A lot of recreational and casual golfers don't bother about their handicaps. If you are new to the sport and play it very often, you might be better off getting one as it can really help your game take off.

On the other hand, if you only take out your clubs once every year to play an obligatory round or two, you probably have little to benefit from it.

A handicap helps you learn more faster. It opens up options for competitive and friendly matches, with golfers of all skill levels.

It is the only reliable yardstick with which to measure your progress in the game.

And with the provision for golf associations, you don't need membership in exclusive clubs to gain access to a USGA Handicap Index.