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How Do You Add Up Your Score?

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2 hours ago, iacas said:

Level 4s. Very fast. Especially for better players.

When I'm scoring for college events, some of the players I do level 5s.

I forget where I got this from, but it might have been from you.

I also do level 5s.  Worked great as an 18 handicap.  I still try to show it off to people in my club when I see them adding the normal "add these numbers" way. 

Now that I'm scoring mid-80s a bit more, it's still fine.  At some point I might switch to level 4s.

4 hours ago, Golfingdad said:

That is awesome because I had no idea anybody out there did it EXACTLY the same way I did. 🙂

I think a lot of engineers do this.  

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When I'm playing solo I like to just keep a mental note how many over PAR(or under PAR if I'm on fire usually not for long)...usually put it down on the card a few times then just work off that to keep tabs on how I'm traveling goal, of course, is to beat my course HC 

I find its great to add pressure to a solo game .. I beat my Course HC I Win Over it I Lose 

 

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I make a dot for a pars, write the number over par only for bogeys or worse, or the number under par and circle it for birdies or better.  It is really fast to add up the score but if the person wants the actual number called off that they made on each hole that it takes few extra seconds because you have to look at what the par for the hole was to call it out. 

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12 hours ago, iacas said:

Try the level 4s (or 5s) method.

Give it a little effort and practice. It's pretty fast itself, especially if you get a lot of 4s.

Par is irrelevant. 9 "4"s is 36. Done.

So… this is also easy:

4 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 3

(BTW I also cancel out 5s if they're beside a 3, because that's the same as 4/4). So in reading that one I'd go +1… E…done.

That could work, too. Just tried it and it's pretty simple, though my game is so erratic I had to use 5s for the front and 4s on the back :whistle:

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As a follow up, what do you do if someone else is keeping score along with you, and comes up with a different number?  For instance, you added. them up as 43, the other guy comes up with 44. My first check, I count the odd numbers.  An even number of odds results in a even total, odd number of odds gives an odd total.

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4 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

As a follow up, what do you do if someone else is keeping score along with you, and comes up with a different number?  For instance, you added. them up as 43, the other guy comes up with 44. My first check, I count the odd numbers.  An even number of odds results in a even total, odd number of odds gives an odd total.

I haven't run into this much as I don't play tournaments, but the first thing I usually do is make sure we have the same numbers written down. After that I just recount the total.

Counting odd numbers seems like a pretty good shortcut.

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32 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

As a follow up, what do you do if someone else is keeping score along with you, and comes up with a different number?  For instance, you added. them up as 43, the other guy comes up with 44. My first check, I count the odd numbers.  An even number of odds results in a even total, odd number of odds gives an odd total.

True, but as a reminder...

In a tournament, you’re only responsible for writing down the correct number on each hole.  The total is somewhat irrelevant.  

If your marker has a hole incorrect, and simply changes the final score to reflect the correct total, you stand a good chance of signing an incorrect scorecard.  If there’s a disparity, you really need to go hole by hole to resolve it...

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5 minutes ago, David in FL said:

True, but as a reminder...

In a tournament, you’re only responsible for writing down the correct number on each hole.  The total is somewhat irrelevant.  

If your marker has a hole incorrect, and simply changes the final score to reflect the correct total, you stand a good chance of signing an incorrect scorecard.  If there’s a disparity, you really need to go hole by hole to resolve it...

Absolutely agree.  Most times, I check a front 9 score after 9, and the total score after 18.  If we both agree on the totals, chances are that the individual hole scores are correct as well.  But yes, in a tournament I keep one of my FC's score, and I keep my own too.  I do check individual hole scores, the total is just one more check point in the process.

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9 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

Absolutely agree.  Most times, I check a front 9 score after 9, and the total score after 18.

I don’t bother with that and think it’s a tiny waste of time. But I never add up the score ever anyway so… I know what I’m at. Couldn’t care less about the other guy except hole by hole.

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 I add up scores on cards with these methods: Abacus, or on very bad days, a slide rule!  Actually, just add left to right. Have not played a tourney since 1979.

 

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On 8/25/2018 at 4:03 PM, jamo said:

Slightly inspired by this thread, but mostly by what I see at the end of men’s league matches: how do you add up your score?

I see three main options:

  • Just add the raw numbers. 3+4+5...
  • Add up each hole’s score to par hole-by-hole and then add that to the course’s par at the end.  1+2-1+...+71
  • Add up each hole’s score to 4 then add that to 72 (or 36). 0+1-1+2+72

I used to do the first (and everyone I see at the end of matches either that or the second one), but my high school golf coach taught us the third method, and that has really stuck. It’s by far the quickest and easiest and involves the least mental math. It tends to be weird to try to explain it to people though. 

Just the numbers.  Never done it any other way and never seen anyone else do it any other way.  Why complicate it?  I took 6 strokes, I write down a 6 - it doesn't get any simpler.  

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16 minutes ago, Fourputt said:

Just the numbers.  Never done it any other way and never seen anyone else do it any other way.  Why complicate it?  I took 6 strokes, I write down a 6 - it doesn't get any simpler.  

You didn't read the question.

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7 hours ago, DaveP043 said:

As a follow up, what do you do if someone else is keeping score along with you, and comes up with a different number?  For instance, you added. them up as 43, the other guy comes up with 44. My first check, I count the odd numbers.  An even number of odds results in a even total, odd number of odds gives an odd total.

Parity is an excellent way to check if we're looking for a total.  My club asks us to verify hole-by-hole after 9 and 18 in tournaments, so we gotta do that.

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2 hours ago, Fourputt said:

Just the numbers.  Never done it any other way and never seen anyone else do it any other way.  Why complicate it?  I took 6 strokes, I write down a 6 - it doesn't get any simpler.  

 

1 hour ago, iacas said:

You didn't read the question.

Yeah.  @Fourputt, OP is asking what you do next.  We assume you write the numbers down for the sake of this thread, but he's asking how you add them up.

(The different answers all interest me and it's partially because I'm trying to consider different ways of teaching simple math to my little ones.  I like hearing exactly what goes through peoples head as they do math) :)

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I simply keep track of how many over or under par I am.  I will write the scores down if I'm playing with someone, but honestly I don't need the card.  I pretty much always know what my score is, even if I wish I didn't sometimes.  For someone else's score I do the same, use how many over par they are to get their final number.

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12 hours ago, DrMJG said:

 I add up scores on cards with these methods: Abacus, or on very bad days, a slide rule!  Actually, just add left to right. Have not played a tourney since 1979.

 

Ironically, that is the last year I used a slide rule. We were the last class in my High School to learn how. The following year, we did it in college as an exercise.

All these methods sound interesting. I will try to 4s method, but I also like just putting 0, 1, 2 for par, bogey, double.

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