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Back Nine vs Front Nine
The front nine is the first 9 holes and the back nine includes holes 10-18 on a typical 18 hole course
Course Handicap
Used to make scores from players of different skill levels comparable. It is subtracted from your gross score to arrive at your net score which can be compared to a golfer of any skill level.
Gross Score
The number of strokes you took to finish the round.
Handicap
For a hole, it shows how difficult it is compared to other holes on the course. Also see Score with Handicap.
Handicap Index
Used as a measure of a golfer's overall playing ability. Lower number indicate better players.
Net Score
A score that can be used to compare your round to players of differing skill levels. It shows how well or poorly you did on this round compared to your normal playing performance and is calculated by subtracting your course handicap from your gross core.

Handicap Types

Beginner
Select this option if you are just getting started in the game of golf.
High Handicapper
(Scores 18+ over par) A high handicapper lacks consistency in all areas of the game. Also called a bogey golfer.
Mid Handicapper
(Scores 10-18 over par) A mid handicapper is starting to develop a repeatable swing and learn their way around the course.
Scratch Golfer
(Scores par) A scratch golfer has no handicap and excels at many areas of their game.
Single Digit Handicapper
(Scores 1-9 over par) A Single digit handicapper has developed consistency in multiple areas of their game.

Scoring Methods

Best Ball
2-4 players using the best ball of any of the players for each shot.
Other (Individual)
Any other type of tournament where you played by yourself.
Other (Team)
Any other type of tournament where you played as a team.
Practice
Normal rules of golf may or may not be followed, but you don't want this score to affect your suggested handicap.
Regulation
Normal rules of golf followed on a standard course during its active season.
Scramble
2-4 players using the best score of any of the players for each hole.
USGA Amateur
Official USGA Amateur tournament with all USGA rules.

Shot Scores

Ace
A hole in one
Albatross
Having three less strokes than par.
Birdie
Having one less stroke than par
Bogey
Having one more stroke than par
Double Birdie
Having two less strokes than par. The term Eagle is more commonly used
Double Bogey
Having two more strokes than par
Eagle
Having two less strokes than par
Par
The typical number of strokes expected to complete a hole

Calculated Stats

+/-
The number of strokes you are over or under par
3 Putt Avoidance
Percentage of times you have 2 or fewer putts
Aces
Total hole-in-ones
Avg Putts
The average number of putts per hole
Birdie Wash
Times when a player gives back a stroke on a hole immediately following a birdie.
Birdies
Total birdies
Bogeys
Total bogeys
Bounce Back
Player is under par immediately following a hole where the player was over par.
Double Bogeys+
Total double bogeys or worse
Double Eagles
Total double eagles
Eagles
Total eagles
Fairway %
Tee shots that hit the fairway from the tee.
GIR
(Green in Regulation) Getting the ball to the green with a chance for par or better.
GIR On Par 3s
Percentage of time you hit GIR on Par 3's
GIR On Par 4s
Percentage of time you hit GIR on Par 4's
GIR On Par 5s
Percentage of time you hit GIR on Par 5's
Par Bounce Back
Player scores par immediately following a hole where the player was over par.
Par Wash
Times when a player gives back a stroke on a hole immediately following a par.
Pars
Total pars
Putts After Chip
Number of putts after chipping or pitching onto the green
Putts After GIR
Number of putts after reaching the green in regulation
Score On Par 3s
Average par 3 score
Score On Par 4s
Average par 4 score
Score On Par 5s
Average par 5 score
Score With Handicap
Handicap is calculated based on your normal scores of a player and the slope of the course and is subtracted from your score to create a score that is easier to compare with other players of differing skill levels.
Scrambles
Scoring par or better without reaching the green in regulation. You didn't make GIR so successfully "scrambled" to save par or better.
Up And Downs
Getting the ball "up" onto the green with a pitch/chip shot and "down" into the cup in two strokes after missing your approach shot.
Up and Downs Estimate
Used by players that don't want to track whether they hit their approach shot. If you missed GIR and had a single putt, it is estimated that you hit a pitch/chip to get the ball "up" onto the green and a single putt to put the ball "down" into the cup.

Fun Stats

Dollars Spent
Cost to play the round
Length played
Total time playing the round
Walked/rode
Whether you walked or rode a cart for the round
Weather
The weather at the time of your round

Tee Stats

Rating
A number, close to par for the tee, indicating how difficult a course to an expert/par/scratch golfer. Higher numbers indicate more difficulty.
Slope
A number that indicates how much more difficult a tee is for bogey golfers than scratch golfers. Higher numbers indicate how much more the tee's difficult affects bogey golfers than scratch golfers.

User Entered Stats

100 Yards & In
The number of strokes made within 100 yards of the hole
1st Putt Distance
Distance of first putt
Approach Club
Club used on the approach shot
Approach Length
Approximage yardage of approach shot
Approach Shot
Your first attempt at hitting the green in regulation. For a par 3, this is your first shot. For a par 4, this is your second shot. For a par 5, this is your third shot.
Chips
Total chips
Distance
Length in yards from the tee to the hole
Driving Distance
Length in yards of the driver off of the tee
Fairway
Whether or not your tee shot hit the fairway
Made Putt Distance
Length of made putt to finish the hole
Penalty Strokes
Penalty strokes per hole
Putts
The number of strokes that are putts
Sand Shots
Sand shots per hole
Score
Total strokes
Tee Shot Club
Club used on tee shot
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