WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM HUB
The World Handicap System (WHS) unifies six global handicap systems into one, promoting fair competition for golfers of different abilities worldwide, while serving as an interactive educational resource on the system and Rules of Handicapping
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
REVISED HANDICAP INDEX
The World Handicap System brings consistency to golf handicaps worldwide. Your new Handicap Index is determined by averaging your eight best scores from the most recent 20 rounds, a change from the current 10 out of 20 with a .96 multiplier. This new method emphasizes your demonstrated skill and score consistency. For most U.S. golfers, the change will result in a minimal, often less than one-stroke, adjustment to their Handicap Index.
COURSE HANDICAP UPDATE
Your Course Handicap becomes the strokes needed to play to par, offering greater variability. This change makes it easier to remember your target score for the day—Par plus Course Handicap—integrating Course Rating for improved intuitiveness.
NET DOUBLE BOGEY LIMIT
The maximum hole score is now limited to Net Double Bogey, simplifying the process with a formula: Par + 2 + any received handicap strokes, ensuring consistent application across holes.
DAILY HANDICAP INDEX UPDATE
Modernizing handicapping, your Handicap Index will update daily if you submitted a score the day before, providing a fairer reflection of your current ability. No updates occur on days without submitted scores.
The new system includes safeguards to limit extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index, immediate reduction with exceptional scores, and considerations for abnormal course or weather conditions. These measures ensure accuracy, integrity, and fair play for golfers of all abilities.