One thing that raises many questions in golf is the handicap that differentiates players and ranks them so that they can get a chance to play against each other. The doubts about the handicap are related to how it is obtained and how players can calculate it so they will know which is their rank. In the following lines, we will try to explain the golf handicap as simple as possible so you will get a better understanding of this term.
How do you calculate the handicap?
There is a math formula that will help you determine your handicap so you will have to do some measurements and some calculations based on your best 20 scores. But in more simple lines, a handicap is the score you would expect to get based on how difficult the course is. If your handicap is eight shots higher that of another player, you will get a stroke subtracted from your score on one of the course’s hardest holes. It’s important to take into account the Equitable Stroke Control which is the maximum hole score you would achieve depending on your handicap. This ensures tat the handicap will be accurate for every player.
What does a handicap include?
The handicap is calculated based on two numbers related to the golf course, namely the Course Rating that represents the difficulty of the course for a player who golfs at par and the Course Slope that is the course’s difficulty for a bogey player. These two numbers can be found in the USGA database and can help you calculate your handicap after you have played a few rounds. If. For example, you have shot a score of 85 over 18 holes and the course’s rating is 71, you will extract 71 from 85 and your final handicap is 14.
The reason why the handicap is low
Before you dig deeper into the tricks of the handicap, you should know that it doesn’t reflect your performance but has more to do with your potential golf skills, which is why only the best rounds are taken into account. A player that doesn’t have all the 20 scores they need gets a lower handicap because fewer numbers are used in calculating the handicap. Therefore, the more scores are taken into consideration, the more accurate the results will be.