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- Easy to use Handicap tool that is compliant with USGA norms
- Calculate your Handicap Index
- Comes with a large database of prefilled courses in India, UAE, Sri Lanka & Bhutan
- Add more courses for away scores
- Real time data updates
- Track your game
- View past scores, check trends over time /course etc
- Option to enter gross scores, detailed scores, hole by hole detailed scores etc
- Track details like Putts per round, FIR (Fairway in regulation), Sand save %, your average driving distance by club etc. Complete details in the Features section.
- Integrate your handicap with our social community tool. Share your scores and compare your scores.
- Manage group scores

## Key facts about handicapping you should know

Example: Delhi Golf Course (DGC), Delhi, INDIA

Black tees (7036 yards) -73.5/130

Blue Tees (6602 yards) -72.1/127

White Tees (6290 yards) -70.6/123

is the strokes it would take a SCRATCH golfer (i.ee with a Handicap Index of ZERO) to complete a round. **73.5 is the COURSE RATING from the Black tees at DGC** i.e. at DGC from the black tees a ZERO handicap index golfer would play 1.5 over the course. From the White tees he/she would play -1.4 (minus 1.4 = under the course). The higher the rating the tougher the course.

*For eg the Carnoustie course in Scotland has a course rating of 75.1 from the 6941 yards Medal tees i.e. a scratch golfer would play 3.1 over the course.*

is the degree of difficulty of a course for a BOGEY golfer (a golfer with a handicap of between 17 & 22 – the norm is 20). A average course i.e. a course where a BOGEY golfer will play to their handicap has a rating of 113. Courses can have ratings from 55 to 155 (the higher the number the tougher for a bogey golfer). So in our above example a bogey golfer (20 handicap index) playing from the Blue tees would play to 20*(127/113) = 22.5 over the course. 20 is the HANDICAP INDEX of the golfer– while 22.5 would be the HANDICAP of the bogey golfer from the Blue tees at DGC, Delhi.

*The same golfer playing at the Carnoustie course in Scotland (has a slope rating of 145 from the Medal tees) would play to 25.7 = (20*145/113) over the course*.

**IMP: SO THE COURSE/SLOPE RATING OF EACH COURSE is DIFFERENT & THE RATINGS FROM EACH TEE on a course ARE DIFFERENT.**

If you submit 5/6 scorecards- only your lowest score is taken into account. Then the scores are normalized for the course you played- called HANDICAP DIFFERENTIAL (courses are defined by 2 ratings- the COURSE RATING & the SLOPE RATING as mentioned earlier). These numbers are then inputted into formulae. Similarly if you submit 20 scorecards (which is the norm for getting a OFFICIAL handicap) only the 10 lowest differentials are taken.

The table looks like this:

Number of rounds | Differentials to use |
---|---|

5 or 6 | lowest 1 |

7 or 8 | lowest 2 |

9 or 10 | lowest 3 |

11 or 12 | lowest 4 |

13 or 14 | lowest 5 |

15 or 16 | lowest 6 |

17 | lowest 7 |

18 | lowest 8 |

19 | lowest 9 |

Lets look at the process below:

- A minimum of 5 scores cards & a maximum of 20 are required to get started.
- For each score, the Course & Slope Rating are also required.
- Handicap Differential = (Adjusted Score – Course Rating) x 113/Slope Rating
- E.g. your gross score is 92, the course rating 72.1, the slope 127 (DGC, Blue tees)
- The formula would be (92 – 72.1)x113/127 = 17.7
- This differential is calculated for each round entered.
- If 20 rounds are entered, only the 10 lowest differentials are used.
- Then take an average of the differentials used. Add them all & divide by 10
- Multiply the result by 0.96. The result is the Handicap.
- The gross score of 92 in this case is adjusted using the ESC format

ESC is to compensate for blow out/disaster holes. A hole where you recorded a score of say 12 is a aberration & ESC aims to eliminate this deviation. It puts a cap/limit on the max no of strokes you can record for a hole & is based on your course handicap.

The ESC grid looks as follows

Course Handicap | Max strokes on a hole | Eg: Max strokes on a Par3/Par4/Par5 |

9 or lower | Double bogey | Par 3= 5, Par 4= 6, Par 5= 7 |

10-19 | 7 | Par 3, Par 4 or Par 5= 7 |

20-29 | 8 | Par 3, Par 4 or Par 5= 8 |

30-39 | 9 | Par 3, Par 4 or Par 5= 9 |

40 plus | 10 | Par 3, Par 4 or Par 5= 10 |

**What do you do if you do not have a course handicap for ESC calculations?**

Use a default handicap of 36.4 for Men & 40.4 for Women

**What is the max handicap that golfers can have**

For men its 36 & for women its 40

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##### KEY FEATURES OF THE GAME TRACKER

**By Game****By home & away scores****By Golf course****By Golf course type (e.g. how do you play from tees above 7000 yards)****Over time & date ranges**

##### Track variables like

**Greens in regulation (GIR)****Fairways in regulation (FIR)****Putts per round****Sand save %****Average driving distance by Club (Yes by club)****Putts by distance****3+ Putts %****& many more variables**