Re: whats a good handicap?
Originally Posted by chriskzoo
I would have to say that is not a bad scale to try and differentiate between levels of golfers.
However, let me say that I read a few posts where people talked about keeping proper score etc…and that is a key to knowing where you really stand in the game. Your handicap is related to your abilities which include knowing the rules of the game. Have you ever taken the rules quiz on the USGA website…man it can be a real eye opener and I thought I knew the rules.
Anyway back on topic…I would have to say that I think a “good handicap” is relative to each person and what they want to achieve…I know the average handicap is around 15-16 so it would be easy to say anything below that is better then average thereby making them good and then (per the scale above) better at different points along the way all the way to scratch???
But from a relative standpoint an example is that my goal is to play competitive amateur golf. I carry and 8.1 handicap index and last year my average score (considering course slope and rating) was 84. I played one tournament (two day tournament) and shot 84 / 81. After the first day the tournament was flighted by handicap and I placed 5th in my flight. That might sound good to some but I was not pleased to say the least.