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Handicap Padding Example

Handicap Padding Recap

If you're a new league or adding new players to your league which have existing handicaps from another source, the Handicap Padding setting will create a number of "Padding Scores" which act as a real score in the player's score history, which is representative of the Starting Handicap for that player.

It's like giving a player a score history without knowing or entering actual scores into the player's Historical Score list. If you have a lot of players, this is a quick way to give them a score history. The feature is useful because it will prevent a new player's handicap from changing wildly the first few rounds of the season because there are more scores to include in their average.


Example 1 - Without Handicap Padding

Let's say you have the following example of a new player Dave with a starting handicap of 10 with the following league settings:

  • Player has a starting handicap of 10
  • The league takes the most recent 5 rounds for handicap purposes
  • Handicap % is set to 100%
  • Dave has played 3 actual rounds
Round # Par Score Differential Handicap After Round
1 36 44 8 (8/1) = 8
2 36 48 12 (8+12)/2 = 10
3 36 42 6 (8+12+6)/3 = 8.66

With Handicap Padding

The following is an example of those same scores with Handicap Padding set to 2 rounds. You'll notice that the handicap doesn't change as much from round to round with those extra 2 rounds in the average:

Round # Par Score Differential Handicap After Round
Padding Score     10  
Padding Score     10  
1 36 44 8 (10+10+8)/3 = 9.33
2 36 48 12 (10+10+8+12)/4 = 10
3 36 42 6 (10+10+8+12+6)/5 = 9.2

Example 2 - Without Handicap Padding

Now you have another player Bill and he tells you his handicap is 15, but you're not so sure about Bill, you thought he was more like an 8 or 9, but you trust him anyway. Surprisingly, he ends up shooting the same scores as Dave, so without handicap padding, they end up with exactly the same handicap.

  • Player has a starting handicap of 15
  • The league takes the most recent 5 rounds for handicap purposes
  • Handicap % is set to 100%
  • Dave has played 3 actual rounds
Round # Par Score Differential Handicap After Round
1 36 44 8 (8/1) = 8
2 36 48 12 (8+12)/2 = 10
3 36 42 6 (8+12+6)/3 = 8.66

With Handicap Padding

Now we'll take Bill's scores, and see what his handicap would be with Handicap Padding set to 2 rounds:

Round # Par Score Differential Handicap After Round
Padding Score     15  
Padding Score     15  
1 36 44 8 (15+15+8)/3 = 12.66
2 36 48 12 (15+15+8+12)/4 = 12.5
3 36 42 6 (15+15+8+12+6)/5 = 11.2

So as you can see, Bill ends up with a much higher handicap using padding because his starting handicap was 15, and that starting handicap really wasn't very representative of what he actually shoots. So to use Handicap Padding successfully, you have to have reliable starting handicaps for your players.