Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Golf, GOLF Magazine, Golf Magazines, Rules of Golf, USGA | 0 comments

What’s your handicap? Do you even know what a handicap is? Well, according to Wikipedia a handicap in golf is:

A handicap is a numerical measure of an amateur golfer’s playing ability based on the tees played for a given course. It is used to calculate a net score from the number of strokes actually played, thus allowing players of different proficiency to play against each other on somewhat equal terms. The higher the handicap of a player, the poorer the player is relative to those with lower handicaps. Handicaps are administered by golf clubs or national golf associations. Exact rules relating to handicaps can vary from country to country.

Handicap systems are not used in professional golf.

So knowing that, do you know what your official USGA handicap is? It’s okay if you don’t; I have not kept mine in a few years. I did when I was playing high school and college golf, but I just don’t play enough to keep my handicap current.

Now… how does a handicap relate to how far you hit the ball? Well I was recently reading an article in GOLF Magazine and it says in there, “The average driving distance for a 10-handicap golfer is 213 yards.”

That’s not very long off the tee… especially with the improvements in club and shaft technology, as well as golf ball technology. So once you have figured out your handicap, now tell me how far you drive the ball. Are you hitting the ball further than the average player? Click here to learn more about the USGA handicap.