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Your average and handicap can both be established the first week.

To Determine Your Average:

Take total number of games bowled and add the scores together. Then Divide by the total number of games bowled. For instance. Take the scores from three games of Bowling and add them together. Then divide by three. This is your average bowling score (184 + 199 + 172 = 555. 555 / 3 = 185. Your average is 185).

To Determine Your Handicap:

Handicap Percentage is set in the bylaws of the league you joined. If you are unsure, ask your league secretary. The typical is 90% of 210. The number 210 represents the average game score across the league.

Take the average game score and subtract your average. Then multiply that number by the handicap percentage and you get your individual handicap. For example, if we take our average of 185 and subtract it from 210 we get 25. 90% of 25 is 22.5 or 23 pins of handicap (210 - 185 = 25. 90% of 25 or 0.9 x 25 = 22.5 which we round up to 23).

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