|Click to enlarge. Some information comparing the old and new handicapping systems. Courtesy of Golf Australia.|
Did your handicap go up or down after the introduction of the new handicapping system? Was it a big jump or did it stay the same? Recently, Golf Australia released some statistics relating to the new handicap system and they will give you some idea how your change compared to other golfers.
The stats provide a comparison of the distribution of handicaps between the old and new systems. some of the statistics can be seen above and here is a link to the full statistics. Some interesting points were noted by Golf Australia.
- For both females and males, low single figure handicap players are likely to have had their handicap decrease slightly under the new system. Players with handicaps higher than this, are likely to have experienced an increase under the new system.
- The average male handicap rose by about 1 stroke, whilst the average female handicap rose by about 2 strokes.
This was one of the most important points as it justifies one of the reasons for the introduction of the new system.
- Upward increases of greater than 4 strokes are largely restricted to high handicap players. This goes to addressing GA’s concern that previously in Australia it would take 30 consecutive bad rounds for a player’s handicap to reflect an outward correction of 3 strokes. This was patently unfair on a player who had one (or a very small number) of uncharacteristically ‘good’ rounds or who experienced a demonstrable trend of changed form (an occurrence which is more prevalent in the higher handicap golfer).