Golferpimp1, on Oct 5 2009, 04:28 PM, said:
pardon my ignorance, whats "ESC"
ESC is equitable scoring control.
It's the rule in the USGA handicap system that sets the maximum score you can post for a hole. For instance, I'm a 2.8, the maximum score I can post for a hole is +2 over par. That number changes with your handicap. If I shoot a 78 and the round includes two triple bogeys, my adjusted score would actually be a 76 as far as handicap posting goes.
(It doesn't mean you write down a lower score for a hole on the scorecard, you just adjust your posted score.)
It stops people from intentionally or unintentionally bumping their handicap up by blowing up on a hole.
Obviously there are other ways to "adjust" your handicap, as the guy who netted 62 and 63 in my course championship can tell you. :P
BTW, I wasn't taking a shot at you with my comment. Averaging scores for sake of competition just isn't a very good way of leveling the playing field, ESC is one part of the handicap system that's put in place to try to make things fair. Granted the whole system's reliability is directly based on the integrity of those posting.