Some of us are drawn to golf for the serenity and solitude it provides. How nice, right?
Others, however, want to compete — whether it’s a match for $5 a side, skins, or drinks after the round.
If you’re in the second group, you may find the competition to be fair when everyone is the same skill level.
But what about if you get a lot of pars and your playing partner gets mostly bogeys? How can you compete fairly? Eventually you’re going to feel bad taking your partner’s money… right? 😉
A Handicap Index solves this problem.
When you and your playing partners each have an accurate Handicap Index (or “handicap” for short) you will each have a personal “ranking” of how well you might be expected to play on a given golf course.
Once you know each person’s scoring potential, the better players can give the others a few extra strokes to even the odds, while knowing it will still be a fair match — no matter which course you play.