A key component to USGA Handicaping that is essentially the difference between your ESC Score and that of a scratch golfer on the same course.
USGA differentials are great because they allow two golfers to compare scores on completely different courses. One course might be a par 69, 5,300 yarder and the other a par 72, 7,100 yard course, but their differentials are still comparable due to the fact that the USGA provides each course with a USGA Rating and Slope.
A score differential is calculated as follows:
((ESC Score - Rating) X 113) / Slope
You can see your own differentials by clicking on the "handicap" link next to your index on your "my game" page.
See also: Fair Score, Equitable Stroke Control
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