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How to Calculate Golf Handicaps

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    • 1). Play five full rounds of golf (18 holes) or collect the scores from your last five full rounds.

    • 2). Find the rating and slope for each course you played during the five rounds. Ratings and slopes are issued by the USGA (U.S. Golf Association). Not all golf courses are USGA rated, and the formulas here only apply on USGA rated courses. This process will not work on unrated courses. Consult the clubhouse to see if your golf course is rated.

    • 3). Subtract the golf course's rating from your scores at each course.

    • 4). Multiply each of the five resulting numbers from Step 3 by 113. The USGA has determined that 113 is the general slope rating of member golf courses with an average difficulty.

    • 5). Divide each of the five numbers you have after Step 4 by the slope ratings of the corresponding course. This is known as the course differential.

    • 6). Take the lowest of the five numbers and multiply it by 0.96. Your golf handicap is the resulting number rounded to the nearest tenth.

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