Question: Is a 5 handicap good?

If you are in the 10 to 15 handicap range, you are well above average and would be considered good by most standards. For the rest of the golfers near the middle and above, it is all about practice and experience.

What does a 5 handicap in golf mean?

Essentially, the lower your golf handicap, the more skilled you are. A player with a handicap of 5 means that the average of this players previous rounds was 5 over par (criteria changed from 5 rounds to 3 rounds starting in 2020).

Is a 5 golf handicap good?

What Is A Good Golf Handicap? A good golf handicap is ten or less. With a handicap index of ten or less, you will generally shoot somewhere around 82.

What percentage of golfers have a handicap under 5?

9.77% According to the statistics, 9.77% — or roughly 170,000-plus people — have handicaps below 5. And if you are looking to be in the top 5 percent of golfers, you need to sneak into that 2-handicap range. To be in the top 10 percent of womens players you need a handicap of 14.9 or better.

Hi I'm new to this forum my name is Barry from Ireland. I'm 22 but I've been playing off a 5 handicap since I was 17 years old and have not moved on to the next level. I took a hiatus from the game for 3 years and have started playing a lot since April and am pleased with my quick progress. However I can never seem to get to 4 it always seems to be out of reach. Any help would be appreciated. I am straight off the tee, 270 yards average, my ball striking is as good as a 5 handicap should be and I have a good putting stroke.

I just need advice on how I can lower my handicap because 5 years ago I could not see myself being off the same handicap and it's frustrating. I'll stick a tee in the ground at my chosen point and grab 3 balls and proceed to stroke putt after putt. My goal is to make at least 25 in a row and no fewer than 58 out of 60.

After a while you'll find that sinking 60 in a row isn't that difficult as long as you don't lose your concentration another great side affect of this drill. After 60 putts I move on to my next drill. As you improve, bump this number up a bit, try 90 in a row, then 120. I think that my personal best is right around 250 in a row and I didn't miss, I ran out of sunlight. I'll try to find a hole on a slope with some nice movement all around.

I'll start at about 2 feet and move from ball to ball pulling balls out every 3-4 putts until all putts are holed. If I miss any of the putts, I put the balls back in their original spot and try again.

If I make all putts, I'll do the same drill over with a slightly bigger circle. Rinse and repeat 3 or Is a 5 handicap good? times with the final circle at about 5 feet.

Is a 5 handicap good?

The goal here is to hole every putt on each revolution. For the first putt, try to get the ball to just barely drop into the top edge of the cup before stopping. Hit the second putt to fall into the heart of the hole with what you determine is the ideal speed. Hit the last ball even harder, have it hit the back of the cup with authority. Repeat 2 or 3 times on various putts uphill, downhill, left and right breakers.

Grab the club that you'd be most likely to use from this location on the course and chip all 3 balls. Rinse and repeat twice more 9 total chips from 2 other locations in the 7 to 15 yard range. If you think the best club from a given location is a sand wedge, Is a 5 handicap good? a pitching wedge instead. By varying your club Is a 5 handicap good? you'll improve your feel and you'll become more creative in your shot Is a 5 handicap good?.

Again, drop them and play them as they lie. Rinse and repeat twice more 9 total pitches from 2 other locations within the 10-25 yard range. Your goal here is to get 8 of 9 within 5 feet and all 9 within 8 feet.

If you don't make your goal, do it again. I like to do this drill with a single golf ball and zig zag my way across the practice green, back and forth.

I'll pick a spot to putt to, a dead clump of grass, a leaf or something of the like on or near the collar and stroke putts to it.

My goal is to have the ball gently come to rest against the collar of the green. I'm working on my speed here, not so much my direction.

If I can't find something like that, I'll putt to a few balls that I'll scatter across the green to use as targets. Like the first drill, I want my ball to gently come to rest against the collar.

For my next putt, I want it to stop roughly 2 feet shorter than the first. The next putt, 2 feet shorter than the last and so on and so forth. I'll usually do Is a 5 handicap good? drill with 4 or 5 balls.

Hit 3 balls at a time and keep things interesting. Short side yourself, hit from plugged lies, hit shots that need to stop quick, others that need to roll out, hit them from the far side of the bunker from a downhill lie to a short sided pin, etc, etc.

Hit groups of 9 balls, 3 at a time. You're goal should be to have 6 of the 9 inside of 6 feet with all 9 inside of 10 feet, regardless of the location, regardless of the lie. Rinse this time literally and repeat. This time you want 8 of the 9 within 10 feet and all 9 within 15 feet. It makes much more sense to practice what you're not good at than to practice what you're already good at. Optionally, take the day off. If you finish one, start over until the 30 minutes is up. If you can't finish a drill within the 30 minutes, no big deal.

Don't rush it, rushed practice is worse than no practice. Given goals are simply a suggestion, alter these to fit your game but, keep them challenging. Also, if you're not doing it already, start keeping your stats. You'll quickly identify the parts of your game that need work.

In addition to the 30 minutes a day that I suggested above, be sure to spend some time on the range working on your ball striking and shot shaping. Vary your trajectory, your spin, the shot shape, etc. Hit every ball with a purpose and a specific target in mind.

Is a 5 handicap good?

Every time you are on the range, use alignment sticks. There is no excuse for having an incorrect setup or alignment. I'll usually concentrate on 6 to 8 foots to a small target usually another ball or the leg of a chair. I'll hit 2-3 balls at a time and really focus on making a smooth stroke. I try to do this a few times every day for at least a couple of minutes at a time.

Again, make sure that you're not rushing things. One smooth stroke is better than 3 rushed ones. I keep a few putters in strategic locations throughout my house to help facilitate my carpet putting obsession. Give these drills a few weeks of dedication and I guarantee that you're handicap will drop. To shave these 5 strokes off your handicap, it should be something very delicate and extremely difficult to fine-tune.

I regularly play with a few buddies in this handicap range 0-7 and Is a 5 handicap good? Is a 5 handicap good? the biggest different from the 5-handicapper and a scratch golfer is the ability to save strokes on and around the greens, especially putting. This is the area that should be focused, rather than spending time on the long game.

A 5-handicapper can strike the ball fairly-well and can definitely hit a few good approaches in a round. On a good putting day, breaking par is very much a possibility. First thing you may want to consider is what I call the 'crosshair drill' on a putting green. Putt 3 balls from 4 ft 3 times, then move back to 8 ft, 3 balls from 8 ft 3 times, then move back to 12 ft, 3 balls from 12 ft 3 times. Then, move to the left of the hole, back of the hole, and right of the hole, and repeat the pattern looks like Is a 5 handicap good?.

If you can get between 15 and 18 of 27 to fall on each repetition, you've done okay. Anything under 10, you know where your problem lays. I have been stuck at a 3 for over ten years now. My problem isn't my short game or my long Is a 5 handicap good?, it's my irons. I currently gave up on my previous swing because I became so frustrated.

I am in the midst of a complete swing change, which hasn't panned out yet, but I'm going to stick with it remind you of someone?? Anyway, my moral is don't just beat a dead horse, don't be afraid to change it up!

Good Luck For me to make that jump I worked on 2 things. First was scrambling, really trying to work on those shots you need to get yourself out of bad situations and get some distance out of those situations to allow yourself a chance at par. Looks kinda funny on the range hitting low punch hooks etc.

Typically those only compound the problem. My game sorta moved a bit when I took my medicine and got back into play rather then trying a low percentage shot to try and recover. Stats tracking is also an important thing that I noticed as I just started doing that as well to try and make the next big jump.

Originally Posted by irishlad88 Hi I'm new to this forum my name is Barry from Ireland. I'm 22 but I've been playing off a 5 handicap since I was 17 years old and have not moved on to the next level.

I took a hiatus from the game for 3 years and have started playing a lot since April and am pleased with my quick progress.

However I can never seem to get to 4 it always seems to be out of reach. Any help would be appreciated. I am straight off the tee, 270 yards average, my ball striking is as good as a 5 handicap should be and I have a good putting stroke. I just need advice on how I can lower my handicap Is a 5 handicap good? 5 years ago I could not see myself being off the same handicap and it's frustrating.

You're very young and just came off a 3yr layoff from the game. Just give it some time!!. You are doing very well to be back to a 5 so quickly and I wouldn't be Is a 5 handicap good? about hitting a wall until you're stuck as a five for a few more years after continuing to play a lot. And I emphasize this because you need to keep playing a lot. I've hit some walls that lasted 10yrs and was able to play through them without ever practicing. I haven't hit a bucket of balls since 1995.

Just playing on weekends probably won't do it. Keeping stats will help you to focus on your weaknesses. If you're going to practice, spend most of the time on the short game.

Originally Posted by delav I'd make sure you are keeping stats, and concentrate 70-80% of your practice time to short game. The ability or inability to get up and down is where my strokes seem to be determined. I tend to find that this makes the difference lately. Get your body into peak shape, stretching, yoga, proper muscle strengthening. I see young adults that I play with that are is worse physical shape then I am at Is a 5 handicap good?.

Is a 5 handicap good?

If this is an issue with you, then address it. Then start really practicing your short game, 125 in. Find out where you are honestly wasting strokes. Honest short comings in parts of your game? If you really want to get better, then being honest with yourself is the place you'll find the answers. With that said, 99% of golfers will never sniff an honest 5 handicap.

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There are only 48 players in each tournament. Clearly they aren't going to have a lot of opportunities to play anywhere else. At least Bryson and Reed are already replacing people after this current event.

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