Golfgaga Handicap & Game tracker

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  • Easy to use Handicap tool that is compliant with USGA norms
  • Calculate your Handicap Index
  • Comes with a large database of prefilled courses in India, UAE, Sri Lanka & Bhutan
  • Add more courses for away scores
  • Real time data updates
  • Track your game
  • View past scores, check trends over time /course etc
  • Option to enter gross scores, detailed scores, hole by hole detailed scores etc
  • Track details like Putts per round, FIR (Fairway in regulation), Sand save %, your average driving distance by club etc. Complete details in the Features section.
  • Integrate your handicap with our social community tool. Share your scores and compare your scores.
  • Manage group scores

Key facts about handicapping you should know

Handicap Index
This describes a golfers “BEST POTENTIAL” for scoring in relation to par. It is NOT a average of your scores. This is normalized for a course with a rating of 72/113.
How are courses Rated
Golf courses are rated on the basis of course & slope ratings.
What are course/slope ratings

Example: Delhi Golf Course (DGC), Delhi, INDIA

Black tees (7036 yards) -73.5/130

Blue Tees (6602 yards) -72.1/127

White Tees (6290 yards) -70.6/123

Course Rating

is the strokes it would take a SCRATCH golfer ( with a Handicap Index of ZERO) to complete a round. 73.5 is the COURSE RATING from the Black tees at DGC i.e. at DGC from the black tees a ZERO handicap index golfer would play 1.5 over the course. From the White tees he/she would play -1.4 (minus 1.4 = under the course). The higher the rating the tougher the course.

For eg the Carnoustie course in Scotland has a course rating of 75.1 from the 6941 yards Medal tees i.e. a scratch golfer would play 3.1 over the course.

Slope Rating

is the degree of difficulty of a course for a BOGEY golfer (a golfer with a handicap of between 17 & 22 – the norm is 20). A average course i.e. a course where a BOGEY golfer will play to their handicap has a rating of 113. Courses can have ratings from 55 to 155 (the higher the number the tougher for a bogey golfer). So in our above example a bogey golfer (20 handicap index) playing from the Blue tees would play to 20*(127/113) = 22.5 over the course. 20 is the HANDICAP INDEX of the golfer– while 22.5 would be the HANDICAP of the bogey golfer from the Blue tees at DGC, Delhi.

The same golfer playing at the Carnoustie course in Scotland (has a slope rating of 145 from the Medal tees) would play to 25.7 = (20*145/113) over the course.


Scorecards Required
To get a Handicap index you need to play a minimum of 5 rounds of 18 hole golf & a maximum of 20 rounds. If you play 40 rounds the handicap is calculated on the basis of your last 20 rounds.
How is your HANDICAP INDEX calculated ?

If you submit 5/6 scorecards- only your lowest score is taken into account. Then the scores are normalized for the course you played- called HANDICAP DIFFERENTIAL (courses are defined by 2 ratings- the COURSE RATING & the SLOPE RATING as mentioned earlier). These numbers are then inputted into formulae. Similarly if you submit 20 scorecards (which is the norm for getting a OFFICIAL handicap) only the 10 lowest differentials are taken.

The table looks like this:

Number of rounds Differentials to use
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

Lets look at the process below:

  1. A minimum of 5 scores cards & a maximum of 20 are required to get started.
  2. For each score, the Course & Slope Rating are also required.
  3. Handicap Differential = (Adjusted Score – Course Rating) x 113/Slope Rating
  4. E.g. your gross score is 92, the course rating 72.1, the slope 127 (DGC, Blue tees)
  5. The formula would be (92 – 72.1)x113/127 = 17.7
  6. This differential is calculated for each round entered.
  7. If 20 rounds are entered, only the 10 lowest differentials are used.
  8. Then take an average of the differentials used. Add them all & divide by 10
  9. Multiply the result by 0.96. The result is the Handicap.
  10. The gross score of 92 in this case is adjusted using the ESC format
What is ESC (Equitable Stroke Control)

ESC is to compensate for blow out/disaster holes. A hole where you recorded a score of say 12 is a aberration & ESC aims to eliminate this deviation. It puts a cap/limit on the max no of strokes you can record for a hole & is based on your course handicap.

The ESC grid looks as follows

Course Handicap Max strokes on a hole Eg: Max strokes on a Par3/Par4/Par5
9 or lower Double bogey Par 3= 5, Par 4= 6, Par 5= 7
10-19 7 Par 3, Par 4 or Par 5= 7
20-29 8 Par 3, Par 4 or Par 5= 8
30-39 9 Par 3, Par 4 or Par 5= 9
40 plus 10 Par 3, Par 4 or Par 5= 10

What do you do if you do not have a course handicap for ESC calculations?

Use a default handicap of 36.4 for Men & 40.4 for Women

What is the max handicap that golfers can have

For men its 36 & for women its 40

What is a plus golfer
Golfers with a handicap below zero are called PLUS golfers, as they have to add a number to their score. E.g. if your handicap is +3 you would play 69 on a course with a 72 rating. So you would need to add 3 to the 69 to get the weighted score.
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    • Greens in regulation (GIR)
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    • 3+ Putts %
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