WHS 3: Handicap Index

Handicap Index

  • Handicap Index is a measure of a player's demonstrated ability calculated against the Slope Rating of a golf course of standard playing difficulty

  • It represents a golfer's Playing Handicap on a course with a Neutral Slope Rating of 113

  • It is calculated as a rolling average of the lowest 8 from the last 20 Score Differentials

  • Each time a new score is submitted the average of the lowest 8 from the last 20 is re-calculated, which may or may not lead to a change of Handicap Index

  • There are additional safeguards to ensure that a player's handicap does not rise too quickly when a player is going through a spell of poor form

Low Handicap Index (LHI)
  • A player's lowest Handicap Index during the last 12 months is used as an Anchor Point to limit increases in Handicap Index

  • Soft CAP: Potential increases of Handicap Index to a figure greater than (LHI + 3) are limited by half the amount over three, e.g. 5 is limited to 4,  6 is limited to 4.5, etc.

  • Hard CAP: The maximum that the Handicap Index can increase to is (LHI + 5).

Exceptional Scores
  • An adjustment to the Handicap Index after a very low score has been posted

  • A reduction of -1 for scores between 7 and 9 below Handicap Index 

  • A reduction of -2 for scores 10 or more below Handicap Index

  • The reduction is applied to the last 20 scores on the Scoring Record and drops off gradually over the next 20 rounds.

Videos

You can view more about Handicap Index in the following videos:

Handicap Index: Basis of Calculation

Handicap Index: Daily Revisions


Handicap Index: Gemma Hunter  Q&A 

New Player Handicaps

A New Player's Handicap Index is initially allocated at 2 less than the best of the Adjusted Gross Scores from 3 x 18 hole cards submitted. Cards can be submitted as 6 x 9 hole or some other combination. Subsequent Handicap Index calculations change as more scores are entered:

  • 3 scores: lowest score -2
  • 4 scores: lowest score -1
  • 5 scores: lowest score
  • 6 scores: average of lowest 2 scores -1
  • 7 to 8 scores: average of lowest 2 scores
  • 9 to 11 scores: average of lowest 3 scores
  • 12 to 14 scores: average of lowest 4 scores
  • 15 to 16 scores: average of lowest 5 scores
  • 17 to 18 scores: average of lowest 6 scores
  • 19 scores: average of lowest 7 scores
  • 20 scores: average of lowest 8 scores
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