Definition of stroke play in English:

stroke play


  • [mass noun] Play in golf in which the score is reckoned by counting the number of strokes taken overall.

    Compare with match play
    • ‘I finished second at 72-hole stroke play in '55, when I was a semi-grownup.’
    • ‘His ease of movement, effortless stroke play and audacious shot selection make him a considerable force.’
    • ‘Because match play is so different than stroke play, you want experience on your side.’
    • ‘These events include standard stroke play, match play, skins, and skills competitions.’
    • ‘Why were you so successful in that format when you often had trouble closing the deal in stroke play?’
    • ‘It's been said stroke play is a truer test of golf while match play is a truer test of character.’
    • ‘And while the next group will appreciate your housekeeping, it'll cost you two strokes in stroke play or loss of the hole in match play.’
    • ‘The competition covered the three permutations of the 27-hole layout in two days of Stableford and a middle day of stroke play.’
    • ‘How he must be looking forward to returning to the Tour, where he can do his own thing and stick to stroke play whenever possible.’
    • ‘The next morning it was off to Nichigo Resort and Golf Club for a Day 1 stroke play competition.’
    • ‘The thing to know about the honor is its application in stroke play vs. match play.’
    • ‘In stroke play, you take a two-stroke penalty and play it as it lies.’
    • ‘Up to four players can play online together in a variety of match play and stroke play conditions.’
    • ‘In stroke play, that's a two-stroke penalty; in match play, the penalty is loss of hole.’
    • ‘By waiving them, you waive the right to keep score in stroke play and to win the hole in match play.’
    • ‘You're playing stroke play on a great golf course.’
    • ‘This costs her the hole in match play or a two-stroke penalty in stroke play.’
    • ‘In stroke play there is no penalty if golfers play out of order.’
    • ‘In an attempt to cope with slow play, ‘continuous putting’ is introduced in stroke play.’
    • ‘Last Saturday and Sunday the Northern Rivers Classic was hosted by Ballina Golf Club over 36 holes of stroke play which attracted full fields.’


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