Video:What Is Stroke Play?with Todd Kolb
Stroke play is probably the most popular and common game that golfers play, but that doesn't mean everyone knows how it works. Here's a quick primer on the rules of stroke play.See Transcript
Transcript:What Is Stroke Play?
Hey guys, this is Todd Kolb with About.com. Today, we are going to talk about stroke play.
Rules of Stroke Play
Stroke play refers to a round of golf where the score is kept by adding all the strokes taken throughout the round. In stroke play, the golfer counts each stroke taken on a hole until the ball is holed in the cup. Those strokes are then written down on a scorecard. At the end of the round, the strokes taken on each hole played are added together for a total score, which is also known as the gross score.
An Example of Stroke Play
All right, so we're going to play some golf now. Alex and I are going to play a stroke play format on this hole. It's a par four, so we are each going to hit our own shots all the way through the hole and see what we end up with. All right, well, we just finished up our stroke play hole there. Alex had a five, I had a four. We both played our own ball all the way through the hole. So on that particular hole being a par four, Alex had a bogey and I had a par and that's what we would call a stroke play format.
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