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Completing the Handicap Card

A few hints that should be passed on to all new players on how to complete their handicap card:


The date of the game.

Opponent Name Column

Always enter the opponent's full name. You may know who "Dicky" is as he is a club mate but it is rather meaningless to others who may look at your card.

Opponent Hcp Column

It should be always filled in with your opponent's handicap. A good reason for completing the card immediately the game is finished - your opponent may not be around to tell you their handicap at a later time.

Game H/L

Only H or L in this column to signify whether the game was played to handicap or level play rules.

Game Res

Enter the score, with your score first. So 7-4 if you win; 4-7 if you lose. W or L is not an acceptable entry.

Index +/-

This must be a figure with a plus or minus sign. Whilst for handicap play it will be always either +10 or -10, the appropriate figure should be entered as it helps anyone checking your card - and it may not be 10 for level play.

Index New

This is the sum of your previous index plus the column immediately to the left.


It helps use a spare line on the card to write for example "league match vs. Norwich" to identify a group of entries. Cards should not be changed at the end of each season if there is sufficient space available to continue. Cards which become full and are changed should be always carried with the new card as a reference, for at least the next 20 games.