Everything You Need To Know About the Golf Score Cards
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You can find out a lot about the golf course you’re playing just by looking at the scorecard. The scorecard can provide important information, especially if it’s your first time playing a particular golf course, like what tees will best suit your game, how long the course is from each set of tees, and where the harder holes are (in case you’re betting with a friend and giving/taking strokes). In this article we’ll go through everything you need to know about the golf score cards and more!
If you want to learn more about how the slope and rating translate into course difficulty, and how to use this information to play from the set of tees based on your handicap, click here.
What Are Golf Score Cards?
The scorecard is a great tool for keeping track of your stats. If you have to keep track of a match or friendly wager with one or several players in your group, you’ll want to use a separate scorecard to keep track of your fairways hit, greens hit in regulation, putts, and sand saves.
The easiest way to keep track of your stats is to create a separate category for each one you want to keep below your score. You can use simple abbreviations in the Name column (F for Fairways, G for Greens, etc.), and utilize a simple check (✓) or “X” system for Fairways and Greens, while simply writing in your number of putts.
(Reminder: Make sure you draw a line through each box in the fairway section for each par 3; those holes don’t have fairways).
A Smart Way To Keep Track
Keeping track of your overall stats from tee to green can help you identify weak spots in your game, providing you with a reference on where to put the most emphasis on your practice time. If you’re looking for the most effective way to improve your game while on the driving range, check out this article, which provides in-depth detail on how to get the most out of your game.
As for keeping score, here are the two most common ways to keep score and provide a basic reference to your individual performance on each hole.
Method #1: Numbers and Shapes
With this method, you write down your score, and encase it in a shape (usually a circle or square) to highlight any score that’s above or below that hole’s par.
For example, if the first hole is a par-4 and you make a 4, you would just write a 4, with no accompanying shapes around it.
The next hole, another par-4, you record a birdie! Once you get done hi-fiving your friends, you’d write a 3 and draw a circle around it.
Unfortunately, you make a bogey 4 on the next hole, which is a par-3. In this instance, you’ll draw a square around your score.
For scores of double-bogey and higher or eagle and higher, you can add an extra square for the doubles+ and an extra circle for any eagles or double eagles. If that feels like too much work, you can keep the single squares and circles with no trouble.
For those who don’t like keeping track of all the numbers, and want things a little simpler, there is another method for keeping score.
Method #2: Pluses, Minuses, and Zeros
Instead of using numbers ranging from 2 up to 8 or 9 (hopefully you don’t torture your playing partners by having to finish out their scores after a certain number of strokes per hole), you can simplify the process by keeping track of the differential from the par of each hole.
For example, using the same three-hole example from above, a par on the first hole would be recorded as a zero. The birdie on the second hole would be a -1, and the bogey on three would be a plus one.
Once you’re all done with your round, you can add up the differential, and add the total to the course par, giving you your total score. You can even circle the -1s if you want!
The Final Score
By using the scorecard to your advantage, you can keep better records for your own game, as well as keep your scorecard organized. Use these tips and play better golf the next time you tee it up!