Here is why your handicap may change following the latest, and last, round of handicapping changes made to Australian golf.
By now you may have heard that Golf Australia is unveiling a raft of changes to complete the overhaul of the Australian golf handicapping system. You may well head over to GolfLink (from 7pm tonight) to check out your handicap and notice it has changed.
Here is why.
Your previous handicap was calculated by averaging the best 8 of your last 20 rounds of golf (multiplied by 0.93). The handicap was calculated from the “played to” number that indicated what your score was relative to the golf course rating.
Your new GA handicap has been recalculated in exactly the same way as before, but now all of your previous “played to” rounds have been adjusted to include the new slope rating system.
Every tee block on every golf course in Australia has been rated and assigned a slope rating. Previously a score of 36 points from the back tees on a difficult golf course wasn’t always reflected as being that much different from 36 points on the front tees. The new system will take this into account and you will now get a better idea of how well you played with respect to the difficulty of the golf course.
So, all 20 of your previous rounds will be adjusted for slope – by multiplying all of your “played to” scores by 113 divided by the slope rating of the golf course you played.
It is highly likely that your handicap will have changed and your new GA handicap will be the one you take with you everywhere – even to your home golf course. From now on, your daily handicap will be calculated from your GA handicap and will depend on what golf course and from what tees you play.
Any questions? What did I miss?