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It's a good question, to which there really isn't a concise answer.

Handicap is used to level the playing field so that the lowest average bowlers can compete equally with higher average bowlers. Over the years, studies shown that actually 116% handicap is needed to accomplish that. However, I know of no leagues that would do that.

The most common percentage used in handicap across the country is 90%. The important figure, however, is the base. It's important to make sure the base is reasonably higher than the potential of the highest average players of the league.

For example, if you have a person who last year averaged 218 and that was the highest average of any of your league members last year, it would be best to set the base at 225 or 230. This way EVERYONE receives handicap. If the base was set at 200, then ANY player who averages over 200 mathematically has an advantage over anyone who has less than 200, even with the players under 200 receiving a handicap.

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Well, 90% of 200 working of a 200 average = 0 80% of 220 working off a 200 average = 16

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What is the highest handicap game in bowling?

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.


What is a handicap game in bowling?

You subtract your average from 200 and then multiply it by .9AnswerIf, for example, your league is based off a 200 handicap system, your handicap is worked out accordingly:(200 - Average) x 80% = hanidcap.For example, an average of 190:(200 - 190) x 80% = 8If your league is off a 210 handicap system, just replace the 200 with 210 in the formula.It depends on who authorizes the handicap. The authority assigning the handicap also stipulates how it will be calculated. A common calculation that I've encountered is a percentage of the difference between a bowler's average & a target score, e.g. 90% of the difference between the bowler's average & 270.In Bowling:To determine handicap you must first know 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).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 210/200. 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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