Want to know how good PGA professionals really are? The chart below shows their handicaps from 2016 to 2000. They’re pretty low.
To put plus handicaps into perspective, it is said that there is a greater difference between a 3 and a +3 that there is between a 3 and an 18.
If a plus handicap is a new idea to you, it works like this, roughly. Take the course rating and subtract the handicap. So if your local course is rated 70.0, and a pro’s handicap is +8, their expected score would be 62.
That’s not exactly how it works, but that gives you the general idea.
The average index is +5.4. The best index achieved as Ricky Fowler’s +8.4.
It all works out to the fact that they’re playing a different game than we are.
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