In hopes to teach aspiring golfers and demystify the game for those new to golf I will be providing a sort of Golf 101 series. Taking the game down to basics, answering questions I receive, and explaining the rules of golf (which even the Pros need help on from time to time).
GOLF 101 Lesson 1: The object of the game
“1-1: The Game of Golf consists of playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules.” – USGA Rules
This is for those entirely new to the game.
Basically, you have a ball that you need to hit into a hole using a selected club. To start each hole is a teeing ground or “tee box” from where players hit their first shot. Then the second shot occurs from where the ball comes to rest, and so on until the player completes the hole by ‘holing out’ – when the golf ball goes into the hole. The hole is delineated by a flag and a finer area of grass called the green.
Each stroke (attempt to hit the ball) is separate from the last and the players must not influence the ball’s movement after the shot until the ball has come to rest. The number of shots that the player took to complete the hole is recorded and the final sum of all strokes made after a full round of 18 holes is the player’s score for that round and course.
Golf Score Lingo:
Par – the number of strokes it should take to complete a hole (for a scratch golfer)
Birdie – completing a hole with one less stroke than par
Bogey – completing a hole with one more stroke than par, bogeys can multiply and become double bogeys (two-over-par for a hole), triple bogeys and so on
Eagle – completing a hole with two strokes less than par
Albatross – completing a hole with three strokes less than par
Each golf hole is different, with par 3s, par 4s, and par 5s providing different shot-making opportunities. On a typical par 72 course there will be four par 3s, fourteen par 4s, and four par 5s.
Golf 101: Lesson 2 – The Equipment
Confused about the different sticks in the players’ bags? When should you use which one, and why? Allow me to demystify.