Roll out Slope

Inside Golf - - In the Mail Box -

AS a re­sult of the neg­a­tive re­ac­tion to cer­tain parts of the sec­ond pack­age (and rightly so) re­leased in Au­gust 2010, Golf Aus­tralia have de­cided to de­lay the in­tro­duc­tion of the Slope Hcp Sys­tem un­til March 2013 and to develop an Aus­tralian Hand­i­cap Sys­tem that will re­duce the “high hand­i­caps”

This de­ci­sion has been ar­rived at as a re­sult of the mod­el­ling of an ex­ten­sive sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis by GA of the OLD vs the “NEW.” The “NEW” used in the sta­tis­tics is de­rived from a 12-month pe­riod of an “In­terim” stage of the in­tro­duc­tion of the Slope. The early in­tro­duc­tion of this in­terim “NEW Hand­i­cap­ping Sys­tem” has merely served to greatly in­crease hand­i­caps and should never have been brought in un­til most cour­ses had been re-rated un­der the USGA Sys­tem.

The proven USGA Slope Hand­i­cap Sys­tem, if in­tro­duced as planned in Jan. 2012, to­gether with the com­pleted re-rat­ing of cour­ses, would have the ef­fect of re­duc­ing hand­i­caps, as de­sired, to­gether with the porta­bil­ity of fairer hand­i­caps across all cour­ses.

Golf Aus­tralia should re­frain from “fid­dling” with the hand­i­cap­ping sys­tem as it stands and let the Slope be­gin as planned in 2012, and if nec­es­sary, find tune it later. Ge­off An­der­son, via email

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