A handicap is a player’s measured numerical performance ability.
Handicapping allows players to compete equally, regardless of skill level, age, or sex based on a series of calculations set by national/local golf bodies which determine the slope rating for each golf course.
The resultant handicap is measured against the course standard and gives a proficiency rating against that standard. If the course standard is 71 and your score was 91 then a simplistic rating of a 20 handicap would be the result. One could then assume that your average scoring will always reflect this range.
This rating would allow you 1 stroke on every hole plus an additional stroke on each of the 2 hardest holes.
If the first hole is a par 5 and your actual score was 7 and its rating was the 9th hardest hole on the golf course then you would net a score of 6 for that hole.
On the flip side, if you registered a natural par for the hole then your net score would be a 4, or a net birdie. If you were playing with a partner who registered a 10 handicap (shot 81 on average) then that differential (91-81 = 10) is the number of strokes you have in excess of your partner to play the course at the same level. In theory it enables a player the opportunity to realistically par the course without actually parring any holes and to play any competitor evenly.
It’s like trying to climb Mount Everest with or without oxygen.
Can you climb it organically or do you need support? Oxygen is the climber’s handicap.
If you Don’t Grow you Die!
About 80% of golfers are 16+ handicaps
That means that 80% of all golfers have never broken 80 or had an opportunity to match par in their golfing life.
- cell phone apps
- the Golf Channel with 24/7 information and instruction
- professional lesson outlets
- golf instructors
- magazines, books
- videos, on-line video instruction
- manufacturers equipment options
- and so much more.
It is impossible to navigate the obstacles of a golf course
and achieve a respectable result
Without a basic understanding of golf swing mechanics.
- less time available to play
- practice coupled with a greater difficulty in playing.
Not only is the golf industry dealing with low skill levels. But also low total rounds played from the largest percentage of disengaged golfers.
Golfers that can influence the course of golf on a national and international scale.
While it would be convenient to say the avid player is a low handicap player evidence shows otherwise.
Many seniors play 80+ rounds every year and still register high handicaps.