New Handicap rules coming in 2020

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Scott Rushing
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New Handicap rules coming in 2020

https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/handicapping/world-handicap-...

Includes...

Daily updates to handicap

Weather/Course conditions now get factored into the calculation of differential

Soft and hard limits for how much handicap can increase during the year

 

 

DON
This MIGHT be interesting to

This MIGHT be interesting to me IFI kept an offical handicap. Truth is I did for ONE year until I found out that the $35 fee it cost me to keep a handicap was a fee I had to pay EVER YEAR. That was the end of that pretty quick. I do not play in tourniments so if was a waste of money for me. I figure I can do the same math on my own and save that money for a box of good golf balls or some other thing I could use. I have to wonder WHY after a couple hundred years the rules people think they need to change how things are done. I guess "Tradition" only matters when the USGA and R& A decide it does. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Understand...and agree...if

Understand...and agree...if you don't play in official events it's not needed. 

I know when I have played in them .. there are people who seem to always have their best rounds of the year...miraculously...  but that's fine.  We had a couple people get in trouble for not posting good rounds until after events or handicap cutoffs  so they could keep a higher handicap ..  I just think..I'm trying to play as good as I can each time I go out.  Handicap will be what it'll be.  

 

I do think for me, the weight loss 2 years ago set me back..balance ..swing..etc... and the new rules would have limited my handicap correction and honestly the change was legit...so I understand why they're doing it but.. it also hurts the people who really have problems.

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DON
Posting higher scores

I have to wonder how many golfers post higher scores than they shoot. What's to stop a person from shooting 78 and then posting say 80 or 81 to raise their handicap? I'm sure a lot of golfers would go the other way for EGO sake, but I'm also sure their are other golfers that care more about winning the next event then being honest. Until a person can ONLY post a score that they shoot in an offical event for handicap will the system be fair and honest for everyone. 

Don

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Aimee
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handicap

I think the adjustment for adverse weather conditions is an interesting change. We've often said that the weather really has a big effect on amateur hackers, so it would be interesting to see the net effect. The thing is, when the weather is really lousy, the real hackers won't even be playing, it tends to be the more serious golfers. So the effect will be like if a teacher is grading on a curve and you are in a class with mostly smart kids...not so much trickle down!

It's not how...it's how many

Aimee
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2020

Well 2020 is here and I will need to renew my County Golf Membership, the question is if I want to keep a handicap this year (skipped it last year)...mostly because I'm curious about the new system.

It's not how...it's how many

DON
I would say it would depend

I would say it would depend on how much they chaarge for the service and If you intend to play in any events that require a handicap or not. It would be a good way to get first hand info on the new system if you decide to keep a handicap this year. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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Yeah...I play in club events

Yeah...I play in club events so having one is sort of needed...but there are apps and other services that get you something close to the right value if you don't want to pay. 

Don - I'm sure there are players who do inflate their score as they post it.  sad but true.  I guess the idea of winning their flight or something is more important than earning it.   

 

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DON
I wonder what YOU think of

I wonder what YOU think of this idea. What if any score you shoot in competition would count FOUR TIEMS. By that I mean that score would be posted to the players handicap 4 times. That would force their average to go UP is they all of a sudden shot a lower score than their handicap would predict. If 4 of their highest scores of their last 20 was that score from the tournement that would be one way to get a better handicap, one that is closer to what the player can really do if he or she wanted to. This idea might not eliminate cheating with the handicap system, but it would help at least. What do you think of this idea? What about the rest of you here? 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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Well..if any round counted 4

Well..if any round counted 4 times, things will adjust quickly - but that also means one bad round also really impacts my handicap fast too.   So that's probably not what they want.  Yes your handicap is supposed to represent your SCORING POTENTIAL but you don't want one bad round to over inflate that by counting 4 times.   If the person wanted to just not play their best that day, they could really inflate their hanidcap

The new system uses the best  8 of your last 20 which is better than 10 like the old one used.   And there are caps on how quickly you can see your handicap rise.  And having it recalculate every night also helps keep it more current.  But people can still just NOT post every good round they play.  

Always going to be ways for a player to game it...and unfortunately some people really want to "win"...

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DON
Two things Scott. First is

Two things Scott. First is that the FOUR times idea is ONLY for those golfers that shoot a much LOWER score than what their haadicap would suggest would be possible. It's NOT for a bad round, only for that really good round they shoot in a tourniment to win. Second thing is that a Bad score doen't really count at all, since they only use the TOP 8 scores from the last 20, so having 4 bad scores would just get tosed out with the rest of the bad scores. NO EFFECT on one's handicap at all.Think about it. You could shoot a 150 score and post it and it would have ZERO effect on your handicap because it would just get tossed out, it's not one of your top 8 scores. If you had 4 of them they would ALL get tossed out so no big deal. But for a cheater that claims a 12 handicap to shoot a 70 in a tourniment and that 70 gets posted FOUR times, it would lower his or her handicap really fast and they would have a much hared time cheating next time. And if you want to take this idea even farther, if someone shots another low socre in a tourniment in a short time period or say Next years event, that would also be noted and they could really be punished for cheating twice.  

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

scomac
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I have a local handicap

I have a local handicap calculated for my men's league by the league satistician.  That's good enough for me and if anyone asks that's the cap I use.  The governing bodies are not getting my money.  They've made such a bollocks of equipment rules and the like these last few years!