or Connect
TheSandTrap.com › Golf Forum › The Practice Range › Instruction and Playing Tips › The Average Golf Handicap Hasn't Improved for the Last 30 Years (Anyone have data on this)
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

The Average Golf Handicap Hasn't Improved for the Last 30 Years (Anyone have data on this) - Page 3

post #37 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post
 

Yes and no. The rules forum caused a bit of a spike in my HC ;-).

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by cipher View Post
 

Ha ha, so true.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by GangGreen View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post
 

Yes and no. The rules forum caused a bit of a spike in my HC <img data-cke-saved-src=

 



FOR SURE...ignorance WAS bliss before I found this sight.

To be fair, I've also learned a few things from the Rules Forum that have saved me strokes.

post #38 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post
 

Yes and no. The rules forum caused a bit of a spike in my HC ;-).

 

I guess that's why learning the rules early on can have some psychological advantages. :smartass:

post #39 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post
 

Yes and no. The rules forum caused a bit of a spike in my HC ;-).

 

LOL.  Me, too.   And I am no longer in speaking terms with golf rule enthusiasts in this forum :-O;-)

 

 

Handicap data Icas posted is from USGA and not account for weekend warriors I'd imagine.   I am a bogey golfer.   On weekend and casual rounds which I am paired up with random two some, I am often the best player of the four.   In our club tournament (29 players), I am the one with worst handicap and probably the worst player.   

 

So, Lihu's math maybe still be ok.  But I still like to see his school report card.   It may explain his other posts somewhat :-P;-).

post #40 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by rkim291968 View Post
 

 

So, Lihu's math maybe still be ok.  But I still like to see his school report card.   It may explain his other posts somewhat :-P;-).


Ha. :-P 

post #41 of 51
I've learned all sorts of math since joining this forum, like:

1 Lost Ball - 2 Strokes = A BREAKFAST MULLIGAN!!!

And even some high brow metaphysics, like:

If a ball is hit into the forest and no one is around to hear me say "provisional", am I really lying in 3?
post #42 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by rkim291968 View Post
 

Handicap data Icas posted is from USGA and not account for weekend warriors I'd imagine.   I am a bogey golfer.   On weekend and casual rounds which I am paired up with random two some, I am often the best player of the four.   In our club tournament (29 players), I am the one with worst handicap and probably the worst player.   

 

So, Lihu's math maybe still be ok.  But I still like to see his school report card.   It may explain his other posts somewhat :-P;-).

 

No, it's not okay. His math was dividing 36.4 by two. Even if you got the correct answer (I'd wager anything I have that 18.2 is not the true average), doing it the wrong way is still "bad math."

 

10% of golfers have handicaps. That's what's shown on the chart. It accounts for the "weekend warriors" that have a handicap index.

 

Given two seconds of thought, I'd put the average index of ALL golfers (five or more rounds per year) at closer to 25. I reserve the right to change my mind. :)

post #43 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by iacas View Post
 

 

10% of golfers have handicaps. That's what's shown on the chart. It accounts for the "weekend warriors" that have a handicap index.

 

Given two seconds of thought, I'd put the average index of ALL golfers (five or more rounds per year) at closer to 25. I reserve the right to change my mind. :)

 

The 10% of golfers being represented on that chart makes a lot of sense.

 

Is the index really 25 for all golfers? That seems a little on the low side to me.

post #44 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lihu View Post
 

Is the index really 25 for all golfers? That seems a little on the low side to me.

 

That's just my (two-seconds-of-thought) guess. I'm not counting people who play twice a year.

 

Remember, too, that your index is more about your potential than your average. Someone who has a 25 index could easily average 105 or whatever.

post #45 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by iacas View Post

Someone who has a 25 index could easily average 105 or whatever.

Painfully true.
post #46 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by iacas View Post
 

 

No, it's not okay. His math was dividing 36.4 by two. Even if you got the correct answer (I'd wager anything I have that 18.2 is not the true average), doing it the wrong way is still "bad math."

 

10% of golfers have handicaps. That's what's shown on the chart. It accounts for the "weekend warriors" that have a handicap index.

 

Given two seconds of thought, I'd put the average index of ALL golfers (five or more rounds per year) at closer to 25. I reserve the right to change my mind. :)

 

I wasn't being serious about my math comment directed to Lihu, which is why I put the two emoticons after it.   I see no way that 18.2 will be anywhere near average golfer score.   But I am sure Lihu is self deprecating himself on the subject.  For all I know, he may have aced Calculus in high school. :-D

 

25 seems to be around the ball park based on my observation.   When one counts every stroke per golf rule, it does not take too much to score 110 for weekend golfers (those who don't have established official handicap, and and play for fun occasionally  - my own definition).   I think that's why many don't even keep score.  :-D 

post #47 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by rkim291968 View Post
 

 

I wasn't being serious about my math comment directed to Lihu, which is why I put the two emoticons after it.   I see no way that 18.2 will be anywhere near average golfer score.   But I am sure Lihu is self deprecating himself on the subject.  For all I know, he may have aced Calculus in high school. :-D

 

25 seems to be around the ball park based on my observation.   When one counts every stroke per golf rule, it does not take too much to score 110 for weekend golfers (those who don't have established official handicap, and and play for fun occasionally  - my own definition).   I think that's why many don't even keep score.  :-D 


I think HC is somewhat open ended on the better side of the spectrum. There is no best HC it can be +4, +8?

 

A 25 HC is someone who scores something like 96-100 on a par 71 course depending upon the course rating. That still seems a little too low for me to believe is an average value.

 

A 35+ HC would score 110, and this seems closer to reality.

post #48 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lihu View Post
 


I think HC is somewhat open ended on the better side of the spectrum. There is no best HC it can be +4, +8?

 

A 25 HC is someone who scores something like 96-100 on a par 71 course depending upon the course rating. That still seems a little too low for me to believe is an average value.

 

A 35+ HC would score 110, and this seems closer to reality.

I'd guess that of the 10% of golfers that maintain a handicap, a higher percentage play rather regularly and / or belong to a golf / country club that mandates they maintain a handicap.  If that's the case I'd expect the average country club handicap is around 20-25 which is in line with Erik's estimate.  Remember we're talking average, so out of that 10% you have a high number of single digit handicappers which offset the 30+ handicappers.

post #49 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lihu View Post
 

A 25 HC is someone who scores something like 96-100 on a par 71 course depending upon the course rating. That still seems a little too low for me to believe is an average value.

 

No, again, handicap is potential, not average ability (or score). Your ten WORST differentials count towards your average, but not your handicap.

post #50 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by iacas View Post

No, again, handicap is potential, not average ability (or score). Your ten WORST differentials count towards your average, but not your handicap.

Is the average score usually going to generate a handicap close to the same as the ten lowest scores?

If someone shoots 80-100 with half the time 80 half the time 100, then their handicap would be single digit, does this happen that often?

Does it just mean that this golfer has the potential to be consistently 5 to 6 strokes better than someone who shoots consistently 90?
post #51 of 51

Lihu, when you're a 25, you can easily have differentials of 35 or so in your last 20 rounds.

 

That's all I'm saying. Your 25 index might have rounds with 18s and rounds with 30s in them, and THOSE are your best 10. Your worst ten can have some pretty bad scores.

 

The lower your handicap, the more tightly bunched your good and bad rounds tend to be.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Instruction and Playing Tips
TheSandTrap.com › Golf Forum › The Practice Range › Instruction and Playing Tips › The Average Golf Handicap Hasn't Improved for the Last 30 Years (Anyone have data on this)