• Announcements

    • iacas

      Introducing TST "Clubs!"   08/28/2017

      No, we're not getting into the equipment business, but we do have "clubs" here on TST now. Groups. Check them out here:
Sign in to follow this  
hunter991

Handicap, how too..

Recommended Posts

hunter991    0

Can someone explain the proper way to assign your handicap? Got in a debate this morning with a few people and i guess none of us really agreed on the proper way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Meltdwhiskey    21

There is an actual formula you can find on the Internet, but in a general sense, it is an average of the best 10 of your last 20 rounds.

You get your score on a given course from given tees and the system assigns you what is called a differential.  This is basically an over-par score adjusted for the difficulty of the course.  So if you shot 10 over on a medium difficulty course, you differential might be a 10.  If you shot 10 over on a really hard course, it might come out to an 8.  Etc.

So you go play 20 rounds of golf and get a differential for each.  Then throw out the 10 highest of those 20 differentials and average the remaining (best) 10.  That is your handicap.  Generally speaking.

It should be noted, to have an "official" handicap, you pay about $40 a year to a USGA approved organization who manage your HC and have a system into which you enter your scores.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

rustyredcab    74
Can someone explain the proper way to assign your handicap? Got in a debate this morning with a few people and i guess none of us really agreed on the proper way.

What do you mean by "assign your handicap?" Do you mean calculate an index? Convert index to playing handicap? Or use handicaps when playing a game?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

David in FL    1,520

Everything you'll ever need to know......

http://www.usga.org/Rule-Books/Handicap-System-Manual/Handicap-Manual/

Spend some time with this.  Afterward, if you have some specific questions, any number of us will be happy to answer them.

In a nutshell, a "differential" is calculated for each round you play.  It's a measure of how well you played based on your score and the relative difficulty of the course.  The handicap system then calculates 96% of the average of your low 10 of your last 20 differentials and that is your handicap index.

You can sign up for a USGA handicap service either through a local golf course/club, or in most cases, on-line through your state golf association.  It'll cost you about $25 a year.  Less than the cost of a dozen balls.  Well worth it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Big C    136

David covered it pretty well in the post above. The key to calculate your handicap index (without subscribing to a handicap service), is that you need to know your differentials for your last 20 rounds. If you choose to try and calculate the differential on your own, the formula for any given round is (Score - Course rating) x (113/slope). Now apply this formula to your last 20 rounds. From there

1. Take the 10 highest/worst differentials and throw them out

2. Average the remaining 10

3. Multiply that average by 96%

4. Round up or down to the closest 1/10th

In my mind, it's light years easier to subscribe to a club than to go it alone, but hey, that's just me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2017 TST Partners

    Talamore Golf Resort
    PING Golf
    FlightScope Mevo
    Mission Belt
    Snell Golf
    Frogger Golf
    PitchFix USA
  • Posts

    • Honestly, I feel like I'm hitting a little of everything.  When at the range off mats, I tend to graze the bottom which I can tell from the feedback of the rubber tee's.  When on the course/grass, I tend to top the ball.  I have noticed my heel shots as the ball direction is unmistakable.  Off to the left, sharp and extremely short and low.  I hit far better shots with my Hybrids than almost any club.  Then my wedges, then irons.  Driver, the least well.  I think I'm trying too many setup and swing techniques almost trying too many corrections.  I over pivot a bit and struggle with stable feet tending to come up on the ball of my left foot.  I played baseball for nearly 14 years so I'm trying to keep from feeling like I'm stepping (or want to step). So, my next real question... is it worth it to try and replace the shafts if the manufacturer ignores me?  I never really hit the GBB as I'd just bought it.  The XR16 definitely felt the best, went the longest and gave me the most confidence.  The Ping G SFT, I also didn't hit more than a few times but I enjoyed it.  I'll try and post some pics of the leftovers and driver murder scene.  "Driver-homicide" is going to be my new nickname.   Thanks Lihu!  
    • Hello guys I've always struggle on short putts and it is why I'm here. Well, when I'm witha shot putt, I realized that my backswing is not Ok, I do not feel that the line stays correct, it seens that my hand shake. There is something that I can do? Change my putting grip?   Thanks
    • Single-digit in two years is ambitious for me, but I'll see you guys in 2021.  
    • I had a buddy film a few drives during my round yesterday.  I am still diving down towards the ball with my head.  No idea why this is still happening, but it does not feel as if it is happening while I am swinging.  Plane seems a little better, but still very erratic. I got the first one off the toe. Started right and stayed right.  The second one was better contact but pulled left.  
    • This was sort of pioneered by Ray Ortiz formerly of Orlimar Golf who now is at Bobby Jones. Long ago he introduced his low profile, Tri-Metal Miraged driver and fairway metals. They took a little getting used to, but really performed once you got it down. Excellent for getting of the rough.  Orlimar still exists under new owners, but no where's near the same as it was. I am a TE convert obviously, only a few clubs to go to have a 100% set, but probably will not go with their wedges.
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. grilljm
      grilljm
      (71 years old)
    2. Joe92385
      Joe92385
      (32 years old)
  • Get Great Gear with Amazon