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tobybarker

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I've never seen the sense in using the BEST 8 of your last twenty... If you want an accurate measure of how you're playing now why not use an average of the last 10, 15 or 20?
 

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I've never seen the sense in using the BEST 8 of your last twenty... If you want an accurate measure of how you're playing now why not use an average of the last 10, 15 or 20?
Well, imagine using the average of 20. Every competition would be won by a high handicapper without fail, since the range of their scores is significantly more than low handicapper. So, all it takes is for one higher handicapper in field to have a good day, and they would shoot significantly better than their average score, especially in comparison to what a low handicapper could do on a good day relative to their handicap.

The above is also true to an extent now, as even the range of best 8 scores is higher for a high handicap, hence the 95% Playing Handicap adjustment in singles stroke play.
 

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Some proportion of the highest scores must be discarded to eliminate distortion by the reality that golfers will not truly try as hard when their score is heading for the bad half of their range, as when a round is in the good half. Having their handicap represent their good half, which is needed when they are challenging for a position or in a match is what matters. Not how bad the bad day is.
 
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