You typically won't see handicaps employed at the highest levels of bowling, but even in a standard, recreational league, handicaps can lead to your team losing games and, if applicable, money.
He has approximately an extra 20 pins of handicap and is shooting 220s, meaning his opponent needs to somehow beat 240 to win, which is not easy to do, especially in recreational leagues.
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The intent of a bowling handicap is to make leagues fair and competitive for everyone from an absolute beginner to an expert.
With a handicap, a less talented bowler who achieves his average will defeat a better bowler who comes in under his own average.
Granted, top bowlers typically form their own leagues, often without handicaps, but in the event a highly talented bowler wants to join a league with less talented friends, handicaps can come in handy.The league secretary will calculate your handicap for you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t understand how a handicap is calculated.Some bowlers content handicaps are detrimental to the sport.They say letting anyone compete with anyone dilutes the perception of how good the best really are and gives a false impression of accessibility to the sport.That's a bit of a harsh explanation to the furthest extent opponents of handicaps take their vitriol, but one very real drawback to handicaps is the element of sandbagging.In leagues or tournaments that use handicaps, it's far easier for players to sandbag their way into undeserved winnings than it is in scratch leagues.