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I figure, in order for me to beat a lower handicap player in match play, I need to limit my bad scores to come from a few blown up holes.  That's easier said than done for a 21 handicapper.   In fact, it only happens one out of about every 15 rounds.   With 80% handicap tournament, I don't think I have any chance.   At 100% giveaway, I think I have a decent chance to put up a fight. 


Until relatively recently in the U.K. it was 3/4 of the handicap difference in singles matchplay. Initially, I, like a lot of others I know thought that going to 100% of the difference was going to be a big disadvantage for lower handicaps but after a bit of reflection and actually thinking about what's happened in genuine matches, it's pretty obvious that (sand baggers excepted and they soon get a reputation), giving 100% of the difference isn't that bad and the evidence actually still suggests that the low player has a slightly better chance than the high handicapper.

At the end of the day, if handicaps are an accurate reflection of the two players, giving 100% difference should be the obvious thing to do in my mind.

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Originally Posted by rkim291968 View Post
 


I figure, in order for me to beat a lower handicap player in match play, I need to limit my bad scores to come from a few blown up holes.  That's easier said than done for a 21 handicapper.   In fact, it only happens one out of about every 15 rounds.   With 80% handicap tournament, I don't think I have any chance.   At 100% giveaway, I think I have a decent chance to put up a fight. 


Until relatively recently in the U.K. it was 3/4 of the handicap difference in singles matchplay. Initially, I, like a lot of others I know thought that going to 100% of the difference was going to be a big disadvantage for lower handicaps but after a bit of reflection and actually thinking about what's happened in genuine matches, it's pretty obvious that (sand baggers excepted and they soon get a reputation), giving 100% of the difference isn't that bad and the evidence actually still suggests that the low player has a slightly better chance than the high handicapper.

At the end of the day, if handicaps are an accurate reflection of the two players, giving 100% difference should be the obvious thing to do in my mind.

 

Update:

 

I won my 1st match (got 6 strokes) and lost the 2nd one (got 13 strokes).  In both matches, I played 1 - 2 strokes better than my handicap.  Still, I barely won the 1st match, and lost the 2nd one by 2&1.   B/c both of my opponents were much better player than I am, I lost most holes which I didn't get a stroke.   It was an even match on holes that I got a stroke.   Bottom line, I am convinced that 80% handicap on match play tilts the favor to the lower handicap player. 

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