How is myPAR™ calculated?

To keep it simple, myPAR™ is calculated as the differential in strokes in relation to the course par, as defined below:  

DifferentialStrokes (DS) = (User's Gross Strokes {at X course} - Par {at X course})

Steve shoots a 93 at a course with a par 72.93 (strokes) - 72 (course par) = 21 (stroke differential)

Steve's first myPAR™ number would be 21, simply his number of strokes in relation to par. 

What does this mean?

Over time, this number averages out to be a true representation of Steve's average playing ability.myPAR™ is a “true” measure of the middle (average) performance and is less susceptible to outliers. An unusually good or bad performance will not have an outsized impact on your myPAR™. 

myPAR™ results are more stable than a traditional handicap round-by-round, but will also trend up and down as a player’s performance improves or gets worse.  We believe using the median performance is a better measure of a golfers ability than the traditional handicap formula. 

Traditional methods use 96% of the mean of a golfer’s last 10 rounds - which means the golfer will only shoot the “handicap” if they golfer is doing 4% better than average.myPAR™ is designed to be a better reflection of your actual playing ability in relation to the course par, so a higher myPAR™ is expected when compared to handicap. On average, we found the myPAR™ to be 3 strokes higher than the traditional handicap formula.

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