World Handicap System
In 2020, the USGA and The R&A launched the World Handicap System to enhance golfers' enjoyment and unify the game by providing a standard measure of playing ability. Now, players in 125 countries are able to use their Handicap Index to compete against anyone, on any course.
The World Handicap System is set to implement its first update in 2024. Below, you will find information on the 2024 Revision and key changes to the WHS.
3 Key Changes
- Course Rating & Shorter Courses
- Courses as short as 750 yards for 9 holes and 1,500 yards for 18 holes are eligible for a Course Rating™ and Slope Rating™ – enhancing the portability of a Handicap Index® to make the system more accommodating for all players.
- 10-17-Hole Scores
-Use of expected Score Differential™ applies when 10-17 holes are played, introducing more flexibility to score posting. In this scenario, you’re asked to post your score hole-by hole.
- 9-Hole Scores
- No more waiting on 9-hole scores to combine, as they will count toward your Handicap Index the very next day. A premium is placed on the holes you played
and combined with an expected Score Differential for consistency and fairness.
Read more on these three key changes at usga.org.