How to Figure a Bowling Handicap

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Figuring a bowling handicap is quite simple, but you must join a league and then your games will be recorded to determine your average score. Come up with your handicap with instruction from a professional bowler in this free video on bowling basics.

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Hello, I'm Mike Rhodes of Ten Pin Alley here. Today, we're going to talk about how they figure a handicap in your bowling leagues. Once again, the handicap works if you join a league and what that is use for is to equalize where a person say, with a 120 average can compete in the same league with somebody who is say, a 220 average. The way that works is after each week of league, they divide the three games you bowl and they'll come up with an average for you. Say, if you had three 150's, well, your average would be 150. Most leagues this day and time base it ninety percent of 210 or 220 and for our Math today we'll use ninety percent of 210. What they do is they take 210 minus your average which is 150 and that leaves you 60 pins and then they multiply by decimal ninety and that's going to be your handicap that they add your score for next week. What that does is that it evens out the playing field for everybody, makes it fair and I would highly recommend to join a league and enjoy yourself. You make great friends and great fun and you're going to have a shot just like the guy that's averaging 220. Everybody's going to have this equal shot and it's going to be fun; it's going to be fair. And that's how they figure handicap.

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