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Uncannily, the game of golf can be actually cruel. With many famous golfers blowing up many holes that are not only embarrassing but breathtakingly slow, it has certainly made our audiences bored to death. Sometimes, even with our favorite player swinging his/her golf stick, we are only yawning at the slow pace of the game. We are left to wonder – when will the game end? What is the maximum score they can score on one hole?
Fortunately for us viewers and players included, gone are the days when we had waited patiently or impatiently for each player to finish their play.
“Maximum Score” is a new additional form of stroke play introduced to this humble sport of golf. This score is especially aimed at capping each player’s skill and potential by doing certain calculations. This allows for a faster pace of play, making the game more intensive to both the players and viewers.
So, what is this ‘maximum score’ play?
Let’s take an example of how a golf score is calculated. On average, previously, the rules of golf do not limit the number of strokes a player may attempt on any hole. If you need 15 swings of your stick to hole out, then your score becomes “15”. Now you can’t expect to try out 15 strokes for all the other holes, it just isn’t practical.
Based on the recent change in ‘maximum score allowed’, a new rule of ‘Net Two Over Par’ has been in effect. Unlike before, when you had to determine your maximum score by a maximum of 2 over par, now it will be a Net Two Over Par.
For example, if you have a total Course Handicap of 18, you get 1 handicap stroke per hole, which means that you need to enter a maximum score of 3 over par on every hole that you blow out. Now, if you have a handicap of 9, then on all the stroke holes from 1 to 9, you are allowed to enter a maximum score of 3 over par on these holes. While on holes 10 to 18, you may enter a maximum of 2 over par.
Ultimately, this works out in the benefit of both beginner and intermediate players. The better golfer you are, the more strokes you might attempt/play on any given hole. Beginners on the other hand tend to take very few strokes on many holes and tend to take more time per stroke. And any player who does not complete a hole (picking up) will not be disqualified, but simply gets the ‘maximum score’ for that hole.
Here is a simple way you can use to calculate ‘Net Two Over Par’.
If you have a handicap index, it is calculated as follows:
Par of the hole + 2 strokes + (Any handicap strokes that you receive on that hole (or) minus any handicap strokes that a plus handicap player gives back on that hole)
Clear? We hope so!
The next time you play your holes, do not forget to play Net Two Over Par, it is easier than you think.
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