What should your handicap be if you shoot 100?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

If you shoot around 100 for 18 holes, your handicap would typically be around a 28. Let’s break it down to understand how this is calculated.

Handicap is a measure of a golfer’s playing ability, which allows players of different skill levels to compete on an equal basis. It is determined by taking the difference between a player’s score and the course rating, and then applying a conversion factor called the slope rating.

The course rating is a number that represents the difficulty of a golf course for a scratch golfer (someone who has a handicap of 0). It takes into account factors such as length, obstacles, and overall challenge of the course. The slope rating, on the other hand, measures the relative difficulty of a course for a bogey golfer (someone who typically shoots around 18 over par).

To calculate your handicap, you need to subtract the course rating from your score and then multiply it by the slope rating. The result is divided by 113, which is the standard slope rating for a golf course. This equation gives you your handicap differential.

For example, if you shoot 100 on a course with a rating of 72 and a slope rating of 113, the calculation would be as follows:

100 (score) – 72 (course rating) = 28
28 (difference) x 113 (slope rating) = 3164
3164 / 113 = 28 (handicap differential)

The final step is to take the average of your best handicap differentials from a certain number of rounds (usually the best 10 out of the last 20 rounds) and multiply it by 0.96. This accounts for any outliers or unusually high differentials. The resulting number is your handicap index.

Keep in mind that the handicap system is designed to level the playing field and allow golfers of different abilities to compete fairly. It provides a way to measure progress and track improvement over time.

Everyone’s journey in golf is unique, and shooting a score of 100 is a starting point for many beginners. With practice and experience, you can steadily improve your game and lower your handicap. Don’t be discouraged by the number, but rather use it as a benchmark to set goals and work towards becoming a better golfer.

In my own experience, I started with a handicap of around 30 when I first began playing golf. I remember shooting scores in the 100s and feeling frustrated at times. However, with dedication and consistent practice, I was able to gradually improve my game and lower my handicap over time. It took patience, perseverance, and a willingness to learn from both successes and failures on the course.

Remember that golf is a game of continual learning and growth. Your handicap is not a fixed number, but rather a reflection of your current skill level. As you put in the effort to develop your skills and gain more experience, your handicap will naturally adjust to reflect your progress.

So, if you shoot around 100 for 18 holes, a handicap of around 28 would be a reasonable estimate. However, don’t let the number define you or limit your potential. Use it as motivation to keep striving for improvement and enjoying the game of golf.