So to break down the difference more simply: Handicap is a general term for a golfer’s average score in relation to par (e.g., 14-over means 14 handicap); Handicap index is a term specific to an official handicapping system and refers to a rating of the golfer’s game produced as part of that system.

## What does a golf handicap index mean?

A Handicap Index is a number that indicates a player’s skill and is taken to one decimal place (ex., 10.4). You never actually use this Index while playing; rather, you must first convert it to the slope of the specific set of tees you are playing in order to get a Course Handicap.

## What is the differential in golf handicap?

A “Handicap Differential” is the difference between a player’s adjusted gross score and the USGA Course Rating of the course on which the score was made, multiplied by 113, then divided by the Slope Rating from the tees played and rounded to the nearest tenth, e.g., 12.8.

## How do you calculate your handicap index?

Your Handicap Index is calculated by averaging the best 10 rounds out of your last 20. Those best rounds are determined by calculating what is called a Handicap differential which is essentially your score minus the par of the course.

## What is my golf handicap if I shoot 100?

Golf Handicap If You Shoot 100

The scores are calculated based on the slope and course rating mentioned in the above paragraphs. If you score 100 points playing a 18 hole course and the par is approximately 72, your average score works out to be 28. Every time you play rounds, your handicap values can be recalibrated.