Handicap Hints

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The (Handicap) Alphabet Soup

Just when you think you’ve got the Handicap System figured out, a letter appears next to your Handicap Index. What happened? Sometimes these letters are a function of an action taken by the club, other times they are a function of the Handicap System or the GHIN service. The letters or designations:

•M=Modified Handicap Index. Normally, this is an action taken by the club Handicap Committee in its responsibility to make sure that the Handicap Index issued by the club is the best representation of a player’s potential ability.

•WD= A Handicap Index withdrawn by the Handicap Committee. This rarely happens yet is available to a committee when a player repeatedly fails to meet the player responsibilities under the World Handicap System.

In addition, you likely see various letters associated with your scoring record. These letters represent the score type associated with each score.

The lineup:

•A= Away (for affiliate club members, there usually isn’t a home course, so essentially everything is away); for members connected to a physical course when playing elsewhere

•E= Exceptional Score a score differential which is at least 7.0 strokes better than the player’s Handicap Index at the time the round was played-this causes an automatic adjustment to the Handicap Index in addition to the normal calculation

•N= Combined Nines (two nine-hole scores combined into a single 18-hole score)

•H= Home (self-explanatory)

•P= Penalty (clubs can issue a penalty score to their members equal to the lowest/highest differential in a player’s scoring record for failure to post an acceptable score)

•C= Competition (normally a score designated by the committee in charge of a competition). This designation has no special impact on the Handicap Index.