How Is My Golf Handicap Calculated?
We have had many Grinters asking the same questions over a long period of time. For example, “Why is my Golf Handicap so low if my Score Average is around 88?”. So, here you go, this is short and sweet what you need to know about the Handicap System.
To begin, you should know that the Handicap Index is intended to represent a golfer’s potential ability. Therefore, it is not calculated using the Score Average. The Handicap is calculated using the Handicap Differentials of your best rounds.
The Handicap Differential is:
(ESC Score – Course Rating ) *113 / Slope Rating
So, the more Scores you have uploaded to your TheGrint Account, the more accurate your Handicap Index will be. And once you have 20 or more Scores uploaded, the Handicap will use only the Lowest 10 Handicap Differentials out of your last 20 Scores you uploaded. After those Differentials are calculated you average them and then Multiply them by 96% (.96)
And there is your Golf Handicap Index!
Just in case you don’t know what ESC is, the USGA establishes a maximum score per Hole, so the Total Score after applying those Maximums is your ESC (at the bottom of the blog we show you the ESC “Equitable Stroke Control” Guidelines).
What if you have less than 20 Rounds uploaded?
Well, the USGA has a Table that shows the amount of Differentials are used depending on the amount of Rounds you have posted (see below):
And how do you know the ESC Score? You have to use the below table to limit the max score allowed per hole.
But remember, we do all those calculations automatically. All you have to do is upload your Scores to your TheGrint Account. We do the rest.
To show you an example, we will use Mr. Bob Grint’s scoring record! The easiest way for you to see the Scores that are being used to calculate your Handicap is to go to the Trends Section on the Website and see the Green Bars (those are the lowest Handicap Differentials out of all of your latest Scores).
This is Bob’s Trends Section:
His Handicap Index is 2.0 (pretty good, right?).
Also, you have the Handicap Card, which highlights the Scores that are taken into consideration towards the Handicap with an asterisk (*); it doesn’t show the Handicap Differential, but it does show the Scores (see below):
At the end, you don’t have to know all this, we do the work for you anyway… so, all you have to do is upload your Scores or send them to us through the SPS Service and we will upload them for you (learn more about the SPS Service here).
Any questions, you can e-mail us to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will help you out as fast as we can.
Enjoy your Golf!