Originally Posted by teamroper60
I'm an 18 and play a skins game twice a week with 3 guys whose handicaps are all around 3 or 4. They give me 3- 4 strokes/side, dependng upon how I played in the previous round. Some days I clean their wallets, other days I stuff them. But it seems to work out to be pretty equitable in terms of how often I end up winning the most money and how often each of the others do. Since you are a 9 and they are 18's, I would think you shouldn't be looking at giving them more than a couple of strokes per side..
The thing is that your situation is opposite of Mules. A bogey handicapper playing against 3 single digits should at least be able to hold his own, simply because he has more wiggle room for playing better than his cap than they do. He may not win much, but he won't usually lose a lot either.
When the situation is reversed, the low capper is at a severe disadvantage with three bogey golfers who could make par (net birdie) on any hole, while there is no way he is going to birdie very many holes for ties. His chances of actually winning any holes approaches zero when battling 3 players who are each getting 10-12 strokes. For those stroke holes, at least one of those bogey players is going to get a half just about every time the single digit makes birdie, and he can expect no better than a tie when he makes par. When he makes bogey, he is virtually guaranteed to lose the hole. If he doesn't get his wins on the heads up holes, he's going to be out of luck.