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I'M STRUGGLING TO PLAY TO MY CURRENT HANDICAP FROM WHITE TEES. WILL THE NEW SYSTEM MAKE THINGS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FOR ME?
Not at all. With an averaging system, your Handicap Index will be responsive to your current ability. You should also be encouraged to play from a shorter tee set (providing it has a rating value), as the system will calculate a Course Handicap from your Handicap Index for that set of tees.
WHY IS THERE A 95% HANDICAP ALLOWANCE IN INDIVIDUAL STROKE PLAY?
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM HANDICAP INDEX?
With a maximum Handicap Index of 54.0, the WHS is designed to be inclusive of all golfers, regardless of age, gender or ability. Competition fixture lists and Terms of the Competition should be set up by your Handicap or Competition Committee - to ensure that all golfers feel included, have plenty of opportunity to compete with other golfers and have the chance of doing well
Maximum Handicap Index Your Handicap Index is the portable number you take with you from course to course. Keep reading to find out how to convert that number into the handicap you use on the golf course.
Learn more here by downloading The WHS ‘The Rules Of Handicapping Reference Guide’:
SUBMITTING A SCORE ON THE MY EG APP
When you pre-register a general play score through the My EG app, you create a ‘score intent’ within your WHS record that notifies your club that you are intending to return a scorecard.
Think of it as the modern, digital version of letting the pro shop know that you’re submitting your card today!
However, if you don’t go on to submit your score, the rules of handicapping mean your club may add a penalty against your record.
You can check if you have any of these unsubmitted score – or scores which are yet to be verified – by going to the ‘Scores’ tab on the My EG app.
Whatever the reason for not submitting a score, you can contact the handicap secretary at your club to explain, and they can delete the intent, or submit the score for you.
ACTION TO TAKE WHEN ROUND NOT COMPLETED BY A PLAYER
Action to take when round not completed by a player
If a player is unable to finish their round once started, the remaining hole scores should be left blank before submitting the card. This will provide a score of net par for these holes.
On each hole on the app, there are three dots at the top right-hand corner which provides more options. On here there is an option to select ‘Pick up’, which will provide a score of net double bogey for the maximum hole score where applicable. If a score of 0 is entered on the holes, this will also provide a score submitted to WHS of net double bogey.
The app is currently being updated so that the options on the three dots also include ‘Hole not started’ to also reflect net par as per the first point above.
The actions of the handicap committee in relation to applying a penalty score, and submission of scores for rounds not completed (Rule 7.1b) remain the same.
COURSE HANDICAP CALCULATOR
Want to calculate your course handicap ahead of your next round?
You can do so simply by using the My England Golf App which you can download onto your mobile device via Apple or Android stores.
To calculate your Course Handicap for a social round you need just one calculation:
Handicap Index x (Slope Rating/113) = Course Handicap
SUBMITTING SCORECARDS FROM AWAY CLUBS
With restrictions lifted, many of you will be travelling to away courses more than before, whether it be across the border to Wales and Scotland or somewhere more far flung!
Unless you're swinging solo, there's no reason why you can't still record these rounds against your handicap. In fact, to ensure your WHS index remains a true reflection of your current ability, you should be making every effort to submit the scores.
- Away Clubs (England) - submit your score via the My England Golf app as you would at your home club. This must be attested (verified) by a playing partner with a WHS index who also has the My England Golf app.
- Away Clubs (Wales / Ireland) - register your intent to submit a score with the club you are visiting, then provide them with your scorecard (signed by a playing partner with a WHS index) and membership number. Alternatively, take the scorecard back to your home club for them to input.
- Away Clubs (Anywhere Else) - return your scorecard (signed by a playing partner with a WHS index) to your home club for them to input. We suggest you also ask the club you played at to countersign the card.
WHAT IS THE WHS SOFT AND HARD CAP?
If you’ve had a bad spell, and the average of your best eight qualifying rounds starts to creep up, you may find a soft – or hard – cap is keeping your Handicap Index down.
The soft and hard caps are in place to ensure a temporary loss of form does not cause your Handicap Index to stray too far away from your actual ability.
Your ‘Low Handicap Index’ is the lowest your Handicap Index has been in the past 365 days.
The soft cap means that, after an increase of 3.0 to your Low Handicap Index, any further increase beyond that point will be halved.
So, if your Handicap Index was 2.0 in January, but the average of your best eight rounds in June is now 7.0, your new Handicap Index will be 6.0.
The hard cap is simpler again – it restricts upward movement from your Low Handicap Index to a maximum of 5.0.
So if your Handicap Index was 2.0 in January, and the average of your best eight rounds in June is now 12.0, your Handicap Index will be 7.0.
DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY SHOTS YOU WOULD RECEIVE IN A COMPETITIVE ROUND?
While you don't need a degree in mathematics to calculate your playing handicap, the range of handicap allowances for different formats means it can be tricky to remember which is which.
You can find the mandatory handicap allowances for all competition formats using the playing handicap allowances table link on the England Golf website . This table includes the following competitions:
- Individual Par/Bogey (and best of 1/2/3/4 Par/Bogey)
- Individual Maximum score
- Scramble/Texas Scramble
- The Better Ball allowance can be found here
DO YOU KNOW WHAT 'PCC' MEANS AND HOW IT IS CALCULATED?
The playing conditions calculation (PCC) determines whether playing conditions on the day differed from normal conditions to the extent that an adjustment is needed to compensate. It is a daily statistical procedure that compares the scores submitted by players on the day against expected scoring patterns.
For full explanation see The Rules of Handicapping on the R&A website
For further WHS and Handicap information, please visit our website page