A handicap in golf is a number used to measure a golfer’s skill level. It helps put a number on and separate ability between different golfers who play against each other. It is essentially the number that shows how close to par a golfer will shoot for their round.
The higher the handicap, the higher the player normally shoots. The lower the handicap, the better and lower the player tends to shoot during their round.
Before we get into the true calculations of figuring out golf handicap, a simple understanding is that a handicap is the number of strokes a golfer would shoot over par. For example if you shot an 86 on a par 72 course your handicap would be 14.
A 14 wouldn’t be the exact handicap, but it would be close to it.
An official handicap can’t be measured unless you’ve played 10-20 rounds. We will get into that as the article goes on.
You can calculate a handicap with five rounds, it just won’t be official.