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Golf’s Great Equalizer

Golf can bring all kinds of feelings, from despair making someone want to quit the game to the euphoria from a great shot or round. For some, the thrill of competition is an essential element to heighten interest in the game. One can almost envision the heart rate of certain people speeding up over the thought of a six-foot putt to win a match.

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Keeping Your Scoring Record Accurate

Having an accurate scoring record is important in connection with the calculation and issuance of a Handicap Index®. Sometimes, a little assistance is needed, whether it is understanding why a number has gone up or down, fixing a mistake made while posting or needing to know what to do when you become injured.

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To Post Or Not To Post: Is That A Question?

What scores should you post? The simple answer...just about all of them!

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The (Handicap) Alphabet Soup

Just when you think you’ve got the Handicap System figured out, a letter appears next to your Handicap Index. 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. Here is what the letters mean.

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How Did I Do Last Year?

Golfers are often encouraged to look forward, forget about the past (especially really poor shots) and aspire to do better. Yet sometimes it helps to take a look back in order to take a step forward.

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Under The Radar Services

The SCGA provides an array of services in support of golf outside of the issuance of a Handicap Index, yet a few of these may not be in the limelight. Here are a few of the many behind-the-scenes handicap-related services...

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Mobile App Eases Verification

Many SCGA members are unsure of an easy means of having their Handicap Indexes confirmed, whether preparing for a golf trip, confirmation for a competition or even just making sure the right strokes are given or received during the weekly after-work gathering. While a number of capabilities to accomplish verification exist, a new feature on the GHIN Mobile App allows your smartphone to do the “heavy lifting” for you with just a few taps of your finger.

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The Truth Behind Those Tournament Scores

The USGA Handicap System™ looks at scores identified with a T, for Tournament, to see if outstanding performance exists. As part of the calculation at each revision, Section 10-3, Reduction of Handicap Index Based on Exceptional Tournament Scores, is automatically checked for.

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