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World Handicap System
The new World Handicap System (WHS) rolled out
on January 1, 2020. Prior to 2020, there were 6 different handicapping systems
across the world. The new handicap system creates one handicap system to be used
worldwide. WHS is designed to provide consistent measure of ability across all
skill levels, from anywhere in the world, to facilitate play with or compete
against each other on a fair basis.
- Handicap index
is calculated on the average of the best 8 out of 20 scores posted, instead of
the best 10 out of 20 with a multiplier.
- Handicap index updates are daily.
When you post a score, your index will be updated the following day.
- Your Course Handicap will be the number of strokes needed for
you to play to par, instead for you to play to the “Course Rating.”
There is a formula to calculate your course handicap, but the
easiest way is with the
USGA Course Calculator.
- ESC is replaced with Net
Double Bogey (Par + 2 + your course handicap strokes). This will be the maximum
number of strokes you can post on a hole.
- Safeguards are built into the
system to account for exceptionally high or low scores, as well as abnormal
course or weather conditions. These safeguards will help maintain accuracy,
integrity, and fairness.
- If a player does not have a handicap index, she
will now be able to obtain a handicap index after a total of 54 holes have been
posted. This may be any combination of 9- or 18-hole scores.
Biggest change for you: Maximum number of strokes you can post on each hole!
How to Use Your Handicap Index,
For a brief video,
click here for World Handicap System 2020 (series of short
Click here for WHS
Resources for Players
Click here for USGA
Rules of Handicapping
Click here for WHS Simplified Change
for World Handicap System
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