Principle of the Rule: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.
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 Differentialsand the impact of this adjustment on the final calculation is illustrated in the tables below:
Handicap Committee Applied Adjustment For Injured Player Must Be Based On Scores Made After Injury
The Handicap Committee should only consider adjusting a player’s Handicap Indexfor injury after one or moreacceptable scoreshave 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).