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15 Handicapping Systems: Callaway System




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This article is from the Golf FAQ, by marcelo@nntpserver.Princeton.EDU (Marcelo A. Gallardo) with numerous contributions by others.

15 Handicapping Systems: Callaway System


The Callaway System is a so-called "one-round" system or "worst-holes"
system that compresses the spread of gross scores when converted to net
scores. It is not a reliable handicap system and produces a result such
that the player with the lowest gross score almost always becomes the
low net score winner. Most players with higher gross scores are given
net scores within a few strokes of the winner so that most players can
feel competitive.

By the Callaway System, a player's allowance is determined after each
round by deducting from his gross score for 18 holes the scores of the
worst individual holes during the first 16 holes. The table below shows
the number of "worst hole" scores he may deduct and the adjustment to
be made, based on his gross score.

SCORE                                   DEDUCT
 --      --      70      71      72      scratch    - no adjustment
 73      74      75      --      --        1/2      worst hole  and adjustment
 76      77      78      79      80      1          worst hole  and adjustment
 81      82      83      84      85      1 1/2      worst holes and adjustment
 86      87      88      89      90      2          worst holes and adjustment
 91      92      93      94      95      2 1/2      worst holes and adjustment
 96      97      98      99     100      3          worst holes and adjustment
101     102     103     104     105      3 1/2      worst holes and adjustment
106     107     108     109     110      4          worst holes and adjustment
111     112     113     114     115      4 1/2      worst holes and adjustment
116     117     118     119     120      5          worst holes and adjustment
121     122     123     124     125      5 1/2      worst holes and adjustment
126     127     128     129     130      6          worst holes and adjustment

Maximum Handicap - 50

ADJUSTMENT

 -2      -1       0      +1      +2                 Add or Deduct to Handicap

NOTES:
1. No hole may be scored at more than twice its par.
2. Half strokes count as whole.


 

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