Golf Handicap Systems

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Golf handicap systems are fairly complicated, but they can really improve your score. The upside is that new players can comfortably play with old pros, as the newer players are given a bit of a break with their strokes. A golf handicap levels the playing field. The downside is that it is nearly impossible to figure out on your own.

If you just play with friends, you don't really need an official handicap. They're intended for more official play such as in leagues and tournaments, when scores affect ranking. When you decide to join a club, they'll figure your handicap. Until then, just hack away and don't worry too much about your handicap.

You may already realize that golf is a big part of business. Not only can a handicap help your game, but so can some good conversation skills. Sometimes, your job is affected by your game. Of course, no one would blatantly fire you because your game isn't up to par (pardon the pun), but you can sure benefit in your job by getting some quality face time with the boss. If he or she likes to golf, it can't hurt if you do, too.

Mental Method of Improvement

Another good way to improve your game is to alter your attitude. Golf requires physical fitness in addition to mental fitness. Change the way you think of your opponent. Instead of hoping or willing him to miss, assume he'll make every shot. This will force you to play each of your shots with all you have. With this state of thinking, you have little to lose and everything to gain. It's just one small way to help you get to the next level in your play.


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