Newbie question about ESC with a new handicap

Gibson74Gibson74 Members Posts: 3
Hey all, just joined the forum. I’ve been a once-a-year golfer for many years, but I started taking it more seriously this year. I joined a 9-hole league back at the beginning of the season, and I just signed up with the GHIN system for an official handicap. I’m still fighting a lot of those beginner mistakes but I’m excited about improving over time.



My league gave me an unofficial handicap for league purposes because I didn’t have one (based on my recent rounds in league play), which changes slightly week to week, right now it’s at 22. But the GHIN system gave me a handicap of 34. I was surprised at the difference.



Now, when I filled out my scores for the GHIN I was using my actual scores, including all those stellar 10’s and 11’s I rightfully earned. I had heard about ESC, but I thought you were supposed to use that after you already had an established handicap.



But did I do that incorrectly? Is that why my actual handicap is now so much higher than my league handicap? If so, should I go back and update my past scores factoring in ESC? I want to make sure I start off on the right foot. And I don’t want anyone thinking I inflated my handicap on purpose.



Sorry if this is a newbie question. New to the whole handicap system. Thanks!

Comments

  • HackerD  HackerD Student of the game Members Posts: 3,166 ✭✭
    I don’t know the answer to your question but I do know the max score on any hole for posting purposes is a 10, for course handicaps of 40 or more. Seems like at minimum one should change any hole score above 10 to a 10 for ESC. But whether or how ESC is applied before you have an official HC I’m not sure.
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  • AugsterAugster Members Posts: 4,263 ✭✭
    Apply ESC. No more than a 10. Your 9-hole league cap is 22, which would be a 44 for GHIN 18 hole cap, but male index only goes to 34.6 or something. So they start you at max.
  • davep043davep043 Members Posts: 3,261 ✭✭
    I agree with this, assume you have the highest acceptable handicap until you've posted enough scores (5-18 hole scores) to have an official number. Along the way, use the ESC associated with that highest possible handicap.
  • Gibson74Gibson74 Members Posts: 3
    Thanks guys, I appreciate the insight. That kinda confirms what I was thinking but I figured I should ask around first. Thanks!
  • SawgrassSawgrass Members Posts: 15,042 ✭✭
    davep043 wrote:


    I agree with this, assume you have the highest acceptable handicap until you've posted enough scores (5-18 hole scores) to have an official number. Along the way, use the ESC associated with that highest possible handicap.
    Gibson, to be clear, note that it is the course handicap associated with the highest index available, not just the highest handicap index available:

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    A player without an established Handicap Index must use the maximum Handicap Index of 36.4 for men, or 40.4 for women, converted to a Course Handicap, to determine a maximum ESC number.
  • Gibson74Gibson74 Members Posts: 3
    This helps a lot, thanks!
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