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What Is A Handicap In Golf

Learn what a golf handicap is and start calculating your own golf handicap with as little as 1 score.

A golf handicap is a measure of your potential playing ability. Roughly it is the number of strokes over par that you are capable of shooting.

People use their golf handicaps to be able to play golf against golfers of different abilities, on an even playing field.

Handicaps allow golfers of all different abilities to play in matches and tournaments in an "even" fashion.

In theory, somebody that has a 10 handicap can play against somebody who is a 20 handicap at an even level, if they give the 20 handicap golfer 10 strokes.

A handicap in more detail...

Your golf handicap is calculated over your last 20 rounds of golf (less if haven't reached 20 yet), and the best 50% of the rounds are used to determine roughly your average strokes over par. (adjusted for course difficulty)

The average of these strokes over par per round becomes your handicap.

Ok, so now we know how handicaps are calculated and what they are used for. Now lets see how an actual match between 2 players of different handicaps would take place.

Example: 10 Handicap Plays 20 Handicap

The 10 handicap golfer has to give the 20 handicap golfer 10 strokes over the course of the 18 hole match. But when does he give them the strokes, on which holes?

If the match is stroke play, then it doesn't matter which holes he gets the strokes on, 10 strokes is simply subtracted from the 20 hdcp golfers final score.

If the match is match play, then the 20 handicap golfer will receive 1 stroke on the 10 hardest holes on the course (which is determined by looking at the lowest handicap holes on the scorecard, 1 handicap is the hardest hole, 18 is the easiest.)

So , on the 10 hardest holes, the 20 handicap golfer would receive a stroke.

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