What Is The Average Golf Handicap?

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It’s a question among golfers that allows you to instantly assess another’s golfing prowess.

You may be particularly proud of your low handicap, or it may be something you mutter out ashamedly.

However, how valuable a metric is the handicap, and how does it compare to the average golfer? If you’ve ever wondered how you stack up against the competition, read on to find out how good the average golfer actually is.

The Problem With Golf Handicaps

In economic terms, a figure which is based on past data is known as a trailing indicator.

A golfer’s handicap is exactly that – an assessment of ability to be applied to future golf outings based on past performance.

Depending on your clubs duration between assessing handicap’s, you may find yours to be grossly out of tune with your current ability, giving you an unfair advantage.

Conversely, you may have had a stellar performance during your last handicap assessment that isn’t being repeated in recent form and it’s dragging your score down.

Way down. As golfer’s, we know that consistent form is hard in practicality and it can vanish as quickly as it takes to walk from the last green to the next tee.

Problems with handicaps also arise when it comes to integrity, the ability to perform basic arithmetic and the perception of a hole’s difficulty.

Where some golfers will see a hole as being a “Par,” others would attest to it being a “Bogey.”

So What Is The Average Golf Handicap?

It’s time to get into the data.

Of the 2 million golfers that participated in the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) survey, 77% were men (who posted results for 37 rounds on average) and 23% were woman (who posted an average of 22 rounds).

In 2012…

  • The average golf handicap for males was 3
  • The average golf handicap for females was 5

Interesting Findings

The year the golf handicaps were sampled offers some interesting data for reflection.

You may be surprised to know that golf handicaps are actually steadily improving over time.

I know that in times of frustration when you’ve hooked yet another ball into the roughage it may not feel like it, but the data collected over a 21 year time period shows a steady and consistent decrease in handicaps.

Males have decreased their handicap by 3.2 from a high of 29.7 in 1991 and females have shaved 2 points of their handicap after starting at 16.3 in 1991.

Want to Improve Your Handicap?

It can be disheartening being stuck on the same handicap for months or even years and it can cause you to lose interest in the game.

Especially when you’re putting in tremendous amounts of effort into perfecting your swing and you aren’t seeing tangible results.

But there’s no need to fret, if you want to start improving your game, or you have loftier dreams of a career in golf, the College of Golf at Keiser University is a great first step.

Our team of skilled professionals work with players at all levels to refine every movement.

If you would like to see how our professional trainers can help raise your game, contact us today.