What is the difference between a Scratch and Slope Rating?
The Slope Rating is a measure of how much the difficulty of a course increases for the handicap golfer. The Slope Rating determines how many handicap strokes you get from a specific set of tees. The Scratch Rating is what your score is compared against when it’s processed for handicapping.
Is the Slope Rating of a set of tees the true measure of its difficulty?
Slope is an equalising factor for the handicap golfer. A far more accurate measure of the difficulty of a set of tees is its Scratch Rating.
How is a Slope Rating determined?
Your State Association’s expert course raters have determined a Scratch Rating for each set of tees at your course. (A Scratch Rating is the evaluation of the normal playing difficulty of a set of tees for a player with a handicap of zero.) Under the new rating system, the raters have also determined a Bogey Rating for each set of tees at your course. (A Bogey Rating is the evaluation of the normal playing difficulty of a set of tees for a player with a women’s handicap of approximately 24 or a men’s handicap of approximately 20.)
The Slope Rating is the measure of the difference between the Bogey Rating and the Scratch Rating. In effect, the Slope Rating is measuring the rate at which gross scores deteriorate from a set of tees as the ability of the players decreases.
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