What You Need To Know About Handicaps

How To Golf with Kathryn Newton: What you need to know about handicaps

Released on 3/3/2016

Credits

Starring: Kathryn Newton

Transcript

00:00
(upbeat instrumental music)
00:07
When it comes to scoring, the last thing you might
00:09
want to know about are handicaps.
00:11
You might have heard golfers ask each other
00:13
or ask you what your handicap is.
00:14
If you're just starting out you don't have a handicap,
00:17
not just yet.
00:18
So just tell anyone who asks that you're a beginner
00:20
or don't play enough so you don't have one,
00:22
they'll understand.
00:23
So what's a handicap?
00:26
This can be confusing, so I'll give you just
00:28
a brief explanation.
00:29
Handicaps are like free strokes.
00:32
Each golfer, depending on his or her ability is given
00:35
a certain number of these free strokes during a round
00:37
in order to compete fairly with players
00:39
of different abilities.
00:40
Your handicap is determined by your scores
00:42
from previous rounds.
00:44
Once you record enough rounds of golf,
00:46
a mathematical formula is used to determine
00:48
your handicap.
00:49
How it works is that a player with a handicap of 25
00:52
would be given 15 free strokes if he or she was playing
00:55
with someone with a handicap of 10.
00:57
How the strokes are awarded can be confusing at first,
01:00
so ask your local pro or veteran golfer
01:02
about the nitty-gritty.
01:04
An official USG handicap is something you might
01:06
want to get after you've played and kept track
01:08
of a handful of scores,
01:09
but I wouldn't worry about that for now.
01:12
Oh, one final thing.
01:14
If you're just out there playing for fun
01:16
and you find that it's taking you more than
01:17
seven or eight shots to get the ball in the hole,
01:20
just pick up the ball and go to the next hole
01:22
after your seventh shot.
01:23
Not only will it help you from getting discouraged,
01:25
it also keeps up the pace of play.
01:27
The players behind you will totally appreciate it.
01:30
(upbeat instrumental music)
More from golfdigest.com
Equipment The Complete Hot List
Equipment The Complete Hot List
Golf Culture Most Annoying Golfers
Golf Culture Most Annoying Golfers
Instruction How To Do Everything
Instruction How To Do Everything
News & Tours Blog: Stay In The Loop
News & Tours Blog: Stay In The Loop
Ranking 100 Greatest Courses
Ranking 100 Greatest Courses
Cover Story Paulina Gretzky
Cover Story Paulina Gretzky