Handicapping is a way of creating a level playing field between golfers of differing abilities. You’ve heard of people “giving strokes” to someone, right? That’s what a handicap does, but on a somewhat more sophisticated level. It is not just an average of your scores-instead it is based on your scoring potential, using the 10 best of your last 20 scores.
You enter your golf scores through the internet, and the result is two numbers: your handicap index and the trend. The handicap index is the number you use for tournament play and is updated at least monthly. The lower the number, the better the player. The trend changes every time you enter a score and lets you know whether your handicap is moving up or down at that particular moment. Establishing and maintaining a Handicap Index is a great way for you to see how your golf game improves through the season and from year to year.