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Re: Global Handicapping Scheme Announced
« Reply #1 on: Apr 20, 2017, 15:38:26 »
Very interesting.  I only skim read it but I did not see any timescales mentioned.  If it can be made to work, and I see no-reason why not, it would be better for golf.  However please do not give a system where every round counts - it will slow the game down and for me take enjoyment away.  I like experimenting on the course when playing 'practice' rounds ('practice' being the key) and only rounds where scoring is effectively part of the games (sanctioned club competitions, proper society golf, may be roll-ups) should be counted.
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Re: Global Handicapping Scheme Announced
« Reply #2 on: Apr 20, 2017, 16:05:57 »
I hear it's going to be more like the USGA system, ie slope and other rounds count

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Re: Global Handicapping Scheme Announced
« Reply #3 on: Apr 20, 2017, 16:45:39 »
However please do not give a system where every round counts - it will slow the game down and for me take enjoyment away.  I like experimenting on the course when playing 'practice' rounds ('practice' being the key) and only rounds where scoring is effectively part of the games (sanctioned club competitions, proper society golf, may be roll-ups) should be counted.

I very much doubt that they will look to include 'practice' rounds or even rounds which are scored but played on your own, but I would imagine that they will look to include social golf including roll ups, swindles, society games, etc.

I'm not really sure how it will slow the game down either, as I would assume that like the current system they will use a stableford adjustment scoring system rather than medal scoring, and so people can pick up and NR on the hole rather than having to putt out for an eleven.  Mind you, given that most people don't actually realise that you can NR on a hole and not NR the whole round for handicapping purposes that may not actually help...

What will be interesting is how much pressure will be put on players to properly return their scores in social rounds, and what penalties will be put in place if they don't.

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Re: Global Handicapping Scheme Announced
« Reply #4 on: Apr 20, 2017, 21:40:16 »
I think there needs to be quite a clear distinction between social round and scoring round.  I don't mind society and organised roll-ups counting in theory but we all know medal and even stableford rounds that are counting towards handicap currently are slower than roll-ups, even when putted out and played 'seriously'.  Anything that makes golf slower will harm the game rather than help it.
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