Enter any 2 of the gross score, handicap, and adjusted gross score into the calculator to determine the unknown variable.

Adjusted Gross Score Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the Adjusted Gross Score.

AGS = GS - (HCP * 0.96)


  • AGS is the Adjusted Gross Score GS is the Gross Score HCP is the Handicap 0.96 is the USGA’s handicap index slope rating

To calculate the Adjusted Gross Score, multiply the Handicap by 0.96. Then subtract this result from the Gross Score.

What is an Adjusted Gross Score?

Adjusted Gross Score is a golf term that refers to a player’s gross score after it has been adjusted for the maximum number of strokes that can be taken on any hole, according to the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) guidelines set by the United States Golf Association (USGA). This adjustment is made to prevent one or two bad holes from dramatically increasing a player’s handicap. The maximum number of strokes per hole depends on the player’s handicap index.

How to Calculate Adjusted Gross Score?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Adjusted Gross Score.

  1. First, determine the Gross Score (GS).
  2. Next, determine the Handicap (HCP).
  3. Multiply the Handicap (HCP) by 0.96.
  4. Subtract the result from step 3 from the Gross Score (GS).
  5. Finally, calculate the Adjusted Gross Score (AGS).

Example Problem:

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

Gross Score (GS) = 85

Handicap (HCP) = 12

0.96: USGA’s handicap index slope rating