Golf handicaps are a number that represents the golfer’s ability based on their previous golf round’s scores. It serves the purpose of comparing your performances with other golf players. For men , your golf handicap is generally between zero and twenty-eight, and, for women, between zero and thirty-six.
What is your handicap if you shoot 100 ? If you shoot around 100 for 18 holes, your handicap is roughly a 28 ( 100 -72 = 28).
A Course Handicap is the number of strokes a player receives on each particular course . Determine a course handicap by multiplying the Handicap Index by the Slope Rating (from the course and tee you choose) and dividing by 113 (standard difficulty rating). Round the result to the nearest whole number.
These numbers come in handy for calculating a handicap after you have played some rounds. For example, say you go out and shoot an 85 over 18 holes. You could then look up the course and subtract the course rating from your score, in this case 85 -71 = 14.
If you score 100 points playing a 18 hole course and the par is approximately 72, your average score works out to be 28. Every time you play rounds, your handicap values can be recalibrated.
A good golf score is a maximum of 108 strokes, while a bad score is considered to be 120 strokes or higher.
According to National Golf Foundation data, 45% of all golfers average more than 100 strokes per round. With that said, it is believed that a 108 is considered to be a good score for a beginner golfer, which equates to double bogey on each hole of a par 72 course.
Blog: The Scratch Pad
|Gross Score||Handicap Calculation|
|–||100||Handicap = 4 worst hole scores + adjustment|
|–||105||Handicap = 4 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment|
|–||110||Handicap = 5 worst hole scores + adjustment|
|115||116||Handicap = 5 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment|
If you want to be considered good you at least need to have an official handicap . The survey found golfers around 16 to 20 handicap to be the average golfer. They generally score a bit over 90- and play off around a 20 handicap .
How often should I be in the buffer zone and play to handicap ? Going back to the original question. The average for most golfers to be in the buffer zone is 1 out of every 3 to 4 rounds played — that is actually playing to your handicap !
Being a scratch golfer is defined as “a player who can play to a Course Handicap of zero on any and all rated golf courses.” Most of us would associate it with having a handicap of zero. In plain words, scratch golf means that on a neutral golf course a player has the ability to shoot par on any given day.