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Someone asks you "What's your handicap ?"


Someone asks you "What's your handicap ?"  

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  1. 1. Someone who does NOT play themselves but knows you play golf asks you

    • I tell them my actual handicap INDEX to the decimal point, ("I'm 10.7")
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    • I tell them my actual handicap index ROUNDED to the nearest whole number ("Im an 11")
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    • I tell them my COURSE HANDICAP (of the course I play most often ("I'm a 6"))
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  2. 2. You meet someone at a GOLF STORE looking at drivers and they ask you

    • I tell them my actual handicap INDEX to the decimal point, ("I'm 10.7")
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    • I tell them my actual handicap index ROUNDED to the nearest whole number ("Im an 11")
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    • I tell them my COURSE HANDICAP (of the course I play most often ("I'm a 6"))
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  3. 3. In the clubhouse before a round, a golfer from your group/club asks you

    • I tell them my actual handicap INDEX to the decimal point, ("I'm 10.7")
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    • I tell them my actual handicap index ROUNDED to the nearest whole number ("Im an 11")
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    • I tell them my COURSE HANDICAP (of the course I play most often ("I'm a 6"))
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  4. 4. On the 1st tee, while waiting to tee off, another player in your group asks you

    • I tell them my actual handicap INDEX to the decimal point, ("I'm 10.7")
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    • I tell them my actual handicap index ROUNDED to the nearest whole number ("Im an 11")
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    • I ask them "My index ? Or "My course handicap - the strokes I'm getting today ?"
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    • I tell them my COURSE HANDICAP for the upcoming round.
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I usually say I am better than the average bear, but it is OK because I am also bigger than the average bear.  Actually it doesn't matter what I tell folks because it will just confuse them.  I usually just say I am a little better than scratch women's which is about a 4 - 5 men's handicap.

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If a golfer asks me usually i just say my index to the decimal (like, i'm a 0.6)   If a non golfer asks me i usually just say i'm awesome at golf. And if they ask how awesome i just say some

I was gonna say goth girls but then I realized this was about golf. 

There shouldn't be any reason to ask someone their handicap other than setting up a game... Drives me insane how focused everyone is on handicap when it doesn't matter for half the things people use i

Tell 'em: "I don't have one, don't care, usually shoot mid 80's with my Buddies"

 

Or, if I'm on the course and someone asks: "What's your handicap?" 

 

I look at my bag and say "how many clubs in the bag today?" It usually gets a chuckle and we just go out and have some fun. No interest at all. Don't play in comps, don't play for money. When I play with my Buds, they each get a stroke a hole, except for Par 3's (unless it's a particularly tough one, which is decided on the tee box) and they play straight up against each other. Nothing on the line other than a round of beers at the Clubhouse. And to be honest, I've never bought a round against them. 

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Has only happened to me a couple of times that I can remember. Typically my rounds are:

 

  1. League play where the handicaps are published for each match so no need to ask.
  2. Regular group, again the games w/ handicaps are known each week.
  3. Casual play with a friend who doesn't keep a handicap and doesn't care.

The times I've been asked is when paired up with people I don't know and for some reason they ask. One guy I remember asked me and I just said "I'm a 7 (or whatever my index was at the time)". He gave me a nod and said, "yeah you look like a 7." Not sure if that was a complement or an insult? 🙂

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I was in a bar a few years ago and golf was on TV and the guy next to me noticed I was watching it.  He asked if I played and the conversation progressed to asking me my handicap.  Told him I was a 9.  His response was unexpected.  He got very excited and yelled across the bar to his friends that I as a single digit handicapper and they all came over to ask me questions.  Quite bizarre.  I've gotten a little better since then and but say just I'm ok.  

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I usually tell them I'm single handicap.  I've gotten several interesting responses from "Oh so you're a badass out on the course, huh?" to "Wow, I'm playing with good golfer today."   My usual response is that I've been playing golf since I was a kid and that I love the game.  I believe that it's better to let your game do the talking. 

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