Establishing a Golf Handicap

For me or not for me … that is the question!

Establish a handicap?That’s a point to ponder as we start the season.Many recreational golfers never do; others find it an elemental part of the game.

What is a golf handicap index?
The USGA Handicap System enables golfers of all skill levels to compete on an equitable basis.Read more from the experts – USGA Handicap Manual and GAM’s Handicapping For Dummies – Back to Basics.

WHEN to consider establishing a handicap
If you are just learning golf and spend most of your time taking lessons or practicing, it’s probably too early for a handicap.If you’re playing 9 or 18-hole rounds, you’re ready.

WHY establish a handicap air max shoes

  • Competition – Handicaps are required to play in officially sanctioned tournaments
  • Friendly competition – Handicaps accurately measure skill and enable players of all levels to compete against each other.That’s fun and fair for everyone, whether it’s league play, a special event such as an invitational, or a round with friends.
  • Incentive to practice and improve – Is there any better reward than watching your handicap index drop?Set a target number and see if you can get to it.

Establishing a handicap index is not difficult. new balance 610

  1. A Golf Association of Michigan handicap provider or “club” is the first step.  Miles of Golf is an authorized provider.  Players sign up at or they can come into the store; the cost is $25 for the year.  Once signed up, players post scores online – coming into the store is not necessary.  Membership can be renewed annually online or in store.  Other GAM handicap providers include public courses and private clubs.  Just ask!
  2. Submit a minimum of five 18-hole rounds to establish a handicap
  3. Keep submitting your 9- and 18-hole scores
  4. As a GAM member, you’ll receive a monthly email with your current index

GAM membership offers other benefits too!

  1. Swing & Save at golf courses around the state
  2. Exclusive Tee Times at private clubs
  3. Michigan Links Course Directory
  4. GAM competitions
  5. 1 Year subscription to Golf Digest Magazine
  6. And more!

FAQ  – A handicap index does NOT describe your AVERAGE golf score.
It’s all about potential, based on your average number of strokes over par on a good day.Really, a golfer plays to her handicap in only one out of four rounds.

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