Stroke Play (MEDAL)
A stroke play is a competition where you have to count the shot done in every hole, considering the player handicap. There are different kind of competitions stroke play: The most known are Medal and Stableford. With the Medal, the most used by PRO, the shots made at each hole are scored and the player who finishes the round with less shots wins the competition. In case of competitions with amateurs, to calculate the net score of each player value is simply subtracted from the player handicap from the gross score done.
A match play is a competition in which the number of holes won by a player is counted. At the end of each hole, the player who has made fewer shots, based on his own handicap, win the hole. Who finishes the lap with more holes won, wins the competition. The advantage of one player on the other is defined as the number of holes up; for example, if a golfer has won 3 holes, lost 1 and tied the others then it is 2 up. A player who has as many holes as he has left to play is a dormie, and cannot loose the match but jus win or draw.
The Stableford variant, more and more often used among amateurs, associates a score for each number of shots executed to inject, taking into account the handicap. This competition formula allows on the one hand to speed up the game of amateurs (you do not have to finish the hole once it is impossible to score points) on the other hand to avoid losing many shots in a single hole (as in the Medal variant where you are obliged to post)
hole completed with 4 strokes under Par (Condor): 6 point;
hole completed with 3 strokes under Par (Albatross – Double Eagle in USA): 5 point;
hole completed in Par: 2 point;
hole completed 2 strokes up Par (Double Bogey) or worse: 0 points.
There are many other types of golf competitions. The following are the most common ones.
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