What is a Handicap?
A handicap is an indication of a player's ability. A specific formula
is used to compute handicaps by factoring in a player's score and the
difficulty of the course played.
Why would I want to have a Handicap?
A handicap allows players of different ability levels to compete with
each other. For example, generally, if a player with a 20 handicap has a
score of 100, her net score is 80 (100 - 20 = 80) while a player with a
27 handicap and a score of 107 also has a net score of 80. Using
handicaps helps to even the playing field, making the game more fun.
Handicaps also travel with you. If you play a course that is more
difficult than your home course, your handicap will generally be higher
and, on an easier course, will generally be lower.
When should I establish a Handicap?
If you are just learning the game of golf and spend the majority of
your time taking lessons or practicing, then it may be too early for you
to establish a handicap.
Once you start playing 9 or 18 hole rounds, you should establish your handicap.
How do I establish a Handicap?
EWGA provides a handicap service as a part of your membership. This
is included with the EWGA Handicap System (GN21) that is offered to
every member affiliated with an EWGA chapter. In order to use this
service you must first activate your GN21 account (found in the Member
Clubhouse at www.ewga.com). You then must enter a minimum of 5 scores (total of 90 holes) to establish your handicap.
If you have questions about using the system or establishing a handicap, please contact the Handicap Committee at Handicap@cnyewga.com.