Chapter 1: What are the rules of golf
Before betting on golf, it’s important to have a strong understanding of the rules of the game, and what impact they might have on your betting.
The main aim of golf is get your ball from the tee (the starting point of the hole) into the hole in as few shots as possible.
Completing this is considered one unit of the course. The standard course will consist of 18 holes played separately.
Players take turns striking the ball with the aim of getting it into the hole. The order depends on who’s hitting the golf ball from the furthest away.
At the start of a new hole, the player with the least shots on the previous hole goes first.
The ball should be played as is found. Players cant move, break or change anything around the ball to make the shot easier.
The most common scoring method in golf is called ‘stroke play’. This works by adding the total number of shots a player takes to get the ball into each hole.
The score in golf is typically expressed in terms of under or under ‘par’. Par is the number of shots a good golfer would be expected to complete a hole in.
Being ‘under par’ is a good thing in golf as it means you’ve completed the hole in fewer shots than is expected.
Match play is an alternative scoring method to stroke play. In this system whoever completes the hole in the least number of shots wins that hole. If there is a draw then the hole is ‘halved’.
The overall victor is the player who has won the most holes.
Most professional golf events, including all 4 of the games Majors, use the stroke play system. These events are held over 4 days and the winner is the player who competes 72 holes in the fewest number of strokes.
Now that you understand the key rules and regulations of golf, take a look at the variety of events available to watch and bet on.