What Exactly is an Average Golf Handicap (and How to Calculate Yours)

What Exactly is an Average Golf Handicap

What Exactly is an Average Golf Handicap (and How to Calculate Yours)

One of the most common questions in golf is about handicaps. Beginners don’t know what it is, how to apply it, and how it compares with others. Luckily, there is a system for finding out someone’s average golf handicap score.

A handicap is a number that shows your golfing skill level. It makes it possible for people with different skill levels to play a game together.

Other benefits include:

  • show a fair representation of a golfer’s scoring potential
  • allows for the use of the handicap in different golf courses
  • acts as a gauge of one’s ability and development in the game

Some people feel uncomfortable sharing their actual handicap score. Others go as far as changing their scorecards to hide the information. It’s a sensitive and sometimes embarrassing subject.

Professional golfers don’t have this problem. Their information is available online. Golfing associations in each country calculate and publish the official scores during tournaments.

Anyone who is not a professional player has to make do with calculating their own handicap. For those who play once in a while, the assumption is that their average golf handicap is about 100.

But how can you calculate your own score? Read on to know how.

How to Calculate an Average Golf Handicap

The course rating, slope rating, and your adjusted gross scores are the factors affecting the calculation of handicaps.

In the UK, there are many good golf courses offering various levels of difficulty. Despite the advances in golf, it still comes down to your skill level.

Here is an outline of how to calculate your average golf handicap score:

Get the adjusted gross scores

First, play a few rounds of golf and get a minimum of five to 20 scores. Those will be your gross scores. To get the adjusted gross scores (AGS), you will need to use a stroke control system.

You can use the US Golf Association’s (USGA) equitable stroke control measures. Or, you can use the Stableford system from the European Golf Association (EGA). These systems adjust the golfer’s scores to reflect their ability.

Once you adjust the scores, you move to the next step.

Find the handicap differential

The formula for calculating the handicap differential is:

Course rating – AGS X 113/slope rating.

People use 113 to represent the slope rating of a difficult course.

Note the differentials

Take note of the various differential results of your calculations. Use the golfing association’s handicap rules. They show the number of differentials you need for the number of rounds you had on the golf course.

These figures will help you get an average. Add the differentials. Then, divide them by the number of differentials in your calculation.

Get your handicap index

After getting the average, multiply it by 96%. Do not round of the final figure. Delete the numbers after the tenths to give you figures like 20.5.

The figure that you get in your calculation is your handicap index. Now that you know this, you will be able to answer the ‘handicap’ question.

Remember, this is a manual way of calculating. Instead, the golf club will use software to calculate your index.

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