We all can acknowledge that one of the cornerstone values of golf is honesty. …but then why do some golfers forget to allocate (or purposefully omit) penalty strokes and then go on to post an inaccurate score for their round? Some golfers even go as far as simply not posting a score because it was not their “normal” or was a “bad” round and they don’t want their Handicap Index to be penalized and increase. On the flip side, some golfers will do the opposite and won’t post a really “great” score so their Handicap Index won’t lower and they can get an advantage when it comes to competition time.
If you’re one of these golfers… please stop because you’re not just disrupting others’ ability to enjoy the level playing field you are penalizing yourself. How are you penalizing yourself? Here’s how…
NOT POSTING BAD SCORES: Here’s the deal, you may think you are helping yourself by eliminating high scores to keep your Handicap Index low but the calculation to determine your Handicap Index takes into account a range of your most current scores (or within the last 12 months). Point being one bad round isn’t going to kill your index. Second point… if you are pretty consistently shooting 95+ then you should not be held accountable to a Handicap Index that puts you shooting somewhere in the 80’s.
OMITTING PENALTY STROKES: Plain and simple, if you are not counting penalty strokes then you are not allowed to post your score at the end of the round. If you are not counting every single stroke you take during a round your score does not count for recording purposes.
NOT POSTING GOOD SCORES: If you were to shoot your lowest score but choose not to post it to GHIN in fear that your Handicap Index will drop go back and read the same statement about not posting bad scores. This is the inverse of course but when it does come time for a competitive round it is noticed and you could be forced to forfeit a trophy. If you were on average to shoot mid-80’s but do shoot from time to time in the low 70’s you must post those scores because it won’t take long before the Handicap Committee notices your tournament score trends and you’ll be tagged by your peers as a sandbagger. Not a good thing.
NOT POSTING ALL SCORES: Post every eligible core regardless of whether or not it was for casual play or tournament. The Handicap Index system is the best way to track your progress and it’s okay for you to go through peaks and valleys as you hone in your skills.
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