What is a handicap index?

It is a number, to one decimal place (e.g., 5.6), that is a generic (i.e., not tied to any one course) representation of a golfer’s game relative to par. So, for example, a golfer with a 5.6 Handicap Index means that that golfer could be expected to shoot somewhere between 5 and 6 strokes over par on any given day.

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