Handicaps News

I’m sure you’ve all received the latest monthly newsletter from HNA about the changes coming to the system to bring the entire world into line by the end of this year.

My take is that there are 2 more major changes coming, and I’m going to copy and paste – and highlight - them here for you directly off the HNA newsletter.

“The only significant changes to our current system will be that 1. Your Handicap Index will be calculated using the best 8 score differentials out of the last 20, (with no reduction percentage) and 2. The maximum score allowed on a hole when calculating your Adjusted Gross Score for Handicapping purposes will be Net Double Bogey (i.e. net 2 over par, or zero Stableford points).

With reference to point 1 above: “The current handicap calculation takes the best 10 of your last 20 scores x 0.96, so the effect of the change to the best 8 score differentials out of 20 is that Handicap Indexes (HI) will adjust downwards more quickly and go out more slowly. It is expected that this change will lower the average Course Handicap (CH) by about 0.5 of a stroke”.

With reference to point 2 above: “The change to Net Double Bogey (zero Stableford points) as the maximum score allowed on a hole, will have the effect of increasing the average Handicap Index by the same amount of about 0.5 of a stroke. So the net impact, over time, will be very minor”.

Hope that all makes sense to you.

“There will also be other changes, including a Playing Condition Calculation (PCC), a revised exceptional score calculation and a cap on increases in handicaps during a year”.

You can follow this link for more on the WHS from the R&A.

Houghton News

Next Sunday, the 12th of May, is Mother’s Day. Check out the display ad below for the details:

Saturday 18th May

US PGA Champs – Individual Stableford – 3rd leg of The Race to Simola.

There will be a braai on the verandah after golf, and hopefully we’ll be able to arrange some beer and whisky to taste.

Houghton Hunt updates...

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Tour News

I know it’s only 2 weeks to the US PGA Champs at the ‘extremely difficult’ Bethpage Black (public) course on Long Island, but we did hear the news last week that the USGA – the guys who together with the Royal & Ancient in Scotland govern amateur golf in the world – have extended a special invitation to Ernie Els, a 2-time winner of this Major, for this year’s US Open at the iconic Pebble Beach course from the 13th to the 16th of June.  

This week is the Wells Fargo event at the tough Quail Hollow track, with the Byron Nelson tourney in Dallas the following week before the Tour heads to New York for the 2nd Major of the year.

Former winners of the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow – the venue of Justin Thomas’s US PGA Championship win in 2017 - who will be teeing it up today are defending champ Jason Day, as well as Rory and Rickie, so keep an eye out for those 3. Thomas and Tiger are not there, but Tony Finau is!

That's all for this week.
Hope you have a good one.


Everyone wants forgiveness

The very best ball strikers too
The lower your handicap, the less space you have for error. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a little forgiveness built into your game? But, first we know you don’t want to compromise some key features:
The great news is that the hitting zone has been extended on many better 2018 and 2019 Players Iron models to accommodate slight miss-hits towards the heel or toe. Ball speed is protected, and the distance the ball will travel is unchanged. That’s a critical part of the accuracy a low handicap golfer must have.

Play the perfect partnership
Exploit the advantages technology is giving you, especially if you have little room for error in your round. But, don’t neglect the biggest advantage: Get fitted for a setup that makes it easier to hit the perfect golf shot.
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Knock it down. Knock it close.

If we asked you to stand 20 metres from this bucket and use an under-arm throw to get a golf ball in the bucket, would you use a lower trajectory (a) or a higher trajectory (b)? 
Almost everyone correctly tackles this challenge by using a lower trajectory.
So why do most amateur golfers try and hit wedge shots as
high as possible?

Knock it close with your wedge
Watch the golf on TV and you’ll see Professionals hitting wedge shots mostly with a lower trajectory. They create a ton of spin. It makes it much easier for them to control distance. It makes it easier to be accurate. Time to learn a new skill?
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