"Handicap" vs. "Index"

"Handicap" vs. "Index"

Post by Bruce Newm » Tue, 14 Sep 1999 04:00:00



Quote:

> Some people seem to be using these terms interchangeably, yet there
> does seem to be a difference.  Explanation anyone??

Sure. Your USGA index is portable and you take that from course to course
with you. By comparing your index with the course chart, you can see what
your handicap is for those particular tees on that particular course. In
this way, your handicap will vary with the difficulty of each course.
Perhaps you are a 12 on an easier one and a 15 on a difficult one.

Hope this helps.

Bruce


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"Handicap" vs. "Index"

Post by Dave Cla » Wed, 15 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Some people seem to be using these terms interchangeably, yet there
does seem to be a difference.  Explanation anyone??

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"Handicap" vs. "Index"

Post by Dudley Cornm » Wed, 15 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Some people seem to be using these terms interchangeably, yet there
> does seem to be a difference.  Explanation anyone??

Strictly speaking they are different... but depending on the context
they can be used almost interchangeably and still have meaning...

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"Handicap" vs. "Index"

Post by Scott Newel » Wed, 15 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Quote:


Clary) writes:
>> Some people seem to be using these terms interchangeably, yet there
>> does seem to be a difference.  Explanation anyone??

>Strictly speaking they are different... but depending on the context
>they can be used almost interchangeably and still have meaning...

True, they are pretty interchangeable terms in casual conversation.  I like
to think of the "index" as being my universal or general handicap given my
posted scores and the subsequent computation by the USGA formula.  My
"handicap" would be more applicable to the adjustment of that index based on
the course I am playing today or my "course handicap".
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"Handicap" vs. "Index"

Post by John Bish » Thu, 16 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Some people seem to be using these terms interchangeably, yet there
>does seem to be a difference.  Explanation anyone??

"Course Handicap" and "Handicap Index" are registered marks of the USGA.
A Handicap Index is a number, calculated to a tenth, that purports to
indicate your potential skill as a golfer.  It is portable and is used in
the calculation of your Course Handicap - an integer number representing
your playing handicap on a particular course from a particular set of
tees.  Any course that has been slope rated has a chart (for the tees you
are playing) that provides your Course Handicap based on your Handicap
Index.  It can be calculated as:  Your Handicap Index, multiplied by the
Slope Rating of the course and tees you are playing, divided by 113,
rounded to the nearest integer.

For a player who regularly plays a course with a Slope Rating near 113,
their Handicap Index and Course Handicap are close to the same value.  It
is likely that they will use the terms interchangeably.  Most handicapping
services also compute a "Home Course Handicap" - a calculation for the
convenience of regular players of a course - that represents their Course
Handicap from the tees they regularly play.  This is the number most club
golfers call their "handicap".

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