Does your handicap matter to you?

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Yep, it is easy to see which of the 20 scores will expire, and if it is one of the 8, what scores will keep your HI the same or reduce or increase it.

I know, for example, that of my next 7 rounds, only one of my current 8/20 scores will drop out, and it is the worst one of the 8, so I have a great chance to put some decent scores on the board and lower the handicap.
I avoided the supplementary score system when WHS first arrived, but it didn't take me long to realise that the way to manage the system and make life less stressful is to pack as many 8/20 scores at the top of your list of 20 as possible. That way, as in your case, you have a good run at maintaining or reducing your handicap with just one or two decent scores as opposed to watching one good score after another fall off, which is what happened to me at the start.
 

Orikoru

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I avoided the supplementary score system when WHS first arrived, but it didn't take me long to realise that the way to manage the system and make life less stressful is to pack as many 8/20 scores at the top of your list of 20 as possible. That way, as in your case, you have a good run at maintaining or reducing your handicap with just one or two decent scores as opposed to watching one good score after another fall off, which is what happened to me at the start.
It's weird, I suppose you have spells that go either way. I have a bit of a relaxed spell coming up, because my five oldest rounds are all outside my top 8, so I have free reign to go and score well I suppose, and my handicap shouldn't go up at all in that time should it? However, after that, 6 of the next 7 oldest rounds are all in my current top 8! So if I haven't bettered any of them by that time I'll have to go and shoot five decent rounds in a row! It's a minefield. :LOL:
 

Backache

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Having a handicap is a reasonably objective way of telling me where my golf is so I find it useful but would be more so if I submitted more cards.
I'm a bit lazy about submitting cards and haven't played any comps for a while.
Also think handicaps are great for informal games with folk you don't play with regularly.
Bottom line is I'm glad we have them, I would like mine to be better because I would like to be able to play the game better but I'm not particularly obsessed with where it is at any particular moment in time.
 

HampshireHog

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One of my theories on why scores are lower this year at my club is down to the initial WHS calculation where PCC was generated based on CSS vs SSS, most of my rounds at my club have a PCC of 1 or 2 prior to November. After November it’s almost always zero. It probably means a lot of us are a shot lower than we perhaps aught to be.
 

sunshine

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I've very little contact with the new system yet but if a course is currently playing tougher than it was months ago/last year/rated at, the only folks affected are the ones who haven't played qualification rounds? is that right
(i.e they have a handicap based on a different/easier course)

Is this sound logic: providing your handicaps' only going up relative to the course getting harder, so will everyone else's... so its all good?
Your post seems logical to me. But I think defeats the objective of WHS - if the members all find their handicaps increasing at home then surely their handicap will travel better?
 
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I’d like to get back to single figures, and I’m very nearly there, but it’s less important now than it once was.

A good mate of mine, who plays off 5, genuinely couldn’t care less. He’s of the view his handicap will reduce if he plays well, and go up if he doesn’t. His view is to concentrate on his game, and his handicap will take care of itself.
Spot on for me. It still matters but it’ll take care of itself so I dont obsess about it as I did under the old system.
 
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