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Has the Elimination of Solo Rounds Affected Your Handicap?

Has the Elimination of Solo Rounds Affected Your Handicap?  

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  1. 1. What effect, if any, has eliminating posting solo rounds had on your index?

    • Don't know, don't care
    • My index is a bit higher
    • My index is a bit lower
    • No effect
    • Something else, please explain


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So, I actually no longer have an official handicap now because I let my GHIN membership expire. I did this because a large majority of my rounds were solo and having so few opportunities to play with others made the, even minimal, cost of paying pointless. So, the yes, it did affect my handicap in that I no longer really have a real one.

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At least this year, it's caused the index to be lower than it probably ought to be.

The start to my season has been awful. I probably ought to be looking at something  between 22 and 23. Instead I'm 20.6 just because I haven't played with other people very much. You wouldn't either if you were hitting the driver like I was..

Finally had a couple of half-decent rounds lately in the company of real, living, breathing people, so I'm trending back down at the moment.

 

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I don't maintain a GHIN Handicap so I include my solo rounds within my handicap...because its an unofficial one anyway and just a way to track my progress as a golfer and serves as a pretty good indicator of when to give and get strokes in friendly games. 

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I used to play a lot of solo rounds because of my mother-in-law situation, she would be around at odd times and I had Wednesday mornings off, which were generally deserted at my old course.   It definitely kept my handicap higher because half of my rounds of golf (I played 3-4 times per week then) were solo and hence I was more in the groove when playing rounds I posted and had so much more playing experience than my handicap showed.

Before the rule change, I would post most of the rounds I payed solo.   Sometimes I would deliberately play extra balls and different formats that precluded posting a real score.   However if I posted the score, it was by the rules and genuine.

I asked the club pro and he said that if you are playing significantly more and that kept my handicap artificially high then it's the fault of the rule and not you.   The committee might decide to adjust based on some criteria, but no one should think I am trying to cheat.

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