Golf Pad's Ability Estimate (GAE)

Modified on Tue, 09 Jan 2024 at 04:43 AM

What is the Golf Pad Ability Estimate?

The Golf Pad Ability Estimate is based on the Golf Pad community scores, courses played, and tee selection. Your personalized Ability Estimate is based on the best and recent rounds from your scoring history, compared against the Golf Pad community average scores.  We include incomplete rounds by using the results of the holes completed. The Ability Estimate calculation is a proprietary formula that is evolving, as we continue to factor in improvements.  We are not striving to make this a standard, but rather to provide golfers with an unofficial estimate of their playing ability. 

The Golf Pad Ability Estimate is not a Handicap Index and does not use any proprietary WHS formulas.  

Why can't Golf Pad calculate the actual WHS handicap?

The Golf Pad app used to provide an unofficial WHS handicap calculator based on rounds played. The WHS details used, including SLOPE and Course Rating, which is proprietary information of the USGA  and R&A. So, Golf Pad made proper adjustments by changing the calculation to exclude any proprietary information or formulas.

Where can I register for an official Handicap Index?

The Handicap Index is administered by national and regional golf associations throughout the world. As an advocate for the WHS handicap system Golf Pad encourages users to register with the USGA or their golf governing body. Please visit to find your authorized association by country.

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