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Match-play and stroke-play: There are two principal types of play match-play and stroke-play. In match-play the match is decided by the number of holes won or lost. At the end of each hole the player with the lowest score, after his handicap has been deducted, is the winner. Stroke-play is different. Your score at each hole is important, and it is your aggregate score at the end of the pre-determined number of holes that determines the winner. You must hole out on every green and 'gimmies' are not allowed in stroke-play. The ball, once played from the tee, must be played as it lies On the green. Once your ball is on the putting green you must not interfere with the line of putt, and furthermore must not impede or interfere with your opponent's line of putt.

Handicapping: Handicapping remains the most vague concept for non golfer. A player's handicap is basically the average number of strokes that he takes to go round the golf course over the Standard Scratch Score, or normal par for the course, under usual stroke-play conditions. The maximum handicap for men is 28 strokes and for women 36. Obviously, the more ability a player has, the lower his handicap will be.The responsibility of fixing a player's handicap rests with his club. He must be an amateur player and a member of a club affiliated to the Council of National Golf Unions. After a player has submitted three scorecards, the handicap committee will fix a handicap according to an average of the player made during each of his three rounds.

Birdie: Any hole played out in one stroke under the regulated par score is a birdie. A par-4 hole played in three shots is an example and is described as a 'birdie 3'.

Bunker: A "bunker" is a hazard consisting of a prepared area of ground often a hollow, from which turf or soil has been removed and replaced with sand or the like. Grass-covered ground bordering or within a bunker is not part of the bunker. The margin of a bunker extends vertically downwards, but not upwards. A ball is in a bunker when it lies in or any part of it touches the bunker.

Caddie: A "caddie" is one who carries or handles a player's clubs during play and otherwise assists him accordance with the Rules.

Course: The "course" is the whole area within which play is permitted

Flagstick: The "flagstick" is a movable straight indicator, with or without bunting or other material attached, centered in the hole to show its position. It shall be circular in cross-section.

Hazards: A "hazard" is any bunker or water hazard.

Hole: The "hole" shall be 4 1/4 inches (108mm) in diameter and at least 4 inches (100mm) deep. If a lining is used, it shall be sunk at least 1 inch (25 mm) below the putting green surface unless the nature of the soil makes it impracticable to do so; its outer diameter shall not exceed 4 1/4 inches (108mm).

Holed: A ball is "holed" when it is at rest within the circumference of the hole and all of it is below the level of the lip of the hole.

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