Aussie Golfer has reported a few times about the new course rating and handicapping changes that will soon be implemented to Australian golf. The change to the way your handicap is calculated is scheduled to take effect from February 1, 2010.
I’ll outline how it will work for you here so you can let other golfers know. You will sound smart, interesting and people will like you even more.The changes are based on the USGA Handicap System which features a “rolling sample” measure of your handicap. Let me explain.From your last 20 scores from your golfing record, the best 10 Handicap Differentials are averaged to calculate your handicap (Handicap Differential = Gross Score – Course Rating).
Let’s say a golfer’s best 10 Handicap Differentials out of his past 20 rounds are +9, +11, +13, +15, +15, +15, +17, +13, +12, +12. The average of these differentials is 13.2. Now multiply this number by 0.96* and you get 12.672. Deleting all the numbers after the first decimal place we are left with 12.6. DO NOT round up!
Now, we DO round off this number to the nearest whole number to obtain the golfer’s playing handicap, in this case it’s 13.
There are provisions in place to determine handicaps for golfers who do not have 20 scores in their record. A lower number of Handicap Differentials are used to provide an average value for calculation.
Is that fairly clear? I’ve tried to make it as simple as possible and to be honest,I think it’s a lot simpler than the current method. Look out for it. Coming to a golf course near you in February, 2010.