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Philling the GAP: WHS

The World Handicap System isn’t the latest and greatest video game console; it’s a new Rules for Handicapping unifier that began Jan. 1, 2020. The World Handicap System melds six different systems into a single set, therefore enabling golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, regardless of how or where they play. Prepare to see a change in your handicap index under the new WHS calculation. But don’t press the panic button. GAP has you covered at the click of a mouse. Visit www.gapgolf.org, scroll to the “Play” tab and select “World Handicap System” from the dropdown menu. Game on.

  • Under the World Handicap System, handicaps are updated daily, instead of the current system where handicaps are revised on the 1st and 15th of each month.
  • Equitable Stroke Control was previously used to determine the maximum score a golfer could post for handicap purposes on a given hole. Now in WHS, the maximum score for a golfer for handicap posting purposes is Net Double Bogey.
  • Steve Latos, GAP Manager of GHIN Technical Support, and Mario Machi, GAP Director of Member Services, appeared on a recent “Inside Golf” episode and answered key questions regarding the World Handicap System.