Welcome to the Page on Your Golf Index & Your Golf Handicap
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The Golf Handicap that you bring to any course you play is determined by your Golf Index as calculated from a weighted average of your most recent rounds played.
The very first thing you must understand right out of the gate is that your Golf Index and your Course Handicap are NOT the same thing. Yet they are tied closely together as one is used to calculate the other.
The big thing to remember is that your Golf Index does not necessarily care what you shoot for an “average” score – your index is only interested in the potential of what you can score. That is why the USGA says that a golfer will shoot to their index roughly only once every five rounds.
It may seem complicated when you factor in that to determine your Golf Index you’ll need to know your Adjusted Score for the round (as determined by the rules of Equitable Stroke Control), and the Rating and the Slope of the course you just played, but with the Right Calculators, the process is simplified and easy to follow.
You can skip straight to those Calculators if you already have a good understanding of how the index and handicap system works. Or, you can read on for a brief education or a short review.
Ready to get started?
Here are some Terms & Definitions that will help
Max USGA Handicap Index - 18 holes
For Men/36.4 - For Women/40.4
Max USGA Handicap Index - 9 holes
For Men/18.2 - For Women/20.2
Now all we gotta do is get from the Gross Scores to a Course Handicap so every player can compete fairly against all other players of varying ability.
We’re going to give you the formulas for all these calculations, but also try to keep the explanations as simple as possible by following the process you could take after playing a round of golf. After all, you’ve got the Calculators below to do all the heavy lifting, so the formulas presented here are really just to help you understand what’s going on behind the Oz’s curtain.
And that’s it!! Pretty simple huh?? Now visit the calculators below and start plugging in some numbers to see where you stand.
The three calculators below are for determining:
|5 or 6||Lowest 1|
|7 or 8||Lowest 2|
|9 or 10||Lowest 3|
|11 or 12||Lowest 4|
|13 or 14||Lowest 5|
|15 or 16||Lowest 6|
Use the chart to the right to determine the number of scores you’ll use based on the total number of rounds you have played and scores you have kept to calculate your Handicap Differential. You will need:
Enter those three numbers into the appropriate fields in the Handicap Differential Calculator below and hit the "Calculate" button. You’ll see the result in the next field, and you can then move that result down into the next series of fields in the Handicap Index Calculator by clicking the "Add" button. Then repeat that process for as many times as you have scores to use up to a maximum of ten.
Once you’ve got your Handicap Index you can move that result down into the Course Handicap Calculator. Then enter the slope of the course and hit that "Calculate" button. Of course, if you already know your Handicap Index, then you can skip right to the Course Handicap Calculator
Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) is a balancing practice used to eliminate the "blow-up" holes that could negatively skew a players score and resulting index calculations. The maximum score that a player can post on any hole is based on the player's Course Handicap.
In the event a player does not have an established handicap then scores are adjusted using the maximum hole score for the highest Course Handicap. Once that player's Handicap Index is established the ESC table below can be employed to keep everything fair and "equitable".
|Course Handicap||Maximum Score per Hole|
|up to 9||Double Bogey|
|10 through 19||7|
|20 through 29||8|
|30 through 39||9|
|40 or higher||10|
Now that you've got your Index all dialed in, it's time to take your game to the course.
Use the Golfow.com link below to book your next round and then check back here to get your Handicap for that course once you know the Course Slope
And check the page for Great Golf Games to take to the course to add some drama and excitement to your rounds
Have fun and hit 'em straight!!
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