11/15/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/15/2019 02:19
WHS - Five Things You Need to Know
There are many who would point out that the Handicap System is nothing if not complex. The (icky) math. The charts. The policies and procedures! Well, as someone who has been dealing with the Handicap System for more years than I want to admit (because it will just age me), I'm here to say... you're not necessarily wrong.
But, as we are on the cusp of the launch of the new World Handicap System that will occur January 1, it's time to reset, open ourselves up to change, and - for now, anyway - keep it (sort of) simple.
Here are five things you need to know now.
Whether or not your new Index goes up or down depends on the 9th and 10th scores that will not be used once the transition takes place. In most cases for golfers in the U.S., it will change less than one stroke. Since you don't actually use your Index to play with, any change won't really matter much.
As many golfers relate their game directly to par and not to Course Rating, this change might be a relatable one. However, because par is now in the equation, look for your Course Handicap to change. In many cases, it will go down - but so will everyone else's.
This max depends on your Course Handicap, where the strokes fall, and the par of the hole. Sounds more complicated than it is, though. Posting scores hole-by-hole will make the adjustments automatic and a no-brainer. Net Double Bogey is already used in many other parts of the world and the calculation is simple: Par + 2 + any handicap strokes you receive.
If you're not already a golfer who is hyper-aware of their Handicap Index, this change will turn you into one! Relying on the GHIN mobile app is a good way to stay on top of it.
I like these safeguards so much, that if I could do a backflip, I would.
The World Handicap System will limit extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index. It will automatically (and immediately) reduce a Handicap Index when an exceptional score - not just a tournament score - of at least 7 strokes better is posted. It will have mechanisms in place to account for abnormal course or weather conditions to ensure that scores reflect when a course plays significantly different than its established Course Rating / Slope Rating.
These safeguards represent real change, modern change, and positive change. They will help maintain accuracy of a Handicap Index, greater integrity within the system and promote fun and fair play for golfers of all abilities. Which is exactly what we want from a Handicap System.
Questions? Contact Kelly or Gretchen in the OGA Handicapping & Course Rating Department at (503) 981-4653 x226 or Click Here to Email Your Question