How did Golf get its Handicap system?
The handicap system is wisest used as a pin-pointer. People usually deviation from their best performance and hence the handicap number should be seen as an approximate.
When horseracing was evolving and horses raced against each other they received weights that were placed in special pockets on the saddle. The better the horse, the heavier the weights.
You can instantly see similarities to the handicap system in golf. But this evolution was delayed for a few years. The very first stroke-play tournaments in the world (Leith Links in Edinburgh) was formed as a “match play”. Every player had to hole out every hole and everyone played against each other. The player with the most matches won the tournament.
It took another 150 years before we saw a sophisticated handicap system and the one thing everyone could agree with is – the system is there to make the game fun and enjoyable for everyone.
How will golfers be affected by The New Handicap System?
What should I keep in mind as a golfer? Firstly, stay attuned here at PineClubGolf. We continuously provide updates on both new golf rules, new handicap systems and lots of other interesting news and reviews relating to golf.
Secondly, you should register as many golf rounds as possible to make your new handicap as representative of your level of golf as possible. Your rounds during 2018 and 2019 will be added to the pool of 20 rounds so make sure to register both good and bad rounds.
This will probably mean that more golfers will have a handicap that more accurately matches their level of golf – and must be a good thing!
Read more on the World Handicap System at “RANDA” here.