World Handicap System
Golf Ontario Education Series
What are Handicap Indexes and Course Handicaps anyway?
Well, under the new World Handicap System, your Handicap Index is a responsive, real-time reflection of your demonstrated golfing ability. Your Handicap Index is portable from course to course all over the world and converts to a unique “Course Handicap” for the course you are playing.
If you wish to participate in competitions, having a Handicap provides a way to compete equitably with other players with varying degrees of ability.
If you don’t have any interest in competition, your Handicap is still a reflection of your demonstrated ability and can be your own personal window into your game of golf.
If you don’t have a Handicap, it is not only very easy to get, it is also easy to maintain and update. If you do have a Handicap, you already know it only involves 2 minutes of your time following a game of golf to enter your score in the Golf Canada Score Centre. This can be done on any device you use: your home computer, tablet, or through the mobile app on your phone. To make it even easier, we provide a dedicated computer kiosk in the Pro Shop which is connected to the Score Centre and allows for the quick and easy posting of your scores.
This week's lesson from Golf Ontario describes how easy it is now is to get your Handicap, including how many scores are needed to get started and the types of scores that are eligible.
Under the previous Golf Canada Handicap Manual, a Handicap Factor was issued to a player after five 18-hole scores (or equivalent 9-hole combination) are submitted.
In 2020 a Handicap Index will be issued to a player after three 18-hole scores (or equivalent 9-hole combination) are submitted and a revision takes place. And in Canada, the term Handicap Factor will be changed to Handicap Index (for uniformity across the globe)
- Scores can be made up of any combination of 9-hole and 18-hole scores.
- Revisions will be daily, so a player’s Handicap Index will become official the day after their third 18-hole score is submitted.
One of the key principles of the World Handicap System is to enable as many golfers as possible the opportunity to establish and maintain a Handicap Index. By requiring fewer scores, players who only play sporadically may be more likely to obtain a Handicap Index. Statistics show that players with a Handicap Index play more rounds of golf, so making it easier to get a Handicap Index can help increase participation.
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Handicaps are not scary. For those of you with Handicaps, keep up the good work! If you don't have a Handicap, why not make this the year you get started on yours?
At this point in time, we are still on track to offer the World Handicap System clinic on Tuesday April 28th. We will continue to provide updates should things change and it becomes necessary to cancel or re-schedule this event.In the meantime, you can still sign up in the Pro Shop or click here to register online.
Stayed tuned for next week's instalment, which outlines the new restrictions that provide caps (limits) to the upward movement of your handicap. This great new addition means that a bad day, or even several bad days, on the course aren't so bad after all.
As always, if you have any questions, please drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to send us a message now.
Until next week, stay healthy and think "golf"!
Your Handicap Committee