Rules of golf
If anything, the game is not as easy to understand as other sports like football and betting, for example, where the aim is to score more goals than your opponent. But there is nothing to be afraid of because we will do our best to explain the rules of this wonderful sport and to make your golf betting great.
Golf is played on a natural grass course in the open air, that is its first peculiarity, and where up to 18 holes can be distributed. When the game starts, the golfer uses a small support called a tee that is stuck in the ground with the ball on top of it. In this way, the player will use the tee to hit the first shot of each hole.
Another stroke denomination that we are going to learn is the approach, that is, the strokes that the player gives to the ball to get closer to the hole. And finally, those shots whose direction is flush with the turf, and generally aimed at the hole itself, are known as putts.
The game of golf
As we mentioned earlier, golf is played on a natural grass course in the open air, which in itself makes it a peculiar sport in that sense. Here we are going to give you a brief overview of the keys so that you can understand the game.
This differentiates it from other similar sports, in this way the playing surface is not standardised and is made up of a very large playing area. It usually has 9 or 18 partial rounds, although most courses are usually 18 holes. At the end of the rounds there is a hole where the ball has to be putted in as few strokes as possible.
To win a match you have to complete all 18 holes in a set order.
The starting point before the start of each hole is a small, horizontal surface with short grass known as the tee, from which the first shot of each hole is taken. The first ball is placed on a stand above the ground to facilitate the stroke.
The path between the teeing ground and the area where the hole is located consists of two surfaces: the fairway and the rough. The fairway is an area of manicured grass where players can hit the ball with ease, while the rough is an area that is deliberately neglected with taller grass.
On the fairways there are often obstacles, such as sand holes or lakes, among others, that make the course difficult.
The difficulty of the holes is measured according to the number and position of the obstacles, the location of the trees, the length between the tee and the green (specially prepared area where the flag is located indicating the exact position of the hole where the ball has to be putted. In this area the grass is mown shorter and there are gentle slopes, called falls, to make play more difficult) or the horizontality of the green, among other factors.
There are two types of handicaps, player handicap and hole handicap:
The player’s handicap is one of the elements on which golf is structured at amateur level. It is the advantage in strokes that a player receives with respect to the par of the course (fixed number of strokes to get the ball into a hole) according to his level of play. In some competitions, the level of all players is adjusted by giving an advantage to those players with the highest average number of strokes per round.
The handicap of the hole is the level of difficulty of a given hole, represented by a number from 1 to 18. The lower the handicap of a hole, the higher the difficulty, and the higher the handicap, the lower the difficulty.
The final score for each hole depends on the type of golf being played and the weighting of each player’s level according to the handicap system.
The most common types of play are:
- Stroke play: The result is obtained by adding the number of strokes. Whoever has the lowest number of strokes at the end of the round is the winner.
- Match play: The number of holes is agreed before the start of the game and is played hole by hole.
Golf ball characteristics
The standard golf balls have a diameter of between 42.67 and 45.93 centimetres. Nowadays, most balls are made with a core of rolled rubber cord, in order to give them greater elasticity.
In addition, the surface of the ball has small, regularly distributed dimples, which give the ball greater stability. This surface is usually made of balata, surlyn or zylin.
There are different types of golf balls. The liquid-core wound, made of a small rubber filled with liquid, is preferred by professionals.
Multi-layer balls, on the other hand, have a solid rubber core with an inner layer between the centre and the cover. It is generally used for low handicaps. Finally we have the two-layer solid core ball, which is ideal for medium and high handicaps.