This month we communicate a small change to the validity of “old” scores on the system, call for your feedback on the timing of the handicap calculation and share some interesting statistics from the past year.
Removal of time limit on scores for a handicap calculation
The South African Golf Association has decided to follow the international trend and remove any time restrictions on scores available for a handicap calculation. Previously your handicap was only calculated on scores recorded in the past 60 months, and if you had not recorded at least 5 scores in that time frame you were not eligible for a handicap.
The change which now means that golfers will retain their handicap as last calculated regardless of when the scores were made.
The global thinking on this is that if golfers haven’t played for many years it is unlikely they will have improved, so it is not necessary to have any cut off period for the handicap calculation.
Possible change to when handicaps are calculated
The SAGA has asked us to survey your views on the idea of having your handicap recalculated (and adjusted where necessary) every time you enter a score.
With the global move towards electronic handicap calculations there is no reason to wait until the end of the month to recalculate handicaps; the more often it is calculated the more accurately it will reflect your current form.
Please click on the link below to cast your vote or copy and paste the url into your internet browser. MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "lin.nailinthemail.com" claiming to be http://tinyurl.com/HNAHandicapChange
Below are some statistics from the last year taken from the handicap system.
Number of rounds played:
February 2013 till February 2014 – 3 602 140
February 2014 till February 2015 – 3 546 088
February 2014 – Male: 16.47, Female – 25.29
February 2015 – Male: 16.51, Female – 25.22
Percentage of rounds played to or below handicap by handicap group during Feb 2015
Quote of the Month
"The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things." ~ John Updike
Swing Easy! The Handicaps Team