# What Does Slope Mean In Golf?

The slope rating of a golf course is a mathematical measure of the difficulty of the golf course. Slope rating takes into account the USGA par rating of the course as well as the expected score of a higher handicap golfer.

• A golf course slope is a USGA designated rating number that indicates the difficulty of a specific course for bogey golfers. This number is used to calculate a player’s handicap index. The value is between 55 and 155, and the average standard slope number ranges from 113 to 120.

## How does slope work in golf?

Slope merely tells you how “proportionately” more difficult that particular set of tees plays for the higher handicapped golfers as opposed to lower handicapped golfers. The more difficult the tees play proportionately for the higher handicappers, the greater the Slope rating that will be issued. That’s it!

## Is higher slope rating harder?

The higher the slope number, the harder the course is for the bogey golfer relative to the difficulty of the course for the scratch golfer. Slope numbers can range anywhere between 55 and 155 with the average slope in the United States being 120.

## What does a slope rating of 130 mean?

From Tom’s tees, a slope of 130 gives him a 12 Course Handicap. Mary gets one stroke PLUS the difference between the course ratings, or 73.2 – 71.1 = 2.1. Rounded to the nearest whole number (. 5 or more is rounded up).

## What slope should I play golf?

If you are playing a course with a slope in the 130’s, you might want to aim for something under 95 as opposed to 90. On the other hand, a course with a slope in the low 100’s may allow you to aim for an 85 – or even lower.

## What is slope vs rating?

While course ratings are a measure of the difficulty of a course, slope ratings are a measure of how much more difficult a course is for a high handicap golfer versus a lower one. For example, if you have two courses that each have a course rating of 72, they should be the same difficulty for a scratch golfer.

## How do you read a slope rating?

Slope rating takes into account the USGA par rating of the course as well as the expected score of a higher handicap golfer. The difference between the two multiplied by 5.381 is the calculation used to determine the mens slope rating for a golf course.

## What is a scratch golfer?

A scratch player essentially is one who can manage every aspect of their game, consistently, and can plot their way around the golf course hitting the right shots at the right time. A Scratch golfer will very rarely hit two bad shots in a row and has the mindset to recover rapidly from setbacks in a positive way.

## What is the average golf handicap?

In determining where you stand among amateur golfers in general, it helps to know what the average handicap is for both men and women. The average male golfer has a handicap of 16.1, while the average female has a handicap of 28.9.

## What is the slope rating of St Andrews?

A golf course of standard playing difficulty has a Slope Rating of 113.

## What slope should a 10 handicap play?

On a course with a 72.0 rating, a 10-handicapper will score, on average, 82 to 88. Slope Rating, which the USGA instituted in 1984, is an analysis of the relative difficulty of a course for a bogey golfer when compared to the scratch golfer.

## What is a slope rating of 113?

Slope Ratings range from 55 to 155, with the average being 113. When you play a course with a Slope Rating higher than 113, your Course Handicap will be higher than your USGA Handicap Index. When you play a course with a Slope Rating lower than 113, your Course Handicap will be lower than your Handicap Index.

## What is my handicap if I score 110?

If you shoot 110, your handicap is probably going to be about 35. At some point, if your handicap gets high enough, the GHIN handicap system may max out your handicap. This is to keep the game fair for those that are trying to compete.

## What does CR and slope mean?

USGA Course Rating is an evaluation of the difficulty of a golf course for scratch golfers. Course rating tells scratch golfers how difficult the golf course will be; slope rating tells bogey golfers how difficult it will be.

## What tee height should I use?

So what’s the right height? From a poll of GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers, the ideal tee height is about 1.5 inches for driver. A good checkpoint is that half the ball “peeks” above the crown after you sole the club at address. For a 3-wood, peg it about half an inch and just a quarter inch with an iron.

## What tee box should I play from handicap?

As we have already mentioned, this will differ from person to person, but the general rule is: The back tees: low-handicap men. The middle tees: middle- to high-handicap men, low-handicap women, or low-handicap senior men. The front tees: middle- to high-handicap women and seniors, or beginners.