|Number of players||2, 3, 4+|
|Team or Individual play||Both|
Stroke play, also known as medal play, is the most popular scoring system in golf. In stroke play, a player or group of players compete against one another on the basis of the cumulative score of strokes for all the rounds. The total number of strokes is counted, and the player with the lowest strokes takes the prize. Perhaps the reason stroke play is so popular is that it allows you to keep track of your score after each round. A drawback, however, is that one bad hole can ruin 17 good holes.