Anonymous asked in SportsGolf · 1 decade ago

what exactly is your "handicap" in golf?


...what does it mean?

5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    A golf handicap allows you to compete with someone of a different skill level from your own. In tennis you cannot play against Roger Federer, for he would wipe you off the court, but, in golf you can play against Tiger Woods using your handicap. There are some finer details to be precise, but the idea is you take the best 10 of your last 20 18 hole scores, you would have to double your nine hole scores, averaqe those, multiply by .80 or 80%, and that number is the number of strokes a scratch player would have to give you in a match. If your handicap was 21 , a scratch player, or zero handicapper would have to give you 21 strokes per round, a 10 handicap would give you 11, and you would have to give a 30 handicaper 9 strokes. The scorecard on your course ranks the holes on the card, so you either get or give strokes on the holes starting from the hardest to easiest til you run out. That is the general idea.

    This allows four strangers to meet on the golf course and play against each other in a fair and reasonably equal way.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Handicap is a number that represents the average number of strokes that a player will take above par to complete a round of 18 holes. For example a Hnadicap of 16 means that the player usually takes Par (between 70 to 72 for most courses) + 16 strokes to finish the round. The lower the handicap, the better the player. The average American Golfer has a handicap of 26, which means they usually take 96 to 98 strokes a round.

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  • x-15a2
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    "Handicap" refers to a numerical representation of a golfer's playing ability. The lower a golfer's handicap, the better the golfer is. A 2 handicapper is better than a 10 handicapper who is better than a 20 handicapper.

    Handicaps are meant to represent a golfer's potential rather than simply be an average of a golfer's scores. For example, someone who averages 20-over-par likely won't have a handicap of 20; his handicap will likely be several strokes lower than 20 because of the way handicaps are calculated.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I agree with all of the above, and if you want an easy way to calculate your golf handicap index, you can use this simple free handicap calculator that i use all the time. Very Easy.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Your handicap is, in a very basic explanation, how many strokes on average you shoot in relation to par. It's used to create competetion between players of different skill levels as well as a self-improvement tool.

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