Handicaps

Check your own handicap at particular courses here

(Club ID is Jakartagolf, password is Wymer)

See how your Handicap Index was derived here

Club ID is Jakartagolf (if needed but should go straight to name list), all players can be searched by their surname.

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 D.O.G.S. regular events which are otherwise entered automatically, please send a copy of the card to  teesetcards@gmail.com.

Please ensure the date played, name(s) of the player(s), tees played and the gross adjusted score are all clearly marked. The maximum score per hole is a net double bogey so please show any adjustments needed on the card .. e.g.: Gross 98, Adjusted 95.

The main issues that seem to interest and affect Tee Set Members ….

1. We play under USGA Rules

2. Maximum Handicaps 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. However the above limits will apply for Tee Set events for the purposes of prize allocations.

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 6. 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 three 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.

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 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 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 against any course we play by visiting our handicap site here and putting in Jakartagolf as your club and Wymer as the password

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) by visiting this site http://www.ehandicap.net and once again putting Jakartagolf as your club and this time searching on your own Surname, or anyone else’s for that matter. No password is required.

How was my Handicap calculated?

A handicap is calculated with a specific arithmetic formula that approximates how many strokes above or below par a player might be able to play, based on the ten best (from 2020 8 best)  scores of their last twenty rounds (with special provisions for “new” players).

Special Provisions for “new” players

Players new to Tee Set are always anxious to get a handicap which requires a minimum of 5 scorecards to be recorded in our system.. To allow them to speed the process along they can also  provide us with up to 3 cards from any course already in our database (all Jakarta area courses are fine) as well as their Tee Set rounds.

Please note that such cards must be relatively recent (no older than 2 months) and must include the player’s name, date of play and tee box played from as well as all the usual hole by hole information. Cards that don’t have all this stuff are immediately filed in the WPB.

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 (from 2020 8 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.

Some Definitions

Scratch and Bogey Golfers

Under the USGA system a golfer whose handicap is zero is called a “scratch golfer.” A golfer whose handicap is approximately 18 is called a “bogey golfer.” It is possible to have a handicap below 0; these are referred to as ‘plus’ handicaps, and at the end of the round, a ‘plus’ handicap golfer must add his handicap to his score. If his handicap is a plus number, like +3, then adding that number to the number of total strokes will actually increase that golfer’s final score. If a player shoots a 69 and has a plus 3 handicap, his final adjusted score will be 72.

Course Rating

Again under the USGA system, a golf course is described by two numbers, the course rating and the slope rating. The course rating of a particular course is a number generally between 67 and 77 that is used to measure the average “good score” by a scratch golfer on that course.

Slope Rating

The slope rating of a particular course is a number between 55 and 155 that describes the relative difficulty of a course for a bogey golfer (defined above) compared to a scratch golfer.

If you want to learn more then start here…

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