How To Keep Score
How To Golf with Kathryn Newton: How to keep score
Released on 3/3/2016
If you're new to the game or just getting back into it
you might not remember how to keep score.
And that's okay.
I'll give you the basics and you should
have it down pat in no time.
But, before I tell you how to score in golf,
let me be the first to say that you don't have to.
Some of the best rounds are the ones
where you don't worry about what you shoot,
you just put the scorecard away,
hit the ball, and enjoy the day.
Okay, so the simplest way to explain scoring
is that you have to count up how many times
you tried to hit the ball in order to get it
in the cup on each hole.
Notice I said tried, that means even if you swing and miss,
as long as you were trying to hit the ball,
it counts as a stroke.
Sorry, rules are rules.
Once you finish the hole, find the hole in the scorecard
and write down the number of strokes it took you to do it
in the corresponding box.
And once you're done with your round,
add up the scores from each hole
and that's the score for the round. Simple, right?
So, you might have heard of terms like
birdies and bogeys and eagles and pars.
You don't have to worry about that,
but if you're curious a birdie is a term given
for finishing a hole exactly one less stroke than is noted
by the hole's par designation.
In other words, if you only take two strokes on a par three,
you've birdied a hole.
I like birdies, and eagles even better.
That means you finished a hole in two strokes
less than a hole's par.
A par is exactly what it means, and it's a good thing.
If you take five strokes on a par five
you did your job and you did it well.
Even a bogey, which is one more stroke than par,
isn't that bad.
Make 18 bogeys in a round and you'll shoot 90
and that's better than most golfers ever do.
If you know the basics of golf scoring,
you're ready to decide what type of golf
you and your buds will be playing.
There are two ways to play competitively
against another golfer or golfers,
Stroke play and Match play.
Stroke play simply means that the golfer
who takes fewer strokes to complete the 18 holes, wins.
If I shoot 98 and you shoot 97, you win.
Match play is a little more complicated.
What you're trying to do is finish each hole
in a fewer amount of strokes than your opponent.
Every time you do that, you win the hole.
If you win more holes than your opponent,
you win the match.
And that means a Match play round can end
before you reach the 18th hole, I'll give you an example.
Say you've won eight holes and your opponent has won five.
You'd be three holes up on him or her, right?
Well, if you're still three up
and there's only two holes left,
then there's no way he or she can beat you.
You win! Nice going.