## Official Handicap

On joining the Total Golf Club you will be able to obtain an official handicap. The handicap will be updated every time you play all you have to do is send us your signed card in the post and we will update your handicap online. To get your initial handicap all you will need to do is submit three cards, signed by your fellow player. You will be able to TRACK YOUR HANDICAP ONLINE as your efforts are recorded. A handicap certificate can be issued to you at anytime confirming your current handicap.

## How it works:

On joining the Total Golf Club, an official handicap is easy to secure and start using. The handicap can be updated every time a round is played, just let us know the score and the details of the course played by email or post. Send in the signed card in the post and then we will update the handicap online.

## To secure a handicap:

To secure the initial handicap, just submit THREE cards signed by another player. We will then take the ?average’ of these cards to establish your initial handicap. For example 21 , 17 and 23 over par will result in an initial handicap of 61 divided by 3 = 20.3. Therefore giving you a playing handicap of 20.

You can follow the progress of your handicap online as the history is recorded. A handicap certificate can be issued at any time confirming the current handicap.

## How do handicaps change?

Total Golf will perform the following calculations:
1. Calculate a ?net differential’ for each player. This is the difference between the player’s net score (score less current handicap) and their current handicap.
2. Use each player’s net differential to adjust their handicap according to the following formula:

Handicap of Player Buffer Zone Net Differential Below Zero Net Differentials Above Buffer Zone
Category1: Handicaps up to 5 0 to +1 Handicaps reduced by 0.1 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 2: Handicaps 6 to 12 0 to +2 Handicap reduced by 0.2 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 3: Handicaps 13 to 20 0 to +3 Handicap reduced by 0.3 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 4: Handicaps 21 to 28 0 to +4 Handicap reduced by 0.4 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 5: Handicaps 29 to 36 (*) 0 to +5 (*) Handicap reduced by 0.4 for each stroke net differential is below zero (*) Handicap increased by 0.1 (*)

Where the net differential is within Buffer Zone, no adjustment to handicap is made.

## What is a ?Buffer Zone’?

A player’s ?Buffer Zone’ is a range of scores returned in competitions where the player’s handicap will not be changed. The buffer zone is different depending upon the player’s handicap category. A player returns a score within his Buffer Zone when his Nett Differential is within specified limits.

Handicap of Player Buffer Zone
Category1: Handicaps up to 5 0 to +1
Category 2: Handicaps 6 to 12 0 to +2
Category 3: Handicaps 13 to 20 0 to +3
Category 4: Handicaps 21 to 28 0 to +4
Category 5: Handicaps 29 to 36 (*) 0 to +5 (*)

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