Originally Posted by ghalfaire
I concur. You take shots in match that you wouldn't in stroke (anyone say metal anymore?) play. However I believe you're supposed to enter the score if you keep a GHIN handicap.
Nobody ever did. They used to say medal though. (Just messing with you)
I've never played a true match against somebody, but I can see how I would certainly try some shots that I may not try in a stroke play competition, however, most of my handicap rounds (basically all of them so far) are casual rounds. I am two weeks away from playing in my first individual stroke play tournament and the more I think about it, the more I realize that I try shots in my casual rounds that I won't try in the competition either.
I want to get better at everything, so I'm using driver on holes that require it, but if I'm playing for competition, I am going to make myself OK with hitting 4I-7I into some of the par 4's just to keep the ball in play. Right now, while my long clubs are still apt to go sideways, I'm going to score better playing safer, but I'm not going to get better with those long clubs by playing safer.
So I'm guessing that my casual round scores and match play scores (if I played any) would be pretty similar to each other.