At the beginning of each golf season, my handicap index tailspins into correction mode. This year is no different except I did not play any substantial golf last year to help stem the tide. So, as I record my games at the Golf Canada website, my index is starting to rise. I am not sure how far my index will rise, but I am mentally prepared for whatever my game will present.
Over the past two days, I was able to play two 18 hole rounds in a row. This is the first time since last year at this time that I was able to do that. I was lucky enough to play these rounds with my friend Mike and after two rounds we have both won a match.
The first round was at North Granite Ridge Golf Course (review forthcoming) and Mike schooled me with his steady play and great putting. I was all over the place, but learned a few things, so nothing was lost.
Yesterday, we played our home course and the roles were reversed. I shot a solid 76 and left a few strokes on the course. Mike had a few challenges. However, my score was still 3 above what is required to maintain my ‘start of the year index’. As a result of my index rose from 5.1 to 5.7. Not a significant jump, but I have several very low scores leaving the my list that will result in a significant jump in my handicap.
Here are your thoughts on your yearly handicap index correction:
As stated earlier, my early season handicap index correction is underway. I a not sure exactly how high it will go, but I have every confidence that I will be able to stop the slide and drop my index below 5.1 by the end of the year. The real trick is not to panic, but enjoy the ups and downs of golf regardless of what I score.
Does your handicap index fluctuate?
I a a grateful golfer! See you on the links!