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Handicap

A Handicap is basically a measure of a player's skill level or ability. If a player has a minimum of 5 scores they can establish an official USGA handicap index. The player can then use the index to get their handicap on various courses. A player's handicap is often lower than their average score and is representative of their best playing ability. The lower the handicap number; the better the golfer. Handicaps help level the playing field and allow players that score high to compete against much better players.

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  • Establishing a Handicap is Simple

    To establish a handicap you need to join a club or association that offers a handicapping system. This doesn't mean actually join an expensive country club. Almost all courses including municipal courses near you will have a club where you can join and start posting scores. After you have accumulated 5 scores you will receive your handicap index which you can take with you when you compete courses other than your home course. After that your handicap will always be figured on your 10 lowest rounds of the last 20 rounds you played.

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