What is the World Handicap System?
The new World Handicap System (WHS) is designed to be more inclusive, accessible and to make golf easier to understand for all.
The WHS incorporates the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System, (a consistent method to calculate a golf courses difficulty), to successfully determine a golfer’s Handicap Index.
The system, which comes into effect on 2 November 2020 will replace the six different systems currently used by over 15 million golfers, in more than 80 countries, to unify all golfers across the world.
This video explains the key changes for you and we will go into more detail on some of the changes below:
World Handicap System – what’s changed?
Your Handicap Index – what’s new?
- Put simply, your Handicap Index is calculated from your best eight scores from your last 20. With this being an average it is a much fairer calculation. You will no longer go up by 0.1 for not scoring in your buffer zone.
- Your Handicap Index can then be used to work out your Course Handicap, which means your Handicap will change to reflect the difficulty of the course and the set of tees you elect to play. Every golf club will have a chart available so you can quickly and easily work out your Course Handicap.
- Then just go out and play like you have always done. The WHS doesn’t change the way you play the game, it just makes taking score and measuring your ability fairer and more simple to understand.
Learn more about your Handicap Index
What is a Course Handicap?
For your Handicap Index to be effective and portable across different courses, it must be converted into a Course Handicap to determine the number of strokes you receive for the golf course or tee set that you are playing that day.
You will even be able to convert your Handicap Index to a course handicap for the tees you elect to play from when golfing overseas. If pre-registered, these scores can also be returned to your home club for handicap purposes.
How to calculate your Course Handicap