NGS Converted to Handicaps
When converting an NGS to a club handicap, the simplistic approach is to average the two players NGS and subtract from 50. I am wondering if a better approach would be to use each pair’s “expected score” (ES) as the basis for their handicap, thus taking into account the strength of their opposition. The ES for each pair in each session is calculated as ES = 50 - SOpps + PairAverageGrade. This translates to Handicap = PairAverageGrade – SOpps. (SOpps = average strength of your opposition.)
• In straight Mitchell movements, the strength of each direction could be significantly different. The ES approach takes this into account
• The ES handicap of a bad pair in a good field would be higher than their NGS based handicap
• The ES handicap of a good pair in a good field would be lower than their NGS based handicap.
• The ES effect in single winner competitions is less, as each pair has the same opponents.
This approach would require computation from the scoring programs but that is quite doable.