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Tournament Scores and Handicaps: Poll

Poll Results: Should there be some "bonus" applied to tournament rounds for handicapping?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Yes
  • 83% (10)
    No
  • 16% (2)
    It Depends
12 Total Votes  
post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

It's a common theme that most people score worse in a tournament than they would in a casual round for a variety of reasons. Whether it be pressure, harder courses, or having to play in a 7:00 shotgun, there is something that prevents most from shooting their handicaps in tournaments. In many cases courses will ramp up the green speeds the morning of and let the rough grow thick in the week leading up to a tournament in order to make a tougher course, in addition to moving the tees back as far as they go.

 

Do you personally believe that there should be some sort of difficulty "bonus" added to tournament scores for handicapping purposes to account for this?

 

I personally don't because I see tournaments as the true measuring stick of one's capabilities (when that 4-footer means something is when you start to see people missing them), but I can see both sides of the argument since handicaps are mostly established through "easier" practice rounds. I see the main difference in the speed of the greens at a course, as some will go from having greens that roll 7 or 8 on a normal day to rolling a 10-12 on the morning of a tournament. This could affect the course rating (though I would imagine it would affect the slope quite a bit more since I don't have trouble with faster greens) and skew handicaps slightly if enough rounds were posted. At the same time though I feel plenty of tournament rounds will keep your handicap honest, the same way that other countries play competition rounds to set their handicaps.

post #2 of 10
Hell no.
post #3 of 10

The computer always asks me if it's a tournament round when I post.

I don't know if there is any difference.

post #4 of 10

What kind of bonus - something like making the differential lower?

 

I like my strokes and they are well earned - why would anyone want an artificially low handicap because the tournament was *tougher?*

post #5 of 10
I voted it depends… based solely on the fact that a handicap committee can adjust for exceptionally good or bad tournament rounds.

But as a general rule, for example adding a stroke to the course rating or something, no.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

I voted it depends… based solely on the fact that a handicap committee can adjust for exceptionally good or bad tournament rounds.

But as a general rule, for example adding a stroke to the course rating or something, no.

I don't think there's any provision to allow for a handicap index to be adjusted upward for exceptionally bad tournament rounds, is there?
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'm asking just because I overheard someone earlier in the day saying, "My handicap would be two strokes lower if tournament scores had a higher course rating. I score so much better here in practice rounds from the same tees."

 

I personally think tournaments are a good measuring stick regardless of what your handicap is. That's how I judge myself personally (and I'm doing well this year with nothing outside the top 10 this season in high school).

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

I don't think there's any provision to allow for a handicap index to be adjusted upward for exceptionally bad tournament rounds, is there?

Absolutely there is.

Particularly if your handicap is a bit of a vanity cap and it qualifies you to play in local amateur events or something. In that case that handicap committee may bump your handicap up to prevent you from qualifying for them.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

Absolutely there is.

Particularly if your handicap is a bit of a vanity cap and it qualifies you to play in local amateur events or something. In that case that handicap committee may bump your handicap up to prevent you from qualifying for them.

Huh. Didn't know that, and don't remember having seen it before. Thanks.
post #10 of 10
No b1_ohmy.gif

I play a lot of small Stableford tournaments (30-50 competitors). Winners usually score 33-38 points. The handicap is ment to be what you are capabel to do when in form. A tourney gives more pressure, and when the going gets tough, the tough get going. If you can't stand the pressure, don't enter.
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