Penalties are part and parcel of any sport that is played all over the world. Penalties depend upon the rules that are laid down by the internationally accepted organizations who govern the attributes of any sport. Golf is not different from this norm as well. Penalties in golf are the stroke numbers that are additional to the number that is allotted to each player for getting the ball in the specified hole. The additional stroke numbers are added up to the score of the players for infracting the rules.
The penalties in case of match play are a bit different. Instead of adding up the strokes, the general form of penalty in match play is in the form of ‘loss of the hole’. The penalties are altered in some cases. Such cases include when the penalty has been assessed for the relief from either a lost ball or a hazard. In any general form of play, a penalty is imposed when either a ball is hit in an area that is unplayable or has been lost.
Penalty is quantified in various ways. The penalty when calculated in terms of strokes, it is not considered about the strokes, which are made up on the ball that are new. They are counted along with all the swings that are targeted at the older ball. There is a lax in these rules of penalty when novice players are involved in informal games. In such cases, the penalty stroke would not be considered.