Handicaps may be used in clubs, where the standard is uneven. This is not essential where clubs are large enough to run special sections. When there is a wide gap within any section, a handicap system is desirable in the interest of equity.


This is a vital part of ensuring equity and is called seeding. This is not always possible on the ordinary club night, but can be reasonably achieved, if the T.D. announces that pairs should start against their equals. For pre-entry competitions the following standard is recommended: –

  • Low Handicap………..Master and Strong Inter. (A)
  • Medium Handicap……Some Inter (A) & Strong (B)
  • High Handicap……….Some Inter (B) & Novices


All pairs should meet an equal number of pairs from each of the above groups. For 1 Session each sector should meet 1/3rd of each sector, in two sessions 2/3rd of each sector etc. this does not necessitate meeting all pairs which is impossible with large numbers, but will give “balance” in the competition.


The “PAR” or average gross winning % in most clubs is 62%.

This will be lower in very strong clubs where there is a majority of Master players or higher in clubs where there are some strong pairs and a majority of novices or Inter (B). The “PAR” over a year, ranges from 58% to 64% depending on the mix of grades but the norm is 62%. Each club must decide on the “PAR” from club records of results.


Each player’s handicap is calculated, by comparing their “ACTUAL” average gross score with the club “PAR”. For example, a member has an average gross of 52% over the previous 8 weeks, 20 weeks or year (based on how far back you wish to go). If the “par” is 62%, he would have a club handicap of 10%. If another player had an average gross score of 44% he would get a handicap of 18%. If all players played to their average performance on a night, their handicaps would bring everyone a Nett score of 62%. This of course cannot happen in practice as some perform better than normal and others play below their norm for various reasons. This is why we get Nett scores much higher than 62%. Clearly a scratch pair would have to perform better than their normal 62% if they were to win the Nett.

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