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Introducing the World Handicap System
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What is the World Handicap System?

The World Handicap System begins on Jan. 1, 2020, and is intended to bring six different handicap systems together into a single set of Rules for Handicapping, enabling golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, no matter how or where they play.

To review the new Rules of Handicapping, click here to download a PDF copy.

One important thing to realize is that nearly every golfer will see a change in his/her handicap index once the system launches on January 1, 2020. To find out what your handicap index will be under the new WHS calculation, just enter your GHIN number in the form below and click “Submit.”


New WHS Handicap Calculation

Key Changes in the World Handicap System

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Handicap Index Computation

Handicap Index Computation

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Course and Playing Handicap

Course and Playing Handicap

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Playing Conditions Calculation

Playing Conditions Calculation

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Exceptional Score Reduction

Exceptional Score Reduction

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World Handicap System

Daily Revisions

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.

World Handicap System

Maximum Score for Handicap Purposes

Previously, Equitable Stroke Control was 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.