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Rules of Handicapping FAQs

Fundamentals of Handicapping

Q. What does a Handicap Index® represent?

A. A Handicap Index represents your demonstrated playing ability. It is based on your scores relative to the course and tees played during those rounds.

Your Handicap Index is calculated the same way as golfers around the world, and it can be used on any course with a Course Rating™ and Slope Rating™. In addition, it can be used:

  • To have a fair game during a casual round with friends
  • As a progress tracker for your game
  • To enter a competition
  • For equity in a competition