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    Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Since I've been on here it's clear the game of choice for the majority is stableford, which is fine if that's what you like but something makes me think it's a cop out and is restricting folk from having a lower handicap.

    Argue your case otherwise, to me, you're taking an easy option rather than battling hard to put a score together.

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Regardless of what strokeplay format you play your handicap and any reductions are always based on your Stableford score

    So no is the answer to your question

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    ok ill bite, handicaps are calculated on stableford basis whether playing medal or stableford so doesnt actually matter, as for cop out and restricting from a lower handicap nah, its a game we play for fun, play the version which gives you the most fun
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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Liverpoolphil View Post
    Regardless of what strokeplay format you play your handicap and any reductions are always based on your Stableford score

    So no is the answer to your question
    This.

    And wouldn’t it work the other way round in that if anything stableford enables a lower handicap?

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Liverpoolphil View Post
    Regardless of what strokeplay format you play your handicap and any reductions are always based on your Stableford score

    So no is the answer to your question
    Also concerns me the amount of people that don’t know this! One terrible hole doesn’t need to ruin a round for handicap calculation

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Liverpoolphil View Post
    Regardless of what strokeplay format you play your handicap and any reductions are always based on your Stableford score

    So no is the answer to your question
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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    As per the other replies.

    The obsession with strokeplay is just golf snobbery.

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tyrion View Post
    As per the other replies.

    The obsession with strokeplay is just golf snobbery.
    Sorry but first I guess you mean medal play as strokeplay covers both medal and Stableford

    And playing a medal and looking to shoot the lowest you can is the main way of playing the sport - in what way is it “snobbery”

    Scratch comps all use medal because then it’s pure and just the lowest score wins

    The handicap system is great but at times there also needs to be rewards for people that score the best score

    Medal is the toughest format - in Stableford you can mess up a hole badly but still win , it’s tough to do that in a medal

    Too many people throw around the snobbery word with no thought

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    I always try to play with strokeplay in mind. Generally i'm playing folk where we score it in stableford bu i find i work harder not to just blob a hole if i'm concerned with total score.
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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    I am surprised that more stableford is played, its about 3:1 in favour of medal in our section
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