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News and feature stories for handicapping and GHIN Services.


USGA Recaps Industry Takeaways from Pace and Innovation Symposium

Pace and Innovation

The United States Golf Association (USGA) hosted 125 industry experts Jan. 19-20 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif., for the Association's Pace and Innovation Symposium.

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USGA Releases Changes to Handicap System

Handicap System Changes

In tandem with the 2016 updates to the Rules of Golf, the United States Golf Association has announced revisions to the USGA Handicap System™, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

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The R&A and USGA Release 2016 Edition of Rules of Golf

2016 Rules of Golf

The Royal & Ancient (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) have announced the publication of the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf

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The Alphabet Soup

From the August issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine.

Just when you think you've got the Handicap System figured out, a letter appears next to your Handicap Index in your latest revision.

What happened ?

Sometimes these letters are a function of an action taken by the club, other times they are a function of the Handicap System or the GHIN service.

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Why is there an “R” next to my Handicap Index???

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.  With that rust usually comes higher scores before rounding into mid-season form.  This can create a situation for some golfers where the “R” will suddenly appear next to their Handicap Index causing instant alarm. 

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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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Handicap Spotlight: Temporary Greens and/or Tees

Scores made during temporary situations are acceptable for handicap purposes when the conditions of the course are equivalent to the USGA Course and Slope Rating.

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Video: Reduction of Handicap Index

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Video: Score Posting for Not Played and Unfinished Holes

Handicapping Education Series - Score Posting for Not Played and Unfinished Holes

The WSGA discusses Section 4-1 and 4-2 of the USGA Handicap System.

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Video: Equitable Stroke Control

Handicapping Education Series - Equitable Stroke Control

The WSGA discusses Section 4-3 of the USGA Handicap System, Equitable Stroke Control.

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

Handicapping Education Series - Section 3-5, Players Competing from Different Tees

Kevin and Collin from the WSGA are at The Home Course talking about Section 3-5 of the USGA Handicap System, players competing from different tees or men vs women from the same tees.

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