At Arccos we use Strokes Gained and our benchmark, Mr. Scratch, to provide you with a handicap for each facet of your game. The handicap we assign accurately reflects a golfer's performance and provides guidance on strengths and weaknesses allowing for smarter practice. In the image, this golfer's strength is their putting (handicap of +2.1), but their approach play is a weakness (12.6).
Overall Facet Handicaps
An Overall Facet Handicap is a blended calculation that takes the player's best 10 rounds out of the last 20. For each Overall Facet Handicap, the strokes gained for each of the best 10 rounds are added together (with adjustments made for sub-18 hole rounds and the course difficulty) then divided by 10. Arccos then compares the blended strokes gained for each facet with our proprietary data to provide Overall Facet Handicaps.
How does Arccos calculate the handicap for each facet?
We provide facet handicaps for every round of golf played with Arccos, as well as an overall player handicap. Both use Strokes Gained as a foundation, but engage different processes; the below summarises how each is calculated.
Individual Round Facet Handicaps
An individual round handicap is calculated after every round of golf played with Arccos, irrespective of the number of holes played. After the round is complete Arccos adds up the strokes gained for each of the five facets, compares the individual totals with our proprietary data to provide a handicap for each facet, and finally adjusts each facet handicap based on the course rating.
The overall Player Handicap does not use Strokes Gained, nor is it an average of the five facet handicaps. It should be viewed as a rough guide to what a golfer's USGA index would be based on that golfer's Arccos data.
The USGA handicap system uses the best 10 rounds out of the last 20 to calculate the player's overall handicap. For a new Arccos user with less than 20 rounds, all rounds will be included until the best 10 can be used.