What is a Par in Golf?

What is a Par in Golf?

For those new to the golf game, there may seem to be a lot of things to learn before even hitting a golf ball.

Trying to grasp some of the basic concepts or terms may even seem like a challenge.

The Par in Golf can be difficult to grasp if a participant has never had any real experience with the game of Golf.

The Goal in the game of Golf is to go around the golf course in the least amount of shots.

The Par in Golf is simply a scoring term indicating the standard on a golf hole.

A golf course will consist of 18 Holes of differing length. The shorter holes are par 3s, the medium length holes are par 4s, and the longer holes are par 5s.

 

For a Scratch Golfer, this would mean the standard amount of shots it takes to get the ball in the hole.

Once again, a Par is a scoring term indicating the standard on a golf hole or a scoring term indicating Even Par.

If you are on a Par 3 hole and get the ball in the hole in three strokes, you have made a Par.

If you are on a Par 4 hole and get the ball in the hole in four strokes, you have made a Par.

If you are on a Par 5 hole and get the ball in the hole in five strokes, you have made a Par.

Consistently making Par on a golf course is a fantastic achievement for amateur golfers. If players can do this consistently, they will lower their handicap, and it will happen fast.

Making Par can seem like a daunting task for a beginner golfer. With Patience, Practice, and the right type of coaching, it is defiantly achievable, though.

What is a Birdie in Golf?

If you are making Birdies consistently, you have figured this golf thing out and may want to try your luck in some tournaments.

A Birdie in Golf is a Scoring term indicating One Under Par.

This would mean getting the ball in the hole in three shots on a Par 4, four shots on a Par 5 and two shots on a Par 3.

A Birdie is a fantastic achievement out on the golf course and will put the spring in the step of golfers of any ability level.

What is an Eagle in Golf?

If you’ve made an Eagle, you’ve probably had a hole in one or a massive hole out. An Eagle is rare for amateur golfers and very tough for a professional golfer.

An Eagle in Golf is a Scoring Term indicating Two Under Par.

This would mean a hole in one on a Par 3. Getting the ball in the hole in two shots on a Par 4 and getting the ball in the hole in 3 shots on a Par 5.

The most common way a golfer will make an Eagle is on a Par 5.

You will see the big hitters on the PGA Tour, like Dustin Johnson, Bryson Dechambeau, and Rory Mcilroy, smash the ball off the tee and get to the green on a Par 5 in two shots. They make it look easy and occasionally hole a putt for an Eagle.

What is an Albatross in Golf?

This is the rarest shot in Golf, and only a handful of golfers have ever achieved an albatross on a golf course.

An Albatross in Golf is a scoring term indicating Three Under Par. It is also known as a Double Eagle.

It is impossible on a Par 3.

There are only two ways of achieving an Albatross, and the first is to get the ball in the hole from the tee on a Par 4.

The second is to hole out on the second shot on a Par 5.

Once again, only a handful of golfers have ever achieved an Albatross, and they are infrequent.

Below is a video featuring some of the best Albatross shots on the PGA Tour. 

What is a Bogey in Golf?

A Bogey is never the Goal on a golf course, but it will, unfortunately, be a regular score for amateur golfers. Depending on your handicap, a bogey could be a good thing. For an 18 Handicap Golfer, a Bogey on each hole would be a decent score.

A Bogey in Golf is a Scoring Term indicating One Over Par.

What is a Double Bogey in Golf?

The dreaded Double Bogey.

If you are racking up lots of these, your game needs work, and you may need some coaching.

A Double Bogey in Golf is a scoring term indicating Two Over Par.

Golf is a fun game but can be a more challenging game because it requires sound technique and a solid mental game.

If you want to learn a bit more about the game of golf, check out the following posts.

How to Play Golf

Basic Golf Lessons for Beginners.

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