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Your HCP Questions Answered - Source: USGA


Q. How Often Should You Beat Your Handicap? A. Not Often, In fact, you should average three shots HIGHER than your handicap...For example, if your handicap is 6 and the Course Rating is 73, you should average 82, not 79. More than half your scores should be within three strokes of three over your handicap (82 to 85 in this example). Most golfers beat their handicap (78 or better in this example) only 20 percent of the time and beat it by three strokes one out of every 20 rounds...For a person with a handicap of 6 to break 70, the odds are 1,138-1...To do it twice, it would take more than 700 years!