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Post by Humpyd on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 1:05 pm

Learnt yesterday that the handicap allowance for this form of golf changed for 3/4 to 0.9 wef 1st January 2016.

I was hoping the CONGU website would provide me with a handy table to show me what each player receives (couldn't find one) but found that the actual rule is as follows:-

Four-Ball-Better Ball Handicap Allowance: Increased from 75% to 90% for both stroke play and match play. (In stroke play each partner will receive 90% of their full handicap, and in match play the back marker now concedes strokes to the other 3 players based on 90% of the difference between the full handicaps)

It may just be me but I don't think this is the best worded rule; when they say 'back marker' I take it they mean the person with the lowest handicap and strokes are taken from them at a rate of 0.9 rather than 0.75 as before? To me back marker would be the person with the highest handicap.

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Post by George1507 on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 1:21 pm

Yes, back marker means 'player with lowest handicap'.

90% should be fairly easy to work out.

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Post by Humpyd on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 1:29 pm

Thanks for clarifying that George. I did try and look for a definition under the CONGU website but couldn't.

I agree 0.9 is fairly easy to work out but I always find a table useful especially as my brain doesn't wake up if I'm playing early!!

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Post by George1507 on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 2:27 pm

There are a lot of winter league type competitions going on at the moment which started in 2015, and will conclude around Easter 2016.

Committees all over are wrestling with the problem of whether to complete the competition with ¾ difference, or revert to 90% now.

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Post by MontysMerkin on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 3:59 pm

George1507 wrote:There are a lot of winter league type competitions going on at the moment which started in 2015, and will conclude around Easter 2016.

Committees all over are wrestling with the problem of whether to complete the competition with ¾ difference, or revert to 90% now.
We're staying at 3/4's till the end but most single figure h'cappers won't be bothering next year...
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Post by Davie on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 3:59 pm

Surely any matches played after 1st January have to comply to the new ruling - regardless of whether the contest started pre-1st January?

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Post by McLaren on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 4:08 pm

surely. I hate to think what will happen if they aren't.
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Post by super_realist on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 5:31 pm

Not something that ever bothers me really . I can't remember last time I played a handicap counting game of matchplay.

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Post by Davie on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 8:02 pm

Why is that Super?

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Post by super_realist on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 8:11 pm

Just doesn't interest me Davie. everyone I play with is within a few strokes, so we just play off bare feet.

I've played club matches before for the handicap team, but I just found it very boring. Just as I would if I was playing football, tennis, snooker etc with a handicap allowance on it.

Mind you, I've given up playing for the scratch team too, I also find that annoying.

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Post by MontysMerkin on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 9:07 am

super_realist wrote:Just doesn't interest me Davie. everyone I play with is within a few strokes, so we just play off bare feet.

I've played club matches before for the handicap team, but I just found it very boring. Just as I would if I was playing football, tennis, snooker etc with a handicap allowance on it.

Mind you, I've given up playing for the scratch team too, I also find that annoying.
And you say you're not made to feel welcome in the club house? I find that hard to believe Headscratch
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Post by super_realist on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 9:11 am

There's very little of that competition played there.


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