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# What are handicaps?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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12y ago

In order to allow new and poorer golfers to play with experienced and skilled golfer's their difference is more equalized by subtracting strokes from the poorer golfers score and perhaps adding some to the better golfer's score. The equalizing amount subtracted or added is called the player's handicap.

Calculating a handicap is a little involved and is done different in different places. Think of it as taking the average strokes professional golfers take to complete a given Golf course, and subtract this number from the ordinary player's score. Some percentage of this difference is the player's handicap and it will be subtracted from (or added to) his score for the game that day.

Professional golfers at tournaments don't have handicaps. The play Scratch, meaning their actual strokes is their score -- no handicap.

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12y ago

it means that your average score becomes your par so if yo got 47 on average that would be your hadicap or par you would then play that through as if it was = to 0

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14y ago

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