How to make a golf score counter

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Keeping score can be made easy with the use of a golf score counter. They can come in the form of an electronic score counter, or in the form of something as simple as beads on a string. Making a golf score counter out of string and beads can be much cheaper than buying an electronic score keeper, and can make a nice gift for your golfing buddies.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • String (hemp, shoelace, twine, e.g.)
  • Key chain clip
  • Scissors
  • Ten beads

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  1. 1

    Cut approximately 24 inches of string, hemp, shoelace or twine. Loop it onto your key chain by tying a knot. A C-knot is often used for this type of project. You should have two pieces of string hanging down from your knot, each about 12 inches. The completed bead golf score counter can be connected to your golf bag using the key chain if desired.

  2. 2

    Stringing one bead at a time, take one length of string and place it through a bead left to right, then take the other length of string and place it through the same bead right to left.

  3. 3

    String the other nine beads in the same manner. Make sure you alternate how you put the string through each bead. For example, if stringing bead one left to right, then start stringing bead two right to left.

  4. 4

    Pull all of the beads tightly toward the knot. If they are strung correctly, they shouldn't move too easily.

  5. 5

    Tie off the two lengths of string at the bottom after all 10 beads have been added. There should be at least an inch of room left over before tying off the string. This allows the user to pull down beads when counting strokes.

  6. 6

    Move one bead each time you hit the ball. The beads should start at the top of the string where it is attached to the key chain. Move a bead toward the bottom for each stroke you take. If you hit the ball out of bounds or into a lake, river or pond, you need to move one bead as that counts as a stroke. Move each bead immediately after you have taken a stroke as this will ensure an accurate score for each hole.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to use beads that are big enough to hold two pieces of string through it, but not so big that the beads will slide on their own.
  • Be certain to grasp and move only one bead at a time.

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