A handicap is the rating of a golf player, expressed in numbers.
In the US Golf Association (USGA) system, handicaps range between zero and 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women.
The handicap shows a golfer’s current skill level in the game.
It should not be confused with a basic average of past scores.
What is the handicap of the average golfer?
The “Official” Average
The USGA says that the average golfer in its system carries about a 15.0 handicap. This translates into an average score of about 90, close to that of a bogey golfer. But “Golf Digest” notes that most golfers don’t participate in the USGA system.
What does a 15 handicap golfer shoot?
The lower the player’s handicap, the tighter the score dispersion. A scratch player on a course of average difficulty will typically shoot 69 to 79. Conversely, a 25-handicapper will typically shoot 95 to 110, a difference of 15 strokes. The 10 tends to be about in the middle in score deviation.
Is it better to have a higher or lower golf handicap?
A golfer who shoots 80 on a course rated 70 is a 10 handicap, meaning it takes 10 more strokes to play the course than par. A golfer who shoots 100 on a course that is rated 80 is a 20 handicap, again, meaning it takes 20 more strokes over par. The lower the number of a handicap, the better the golfer is.
How good is a 20 handicap in golf?
The USGA’s Handicap Research Team tells us that the average player is expected to play to his Course Handicap or better only about 25 percent of the time, average three strokes higher than his Course Handicap, and have a best score in 20, which is only two strokes better than his Course Handicap.