Calculating Your Golf Handicap: A Complete Tutorial

How do you get to calculate your golf handicap? You have perhaps heard about the term handicap being thrown all over the place from time to time, and it is important that you get it right. It is in fact something that you will be using every so often, so it is important that you spend as much time as you can learning about it, and know where you stand when it comes to ratings based on your performance.

One mistake that most beginner players tend to imagine, is that when you are talking about handicap in golf, it means you are challenged, and that is not really the case. For those who do not know what it is, and how to calculate it, the following are some useful instructions that should help you have a good time:

  • Adjusted gross score (AGS)
  • Handicap Differential
  • Course Rating

Adjusted gross score (AGS)

For you to be able to get your handicap index, it is important that you get between 5 and 20 golf scores. Once you have at least 5 scores, 9-hole or 18-hole scores, you can then use these to calculate the adjusted gross score.

Other than that, you need to add up the total number of stokes that you take in the course of the game, then from this score you will subtract the maximum number of score you get on each hole. These are predetermined based on the Equitable Stroke Control guideline that is available from the USPGA.

To be on the safe side, confirm with the course, because a number of them always make available all the information relating to the scores on each hole to the participants, either on their website, or within the clubhouse.

Handicap Differential

Once you have managed to obtain the AGS, you will then use this to figure out your handicap differential. To do this, you take the course rating, then subtract the AGS. After that you multiply the result by 113 then divide this against the slope rating. In short, this is the formula you will use:

(AGS – Course Rating) * 113/Slope Rating

Course Rating

This is a numerical representation that is awarded to every set of tees on the course you are playing on. It is basically an approximation of the number of strokes you would need to complete the course, if you are a scratch golfer. This information is also available either online or at the clubhouse.

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