World Handicap System
The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by the USGA and The R&A, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.
The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.
5 Things You Need To Know about WHS 2020
- The Handicap Index Calculation is changing in 2020
- Your Handicap Index will be reflected on your best 8 scores of the most recent 20. For most golfers in the U.S., this will be a minor change, but you may see your Handicap Index is different in January, despite not having played.
- You will have a Playing Handicap in 2020
- Slope Rating, Course Rating and Par will be used to determine your Playing Handicap, allowing players of different abilities to compete on a fair and equitable basis, even from different tees.
- Net Double Bogey will replace ESC
- The maximum scores for handicapping purposes will be limited to Net Double Bogey (Par + 2 + any handicap strokes received.)
- You will have more responsive Handicap Index updates
- Your Handicap Index will update the day after a score was posted. On days you do not submit a score, no update will take place.
- Safeguards have been added to protect your Handicap Index
- The new WHS will account for abnormal playing conditions, limit extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index, and reduce a Handicap Index when an exceptional score is posted.