Handicapping News

News and feature stories for handicapping and GHIN Services.


Changing from TPP to TM

As of January 1, 2018 TPP Online and TPP on the club's computer will not be supported by the USGA or WSGA.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

The Subtleties of Rating Reversible Courses

The subtleties of rating a course are magnified when rating a reversible course, as at the soon-to-open Silvies Valley Ranch.

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The ‘Art’ of Course Rating

The 'Art' of Course Rating

by Kevin Jones, WSGA Manager of IT and GHIN Services

The USGA Course Rating System, which is now the leading rating system internationally, is complex

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Handicap Chair Occupies Important Seat at the Table

By Joey Flyntz, USGA

Whether you belong to a small online golf club or are a member of a large green-grass facility, one of your peers is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of everyone’s scoring record and Handicap Index®: the handicap chair.

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End of Season Score Posting and Handicap Updates

As the year winds down, we would like to remind you of the score posting and handicap update policies of the Washington State Golf Association. Much like most of the Golf Associations located in the northern part of the country, the WSGA observes a period (commonly referred to as Inactive Score Posting Period, or Winter Freeze) where scores from rounds played from within the boundaries of the Association are never acceptable for handicap purposes.

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Webinar: How is a Handicap Index Calculated?

Collin from the WSGA's handicap department covers how a Handicap Index is calculated. Since a Handicap Index effects the majority of golfers, we encourage everyone to watch and learn how this number comes to be!

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Podcast: Tees & Trips (w/ WSGA Sr. Director of Handicapping John Saegner!)

Josh visits with John Saegner, WSGA Senior Director of Handicapping & Course Rating to learn how they come up with slope and rating, and how you can volunteer to become a rater

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Video: Section 3-5, Players Competing from Different Tees

Want to compete with your buddies from different tees???

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Equitable Stroke Control

We all have bad holes from time to time in any given round, but we must apply Equitable Stroke Control in order for our handicap index to be properly calculated.

All scores for handicap purposes, including tournament scores, are subject to the application of Equitable Stroke Control (ESC).

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Why is there an ‘R’ next to my Handicap Index???

The “R” next to your Handicap Index stands for reduction. It is not a restriction, and it is not permanent.

Most people coming into the new golf season are a little bit rusty unless you had the comfort of playing down South during the winter.

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As of March 1 you can begin posting scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the Washington State Golf Association. The WSGA is a seasonal golf association which has a period of time (November 15 to the last day of February) in which scores played from within its boundaries are not acceptable for handicap computational purposes.

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Handicap Spotlight: Preferred Lies (Winter Rules) and Score Posting; ‘NH’ showing at GHIN or Club

Preferred Lies (Winter Rules) and Score Posting

Scores made when a Local Rule for Preferred Lies (Winter Rules) is in effect must be posted for handicap purposes unless the Committee (preferably the Handicap Committee in consultation with the Committee in charge of the course) determines that course conditions are so poor that such scores are not acceptable and should not be posted.

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