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What is a Condor or an Ostrich in Golf?

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A male golfer finishes his swingYou may not of heard of a Condor before, it is not a common term used out on the golf course because it refers to a score of four under par … yes you did read that correctly four under par. Or a hole in one on a par-5.

I have been playing golf for over 20 years and have not witnessed a Condor so we are assuming that this type of score is only gong to be an opportunity on certain golf courses with a short downhill, dogleg, par-5 and in perfect conditions. However, with todays equipment enabling golfers to hit the ball longer and longer we are sure that before long we will see the PGA professionals reaching the green on Par-5’s off the tee!

I have also recently heard the term ‘Ostrich’ this refers to a score of 5 under par. This is the rarest of scores in golf as this would mean a hole in one on a par-6, something that you do not see on many golf courses.

So now you know, if anyone asks you ‘What’s a Condor? or What’s an Ostrich? you can answer them confidently. Or you may want to test the knowledge of your golfing buddies know this weekend.

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How to score a stableford round of golf

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If you are going to start playing competitive golf then you will very soon use the Stableford scoring system as a way of marking your scorecard. In this post we will talk you through how to complete your scorecard and what strategies you could be using to play your best golf.

A very common way of scoring a competitive round of golf is the Stableford system. This type of scoring enables you to score points against the course’s par. For example if you are playing a par four hole then the course has already scored a par four. Your challenge is to beat that score, for which you will be awarded points as follows …

Double Eagle    5 points
Eagle                  4 points
Birdie                 3 points
Par                      2 points
Bogey                 1 point
Double Bogey   0 points

Of course this is you nett score allowing for your handicap. So let’s assume you are an eighteen handicapper. This means you will get a shot on each hole to give you your nett score. A par four on the scorecard will in fact be a par 5 for you. Now let’s also assume that you are playing a par four. If you were to achieve a gross score of five on this hole. This would be a nett score of par and two points for you. So if you play to your eighteen handicap and score a gross score of ninety and a nett score of seventy two you will achieve two points per hole and a total of thirty six points.

Now lets look at how you can best use this information to formulate your strategy to play your best golf.

How the stableford game differs from your standard medal play is that t
his form of the game rewards risk. By that we mean, if you decide to go for a shot that would result in a possible birdie (nett eagle) then you will score four points. However, if the shot does not go according to plan and you score a bogey (nett double bogey) then you will lose only two points that could be made up else where. This is very different to medal play where you would play the course much more conservative trying not to put a large number on your scorecard. So with Stableford we would encourage you to look at the scorecard and plan out where you will play safe and accept two points and where you will try the riskier shots and go for nett birdies and more points.

Also if you are playing off a higher than eighteen handicap then this obviously means that on some of the lower stroke index holes you will get more than one shot. Now the golf holes with the lower stroke index means that they play more difficult so you may need to plan how you will use the extra shot. This could be an iron off the tee for safety, or a lay up second shot to avoid a hazard for example. Either way please ensure that you know what shots you get on what holes because this should have an impact on how you play each hole.

Finally look at your score in three hole increments and see how you are progressing against your target score. If you have scored six points over the first three holes then you are playing steady and to handicap. If you are scoring higher or lower than this you may want to start thinking about where you will pick up points and potentially where you may lose a few points. The impact of counting your points over an average of three holes is that it prevents you from making any rushed decisions after just one bad hole. You will start to see patterns and make the correct choices of what shots to play. Or whether to play more aggressive or more defensive.

So next time you have an opportunity to play a Stableford game use these tips to help you out on the course and have fun!

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