How To Keep Score

How To Golf with Kathryn Newton: How to keep score

Released on 3/3/2016

Credits

Starring: Kathryn Newton

Transcript

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(upbeat rhythm)
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If you're new to the game or just getting back into it
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you might not remember how to keep score.
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And that's okay.
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I'll give you the basics and you should
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have it down pat in no time.
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But, before I tell you how to score in golf,
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let me be the first to say that you don't have to.
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Some of the best rounds are the ones
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where you don't worry about what you shoot,
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you just put the scorecard away,
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hit the ball, and enjoy the day.
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Okay, so the simplest way to explain scoring
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is that you have to count up how many times
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you tried to hit the ball in order to get it
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in the cup on each hole.
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Notice I said tried, that means even if you swing and miss,
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as long as you were trying to hit the ball,
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it counts as a stroke.
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Sorry, rules are rules.
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Once you finish the hole, find the hole in the scorecard
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and write down the number of strokes it took you to do it
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in the corresponding box.
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And once you're done with your round,
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add up the scores from each hole
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and that's the score for the round. Simple, right?
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So, you might have heard of terms like
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birdies and bogeys and eagles and pars.
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You don't have to worry about that,
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but if you're curious a birdie is a term given
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for finishing a hole exactly one less stroke than is noted
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by the hole's par designation.
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In other words, if you only take two strokes on a par three,
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you've birdied a hole.
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I like birdies, and eagles even better.
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That means you finished a hole in two strokes
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less than a hole's par.
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A par is exactly what it means, and it's a good thing.
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If you take five strokes on a par five
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you did your job and you did it well.
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Even a bogey, which is one more stroke than par,
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isn't that bad.
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Make 18 bogeys in a round and you'll shoot 90
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and that's better than most golfers ever do.
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If you know the basics of golf scoring,
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you're ready to decide what type of golf
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you and your buds will be playing.
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There are two ways to play competitively
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against another golfer or golfers,
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Stroke play and Match play.
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Stroke play simply means that the golfer
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who takes fewer strokes to complete the 18 holes, wins.
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If I shoot 98 and you shoot 97, you win.
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Match play is a little more complicated.
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What you're trying to do is finish each hole
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in a fewer amount of strokes than your opponent.
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Every time you do that, you win the hole.
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If you win more holes than your opponent,
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you win the match.
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And that means a Match play round can end
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before you reach the 18th hole, I'll give you an example.
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Say you've won eight holes and your opponent has won five.
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You'd be three holes up on him or her, right?
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Well, if you're still three up
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and there's only two holes left,
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then there's no way he or she can beat you.
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You win! Nice going.
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(upbeat music)
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