What Is Michael Phelps’ Golf Handicap?

Published 10/30/2021, 12:35 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps attends the Press Room at the 2016 MTV Music Video Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)


Everyone following Michael Phelps knows how the world-famous swimmer is an avid golfer. Even having played with the Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan, Phelps has often spoken about golf.

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Of course, non-professional players have handicaps, including Phelps. A handicap is a number given to a player, whose ability is calculated as per their previous round’s scores. This ultimately compares one’s performance with others and usually ranges from zero to twenty-eight. It is meant to help players during events, as handicaps are often included in an event’s scorecard.

That being said, let’s take a look at the Baltimore Bullet and his golf handicap.

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What is Michael Phelp’s golf handicap now?

As per a Golf Digest update from last year, Phelps’ handicap was 10.5. They even added a bit about his progress, while highlighting his annual golf gala back in 2018, where the proceeds went to both their foundations. Additionally, Phelps’ Index seemed to have improved by five shots since 2015.

Now, a handicap of ten or less is considered good. A player who plays with a 10 or less handicap should shoot around 82. For someone who does not play golf professionally, anything under 80 (or even low 80s) is an excellent score. Looking at Phelps’ 10.5 handicap, he should be shooting anything around 80. However, more recent reports hint at a handicap of 12 for him. If the Flying Fish’s handicap is indeed 12, it would increase the total of his one round.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 06: Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps speaks during a Panasonic press event for CES 2020 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs January 7-10 and features about 4,500 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

He has also been on shows like The Haney Project, where celebrities try and improve their game. It is hosted by Hank Haney, who has coached PGA Tour legend Tiger Woods in the past. Notably, he was on the show after his first retirement post the 2012 London Olympics, but before his comeback at the 2016 Rio Games.

Interestingly, Phelps even played with a 26 handicap back in 2012.

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Golf clubs of the Olympic great

Another fact about Phelps and golf is related to his clubs. The 28-time Olympic medalist has his clubs stamped with Olympic rings and 28 stars. Yes, representing each of his medal victories.

 

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Naturally, Phelps’ love for the game often brings him to golfing events too. The 36-year-old has often posed with professional golfers from PGA tours, proudly sharing the image on social media sites. Do you like this side of Phelps? Help us know in the comments below.

Watch this story: What Happened When Michael Phelps Raced a Great White Shark?

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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