This month we are covering how we are going to change your Handicap to a Handicap Index on the 3rd September – and we then show you how your Handicap Index will be used to give you a Course Handicap in the future.
FAQ for golfers
1. What will happen to my handicap on 3 September 2018?
2. What is my handicap?
Each time you play you must get your Course Handicap from the Terminal, App or the Chart which will be at the Golf Course you are playing. This is a calculation using your Handicap Index, the Course Rating and the Slope Rating of the Course (White, Blue or Red Tee) you choose to play on that day.
Once you've decided which Tee (White, Blue or Red) you want to play off, key this into the Terminal or Mobile App and you will get your Course Handicap. If neither is available, use the Course Handicap Conversion Chart at the Club.
3. What is the difference between my Handicap Index and the Course Handicap?
4. Can Men and Women play off the same Tee and compete?
5. Why is my Course Handicap a figure with a decimal – do I play with this?
6. How will Slope Rating make things fairer?
For example, if the White Tees are harder than the Blue Tees, a high-handicapper may play the White Tees off a handicap of 28 and the Blue Tees off 24. (He gets four more shots for the harder course.) The low handicap player finds it easier to adjust, so they may play the White Tees off 4 and the Blue Tees off 3. (He only gets one shot more for the harder course.)
7. What do I need to do when arriving at a course other than my Home Course?
8. Currently my handicap is reduced by the difference in the course rating between the tee I am playing from (the forward tee) and the competition tee the rest of the field is playing from. Can I play in a Stroke Play competition from a different Tee as the one identified for the day?
9. What are the features of Slope?
The maximum Slope Rating is 155 and the minimum is 55 – the Neutral Rating is 113.
10. If I’m playing off the same Course Handicap at my Club now as the Handicap I played off before, what is the purpose of Slope?
The basic premise that underpins the Slope regulation is that the gross scores returned by a group of players of different abilities will become more and more spread out as the difficulty of a course increases.
This is because players of lesser ability find it much harder than good players to adjust to the challenge of a difficult course. This also means that the gross scores of the same group of players will become closer together as a course becomes easier. So the differences between the Course Handicaps of players of differing levels of ability need to expand as the course becomes harder. And they need to contract as the course becomes easier.
Slope is all about achieving an appropriate difference between the Course Handicaps of players of different levels of ability. Note that a common misunderstanding is that people think that Slope decreases handicaps on easy courses and that it increases them on hard courses. This isn’t quite what Slope is doing.
To compensate for the pattern of gross score distribution, what Slope does is spread out handicaps on a more difficult course (i.e. Plus handicaps move further away from Scratch, and normal handicaps also move further from Scratch), and it brings them all closer together on an easy course (i.e. Plus handicaps get closer to Scratch and normal handicaps also get closer to Scratch).
Remember that on a high Slope Rated course, the difference needs to increase between the Course Handicaps of players of different levels of ability. (And the higher the Slope Rating, the greater the difference needs to be.) For example, as Slope Ratings increase, the difference between the Course Handicap of a player with a Handicap Index of 0.0, and the Course Handicap of a player with a Handicap Index of 23.6, will continue to increase.
For example the calculation of a player of Handicap Index 0 on a course with a Course Rating of 74.2 and a Slope Rating of 140 – Par 72 will be as follows:
HI * Slope/113 + (CR – Par)
0 * 140/113 + (74.2 – 72)
= 0 + 2.2 = Course Handicap for this player is 2 (2.2 rounded down)
HI * Slope/113 + (CR – Par)
23.3* 140/113 + (74.2 – 72)
28.8 + 2.2 = 31
If the course had a Course Rating of 68 and a par of 72 then using the same calculation one would get to:
0 + (68 – 72)
= + 4. Course Handicap for this player +4
28.8 + (-4)
24.8 = Course Handicap 25
But, the player on a Handicap Index of 0.0 is not as good as the player with Handicap Index of +6.0.
So as the Slope Rating of the course increases, the player on a Handicap Index of 0.0 needs more strokes on the player with a Handicap Index of +6.0. And if the 0.0 player’s Course Handicap is 0, it means the only way for them to get more shots on the +6.0 player is for the player on +6.0 to have their Course Handicap go even lower. The key point for the Plus marker is not that a high Slope Rated course is easier for them, it is that unless their handicap goes lower, they will gain an advantage on every other player in the field.
11. Why is it necessary to change the layout of the scorecard?
FAQ for clubs
1. In competitions, should all players play the same course?
2. The new rules, particularly those affecting stroke and distance, will have an impact on course ratings. What will be the effect on the ratings being introduced in September? Will we have to modify cards again?
3. What handicap (or handicap index) do we give a non-registered golfer?
4. How do you determine Divisions? Are there going to be guidelines issued and if so when?
5. Will this change the course record?
6. How do you handle par 3 holes with distinct angle of approach?
7. The 96% will fall away in the future, why keep it?
8. NOMADS have an adjusted handicap calculation. How are they going to adjust to this?
9. Can competitions be played on different tees?
10. This rating of courses, is it specific for a season of the year?
11. How will a person adjust from course to course?
12. Is the 72 hour time limit for entering your score still applicable?
13. From which course handicap will a touring pro play off?
14. What if there are course alterations and adjustments after implementation. How would this affect our course rating?
15. If a person did not put in his score, will the HNA system penalize that person in the same way as now?
16. Some clubs have holes that are par 5 for ladies and par 4 for men. In these situations what is the Par to be used when men play the shorter course i.e. Red Course and women play the longer course i.e. White Course
17. When the standardisation of Handicaps to Handicap Index calculations are done at midnight on September 02, will the penalties that were applied during the last 20 rounds be applied during the standardisation process.
18. We would like to know which colour course the Course Handicap the golfer entered on the scorecard relates to. What advice can you give us?
To be completed by the golfer: R (for red course), 24 (Course Handicap), 15.2 (Handicap Index)