Category Archives: The Handicap System

How to Calculate your Handicap? How to track your Scores? What is a Handicap Index? How was the Handicap System developed? What are the USGA guidelines?

Golf Handicaps are different for 9 and 18 hole rounds

I am sure you know that Golf Handicaps are calculated for 18 hole rounds. But did you know that if you only play 9 hole rounds you would have a Handicap Index called N? You will see in our Trends … Continue reading

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Using the Golf Handicap in Match play

Do you know how to use your Golf Handicap to compete against your friends on your weekly rounds? Do you know what’s the logic behind it? The purpose of this post is to understand how to use it. The Golf … Continue reading

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Official USGA Handicaps should be issued through compliant Clubs

The common golfer believes that the USGA Handicap System is a mathematical exercise,  however it is a lot more than just that. The system relies heavily on peer review to ensure the veracity of the information. That’s why the USGA Handicap … Continue reading

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Playing an Unrated teebox? Here is our solution…

Today I played with a low handicapper female friend. And we decided to tee off from the White tees. At the end of our round we realized that the White teebox was not rated for Women. She took a long … Continue reading

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Adjusting your Score for Handicap Calculation purposes

Most golfers know that if they write a 12 in their scorecard that should not be used for Handicap Calculation purposes. However, not everyone knows what is it exactly that they have to do to clean their card. Here it … Continue reading

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Golf Handicap: Course and Slope Rating mysteries…

Golf Handicap’s Black box Most golfers see the Handicap System as a black box judging their golf fate. Most don’t understand it but have chosen to go with the flow and humbly accept its verdict. We already discussed the overall … Continue reading

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How is your Handicap Index Calculated?

The Handicap System was develop to assess the potential ability of a player, and not the average ability like many believe. There are many reasons for this, which I explain in future articles of our Range section, but for now … Continue reading

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Golf Handicap Philosophy Series (1/4)- Player’s Potential Ability

“The USGA Handicap System™ enables golfers of all skill levels to compete on an equitable basis” - www.USGA.org The Handicap system was developed to measure the potential ability of golf players and level the ground for them to compete. These potential … Continue reading

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Golf Handicap Philosophy Series (2/4) – Comparing Apples to Apples

In our previous post I introduced what I believe are the 4 principles behind the Handicap System. 1. Measuring player’s potential 2. Comparing Apples to Apples 3. Removing noise 4. Trusting each other We already talked about “Measuring Player’s Potential … Continue reading

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Golf Handicap Philosophy Series (3/4) – Removing Noise

In previous posts we discussed the first 2 principles behind the Handicap System. 1. Measuring player’s potential 2. Comparing Apples to Apples 3. Removing noise 4. Trusting each other Let’s discuss “Removing Noise” Removing Noise “Scores per hole are limited … Continue reading

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