Slope Rating in Golf: What Is It And How Is It Calculated?

Slope Rating in Golf: What Is It And How Is It Calculated?

In this article we consider the Slope Rating. It’s a key number within the World Handicap System (WHS) that is part of the calculation used for determining a player’s Course Handicap, which varies according to which set of tees you are playing from at any given course.

What is Slope Rating?

Slope Rating is described by the USGA as demonstrating the “measurement of the relative playing difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers, compared to scratch golfers”. The higher a course’s Slope Rating, the higher the expected difference of scoring between a scratch golfer and a bogey golfer. The Slope Rating is not purely an indication of a course’s difficulty, it is an indication of the difference in difficulty for scratch and bogey players.

How is Slope Rating Calculated?

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To determine the Slope Rating for a course requires two key numbers – Course Rating and Bogey Rating. The Course Rating is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a golf course for the scratch player (0 handicap). The Bogey Rating is the evaluation of the difficulty of a course for a bogey player of 20-24 handicap.

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