A bowling handicap resulted with you average, The higher you average is the Lower the Handicap.
Bowling Green Handicap was created in 1975.
Your bowling handicap depends on what league you're in. My handicap went from a 12 to a 33 when I switched leagues.
The maximum handicap is determined by the base used for handicap calculation. For example, if the base is 230, then the maximum handicap could potentially be 230 depending on the percentage used for calculation. If the base was 300, then the maximum could potentially be 300.
It is the score bowled plus the bowler's handicap added to it.
Most leagues work out the bowling handicap based on 200. If your average is 148 for example, then your handicap would be 52. Some leagues use other methods, but this is the most common
The lower the bowling handicap, the higher average player you are. However, there is not a standard rule defining handicap rules across the board. So if you had a 180 average in one League, you might have 18 pins handicap and in a different league you might have 27 pins handicap.
scratch is a term used to describe a type of tournament format. Scratch bowling: is when all bowlers are credited with only their original score (no handicap)
Typically, the average and handicap are recalculated after every session of a bowling league. For tournament leagues (such as the Amateur Bowlers Tour), averages and handicaps are recalculated after every tournament.
Each league votes on the handicap system. Common rules is to assign each bowler a handicap based on 90% of the difference between the bowlers average and 200. Team handicap commonly is calculated by summing each bowlers handicap on a team. There is software that does this for you, such as Bowling League Secretary by CDE Software, which the majority of centers in the US use.
A handicap league is one in which handicap is added to a bowler's score to place bowlers and teams with varying degrees of skill on as equitable a basis as possible for scheduled competition.
There are three variables that affect a bowler's handicap: 1) Their current average, 2) the handicap basis, and 3) the percent of the difference between their average and the handicap basis that is used for the handicap. For example, a typical league may calculate handicap as 80% of 200, meaning that a bowler with a 150 average would have a 40-pin handicap (80% of the 50-pin difference between their 150 average and the 200 basis). With a 40-pin handicap, the highest handicap game this bowler could roll would be 340. Theoretically, you could have a 600 handicap game: A bowler with a 0 average bowling in a league with handicap based on 100% of 300 would get 300 pins of handicap, making a perfect game worth 600 pins. In reality, I don't think I've seen many handicap games over 330.