This is the average handicap index among golfers in the United States – Golf.com

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How does your handicap index stack up against the average golfer in the United States from 2021?
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Everyone has a different definition of what constitutes an “average” golfer. On the PGA Tour, the median scoring average hovers around 71 year-over-year. At your local club, however, an “average” golfer will shoot far higher than 71.
How much higher than 71, though? Thanks to data from the USGA, we can give you an exact figure. The governing body recently shared its handicap index statistics for 2021 with us, and one figure that jumped off the page was the average handicap index among golfers in the United States. Check out the data below.
Among the 2,096,870 of male golfers who kept a handicap through the USGA, the average handicap for men in the United Stats in 2021 was 14. This is slightly lower than the 14.2 average that was reported in 2020 — perhaps the golf boom has made for more talented golfers? — and means that an average men’s golfer in the U.S. is typically shooting in the mid-to-high 80s. Just a bit higher than the average score of a Tour pro.
Among the 503,466 female golfers who kept a handicap through the USGA, the average handicap index among women was 27.7. And while men’s golfers saw a slight drop to their scores year-over-year, women’s indexes were slightly higher than the 27.5 average reported in 2020.

Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for GOLF.com where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Prior to joining the team at GOLF.com, he attended the University of Texas followed by stops with Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all things instruction and covers amateur and women’s golf.
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