Category: Golf Rules & Etiquette

Free Online Golf Handicap Certificate

Free Online Golf Handicap – Recognised Certificate…

Track your Golf handicap for free in minutes… The Social Golfer online golf handicap service provides a free, quick, and effortless way for Golf Club members and non-club members alike, to record and analyse their scores. Additionally, it is a great tool for Golf Group and Golf Society Organisers. A golf handicap is a numerical…
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USGA Amatuer DRiving Distances Chart

What is the golf Rollback and how does it affect you?

Chiefs of Golf Governing Bodies Announce Date for Golf Ball Rollback As we approach the end of 2023, the golfing world finds itself on the brink of significant change. With the announcement by R&A and USGA regarding the implementation of a rollback on golf ball distance. This new rule aims to limit the distance a…
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WHS makes major changes to Golf Handicap Rules…

WHS Handicap Rules Changes! The USGA and the R&A have officially announced they will be making amendments to the way the WHS Handicap is calculated. In an ‘ongoing review’ of the Rules of Handicapping and Course Rating System with a continued emphasis on accuracy, consistency, and equity’. The main changes include the following… Coming into…
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The Social Golfer Membership Tiers

The Social Golfer Memberships FREE vs HANDICAP vs PRO

The Social Golfer Membership Tiers So, you’re thinking of registering with The Social Golfer as a FREE member but want to know the advantages of upgrading to our HANDICAP or PRO account? Good question! The Social Golfer is a unique internet golf community that allows you to meet other golfers, near or far. Track your…
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Golf Scorecard and Pencils

What does the Golf Slope & Rating mean?

With the introduction of the WHS (World Handicap System) in 2021, golfers have had to learn some new terminology…While the terms golf slope and rating have been around for several years, it is only since 2020 that UK golfers have been required to understand their true meaning. The official USGA definition of the two different measures…
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What is the Playing Handicap Calculation in Golf?

With the new World Handicapping System (WHS) now widely established, how is your Playing Handicap calculation worked out? Upon submitting your scores to the TSG Handicap Calculator, you will gain your Handicap Index. This, in turn, is then adjusted to a Course Handicap (depending on the Slope, Rating and Tees listed on the course you…
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What is the Course Handicap in Golf?

With the World Handicapping System (WHS) now widely established, what is the definition of the term Course Handicap? New rules came into effect on 1st April 2024. Your Handicap Index may change on each and every golf course you play. And vary, depending on which coloured tee you wish to play fro on the day.…
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The Origin of Golf Words, Phrases & Terminology

Many golfing terms are now part of the everyday English language, but what is the origin of golf words we use so often? We all know the common words used in golf, but what about some of the lesser know terms. With much debate and myths surrounding the history of golf langauge, TSGer Blogger Kevin…
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How to deal with golf cheats…

Spotting a Golf Bandit in action We’ve all had to deal with golf cheats at one time or another, yet golf is supposed to be the great game of honour, or so they say. Except when it isn’t, and you find that you are confronted with someone trying to manipulate the rules to their own…
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Planning a Golf Day for your Society or Charity…

Getting the most from your Golf Society or Charity Event Planning a Golf Day Organising a golf day of any magnitude is not as easy as people make out. Therefore it’s very important that you find volunteers to help, before, during and after the event. This will help in making decisions that leave no stone…
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How to obtain a golf handicap certificate…

Every golfer wants to know what their real playing ability is but if you don’t belong to a golf club, how do you obtain a golf handicap certificate?We asked the team at the TheSocialGolfer.com to explain what they offer the golfing nomad…How to obtain a golf handicap certificate…Firstly, let’s set the record straight, a CONGU (The Council…
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Ladies Golf… A new dawn?

Ladies Golf is about to take a potentially game-changing vote and allow women to join the Royal And Ancient Golf! As big promoters of women that play, TSG asked Felicity Dunderdale of FOREwomen.co.uk to express her views on the subject … Ladies Golf – Sorry, you can’t come in … I remember playing at Formby Golf Club, near Liverpool…
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Slow Play means ‘Ready golf’…

Slow Play on the golf course is usually a habit acquired over time, with the accumulation of many bad habits.If this is you, it’s often the result of the golfer never having been taught proper golf etiquette.Meaning, a slow player can usually be encouraged to play quicker. Of course, that golfer has to be aware they…
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