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I realized that I don't play to the rules of golf and would like to cancel my ghin membership. How do I do it?

You can go on the "non active" list, or just be permanently deleted at any time.  The latter would be used if you are sure you never want to have a handicap again as it deletes all your scores.  If you let your membership lapse, you will normally go on the non active list as mentioned.

Whom ever ( ie which club) you give your membership fee to can take care of it now if you'd like.  Alternatively you can call your state PGA association.  (Kentucky Golf Association, etc.) They should have a website with contact information on handicaps.

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I realized that I don't play to the rules of golf and would like to cancel my ghin membership. How do I do it?

Just quit posting scores.  Of course with this admission, you realize that the handicap you have posted in your profile is just a fabrication.

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I realized that I don't play to the rules of golf and would like to cancel my ghin membership. How do I do it?

Alternatively, you could start playing by the rules.

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I realized that I don't play to the rules of golf and would like to cancel my ghin membership. How do I do it?

Just quit posting scores.  Of course with this admission, you realize that the handicap you have posted in your profile is just a fabrication.

I think he wants to get rid of the handicap altogether, so if someone looks up his scores they will not be misled by the HC index.

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Originally Posted by mikeylikesgolf

I realized that I don't play to the rules of golf and would like to cancel my ghin membership. How do I do it?

Just quit posting scores.  Of course with this admission, you realize that the handicap you have posted in your profile is just a fabrication.

I think he wants to get rid of the handicap altogether, so if someone looks up his scores they will not be misled by the HC index.

You makes your bed and then you sleeps in it.  If his current index is not indicative of his actual ability due to posting unrealistically low scores, then I don't feel sorry for him.

My index is unrealistically low right now too, because it reflects how I played 3 years ago ( I chose to reactivate my old GHIN number so that nobody could accuse me of manipulation) before I quit playing on a regular basis because I had no course to play on.  Now I am once again going to start posting scores, but at the moment I'm stuck with a handicap to which I can't even remotely play.  I'll just suffer through until I either start playing better, or my index starts to rise to meet my level of play.

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Originally Posted by Fourputt

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Originally Posted by mikeylikesgolf

I realized that I don't play to the rules of golf and would like to cancel my ghin membership. How do I do it?

Just quit posting scores.  Of course with this admission, you realize that the handicap you have posted in your profile is just a fabrication.

I think he wants to get rid of the handicap altogether, so if someone looks up his scores they will not be misled by the HC index.

You makes your bed and then you sleeps in it.  If his current index is not indicative of his actual ability due to posting unrealistically low scores, then I don't feel sorry for him.

My index is unrealistically low right now too, because it reflects how I played 3 years ago ( I chose to reactivate my old GHIN number so that nobody could accuse me of manipulation) before I quit playing on a regular basis because I had no course to play on.  Now I am once again going to start posting scores, but at the moment I'm stuck with a handicap to which I can't even remotely play.  I'll just suffer through until I either start playing better, or my index starts to rise to meet my level of play.

I can play above or below our handicap about half the time. Some of the time I play lower, and some of the time higher. It's pretty rare for me to play exactly to a 13 like I did today, but I posted a the equivalent of a 15 anyway. . . The reason is that I can sometimes hit everything straight, and I end up on the green or near it a lot more (like 16-17 holes). On other days I pull all the shots and even from 100 yards with my 60 degree 10-20 yards right without really knowing why (which means more Vlogs for me once I get everything setup to do so without delaying PoP).

Depending upon the day I play with someone, they either think I am a single digit player, or a bogey (or worse) player. So, I wouldn't sweat this at all. . .

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I can play above or below our handicap about half the time. Some of the time I play lower, and some of the time higher. It's pretty rare for me to play exactly to a 13 like I did today, but I posted a the equivalent of a 15 anyway. . . The reason is that I can sometimes hit everything straight, and I end up on the green or near it a lot more (like 16-17 holes). On other days I pull all the shots and even from 100 yards with my 60 degree 10-20 yards right without really knowing why (which means more Vlogs for me once I get everything setup to do so without delaying PoP).

Depending upon the day I play with someone, they either think I am a single digit player, or a bogey (or worse) player. So, I wouldn't sweat this at all. . .

The thing is, I'm never playing below my current official index.... never!  It's going to take some work for m to live up to that.  It will probably drop before I get leveled out at wherever I'm at right now.

To the OP, I have no idea how you would delete yourself.  I was inactive for 3 years and my number was still there waiting for me, with all 20 of the last scores that I posted in 2011.

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I can play above or below our handicap about half the time. Some of the time I play lower, and some of the time higher. It's pretty rare for me to play exactly to a 13 like I did today, but I posted a the equivalent of a 15 anyway. . . The reason is that I can sometimes hit everything straight, and I end up on the green or near it a lot more (like 16-17 holes). On other days I pull all the shots and even from 100 yards with my 60 degree 10-20 yards right without really knowing why (which means more Vlogs for me once I get everything setup to do so without delaying PoP).

Depending upon the day I play with someone, they either think I am a single digit player, or a bogey (or worse) player. So, I wouldn't sweat this at all. . .

The thing is, I'm never playing below my current official index.... never!  It's going to take some work for m to live up to that.  It will probably drop before I get leveled out at wherever I'm at right now.

To the OP, I have no idea how you would delete yourself.  I was inactive for 3 years and my number was still there waiting for me, with all 20 of the last scores that I posted in 2011.

I still wouldn't sweat it. . .your handicap will adjust within 10 rounds or so anyway.

To the OP, the same thing, it will adjust as you post scores played by the ROG. It's like a couple months if you play weekly. I screwed up a score today which will fix itself within a couple weeks since I play daily.

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All the conjecture is interesting. I don't believe anyone can follow the rules of golf. There are way too many decisions. It would take a jd degree to understand it all. Even then, there would be disagreement.

Try this. The next time you and your playing partners get into a situation needing a rule decision let everyone write down how they would rule if they were an official. Then take the issue to your head pro and see how he would rule. I would image the variance in the ruling would be dramatic.

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All the conjecture is interesting. I don't believe anyone can follow the rules of golf. There are way too many decisions. It would take a jd degree to understand it all. Even then, there would be disagreement.

Try this. The next time you and your playing partners get into a situation needing a rule decision let everyone write down how they would rule if they were an official. Then take the issue to your head pro and see how he would rule. I would image the variance in the ruling would be dramatic.

It's a learning process, and every time I go out on the course I learn new things. This is especially the case when I am playing with more experienced golfers. Also, I read this site and post here.


I have a free app on my phone called "USGA Rules". It indexes all the definitions, and has a search feature. The ones I usually look at while on the course are rules 13 to 28. 7 to 12 are pretty straightforward. If you need a decision, you need to pay a few dollars for that option.

Otherwise, just carry the rule book, and look up stuff as it comes up.

If you make a mistake, try not to make the same one again and your GHIN will adjust within 10-20 rounds or so. . .

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I don't believe anyone can follow the rules of golf.   It would take a jd degree to understand it all

I think you're being a little dramatic bud.  Do your best to follow the rules and if there's something really strange that comes up, ask somebody or post a question on the rules forum here before you post a score.

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I don't believe anyone can follow the rules of golf.   It would take a jd degree to understand it all

I think you're being a little dramatic bud.  Do your best to follow the rules and if there's something really strange that comes up, ask somebody or post a question on the rules forum here before you post a score.

He already agreed to try out the USGA Rules App. . .

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All the conjecture is interesting. I don't believe anyone can follow the rules of golf. There are way too many decisions. It would take a jd degree to understand it all. Even then, there would be disagreement.

Try this. The next time you and your playing partners get into a situation needing a rule decision let everyone write down how they would rule if they were an official. Then take the issue to your head pro and see how he would rule. I would image the variance in the ruling would be dramatic.

You'd be wrong then.  Most of the time it's black and white, right or wrong.  Just because you haven't made the effort to learn them doesn't mean that it's not possible for another.  I see guys who dispute how a rule should be applied on this forum all the time, and 99.99% of the time there is only one right answer.  There may be more answers given, but not the right ones.  Also, most of the rules are not that difficult to follow or apply.  Dealing with things like water hazards, lost balls, obstructions, loose impediments, etc., is easy to learn and easy to follow in the rules.  These are the most common situations which occur and they are also the most common situations which are mishandled by players who don't bother to learn the correct procedures.

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That app sounds great! I will check it out. I want to abide by the rules and post scores appropriately. I think this app will help. Thx

First, I'm very glad to hear that. Second, incrementally add which rules you play by if you must. Provisionals instead of drops after a lost ball; knowing when to take a one- or two-club drop. Read Tufts' Principles of the Rules of Golf. It's like $6. Instead of memorizing the rules, you remember a few goals that the rules set out to achieve, and that covers you most of the time. Arnold Palmer also wrote a memorable book called [i]Playing by the Rules[/i] in 2004. It not only covers the rules -- very few have changed since then -- but also talks about famous incidents where they were either broken or suspected to be broken but weren't. I found that tremendously helpful to my ability to remember the rules.

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