How handicaps change after each round

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 18 Apr 2017

How handicaps change after each round


Only competitions that are handicap qualifying competitions will automatically trigger handicap revisions.

Typically, handicaps are reduced by 0.4 for each stroke a category-four player (handicaps between 21 and 28) shoots under their handicap, 0.3 for each stroke a category-three player (handicaps between 13 and 20) shoots under their handicap, 0.2 for a category-two player (handicaps between six and 12) and 0.1 for a category-one player (handicaps up to five).

If the result is more than zero plus your buffer zone (zero to four shots for category four; zero to three shots for category three; zero to two shots for category two; zero to one shot for category one), your handicap increases by 0.1.

For example, if your handicap is 17.3 (category three) and the card you entered was a gross score of 87 and the standard scratch score is 67, your net score would be three shots (87 - 67 = 20) above your handicap. As your buffer zone allows you to be between zero and three shots above your handicap (17 + three) then no adjustment is made. 

If your gross score was 81, meaning you were three shots (i.e. 81 - 67 = 14) under your handicap, then your handicap would reduce to 16.4 (17.3 - (0.3 x 3)).

Click this link to find out more about the full CONGU uniformed handicapping system.