One group comes to your tournament with an elevated handicap and then runs away with the win, whether the prize is money or just the glory, this has an impact on the whole field. You may think this is not a big issue, I mean after all it is only one group or person, but this one group or person affects the entire field, whether that is 35 or 140 people. It affects all the other people you are hoping will compete in your next event, or return next year- all of those people now believe it was an expensive waste of time to “compete” in the event.
Are these players more or less likely to participate again? The answer is less likely, they are far less likely to commit their time and money next time. We surveyed a field of competitors recently asking them what they thought of the event and how it went. 60% of them believed the club did not do enough to make sure the competition was “fair play.”
The participants believe that the handicap service itself is fair, and holds the power to level the field and create a fun environment for competition, as shown in the graph below. Handicap services when used with the games intended integrity will always be impactful, fair and unbiased. It’s the human element has become the challenge at many clubs.
With so many other demands on peoples time along with other recreational options, let the participation in your tournaments and events expand by eliminating the “player manipulated handicaps,” even in events with visiting guests.