American handicapping system...
...exactly how does it work? What little I've managed to garner off the t'interweb it seems to be the best 10 rounds from the last 20 but I can't figure in the Slope Rating. Do you multiply the round by the Slope Rating and then do the best 10 from 20?
Over here its put in 3 cards and with a shake of pixie dust you get a handicap. It is a little more complicated than that and it involves ignoring anything more than a double bogey. Typically, if it averages 15, after the calculation you're more likely to be closer to 12.
After that its broken down into divisions, Cat 1 up to 5, Cat 2 6-12, Cat 3 13-18, Cat 4 19-28. If you are a Cat 3, maybe playing off 15, and you shoot 5 under your handicap, the calculation would be 5x0.3=1.5 off your handicap. That would give you an actual handicap of 13.5, which would round up to a playing handicap of 14. If in your next comp you shoot 1 under, then its 1x0.3=0.3 off giving you an actual handicap of 13.2 and a playing handicap of 13.
If in your next comp you shoot a 3 over nett, your score would fall into the 3 shot buffer zone and your handicap wouldn't budge. The buffer for Cat 1 is 1 shot, 2 shots for Cat 2, 3 shots for Cat 3 and 4 shots for Cat 4. However, if you shot over the buffer it doesn't matter by how many, you only get 0.1 back. So the 13.2 goes to 13.3 and you still play off 13.
I'm guessing that the U.S. version is more complicated than just 10 from 20 as this would see me off 3.2 as opposed to the current actual of 6.2 - although its a pretty tough windblown links course that might have a tough Slope Rating(?).
Driver: Ping i15 11*
Three wood: Taylormade RBZ HL
Rescue: Taylormade 22degree
Irons: Titliest 712cb 4-pw
Wedges: Titliest Vokey 52&56 degree
Putter: Odyseey Whitehot no.5 centre shaft