Golf is an amazing and challenging sport. Not only is there a huge number of techniques and terms in the game, but also the scoring is carried out in an unusual way. If in basketball, shooting or artistic gymnastics, the more an athlete scored points, the better, then here the opposite is true: for example, 80 is better than 95. How can this be explained and how to count points correctly in golf?
A bit of terminology
- Steam (E) – the number of strokes assigned to a specific hole.
- Birdie – the passage of the hole is one less hit than the par.
- Eagle – passing the hole is two strokes less than par.
- Albatross – the hole is three strokes less (for holes with par-5).
- Boggy – one hit more hole than par. (Double, Triple and QuadrupleBoggy, respectively, the hole is two, three and four more strokes than par.
- Handicap – an average numerical indicator based on statistics and showing the skill level of an athlete. This parameter allows players of different levels to meet on equal terms. Also, a handicap can become a criterion for admitting an athlete to competitions and even certain golf courses and act as a condition on the basis of which a player is assigned a sports category. The official system in Russia is the EGA Handicap System.
- Flight – a group of athletes passing the golf course together.
The easiest way for beginners
Only by getting acquainted with the rules of golf and the basics of the game, it is quite difficult for beginners to control the rounds and the passage of holes, taking into account all the nuances. In order not to be mistaken, you can count the points according to the simplest system – recording the won and lost holes. This is easy to do: you need to record the number of strokes that the player and his opponent needed to score the ball, and the total number of all holes. For example, if the player A it took 3 hits to get the ball into the hole, and the player B 5 strokes, the winner is the one who spends the fewest strokes (i.e. 3). The winner will be determined by the amount of holes won.
Scorecard – a map in which everything related to the game is recorded: the features of the golf course, the number of holes, the player’s score and the result of the competition. After the end of the match, the flight partners check each other’s notes, certify the scorecards with their signatures and autograph marker, and then hand them over to the panel of judges. The score card reflects the entire course of the game, so you need to fill it out carefully and carefully. A player may be disqualified for false information about the course of a match.
The scoring system in the main game formats is based on a pair, which is determined separately for each hole, depending on the length of the course, terrain, the presence of obstacles and traps. The most common standard par-3, 4 and 5 holes. A standard course consists of 18 holes, and the total par of the course is calculated as the sum of the par for each hole.
The combination of holes in STRAWBERRY FIELDS looks like this:
- par-3 – four holes;
- par-4 – ten holes;
- par-5 – four holes.
Each hole has its Par on the score card. When passing the field, the player must record the number of strokes it took to score the ball at each stage of the game.
Usually, an 18-hole course has a Par 72. The lower the total number of hits in the player’s card, the closer he is to victory.
The final result of the game is influenced not only by the accuracy of the athlete and the number of strokes, but also by the presence of penalties. The penalty system in golf provides for penalties for violations of the rules and etiquette from a penalty to a player’s disqualification.
If several players have the same number of points, a replay is carried out after the final round to determine the winner.