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Now before I get bashed or anything, I think that his has to be wrong or bull crap or something like that .

The 22.1 in my name was calculated 2 years ago when breaking 100 was quite a feat for me.

Anyways I had surgery on my leg in may so i have not been golfing very many times this year.  Anyways i decided to take my score cards this year and enter them into a handicap calculator online.  Long story short after I entered them i get 8.9 shot back at me.  I figured this was wrong so I reentered and again got 8.9.  So i gave up on that sight and went to another and got a 8.8888889 shot back at me.

Im guessing the error is that i have not had 20 rounds this year.  But what is even weirder is I am not scoring as low as I did at the end of last season.

My best score this year is a 40 on a par 35 (9 holes) 72.1 121 slope course .

And in my last 10 rounds of last season I know i had at least 2 40s and a 3 or four 41s and 42s, and my 18 hole rounds that i did i know i had a 86 and an 88.

So  if with these numbers I am considered a single digit capper then i have lost all respect for the handicap system.

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For pure interest (and boredom) I decided to work out my USGA handicap. I came out with 7.8 which is 1.4 lower than my current GUI handicap of 9.2. Surprising there isn't the same way to work out handicaps worldwide.

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yeah idk i doubt ill stay there i have never broken 40, but have shot 40 about 4 times.  I play 95 percent of my rounds at my home course from the back tees 72.1 / 121.

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Can someone explain to me what the slope rating actually is and how it's calculated? I know my home course is 123 but we don't use it in Ireland for handicap calculations.

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Originally Posted by deasy55

Can someone explain to me what the slope rating actually is and how it's calculated? I know my home course is 123 but we don't use it in Ireland for handicap calculations.



The higher the slope, the harder the course.

123 is relatively easy. I can not believe you do not use it for handicap calculations.....how is your handicap calculation made in Ireland?

Ours is calculated by:

(Gross Score - ESC adjustment - Course Rating) * 113 / Course Slope

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As far as I know, only the USGA use slope ratings. We use the CONGU system: http://www.mygolfexperience.com/golf/uk/golf-handicap.asp

Originally Posted by Kieran123

The higher the slope, the harder the course.

123 is relatively easy. I can not believe you do not use it for handicap calculations.....how is your handicap calculation made in Ireland?

Ours is calculated by:

(Gross Score - ESC adjustment - Course Rating) * 113 / Course Slope



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for reference I don't have vary many rounds in this year.

I have 9 hole rounds of 53 , 51, 42, 42, 43 from the reds rated par 35 70.9 / 118

And one round of 40 from the tips 72.1 / 121

but as i said i was shooting low 40s from the tips consistently to end last season.

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Most online handicap calculators don't handle 9 hole scores properly so you end up with a really low number, try combining your scores and enter them in that way and you'll get a more accurate number.

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i couldnt find one that did 9 hole rounds so this is what i did.  Kept it at 18 holes and kept the slope and course rating, but since my course is split par 35 front and par 37 back. i took my 53 and made it into a 108 (shooting the same over par on the back as the front) not sure how accurate that was but i just wanted a number i could work with.  I would think i play more to a 12-15 if you ask me.

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In Germany you're allowed to play 9 holes in a tournament that will have an affect on your HCP, but the other 9 are always assumed to be 18 Stableford points.

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Originally Posted by jimbo843

In Germany you're allowed to play 9 holes in a tournament that will have an affect on your HCP, but the other 9 are always assumed to be 18 Stableford points.



9 hole rounds are accepted only in HC groups 3-5 (11.5 - 36) under EGA. National Committee can restrict this to groups 4-5.

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In Switzerland you have to play in tournaments to change your handicap. You can't just enter your own scores.

(I guess that's a reason why I can easily beat my american/canadian relatives (handicaps 7-15).)

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