How to get a USGA golf handicap online
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How to get a USGA golf handicap online

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"What's your handicap?"

Other than "Is that good?", that's probably one of the most frequently asked questions in golf.

How to get a USGA golf handicap

Figuring out how to get a USGA golf handicap is a question that a lot of golfers want the answer to but are too afraid to ask. However, there are several ways to obtain a handicap subscription.

Do I need to be a member of a club to keep a USGA handicap index?

If you want a USGA Handicap Index, you have to maintain a handicap by joining a golf club. That doesn't mean you have to join a country club. That means you have to join a USGA approved golf organization or club, meaning, for example, it could be a state golf association or a group at a local municipal course. You can join a virtual golf club, too, which does not have a physical or permanent home.

Your handicap index is portable, meaning you don't have to play at the same place over and over to keep it.

Can I get and maintain a handicap online?

You can purchase and maintain a handicap online. Depending on your handicap service, you can enter scores online or through a mobile app and get statistics, analysis and a printable USGA card to certify your handicap for leagues and tournaments.

Through, you can get a USGA handicap index that you can purchase and maintain online. When you purchase a USGA handicap online through your allied state golf association, you'll be join a USGA licensed golf club and be able to enter scores online.

Do I have to have a GHIN number?

Having a GHIN number and having a handicap index are not one in the same. The GHIN (Golf Handicap and Information Network) is the USGA-owned handicap system. It is the most popular handicap-tracking system, but you don't have to be on GHIN to have a handicap index. You can use a number of other systems approved by the USGA, including USHandicap, which allows you to get a handicap without being a member of a country club or GHIN-affiliated club. However, most people do use GHIN.

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Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for nearly 20 years. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He is currently a +2.6 USGA handicap, and he has covered dozens of major championships and professional golf tournaments. He likes writing about golf and making it more accessible by answering the complex questions fans have about the pro game or who want to understand how to play golf better.

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