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. By that logic, players below 15 could be considered good .
For example: a player’s handicap is 20 and he completes a competition round in 15 over par, therefore is 5 shots better than his handicap . A handicap of 20 is in category 3, so they player will be cut 0.3 for every shot he bettered his handicap by. 5 shots better x 0.3 = 1.5 shots. His new handicap would be 18.5.
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.
54 for men and women
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.
In most cases, a low golf handicap is one that is a single digit. In other words, it is a handicap of between 1 and 9 . For example, a golfer with a handicap of 2 might not feel that 9 is considered low. Still, anyone with a single-digit handicap is a skilled golfer .
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.
The five categories are – Category 1 playing handicaps of 5 or less; Category 2 handicaps of 6 to 12; Category 3 handicaps 13 to 20; Category 4 , handicaps 21 to 28; Category 5 handicaps 29 to 36.
Pre- 2020 the calculation to find the Course Handicap was: Handicap Index X Slope Rating/ 113. The new calculation for Course Handicap will be Handicap Index x (Slope Rating/113) + (Course Rating- Par). The reason for this change is to accommodate players who play off different tees.
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).
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.
The biggest news is that as of January 1, a new Category 5 for Men and Category 6 for both Men and Women has been introduced, meaning that there will now be a maximum competition handicap of 54 for all golfers (replacing the old competition handicaps of 28 for men and 36 for women).
Unified Handicapping System overview Prior to 2018, the highest handicaps were in Category 4 for men, with a maximum of 28.0, and Category 5 for women, with a maximum of 36.0, with provision for higher “club” or “disability” handicaps up to a limit of 54.0 for those who cannot play to these lower limits.