Golf Australia

World handicapping system gets nod

Handicapping system or scoring

The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and USGA, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.

The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The new system will feature the following: 

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for national or regional associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction
  • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
  • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game 


There will be a maximum GA Handicap under the World Handicap System of 54 for both men and women.  However the WHS will specifically provide the flexibility for Australia to build default handicap limits into our software of 36 for men and 45 for women (which is what they currently are).

-The findings of GA’s 2016 national handicapping survey suggest that most Australian clubs wish to retain the status quo on handicap limits.  The software solution option described above will be crafted to enable clubs to do this.

-GA has also received feedback from some clubs indicating they would like to be able to increase competition handicap limits.  The software solution option described above will be crafted to provide clubs the flexibility to achieve this outcome.  This will allow for better engagement with many new players and with older members as average Australian ages continue to increase. ]

Quantitative research was conducted in 15 countries around the world, through which 76 per cent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 per cent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 per cent were opposed. This was followed by a series of focus groups, in which more than 300 golf administrators and golfers from regions around the world offered extensive feedback on the features of the proposed new system.

This feedback has helped shape the WHS, which has been developed by The R&A and the USGA with support from each existing handicapping authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada.

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said: “We are working with our partners and national associations to make golf more modern, more accessible and more enjoyable as a sport and the new World Handicap System represents a huge opportunity in this regard. 

“We want to make it more attractive to golfers to obtain a handicap and strip away some of the complexity and variation which can be off-putting for newcomers. Having a handicap, which is easier to understand and is truly portable around the world, can make golf much more enjoyable and is one of the unique selling points of our sport.”

Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA, commented: “For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap.’ We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game. We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernising golf’s Rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

The tenets of the new system focus on three main objectives: to encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap; to enable golfers of differing abilities, genders and nationalities to transport their handicap to any course globally and compete on a fair basis; and to indicate with sufficient accuracy the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving on any course around the world, playing under normal conditions.  

Given worldwide alignment towards a single system, all parties will now embark on a two-year transition period targeting implementation in 2020.  When adopted, the World Handicap System will be governed by The R&A and the USGA and administered by national and regional associations around the world, with safeguards included to ensure consistency as well as adaptability to differing golf cultures.

The existing six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.  

The announcement is the latest step in a multi-year collaboration between The R&A and the USGA, as well as national and regional golf associations around the world to introduce one set of Rules of Handicapping, aimed to support modernising, growing and improving accessibility of the sport.

To provide feedback on the new World Handicap System or for more information, visit Golfers are encouraged to follow and join in the conversation on social media by using #golfwhs2020.


Posted by Andy Dixon at
10/06/2018 02:49 PM
it really annoys me when people say its not fair for higher handicappers as they lose more shots by multiplying their average of their best 8 by 0.93. Almost every competition ii play is won by a high handicapper getting 43 or 44 points. I play off 6 and for me to get 44 points i'd have to shoot 2 under gross. This is extremely unlikely to happen and all a high handicapper has to do it not duff some of there shots around the greens and they'll get a good score. the lower the handicap the harder it is to play to. 54 is insane and no doubt ill have even less chance of winning competitions when people come in with 50 points
Posted by Jason at
10/05/2018 03:33 AM
To get more people playing in golf Australia and golf Queensland competitions, make all Amateur comps overall winners on nett not gross. 90 percent of amateurs can not play to par or under in stroke play thats why golf has a handicap system to make all Amateur comps winnable for all players. The way it is now unless a amateur can score even or under we have no chance of winning so why bother playing in stroke events. Over the years i see golf queensland comps numbers get less and less as Amateurs relies they have no chance of winning against amateur pros so just stop going as me and me mates have done. Golf has a handicap system for a reason so if you want more players make Amateur comps including club championship fare to all players. Untill this happens golf will lose more and more players. I know the really low handicapers will not agree with me as it will mean they will have to play the hole field not just a handful of low markers in a competition. Raising the handicap will not make a difference if a average amateur can not win.
Posted by Jim at
22/04/2018 03:46 PM
I have been handicapping an over 55 club using this calculation since it was introduced, we have run without the upper limits, about 25% of members have a handicap over the GA limits. Winning scores are mostly below 42 points and winners come from across the range of handicaps. Europe uses the handicaps above 36 only in local club games and applies the limit 36 in official competitions. We are a mixed gender club, the system works well and the new changes will only improve things. The main thing is to leave behind the need to know how your handicap will change after each game and just accept the result that comes your way.
Posted by Adrian at
22/03/2018 05:14 PM
36 handicap is plenty,if that is not achievable there are the more forward tees.LOSE YOUR PRIDE AND EXPECTATIONS AND USE THEM ,this will also speed up the game for everyone.
Posted by Rob at
17/03/2018 07:02 PM
In my opinion the handicap system is just a complicated piece of rubbish that the late Stephen Hawking couldn’t understand! Lose DSR and slope completely. So what if one course is longer , has more bunkers or is damp, dry or windy. A par four is still a par four, you still have to get it into the hole regardless of whether you hit a 3 wood , wedge or anything in between. Let 36 points be the standard of playing to handicap on all courses and work on handicap adjustments from there without worrying about how hard the course was or what the weather was like.
Posted by Doug at
10/03/2018 06:38 PM
I notice the last comment by Gregor about being a bit fairer for the low markers I question how can it be fairer than what it already is the system is heavily weighted for the low markers in terms of the handicap calculation. ie average of best 8 rounds of his last 20 multiplied by 0.93. So lets take say a 8 marker whom has played the last 8 rounds to say 8 handicap average 8x 8 = 64 64x 0.93 -= 59.52 59.52? 8 = new agu handicap = 7.4 Wher as a 30 handicap agu player say he has played his best 8 Games of his last 20 he played to Average 30 so its 30 x 8 = 240 240 x 0.93 = 223.2 Then 223.2 /8 = 27.9 AGU Handicap. Therefore the low marker already have a huge advantage over long markers 8 marker would loose 0.6 off his agu handicap whereas the 30 marker would loose 2.1 shots off his agu handicap so I question where is the fairness for the long markers? whom by sheer numbers make up the majority of golf players these days and where is the equlality for all and the level playing field? Isent it any wonder why golfers are giving the game away more and more perhaps if there was more weighting to support the majority we would have the game of Golf in Australia in growth instead of decline. It Saddens me to know my days all also numbers as my age is now 68 so I don't know how many more years I will continue with the rampant descrimation that the longer handicappers are being subjected too
Posted by Another Mike at
09/03/2018 08:35 PM
When I first started playing golf, we were handicapped differently for stroke and stableford. (Then maximum handicap for men 24) Full handicap for stroke and 3 quarters for stableford.(i.e. 24/18) In stroke we pay for our bad holes in stableford the long markers are not really penalised for bad holes - as one contributor mentioned long markers scoring 40+ points with three wipes. I agree with those who say we should be handicapped on all rounds not 8 in 20, I am in my mid seventies and am of DSR 10.8 but seldom actually play to my handicap; actually very seldom. It has got to the point that I am going home from golf, satisfied if I score 30 points - this is not golf. 54 handicap is a nonsense, as many contributors have pointed out, this is a recipe for slower rounds. In your clubs, is your stroke event slower than a stableford event? That is what will happen if handicaps are increased to 54 for all. Someone mentioned different hole ratings for different handicaps; I think this has merit, but not quite to the generous extent that the contributor envisaged. Maybe older players on longer handicaps could play off the ladies tees.
Posted by Gregor at
07/03/2018 10:00 AM
I believe the change in the system for lower handicappers makes it a bit fairer. But to have a max handicap of 54 for each gender is ridiculous, imagine using a 54 in a 4BB etc.
Posted by Doug at
06/03/2018 07:40 AM
I believe that Golf is on a significant slide in Australia because of the people whom are getting on in there lives and the fact they can no longer compete on a level playing field with the rest see it every week the dedicated golfers whom roll up support there respective golf clubs and struggle to have say between 20 and 30 stab points week after week. No Chance of winning what so ever and the fact they are boing dictated too by the Australian Golf Admistration RULES HANDICAPPING SYSTEM CHANGES ETC. Once we are say in our latter stadges of life whats left for us think the handicaps should be allowed to go out to 54 as whats the worst can happen is that in fact we quiet well may retain these same members competing week after week and there scores will improve to maybe the 30 to 40 stab point range and then is so the handicap sydtem already in place will adjust there handicaps accordingly. Perhaps the A.G.U. would do better trying to retain these elderly golfers for as long as possible and at the same time endeavour to grow the game with our younger generation Otherwise Golf in General is on a huge slide and how long before people say enough is enough and give the game away. Please Note I have been playing the game now for the last 55 years average of late twice a week with the aid of a golf cart, earlier I would play 3 times a week or more. I look forward to your comments
Posted by Doug at
06/03/2018 07:20 AM
Have read most of the comments there is one thing that seems to be not having any effect on the minds of the people making these comments and that id the average age of golf club members today. Without any hesitation I would say from my observations and experience that it would be around at least the 60 year old mark together with what I would estimate the average handicap help by Australian Golfers male I would estimate to be in the range of 18 to 20 odd AGU and the actual play handicap will vary from this with the indivual golf courses they play. With my Club I would go as far to say that the average age would be nearer to 70 and not 60 years old. The same I would say would apply to many golf Courses with there indivual average ages of playing Members. So why should the majority be ubfairly penalised by the minority of members look at the Numbers whom are playing in each grade for the same prises in A GGrade you mostly find Less than 20% of the total field compete each week where in B Grade the Numbers competing would be around the 30% mark of the total field Size, Leaving the rest or 50% of the Total Field Size competing for the same Prises that the 20% compete for each week. and the same 20% are the biggest wingers about when a c grader has a day and has say 40 to 45 points indivual. all one need to do is the simple maths as a A grader has a 1 to 20 chance of Winning in a field of 100 a B grader has a 1 in 30, AND POOR OLD C GRADERS HAVE A 1 IN 50 cHANCE N WINNING. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IN WHICH WE COMPETE TOGETHER WITH THE SCRATCH EVENTS WHAT CHANGE DOES A LONG MARKER IN ANY GRADE OF WINNING THE SCRATCH EVENTS ANSWER None Yet we have this situation which plays out week after week the long markers and high handicappers subsiding the low markers whom allways a quick to wing and wine about a long marker having a good day.
Posted by Martin at
04/03/2018 07:57 PM
The old handicap system was way more accurate than the current system. This current system is burglar paradise plenty of players off around 27 or so that are really around 18/20 markers. If they are not going to win they just tank the last few holes. If going well keep the foot down and win the day with 40+ points. Stay under 30 points to increase or maintain cap if not going to shoot 40+ points.When playing well such a big artificial cap makes it easy.
Posted by Terry at
01/03/2018 04:13 PM
What nonsense, once again it all comes down to dollars, more players more dollars, never mind the game
Posted by Margaret at
27/02/2018 07:46 PM
I see that Golf Australia have recommended to leave the handicapping system at 36 for men and 45 for women which is very sensible otherwise there is very little incentive for a new player to get any better. Also, playing to 36 points is the way it should have always been. Playing to a phantom Scratch score of 33 points or less is incredibly disappointing and the golfing body has disregarded the concerns of the majority of existing players who want to play good golf against the course and not "how bad" all the other players will play on the day. Let's get back to playing "real golf" again. I remember when I first learn't to play and was off a handicap of over 40...I was embarrassed and was with great relief when I played to 36...celebrated with Champagne!.
Posted by tim conroy at
27/02/2018 05:30 PM
I totally agree with a lot of the comments already submitted. 54 handicap is crazy. Let people improve to a standard so they can at least play to a 40 handicap. For goodness we should be trying to make the handicapping system simpler not harder and harder to understand. It truly is becoming more and more ridiculous. How can you honestly try to explain to a new golfer how this complicated handicapping system really works
Posted by Glenn at
26/02/2018 02:51 PM
Golf is a sport played by people who could be as young as 12 and as old as 80. The difficulty is creating a system that is fair to all. My thoughts are that when a player gets to a certain age perhaps 70 there would be many players who are not competitive because their handicaps have gone out to a level that sees them "capped" . This is currently 5 shots higher than their lowest figure in the previous 12 months. Bearing in mind that I have not yet reached this age but from my own observations I believe some sort of exemption need to apply to older players or they will be driven out of the game. Whether youngish a graders realize it or not older players are needed in comp fields to do more than just make up the numbers,
Posted by john fuller at
25/02/2018 03:12 PM
i feel 36 for men is enough to make my game interesting and im working to get it down ive had some good rounds handy first nine not quite so good second nine but keeps you in it and trying hard to get the handicap down at age 74 36 is plenty to work with
Posted by Greg at
24/02/2018 07:37 PM
54 Handicap, does that mean we create an additional "E" grade for the 36 to 54 markers
Posted by Chris at
24/02/2018 06:47 PM
Has anybody thought about changing the PAR You could just work off the par So handicaps + - 12 ( course par ) = par 72 13 - 24 ( add par to 6 holes ) = par 78 25 - 36 ( add par to 12 holes ) = par 84 for males + - 15 ( the course par ) = par 72 16 - 30 ( add par to 6 holes ) = par 78 31 - 45 ( add par to 12 holes ) = par 84 for females. Rate their handicaps on every score recorded & forget the 54 ......
Posted by Paul Thurlow at
23/02/2018 01:59 PM
So basically nothing changes and the handicapping system will continue to give golfers lower handicaps than they play too because of the ridiculous choice of choosing best 8 of 20. Ask any statistician their opinion of this system and not using the real average. Perhaps discard worst 2 scores. 8 out of 20 in no way reflects the average score or player potential.
Posted by gerald pownall at
23/02/2018 07:46 AM
Martin Slumbers was quoted as saying "having a handicap which is easier to understand". He seems to be very appropriately named as he must be living in dreamland if he thinks this system is simple. Why have a base of 113 (should be 100), why take the 8 best rounds (should use all rounds but last 10 not 20) & why deduct 7% (only a committee could come up with such a figure). Show me a beginner who thinks this is "easy" and I'll meet the next Einstein.
Posted by James Barnden at
22/02/2018 08:10 PM
I strongly disagree on the 54 Handicap proposal it will reduce golf to a burglars paradise. The incentive to me has always been to lower my handicap and improvement my golf your suggestion of a 54 handicap will lead to a new generation of "Trophy Hunters", with the only difference being that whilst you are attracting more players you will lose just as many to other sports e.g. Cricket Bowls etc, through their utter frustration with making a donation of Comp Fees with no hope of winning anything, I think you guys need to place equal emphasis on RETAINING current players as well as attracting new people to our wonderful [soon to be ruined] world of Golf.
Posted by Linton at
22/02/2018 06:23 PM
To those complaining of the maximum allowed handicap being 54, you obviously haven't followed the development of the proposed World Handicap System (WHS). From a Golf Australia information release dated 16/11/2017 "There will be a maximum GA Handicap under the WHS of 54 for both men and women. However the WHS will specifically provide the flexibility for Australia to build default handicap limits into our software of 36 for men and 45 for women (which is what they currently are)."
Posted by patrick somerville at
22/02/2018 06:11 PM
a 54 limit is ridiculous there is no incentive to improve currently a 36 handicapper can shoot 100 and have a Net 64 this is crazy there should be no reward for not breaking 100. maximums should be 27 for men and 36 for women. If a man had a 54 handicap he should be shot not encouraged.
Posted by Henry at
22/02/2018 03:52 PM
54 is too large a handicap that is 3 strokes per hole so 3 a 5 on a par 3 (Stableford) so up to 7 a 1 . This will cause frustration because of slow play. Also what happens if weather conditions change through the day. Different ratings depend on the time of day. Crazy.
Posted by Chris Richards at
22/02/2018 03:41 PM
I say "NO" to the 54 handicap limit and I say "NO" to the social rounds being included. There are many who would string together a long series of bad social rounds just to blow their handicap out in preparation for championships or major events. Let's not give them this opportunity.
Posted by jeff rogers at
22/02/2018 02:15 PM
there was nothing wrong with the old least if you broke your handicap your handicap would go down and up if you played poorly..this current system is can have a player win a comp and because the round going out of the "20" was better the handicap goes up..!!!!!54 handicap"s ..!!!! sounds like a 6 hour round, man up 8 out of 20 ??, we should count EVERY round and live with it ...stop kidding yourselves...I am 64 years old, current ga is 5.9 and I fight for every score..I hate it when some "wally" tells me he had 40 points with 4 wipes,, so what did he really have...stop being so soft...and this new system will just make it worse,,we are adults and want to be treated as such..and what would be wrong with the par of course and the " slope rating" used to adjust your handicap instead of course ratings and daily ratings and every other kind of rating
Posted by Des at
22/02/2018 01:55 PM
They must be joking!!! 54 handicap?? It's bad enough trying to win a C grade competition against a 36 marker - never mind a 54 marker. 36 should remain the max for male golfers.
Posted by Frances at
22/02/2018 11:39 AM
I agree with Mike, ludicrous
Posted by Jeff Hasthorpe at
22/02/2018 09:30 AM
The system should include that ALL rounds of of golf be counted especially competition rounds , ie not the best 8. But the last 20.
Posted by Bob Trevor at
22/02/2018 08:55 AM
I agree with Mike. Golf Associations could be better leaders by providing sound information about some of the new research on how to learn effectively at any age. So much can be learned in the living room with encouragement from an authoritative source. Break new ground, eh?
Posted by Greig at
22/02/2018 08:51 AM
I concur with Mike above: Although golf is one of the few sports where players of mixed abilities and genders can compete in the same competition, I believe that we may have gone too far down this road. In attempting to make the game more accessible for beginners we have lost the 'passion' for the game. Instead of generating an army of golf tragics we have now facilitated a generation of occasional golfers. Their is no motivation to strive to improve or even maintain ones ability. Rather we are encouraged to let ones handicap slip in order to get more competitive. I personally believe that a handicap limit of 27/45 for mens/ladies should be the maximum allowable so as to maintain some respectability in our sport.
Posted by John Hudson at
22/02/2018 07:32 AM
Increasing max handicap makes good sense. Many aging golfers have difficulty playing in club competitions competitively off 36 max handicap. It is also encouraging for beginners to get an easier entry to competition golf.
Posted by Peter at
22/02/2018 07:27 AM
I agree with Mike, 54 is quite ridiculous.It will slow up play and we don't need more of that nor attract more to take up the game! Please review Peter
Posted by Peter at
22/02/2018 01:01 AM
I can see both sides of this Mike but if it gets more people into the game why not. I'm concerned about social groups who currently manually input their players scores into GL at the completion of play. If I'm reading this right handicappers of such clubs will have to enter a hole by hole score for each player making this very cumbersome for such clubs and in fact may drive some to move out of GL. Private and semi private club player simply scan their cards at the completion of their game with a computer system hanling the calcs.
Posted by Ron at
22/02/2018 12:18 AM
15 out of 80 countries? 52,000 respondents. Phooey, more reason to keep old b's at heirachal levels active, another change haha
Posted by Brian Oats at
21/02/2018 10:35 PM
Agree we need to entice more people into the game and allow them to gain a handicap. Setting the max. at 54 seems fraught with danger of extending the time to play a round well beyond 4 hours. I can see players with sub 20 handicap paired with a 50+ handicap becoming frustrated and withdrawing from competitions. Any male player with 36 + (unless new to the sport) would be spending a lot of time looking for balls or trying to recover unplayable lies. Frustrating for other better players.
Posted by Tony at
21/02/2018 10:08 PM
We play with one of our grandsons and let him play with a handicap of double par = 72! Recently he had 40+ points and was very excited. If he had to play off 36 he would have got less than 10 and been thoroughly disillusioned. We need to be encouraging more young people to play and this is a great step forward.
Posted by Joel Matthews at
21/02/2018 10:06 PM
54 handicaps means 6 hour rounds of golf!
Posted by Tony at
21/02/2018 09:51 PM
I have some difficulty following your logic MIKE. It doesn’t matter what you handicap is, there is always an incentive to improve. One of the problems with low maximum handicaps is that they act as a disincentive for beginners. If you are on the maximum, and not able to play to it there is no incentive to improve as you seem to be going nowhere. Many in this situation simply give up. I know that my wife spent well over 2 years on the maximum in Australia of 45.4 and offer considered giving up. This is a great step forward. I congratulate the R & A and the USGA
Posted by Don Wyer at
21/02/2018 09:48 PM
*I concur with Mike's comments.Also I don't see how taking prevailing local conditions into account on individual days can be effectively policed.
Posted by Joe Blow at
21/02/2018 09:24 PM
As long as you allow recreational rounds to be used for handicapping you leave the door open for cheating. It becomes choose your own handicap!
Posted by Adam at
21/02/2018 09:02 PM
I think that there should be a minimum number of rounds a year (say 8) to maintain a handicap.
Posted by Wayne Murray at
21/02/2018 08:01 PM
I don't think any further extension of the handicap limit will improve any system but will certainly breed mediocrity which has been demonstrated since the 27 maximum disappeared. As a seventy year old middle marker (GA 11.9) it is almost impossible to compete on the course and in the clubhouse with the thirty plus members, many of whom relish the long mark.
Posted by Coleen at
21/02/2018 07:38 PM
Ridiculous that maximum handicap will go to 54!!!! Have never seen a Male that would need that many shots and only very few ladies !!!! We play at a small club with only few women our handicap goes down all the time because with few scores the average doesn't give a true reading of the course , we can't compete with other clubs when we go there as they don't loose shots like we do , I find I play off ladies 10/14 shots higher than me who play much better golf than me, can go 6 months without seeing them and when I do they are still on same handicap where as I probably lost 2/3 shots but haven't even gone close to winning a days event , something needs to be done about handicaps for small clubs.Dont get me wrong I love the fact I play off 14 but think my true handicap should be around 20 , I very rarely have less than 90 off the stick.
Posted by FOXY at
21/02/2018 07:30 PM
The embarrassment of having a 54 handicap would be enough incentive for me to want to improve my game. My concern is the effect that will have on the speed of the game, especially club competitions.
Posted by Barry at
21/02/2018 07:23 PM
I am a 10 handicap and would have to shoot par or better to win a monthly medal, bring in a 54 handicap and i'll have no chance lol
Posted by Nick at
21/02/2018 07:14 PM
As long as the new handicapping systems daily rating, isn't determined by how the high handicappers play the course. Which is what the current system does.
Posted by Geoff kennedy at
21/02/2018 07:05 PM
Hope the new system doesn't allow the dsr to go no more than 2 shots below or above the par of the course
Posted by Howard Kesby at
21/02/2018 06:54 PM
I can't imagine too many people on 54 handicap would want to play in competition. Let them have their handicap but play socially until they improve to at least 36
Posted by Brian at
21/02/2018 06:47 PM
I agree with Mike. 54 is insane. UNLESS they play only in separate competitions with higher handicappers. You will drive better players away from the game!!!!
Posted by Terry at
21/02/2018 06:47 PM
I agree. It is hard enough to win a comp against the higher handicappers already, and now considering 54?????
Posted by Rick at
21/02/2018 06:22 PM
Agree with Mike 54 is way to high 36 has to be the max
Posted by GC at
21/02/2018 06:20 PM
I think it is wonderful that a consistent method of handicapping is implemented. Golf is supposed to be a game to provide entertainment, a favoured pass time. An example of the handicapping system in Australia and indeed Golf Australia failing to preserve the principal reason for playing the game ( i.e, a sport providing enjoyment, a leisure activity ) is best described by a question put by a new bar attendant at a local club to its members..." why is it that the majority of golfers are not happy when they walk into the bar after a game?" This question was finally answered by consensus... because the current Australia system does not make 36 points the measurement for par but rather a calculation of with some to allow for future performance improvement. As such, the majority of weekend golfers in Australia do not enjoy their average result because they cannot play to their handicap. To say that one achieves handicap only 10% of the time is ludicrous. There are no other games in the world which has such disincentive. No wonder, the number of golfers in Australia are dropping.
Posted by Carl Waters at
21/02/2018 06:20 PM
I agree with the comment posted by Mike 21-02-18
Posted by shayne at
21/02/2018 06:00 PM
I don't care how high a handicap is, as long as it's measured accurately. it should assist everyone who wants to play in competitions. I like the idea of more social rounds being included in handicaps.
Posted by Kevin Borger at
21/02/2018 05:53 PM
I disagree with Mike's comments. Some golfers because of disabilities and/or ageing may not be able to improve but still want to participate in club competitions. Golf needs to be an inclusive sport for all.
Posted by Neil at
21/02/2018 05:22 PM
54 handicap is the most rediculous idea ever. The game is slow enough now at 4.5 hours and people are leaving golf over time constraints. Be proactive in reducing the length of holes as that suits big hitters and accuracy of shots is diminished. Make courses shorter but tougher on the ability,,,,Play target golf
Posted by John at
21/02/2018 04:55 PM
They should consider using best 10 of 20. The current system is too soft. Many current scratch golfers would have been 2 or 3 under past systems.
Posted by Daniel at
21/02/2018 04:52 PM
54 handicap ??? look at club results and see 90% winners have handicaps in high 20,s ' A ' graders hardly feature these days , will be even less in future.
Posted by Mick at
21/02/2018 04:49 PM
Must agree with mike.54 hcap is just too much.Even if it is in the interests of getting more people to play.I see too many problems down the track.
Posted by Anne at
21/02/2018 04:45 PM
Max handicap of 54 .. What a load of rubbish
Posted by MIKE at
21/02/2018 04:12 PM
I am alarmed that consideration is being given to a max handicap of 54 .......Wow, that is insane. I think by making it easier and easier to compete with larger handicaps you take away the incentive to improve your game.
Posted by Mick Stephens at
21/02/2018 03:50 PM
In reality the current handicap system is a farce. When a handicap is only based on 40% of a players scores (i.e. 8 scores from the last 20 scores) it is not reflective of the players poor rounds and for most golfers their handicap now is much lower than their actual 'fair dinkum' handicap. A world system is great but all scores should be used and thus one's handicap goes up and down as they score well or poorly.

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