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    Handicap help

    Hi all,
    I need some advice please, a quick Google search showed me this forum so I thought I'd sign up.
    It's in relation to my handicap. I'm not a member anywhere so I don't have an official handicap. I put myself off 28. The main reason being consistency. On my day I'm a lot better than that but on other days I can be a lot worse. In 2017 I played 42 rounds with a stableford high of 48 points (very much a one off!) and a stableford low of 15 points. And everything else in between. My average stableford score in 2017 was 29.95 so basically 30.
    A lot of the people I play with feel I should play off 24-26 and I'm thinking of dropping myself too.
    So the question is, shall I? Or is 28 fine? I hear that you should only play to your handicap 2-3 times a year but I hit 36+ points 6 times in 2017.
    Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Handicap help

    If you don't have an official handicap, you can play off whatever you wish, as you aren't playing in competitions.

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    Is there any reason why you canít join a club and get an official handicap?
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    Re: Handicap help

    Why not enter your scores into a handicap tracking site, such as Golfshake - that will give you an indication of what your handicap should be. Obviously, it can't take playing conditions into account, but it will give you a rough idea.

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    Re: Handicap help

    Quote Originally Posted by Cabby View Post
    If you don't have an official handicap, you can play off whatever you wish, as you aren't playing in competitions.
    Dont really agree with this, I get the dilemma the op has. Just because a golfer isnít playing competitions doesnít mean their handicap for social 4 balls can be plucked from thin air.

    Lots of social groups have their own rules to keep things fair and to try and ensure the same person doesnít win every week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynB View Post
    Dont really agree with this, I get the dilemma the op has. Just because a golfer isnít playing competitions doesnít mean their handicap for social 4 balls can be plucked from thin air.

    Lots of social groups have their own rules to keep things fair and to try and ensure the same person doesnít win every week.

    May be you're taking my reply to litterly, but I'm a bit confused, if you don't have a proper handicap, then....you just don't.

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    The Golfshake handicap tracker is a decent starting point to manage your progress. Obviously not an official handicap which would be needed to play ope events, and some clubs still ask to see proof of, but it'll be a realistic picture over the year and the bad ones will accumulate the 0.1 we all carry and the good rounds will show the downward trend and forward progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabby View Post
    May be you're taking my reply to litterly, but I'm a bit confused, if you don't have a proper handicap, then....you just don't.
    Martyn is quite right imo, I played in a meet up that had12 players on Sunday, as far as i was aware 3 of us had official CONGU handicaps. The rest were capable of playing 5 h/c to one who'd struggle off 36, most of the non handicapped guys tend to play say 12 rounds a year and would normally best guess their handicap. No one would have been happy to pay out to someone scoring 47 points off a dodgy handicap
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    Re: Handicap help

    There's no obligation to drop your handicap. Ask yourself what your goals are however. If you want a challenge, what's the harm in testing yourself off of 22-24? You might find that you enjoy the challenge and start playing better or managing the course in different ways knowing you need to make different decisions to score well.

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    Re: Handicap help

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisd View Post
    Martyn is quite right imo, I played in a meet up that had12 players on Sunday, as far as i was aware 3 of us had official CONGU handicaps. The rest were capable of playing 5 h/c to one who'd struggle off 36, most of the non handicapped guys tend to play say 12 rounds a year and would normally best guess their handicap. No one would have been happy to pay out to someone scoring 47 points off a dodgy handicap
    Like I say, I'm a bit confused, if you don't have an offical handicap, then you just don't, so the fella should either get one, which I think and probably he thinks is the best way forward, cause I can't se how you can play competitive golf without one ?/ Or may be you can, well acyually you can, you can play off scratch.

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