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Quite. Too many players (and clubs) think that stroke allocation should be a result of the hardness of hole, rather than the differential between the expected score of a good player and a bad player. At least for match play. And it shouldn't matter for stroke play.
From both USGA and worldwide research, in match play, the stroke index order is not really important in producing equitable results as long as the strokes are spread out, consecutive low strokes are avoided, and low strokes at the beginning or end of each nine are avoided. So, applying the triad concept of using three-hole clusters (with the lowest stroke hole on each nine in the middle of the nine), spreading out low stroke holes, and avoiding consecutive low stroke holes produces a simple but effective method for allocation.
I'm continuously baffled by how much people care about handicaps. First of all, it's completely obvious that a huge percentage of golfers have fraudulent ones and always will. We all know those guys. They aren't even particularly ashamed by it. If you care about winning a net event, you'll either be perpetually disappointed, or you'll have to rig your own index. I was at a club once and the same guy would win the net club championship every year. He was very proud of it and not at all embarrassed. Secondly, is it really that great to win something on a net basis? The only way that I could see that being at all satisfying would be if I had a close friend and we regularly played against each other and wanted to keep it interesting. But even then, it would just be humoring each other and an overall casual affair. My advice is to dial down your care level to the 1 out of 10 range. Just try to enjoy your rounds or try to actually improve your game. I think that it's a disease to feel like you have to keep track of every score in casual rounds of golf just so that your handicap is valid.
Youíre certainly entitled to your feelings on this. But you might go easy on considering keeping track of and posting scores to be a ďdiseaseĒ.
Quote from: A.G._Crockett on November 10, 2023, 03:23:19 PMYouíre certainly entitled to your feelings on this. But you might go easy on considering keeping track of and posting scores to be a ďdiseaseĒ. The disease part that I'm referring to is when people become a slave to the handicap system. Not everyone has it, but there are people who feel like they have to enter a score every time they go to the course or they are somehow a cheater. There are even people who keep track of others and rat them out at the club if they see someone playing and they don't enter a score afterward. There is a service called Cap Patrol that links to starter sheets and then verifies that members submit a score for every round they play- and theoretically busts them when they don't. That means that if that member goes out with 7 clubs, hickory clubs, if they play match play and concede holes, etc, they are expected to submit a valid score. https://cappatrol.com/
Donít play with a**holes. Problem solved. Iíve never had a bad handicap experience.
Quote from: Pete Lavallee on November 09, 2023, 06:04:32 PMNot unusual for a 20 handicap to shoot a net 62. Yes it is. It is just a bit less unusual than for a 10 handicap, and substantially more unusual than a scratch player.http://www.popeofslope.com/sandbagging/odds.html
Not unusual for a 20 handicap to shoot a net 62.