About Golf

By definition, golf is a game of striking a ball with a club from the teeing ground into a hole, by successive strokes in a manner which conforms to the set rules of the game.

In competitive golf there are two forms of play viz. stroke play and match play. In stroke play, the lowest number of strokes by a player is counted. In match play the lowest score on the most individual holes by a player or a team during a complete round counts.

Golf does not need a standardized playing area. The game is played on a golf course typically consisting of 9 or 18 holes. The courses are of a unique design. Each course consisting of the 9 or 18 holes has as many teeing grounds. The teeing grounds are demarcated by two markers which show the bounds of the permissible tee area, fairway, rough and other hazards and the putting green. The putting green is enclosed by the fringe and has a flag stick serving as the pin and cup. Various levels of grass are used to make it more difficult or to allow for putting in the green. Golf is played on both 9 or 18 hole courses. In the absence of a 18 hole course, the game is played twice on a 9 hole course.

The game starts with the ball being placed on the teeing ground or the tee and striking the ball by a club. If the initial shot is a long one, the golfer may, at his discretion, suspend the ball on a tee. The tee actually is a small peg which keeps the ball slightly elevated above the ground.

If the ball is required to be driven a long distance down the fairway, the shot is termed a drive. Once the ball becomes stationary, it is hit by the golfer as many times as necessary before placing it in the hole. These shots are differently known as "approach", "layup", "pitch", "chip" and "putt"( placing the ball in to the hole).

A hole is classified by its par. Par means the number of strokes a skilled golfer would require to place the ball into a hole. For example, in a par 4 hole, a skilled golfer makes first stroke (the drive) then second to reach the green then the third to role the ball and the fourth to put into the hole. Par of a hole is classified according to the distance of the tee to the green.

Golf Handicap

A golf handicap is a simple way of allowing golfers to compete on equal terms. A handicap is assigned to a golfer based by a club or association. Generally, the higher the handicap, the worse the golfer. The handicap shows potential or consistency. As a golfer has a lower average score, the handicap decreases. Using a Handicap A simple explanation of a handicap the number of strokes a golfer may...


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