My son is a former golf instructor. He often works with some of his co-workers for free. He sometimes plays in their nine hole league after work. They are always asking him about what’s the latest and greatest clubs they should buy.
So, one week he showed up with a PW and a putter. This course is 6100 yards, so I’m assuming 3000 a side. He also played this course all the time when he was young, so he knows it very well.
He told his students that he was going to give them a lesson In ball control. He shot a 41 for nine holes and won that week. He had 28 strokes and 13 putts. They all wanted him to start helping them with their short game after that.
I think a lot of people only post what they would consider to be an acceptable score. A score they would feel comfortable telling their peers. If you play by the rules, I just don't see how a hc can remain exactly the same, year in, and year out. Even the pros aren't that consistent. If they were, the leader board would always look the same.
If a player consistently bumps up and down between two extremes, I can see a handicap staying the same. Handicaps vary when the player experiences a trend towards playing better or worse for long enough to make the handicap change. That's why the system (in the US at least) looks at 20 scores, and takes the best 10, to smooth out the effects of one or two "odd" rounds.
I'm glad this thread has come up at this time, though. In a few weeks, or a few months (depending where in the world you live) our handicap calculations will change. For most of us in the US, the handicap will change on Jan 6, immediately, without new scores being posted. The changes will probably be small, but almost everyone will change some. Does that mean the current handicap is inaccurate, or that the new one will be?
In my opinion, neither one is inaccurate. To me, accuracy means that you've posted all of the appropriate scores, applied the required corrections, tried to play your best every time, tried to play by the rules every time. The new system may change the calculations a bit, change some of the procedures, but if you follow the rules the handicap is accurate.
This is the sort of thing I made the thread for.
Bonvivant, this is a sneaky hole. I think I like mcanadiens plan. The landing zone about 100 feet shy of the center of the green looks good. Are you confident in your 200 yard club?