What is a Golf Handicap Index?
How does a Golf Handicap Index work?
In a handicap competition, it is the net score that counts. In a “scratch” competition, only the gross score is recorded and handicaps are not taken into account.
All professional tournaments and top amateur games are scratch competitions. On the other hand, in most (but not all) golf club monthly medal games, inter-club games and society events are handicap competitions.
There is a handicapping system computation on the score for each of the individual's golf games relative to the difficulty of the golf course.
What is an Official Golf Handicap Index?
Once a handicap index is established, it is then used to determine a course handicap. A course handicap tells a golfer how many strokes he is allowed to take on a specific golf course; that is, a course handicap of 14 means the golfer will be able to deduct 14 strokes from his score throughout the round.
Handicap indexes are used so that golfers of widely different playing abilities can compete fairly against one another.
Why do golfers need an Official Handicap Index?
1. To measure the golfer's playing skill of the game.
Where can golfers get an Official Handicap in Singapore?
In Singapore the Singapore Golf Association (SGA) have appointed associated agents to allow golfers without a golf club membership to take the golf handicap practical and theory test.
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