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post #559 of 887
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Originally Posted by mdl View Post
 

 

This is totally true.  One of my regular courses is quite easy and wide open (Woodley Lakes).  But the back tees are pretty long, which makes the differentials there much better than they feel like they should be given how easy the course is:

 

Blue:   6,805 yards, 71.9/119

White: 6,528 yards, 70.5/117

 

There's no way I shoot 1.5 strokes worse from the blue tees.  On average I must gain at least a 1 point in average differential from playing the blues versus the whites there.

 

Though there are some courses where this would not be true.  As someone who's pretty long, if playing a shorter set of tees turns a bunch of 400-420 par 4s into 360-380 par 4s, then suddenly I can tee off with a 3i or even 4i instead of 3w/driver and still be hitting a scoring iron into the green.  Then the percentage of the time I end up in a penal spot off the tee drops significantly and I will probably score much better.  Just turns out that at this course that doesn't really happen, just makes the shorter par 4s even shorter and the longer par 4s slightly less long, but doesn't really push any of them over that threshold for me, and only helps a ton on one par 3, turning a 6i-8i, depending on tee placement, into a wedge.

Yeah, it's definitely not always true.  Totally agree that if a shorter set of tees is going to allow me to hit an iron instead of a wood oftentimes, then I'm probably going to score better because I'm going to be able to hit more fairways.  Same with the par 3's as well.  (This course was only 1 club difference on the par 3's so it probably wouldn't have changed much)

 

One example:  A slight dogleg right par 4 that was 374 yards long with sand traps at the dogleg such that I needed to lay up with a hybrid.  If I was playing a shorter set of tees, all I'm doing is laying up with 4 iron instead of hybrid, or being stupid and trying to hit a big cut with a driver beyond the bunkers.  It's going to (basically) be a wash if I play it safe, and over time, likely going to actually RAISE my score from the shorter tees just from being stupid.

post #560 of 887
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post

 

One example:  A slight dogleg right par 4 that was 374 yards long with sand traps at the dogleg such that I needed to lay up with a hybrid.  If I was playing a shorter set of tees, all I'm doing is laying up with 4 iron instead of hybrid, or being stupid and trying to hit a big cut with a driver beyond the bunkers.  It's going to (basically) be a wash if I play it safe, and over time, likely going to actually RAISE my score from the shorter tees just from being stupid.

 

Haha.  That totally happens.  Can't think of any examples right now, but I've definitely played holes where the shorter tees have tempted me into a dumb shot I wouldn't have tried had I been playing the back tees.

post #561 of 887
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Originally Posted by mdl View Post
 

 

Haha.  That totally happens.  Can't think of any examples right now, but I've definitely played holes where the shorter tees have tempted me into a dumb shot I wouldn't have tried had I been playing the back tees.

I also like to come to a 290 yard par 4 and go "Ooh, I can drive this green and have an easy birdie.":doh:  If I'm playing back at 310 or 320, I don't even hesitate to plunk a 4 iron out there to leave a straightforward wedge in.

post #562 of 887
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Originally Posted by zipazoid View Post

It's technically the best 10 rounds of your last 20. So 20 rounds is the number. I am not sure if you can have an official one with less rounds.

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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post

Once you have 20 scores, its the best 10.  Until that point, go by this chart:




You can't have an official handicap prior to playing at least 5 rounds.  (This chart is from the USGA Handicap Manual, Section 10)

Let me rephrase my question.. After I have 20 rounds under my belt and let's say I get these rounds by June 2014, are there any obligations for me to keep my handicap updated by playing a certain number of games after that? Let us say someone couldn't play for 2 years after his 20th game, is his handicap maintained or does he start again because his "handicap" expired
post #563 of 887
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Let me rephrase my question.. After I have 20 rounds under my belt and let's say I get these rounds by June 2014, are there any obligations for me to keep my handicap updated by playing a certain number of games after that? Let us say someone couldn't play for 2 years after his 20th game, is his handicap maintained or does he start again because his "handicap" expired

Oh ... ummm, I don't know.  I presume as long as you keep your account current then you probably have a maintained handicap.

post #564 of 887
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Let me rephrase my question.. After I have 20 rounds under my belt and let's say I get these rounds by June 2014, are there any obligations for me to keep my handicap updated by playing a certain number of games after that? Let us say someone couldn't play for 2 years after his 20th game, is his handicap maintained or does he start again because his "handicap" expired


I would say probably not because that is just too much time between your last posted round and the round you would play some 2 years later, however I was told this but have not verified either but we had a guy win the low net at our club a couple years ago and his last entry was a year and a half old I was told. Honestly you really would want to update because people are not going to like it if someone enters themselves as a 20 and shoots a 78 at a club championship with entries over a year old.

post #565 of 887
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Originally Posted by flopster View Post


I would say probably not because that is just too much time between your last posted round and the round you would play some 2 years later, however I was told this but have not verified either but we had a guy win the low net at our club a couple years ago and his last entry was a year and a half old I was told. Honestly you really would want to update because people are not going to like it if someone enters themselves as a 20 and shoots a 78 at a club championship with entries over a year old.

That's what I meant.. But aside from people not liking it, I wonder hf there is a specific time period or number of rounds required, such that they say that you need a minimum of 3 rounds per six months to maintain, otherwise you have a handicap but it is non conforming until you do x.. Anyway, I guess it doesn't matter to me since I don't have one, but just think it is interesting!
post #566 of 887
With GHIN, you could not pay your handicap fees for a couple of years and then rejoin and after the first revision, your old handicap will be there with your last 20 rounds posted
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Originally Posted by Abu3baid View Post

That's what I meant.. But aside from people not liking it, I wonder hf there is a specific time period or number of rounds required, such that they say that you need a minimum of 3 rounds per six months to maintain, otherwise you have a handicap but it is non conforming until you do x.. Anyway, I guess it doesn't matter to me since I don't have one, but just think it is interesting!
post #567 of 887
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Originally Posted by Abu3baid View Post


That's what I meant.. But aside from people not liking it, I wonder hf there is a specific time period or number of rounds required, such that they say that you need a minimum of 3 rounds per six months to maintain, otherwise you have a handicap but it is non conforming until you do x.. Anyway, I guess it doesn't matter to me since I don't have one, but just think it is interesting!

 

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Originally Posted by meenman View Post

With GHIN, you could not pay your handicap fees for a couple of years and then rejoin and after the first revision, your old handicap will be there with your last 20 rounds posted

 

There's no minimum amount of scores that you have to post in order for your handicap to remain "valid".  It is important to remember that ALL scores must be posted though, so someone would be invalidating their handicap if they were playing, but not posting scores.

 

If someone maintains their club affiliation (continues to pay their annual hcp fee) then their handicap will remain in effect even if they're not posting scores.  If they drop their affiliation, it really depends on whether the old scoring records are available.  As meenman said, through GHIN, they could be available for quite some time, and most clubs will maintain them for a long time too.....the USGA recommends a minimum of one year.  Once a player resumes playing, it will take one revision (15 days) until his hcp updates.

 

 

From the decisions portion of the USGA handicap manual:

 

 

6-1/1. Procedure for Player who Discontinues Play for Lengthy Period and Then Resumes Play

 

Q: A player with an established Handicap Index discontinues play for a lengthy period, and then resumes play. Should the player use the last Handicap Index on resumption of play or establish a new Handicap Index?

 

A: The player does not have a Handicap Index until the next scheduled handicap revision. The player's club Handicap Committee may issue a Handicap Index (M) sooner if at least five scores exist in the scoring record.

 

If the scoring record of the player is unavailable when resuming play, the player has no Handicap Index until five scores have been posted and a handicap revision passes.

post #568 of 887

Mine is frozen like the ground around here.

post #569 of 887
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Originally Posted by boogielicious View Post
 

Mine is frozen like the ground around here.

I feel your pain :cry:

post #570 of 887
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Originally Posted by butt3r3dt0ast View Post
 

I feel your pain :cry:


Not much better around here. I told somebody a few days ago that at least when I lived in northern Missouri after hunting season I could get in winter mode and do 'winter" things like ice fishing and ice skating. Here it's usually too cold for golf and too warm for the ice to be safe.

 

Even geese have enough sense to fly south for the winter. :surrender:

 

Looking forward to more global warming...

post #571 of 887
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Originally Posted by MS256 View Post
 


Not much better around here. I told somebody a few days ago that at least when I lived in northern Missouri after hunting season I could get in winter mode and do 'winter" things like ice fishing and ice skating. Here it's usually too cold for golf and too warm for the ice to be safe.

 

Even geese have enough sense to fly south for the winter. :surrender:

 

Looking forward to more global warming...

Haha, you're telling me... We've got plenty of ice up here, but it's been too damn cold to do anything outside. I can count on one hand how many days in the past two months we've been in the double-digits. 

post #572 of 887
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post
 
It is important to remember that ALL scores must be posted though, so someone would be invalidating their handicap if they were playing, but not posting scores.

 

 

Does this also hold true if you have rounds that you played outside of the accepted season?

 

I played some rounds in November which I was unable to post because they said it was outside of the timeframe of the golf season up here even though one of those rounds happened on a gorgeous 60* day.

post #573 of 887
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Originally Posted by RFKFREAK View Post
 

 

Does this also hold true if you have rounds that you played outside of the accepted season?

 

I played some rounds in November which I was unable to post because they said it was outside of the timeframe of the golf season up here even though one of those rounds happened on a gorgeous 60* day.

No.

post #574 of 887
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Looking forward to more global warming...
Noooo!!!! My car ac is still broken and .... And don't forget about the poor tennis players in Australia too! ;)
post #575 of 887
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RFKFREAK View Post

Does this also hold true if you have rounds that you played outside of the accepted season?

I played some rounds in November which I was unable to post because they said it was outside of the timeframe of the golf season up here even though one of those rounds happened on a gorgeous 60* day.

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Originally Posted by boogielicious View Post

No.

^^^^^^This^^^^^^

Unless the course played is in an area that does not observe an inactive season. For instance, if you take a winter trip to Florida, you would be required to post all rounds played, even though your own club/location was inactive.
post #576 of 887
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post


Noooo!!!! My car ac is still broken and ... And don't forget about the poor tennis players in Australia too! ;)

The ac in my truck hasn't worked since 1999.

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