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Four-ball Better Ball – 90%

Four-ball Better Ball – 90%

As you may have heard, CONGU – the body responsible for handicapping in the UK – introduced a number of changes to the handicapping system, the most notable affecting club golfers being the number of strokes given away in four-ball better ball ties.

If you’ve played in a four-ball better ball tie before, you may know that (up until recently), the golfer with the lowest handicap in the match concedes strokes to the other three. This was calculated at 75% of the difference between their handicaps. It has now increased to 90%.

CONGU explain it like this: “a great deal of four-ball better ball golf is played throughout the GB&I and research has shown that setting the handicap allowance at 75% is not fair for those players with a higher handicap therefore the allowance has been increased to 90% to ensure more equitable competition.”

Handicap Allowances – All Formats of the Game

Match Play

  • Singles: Full difference between the handicaps of the players
  • Foursomes: 1/2 difference between combined handicaps of each side
  • Four-ball: Back marker to concede strokes to the other 3 players (better ball) based on 90% of the difference between the full handicaps

Stroke Play

  • Singles: Full difference between the handicaps of the players
  • Foursomes: 1/2 difference between combined handicaps of each side
  • Four-ball: Back marker to concede strokes to the other 3 players (better ball) based on 90% of the difference between the full handicaps

Stableford

  • Singles: Full difference between the handicaps of the players
  • Foursomes: 1/2 difference between combined handicaps of each side
  • Four-ball: Back marker to concede strokes to the other 3 players (better ball) based on 90% of the difference between the full handicaps

Greensomes

  • Stroke play: (Lower handicap x 0.6)+(higher handicap x 0.4)
  • Match Play: Full Difference between Greensomes Handicaps

> Greensomes Handicap Allowance a Table – Page 73