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Feb

# How to Calculate Your Golf Handicap

Written by Holly Spencer. Posted in Golf

Once you will know your handicap index you will be able to play with any golfer in the world and have the possibility to compare your scores. This means that you can play with golfers that have previously determined their golf handicap as well and you can compare your scores fairly even if you play at different skill levels.

In order to calculate your golf handicap you will need a number of golf scores between 5 and 20. In order to calculate your Adjusted Gross Score you will need to have either:

• five 18-hole scores, or
• ten 9-hone scores

You will need to determine the total number of strokes taken during a game. Once you do that you have to substract the maximum per-hole scores. These per-hole scores are well determined and you don’t need to make yourself remember them – the USGA’s Equitable Stroke Control establish these details.

After you have calculated the Adjusted Gross Score, the next step is to calculate your handicap differential.

Course Rating minus AGS then multiplied by 113 and divided by the Slope Rating. The Course Rating approximates how many strokes it should take a scratch golfer to finish the course. The Slope rating gives you a hint about the difficulty level that a golf course has.

In order to calculate your Handicap Index you will need to sum your differentials, divided by how many differentials there are. The result is multiplied by 0.96. You may be wondering why 0.96. Well, that is exactly the “bonus for excellence” given by UGSA. If you use 20 scores in order to calculate your Handicap Index then you will use the 10 lowest differentials.