The Handicap Review report is now available to all clubs within the WHS CDH tab. A video outlining how to run/use the report can be accessed here. Additionally, a WHS user guide can be accessed here. This handicap review report is based on the calculation outlined in the WHS technical specifications. Before making any adjustment to a player’s Handicap Index, the Handicap Committee should carefully consider all available evidence, including :
Before making any adjustment to a player’s Handicap Index, the Handicap Committee should carefully consider all available evidence, including:
- Whether the player’s scoring potential has been affected by a temporary or permanent injury or illness which is significant enough to impact the player’s ability to play with or against all other players on a fair and equal basis.
- Any handicap(s) previously held by the player.
- Whether the player’s ability is rapidly improving or declining.
- Whether the player is performing significantly differently in one format of play compared to another, for example between organised competitions and general play; unauthorised and authorised format of play. Where it has been determined that a player’s actions are for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage.
Any adjustment to a player’s Handicap Index resulting from a handicap review must:
- Be sanctioned or ratified by the Authorised Association. The Authorised Association has discretion to restrict this requirement only for players above, below or within a specified handicap range. Any adjustment made on the back of using the handicap review report would not need ratified by Scottish Golf.
- Be applied only after the player has been informed and has had an opportunity to respond to the Handicap Committee or, where appropriate, the Authorised Association.
- Be a minimum of 1 stroke, upward or downward.
- Only increase a player’s Handicap Index by up to 5.0 strokes above the player’s Low Handicap Index, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Such circumstances could include a player who has a long-term illness or injury preventing them from playing golf at the level previously attained.
- Be sanctioned or ratified by the Authorised Association if the player’s Handicap Index is to be increased by more than 5 stroke(s).
Additionally, when conducting a handicap review, the following information could also be considered by for the Handicap Committees before making any adjustment to a player.
- The player’s scoring record history.
- The trend of the player’s Handicap Index, such as differences in a player’s Handicap Index over the past 12-24 months.
- Frequency of score submissions in the past 12 months versus previous 12-month cycles.
- Comparison of average Score Differentials between competitive and casual rounds.
- Comparison of average Score Differentials in match play versus stroke play formats of play.
- Comparison of average Score Differentials in individual versus team formats of play.
- Any scores from, or performances known, in non-authorised formats of play.
- Any other knowledge that the Handicap Committee has relative to the player’s golfing ability. For example, improving play following golf lessons, declining scoring potential due to frequency of playing, ageing, incapacitating injuries or illness, etc.
- Percentage of acceptable scores submitted at a player’s home club.
- Percentage of acceptable scores submitted from casual round formats.
- Percentage of acceptable scores from 9-hole rounds.
- Identifying relevant handicapping trends for Handicap Committee consideration.
- Length of time since a player last played to their Handicap Index.
- Number of scores since a player last played to their Handicap Index.
- Information supplied by any other golf club where the player is a member.
When a Score Differential is 10.0 strokes or more below the player’s Handicap Index in effect when that round was played, and an exceptional score adjustment of -2.0 is triggered.