# Bowling Handicap Calculator

 Bowling Average Basis Score Percentage Factor %

If your league does not have a Percentage Factor, leave the value at 100%.

How to Calculate Bowling Handicaps

Bowling handicaps are meant to level the playing field, by adjusting your score based on your average. This allows lower level bowlers in a league to be competitive against much better bowlers. A quick example of how this works is: If your average is 150 and another bowler's average is 200 and you bowl a 160 and they bowl a 200 you would actually win!

The first thing you will need to do is determine your bowling average, this typically needs to be done by using at least a 3 game average. We have created a Bowling Average Calculator to help you determine your average.

Basis Score

Each league will have a Basis Score, if you contact the league administrator they will offer you this information. This will be a number like 200,210,220,230 ect.. This number will typically be slightly higher than the bowler with the highest average in the league.

Basis Score Percentage

The league may also use a Percentage Factor along with the Basis Score, this will typically be 80%, 90%, or 100%.

The Handicap Math

In this example we will say your Average Score is 170 and the Leagues Basis Score is 220 with a Percentage Factor of 80%.

Begin by Subtracting your average from the Basis Score(220-170 = 50) , then multiply that number by the Percentage Factor(50 x 80% = 40). Your handicap is 40. So, the first game bowled in your league you bowl a 160, you would add your 40 point handicap to that score and 200 would be your adjusted score.