Psychological Factor


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“Psychological” is an Obstacle Factor in the Course Rating System

The SNGA and WSNGA, along with other state/regional golf associations, are trained and licensed by the USGA to objectively evaluate 10 obstacle factors when rating a golf course. These obstacle factors include topography, fairway, green target, recoverability and rough, bunkers, out-of-bounds/extreme rough, trees , green surface.

Additional factors are used to evaluate the length of the hole including elevation (tee to green), dogleg/lay up and prevailing winds are also considered.

One of these isn’t a physical characteristic of the course at all like water hazards or bunkers – it’s called “Psychological”.   It is automatically calculated by the USGA Course Rating Program based on the sum of all other obstacle ratings that are considered high or punitive.

Many punitive obstacles located near a target area causes uneasiness in the mind of the golfer, and can affect his score.

 
 
 
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