Absolutely not! Having a handicap index as a beginner gives you an excellent measurement of how much you are improving. Nearly everyone starts out with a 40+ handicap index, then slowly, but surely, as you enter your each score, you can watch that handicap index drop.It's gratifying to see your own progress and it gives you incentive to practice and play more often.
Knowing your index may also boost your golf ego! Let's say you are playing a par 4 with your buddies and the entire group bogeys the hole. Rather than feeling disappointed, you know your high handicap gives you 2 strokes on the hole. You can walk away feeling victorious since you shot a net birdie! How good will that feel?
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