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Originally Posted by tjy355 View Post
 
 
Never heard either of those terms but let me take a WAG.

In golf terms, a "stick" is a skilled player. Perhaps the expression "play off the stick," is a reference to handicapping a match where strokes are given in relation to the best player.

I have never heard  the term but I would think this is correct; e.g. the low handicap player plays scratch and everyone else has their handicap minus the low handicap player's handicap.  This is the common way of handicapping a match play game.

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by ghalfaire View Post

I have never heard  the term but I would think this is correct; e.g. the low handicap player plays scratch and everyone else has their handicap minus the low handicap player's handicap.  This is the common way of handicapping a match play game.


I used to play this way with my buddies, but I was just giving away strokes. Just lowering mine to scratch and giving him 8 instead of 16 meant I wasn't getting ANY help on any holes. He would get help on the toughest holes anyway, while I was playing straight up when I would normally get a stroke. We then switched to full caps for the round, with a stroke or two adjustment based on previous matches before our numbers were adjusted. It generally worked out better- meaning I would still win more often than not. And THAT is the most important thing.
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