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Jan. 9, 2020

No More Sandbaggers - Realtime Handicap Updates...


Starting January 6th of 2020, trying to keep a high handicap so you can clean up at the next event, will be much tougher. Golfers will no longer get to wait two weeks to get their handicap index updated.
It will now be updated the day after you play…no lag time. If you get a few low scores in a given week, your handicap will drop like a stone.

Where the old system used to count your best 10 scores of your last 20, the new one will count your best 8 scores of your last 20. It will allow for a bigger adjustment if you’re on a hot streakThat’s just one of the new features that will go into the new World Handicap System (WHS).

Thanks to a $30 million software upgrade, 6 international handicap systems have been rolled into one. The best of each has been adopted to be included in the new WHS.

The new system will...

Which tees to play? Let this calc help you decide...

Don't play just by the tee-box colors, play the numbers. Use this formula to find your tee box.
Avg. 7 iron distance x 18 Greens + Avg Driver distance x 14 Fairways = your yardage.
160 yards x 18= 2,880
260 yards x 14= 3,640
2,880+3,640= 6,520 is your appropriate yardage +/- 100 yards.


Handicap System Changes; USGA Peer Review & Playing Alone

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Rhodes Rules School - The Rules of Golf - Focsus on the confusing ones...

No.3 Water & Lateral Water Hazard Stakes
Question 1: What colour stakes and/or lines define a lateral water hazard?
Answer: Red stakes and/or lines.

Question 2: A player's ball last crosses the margin of a water hazard at points a, b and c above. In which of these three cases, if any, may the player take the option of dropping their ball within two club-lengths, not nearer the hole.

Answer: The water hazard in the photo above has not been correctly defined by the Committee, as there is no clear indication of where the water hazard ends (yellow stakes and/or lines) and where the lateral water hazard starts (red stakes and/or lines). Consequently, the player should assume that the additional option of dropping within two club-lengths of where the ball last crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard, afforded by Rule 26-1c, is not available (*but see the note at the end of this email).

Where a hazard changes status, from a water hazard to a lateral water hazard, this should be indicated by a yellow stake and red stake placed side by side. This photo shows the hazard correctly defined.
This is the wording of Rule 26-1c relating to the additional options that are available if a player's ball last crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard;
Another 'Rhodes Rules School' Q&A will follow next week,
* In the photo above it would appear that the player would not benefit from the additional option for a lateral water hazard of being able to drop within two clublengths of where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard. However, in stroke play situations, where the player would like to choose this option and there is no member of the Committee available to make a decision as to where the lateral water hazard commences, the player should play two balls, under Rule 3-3, announcing which ball he wants to count. At the end of the round, he must then report the facts to the Committee and ask them to rule which of the two balls counts under the Rules of Golf.

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19.09 | 18:01

Hi Ralph, I posed the question to Joe Battle, our Club President for a response since I do not have those results.

19.09 | 17:54

Does the club post skins and all results?? Everybody didn't place, but still would like to see the results.

15.09 | 14:18


14.09 | 15:41

Hi Ted. I am waiting for Joe Battle to send me the results since I was not able to play in the Annual this year. As soon as I get the info I will let you know.

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