What Is A Bogey
And How You Can Avoid It

What’s A Bogey In Golf? 

The definition of the word bogey is: a golfer made one stroke over par on a particular hole. 

Is Getting A Bogey Bad?

It really depends on what type of golfer you are. 

If a golfer has a low handicap, scratch, or is a professional golfer then they’ll probably be disappointed with that score. These types of golfers strive to get a par or better on every hole they play. But even these types of golfers can still get double, triple, and even quadruple bogeys (I’ll explain this in the next section). 

On the other hand, an average golfer would probably be excited to get a bogey because it means they only had one stroke over par. To put this into perspective, if they were to get a bogey on every round they’d get a score of 90 on a par-72 course. That’s a huge accomplishment for someone who is new to golf. 

What Do The Different Bogeys Mean?

There are a couple different terms for bogey. 

  • A Double Bogey means that a golfer got 2 strokes over par on a hole.
  • A Triple Bogey means that a golfer got 3 strokes over par on a hole.
  • A Quadruple Bogey means a golfer got 4 strokes over par on a hole. 

If this is still confusing, here's an example of what this would look like. If a golfer were to get 5 strokes on a par-3 they’d have a double bogey. If a golfer were to get 9 strokes on a par-5 then they’d receive a quadruple bogey. 

How Can I Avoid Bogeys?

Here are a few simple things you can do to avoid getting bogeys. 

Be Patient 

Being realistic with your golf game will do wonders. No one becomes a pro golfer overnight, it takes patience and determination. 

Get Familiar With Your Clubs 

Analyze the hole you’re on, and then choose your clubs accordingly. Be mindful of woods, water hazards, and anything else that can affect how the ball moves. Take your clubs to the driving range and get a feel for each one. 

Visualize Your Shot

Golf is an extremely strategic game so you should think about any type of obstacle you may encounter on the course. Think about if the risky shot is worth it, or if it’s better to take a different route. If you don’t think you’ll make the shot, just try something else. 

Practice Your Short Game

Practicing your putt will increase your chances of lowering your score. You could hit a killer long distance shot, but if you have to hit with your putter several times to get it in the hole you’ll be adding a lot of unwanted strokes.