Golf follows a different scoring
system in comparison to popular sports like football, rugby and basketball
which can be confusing for many beginners to grasp. After all, you ideally want
to finish a game with a low score rather than a high score because this means
that you took fewer strokes at each hole. Here at Inswing Indoor Golf, our
simulators are designed to provide an immersive experience for golfers of all
ages and experience levels, which means that being able to understand the
scoring lingo can be critical to your play.
Explaining ‘Par’: Each hole on a golf course
has a pre-determined number of strokes that are deemed ‘standard’ and this is
known as ‘par’. It is a score that golfers will aim to match or outperform
during a game. In a similar fashion, there is also ‘course par’ to contend with
which is the number of strokes associated with the entire game itself over all
9 or 18 holes. In 1925, the Golf Unions Joint Advisory Committee of the British
Isles was put together in order to assign Standard Scratch Scores (SSS) to
courses across the country.
Birdie: A golfer obtains a
birdie when they complete a hole with one fewer stroke than what is deemed
standard, such as using 4 strokes on a par-5 hole or 3 strokes on a par-4 hole
and so on. It is a shot often referred to as ‘one under par’ and is marked down
as –1 on the scorecard.
Eagle: The names of
golfing scores seem to follow a bird theme as completing a hole with two fewer
strokes than par is called an eagle. In a similar fashion, it is referred to by
golfers as ‘two under par’ who will write –2 on their scorecard. An example of
an eagle is when a golfer uses just 3 strokes on a par-5 hole.
Albatross (or Double Eagle):
Using three strokes less than what is deemed standard for a hole is a score in
golf known as either an albatross or a double eagle. A golfer who manages to
obtain this feat will refer to it as ‘three under par’ and either used 2
strokes on a par-5 hole or just 1 stroke on a par-4 hole for example. It is
denoted by –3 on the scoresheet.
bird-related score in golf is a condor and is theoretically achieved when a
golfer uses 4 fewer strokes than par on any given hole. A score that is ‘four
under par’ is incredibly difficult to obtain because the player would have to
get a hole-in-one on a par-5 hole, meaning that most golfers who claims that
they have made a condor could be telling a white lie or two. Nonetheless, it is
typically marked down as –4 on the scoresheet.
Bogey: It is also possible
for a golfer to take more strokes than deemed standard for a hole, and using
one more is known as a bogey and referred to as being ‘one over par’. It is
usually seen when the player uses 6 strokes on a par-5 hole or 5 strokes on a
par-4 hole, for instance, and can be noted on the scoresheet as +1.
Double Bogey: In a rather
self-explanatory fashion, a double bogey is referred to as being ‘two over par’
because the golfer uses two additional strokes than what is deemed standard for
a hole. This score is noted down as +2 on the scoresheet. Rather than using
different terminology, golfers will actually build upon the bogey score by
referring to ‘three over par’ as a triple bogey and ‘four over par’ as a
quadruple bogey, and so on.
Ace (or Hole-in-One): Achieving
an ace in golf is an incredible feat, however the scoring terms themselves can
actually intertwine at this point. Also known as a hole-in-one, this score is
obtained when a golfer manages to get the ball into the hole in just one stroke
from the teeing grounds, however this would also be known as an eagle on a
par-3 hole. Traditionally, another golfer has to witness an ace for it to be
There is a rich history
surrounding the sport of golf and how it became the popular pastime it is
today, and it is the spoils of 21st century technology that has
allowed it to continue on this upwards progression. A simulator experience
allows you to reap the full benefits of playing golf, perfecting your technique
and fully grasping the lingo that every amateur golfer should know without the
pesky problem of unpredictable British weather getting in the way. For all your
indoor golf Manchester
needs, get in contact with a member of the Inswing Indoor Golf team today.