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Worldwide Golf Handicap System to Debut in 2020

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10 hours ago, Missouri Swede said:

US software has cooties or something?

While the calculations will still be the same, there will still be some differences around the world.  Particular to CONGU, they'll still use primarily competition rounds, or pre-registered and attested casual rounds, so there may need to be some programming to address the pre-registration and/or attestation.  I'm not sure that each player will enter his own scores, or whether cards will be turned in to a pro shop or committee to be posted. 

Secondarily, the scores to date haven't been posted using the new (for them) Course Rating and Slope, and they don't want to start the year with essentially no usable data for any players.  Once ratings are done, scores can be posted using their current system (Standard Scratch Score) AND the CR/Slope stuff, so that when they change over systems they'll have enough data to have usable handicaps for most players.

Most of this is partially informed speculation on my part.  The main point, the new system will be a much more significant change for some parts of the world than it will be for those of us currently under the USGA system, so it may take a bit longer for them to develop and test their own software.

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My ghin update email from my golf association today had an article about the new world handicap system.  One thing I missed when looking at this before is the new ESC / max score per hole.  If I'm reading it correctly, it is now net double bogey for everyone.  Will make things confusing in my opinion because now the hole index is part of determining your score, but otherwise no big deal.  Just interesting.

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30 minutes ago, gbogey said:

My ghin update email from my golf association today had an article about the new world handicap system.  One thing I missed when looking at this before is the new ESC / max score per hole.  If I'm reading it correctly, it is now net double bogey for everyone.  Will make things confusing in my opinion because now the hole index is part of determining your score, but otherwise no big deal.  Just interesting.

I believe this is the biggest impact the WHS will have on day-to-day posting in the US, but it brings us in line with the way much of the rest of the world does things.  Its also consistent with the Stableford scoring system, which again is common through much of the world.  It certainly will be an adjustment, but its not all that complicated.  I'm hoping that the online calculation services (like Ghin and others) will enable hole by hole posting.  If so, you'll just type in your raw scores, and the computers will correct for the maximum hole score.

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15 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

I believe this is the biggest impact the WHS will have on day-to-day posting in the US, but it brings us in line with the way much of the rest of the world does things.  Its also consistent with the Stableford scoring system, which again is common through much of the world.  It certainly will be an adjustment, but its not all that complicated.

Since I've been in the 5.5-7.5 range the last several years, my max score has always been DB.  There are certainly situations where I'm in trouble on a hole and I either take a higher recovery risk shot than I should or give a putt a really good run at the hole because I know my max is DB.  The upside is saving bogey, the downside is DB but I was probably going to make DB anyways.  Now I have to look at the scorecard to determine whether my max is DB or not and will have to decide whether to play it safe for DB.  Doesn't happen that often, but it will happen.

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44 minutes ago, gbogey said:

Since I've been in the 5.5-7.5 range the last several years, my max score has always been DB.  There are certainly situations where I'm in trouble on a hole and I either take a higher recovery risk shot than I should or give a putt a really good run at the hole because I know my max is DB.  The upside is saving bogey, the downside is DB but I was probably going to make DB anyways.  Now I have to look at the scorecard to determine whether my max is DB or not and will have to decide whether to play it safe for DB.  Doesn't happen that often, but it will happen.

Like I said, its an adjustment, but not a complicated one.  People all over the world have been making exactly that evaluation when playing Stableford competitions for decades, I'm sure we americans are smart enough to learn to do it right.

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Hi everyone, it’s super interesting to read about how the changes affect you from your perspective. Dave is right, I wasn’t playing for all that long before the stableford system was completely ingrained and while confusing at the beginning becomes second nature. At the end you don’t get any points for a score of net DB or above but I’m sure this can still be written on your card. The reason for picking up at this point is just to save time. Especially if you play the same course often, you’ll soon know where you can play 2 over paar and still get a point or when anything above 1 over is not enough. 
 

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