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Weekend golfer whose goal is to always break 80.

Here Comes the World Handicap System

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This image is used in almost every article I have seen regarding the new World Handicap System

The golf world is getting a new World Handicap System in 2020, which will bring together all of the different systems for calculating handicaps currently used around the world into a single system.

Here is some of the features of the new system, per Golf Ontario:

The new system will feature the following:

    • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
    • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for handicapping authorities or National Associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.
    • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries.
    • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.
    • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
    • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
    • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
    • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

If you have been using the Game Tracker your calculated index will already reflect the new system as we have already updated the Game Tracker to accommodate the changes to how handicaps will be calculated, except for the “taking into account the course and weather conditions”.  My understanding is that this will be a adjustment applied to the differential calculation for the score based on how scores for all players that day compare to their expected scores.  If everyone seems to play well because conditions are ideal, up to a +1 adjustment will be added, or if the weather is terrible, up to a -3 adjustment will be added.  The Game Tracker will not make these adjustments, so will not be considered a true handicap index calculator.

Click here for more information on how the new system calculates your handicap index.

How to use your handicap index to calculate your course handicap will also change. Instead of just using your index and the course rating, now you will also include the rating and par for the tees you are playing.  This will make it easier to set up a game between players playing different tees.

Course Handicap = Handicap Index x (Slope Rating/113) + (Course Rating- Par)


Someone with a handicap index of 15.5 is playing at a course with a slope rating of 125, a course rating of 69.5, and par 72.

Their course handicap will be 15.5 x (125/113) + (69.5-72) = 14.64, or 15.

And one last thing.  to adjust your score now you will use “net double bogey“.  So your maximum score on a hole for your adjusted score will be calculated by the formula:

Max Score = Par For Hole + 2 + Number Of Handicap Strokes Player Receives on Hole

So for the player above who calculated their course handicap to be 15, they will be able to score up to a triple bogey for the first 15 handicap holes, and a double bogey for the 16, 17, and 18 handicap holes.


Is it just me, or have the recent rules changes and now handicap changes seemed to make the game way more complicated? – Golf Terms Glossary

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Every new golfer starts off struggling with the language of the game of golf.  Golf has a number of terms that are far from obvious as to their meaning.  Mark, from, sent me an e-mail suggesting that it might be useful if I had a link to an article on golf terms from his site.  It checked it out and it seemed reasonable.

The article contains 5 chapters and a summary.  The chapters are:

  1. Golf Terms You Need To Know
  2. Scoring Terms
  3. Equipment Terms
  4. Funny Golf Terms
  5. Golf Insults

I even learned a couple myself.

There is one term we used growing up in Tillsonburg that is probably only known to the locals. It’s a “Mary Overland”. Mary was an avid golfer who wrote a weekly byline in the Tillsonburg News recapping the Tillsonburg Golf and Country Club‘s Ladies’ Day events.  The title of her byline was “Bunker to Bunker”, hence when a golfer hits from one sand trap and ends up in a second sand trap it is known to a select few as a “Mary Overland”.


2019 President Cup Teams Comparison

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I have made my typical comparison of the President Cup teams using the site’s Power Rankings.

As can be seen in the rankings below, the U.S. team many more currently high ranked players with six players having a higher power index than the International’s second ranked player.

I would expect the U.S. Team to win handily, as they always seem to do.

Pros Wearing Shorts Just Looks Weird

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On Sunday I woke up and did what I do most Sundays, I turned on the Golf Channel and watched some golf from the European Tour.  This week was the Alfred Dunhill Championship being played at Leopard Creek CC in Malelane, South Africa. The winner was Pedro Larrazabal who won despite having severe blisters on his feet, which made him badly limp and even consider withdrawal.

But what really got my attention was a number of pros playing in shorts.

Here is Brandon Grace, who finished in 3rd place.

And here is Wil Besseling, who also tied for 3rd.

After a lifetime of watching pros play in long pants, it just was weird that some were wearing shorts.

I want it on record that the winner, Larrazabal, was wearing long pants.

Top Golf is Pretty Fun

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Recently I have had to travel to the Dallas/Fort Worth area for work.  The last couple of times there one of our customers has taken us out to Top Golf one evening during my visit.

Top Golf is basically a fancy driving range where you pay by the hour. The targets are greens at different distances. It’s best to go after dark as the range and targets are all lit up. What you do is, when it is your turn, you get a ball from the dispenser, and that ball is linked to your profile.  You hit the ball and once it hits a target you get a score. The scoring is all done automatically, and it shows where you hit the target, as well as the distance the ball traveled.

The key is to make sure your profile is selected before you retrieve your ball from the dispenser.  If you forget, then you hit and someone else will get your score and they will lose one of their shots.  My coworker had a initially kept getting balls from the dispenser without changing it to be his shot, so he was taking the a shot that should have belonged the previous hitter.

There are a bunch of different games.  The one we played was called “Top Golf” where hitting the target gives you a score, the farther the target and the closer to the pin the better the score. It seemed like it was somewhere between 2 and 20 points.  Each player gets 20 balls to hit and the high score at the end is the winner.  If you hit your target consecutively you get more points, kind of like rolling consecutive strikes in bowling. And I think certain “rounds” are worth double points.

The closest target is about 75 yards, and the furthest one is 185 yards.  The end of the range is 215 yards, I think.  If you hit it off the end of the range, but between the lights at the end of the range (i.e. in the fairway) you get points. The closer to the middle light (center of the fairway) the more points you get.

Each stall has either a high table with chairs, or a living room style sectional sofa and chairs.  And you have waiters coming by to take orders for drinks and food.  The food was pretty good. There is also a TV for each stall and you can choose what channel you want to watch. We seemed to always be tuned to a baseball game.

Each stall also has a half set of both men’s and women’s clubs.  Each had a drive and 3-wood and 3 hybrid.  And then either 3, 5, 7, 9 irons or 4, 6, 8, and PW irons. The shafts on the men’s set were all either regular or uniflex, as I found them to be a bit weak, especially the drivers.

Here is our host and customer. He started golfing later in life and is now extremely avid, he tells me hit plays or practices every day.

There were plenty of people there even on Wednesday nights when we were there, some who could really hit it, and some who looked like they had never hit a ball before that night.  Everyone seemed to have fun, even the beginners who could score points by at least rolling it into the targets.

There were three levels to the range. We hit off of the top level. The middle level, which is where you entered the facility, also had a gift shop, and the inside of the lower level had pool tables, ping pong table, and foosball. So there was lots to do for even the non golfers.

Here is my coworker. He is just starting to get into golf and is very inconsistent but can hit it a mile when he catches it.