Golf has a fairly uncomplicated scoring system. After each hole, you must record the number of shots needed to complete that hole. At the end of the round, you will get a gross score of 18 holes by adding up the scores obtained on each hole separately.
A golfer of average skill should be able to complete each hole within their allotted number of strokes, which is referred to as par. There are three different levels of hole difficulty: par 3, par 4 and par 5. When playing a par 3 hole, the player must finish the hole with three strokes (par), which ideally includes reaching the green from the tee and completing the hole with two putts. When playing a par 4 hole, you are required to reach the green with two strokes and then complete the hole with two putts. A player needs three shots to get to the par-5 green and then two putts to complete the hole. Par 5 are the longest holes on the course.
In golf, there are also specific designations for scores that are lower or higher than the standard for a single hole. For example, on a par 4 course, making five strokes is considered one stroke over par, which is referred to as “bogey”. “Double bogey” refers to a score of six strokes. “Bird” is a score that is one stroke better than par (for example, a 2 on a par 3). If you are able to beat the standard score by two strokes, you will create an eagle. The goal is to play well enough to get pars, birdies, and eagles while avoiding bogeys, double bogeys, and underscores.
The United States Golf Association (USGA) uses a method known as Equitable Stroke Control for handicapping purposes. This method helps in mitigating the negative consequences caused by disaster holes. They should be changed at the end of the round and the highest score you can get on each hole depends on your handicap.
Tips and tricks for saving results:
- While playing a hole, keep track of the number of strokes you take so you don’t have to do it after you finish.
- To ensure you don’t lose your score, always record it as soon as you finish each hole.
- There are mobile phone apps as well as other tools that can help with scoring.
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by Chetwood Johnson
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