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Stableford Calculation and the rules

A guide on how to calculate your Stableford Points and calculate your golf handicap, stroke index and more


Stableford is a fantastic way to play golf and it's growing in popularity. Unlike Stroke Play which counts the number of strokes, Stableford is a point scoring system which takes into account both your golf handicap and the number of strokes taken at each hole. You try to score points on every hole you play and it is the total number of points which gives your final Stableford points. It avoids golfers giving up after a terrible hole and also increases the pace of play as golfers can simply pick up their ball and proceed to the next hole.

Stableford V's Stroke Play

In stroke play, you could score a 10 on one particular hole which would ruin your scorecard for the rest of the round. In Stableford, you might score 0 points on that particular hole, but your whole round is not ruined. This is a great format if you are new to a particular golf course, playing with friends or perhaps at a game of golf even with work. If you were playing stroke play at a work event, many of your customers might be wanting to get off the course by hole 5.

Benefits of Stableford Scoring

Firstly, any particularly bad holes, where you play more than 2 or more over your awarded shots, you score 0. Bad holes do count against you because you score no points, but if you played +10 over you are not penalised like in Stroke Play.

Secondly, by awarding players shots on certain holes, everyone, whatever their standard can play together. It's the total points of the round which determines the winner and not the number of strokes.

Thirdly – It's a great way to improve your game. For example, on a difficult Par 5 hole, an 18 handicap player will know that he can play +1 (6 shots) to score 2 points and therefore, they can pretend it’s a Par 6, and play 4 to reach the green. For the same player, a long Par 3 could be played as a Par 4 and still get 2 points. It helps treat the more difficult holes with more respect and can help the way we approach each hole and our game

Find out more on Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stableford

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