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Is there a max that a player can take on a hole instead of haplessly trying to finish it?

Yes, if you are playing in a club event that uses the USGA Handicap Index system. In other words, if you are competing in most high level amateur events like a state amateur, high school or collegiate golf or a professional event, you must finish out every shot. For club events however, or if you are playing a friendly game with your buddies, if you have a USGA Index you will have maximum score that you can take on each hole. That way if you have one bad hole, it won't ruin an otherwise good round and skew your handicap making it higher than it really should be. Good news...it also helps speed up play!

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