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.
The Handicap Committee should only consider adjusting a player’s Handicap Index for injury after one or more acceptable scores have been submitted after the injury occurred. In determining the level of any adjustment, the Handicap Committee should take into consideration the scores submitted after the injury and the nature and severity of the injury.
After a number of scores have been submitted and it becomes evident that the injury has caused a permanent change to the player’s ability, it may be appropriate to disregard the player’s scoring record and allocate a Handicap Index using only the scores submitted since the injury (see Rule 5.2a).