How do golf handicaps work?

Golf Care, 18th July 2013

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Golf is an easily accessible game which can be and is enjoyed by participants of a wide range of age groups and various levels of ability – indeed, the fact that so many people play the game on a regular basis is testament to this. There are, however, a few things you need to think about before you take up the game. Obviously you’ll need to ensure you’ve got the right equipment, and you should also think about whether it’s worthwhile purchasing golf injury insurance. Also, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with precisely what golfing handicaps are.

You’ve probably encountered the term before, but you might not be aware just what each golfer’s individual handicap denotes. In a nutshell, a golf handicap gives us some idea of each player’s skill level. The lower the handicap, the more accomplished the player is in comparison to those with higher handicaps. An individual player’s handicap represents their average score over 18 holes – it denotes the total number of shots over par the player averages. Most golf courses are par-72, which means that the standard score is 72 shots in a full round.

It’s a good idea to maintain an accurate handicap if you’re planning to play golf regularly. Keeping an accurate handicap gives you a good idea of just what level you’re at in comparison to others, so you can rate your play against friends, colleagues and so on. It also helps you keep track of changes in the standard of your game. If you’re working on improving your game, keeping an accurate handicap can help you keep tabs on just how successful your efforts have been. By the same token, if you find your handicap is slipping, then the chances are you need to sharpen your game up a bit.

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