterized by a tip diameter of +/- .440" at the point it enters the hosel. Originally designed by Unifiber for the Lynx Black Cat™ golf club, the design theory behind this shaft is head stabilization at impact.
Flash Trap
A shallow and small sand bunker
Flashy Sir Award
Given each year to the nation's top distance (3-8 mile) greyhound by the Greyhound Review; named for an outstanding distance greyhound of the mid-1940s, now a Hall of Fame member.
Flat Lie
The term given to an iron or a wood having a lie flatter than specification. For example, if the spec is 60 degrees, a 2 degree flat club would have a lie angle of 58 degrees.
Flat Line Frequency
A method of frequency matching in which all of the woods or irons in the set maintain the same frequency. When plotted on a graph, the frequencies appear as a straight line.
Flat Swing
A swing on which the club is carried back at a relatively low angle to the ground, usually from the inside out, which is likely to cause a hook.
The common term given to the relative bending properties of a golf club shaft. Flex is usually identified by a letter: L for Ladies, A for Amateur, R for regular, S for Stiff and X for Extra Stiff.
Flexible Face
The face of a golf club, typically constructed of some type of forged titanium, that is designed to “flex” upon ball impact, thus potentially propelling the ball a longer distance than if the face did not flex. See also “Spring-Like Effect.”
A ball is hit without spin and goes for a greater distance than normal
Flier Lie
Specifically, a lie in which the ball is sitting in clover or tufted grass; generally, any good lie in the rough.
In tournament play, the division of players with players of equal ability being placed in the same flight. Sixteen is usually the number of players in a flight however any number of players may be placed in a flight.
Flip Shot
A short shot played with a high trajectory with a highly lofted iron such as an eight or nine.
Flow Weighting
A method of head design in which the positioning of the weight in the head moves across the head from one club to the next. For example, a #1 iron may have more weight concentrated on its toe, a #2 iron slightly less, and so on.
A poorly hit shot usually caused by hitting the ground before the ball
A ball that is sitting up in grass.
The continuation of the swing after the ball has been hit.
Followed Pace
Followed the leaders without changing position.
Forced Out
A chartwriter's term describing an instance of a greyhound being crowded to the outside by one or more opponents.
Forced Pace
Ran close to the leader, within 1-3 lengths.
Forced Wide
Forced out by another dog.
A warning shouted out to warn anyone who may be in danger from the flight of the ball.
A person employed by a golf course or tournament committee to spot and mark the location of a player's ball.
Forged Titanium
A method of wood head manufacture in which the body and sole of the head is formed (forged) from 100% (pure) titanium. The face and hosels of such woods are cast from 6-4 ti. Forged titanium woods are less costly due to their ease of forming as well as their lower raw material cost.
The process of producing a golf club in which the head is made from a series of forging dies stamping the head to final shape. Forged heads are made of softer metals than are cast heads and require laborious hand finishing and chrome plating in order to produce a finished product.
A golfer's standard of play based on past performance.
Form Forged
Iron club head manufacturing process in which a club is first investment cast from an alloy of carbon steel and then formed to shape through a series of forging dies.
Four Ball
A match in which the better ball of two players is played against the better ball of their opponents
Four Piece Ball
A golf ball constructed from four specific materials. There will be a central core surrounded by windings covered by a harder secondary cover (for distance) and a softer outer cover (for spin and feel.)
Four Way Radius
The sole design of an iron or wood in which there is a measurable radius of the sole both from heel to toe and from trailing edge to leading edge.
A match between two teams of two players each in which the better ball of one team is played against the better ball of the other. See also best ball.
An iron club used for distances of between 155-190 yards for men's clubs. Also known as a mashie iron.
A wooden club used for a distance of between 200-230 yards - for men' clubs. Also called a spoon.
Strictly, a match between two teams of two players each, in which each team plays one ball, with the partners alternating shots. Often erroneously applied to a four-ball match. Also, a group of four individuals playing a round together.
A competition where two partners hit alternate shots.
Free Drop
A drop for which there is no penalty stroke.
A slang term for the frequency matching of shafts.
The number of oscillations of a golf shaft in a given time when the tip is pulled down and the shaft vibrates in a specialized machine. Frequency is measured in cycles per minute (cpm’s.)
Frequency Analyzer
Specialized machine used to measure the frequencies of golf clubs and shafts. Used in the frequency matching process. May also be known as a frequency machine.
Frequency Matching
The process of ensuring that all of the clubs in a given set are matched by their shaft frequency. Frequency matched clubs are said to be more consistent in both feel and performance.
Frequency Slope
The graph line formed when plotting the frequencies of the shafts in a set of clubs. A well-matched set will have a consistent slope; a mismatched set will show shafts that vary several cycles from their expected range.
Fried Egg
A lie in a sand bunker where the landing of the ball has splashed the immediate sand away, leaving the ball resting in the middle of a crater.
A ball half-buried in the sand.
The area surrounding the putting green which is sometimes cut to a height lower than the fairway but not as short as the green itself. Same as "apron"
Frog Hair
The short grass that borders the edge of the putting surface
Front Nine
The first nine holes on an 18-hole course.
Front Side
The first nine holes of an 18 hole course.
Full House
A game in which a player is set a points target calculated by deducting his handicap from 36. The winner is the one who surpasses his target by the most points. Scoring is 8 points for an eagle, 4 for a birdie, two for a par and 1 for bogey.
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