Match play is one of the main forms of competition in golf. It pits players one against another, rather than one against the field as in stroke play. Opponents compete to win individual holes, and the player who wins the most holes wins the match. You’ll notice in the Rules of Golf-many rules are different for match and stroke play. To understand why-think of it like this-when playing a stroke play event-all are protecting the field. You may be on hole # 3-a player has teed off in front of the tee markers-because all are playing against the entire field-it is not up to you alone to not call the player on the infraction. There is a penalty and the player must be called on it. All the other players are out on the course and have no idea what is going on in your group! In match play, you are only playing against your opponent and they are right there with you. Should they tee off outside the tee markers-there is no penalty and you have the option of making them replay the shot! There is also etiquette involved in match play. A few examples-you should never ask if a putt is good-expect to putt everything and if your opponent says it’s good, pick up the ball. Once a putt or a hole is conceded-the player may not retract! So pick up that ball! If asked-you must always state what you lie-giving incorrect information results in loss of hole! Furthest away always goes first-even if the furthest away is on the green and the closer ball is off. Should a player play out of turn-you have the option of making them play the shot over! So if unsure-ask if you’re away! Lowest index has honors on the first tee, and from then on, winner of the last hole has honors. Once the match is over, get off the course and do not play the remaining holes. These are just a few points-check out the links below to learn more about match play.
Match play can be played by two individuals, one on one, and that is known as Singles Match Play-that’s what will be played in the Amateur at Cranston. Or teams of two players can square off, with Foursomes and Fourball(format at Pawtucket) the most common formats for team play.
To learn more about match play, explore the links below or Google “match play in golf”.