Texas Golf Association, Since 1906
Texas Golf Association, Since 1906

Computing Handicap Index

Computing Handicap Index

By Differentials

A handicap differential is the difference between the adjusted gross score and the USGA Course Rating, multiplying the difference by 113, dividing the results figure by the USGA Slope Rating and rounding off to the nearest tenth. The following is an example for a course with a 70.8 Course Rating and a 125 Slope Rating.

Adjusted gross score 89
Course Rating 70.8
Difference 18.2
Handicap Differential 113 x 18.2 divided by 125 = 16.5

The value 113 in the above formula is the national standard for Slope Ratings and is used to weigh differentials.

By Index Formula

Lowest 10 of Last 20 Differentials. The Index is computed from the lowest 10 of the player's last 20 rounds as follows:

Total of 10 lowest differentials 136.3
Total averaged 13.63
Total multiplied by 96% 13.08
Delete all numbers after the tenths digit 13.0
USGA Handicap Index is 13.0

If you have fewer than 20 differentials available:

Available Used
1-4 No Index issued
5 or 6 Lowest 1
7 or 8 Lowest 2
9 or 10 Lowest 3
11 or 12 Lowest 4
13 or 14 Lowest 5
15 or 16 Lowest 6
17 Lowest 7
18 Lowest 8
19 Lowest 9
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