Golf Terms E thru H



eagle: Score of two under par for a hole.
embedded ball: Portion of the ball is below ground.
ESC: Equitable Stroke Control- Equitable Stroke Control puts a limit on the number of strokes you can write down on the scorecard for any one hole, based on your course handicap.
etiquette: Code of conduct.
explode: To play a ball from a bunker moving a large amount of sand.
extra holes: Played when a match finishes even (is tied).


face: The front of a club or bunker.
fade: Shot that curves gently from left to right.
fairway: The prepared surface running from tee to green.
fairway wood: Any wooden club that’s not your driver. I am from the old school and still call a 3 wood a 3 wood, etc.
fat: To strike the ground before the ball.
first cut: Strip of rough at the edge of a fairway.
flag: Piece of cloth attached to the top of a flagstick.
flagstick: The stick with the flag on top, which indicates the location of the cup.
flat: Swing that is less upright than normal, and more around the body than up and down.
flub: To hit the ball only a few feet.
flex: The amount of bend in a shaft.
flier: Shot that travels way too far past the target.
follow-through: The part of the swing after the ball has been struck.
foozle: To make a complete mess of a shot.
Fore!: What to shout when your ball is headed toward another player.
foursome: In the USA, a group of four playing together. In the UK, a match between two teams of two, each hitting one ball alternately.
free drop: Drop for which no penalty stroke is incurred, generally within one club length of where the ball was.
fried egg: When your ball is semiburied in the sand.
fringe: See apron.
front nine: The first half of your round of golf; the second half is the back nine holes.
full swing: Longest swing you make.


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gallery: Spectators at a tournament.
gimme: A short putt that your opponent doesn’t ask you to hit, assuming that you can’t possibly miss the shot. Usually within the leather, an area from the grip to the club head.
Golden Bear: Jack Nicklaus.
golf widow(er): Your significant other who does not play the game.
go to school: Watching your partner’s putt and learning from it the line and pace that your putt should have.
grain: Whichever way the blades of grass are growing.
Grand Slam: The four major championships: Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship.
graphite: Lightweight material used to make shafts.
Great White Shark: Greg Norman.
green: Where you do your putting.
green jacket: Prize awarded to the winner of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
greens fee: The cost to play a round of golf.
greenside: Close to the green.
grip: Piece of rubber/leather on the end of a club. How you hold the club.
groove: Scoring along the clubface.
gross score: Actual score shot before a handicap is deducted. ground the club: The process of placing the clubhead behind the ball at address, generally touching the bottom with the grass.
ground under repair: Area on the course being worked on by the groundskeeper, generally marked by white lines, from which you may drop your ball without penalty.
gutta percha: Material used to manufacture golf balls in the 19th century.


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hacker: Poor player.
Halve (the hole): To tie a hole.
ham and egging: When you and partner play well on alternate holes, forming an effective team.
handicap: The strokes averaged out with the USGA formula to attain par for ones ability.
hardpan: Very firm turf. Usually a course built on a clay top soil.
hazard: Can be either sand or water. Don’t ground your club in hazards — it’s against the rules!
head cover: Protection for the clubhead, usually used on woods.
heel: End of the clubhead closest to the shaft.
hickory: Wood from which shafts used to be made.
hole: Your ultimate 4 1/4-inch-wide target.
hole-high: Level with the hole.
hole-in-one: See ace.
hole out: Complete play on hole.
honor: When you score lowest on a given hole, thus earning the right to tee up first on the next tee.
hook: Shot that curves severely from right to left.
horseshoe: When ball goes around the edge of the cup and "comes back" toward you.
hosel: Curved area where the clubhead connects with the shaft.
hustler: A golfer who plays for a living. Plays better than he claims to be.


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