Understanding the Golf Handicap

How does a golf handicap Change

Learn how your golf handicap changes with each round you play.

How Does Your Handicap Change

Every time you play a round, your golf handicap has the potential to change. It may go up or down or it may stay the same. learn how your handicap is adjusted after each round.

How does a golf handicap change

Recalculating your golf handicap after every round can be time-consuming and that's one of the reasons why our golf handicap tracker can do it for you. By adding your scorecard, the handicap tool will automatically update your golf handicap ready for your next round.

So what happens?

  1. After you submit your full scorecard we take your Adjusted Score from the SSS of the course.
  2. We take this value (Gross Score) and subtract your current playing handicap This gives us your Net Score (Net differential)
  3. We then apply your Net Score, to the various Buffer Zones for your handicap.

How does my golf handicap go up and down?

Some examples of a 28 Handicap player.

 

Your Handicap Increases

Adjusted Score – SSS = Gross Score103 – 70 = 33
Gross Score – Handicap = Net Score33 – 28 = 5
If Net Score > Buffer then ADD 0.15 is > +4
Running Handicap + 0.128.0 + 0.1

Your new handicap would be 28.1

How does my golf handicap stay the same?

 

Adjusted Score – SSS = Gross Score101 – 70 = 31
Gross Score – Handicap = Net Score31 – 28 = 3
Net Score is within Buffer Zone3 is < +4
No Change to Handicap28.0

No Change in Handicap

 

How does your golf handicap reduce?

Adjusted Score – SSS = Gross Score

95 – 70 = 25

Gross Score – Handicap = Net Score25 – 28 = -3
Net Score is less than handicap so 0.4 per shot3 x 0.4 = 1.2
Running Handicap – 1.226.8

Your new handicap would be 26.8

 

 

To find out more about Stableford points and how they work, visit our Stableford Calculation Guide

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