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What Golf Handicap Is Right For You

Jun 13, 2008
Golf handicaps are a way to keep amateur golfers from becoming too discouraged and giving up the game. The smaller golf handicaps are better to play golf game than the other big handicaps. Players with low golf handicaps are capable of taking advantage of a forward ball position. The advantage for beginners is the fact that they are allowed to play on the course after having taken only a few lessons as golf handicaps are not obligatory.

Handicaps are supposed to be representative of potential playing ability. US golfers have their handicaps calculated with the help of a number of variables such as their recent golfing history, the course rating as well as slope from these rounds.

Players with raw averages less than the reference number will end up with adjusted scores that are higher than their raw scores. Players with higher handicaps are allowed to post scores composed of hole scores higher than double bogey. One of the great things about golf is that it allows skilled players to compete with not-so-skilled players on a level playing field, all through the wonderful handicap system. Another issue that crops up is sand bagging, where players enter purposely inflated scores in hopes of getting a higher handicap and thus undeserved strokes.

Through the miracle of mathematics, players enter scores into a computer and presto, they get a handicap index. If you look at your scorecard, there's a handicap listed for each hole (one for the men and one for the ladies). For a scratch player, no score of higher than double bogey can be counted. For handicap purposes, the score would be adjusted before entering it into the handicap system. Generally, because there is a "sliding scale" by which a handicap index is calculated (minimum of 5 scores): with the minimum of 5 scores, the (1) lowest differential is the handicap index with 13 scores, the average of the lowest 5 differentials is the handicap index maximum USGA Handicap Index is 36.

Ball golf handicaps are based on 80% of the difference between players' average round scores and the official par on the courses played. In a Pure Scramble, no golf handicaps are used in the scoring and there are no restrictions on shot selections.

A USGA Course Rating is the USGAs mark that indicates the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for a scratch golfer under normal course and weather conditions. Its quite a comprehensive analysis of a course. A Handicap Index is the USGAs service mark used to indicate a measurement of a player's potential ability on a course of standard playing difficulty. What that means is that the USGA has come and evaluated a particular course to gauge the difficulty.
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