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Handicap Index

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  1. Compared to most of the weekend duffers I come in contact with, I find it impressive how many golfers don’t stink. This of course is only USGA registered handicaps. Less than 2% of men’s handicaps and less than 1% of women’s are scratch or better. You folks are a rare breed. Just another something I am below average at. 😏 My dog still loves me.
  2. To this point, the world has had a few different handicapping systems. Among the major ones, we had the USGA handicapping systems, with course ratings, slope, the 0.96 multiplier, best 10-of-20 system, etc. We had the CONGU system, which had the SSS (standard scratch score). Australia, AFAIK, was closer to CONGU but has spent the past several years quasi-converting to the USGA type standard. Well, scheduled for 2018, the world will see a unified handicapping system. The system is a blend of the two main handicapping systems, in that: Courses will have a scratch and bogey rating (i.e. course rating and slope). Courses will also track scores daily and adjust the scratch rating similar to how the SSS is done. For the latter, I think the slope remains the same, so even if no scratch players play on the given day, they'll be able to determine the "daily rating" for the course. This means that on days when the pins are tucked (say, a tournament) and the greens are super fast, everyone's higher-than-usual scores may not raise their handicaps as much as they have in the past. It also means that on days when the wind is howling, an 80 might get the same "differential" as a 76 on calm, warm days. I don't know too many of the details, just the broad strokes (no pun intended). The system seems to favor the USGA's current system, but I don't know if the 0.96 multiplier survives, if the 10-out-of-20 survives, etc. I am excited about the change, as I think it's been unusual to have two different systems (or more) in play for a number of years now. As a course rater I think the USGA's rating/slope system has a good amount of merit. It's not perfect of course for everyone, because not everyone plays the game exactly the same way, but it does a great job IMO of pretty fairly rating courses that are potentially fairly different. I'm starting this thread today so that we can point links, share ideas, thoughts, express opinions, etc. as more information about this change begins to come to light and eventually take hold.
  3. I need advice on how to best proceed with this. I went to log into my handicap service and my log in ID, password, email address - nothing existed. I am no longer in the system. I am not sure why my auto pay went thru but that was the least of my concerns. I can deal with the autopay issue separate. For some crazy reason I have virtually every score card for the last 5 + years. How far back should I go in entering my data? The last 2 seasons I have been injured so I have a low number of rounds. I need some type of index for the end of April as I am playing in a 4 day event that requires an index. The event is over multiple courses. Mods - if this should be in a different area please move the post. I did look around the site but did not find anything mentioning this but I did do a quick look.
  4. We've been using an 80% handicap reduction in our big groups (and golf leagues) with some success for a few years. (BTW in our case we are not doing it to reduce the number of par 3 strokes specifically). I'm looking for some opinions on whether the new handicap system should allow us to go to full caps. I'm of the opinion that the changes should make the reduction less desirable. (less-enough for me anyways).
  5. I recently attended a USGA sponsored seminar on the new World Handicap System (WHS). Our Club needed to have one member certified by the USGA and as handicap chairman, I was the logical choice. As a member of TST and from reading material on the WHS, I was familiar with the general outline of the changes and new procedures. My hope was that the seminar would fill in a lot of the details. It did. Two items on the agenda were most interesting to me. Playing Conditions Calculation Because of its newness in the USA, the Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) was particularly interesting to me. Based on the day’s scores, everyone’s posted handicap results may be adjusted when the scoring is particularly worse or better than usual. The adjustment is done course by course rather than over a region or state. Any condition that might affect scoring could result in a PCC adjustment (rain, wind, rough, temperature, hole locations). The PCC doesn’t need to know why the scoring was higher, just that the average handicapped scoring was well above (or below) what one might expect on a typical day. At the end of each day, GHIN will automatically look at each course and the scores posted. If a minimum of 8 players with indexes 36.0 and under post scores, a PCC calculation will be made for that specific course. When there are only 8-10 scores posted, the likelihood of a PCC adjustment is very low unless the scores posted were extremely divergent from what one might have expected. A day where 100 scores are posted has a higher likelihood of a PCC adjustment if the scores diverge from the expected level. The calculation is done every day for qualifying courses. An actual adjustment will likely be somewhat infrequent. I am not a math whiz so the fact that the USGA/R&A considers the PCC calculation as proprietary (i.e. secret) was not a disappointment. There was a bit of grumbling from some of the other attendees. The PCC adjustment will be in whole numbers (-1, +1, +2, +3). The PCC is subtracted from all the calculated differentials of every player posting a score for the course on the day of the calculation. Differentials adjusted by PCC will be identified in a player’s handicap record. When viewing one’s handicap in GHIN, clicking on “Stats” brings up a detailed listing of the past 20 differentials. There is a column labelled PCC where one will eventually see any PCC adjustments. Stroke Index Allocation (Handicap Holes) For match play and maximum hole score determination (formerly ESC), the USGA is recommending a “triad system” for determining on which holes a player gives or receives strokes. The recommendation calls for viewing each nine holes as three sets of 3-holes (or a triad). The first nine holes are rated with odd number (1,3,5,…) and the second nine even. If the back nine is considerably more difficult than the front, the numbering can be flipped. So far so good. Here is where it gets tricky. The USGA recommends that the #1 and #2 handicap holes should be allocated to the middle triad for each nine. The #1 handicap hole should be chosen from #4, 5 or 6 and the #2 handicap hole selected from holes #13, 14 or 15. If none of the middle triad holes are sufficiently difficult (among the hardest 6 holes on the course), then the #1 handicap hole can be #3 or #7 and the #2 handicap hole allocated to #12 or #16. The USGA has further recommendations for allocating handicap holes (e.g. don’t have back to back difficult holes - #1 handicap hole followed by the #3). The USGA has begun to send their recommended new handicap hole allocations to every member club. The issue for each club now becomes whether they want to accept the recommendation. A club might face changing the #1 handicap hole from the 9th hole to the 4th hole even though the membership generally considers the 9th hole as the toughest. If the club adopts the USGA recommendations, the score cards will need to be re-printed and the membership educated. The USGA has some good points related to match play for why they want to make these changes. If all the “stroke holes” fall at the end of each nine, often matches will be decided before the higher handicapped opponent receives most of their strokes. Similarly, by spreading the “stroke holes” across the full 18 holes, no one must give a majority of strokes extremely early in a match. Still, by somewhat forcing the allocation of handicapped holes into a pre-determined pattern, the USGA may reduce the accuracy of the “net double bogey” calculation. Link to USGA Appendix E https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/handicapping/roh/Content/rules/Appendix E Stroke Index Allocation.htm Inevitably, there will be issues (e.g. an old score card not matching the new Stroke Index Allocation). On the whole I think the WHS will be more accurate in measuring our potential if we, the members, use the system correctly.
  6. Hi Everyone, I started playing golf again after quitting back in 1975. When I quit in 1975, I could shoot in the 80's on most courses. (Patty Jewett at Colorado Springs.) Well, I started playing again two years ago because of being diagnosed with Parkinson's in my right hand. (Exercise is a key step in controlling this disease.) This year I joined the USGA and started recording my scores for my handicap. It seems I have a very high handicap compared to everyone else. Yet, when I play these "friends", I seem to hold my own and they seem "put out" that a 23 handicap player can match them. Am I missing something here? I know of two players with a 10 handicap and I play against them very evenly. (Even won 50 cents last time I played them. 🙂 ) Comments? Retired Old Man
  7. The World Handicap System (WHS) will take effect in the US on Jan. 1st, 2020. In less than two months. I don't see a Rules forum topic, so creating this one. Links: USGA WHS page; WHS web site Big question right now: when will the WHS manual be published?
  8. I'm borrowing this from somewhere else, but basically: LCP - Low Cap Privilege LCB - Low Cap Burden HCP - High Cap Privilege HCB - High Cap Burden If you're a low handicapper, you know what privileges and burdens are afforded or put on you, and ditto if you're a high handicapper. For example: LCP: You're invited to play at some great courses because people won't be embarrassed to be seen playing with you. You don't have to take half your bag to a ball that's 50 yards from the cart because you're completely unsure what club you're going to need to hit. LCB: Your scramble partners expect you to hit every shot to 10' and to hole every putt, particularly when they think they've "shown you the line" by hitting a ball that missed 2" right… and 10' beyond the hole. You're almost never allowed to hit a bad shot, or you get some side-eye glances and whispers. There are a ton out there, but let's hear yours. If you're a low handicapper, stick mostly to the LC ones. If you're a mid to high handicapper, stick to the HC ones (even mid-handicappers often remember what it was like to be a high handicapper somewhat recently).
  9. Just started playing again after a ~5 year break, and planning to buy a set of clubs as I currently don’t have any. I’ve been searching on eBay and have narrowed it down to two choices for my irons - the Cobra CXIs or Mizuno MX 20s. They are basically the same price, and both are 4-PW (although the Mizuno set also has a gap wedge). Does anyone have any advice on which would be better in terms of forgiveness/high handicap play? Thanks :)
  10. I dont understand how they work. Do you need one?
  11. I post scores, including solo rounds, to a website that calculates an unofficial handicap. They use the USGA formula but it does not qualify as a "club" so the index is not official. I also post rounds that qualify for posting to our state association and have an official USGA handicap. The current official index is 8.2 while my unofficial one is 6.7. I play a fair number of solo rounds when I can't rope someone into playing or no one is available to join at the course. I play by the Rules or, if I am practicing, I don't post in either venue. For me, the solo posting ban has keep my index a bit higher. All year I have sort of eyeballed the difference. At times the difference has been negligible and rarely more than a couple 10th's off. After Labor Day my solo round percentage increases as fewer friends want to play in blustery weather or are busy with other activities. The gap has widened. My guess is that the difference exists now because when I play in the summer, many times it is a competition at a more difficult venue. My solo play tends to be on more user friendly courses. While the rating and slope is supposed to take into account the differences, the system is not perfect and I am also intimately familiar with the "friendly" courses. Finally, clearly I don't have ice water in my veins and competitive nerves probably takes its toll at times. Anyone else have any observations to share?
  12. From 2009: http://www.golfdigest.com/story/hotlistevolution-0902 From 2015: http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/Golfweek-Custom-Media/golfweek-5-18-15/2015051202/17.html#16 This post links to an article from 2017: Ignoring the fact that without a floor, you can't really calculate a percent improvement*… the fact remains: golfers are getting better. This seems to be true despite courses continuing to get more difficult, golfers playing longer tees than they often should, and anything else you can think of. Golfers continue to get better, IMO, because: Instruction is improving. Launch monitors are more readily available to average golfers. Some of the lousier golfers might have been squeezed out in the recent recession. Equipment continues to improve. So, there you have it. Regardless of the reasons - which I may or may not even have sniffed - golfers are getting better. * I read a review of the iPhone once where they said the temperature increased from 30° C to 40° C and how that was a 33% increase. This kind of math doesn't work because it's not based on a scale that ends at true zero. Perhaps if the scale was to use the Kelvin scale, which has absolute zero… but 303.15 to 313.15 is only a 3.3% increase, which isn't quite the headline of "iPhone 33% hotter!". Anyway… the handicap scale is like that. There's no hard limit at "zero."
  13. My golf foursome has been playing together for years (20+). We are in desperate need of a season scoring system, so that we can look back on the season and determine who holds the Golfer of the Year bragging rights. We don't handicap our rounds, as we are all about the same level. We are trying to come up with a system that awards points to individual golfers, so that at the end of the season, we can tally the points and crown the GOTY. We would like the system to take the following into account; 1. Rank for the day (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) 2. Course difficulty (a 79 at an easy course, should not be awarded the same as an 84 at a much more difficult course) 3. Actual score (Is winning by 1 with a score of 99 the same as beating the same guy by 12 with an 88?) 4. Season scoring average 5. Absent golfers (today we only assess points when EVERYONE is there. We had one guy not show up for 3 weeks... should the rest of us not be able to obtain points because of it?) 6. We would also like points given for our "achievements"... e.g. three birdies in a round, the most pars, etc. 7. Any other aspect that would help us improve, and just not award points for winning... e.g. I won, but shot a 102. Just wondering if any weekend group has come up with a scoring system that might accomplish these aspects! Please share. I am tired of spending the winter with each guy trying to make a case for GOTY, only cherry picking the data that helps them do it. Looking forward to ANY input. Thanks!!!!
  14. I have been silent for a bit on this blog. Time to start blathering again. A new tournament season is rapidly approaching for our club-without-real estate. 2018 will be my first season as Handicap Chairman after serving a few years on the committee. We play a 15-event net tournament season so the Handicap Chairman is a somewhat thankless job. There is always a vocal group that believes every winner is a sandbagger and successful players yap about the downward handicap adjustments we dole out. One big happy family! I just got off the phone with one of our members who has been quite vocal about all the sandbaggers shooting net 64 when he has the same index and can barely break 72 on a net basis. I pointed out to him that at our 3-day Club Championship in 2016, he shot a net 64, 79 and 63 and won his Flight. Yes, he had a tough 2017. It was, however, a result of his poor play rather than his fellow flight competitors consistently shooting net 64. Sometimes facts overcome emotions. Our biggest challenge over the years has been to slow down members who, for whatever reason, become overly successful. No one wants to see the same handful of members at the top of every tournament and the final season standings. Generally, the use of handicaps should serve to level the playing field and no one should regularly beat their handicap, with a few exceptions (e.g. a rapidly improving player or a player who has been injured and now is healthy). We have resorted to a number of modifications to our tournament handicapping. I have previously described our Knuth Tournament Point System. In addition to that we have begun to use solely “T” scores in the computation of our tournament handicaps. We do not adjust a member’s GHIN index, just his index for our events. Unfortunately, our use of only “T” scores has its own set of problems. Some of our members only play 4-5 “T” rounds a year. A “T-only” index might use scores going back 4+ years. We are vigilant to members whose games have declined and give them an upward adjustment to keep them somewhat competitive. This year we have 24 new members. Fortunately, only a handful have no scoring history with the Golf Association of Michigan. For those members who are a blank slate, we usually call them and discuss their game. Do they have a league handicap? What was their best round last year (where and what tee)? What is their average score and what score would usually make them happy? We occasionally make an error, like with “J.B.” a few years ago. J.B. was a self-estimated “8.0” index and he won the first event's A flight by 6 shots with a net 64 (74 gross; 71.1/140 rating; 2.3 differential). Of course, that could have been J.B.’s personal best round but it seemed a prudent idea to make an adjustment in his 8.0 tournament index going forward. With a bit of luck this year, we will have a different group atop the flight leader boards each tournament. If we don’t, our committee is ready.
  15. Today I came across to this video and just wanted to share it with you guys Her swing looks great!
  16. My name is Art and I'm excited to have found this community. I've got a son involved in the PGAJGL and his interest and love of the game has motivated me to begin to play more often and get better. I have a passion for the game and the life lessons that it can help to teach you. I have a technical and operational consulting background and in my spare time I'm involved with growing the game of golf, helping individuals to play golf with their buddies more often. I live in the Austin, TX area and would love to connect with anyone on the blog near Austin.
  17. Hi everyone. Brand new to the Sand Trap, but have been golfing steadily since 2013 (at least once per week). I have a serious problem with consistency and keeping the ball on the fairway in general. Beginning to get worried I may just not ever be a good player. I average in the mid-90s, and very rarely hit the upper 80's, but still struggle with keeping my scores under 100 from time to time. Lack of consistency has lead to me feeling insecure who I golf with. I know that my partners won't say anything, but I think they are judging me on the inside. While some of my friends who have been playing for the same amount of time are seeing their handicaps lowered to the mid teens, mine has remain unchanged for the better part of 3 years. It stands at a whopping 21! Generally its the drive that causes the most problems. A tee shot that slices 10, 20, or even more yards right lands in the deep stuff (or OB) and sets the tempo for the remainder of the hole. Next thing i know i am hitting an iron fat or shanking over to the other side of the fairway in attempt to correct myself. As a result, I often find my self struggling to a bogey or worse. Its not uncommon for me to have 5 or 6 double and triple bogeys a game. What's sad is that I have about 6-8 holes where things are going good (hitting deep drives down the middle, landing a GIR , 2-putts or less, scrambling for Par, etc.), the constant theme though is sloppy golf and not playing up to my potential. People have told me its practice: Not taking as many opportunities as I should to hit a few buckets or practice my short game. I can't say that's not entirely true, but I don't think that's the whole piece to the puzzle. Something just feels terribly off. For example I played several weeks ago with a relatively new player (maybe a year tops worth of experience). We both had a horrible front nine on a local course, but he finished the back nine 5 strokes lower than me. Plus, I lost about 8 golf balls and he hadn't even gone through a sleeve. If I can't blow away someone new to golf (no offense newbies), its a pretty big kick in the stomach to my confidence. My question is, is there a bigger force at play? Do some people just take longer to progress at the sport? Is it uncommon to have a handicap this high after 4 years and what should I do to correct it? Someone once told me it takes the average golfer about 5 years of steady play to develop consistency. I surely hope that's true. I am finding it harder to want to go out and play the sport I love the most. If anyone out there can share similar experiences it would be most helpful. Driver and woods: TMD Rocketballz Stage 2, Hybrid: Adams Idea A12OS, Irons: TMD Rocketbladez, Wedges: TMD ATV. Putter: Cleveland HB-1 Ball: Prefer Bridgestone E-6 Soft, but overall doesn't seem to matter much, if it flies, its lost.
  18. I understand that many PGA players started out when they were kids. Most of them prolly (yes this is a word) had easy access to practice greens, and a club course they could always play on. (could be completely wrong, just assuming) im not wondering about those types of individuals that got to the PGA tour with a ton of time and commitment put into their game. I'm wondering if their are any PGA players that started late (earliest 18 years old) and what was their handicap they achieved in 1 year of playing golf. Ive heard that breaking 90 in a year is really good. breaking 85 is a sign to pursue it. 80 and I'd say quit your job and get after it! What was yours? 1. Age you started 2. Handicap after 1 year
  19. Recently a friend asked me why his USGA Index has had the letter "R" the past couple of revisions. Not fully understanding the power of the "R" used in calculating, I thought it mainly is used to prevent a players handicap from escalating quickly in a short period of time. I assumed it was when "tournament scores" used, the differential would prevent a players handicap from rising "more than a certain amount" for the revision period. Know I have better understanding after reviewing the guidelines and system used by the USGA. But, I'm still uncertain about a stipulation in the rules? The USGA has criteria which a player can ask the handicap committee to review their revision and request the "R" to be removed. I know the committee can penalize, assign Temp Indexes and under certain circumstances ban a player and remove the "R" An "R" can effect a players Index for a long duration, a full year under certain conditions. So given the power of the "R" when would a handicap committee, remove the "R" ?
  20. Birdies - For me, a golf round never seems very satisfying unless it includes a birdie. My 8-10 handicap certainly attests to the fact that I am no birdie machine but somewhere around 2/3’s of my rounds have an under-par hole. When I am headed to a mediocre score, a birdie at least gives me one hole where I can say I managed to get things right. When I pitch a shutout, it hurts a little. Birds - Speaking of birds, parrots and parakeets often escape from their owners. In Florida, they actually stand a decent chance of surviving. A lone tree on the left of the 3rd hole of the TPC Prestancia (Sarasota, FL) became a haven for many a pet bird on the lam. It became known as the “Parrot Tree.” Any time I played that hole, the racket created by all the birds was amazing. I never heard any English spoken but there was one parrot with a pretty good Spanish vocabulary. I have no idea what it was saying; perhaps that is a good thing. It is surprising that the birds didn’t learn to cuss, what with all the bad examples playing golf nearby. And while we are on the subject of birds, I still don’t really know how to tell an anhinga apart from a cormorant. Both birds are commonly found around golf course water hazards and to my untrained eye, they look remarkably similar. Wind - Ever had a round where it seems like every hole was into the wind? We recently played in Texas and while I am sure there were a few holes where the wind was helping, everyone agreed that well more than half the holes had the wind in our face or quartering into us. I think courses designed for carts are more prone to this. A walking course must allow a certain amount of “out and back.” When everyone is in carts, it is possible to have three holes going east to west and then include a west to east cart ride back to around the starting point. I am sure course designers work to prevent this but there are always days where every long par 4 seemingly is against the wind. Tournament Handicap Index – Our club is going to institute a “Tournament Handicap Index” this year for club tournaments. Our software vendor can extract all “T” scores posted by our members over the past 2 years. In most instances, all the “T” scores will be from our own events as few members play outside tournaments. We know the “T” differentials reported for our events are correct because we post the scores for the members. Our handicap committee will no longer need to badger members to post outside rounds or harp on “ESC”. Our sole concern will be to monitor non-club “T” scores and develop fair temporary indexes for new members. It will be interesting to see how this change affects the results.
  21. This is my first year carrying an official HCP and with the fall here (leaves covering areas of fairways) and winter on the way, how do we handle "lost" balls due to leaves in fairway and in rough and other seasonal hazards? Do we score those rounds? Before I carried a legit HCP, I would play the "leaf rule" giving myself a free drop in cases where I knew my ball was not truly lost from a poor shot, but just hidden. But now that I'm official, I want to do it correctly
  22. I've struggled with what to blog, especially in a golf context. I know more about IT, programming, and databases than I do about golf. It finally hit me. I started writing a handicap tracking system. Knowing that I was moving to Florida this year, I didn't renew my membership to the golf association / GHIN, so I lost my official handicap. In my new job, they use the MySQL database system extensively, so I needed to learn it. I am a seasoned veteran in MS SQL Server, so I decided to dive in. Is there a better way to learn a database system than to write something golf related? I think not. Actually, calculating a handicap presents some interesting challenges, so it was a good project to put MySQL through its paces. The system is pretty basic right now. Since this isn't a formal project, so I'm winging it as I go. Basically, it has four tables, course, course tees, player, and scores. Course has basic information about a course like it's name, address, etc. Sadly, I added a field called "active" that will be set to false if a course shuts down. If a facility has multiple courses or rotations, they will be entered multiple times with the name of the facility followed by a dash and the course name (i.e. - Oakland Hills - South, Oakland Hills - North). Course tees has info about the tee boxes such as color, slope, rating. When I looked up some courses that I have played, I noticed the the USGA has different slope/rating information based on gender, so I added a gender field. Next there is the Player table which holds the players name, email, home course and whether they are active. It also has placeholders for handicap index, rounds used in the calculation, rounds posted. More on these in a minute. Finally, there is the Scores table. This holds players posted rounds by date, the course/tees played with copy of the slope and rating, score and adjusted (ESC) score. There is a calculated field showing the differential for the round. For now, I've combined nine hole rounds manually and entered, but I am thinking of adding a Score9H table to hold them with a relationship table where a player could link and submit 2 9 hole rounds into the scores table. I need to research any regulations that would impact this. Next I wrote some basic stored procedures to insert courses/tees, players and scores. Then I wrote one to copy slope and rating from the course tee table to the scores table. The idea here is that scores will reflect the slope rating at the time the round was played. It's denormalizing the data, but if the slope/rating of the course changes, it will only impact future rounds, not ones that have already been played. I'm curious how GHIN handles this. I would think that you would need to calculate based on what the slope and rating were at the time the round was played. Finally, there is the key to the system, the calculate handicap stored procedure. It is the most complex portion of the system to date. For the specified player, it grabs the last 20 rounds and puts them in a temp table ordered by calculated differential. I had a major issue here that I will describe later. It counts the rounds to see how many it needs to use for the calculation. I put the calculation for this into a function. I didn't need to since this is foreseeably the only place this would be done, but I wanted to use the function feature as part of my MySQL education. It did help clean up the stored proc though. At any rate, once it determines how many rounds to use based the number of rounds available, it uses a cursor to loop through that many times and creates a running total of the best N indexes that is then divided by the number of rounds processed times .96 to come up with the players index. It stores the calculated index in the players record along with the date it was calculated, how many rounds were used, etc. If there are less than five rounds posted, it assigns the default index (40.4 for women and 36.4 for men). Then a wrote another procedure that loops through active players in the system and calculates there handicap that can be scheduled to run on the 1st and 15th. So that is a lot of technical mumbo jumbo that you may or may not find entertaining. I did that to hopefully inspire some comments on how I go about this as well get ideas for possible improvements. The next phase is to write a web app to maintain the data. I am hoping to make this mobile friendly, but I don't foresee (at this time at least) writing a mobile app. There are many many many apps out there already, so I really don't see a market for it. I may do it just for the hell of it. I might create a Github page and make this an open source project. I haven't done that, so it would be an interesting experience. As far as my learning experience, I found MySQL to lack some of the features that I have become used to in SQL server. I guess I am spoiled. For instance, I discovered that you can't provide default values for input params in stored procs. Having this in SQL Server allows me call it without specifying a value for every param. I did a little work around where I set a default value for that parameter in the sp with an if statement. I also found out that when I read the calculated differential field in the scores table, it came back with a 0 value. It was working when I first started using it, but then it stopped working at some point along the way. It drove me crazy, but I ended up recalculating the differential in the sp that calculates handicap index. I found the intellisense (automatic command completion) feature to be very quirky. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn't. This exercise left me yearning to use SQL Server. Feel free to comment on any issues you see with my logic or any other features that you think would be nice to add.
  23. Ok, so I am almost 14 years old and I was wondering what should I really be shooting im a 20 handicap so i usually shoot 92, I am only able to play 2 months a year for 3 years. So should i be doing better or am I doing good? I have also never taken any real leasons or anything.
  24. So Saturday I was playing a cancer charity scramble. I am usually a filler who is used to round out a team. So as usual I played with 3 strangers, 2 who knew each other. We finished the front 9 at 4 under and it started to rain, and rain and then rain some more. Then the thunder and lighting passed through so the course kept us in the club house until the storm passed. During this time 1/2 of my team baled because they had been out drinking all night. The remaining guy was on the fence as he had a 3 hour drive home. I told him repeatedly "if you have to go, go" as I could jump in to round out another team. It seems a bunch of people left leaving alot of 3's on the course. But he said he would stick around and we would each play 2 balls for the remainder of the scramble. We get the 10th Tee and there is 3 groups in front of us teeing on. My partner starts hemming and hawing about his drive home. I told him "do what you have to do". So when we were on deck, he shakes my hand and takes his bag and leaves. now I am a team of 1 in a 4 man scramble. I begin talking to team in front of me explaining what has happened. I told them I felt it was unreasonable for me to go out of hit 4 balls all by myself, but I would just go play a round of 9 since I was already there. The group offered to let me play with them this way I would not be alone and they could verify my score. Otherwise what is to stop me from getting an eagle on every hole? So I joined up with the team in front of me and I let them play their scramble and I played only 1 ball. Finished the back nine +4, bringing my "team" score to even. I later spoke to the director of the tournament who indicated had I known ahead of time he could have placed me with another group. No matter, because -14 was the winning score and I was there for the fun. However considering I played 9 holes within the rules of Golf and I had people there to verify my score. Can I post my 9 solo holes to my handicap?
  25. See the questions above. For clarification, A is good, F is terrible, and you're to rate your game compared to golfers of the SAME handicap. So if you rate yourself as all "A"s or all "F"s then you're probably not the handicap you say you are.
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