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General Questions

We use a formula similar to others. The following steps are taken to calculate it.

Step 1
First, we calculate the handicap differential for each round using the SSE (scratch scoring estimate) Rating (what a scratch golfer would score) for the courses played.

HCP Dif=Score - SSE

Example: Your score is 55, the SSE is 50.

The formula would be (55 - 50).

This differential is calculated and recorded for each round.

Step 2
The next step is to figure out how many differentials to use. Only the lowest differentials are used. If you've only entered 11 rounds then only the 4 lowest differentials are used. See the following chart:

Number of Differentials Used
Rounds Entered Differentials Used
5-6 1 lowest
7-8 2 lowest
9-10 3 lowest
11-12 4 lowest
13-14 5 lowest
15-16 6 lowest
17 7 lowest
18 8 lowest
19 9 lowest
20 10 lowest

Step 3
Next, we find the average of the differentials used. If we're only using the 4 lowest then we add them together and divide by 4. We then multiply this by 0.90. All the digits after the tenths are dropped (not rounded) in the result. This gives us your handicap index.

HCP (handicap) index = (sum of differentials/# differentials)*0.96

DIF = Drives in Fairway

GIR = Greens in Regulation

Scramble = This is the ability to still make par when not on the green in regulation. For instance you play 18 and have 8 GIRs. Then for the 10 greens you missed you made par on 4 of them. This gives you a Scramble % of 40%. The higher the scramble % the better.

Putts/Hole = Average putts per a hole

Putts/GIR = Average putts when getting on the green in regulation

Putts/Round = Average putts per a round of golf (18 holes only)

1st. Putt Dist. = Average distance of your first putt

Up/Down  = Percentage getting up and down in 2 strokes from off the green

Drive Lft = Percentage of drives left

Drive Rt = Percentage of drives right

Hole Avg. = Average score on a hole where par=0

Post Birdie Avg. = Same as Hole Avg. except on holes after a birdie are counted

HCP Ind. = Your handicap index

HCP Dif. = Your handicap differential, used to calculate HCP Ind.

Scoring Average = (your score)/(course par)*54 This is a great way to compare your scores no matter if you play 9 or 18.
Yes, we continue to add new features whenever we have time. Not only do we run the website, but we use it to track our own stats. So were always looking for cool stuff to add. If you've got a suggestion we'd love to here it!
You can enter a 9 hole round, but you must make sure that you specify it as a nine hole round during the record round process. You will see a selection for 18, front 9, or back 9.

Partial rounds, less than 9 holes for example, are counted as full rounds. These should be avoided since it will throw off your stats.
Don't worry...once you record a round all of the tee box information is saved with your round. So even if someone deletes the tee box it won't affect your stats! This is why it's important that the tee box information is correct before you submit your round.