On Monday the USGA announced several changes to its handicap system that go into effect January 1, 2016. Usually, no one really cares, but one particular new rule seems to have many golfers up in arms and ready to picket the headquarters in Far Hills, NJ. Which feels like a bit of an extreme reaction, but I’m among the few who don’t think it’s that big of a deal.
So, here’s the deal: The USGA says you can no longer post scores for your handicap if you played alone and your score needs to be attested by someone you played with who also keeps a USGA handicap (because only those golfers are trustworthy!). Here’s the explanation in the media blast: