Tuesday, 30 September 2008

The Letter "F" - The most common four letter word used in golf, is not listed here... I heard Tiger Woods say it a few times, the naughty f***er


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.

PGAT says - Like drawing the ball, fading the ball is only to be thought about when you've mastered striking the ball straight. If you do try to do it, you likely will hit a slice...


the area of the course between the tee and the green that is well-maintained allowing a good lie for the ball

PGAT says - It's the short grass, the bit you want to be on.

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.

PGAT says - Basically, when your clubhead gets a bit stuck in the mud. Not to be confused with "Phat Shot" which some more "hip" members of your golf club may use to compliment you. Not a likely occurence though...


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.

PGAT says - What's happening here is the ball doesn't get a chance to roll up the clubface, thus no spin is imparted and the ball has a slightly lower trajectory which makes it travel further. Not much you can do about it so it's a good excuse to use when you hit a crap 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.

PGAT says - He may be a master of it, but does he have to prove it by playing it every bloody time he's off the green? It's the main reason Mickelson will never win the Open, unless he changes his game. It's a tricky shot to get right, chances are you'll catch the ball with the leading edge and it will ping straight forward. Leave it to Phil...

For the Car Bounce

Any ball that is advanced toward the green by virtue of the ball striking a cartpath, or highway running alongside a fairway, and remains or returns in bounds.

PGAT says - Why does this phrase exist, it's a jammy b****** bounce!


"Fore!" is shouted as a warning when it appears a ball may possibly hit other players or spectators.

PGAT says - For God's sake, shout it, don't do a muffled little fore into your jacket, someones gonna get a ball in their face, that's frickin sore. If you hit someone and they didn't hear a shout, it's only right you let them take potshots at you until they get you. That's Judge Judy Justice...


In matchplay, a contest between two sides each consisting of a pair of players, where every individual plays their own ball throughout. On every hole, the lower of the two partner's scores counts and is matched against the opposition's score. (Fourballs are the opening matches played on the Friday and Saturday mornings of the Ryder Cup.) In strokeplay, a fourball competition is played between several teams each consisting of 2 players, where for every hole the lower of the two partner's scores counts toward the team's 18 hole total. The term ‘fourball’ is often used informally to describe any group of 4 players on the course.

PGAT says - WIkipedia is wrong, it's the captain's choice as to whether the Fourballs are played first; Paul Azinger chose to play them second. Stupid Wikipedia, making more work for me...


In matchplay, a contest between two sides each consisting of a pair of players, where the 2 partners hit alternate shots on ONE 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. Also partners alternate their tee shots, so that one member of each team will always tee-off on the odd holes and the other will tee off on the even holes. (Foursomes are the afternoon matches played on the Friday and Saturday of the Ryder Cup). In strokeplay, a foursome competition is played between several teams each consisting of a pair of players, where partners play alternate shots until the SINGLE ball is holed. The term ‘foursome’ is often incorrectly used to describe any group of 4 players on the course.

PGAT says -See fourballs, the afternoon thing isn't automatically true. This is the more sophistciated format as you need to keep the one ball in play at all times - Fourballs you have two chances, Foursomes you only have one...

Front nine

Holes 1 through 9 on a golf course.

PGAT says - I have nothing to add on this...


terms used during a game to describe various achievements, both positive and negative. They differ from traditional expressions such a birdie, eagle, etc. in that they do not necessarily refer to strict scores, but to unusual events which may happen in the course of a game. Their main use is to add interest to informal matchplay games as they enable players to win something regardless of the overall outcome of the match. They are frequently associated with gambling because money, usually small stakes, changes hands depending on which funnies occur.

PGAT says -This is another gambling term, I'm sure none of my clean living readers would be involved in such a thing....

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