So, you fancy yourself a golfer, eh? Well you may know how your handicap stacks up against your buddies or the regulars at your club, but how does your game compare to the rest of the United States?
The USGA recently updated its handicap index statistics, offering an intriguing glimpse into the numbers we all care so deeply about (whether we like to admit it or not).
The USGA gathered all of its official registered handicaps — the USGA’s Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN) has more than 2 million registered golfers — for both men and women within the United States. There are two specific breakdowns: a bar graph showcasing the most common handicap index ranges using raw numbers, and a table that breaks down each handicap index by percentile.
You can check out the bar graphs here, and we’ll get into some interesting findings below.
1. The average handicap index for men is 14.2.
2. The average handicap index for women is 27.5.
This chart reveals one of the biggest differences between high and low handicaps