World Handicap System

WHAT IS THE WHS? 

Golf already has a single set of playing Rules, a single set of equipment Rules and a single set of Rules of Amateur Status governed by the USGA and The R&A. Yet, today there are six different handicap systems used around the world. Each is well developed and successfully provides equity for play locally, but each of the different systems produces slightly differing results when calculating players’ handicaps. The WHS will unify these six existing systems into a single system that will:

  • enable golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world;

  • be easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy; and

  • meet the varied needs and expectations of golfers, golf clubs and golf authorities all around the world and be adaptable to suit all golfing cultures.

The WHS will encompass both the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System (formerly known as the USGA Course Rating and Slope System).

WHEN DOES WHS START?

The launch is planned for the 2nd November 2020.

HOW WILL EXISTING HANDICAPS BE USED FOR THE WHS? 

Existing scoring records will be retained and, where possible, be used to calculate an initial Handicap Index under the WHS.

IS MY HANDICAP EXPECTED TO CHANGE WHEN THE SYSTEM GOES LIVE?

For many players, their handicap will change only slightly as they will be coming from systems which are generally similar to the WHS. However, this will be dependent on many factors – including the number of scores available upon which the calculation of an initial WHS Handicap Index can be based. The more scores available in the scoring record at the time of transition, the less impact golfers may see on their new WHS Handicap Index.

To find out more visit: https://www.englandgolf.org/whs/ 

The WHS Privacy Notice can now be found in the Members Only Section of the website. 

 
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