Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)
ESC exists so a few bad holes cannot skew your handicap index. This makes your handicap more representative of your potential vs an average. Here is the definition from the USGA:
All scores for handicap purposes, including tournament scores, are subject to the application of Equitable Stroke Control (ESC). This mandatory procedure reduces high hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability.What's that mean? Basically it means you can't ever score an 11 on a hole for handicapping purposes. If your handicap is low enough you probably can't even record a score over double boogie. Below is the chart we now use to identify a player's max score per hole:
Please note that in the chart "Course Handicap" is not the same as a golfer's Handicap Index. Course Handicaps are displayed just under the date on your oobgolf scorecard. To calculate the course handicap for a course you have not yet played it multiply your current Handicap Index by the Course Slope and divide by 113. (Handicap Index * Course Slope ) / 113
oobgolf is still keeping all your scores exactly how you entered them. But when calculating a handicap we will apply ESC. Whenever a ESC is needed you will see a new line on your scorecard.
oobgolf's automatic ESC adjusting only takes place for golfers who have entered hole-by-hole data. If you are entering total scores only you will need to make this adjustment yourself based on the chart above. If you are entering hole-by-hole data it is suggested that you do not make the adjustment, so that you may have the real hole score for other scoring statistics.
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