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    Playing to your handicap..how often?

    So the question is, how often should you play to your handicap?
    I was always under the impression about say 10-25% of the time, but I get many a different answer.
    So what is the correct answer, and more importantly what are your thoughts on the matter.
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    Re: Playing to your handicap..how often?

    I just looked at my stats for this year so far.

    53 rounds - 11 rounds equal to or better than handicap (approx 21%)

    An additional 17 rounds in buffer (approx 50%)

    But I think you'll get many, many difference answers / opinions on this, as I don't think there is a definitive answer
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    Re: Playing to your handicap..how often?

    Checking howdidido for my comp rounds,

    Played 18 comps, 9 have been better than handicap, 6 worse, and 3 have played to exact handicap.

    So 66% to handicap or better.


    Although CSS at my club is usually 1 or 2 below par, so to get a cut have to beat handicap by 3 shots most the time.
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    Re: Playing to your handicap..how often?

    It's easy to work it out using the handicapping formulae, and you will immediately see that it varies significantly across the handicap range.

    Basically if a cat 1 golfer doesn't do it approaching half the time he plays his handicap will increase. A cat 4 could do it well under 25% and still remain static!
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    Re: Playing to your handicap..how often?

    4 times (all play) and just once in competition (24 rounds) during the past year for me but I know I am getting worse as I get older.

    Previous good year probably about once in every 5 or 6 rounds.

    Handicap varied between 6.7 and 9.6 over the past year.

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    Re: Playing to your handicap..how often?

    I get frustrated every round I don't play to handicap. Just checked results for this year, played 11 and buffer or better 7 times.
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    Re: Playing to your handicap..how often?

    Quote Originally Posted by duncan mackie View Post
    It's easy to work it out using the handicapping formulae, and you will immediately see that it varies significantly across the handicap range.

    Basically if a cat 1 golfer doesn't do it approaching half the time he plays his handicap will increase. A cat 4 could do it well under 25% and still remain static!
    Er... Not quite! in fact your maths is seriously faulty!

    That calc you state doesn't have any consideration for how many times they play above their handicap, but within buffer!

    Nor does it consider how far below CSS they play! It's only ever +0.1, but 2 or more below CSS will have a huge effect - and would require a far greater number above buffer to 'balance' the handicap! Same applies, to a lesser extent to cat 1, 2 and 3 too!

    As to the actual percentage, it's actually impossible to predict, simply 'observe'! Even for Cat 1s, there are 'Wild Willies' and 'Steady Eddies' who will have different 'score cf handicap' attributes!
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    Re: Playing to your handicap..how often?

    Of 27 rounds in 2017...
    • 55.6% worse than handicap
    • 25.9% buffer or on handicap
    • 18.5% better than handicap

    I've been Cat3 for most of the year but just dropped back into Cat4
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    Re: Playing to your handicap..how often?

    Quote Originally Posted by LincolnShep View Post
    Of 27 rounds in 2017...
    • 55.6% worse than handicap
    • 25.9% buffer or on handicap
    • 18.5% better than handicap

    I've been Cat3 for most of the year but just dropped back into Cat4
    Thats a bizarre one. Could you give us the breakdown of your 0.1s and cuts ? 18.5% cuts should generally more than outweigh the 55.6% gains, and you should be falling not rising.

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    Re: Playing to your handicap..how often?

    Quote Originally Posted by Backsticks View Post
    Thats a bizarre one. Could you give us the breakdown of your 0.1s and cuts ? 18.5% cuts should generally more than outweigh the 55.6% gains, and you should be falling not rising.
    Those are the stats for all rounds, not just qualifiers. I haven't had a cut this year unfortunately. Qualifiers are measured against CSS, non-qualifiers against SSS.
    Last edited by LincolnShep; 26-Jun-2017 at 18:28.
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    • 2016: 21.5 ---> 22.0 ---> 19.5 ---> 20.1
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