August 14, 2022


What is a golf handicap – and how do you calculate yours?

The concept of the golf handicap is unique in competitive sports. Calculated through a process internationally approved by the governing bodies of the game, the system allows all golfers to compete fairly against each other – leveling the proverbial playing field by subtracting strokes from the less skilled player in accordance with his or her skills.

Once you’ve learned how to calculate your handicap, that official number will allow you to play competitively any PGA professional, as long as all players agree to use the handicap system. While you can certainly play golf all your life without ever knowing your number, if you ever want to participate in most leagues or official golf competitions, you’ll need to calculate your handicap.