Golf is a popular sport among the wealthy. It entails the use of a club and a ball, where a golfer is judged a winner based on his ability to hit the ball, shoot it in the hole, while using the least number of strokes. There is no standard playing field for golf, as different golf courses have unique landscapes. A usual golf course is made up of 18 holes, strategically marked by flags. If only 9 holes are available, 2 rounds are played in order to reach 18 holes. Most holes are designed in such a way that the tee-off point has a good line of sight to the hole. Some, on the other hand, or the more challenging ones, are those that bend to the left or right.
The actual golf score is computed by subtracting a value called handicap form the number of strokes the player has made in the entire course of the game. Handicap is the value used by amateur golf players to record and measure their ability to play the difficult sport in relation to other people. It somehow enables different players of varying abilities to play together as it somehow equalizes the players and removes the “bias” of the players at the extreme ends of the spectrum. Thus, a higher handicap value suggests poor playing skills compared to one with lower handicap value.
There are different rules regarding handicaps per country, but generally, the organization based in Scotland authorizes all handicap systems around the world except in United States, Mexico and Canada. In the U.S. and Mexico, United States Golf Association rules apply while in Canada, the Royal Canadian Golf Association rules are used. Also, handicaps are set by golf clubs or national golf organizations. So whether you are a beginner or a frequent player, just as long as you play golf casually, you have a handicap value in order to keep track of your game scores. It must be noted though that handicap systems are not used in professional golf games.
Since scoring is your only way to gauge your improvement in this prestigious sport, it is important that you are able to monitor your scores and computer for your handicap. The good news is that you need not do this with a pen, paper and calculator as many online sites provide this amazing service for free!
- Materials. What you will only need are the following: a computer and Internet access.
- Important information. You will need to know the course rating, slope, yardage and par of the golf course you are playing. These will be essential in computation of your handicap value.
- Valuable sites. Check out the sites listed below. These are the most helpful of all reviews: www.golflink.com and golf.sports.yahoo.com
- Word of caution. Take note thought that the calculated handicaps in the above sites are not official GHIN values. You are required to pay about $30 to $50 should you need a GHIN-accredited official handicap value.
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