The stroke index is a numbering system used in handicap golf competitions. Normally the table is included on the scorecard and lists the stroke index of each hole, a number from 1 to 18. Handicap strokes are given at holes where the stroke index of the hole is less than or equal to the number of strokes given.
If your course handicap is 18 and you’re playing just to post a score for handicap purposes (you’re not playing against someone in a match, in other words), then 18 is how many strokes you get to take. If you are playing against someone in a match, then the golfers play off the low handicap of the group.
A Course Handicap is the number of strokes a player receives on each particular course. Determine a course handicap by multiplying the Handicap Index by the Slope Rating (from the course and tee you choose) and dividing by 113 (standard difficulty rating). Round the result to the nearest whole number.
The maximum score for each hole played is limited to a net double bogey – which is equal to Par of the hole + 2 strokes (double bogey) + any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole based on their Course Handicap.
If, on the other hand, the player’s course handicap is “2,” then that player gets strokes on handicap holes Numbers 1 and 2, and so on. So if your course handicap is 18, you get a stroke on every hole . If it’s 9, you get a stroke on the top 9 handicap holes , but not on the bottom nine.
If you want to be considered good you at least need to have an official handicap . The survey found golfers around 16 to 20 handicap to be the average golfer . The USPAG puts the “official” average at a 15 handicap . This would mean a player who typically scores around 90 on the average course.
What is your handicap if you shoot 100 ? If you shoot around 100 for 18 holes, your handicap is roughly a 28 ( 100 -72 = 28).
Here are some of the most significant rule changes that will be in effect during the Masters: ALIGNMENT. Rule No. THE DROP. The ball now must be dropped straight down from knee height instead of the old way, with an arm extended. THE FLAGSTICK. LOST BALL . ELIMINATION OF PENALTIES. BUNKERS. EMBEDDED BALL . DAMAGED CLUBS.
The Equitable Stroke Control system was designed to set a maximum score per-hole that a player can submit for handicap purposes. A classic example: You hit your tee shot on a par 4 into the woods and give up looking for it. USGA Handicap : What is the Max Score You Can Take on a Hole?
|Course Handicap||Maximum Score|
|10 – 19||7|
|20 – 29||8|
|30 – 39||9|
For a player submitting their first scores to obtain an initial Handicap Index, the maximum score for each hole played is limited to par + 5 strokes (see Diagram 3.1a).
Handicap Holes Each hole is assigned a level of difficulty from one to 18, so the most difficult hole is the No. 1 handicap hole , the second most difficult is No. 2 and so on up to 18.
Being a scratch golfer is defined as “a player who can play to a Course Handicap of zero on any and all rated golf courses.” Most of us would associate it with having a handicap of zero. In plain words, scratch golf means that on a neutral golf course a player has the ability to shoot par on any given day.
The 10 -Shot Rule means any player within 10 shots of the lead after 36 holes also makes the cut, whether they’re inside the top 50 and ties or not.
But as McIlroy pointed out post-round, once the shock factor wears off, he just has to adjust to his new numbers. “I mean, I was hitting little 7-irons from 155 yards at Riviera last week.
Blog: The Scratch Pad
|Gross Score||Handicap Calculation|
|–||100||Handicap = 4 worst hole scores + adjustment|
|–||105||Handicap = 4 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment|
|–||110||Handicap = 5 worst hole scores + adjustment|
|115||116||Handicap = 5 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment|