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Equitable Stroke Control

We all have bad holes from time to time in any given round, but we must apply Equitable Stroke Control in order for our handicap index to be properly calculated.

All scores for handicap purposes, including tournament scores, are subject to the application of Equitable Stroke Control (ESC). This procedure reduces high hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability. Simply put, the system is trying to remove the outliers from any given round, because as we all know they happen!

A handicap determined from scores to which ESC has not been applied may not be termed a Handicap Index. ESC is used when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds a maximum number, based on the table below, for the player's Course Handicap from the tees played. Keep in mind this can change if you play a different set of tees at the same course. Pay close attention to the slope rating and apply accordingly. We cannot reiterate this anymore, you need to base this off your Course Handicap, not your Handicap Index.

If you have any questions, regarding Section 4-3 of the USGA Handicap System, please call/email the WSGA Handicap Department.

USGA Handicap System Webinar

The WSGA Handicap Department will be conducting a webinar going over the hot topics of the USGA Handicap System. Whether you are a Handicap Chair for your club looking for refresher or a general golfer wanting to know more about handicapping, this is the webinar for you!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 10 am start time

Webinar seats are limited, so sign up quickly.

Please register by clicking on this link.


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