Roll out Slope
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