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Interpretation 6

The Handicap Committee plays a vital role in the successful administration of a player’s Handicap Index and is equipped with tools to intervene when the calculated Handicap Index is no longer reflective of the player’s demonstrated ability.

Used appropriately, these tools are designed to ensure that players are treated fairly and consistently from golf club to golf club.

The Committee in charge of the competition also plays an important role in setting appropriate Terms of the Competition for all participating players.

7.1
7.1a
Conducting a Handicap Review and Adjusting a Handicap Index
7.1a/1
Resetting a Player’s Handicap Index by Adjusting the Most Recent 20 Score Differentials

Applying an adjustment to each of the most recent 20 Score Differentials in the player’s scoring record will ensure that the impact of the adjustment remains after the next score is submitted, gradually diluting as more scores are submitted.

As an example, a player has a Handicap Index of 10.3 and the Handicap Committee decides to adjust this to 9.3 because recent scores suggest that the player is rapidly improving.

Using this example, the Handicap Committee would apply a -1 adjustment to each of the most recent 20 Score Differentials and the impact of this adjustment on the final calculation is illustrated in the tables below:

 

Score

Course Rating

Slope Rating

Score Diff.

 

Score

Course Rating

Slope Rating

Score Diff.

Handicap Review Adj.

83

70.0

131

11.2

 

83

70.0

131

11.2

-1

86

71.8

127

12.6

 

86

71.8

127

12.6

-1

82

69.0

125

11.8

 

82

69.0

125

11.8

-1

79

69.8

128

8.1

 

79

69.8

128

8.1

-1

87

70.1

134

14.3

 

87

70.1

134

14.3

-1

90

70.0

128

17.7

 

90

70.0

128

17.7

-1

89

71.8

131

14.8

 

89

71.8

131

14.8

-1

88

71.5

129

14.5

 

88

71.5

129

14.5

-1

81

69.4

127

10.3

 

81

69.4

127

10.3

-1

92

71.7

130

17.6

 

92

71.7

130

17.6

-1

86

71.8

127

12.6

 

86

71.8

127

12.6

-1

87

70.1

134

14.3

 

87

70.1

134

14.3

-1

79

69.8

128

8.1

 

79

69.8

128

8.1

-1

83

70.7

125

11.1

 

83

70.7

125

11.1

-1

88

71.5

129

14.5

 

88

71.5

129

14.5

-1

92

71.7

130

17.6

 

92

71.7

130

17.6

-1

80

69.1

120

10.3

 

80

69.1

120

10.3

-1

86

71.8

127

12.6

 

86

71.8

127

12.6

-1

82

69.4

127

11.2

 

82

69.4

127

11.2

-1

90

70.0

128

17.7

 

90

70.0

128

17.7

-1

XX.X = Best 8

 

XX.X = Best 8

The Handicap Index calculation averages the best 8 of the most recent 20 Score Differentials in the player’s scoring record, as follows:

(11.2 + 11.8 + 8.1 + 10.3 + 8.1 + 11.1 + 10.3 + 11.2) ÷ 8 = Handicap Index 10.3

 

The Handicap Index calculation now averages the best 8 of the most recent 20 Score Differentials in the player’s scoring record incorporating the Committee applied handicap adjustment of -1 for each Score Differential, as follows:

(10.2 + 10.8 + 7.1 + 9.3 + 7.1 + 10.1 + 9.3 + 10.2) ÷ 8 = Handicap Index 9.3