Handicaps

CHECKING YOUR HANDICAP

Check all members handicaps by course/tee box here

(Club ID is Jakartagolf, password is Wymer)

See individual’s Handicap Index here

Club ID is Jakartagolf (if needed but should go straight to name list), and all players can find their own and playing partners handicap index on the link immediately above – list searchable by name.

SUBMITTING CARDS FOR HANDICAP UPDATES

All players are responsible to ensure all rounds played are submitted for handicapping purposes. Failure to do so may mean the Handicap Secretary applies an administrative adjustment to your handicap. To submit scorecards for entering into the system, for games played outside of Tee Set or the regular events of other societies whom are part of the same system (presently POCKSIA, JAWS and Sentul Swingers) which are otherwise entered automatically.

To submit your scores, please send an email  teesetcards@gmail.com including the following information:  (1) date played, (2) name(s) of the player(s), (3) course played (4) tees played and (5) the gross and if necessary the (6) adjusted gross score. The maximum score per hole is based on your handicap as follows:

For example in the email:

Cengkareng Blue Tees

1st January 2021

Roger Finnie Gross 98, Adjusted 95

You may attach a copy of the card but it is not necessary; more than 1 player can be submitted in the same email if they have been playing together.

The main issues that seem to interest and affect Tee Set Members regarding handicaps and playing rules.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR TEE SET PLAY AND HANDICAPS

1. Although most countries in the world are moving to the World Handicap system, the Indonesian PGA has not yet provided a timetable and process for its implementation locally and so our handicaps are calculated in accordance with the former USGA handicap system and our games are played in accordance with  USGA Rules.

2. Consistent with the practice globally, local course rules may supersede the standard rules and players are recommended to check the course scorecard for local rules which may have been adopted at the course for your round. Additionally, the Tee Set committee may also adopt specific local rules for the day of a game and these will be announced on the day of the game or in the circular confirming registrations e.g., winter rules… These are on a game by game basis and any permanent local rules adopted by the committee will be posted here – if they are not here they are not in-force unless specifically announced.

Local Tee Set Rules in-force:

  1. Rainy Season – Lift, Clean and Place

To avoid confusion before and during play, the Committee has decided to apply a local rule for preferred lies for all rounds during the rainy season, defined as September through March. The R&A defines preferred lies as follows:

Preferred Lies

The Rules of Golf provide the recommended wording for preferred lies.  When this Local Rule is in place, the ball may be lifted without penalty and cleaned before placing within a specified distance no closer to the hole.

It is worth noting that before you lift the ball you must mark its position.  Once having marked its position you must not roll it with the club, otherwise it’s a one-stroke penalty, so make sure you place the ball.

When placing the ball, you can only do this once…….so pick your spot wisely! If the ball doesn’t come to rest immediately Rule 20-3d applies and you can replace it.  This Local Rule is for closely mown areas only, i.e. when the ball lies on any area that is cut to fairway height.

Any areas higher than fairway height must be treated as play the ball as it lies. Of course, with the rules changes in 2019, you may take relief from a plugged lie anywhere on the course, except bunkers and penalty areas, where you must play the ball as it lies, or take a penalty drop. We define “a specified distance” for placing your ball as a score card, no further.

2. Maximum Handicaps for the purposes of prize calculations are 36 for men and 40 for the ladies. From 2020, under the World Handicap System, the maximum allocated handicap will become 54 for all players and once we are able to use WHS within our system, the calculations of handicaps for players will reflect this upper limit.

3. You need a Tee Set handicap to qualify for any prizes involving handicaps.

4. We DO NOT accept handicaps from other societies or clubs, far less your estimate of what you think your handicap might be.

5. In order to get a Tee Set handicap you need to have played a minimum of five Tee Set Sunday events (but see 7. following), properly completed your cards and handed them over to our secretary.

6. To speed up the process of obtaining a Tee Set Handicap you can provide up to two valid recent cards from Jakarta area courses which will count towards the minimum of five cards. Make sure there is a date, course and the tee box played and that it signed by the player and playing partner.

7. Cards received on a particular Sunday are usually only input to our handicap system  the following Sunday and reflected in your Tee Set playing handicap only the Sunday after that. If we can be quicker we will be but its still a voluntary committee so it depends on time and assistance available.

8. Issues regarding Grades or Handicaps may only be addressed with a member of the Tee Set Committee and NOT our  Sunday Secretary. Penalties will be applied for failure to follow this strict requirement.

ABOUT THE HANDICAP INDEX, HOW IT IS CALCULATED AND YOUR PLAYING HANDICAP FOR A PARTICULAR DAY

  1. Many of the golf playing countries have now adopted the World Handicap System (WHS) and there is a roll-out plan which will transform all countries onto this uniform system, therefore allowing golfers to compete with anyone anywhere in the world on a fair and equal basis. Even though we are awaiting the Indonesian PGA to implement the WHS locally, your handicap index can now be used to calculate your playing handicap at any course in a country which has adapted WHS and/or previously used the USGA system for handicaps.
  2. As per the handicapping rules we follow (and WHS in the future) a Handicap Index (HI) is calculated and maintained from the rounds you play provided the round of golf is played as per the USGA Rules of Golf and played from a set of tees on a Golf Course with a valid Course Rating and Slope Rating – more detail later.

 Short Explanation of the Course Rating and Slope Rating Systems

  1. The first aspect to note is that the system provides you with a Handicap Index (HI) which is converted into Course Handicap for the Course you intend to play. Your Course playing Handicap will differ from Course to Course.
  2. The Course Rating System is designed to ensure that the rating of the course is in proper relation to the rating of other courses.
    • In rating the course, the expected performance of a Scratch Player as well as the expected performance of a Bogey Player is considered
    • A Bogey Player is defined as a player with a handicap index of approximately 20.0 for men and 24.0 for women.
    • A Scratch Player is defined as a player with a 0.0 Handicap Index.
    • The Course Rating is based on measured length and the impact of playing length corrections (5 factors) on the measured length as well as ten obstacle factors – these factors are not relevant here but you can look them up if you wish
    • The Course Rating is normally a few decimal points higher or lower (or equal) to the Par (normally 72) of a Golf Course reflecting the expected score of the scratch player.
    • The Slope Rating is based on a Bogey Rating based on the same factors as above, to the extent that they effect the scoring ability of a Bogey Player. The Bogey Rating is then used in conjunction with the Course Rating to calculate a Slope Rating
    • The average Slope Rating of all the Golf Courses is 113 (which is why this number is used in converting your HI to a course handicap – see further below)  with a high of 155 and a low of 55.

 How is your Handicap Index Calculated?

  •  Your Handicap Index (HI) is calculated from the average of your lowest ten (10) scores (note WHS uses eight (8) scores) from the most recent twenty score differentials
    • The differential of each round is calculated from your total adjusted score based on the Course Rating and Slope Rating: (Gross Adj score – Course Rating) x 113/Slope Rating
    • Note the maximum score per hole from a round that can be considered for Handicap Index calculation is based on your Course Handicap as per the table below:

  • A Handicap Index can be calculated for a new player without a Handicap after five rounds as per the table below.

Lowest rounds used

 How is your Course Handicap Calculated?

Normally a Golf Course will provide a table in the Pro Shop that will allow you to easily read of your Course Handicap for a given set of Tees.

If not, apply this formula to determine your Course Handicap :

Course Handicap= (HI * Slope Rating/113) where 113 is the average slope rating as mentioned above

Note that the Course Handicap is different to the Playing Handicap. A Playing Handicap can be introduced by a committee for a competition to cap Handicaps for a specific competition: e.g. for Inter-League the maximum handicap permitted for the competition is 28.

Note that a number of these calculations will change upon the adoption of the WHS and we will update this advice accordingly when our system moves to be in accordance with WHS.

OTHER GENERAL NOTES RE HANDICAPS

So now on to some details of handicaps generally:

handicapA handicap is a numerical measure of a golfer’s potential playing ability based on the tees played for a given course. It is used to calculate a net score from the number of strokes actually played during a competition, thus allowing players of different proficiency to play against each other on somewhat equal terms.

The higher the handicap of a player, the poorer the player’s score generally is relative to those with lower handicaps. “Official” handicaps are administered by golf clubs or national golf associations. Exact rules relating to handicaps have varied from country to country but from 2020 a World Handicap System will be in place for all golf unions based on their roll-out timetable and Tee Set shall follow this as part of our adherence to the USGA guidelines we have historically applied.

Checking your Handicap

You can check your current Tee Set handicap here: See individual’s Handicap Index here

Which rounds did my handicap come from?

You can see the rounds against which your current handicap has been calculated (and therefore a maximum of 20 rounds) in the link above – the counting rounds as marked in red.

What happens if I have an exceptional round shooting well under my handicap?

Under USGA rules, an equitable stroke adjustment is applied to your score of that round and the preceding 20 rounds based on the difference between your current index and the index calculated from the round being submitted. This adjustment will remain in your handicap calculation for the next 20 rounds before automatically dropping out although further exceptional rounds will trigger an additional adjustment and these adjustments will be cumulative if they fall within the same batch of 20 counting cards. The extract of the USGA rules for handicapping regarding this point is attached here: 

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My handicap must be wrong, why I can never get near it?

There are a number of reasons that you don’t often shoot a net 72 (or better).

First of all, and contrary to much popular opinion, a player’s handicap is intended to show a player’s potential, not a player’s average score.

The frequency with which a player will play to their handicap is a function of that golfer’s handicap, as low handicappers are statistically more consistent than higher handicappers.

The shortfall is mainly the result of only taking your best 10 scores to calculate your handicap  and NOT all of them. though there are other factors.

One of those other factors is that shooting a 10 on a par 3 will not help your handicap go up much, as your score for handicap calculation purposes will be restricted to a maximum of 1,2 or 3 over par dependent upon your current handicap with the lower your handicap meaning  the less over par you will be credited with in the calculation.

Yet another factor is that having taken only your 10 best rounds (assuming you have full complement of 20 scorecards) 4% is then deducted. Please don’t ask why 4%, we have no idea but that’s what they do.

Lowest rounds usedPerhaps the most frequently heard gripe from Newcomers is that their handicap is far too low and part of the issue is invariably that while they are accumulating the full complement of 20 scorecards necessary, one or more good scores amongst a plethora of bad can have a disproportionate effect on the calculated handicap.

Opposite is the number of low scores used in calculating your handicap as the number of rounds played increases up to the maximum.

Why does my handicap change from course to course?

Tee Set has long adopted the USGA method of assessing handicaps from the player’s scores from his most recent rounds, and the course rating and slope of the course involved in those rounds. A “handicap differential” is calculated from the scores, using the course slope and rating, and the player’s handicap differentials are used to calculate the player’s handicap.

I had a terrible (or wonderful) round last week but my USGA handicap hasn’t changed, why not?

The main reason is probably that your terrible round last week was worse than your tenth (from 2020 eighth) best round in the last 20 rounds we have for you – this means that there is no change in the data upon which your handicap is being calculated.

Another possible reason is that, normally, cards from one Sunday are input the following Sunday meaning there is potentially a short delay before you are playing on a handicap based on your round today.

I played with Tee Set a few years ago and have now returned to work in Jakarta, will those rounds be good for establishing my handicap or do I have to start again?

The short answer is no – and you have to start again! Your handicap is intended to reflect your current playing level and not that of a year or more ago. Results older than 1 year are, admittedly spasmodically, marked as not to be used for handicap calculation.

If you want to learn more then start here…

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