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. The USPAG puts the “official” average at a 15 handicap. This would mean a player who typically scores around 90 on the average course.
Moderate and High Handicaps Basically, a handicap of 10 means the player consistently shoots 10 strokes higher than the difficulty rating of the courses she plays regularly. Someone with a handicap of 18 is sometimes called a “bogey golfer ,” meaning she averages a bogey, or one shot above par, per hole.
It means players of all abilities can play and compete together on a level playing field. The handicap is an allowance of shots per round, based on a player’s ability. Handicaps start at 28 for men and 36 for women and the better the player, the lower their handicap .
Blog: The Scratch Pad
|Gross Score||Handicap Calculation|
|–||92||Handicap = 3 worst hole scores + adjustment|
|–||96||Handicap = 3 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment|
|–||100||Handicap = 4 worst hole scores + adjustment|
|–||105||Handicap = 4 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment|
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.
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).
As a 7 – handicap , you’re in the top 21 percent of male golfers—top 3 percent for females—according to the United States Golf Association. A professional career isn’t happening anytime soon, but you should be proud of the level you’ve attained.
If your course handicap is 18 and you’re playing just to post a score for handicap purposes (you’re not playing against someone in a match, in other words), then 18 is how many strokes you get to take. If you are playing against someone in a match, then the golfers play off the low handicap of the group.
A good golf score is a maximum of 108 strokes, while a bad score is considered to be 120 strokes or higher.
Handicap differential = (Adjusted Gross Score-rating of the course) X 113 / Course slope ratings. The course rating is simply the scores of a new golfer on a normal course under a normal playing condition. Slope rating is the rating of 113 for a course based on the standard difficulty.
To get your first handicap you will need to complete 54 holes of golf (this may be any combination of 18- and 9-holes*) with your card marked by someone who understands the Rules of Golf .
The maximum score for each hole played is limited to a net double bogey – which is equal to Par of the hole + 2 strokes (double bogey) + any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole based on their Course Handicap.
For example, say your AGS is 85, the Course Rating is 69.3, and the Slope Rating is 117 . You would have the equation (AGS – Course Rating) x 113 / Slope Rating, or (85 – 69.3) x 113 / 117 , which results in a Handicap Differential of 15.2.