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WSGA Archive for the ‘Handicapping News’ Category

Top Reasons to Post Your Scores

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
Top Reasons to Post Your Scores

There are many good reasons to why you should post your scores.

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It’s Coming…… The World Handicap System is set to launch in January 2020

Monday, July 29th, 2019
World Handicap System Timeline

The vision to unify the six different handicap systems in use around the world into a single World Handicap System

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Score Posting Season Begins

Friday, March 1st, 2019
Score Posting Season Begins

Score posting season in WSGA territory has officially begun.

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What is Course Rating?

Friday, October 5th, 2018
What is Course Rating?

Get an inside look at the process of rating a golf course and how the numbers for Course Rating and Slope Rating are determined for each course.

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Video: Course Rating Overview

Monday, March 12th, 2018

WSGA Senior Director of Handicapping & Course Rating John Saegner Jr. and WSGA Director of Handicapping & Course Rating Kevin Jones took the stage

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Golf’s new World Handicap System designed to welcome more golfers; feedback period begins

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
Golf's new World Handicap System (WHS)

The United States Golf Association (USGA) and Royal & Ancient (R&A) have announced key features of the

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Five questions with Golf Genius President and CEO Mike Zisman

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
Score posting season ends November 14

Mike Zisman has a background in enterprise software and a long career in building and managing successful businesses - Soft‑Switch, Lotus Development Corporation, and IBM among them.

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Changing from TPP to TM

Friday, September 8th, 2017

As of January 1, 2018 TPP Online and TPP on the club's computer will not be supported by the USGA or WSGA.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
The Subtleties of Rating Reversible Courses

The subtleties of rating a course are magnified when rating a reversible course, as at the soon-to-open Silvies Valley Ranch.

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The ‘Art’ of Course Rating

Friday, June 16th, 2017
The 'Art' of Course Rating

by Kevin Jones, WSGA Manager of IT and GHIN Services

The USGA Course Rating System, which is now the leading rating system internationally, is complex

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Handicap Chair Occupies Important Seat at the Table

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

By Joey Flyntz, USGA

Whether you belong to a small online golf club or are a member of a large green-grass facility, one of your peers is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of everyone’s scoring record and Handicap Index®: the handicap chair.

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USGA and R&A Work with Handicap Authorities to Develop a Single World Handicap System

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Driving Distance Study

The USGA and R&A are working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System for the game.

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USGA Recaps Industry Takeaways from Pace and Innovation Symposium

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Pace and Innovation

The United States Golf Association (USGA) hosted 125 industry experts Jan. 19-20 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif., for the Association's Pace and Innovation Symposium.

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USGA Releases Changes to Handicap System

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Handicap System Changes

In tandem with the 2016 updates to the Rules of Golf, the United States Golf Association has announced revisions to the USGA Handicap System™, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

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The R&A and USGA Release 2016 Edition of Rules of Golf

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
2016 Rules of Golf

The Royal & Ancient (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) have announced the publication of the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf

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The Alphabet Soup

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

From the August issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine.

Just when you think you've got the Handicap System figured out, a letter appears next to your Handicap Index in your latest revision.

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.

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Q&A: USGA Technical Director Matt Pringle on Pace of Play

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Pace of Play Q&A

A major part of the USGA's mission is to make the game healthy and viable for generations to come, in part by improving pace of play. To that end, the USGA has been accumulating hard data to uncover the root of slow play

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2014 Active Golf Season in Washington and Northern Idaho Begins March 1st

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

March 1st, is the first day to post scores for rounds played in Washington and Northern Idaho for the 2014 Active Golf Season.  Please take a moment to review your GHIN score record for any scores from rounds played between November 15th and February 28th in Washington and Northern Idaho which are never acceptable for handicap purposes. 

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Are You Getting Enough or Giving Up Too Many Strokes?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

To find out, join the WSGA and the United States Golf Association (USGA) for an informative and interactive USGA Handicap System Seminar taught by USGA staff. The seminar will be held at Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle, Wash. on March 17 from 8:30 a.m.

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Have you ever wondered what the letters L, R, M, N, NL, WD mean after your Handicap?

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

L is for local handicap.  A “local handicap” is either a handicap that is above the maximum USGA Handicap Index limit (36.4 for Men, 40.4 for Women), a handicap that is revised more frequently than allowed or a handicap based on a player's temporary disability.

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R&A and USGA Announce Proposed Rules Change to Prohibit Use of Anchored Strokes

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

PERMITTED: The player is not anchoring because neither the club, the hands nor the forearms are directly in contact with the body. (Photo courtesy USGA)

The Royal & Ancient (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA), golf's governing bodies, have announced proposed changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club in making a stroke.

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