What is the correct terminology or phrase to use between 2 or more groups of players?
a) We play "off the stake" or
b) We play "off the stick"
If (a) or (b) is the right phrase, then why is it so?
b) We play "off the stick" is the correct saying. "off the stick" is your score (ie no handicap deductions).
@Pave is right. When a tournament or group of people play a round "off the stick" that means that there are no handicap calculations involved, and the lowest score wins.
The above assertions that "off the stick" mean penalties aren't counted are incorrect.
I know this is an old thread and probably an old term but I figured I'd give an answer to Google.