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World Handicap System

Launching November 2nd 2020, the World Handicap System (WHS) is a unified and more inclusive handicap system for golfers everywhere. The WHS will replace 6 different systems that are currently used by over 15 million golfers.

The WHS has been designed to:

  • Attract more players to the game and make it more enjoyable
  • Allows golfers to maintain a Handicap Index which is portable from course to course
  • Unify the current 6 different handicapping systems

How will it work?

For the World Handicap System to work, golfers will need to obtain a Handicap Index.

For regular golfers, this will be done by calculating the best eight scores from their previous 20 rounds. Whereas for new golfers, they will have to submit scorecards of 54 holes to their Handicap Committee. Handicap Index calculations are performed by the England Golf WHS software.

Understanding how Course Rating works

This will be used to measure the playing difficulty of a course. It measures how many strokes a Scratch Golfer should take on the given course. This is done by assessing two main types of challenge:

  • The playing length of the golf course
  • The obstacles that the player encounters

Understand how Slope Rating works

Slope Rating is the difficulty comparison between a Bogey Golfer and a Scratch golfer. The Slope Rating allows a player’s Handicap Index to be portable from course to course.

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USEFUL RESOURCES

LHGC Course and Slope Certificate

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LHGC Course Handicap Table

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England Golf WHS FAQ

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UNDERSTANDING WHS