Originally Posted by marvin
Sorry if this has been asked before. I’m still confused with counting handicap. A couple of questions:
(1) How does course slope and rating affect my handicap?
(2) What would happened if I play from black tees and score worse than if I play from regular tees? For example, I scored 95 from black tees and 89 from regular tees. Which one is more “detrimental” to my handicap index?
(3) What is the relationship between handicap index in particular hole with number of stroke?
(4) How to lower my handicap in terms of choosing golf course (slope/rating/yardage)?
Any comments will be appreciated.
A quick forum search will get you dozens of threads, that discuss the ins and outs of calculating your handicap. As an added help, here's the USGA handicap manual.
Section 10 explains how the handicap index is calculated.
The short answer to your question is that it depends. If you shoot the same score from the higher rated tees as from the lower rated tees, your differentials, and subsequently your handicap index will be lower. When you start asking "how much lower", or "how much higher can I score and still lower my index from a different set of tees", the answer becomes situation specific, because you need to do the actual math.
You calculate your differential for any given round by subtracting the Course Rating from your score (adjusted for ESC), multiplying by 113, and dividing that by the slope. Round to the nearest 10th.
By comparing various scores and the resulting differentials from the two different sets of tees, you'll be able to answer your questions for the specific courses and tees you want......