Handicap-zeroing is where the handicaps of both players are adjusted as follows:
Example 1
Tournament Handicap Player A -20 Player B +10
Without zeroing, Player A would need to win 44 points and Player B would need 14 points (a combination of 58) to get to 24-24 (the goal of a handicapped competition).
By calculating the difference between the handicaps (in this case 30 points), halving that (15 points), and putting each player that many points either side of 0 we get the following (zeroed) Match Handicaps.
Tournament Match Handicap Handicap (zeroed) Player A -20 -15 Player B +10 +15
Now Player A would need to win 39 points and Player B would need 9 points (a combination of 48) to get to 24-24 (the 49^{th} rally would win the match).
Example 2 – Both players have a negative tournament handicap
Tournament Match Handicap Handicap (zeroed) Player A -20 -5 Player B -10 +5
Example 3 – Both players have a positive tournament handicap
Tournament Match Handicap Handicap (zeroed) Player A +7 -2 Player B +11 +2
Note, in the event the difference between the player’s tournament handicaps is an odd number, favour is given to the player whose handicap is furthest from +25 i.e.
Tournament Match Handicap Handicap (zeroed) Player A +7 -3 Player B +12 +2 |