Originally Posted by mules567
Thanks all, I'll try for everyone playing to 75% of there handicaps or at a minimum playing to the low handicap which would at least eliminate strokes on par 3's and the least difficult par 4's.
Wheeling off the low handicap is how the USGA system is supposed to work in a match format. When the system isn't applied as recommended, then it can't be expected to work correctly. No handicapping system is going to be perfect because all of us have a certain amount of variability in our play. There are times when we will run into a buzz saw of a player who is having a lifetime round and that handicap system is never going to be able to make that even, nor should it. When a player is playing his best, he should win, or at least have a chance to do so.
Those who say they'd rather lose straight up than lose to a handicap really aren't really interested in actually competing. If I went out and shot my lifetime best, yet still had no chance to win because I was playing in a group of scratch golfers, I'd certainly not be enjoying that round as much as I would if that lifetime best gross was adjusted for the competition to an even better net. The gross score is still the same thing - it's still a lifetime best - but it is also a score which should be very competitive in any properly run handicap competition. If the competition isn't run by a competent committee, then you take your chances. I would be looking for a better run club or league.
I was in a tournament club for 22 years, and we didn't tolerate players who manipulated their handicaps. Our handicap committee was aware and quick to act when they detected anything unusual. That made all of our competitions fair, flighted stroke play (flights were formed with a spread of 2 or 3 strokes and played at scratch within the flight) or match play (80% of course handicap wheeled off the low handicap). When implemented correctly as recommended, the system works very well.