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# What is a handicap game in bowling?

Updated: 9/27/2023 Wiki User

15y ago

You subtract your average from 200 and then multiply it by .9Answer

If, for example, your league is based off a 200 handicap system, your handicap is worked out accordingly:

(200 - Average) x 80% = hanidcap.

For example, an average of 190:

(200 - 190) x 80% = 8

If your league is off a 210 handicap system, just replace the 200 with 210 in the formula.

It depends on who authorizes the handicap. The authority assigning the handicap also stipulates how it will be calculated. A common calculation that I've encountered is a percentage of the difference between a bowler's average & a target score, e.g. 90% of the difference between the bowler's average & 270.

In Bowling:

To determine handicap you must first know your average. Take total number of games bowled and add the scores together. Then Divide by the total number of games bowled. For instance. Take the scores from three games of bowling and add them together. Then divide by three. This is your average bowling score (184 + 199 + 172 = 555. 555 / 3 = 185. Your average is 185).

Handicap Percentage is set in the bylaws of the league you joined. If you are unsure, ask your league secretary. The typical is 90% of 210/200. The number 210 represents the average game score across the league.

Take the average game score and subtract your average. Then multiply that number by the handicap percentage and you get your individual handicap. For example, if we take our average of 185 and subtract it from 210 we get 25. 90% of 25 is 22.5 or 23 pins of handicap (210 - 185 = 25. 90% of 25 or 0.9 x 25 = 22.5 which we round up to 23). Wiki User

13y ago   Wiki User

15y ago

Handicap is used in the sport of bowling to create a relatively even playing field between players in a league or tournament. Bowlers will have a number (handicap) added to their scores bowled to come up with a handicap game. Bowlers with a higher average, will have a lower handicap number added to their scores bowled. Bowlers with a lower average, will have a higher handicap number added to their scores bowled. To calculate this handicap number for an individual, a league or tournament using the handicap system will typically vote on an average that is typically higher than the best bowler in past seasons. For example, if the best bowler last year averaged 175, then the league may choose 200 as being the average to base the handicap on, which is termed "Base Average". With averages getting better with better equipment, 220 or 230 is starting to become common place for a base average. To calculate your handicap, if it was 150, from a base of 220 would be simple. Subtract your current average from the base average. So 220 - 150 = 70 pins handicap. From there you would simply take a score you bowled and add 70 pins to have a handicap game value. The majority of leagues do not give a person a full handicap value and will give only 90 or 80 percent of the handicap. In the above example, it was 100%. So 220-150 = 70. 70 pins * 100% = 70 pins handicap. In a 90% of 220 handicap example, it would be 220 - 150 = 70. 70 pins * 90% = 63 pins. An important thing in handicap calculations is that if there is a decimal, you do not round and you leave it off. So a 175 average player would be 220 - 175 = 45. 45 * 90 % = 40.5. We drop the fraction and it becomes 45 pins handicap.   Wiki User

13y ago

there are many different ways to calculate the handicap but the most common way is 100% of 200 so you get your average and then add on the difference between your average and 200 so if they had a 100 average their handicap would be 100 and if their average was 146 their handicap would be 54   Wiki User

11y ago

Most leagues work out the bowling handicap based on 200.

If your average is 148 for example, then your handicap would be 52.

Some leagues use other methods, but this is the most common   Wiki User

13y ago

It all depends on how your bowling league wants it to be. I bowl regularly both in sport leagues and in leagues that are on the house pattern. Where I live for the house leagues the handicap is your average subtracted from 200. once you get that number multiply it by 90% or .9 and you should get your handicap. However if you average 220, you do not get negative handicap. In sport leagues your average is usually subtracted from 220 and then take 85% of the difference.

In general, the way to find your handicap it to take your average and subtract it from a desired amount, usually 200 or 220. Once you get that you multiply it by what ever percentage you want it to be usually ranging from 80-90%....occasionally there will be 100% difference but that is really rare.   Wiki User

11y ago

A handicap league is one in which handicap is added to a bowler's score to place bowlers and teams with varying degrees of skill on as equitable a basis as possible for scheduled competition.   Wiki User

11y ago

It is the score bowled plus the bowler's handicap added to it.   Earn +20 pts  