The stroke index is a numbering system used in handicap golf competitions. Normally the table is included on the scorecard and lists the stroke index of each hole, a number from 1 to 18. Handicap strokes are given at holes where the stroke index of the hole is less than or equal to the number of strokes given.
The stroke index is a method of ranking the holes on each nine of a golf course from hardest to easiest. The front nine holes are assigned odd numbers from 1 to 17, while the back nine holes are assigned even numbers from 2 to 18, with a lower number signifying a more difficult hole.
If your course handicap is 18 and you’re playing just to post a score for handicap purposes (you’re not playing against someone in a match, in other words), then 18 is how many strokes you get to take. If you are playing against someone in a match, then the golfers play off the low handicap of the group.
Compare the course handicap number of 12 to the handicap line on the scorecard for the golf course. On the holes labeled number one through 12, you may subtract one stroke per hole. If you are playing match play, each player will subtract strokes based on his or her individual handicap .
If, on the other hand, the player’s course handicap is “2,” then that player gets strokes on handicap holes Numbers 1 and 2, and so on. So if your course handicap is 18, you get a stroke on every hole . If it’s 9, you get a stroke on the top 9 handicap holes , but not on the bottom nine.
The 10 -Shot Rule means any player within 10 shots of the lead after 36 holes also makes the cut, whether they’re inside the top 50 and ties or not.
What is your handicap if you shoot 100 ? If you shoot around 100 for 18 holes, your handicap is roughly a 28 ( 100 -72 = 28).
Under the Rules of Golf , any stroke in which you intend to hit the ball counts. It doesn’t matter how far the ball goes. If you swing and miss , and you were trying to hit the ball, then it counts. If you take another swing at it, then you ‘re counting your next stroke after the whiff.
Here are some of the most significant rule changes that will be in effect during the Masters: ALIGNMENT. Rule No. THE DROP. The ball now must be dropped straight down from knee height instead of the old way, with an arm extended. THE FLAGSTICK. LOST BALL . ELIMINATION OF PENALTIES. BUNKERS. EMBEDDED BALL . DAMAGED CLUBS.
The Rules of Golf do not limit the number of strokes a player may take on any one hole. If it requires seventeen (17) strokes to hole out (including penalty strokes ) then your score for that hole is “17”. In sanctioned tournament play, such scores can occur, albeit rarely.
These numbers come in handy for calculating a handicap after you have played some rounds. For example, say you go out and shoot an 85 over 18 holes. You could then look up the course and subtract the course rating from your score, in this case 85 -71 = 14.
Tiger Woods has the lowest handicap of any tour pro. Technically, Tiger Woods hasn’t had an official handicap since he was 20 and playing off +8.
If you score 100 points playing a 18 hole course and the par is approximately 72, your average score works out to be 28. Every time you play rounds, your handicap values can be recalibrated.