The Handicap System is Unique and Allows Players of Vastly Varying Ability to Compete Together

If you are better than someone at tennis or racquetball, even if only just a little better, you are going to beat them pretty well every time. There is simply no way to make the game more even. And that’s how it is with nearly every sport. The strongest, fastest and most talented invariably wins.
Golf is different because it gives the little guy, newbie or underdog a fighting chance to compete against anyone. Thanks to the unique handicap system, people of widely different abilities can play together and compete with one another. So the 60something CEO can still beat his 30something counterpart at another company. While the young executive can look forward to decades of on-course meetings and friendly competition with prospects and customers no matter how good or bad they are. Try doing that on a squash court.
Likewise, a husband playing off 18 can have a competitive game with his 36-handicap wife or 10-handicap son. In fact, several generations can play competitively together.

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