Explanation of the FairwayFiles.com Golf Tracking System
Can it provide an official USGA Handicap Index ®?
No. FairwayFiles is not affiliated in any way with the USGA. If you want to get a USGA handicap you need to join or form a USGA Licensed golf club. Your FairwayFiles Index is provided for social / recreational purposes only. While it is not acceptable in USGA events, FairwayFiles Indexes will allow you to even the playing field with your friends.
How is my FairwayFiles Index calculated?
Your FairwayFiles Index is designed to measure your potential, not your
average score. Each round is assigned a handicap differential which
takes into account the difficulty of the course as measured by the
course rating and the slope. The handicap differential for a given
round is calculated using the following formula:
Handicap Differential = (Gross Score - Course Rating) * 113 / (Course Slope)
The Handicap Differential is a generic number that can be used to
compare rounds played on differnt courses. This is the number that
is graphed in the bars on the score graph the user profile screen. Your FairwayFiles Index is
calculated by taking the average of the best 10 of your last 20
handicap differentials. Then taking 98% of that number. ( Note this is different than the USGA formula which uses .96 ) Interested parties can do the math to find equivalend USGA number ( multiply by 98/96 )
Important Note for users with less than 20 scores
If you have less than 20 scores the following table is used to
determine the number of rounds that will be counted toward your
Warning:Be wary of betting with anyone with less than 7 scores as the basis of their handicap.
|Number of Scores||Cutt-off|
|5 or 6||Lowest 1|
|7 or 8||Lowest 2|
|9 or 10||Lowest 3|
|11 or 12||Lowest 4|
|13 or 14||Lowest 5|
|15 or 16||Lowest 6|
Does the system Support Equitable Stroke control?
Yes. If you enter score details, the system will automatically adjust for ESC when calculating your handicap. It will still keep your actual score on each hole and your actual total score for your records, but when calculating your handicap differential it will make the adjustment.
The USGA defines ESC as the downward adjustment of an individual hole score for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential scoring ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player's Course Handicap. ESC is used only when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds his maximum number. There is no limit to the number of holes on which a player may adjust his score.
|Course Handicap||Maximum Number On Any Hole|
|9 or less||Double Bogey|
|10 through 19||7|
|20 through 29||8|
|30 through 39||9|
|40 or more||10|