Handicap FAQ’s

Handicapping Frequently Asked Questions

Q:How do I establish a USGA Handicap Index?

A: Ask the club to which you belong if they use the GHIN Service. If they do ask to be added to their roster and they will then assign a GHIN Number for your use. With this number you may begin posting scores at GHIN.com or as a guest at any club that uses the GHIN Service.

Q:I have a GHIN # in Florida, I need a separate 1 for Rhode Island, right?
A:Wrong. Players should have 1 GHIN #. If you have 2 GHIN #’s, you shouldn’t and your pro can merge them.

Q: How often is my Handicap Index Revised?

A:The World Handicap System is updated daily.

Q:What Scores Should I Post?

A:To post a 9-hole score, the player must play 7 to 12 holes, and at least 7 holes must be played in accordance with the principles of the Rules of Golf. In order to post an 18-hole score, the player must play at least 13 holes. Scores for holes that are not played should be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive.

Q: How do I record Conceded Stroke or Holes

A:A player should record the most likely score or the hole when a concession has been made.
Q:What is Equitable Stroke Control?

This graduated system of Equitable Stroke Control is going away, and will be replaced with a single limit for all players of Net Double Bogey.  Here’s a guide on how to set up ESC in Golf League Tracker.  The Net Double Bogey option is now available for you to set up for your league.

Q:Does your Handicap Represent your true potential?

A:Handicaps allow players of different abilities to compete on an equitable basis. The system trusts that golfers play honestly and post all scores. Remember that your USGA Handicap Index reflects your potential ability and not the average of all your scores. A player is expected to play to his or her Course Handicap or better only 25 percent of the time.

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