What is a stroke index?


Stroke index

All the 18 holes are ranked by difficulty and the most important factor include the stroke index. The hardest hole on a course is stroke index 1, and the opposite the easiest hole is stroke index 18.

Apparently the score would be simply but it is not true, the stroke index will work alongside with the handicap to determine how many strokes for that hole you get, which is another important way of give a score in the golf. Read more about in our section: calculating a handicap score.

The rules are: if you have a handicap score less than 14, you should subtract one shot from your gross score at the holes which have been designated as a stroke index one to 14. If you obtain a handicap more than 18, there will be some holes at which you can take more than one shot. But if you have a handicap less than 18, you get a shot for every hole; the handicap will be less than the stroke index.

An example about how is calculated: for the case that the handicap will be 14

Hole SI Shots
1 17 0
2 3 1
3 4 1
4 15 0
5 18 0
6 1 1
7 9 1
8 7 1
9 14 0

There are some other factors to take into consideration, as the very early or very late holes should not be assigned to a low stroke index. For the case of a players required to go on to the 19th and subsequent holes to determine the winner , the player who receipt very few strokes would gain with an unfair advantage in the next holes of 18th.

In general, therefore, Stroke Index 1 to 4 should not be on holes 1, 2, 17 or 18, or at courses where matches are likely to start at the 10th hole, holes 8, 9, 10 or 11. If Stroke Index 1 is in the first 9 holes, Stroke Index 2 should be in the second 9 holes and so on.