What is a scratch golfer?



What is a scratch golfer?

Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. In general usage of the term, a "scratch golfer" is a golfer who typically shoots at or better than par. When a golfer is referred to as a "scratch golfer," you can be sure of one thing: That person is a very good golfer.

How far can a scratch golfer hit a hole?

A male scratch golfer, for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 250 yards and can reach a 470-yard hole in two shots at sea level. A female scratch golfer, for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 210 yards and can reach a 400-yard hole in two shots at sea level."

How many greens can a scratch golfer hit?

They can hit over 60% of greens in regulation. This means they can hit the green in at least two under par A scratch golfer can achieve over 50% in scrambling (The percent of the time a player misses the green in regulation, but still makes par or better)

What is the difference between a scratch and a handicap?

A female scratch golfer, for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 210 yards and can reach a 400-yard hole in two shots at sea level." Handicap is a number assigned to a golfer that indicates that player’s aptitude on the course, typically dictated as the number of strokes over par during an average round of 18 holes.