Why do you ask, and what are the differences in your mind between the two options you gave? Are you asking about whether you'd call it a tournament score or a "general play" score for handicappIng?
I wouldn't call it a "match" per se. I'd use stroke play rules and the winner advances to the next bracket.
You should always bring your current gamer with you to test side by side with what ever you are considering.
Too generic to be of much help.
Having said that I always read them cover to cover. I enjoy learning about what's out there. Even id I don't plan to buy anything for the next 5 years.
Incidentally, I do the same thing with Automotive reviews. I find them interesting, even though I only buy a car about every 10 years.